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Fall 2008 Books & Lectures Preview


A Shop’s Fables

Author Judith Crowell will sign her book about the wedding industry. Wed., Sept. 17, 7pm. Chaucer’s Books, 3321 State St. Call 682-6787 or visit chaucers.booksense.com.

Brisingr Midnight Release Party

Celebrating the midnight release of Eragon author Christopher Paolini’s newest book. Fri., Sept. 19, 10pm. Downtown Santa Barbara’s Borders Books (900 State St.) and Goleta’s Borders Books (7000 Marketplace Dr.). Call 899-3668 or 968-1370.

Jack Canfield

This lecture will feature the bestselling author of Chicken Soup for the Soul. Mon., Sept. 22, 7:30pm. Lobero Theatre, 33 E. Canon Perdido St. Call 963-0761 or visit lobero.com.

Jean-Michel and Celine Cousteau

Jacques Cousteau’s son Jean-Michel and granddaughter Celine will offer a glimpse of practical science in action as they discuss their documentaries. Mon., Sept. 22, 7:30pm. UCSB’s Campbell Hall. Call 893-3535 or visit artsandlectures.ucsb.edu.

Comparing and Evaluating the Scriptures

S.B. author Paul Fink will sign his book. Tue., Sept. 23, 7pm. Chaucer’s Books, 3321 State St. Call 682-6787 or visit chaucers.booksense.com.

Enigma: A Magical Mystery

Children’s author Graeme Base will sign his new book, a charming tale of a magic-loving badger. Thu., Sept. 25, 7pm. Chaucer’s Books, 3321 State St. Call 682-6787 or visit chaucers.booksense.com.

Critics Pick

My Dark Places

Crime novelist James Ellroy’s latest book offers astounding insight into the L.A. Confidential author’s personal life and artistic motivations, and tells how his mother’s murder led to his own literary career. Fri., Sept. 26, 7:30pm. Victoria Hall Theater, 33 W. Victoria St. Call 893-3535 or visit artsandlectures.ucsb.edu.

Mark Juergensmeyer

The Orfalea Center director will discuss religion’s relationship with secular states. Sat., Sept. 27, 4pm. Victoria Hall Theater, 33 W. Victoria St. Call 893-3535 or visit artsandlectures.ucsb.edu.

The Great Warming

Brian Fagan, anthropology professor and former Guggenheim fellow, will lecture on historical climatic changes. Sat., Sept. 27, 7:30pm. Victoria Hall Theater, 33 W. Victoria St. Call 893-3535 or visit artsandlectures.ucsb.edu.

The Spirit of Service

Frank Ostaseski’s lecture will discuss the spirituality and practicality of serving those in need. Mon., Oct. 6, 7:30pm. Lobero Theatre, 33 E. Canon Perdido St. Call 963-0761 or visit lobero.com.

Ghost Train to the Eastern Star

Paul Theroux’s new book promises to be every bit as textured as The Great Railway Bazaar. Sun., Oct. 12, 4pm. UCSB’s Campbell Hall. Call 893-3535 or visit artsandlectures.ucsb.edu.

Barbara Marx Hubbard

In this Mind & Supermind lecture, the author will discuss ideas in her book, Evolutionary Spirituality: The Next Stage of Consciousness Now Emerging. Mon., Oct. 13, 7:30pm. Lobero Theatre, 33 E. Canon Perdido St. Call 963-0761 or visit lobero.com.

Finding Beauty in a Broken World

Terry Tempest Williams’s book meditates on relationships between art, nature, and humanity. Mon., Oct. 13, 8pm. Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History, 2559 Puesta del Sol. Call 893-3535 or visit artsandlectures.ucsb.edu.

Venerable Samdhong Rinpoche

The prime minister of the Tibetan government in exile will lecture on Tibet and conduct a question-and-answer session. Mon., Oct. 20, 5:30pm. Victoria Hall Theater, 33 W. Victoria St. Call 893-3535 or visit artsandlectures.ucsb.edu.

Gregory Rodriguez

The L.A. Times columnist will discuss race, immigration, and his new book, Mongrels, Bastards, Orphans, and Vagabonds: Mexican Immigration and the Future of Race in America. Mon., Oct. 20, 7:30pm. UCSB’s Campbell Hall. Call 893-3535 or visit artsandlectures.ucsb.edu.

Housekeeping

Pulitzer Prize-winner Marilynne Robinson will read from and discuss her new book, which is also the Santa Barbara Reads! book for 2008. Fri., Oct. 24, 7:30pm. Victoria Hall Theater, 33 W. Victoria St. Call 893-3535 or visit artsandlectures.ucsb.edu.

Will Steeger

The explorer and photographer will discuss his experiences with global warming. Mon., Oct. 27, 7:30pm. UCSB’s Campbell Hall. Call 893-3535 or visit artsandlectures.ucsb.edu.

Writing in the Dark

Israeli novelist and journalist David Grossman will talk about his new book of essays. Wed., Nov. 5, 4pm. UCSB’s Campbell Hall. Call 893-3535 or visit artsandlectures.ucsb.edu.

Fragments of a Future Religion

This lecture by Sam Keen, author of Hymns to an Unknown God, will discuss what he sees as the next step in religion. Mon., Nov. 10, 7:30pm. Lobero Theatre, 33 E. Canon Perdido St. Call 963-0761 or visit lobero.com.

Jeffrey Toobin

He will lecture about the upcoming presidential election and his new book about the U.S. Supreme Court, The Nine. Thu., Nov. 13, 7:30pm. UCSB’s Campbell Hall. Call 893-3535 or visit artsandlectures.ucsb.edu.

Maureen Dowd

Superstar journalist and columnist Maureen Dowd will discuss current events and election year politics. Wed., Nov. 19, 7:30pm. UCSB’s Campbell Hall. Call 893-3535 or visit artsandlectures.ucsb.edu.

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