THE TWO-STEP SOLUTION: Drugs, alcohol, gambling, abuse, and mental illness: interventionist Ken Seeley has seen every major destructive behavior in action. Having spent the last two decades helping everyone across the spectrum from destitution to staggering wealth deal with these afflictions, he’s recognized a common habit: denial. In fact, Seeley considers denial to be such an important factor in the process of facing and fixing addictions that he’s written Face It and Fix It, a book that instructs readers how to excise denial from their lives and address their underlying problems. Seeley visits Barnes & Noble (829 State St.) to discuss the book on Friday, July 24, at 6 p.m. For more information, call 962-8509.
BACK TO THE LAND: In this part of the world, it’s easy to find books focused on global peace, and equally common to come across ones offering recipes for healthier, less fattening food. Will Tuttle makes the bold move of unifying these two highly popular subjects with his book The World Peace Diet: Eating for Spiritual Health and Social Harmony. How world peace is to be achieved through watching what one eats is the subject of his talk on Saturday, July 25, at the Unitarian Society of Santa Barbara (1535 Santa Barbara St.). Beginning at 7 p.m., Tuttle’s lecture covers the physical and spiritual effects of the food choices we make in our everyday lives and how to restore humanity’s deep connection with nature that, Tuttle argues, may have been lost as we’ve dissociated ourselves with the sources of our food. Visit ussb.org for details.