Author Dick Belkin, who has penned three books set in Coronado, recently released his fourth book entitled “There’s Something Fishy in Coronado,” a story about the grunion run.
Belkin has been inspired by things that happen in town and is able to translate them into books. For this story, Belkin thought of writing a book about the grunion run after seeing the fish laying their eggs on the Coronado shores last year. “This a story for boys and girls,” he thought after witnessing the amazing event.
“Writing this book was not easy,” he admits. “There are so many elements to it. I spent quite a few weeks writing drafts until I finally got it.”
The other books he has penned based in Coronado are “The Coronado Kid” and “Coronado Dog Surfing Olympics.” Belkin uses the same illustrator for his books, Samantha Wright, who has been able to capture Belkin’s stories and make them come alive.
“I hope [the book] motivates people to go out and see the fish…That’s a treasure - the fish that come out when the moon is right. It’s so special… the grunion run…only happens on the coast of California…it’s a story of their survival how they regenerate their species,” he said.
The 87-year-old Belkin is a part-time resident of Coronado, his main residence is in Tucson, Arizona. Belkin has worked in television and was a newspaper reporter. He also played a children’s TV character by the name Captain Six, on a local station in Schenectady, in upstate NY for four years. “It was a very exciting time in my life,” he said.
Belkin said he went “legit” after the show ended and got involved in the TV station and went into management spending most of his career in television broadcasting as a vice president of Lee Enterprises which owned stations from West Virginia to Hawaii.
Currently Bay Books is displaying “There’s Something Fishy in Coronado” in his window.
Grunions are fish similar to sardines that spawn on the California coast from San Luis Obispo Northern Baja. Here is a current list of the grunion run ramianing in the month of July:
July 20, Monday 9:35 to 11:35 p.m.
July 21, Tuesday 10:20 to 12:20 a.m.
July 22, Wednesday 11 p.m. to 1 a.m.
July 23, Thursday 11:50 p.m. to 1:50 a.m.