D.E. Knobbe at Latitude 33
Author D.E. Knobbe will host a creative writing workshop and sign copies of her new book, "Runaway Storm," at 4 p.m. today at Latitude 33 Bookshop, 311 Ocean Ave. in Laguna Beach.
The teenage adventure tells the story of 15-year-old Nate, who is frustrated by his parent's divorce, and deals with it by running away from New York to the Gulf Islands near Vancouver, a place he has spent a lot of time exploring. At first, everything seems to fall into place – the successful trip across country, finding the new kayak his father planned as a birthday present, keeping each of his parents thinking that he was safely with the other. But then everything changes, and his story becomes one of struggle and survival with strangers who want to harm both him and the Goth girl he tries to help.
Knobbe is an author, editor and freelance writer who grew up in Vancouver, Canada, and spent a lot of time adventuring in the Gulf Islands, the Cariboo-Chilcotin, the Yukon, and Alaska. She is passionate about preserving our oceans and wilderness and believes the best way to bring that about is by igniting the same passion in others. Her work has been published in the Los Angeles Times.