Laguna Beach Books features local author Tim Turner on May 18

Laguna Beach Books, Orange County’s premier book retailer, will host a book signing for long-time Laguna Beach resident Tim Turner’s recently published, debut novel entitled The Reluctant Conductor.

Breaking a multi-year hiatus, the signing will be held on Saturday, May 18 at 5 p.m. in the store located in The Old Pottery Place at 1200 S. Coast Highway, Laguna Beach.

Photos courtesy of Tim Turner

Local author Tim Turner

The novel, which won first place for historical fiction in the Spring 2024 BookFest Awards, is about a Jewish merchant of World War II-era USSR who employs music to sustain family, find love and survive in a world besieged with bombs, bigotry and hate.

Turner’s ties to Laguna Beach go back to 1990 when he met his now-husband Dr. Joseph Carberry who was then in design on their home in Arch Beach Heights working with architect Mark Singer. They spent their first night in the home on Christmas Eve 1992.

Since, they have hosted many events and parties in their residence and have supported ASF Orange County – now Radiant Health Centers – as well as Laguna Art Museum, Festival of Arts of Laguna Beach, and many local art dealers and restaurants.

Turner’s novel won first place for historical fiction in the Spring 2024 BookFest Awards

The writer of six plays including the critically acclaimed Out Late, Turner has also written an original screenplay, a libretto, adapted two of his plays into screenplays and written many short plays. He has three photographs in the permanent collection of The New Orleans Museum of Art.

Moisey Gorbaty, with whom he co-wrote the novel, is a prolific composer and the proprietor of Moisey’s Piano Service, where he tunes and restores pianos, and also teaches piano, guitar, music theory and Russian Language. Born in Chisinau, Moldova, the novel was loosely based on the life of his maternal grandfather.

The Reluctant Conductor has received widespread critical acclaim. According to Kirkus Reviews: “A scene involving the family member fighting typhus is beautiful and poignant (Dickens would approve)…A moving family tale with a strong cast that readers will love.”


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