Reading Between the Lampposts:

the Literary Giants of Loma Portal


Recent Press!

Peninsula News from PLA

Article in Peninsula Beacon

Upcoming Events where the Book will be Presented

WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 23, 2019 12:00-1:30pm at Point Loma Community Presbyterian Church, Family Life Center.  Bring a sack lunch and your questions.  Books will be for sale at this event.

Past Events where the Book has been Presented

Ocean Beach Historical Society - Thursday, October 16, 2014

Point Loma Rotary Club - Friday, October 17, 2014

Loma Portal Home & Garden Tour - May 17, 2014

Literacy Night - Loma Portal Elementary School - March 7, 2014

San Diego Central Library Local Author’s Exhibit - Now Online!- February 2014

All Soul’s Christmas Home Tour - December 7, 2013

Point Loma Assembly Historical Society - June 13, 2013

Loma Portal Home & Garden Tour - May 19, 2013

Point Loma Garden Walk - April 27, 2013

Literacy Night - Loma Portal Elementary School - March 7, 2013

Point Loma Public Library - Release Party & Presentation to Community - February 10, 2013

Statistics About the Book

Publication Date: February 10, 2013

Page Count: 56

Paperback: Perfect Bind

Size: 8-1/2” X 11”

Language: English

Each biographical essay contains a photo or drawing of the author, list of works, excerpts of writings, and references for further reading.


Contributing Families

The Augustine Family

The Bates Family

The Burdine Family

The Burrell Family

The Branch Family

The Clark Family

The Cota Family

The Curran Family

The Doud/Arnold Family

The Eastman Family

The Hage Family

The Hedman/vanDockum Family

The Holcomb Family

The Kuruvilla Family

The Lapic Family

The Lewis Family

The Maginnis Family

The Meadows Family

The Pryor Family

The Robertson Family

The David Smith Family

The Jeremy Smith Family

The Stuckey Family

The Thickstun/Leff Family

The Weisenberg Family



This unique book is a special neighborhood project coordinated by friends Elaine Fotinos Burrell and Karla Lapic.  The neighborhood of Loma Portal in San Diego, California has the curious distinction of its streets being named after (mostly) 18th century authors in alphabetical order. From (Louisa Mae) Alcott to (Emile) Zola, the lives of these 26 authors were researched by 26 neighborhood families, and compiled into this book.  Each biographical essay is written in its own style, describing the early life of the historic author, a list of works, and excerpts of writings.  A true collaborative effort, this book is a unique celebration of our cherished Loma Portal neighborhood.

Price: $20

To Purchase Contact Elaine or Karla at

Karla Lapic and Elaine Fotinos Burrell

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