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Bakunin Makes Literary Home for Stories, Poems, Essays, Art : In book news, Barney Conrad of Carpinteria recounts the antics at a tavern, while David Lander of Ojai describes the Santa Fe Trail.

March 23, 1995|FRANCES HALPERN | SPECIAL TO THE TIMES

Ventura is a hotbed of active publishing houses. Jordan Jones of Simi Valley has for five years been publishing the literary journal Bakunin, in which the makers of stories, poems, essays, reviews and art are given voice. The beautifully produced, 138-page winter edition is available at bookstores. Send subscription orders or submissions to Bakunin at P.O. Box 1853, Simi Valley, CA 93062.

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Carpinteria resident Barney Conrad's latest book, "Name Dropping," recounts the antics of the celebrities who frequented El Matador, the San Francisco saloon he owned for 10 years. The prolific author of 25 books is a noted artist, former bullfighter and founder of the Santa Barbara Writer's Conference.

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"The Santa Fe Trail" by David Lavender of Ojai has just been published by Holiday House. The wonderfully illustrated book for 8- to 12-year-olds describes the 60-year history of the 775-mile-long wagon road between frontier Missouri and Santa Fe, N.M.

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Creating and Sharing Children's Literature, an annual parent-child workshop recommended for students 8 to 14 is scheduled from 9 to 11 a.m. Saturday in Guthrie Hall at Ventura College. Jody Fickes Shapiro of Adventures For Kids Bookstore and poet-authors Janet Wong ("Good Luck Gold") and Joan Bransfield Graham ("Splish Splash") will conduct the seminar. Call Linda Calvin at 497-9511, Ext. 233, to see if tickets, at $6 each, are still available.

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"Women have finally earned the right to say no to unwanted sexual advances, but do not yet have the right to say yes to sexual pleasure," writes therapist Gina Ogden, who will sign her book, "Women Who Love Sex," at 7 p.m. Saturday at Ventura Bookstore, 522 E. Main St.

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Ann Perry, who 40 years ago as an adolescent committed a murder in New Zealand for which she spent five years in jail, will sign her latest historical mystery, "Traitor's Gate," at 11 a.m. Sunday at Mysteries to Die For, 2940 Thousand Oaks Blvd., Thousand Oaks.

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Ken Carey, author of the "Starseed" volumes, will sign a reissue of "The Third Millennium" at 7 p.m. Monday at Ventura Bookstore.

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