Fall Arts Books and Lecture

fall_arts_prev_leftbar.gifWar, politics, adventure, literature, and nature shine in this season’s book and lectures circuit. And don’t forget the annual S.B. Books and Author Festival, which goes down at the end of this month. Once again, it’s a great time to be a reader in Santa Barbara.

Blind Into Baghdad: America’s War in Iraq Atlantic Monthly correspondent James Fallows’ book delves into what went wrong in with America’s war with Iraq. Sun., Sept. 17, 3pm, Victoria Hall Theater,

The People’s Machine: Governor Schwarzenegger and the Rise of Blockbuster Democracy Los Angeles Times reporter Joe Mathews’ stories analyze the Governator’s rise to and reign in power and discuss the implications of governor as phenomenon. Sun., Sept. 17, 3pm, Chaucer’s Books, 682-6787

Optimal Health Through Integrative Medicine: What Works? What Does Not? The title says it all as medical professor and best-selling author Kenneth R. Pelletier navigates the maze of integrative medicine. Mon. Sept. 18, 7:30pm, Lobero Theatre, 687-0812

Stories From the Edge Speaking of Stories’ fall reading features a glimpse into darkness with a selection of stories by Santa Barbara-based writers about crime, sexuality, and other whispers in the night. Fri. and Sat., Sept 22 and 23, Center Stage Theater, 963-0408

Amy Goodman The Democracy Now! anchorwoman is on tour to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the Pacifica Network’s independent news program and the release of her newest book, Static: Government Liars, Media Cheerleaders, and the People Who Fight Back The event will benefit KCSB. Sun., Sept. 24, 7:30pm, UCSB’s Campbell Hall, 893-2064

Santa Barbara Books & Author Festival The library flings open its doors to invite in some eyebrow-raising, endearing, thought-provoking, and lyrical writers for a day of events. The event includes discussion of the Santa Barbara Reads! selection My California; poetry from Jane Hirschfield, who’ll receive the Glenna Luschi Distinguished Poet Fellowship; a talk on the power of the press moderated by former News-Press editor Jerry Roberts; and award ceremonies for Robert Crais and Helena Marie Viramontes. Sat., Sept. 30, 10am-5pm, Santa Barbara Central Public Library,

Faces of Your Soul Authors Kaleo Ching and Elise Dirlam Ching collaborated on this work exploring guided imagery and maskmaking rituals. Fantasy and dreams are literally in our faces in the worlds of masks. Sun., Oct. 1, 3pm, Chaucer’s Books, 682-6787

The City of Fallen Angels John Berendt inspired acolytes to search for statues in Savannah after the publication of Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil. His new book takes Venice as its muse for equal inspiration. Sun., Oct. 1, 3pm, Victoria Hall Theater, 893-3535

Preventing Extinction: The Global Strategy for Plant Conservation Botanic Gardens Conservation International secretary general Sara Oldfield outlines efforts to prevent rare and endangered plant species from becoming extinct as Santa Barbara Botanic Garden’s Vernon Cheadle lecture. Tue., Oct. 3, 7pm, Santa Barbara Public Library Faulkner Gallery, 682-4726

Canyon Voices: The Nature of Rattlesnake Canyon Karen Telleen-Lawton explores Santa Barbara’s beloved Rattlesnake Canyon to make a case for conservation through the relationships between people and place. Sat., Oct. 7, 3pm, Tecolote Book Shop, 969-4977

The Other Side of War: Women’s Stories of Survival and Hope Zainab Salbi demonstrates that one woman can make a difference. Through Women for Women International, more than $24 million in micro-credit loans and aid has been awarded to rebuild women’s lives. Mon., Oct. 9, 8pm, Victoria Hall Theater, 893-3535

Making Globalization Work There is no question that we’ve entered a global society, which is why Nobel Prize-winning economist Joseph Stiglitz strives to answer the difficult questions inherent in economic processes and policies. Tue., Oct. 10, 8pm, UCSB’s Campbell Hall, 893-3535

Channel Islands National Park: A Status Report We see the islands on clear days, just offshore. Russell Galipeau will be talking about what we don’t see with the naked eye—the status of pigs, foxes, eagles, endemic plants, recreation, kelp forests, and hiking trails—in this informative talk. Tue., Oct. 10, 7pm, Chase Palm Park,

The War of the World: Twentieth-Century Conflict and the Descent of the West Niall Ferguson’s new book details the consumer debacle that is our modern economy. Sun., Oct. 15, 3pm, UCSB’s Campbell Hall, 893-3535

American Theocracy: The Peril and Politics of Radical Religion, Oil, and Borrowed Money Former Republican strategist Kevin Phillips’s book has been called scathing and alarming in its criticism of current policies. Thu., Oct. 19, 8pm, UCSB’s Campbell Hall,

Gary Trudeau For more than 35 years, Doonesbury has been a constant comic critique of social norms and political abnormalities. Cartoonist Trudeau delivers his Pulitzer Prize-winning sharpness of pen and tongue in this evening event. Thu., Oct. 26, 8pm, Arlington Theater, 893-3535

Poetry with Lawrence Ferlinghetti A literary living legend and founder of S.F.’s City Lights Bookstore, Ferlinghetti keeps the Beat torch alight with his popular and pioneering poetry that constantly risks absurdity. Thu., Nov. 2, 8pm, UCSB’s Campbell Hall, 893-3535

Madeline Albright Her position and her writings are themselves mighty, and so is her new book, The Mighty and the Almighty, which investigates religion in today’s world. The first woman to serve as secretary of state will offer unique insight into public service and the interplay between church and state. Mon., Nov. 6, 8pm, Arlington Theatre, 893-3535

Gary Wills The Pulitzer Prize-winning history professor is one of the most controversial Catholics writing today about faith and the historic person of Jesus. This year, Wills released What Jesus Meant and What Paul Meant in an effort to understand the faith asked of us. Sun., Nov. 12, 3pm, Victoria Hall Theater, 893-3535

Marni McGee and Ellen Kelly Lucky lizards, cowgirls, book wolves, and farm animals populate the funny and lavishly-illustrated books by McGee and Kelly for the young and young-at-heart. Sun., Nov. 12, 3pm, Chaucer’s Books, 682-6787

Ng Ngũgĩ wa Thiong’o with Chris Abani Two powerful and prolific African writers share the stage. Abani, exiled from his Nigerian home, and Thiong’ o, who survived imprisonment for his written work, are known for their incisive work reflecting on destruction, history, and hope. Wed., Nov. 15, 8pm, Victoria Hall Theater, 893-3535

Christopher Buckley Award-winning master of humor, satire, and wit, Buckley pokes fun at politics with favorites like Thank You for Smoking, God is My Broker, and his latest, Florence of Arabia. Sun., Nov. 19, 4pm, UCSB’s Campbell Hall, 893-3535

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