The Southern California Booksellers Assn., PEN Center U.S.A. West, The National Book Foundation and The Homeless Writers Coalition, in conjunction with the publication of "Louder Than Words" (Vintage Books) present a series of events spotlighting homelessness in our society.
Santa Monica. Musicians D. J. Bonebrake (X), Steve Wynn (Dream Syndicate), Tom Boyd (Artists Against Homelessness); authors Steve Erickson ("Leap Year"), Judith Freeman ("Chinchilla Farm"), Anthony Hernandez (photographer, "Landscapes of the Homeless"), Jackie Joseph (LADIES), Carolyn See ("Louder Than Words"). At My Place, 2-3:30 p.m., 1026 Wilshire Blvd., 1:30 p.m., $3; food bins available for donations. Information: (213)-451-8596.
Venice. Carol Muske-Dukes ("Dear Digby"), David St. John, Ken Tiger, Carolyn See ("Louder Than Words," Small World Books, 1407 Ocean Front Walk, 6 p.m. Information: (213) 399-2360.
Venice. Ethan Canin ("Emperor of the Air"), Carolyn See ("Louder Than Words"), Lawrence Gaglione (Homeless Writers Newsletter), Beyond Baroque, 681 Venice Blvd., 8 p.m., $5., ($3, members, students, seniors), Information: (213) 822-3006.
Los Angeles. Dino (Homeless Writers Coalition), K. O. (Homeless Writers Coalition), Molly Lowry (LAMP), John Farrell (president, PEN Center U.S.A. West), Hubert Selby ("Last Exit to Brooklyn"), University Book Store, USC, 12-1 p.m., 840 Childs Way, USC, noon. Information: (213) 743-BOOK.
Brentwood. Gloria Allred (attorney), Dino (Homeless Writers Coalition), Carolyn See ("Louder Than Words"), Mona Simpson ("Anywhere but Here"), Russ Garner (Homeless Writers Coalition), Joe Spano (actor, "Hill Street Blues"), Dutton's Bookstore, 11975 San Vicente Blvd., Brentwood, 6 p.m. Bins available for donation of food and clothing. Information: (213) 476-6263.
Sherman Oaks. House-warming for Women's Care Cottage (the only transitional housing for homeless women and children in the San Fernando Valley): Gloria Allred (attorney), Sandy Nimoy (LADIES), Carolyn See ("Louder Than Words") and Jacki Townsen (Homeless Writers Coalition), Bread and Roses, 13812 Ventura Blvd., Sherman Oaks, 7 p.m. Food bin available; house-warming presents welcome. Information: (818) 986-5376.
Venice. Jeanne Cooper (Venice Voices), Lawrence Gaglione (Venice Voices), David Halenda (Los Angeles Poverty Department), Martin Sheen (actor), St. Joseph's Center, 663 Rose Ave., 7:30 p.m., $10, to benefit St. Joseph's Center. Information: (213) 396-6468.
Santa Monica. Nichelle Nichols (actress, "Star Trek"), Southern Comfort (Homeless Writers Coalition), Jeanne Cooper (Venice Voices) and Rosanna DeSoto (actress, "Family Business"), Midnight Special Bookstore, 7:30 p.m., 1350 3rd St. Promenade, 7:30 p.m., $5., all proceeds to benefit homeless writers; food bin available. Information: (213) 393-2923.
Beverly Hills. Artists Against Homelessness: A fund raiser for the Cultural Center for the Homeless, including readers from The Homeless Writers Coalition and a screening of Rob Stone's "Sidewalk Motel," Fine Arts Theatre, 8556 Wilshire Blvd., 12:30 p.m., admission: one can of food. Information: (213) 393-2933.
* Bins also will be available for food and clothing at the following locations, today through Feb. 17:
Santa Monica. Change of Hobbit Books, 1433 2nd St.
West Hollywood. Book Soup, 8818 Sunset Blvd.
Pasadena. Page One Books, 966 N. Lake, Pasadena.
Donations of food will benefit the Westside Food Bank, 604B Colorado Ave., Santa Monica. Information: (213) 314-1150.