The online site Flavorwire describes itself as “a publication (compiled by a) network of culturally connected people covering events, art, books, music, film, TV and pop culture the world over. Highbrow, lowbrow and everything in between” (www.flavorwire.com).
Good to know and good to view its vintage-picture gallery of “25 Photos of Famous Authors in Uniform.” The intro says: “Here you’ll find 25 snaps of some of your favorite writers all dressed up in uniform – whether military, sports, school or otherwise.”
Among them are Agatha Christie (in a nurse’s uniform), Arthur Conan Doyle, Ernest Hemingway, F. Scott Fitzgerald, Ian Fleming, J.R.R. Tolkien (in an army uniform), Jack Kerouac (in a football uniform), Ursula K. Le Guin and Zane Grey.
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▪ Catriona McPherson for “The Child Garden,” noon Thursday at Face In a Book, 4359 Town Center Blvd., El Dorado Hills; 916-941-9401. McPherson has appeared for the Bee Book Club. Also: Megan Woolsey for “It’s Really 10 Months Special Delivery: A Collection of Stories from Girth to Birth,” 6:30 p.m. Sept. 11.
▪ Jack Deveny for “Blind Triangle,” 5:30 p.m. Thursday at Barnes & Noble, 1725 Arden Way, Sacramento; 916-565-0644.
▪ “Humor Through Hell” by Robert Ehrhart, noon Saturday at Avid Reader at Tower, 1600 Broadway, Sacramento; 916-441-4400.
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▪ Susan Casey was so moved by her unexpected encounter with wild dolphins while swimming off Maui that she embarked on a two-year global journey to understand the mammal’s “complex relationship to humanity.” The result is “Voices in the Ocean,” both informative and moving (Doubleday, $28, 320 pages).
▪ For thousands of high school grads, the start of higher education means community college. There to help is the straightforward “The ABC’s to Starting at a California Community College” by Bertha Barraza and others (Xlibris, $31, 49 pages), an illustrated guide to the community college experience.
▪ If you’re planning a trip or an evening of armchair travel, “50 Must-See Destinations” by Alexia Skubala is a cleverly designed tool (Deckopedia, $20). Each of the sturdy cards in the packet shows an indicative photo of the city or region on one side, and a concise list of fast facts on the other – best season to visit, suggested activities, tips and trivia.