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Escondido author wins award

San Diego-based book publisher Huckleberry House today announced this week that its newest release, “The Dining Car,” a novel from Escondido’s Eric Peterson, which previously won the Ben Franklin Gold Medal in Popular Fiction from the Independent Publishers Association, and a Gold Medal from the San Diego Book Awards in Contemporary Fiction, just won a Silver Medal from the Readers’ Favorite Book Awards.

The Silver Medal is an international competition which receives thousands of entries from all over the world. “The Dining Car” also received a glowing review by Publisher’s Weekly, and was named a Booklist “Book to Watch.”

“The Dining Car” is a compelling and witty work of fiction, narrated by a young man who’s thrown into the rarefied world of life aboard a vintage private railcar, where he serves as personal bartender to a preeminent food and wine writer.

“The Dining Car was inspired by the legendary bon vivant and social critic Lucius Beebe,” Peterson said.” He traveled the country by private railcar and never hesitated to ruffle feathers. Some of the colorful stories were inspired by passages from his body of work.” For nearly six years, Lucius Beebe (1902-1966) served as a travel, food, wine, and lifestyle columnist for the San Francisco Chronicle. 

Peterson’s first novel, “Life as a Sandwich,” was a San Diego Book Award finalist. He is a gourmand, world traveler, and train buff who once worked for AMTRAK.

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