Coronado Community Read


March 14, 2019 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
Coronado Playhouse
1835 Strand Way
Coronado, CA 92118
$10 General Admission
Coronado Playhouse
(619) 435-4856



Thursday, March 14, 2019 at 7pm


The Coronado Public Library and Cultural Arts Commission

Are pleased to introduce the 2019 Coronado Community READ

Laura McNeal’s The Practice House: A Novel.

An evening with Author Laura McNeal, hosted by Coronado Playhouse

Join us for an interview with Laura McNeal, author of The Practice House, conducted by Dr. Dean Nelson, founder of the Writer’s Symposium by the Sea.  Conversation will share stories behind author’s writing and introduce you to your new favorite author?

Refreshments available for purchase – drinks and desserts 

Display tables and Book sales for both author and interviewer

When: Thursday, March 14

Times: 7:00 – 8:30 pm 

         Doors Open at 6:30 pm 

         Program 7:00 pm – 7:45 pm

         Audience Q & A 7:45 pm

         Book Signing 8:00-8:30 pm

Where: Coronado Playhouse, 1835 Strand Way

Buy General Admission Tickets Here:  

Individual Tickets:
$10 each, Open Seating

Reserve a table by purchasing 4 or more.  

For Reserved Seating






Author & Interviewer Bios

Laura McNeal (Author) is a Coronado resident, holds an MA in fiction writing from Syracuse University.  She’s written for various journals and periodicals, including 16 years writing for the San Diego Reader, and collaborated on a number of books with her husband, Tom McNeal. Together, they are the authors of four critically acclaimed young adult novels: Crooked (1999), winner of the California Book Award in Juvenile Literature; Zipped (2003), winner of the Pen Center USA Literary Award in Children’s and Young Adult Literature; Crushed (2006); and The Decoding of Lana Morris (2007).

Laura published her first solo book in 2010, a novel entitled Dark Water. Dark Water became a finalist for the National Book Award, and in 2015 Laura chaired the National Book Award panel for young people’s literature. In 2016, she published The Incident on the Bridge, a young adult novel which readers will recognize as set in Coronado. Most recently Laura published a historical novel for adults, The Practice House (2017). The story of a Scottish immigrant’s journey, set in 1930’s Kansas and California, is “a sweeping and timeless love story about leaving—and finding– home.” Learn more about Laura and her books at mcnealbooks.com.

Dean Nelson (Interviewer) 

Dean Nelson is the founder and director of the journalism program at Point Loma Nazarene University in San Diego. He writes occasionally for the New York Times, the Boston Globe, Sojourners, San Diego Magazine, Westways Magazine and several other national publications. He has won several awards from the Society of Professional Journalists for his reporting, and has written or co-written 15 books. Nelson is a frequent speaker at writing workshops and retreats.

He has traveled throughout the world covering stories of human interest — India, where he wrote about the slums of Bombay; Kosovo, where he interviewed and wrote about victims of terrorism; Tanzania, where he wrote about members of the Black Panther Party who live in exile; Tibet, where he wrote about religious persecution; Central America, where he wrote about poverty and contaminated water; New Orleans, where he wrote about the immediate aftermath of Hurricane Katrina; Haiti, where he wrote about the aftermath of the 2010 earthquake; Iceland, where he wrote about the literary scene there; Croatia, where he wrote about a part of Europe that is trying to reinvent itself after the breakup of the Soviet Union; Rome, where he wrote about the Canonization of Mother Teresa, and elsewhere.

He has covered the stunning, the moving, the mysterious, the tragic, the amusing and the absurd.

His most recent book (released February, 2019), is Talk To Me: How to Ask Better Questions, Get Better Answers, and Interview Anyone Like a Pro, published by HarperCollins. He is currently working on a book with Deborah Szekely, founder of Rancho La Puerta and The Golden Door.

In addition to directing the PLNU journalism program, Nelson also hosts the annual Writer’s Symposium By The Sea, where prominent writers come to discuss the craft of writing. Nelson has interviewed Amy Tan, Anne Lamott, Gay Talese, Anchee Min, Ray Bradbury, George Plimpton, Joyce Carol Oates, Garrison Keillor, Billy Collins, Nikki Giovanni, Dick Enberg, Otis Chandler, Kathleen Norris, Donald Miller, Bill Moyers, Jim Wallis, Chitra Divakaruni, Joseph Wambaugh, James Fallows, Barbara Brown Taylor, Eugene Peterson, Philip Yancey, Michael Eric Dyson, Bill McKibben, Chris Hedges, Rachel Held Evans, Luis Urrea, Krista Tippett, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Deepak Chopra and dozens of others. Many of those interviews are available for viewing on this site and on UCSD-TV’s website. They have been broadcast worldwide.

Ticket Prices

Individual Tickets:
$10 each, open seating

Reserved Table:
$40-$50, reserved seating

For Reserved Seating