DOG DAYS OF SUMMER: These final weeks of the season are slow ones on the Santa Barbara books and lectures scene: We sit in the trough between the relatively busy spring and the more laidback but nonetheless eventful summer. While regular readers of this column will no doubt seize the moment and take a bit of pre-solstice solace in the books they’ve been meaning to read for the past few months, the stalwart Chaucer’s Books (3321 State) keeps on keeping on with its regular schedule of author appearances. In addition to M*A*S*H star Mike Farrell’s appearance on Sunday, June 28, promoting his road-trippy new book Of Mule and Man (click here for the preview), the S.B. book-lover’s institution hosts three writers with three new releases on a wide range of subjects, from personal development to prewar China. For further details on any of these events, call 682-6787 or visit chaucersbooks.com.
DEALING WITH DEMENTIA: On Thursday, June 25, at 7 p.m., at Chaucer’s, John G. Bloomer stops by to discuss and sign What the Heck Do We Do Now? Families Facing Alzheimer’s. The book adds to the important body of literature written to address those who have been taken by surprise by rare disorders. Confusing and unsettling enough by their very nature, diseases like Alzheimer’s are made even scarier by the grim media coverage surrounding them. Its exceedingly plainspoken title alone suggests that Bloomer’s book takes a step toward attenuating, not amplifying, this cloud of fear. A truly local product, What the Heck Do We Do Now? boasts both an S.B.-based author-Bloomer works as an Alzheimer’s care professional in our fair city-and is published by the S.B.-based Carefree Senior Living Press.