STAND AND DELIVER: Love him or hate him, there is no denying T.C. Boyle’s (pictured above at the Santa Barbara Maritime Museum) prolific powers with the written word. A happy S.B. resident for the better part of the past two decades, Boyle made his 13th novel a local affair, with much of the action taking place in Santa Barbara or out on the Channel Islands. Even better, at its core is a vast and varied debate about one of Santa Barbara’s most beloved topics – environmentalism and the role of humans on this planet.