by LIZ ONUFER | photos by Zeena Gregg Photography

From Canada to Carmel Valley


Tired of the Canadian winters, Sid Shapira sought change. Now more than two decades later, Sid, a long-time author and Carmel Valley resident, has found much more than the sunny climate he was originally seeking.

His story begins far north in Winnipeg, Canada, where Sid was raised. He began college as a business major but soon switched to journalism to pursue his passion for writing. After graduating from Ryerson University, Sid secured his first job as a sports reporter for a daily Canadian newspaper. His first assignment was interviewing his sports idol, hockey player Bobby Orr. From there, Sid went on to also work in public relations and corporate communications.

In 1991 Sid relocated to La Jolla. Two years later he settled into the writing life in Carmel Valley, where he enjoys the outdoor lifestyle of San Diego, practicing yoga, hiking, and playing pickleball. Most recently, Sid has focused on writing memoirs for individuals and families. “I love to interview people, learn about their past, and discover how those experiences impacted the path they took,” Sid shared. He also settled into the family life; he met his wife Sheryl in Carmel Valley, and they have since adopted their three “wonderful fur-children” – two cats and a dog.

Name: Sid Shapira
Profession: Writer
Community: Carmel Valley since 1993
Hobbies: Sports, hiking, yoga, and travel
Favorite Local Spots: Torrey Pines hiking trails, Del Mar beach walks, Powerhouse Park


It was this adopted dog that inspired Sid’s latest work, Danny Dog. “When we adopted Danny in August 2013, it never occurred to me that I’d author a children’s book about his story. But as I learned more about his background, I soon realized his story needed to be told,” Sid said. Danny Dog has been recognized by RedRover Reader’s “Recommended Books with Humane Themes” and was also named the 2015 winner of the “Family Choice Award,” a prestigious award for family-friendly products and resources. Sid explained, “Danny’s story offers an important message to kids about rescue animals, rescue organizations, and second chances.”

Sid travels to schools to give readings and presentations about Danny Dog. One of the most common questions from the students is about a sequel. To that end, Sid is working on the next book and hopes to create a Danny Dog series. As for this next generation of writers, he offered a bit of advice: “Persevere and don’t compromise. When students ask me how long it took to write the book, they’re surprised when I tell them it takes many re-writes and drafts to perfect a story. It’s a marathon, not a sprint.”