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WORDS AND IMAGES : A Is for Autograph : Sue Grafton signs her latest mystery, 'J Is for Judgment,' for fans at the Ventura Bookstore.

April 08, 1993|FRANCES HALPERN | SPECIAL TO THE TIMES

"J Is for Judgment" is Sue Grafton's 10th book in the Kinsey Milhone alphabet mystery series and a sure bet to hit the bestseller lists. Grafton, a Santa Barbara resident, has achieved national recognition as an author, enjoys the dedication of mystery fan/tourists who often run up and down the beaches of Santa Barbara hoping to encounter her while out jogging. Her spirited, crime-solving heroine began life in "A Is For Alibi." Perhaps one of the reasons for the huge success of the novels is that Kinsey grows and changes with each new adventure. Grafton will be autographing at the Ventura Bookstore, 522 E. Main St., Ventura, at noon on Wednesday.

The Arcade Poetry Project presents Diane and Ron Reichhick, who will read at 8 p.m. Saturday in the Performance Studio, 34 N. Palm St., Ventura. Open readings will follow. Admission is $1.

The Prueter Library continues its California Gold film series with "Preserving the Past" and "Traditions" at 7 p.m. Monday in the library, 510 Park Ave., Port Hueneme.

The Conejo Valley Genealogical Society will present two programs Tuesday in the Thousand Oaks Library, 1401 E. Janss Road. At 6:30 p.m., Southern California libraries will be the subject of discussion. Book table browsing and refreshments are scheduled at 7 p.m.; at 7:30 p.m. Brad Miller will describe the contents of the library's Special Collections Department. Call 497-8293.

Eric Seyfarth, editor of Westways Magazine, which has published the work of generations of free-lancers (including this columnist) over its 84 years, will speak to the Ventura County Writers Club about the magazine's changing format and new editorial requirements. The evening begins at 7:30 Tuesday in the Pleasant Valley Baptist Church, 1101 Ponderosa Drive, Camarillo. There is a $4 fee for non-members. Call 495-8730 or 647-5369.

Jim Woodard will weave his storytelling magic for kids aged 7 to 12 from 3:30 to 5 p.m. April 15 in the Newbury Park Library, 2331 Borchard Road. Library cards not required.

Author Jean Stangl, regional adviser to the Society of Children's Book Writers, will conduct a one-day workshop on the "Children's Book and Magazine Market" from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. April 17 in the Civic Arts Plaza Center, 110 S. Conejo School Road, Thousand Oaks. Call 644-7261 for details.

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