AUTHOR'S TALK: Mystery writer Denise Hamilton will present "Los Angeles Noir: From Fact to Fiction," a talk about creating suspenseful crime fiction from her experiences as an award-winning journalist with the Los Angeles Times, at 6 p.m. Friday, Aug. 10, at the Bookwagon, 1652 Ashland St., Ashland. Hamilton will sign copies of her latest Eve Diamond mystery, "Prisoner of Memory," and her other works. She'll also sign her books at 4 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 11, at Barnes Noble Booksellers, 1400 Biddle Road, Medford. Call 552-0743 or see .

book signing: Barnes Noble Booksellers will host several Northwest-based authors from — to — p.m. Saturday, Aug. 11, at 1400 Biddle Road, Medford. Featured authors include: J. Darcy Dill, "Body Friendly Golf: Instruction Mixed w/Exercise"; P.K. Hallinan, author/illustrator of numerous children's books who also has a story time at noon; Bill Hash, "Jahmon's Adventure Home," a short children's adventure story set in the jungle of Belize; Ken Lewis, "Little Blue Whales," a mystery set on the Southern Oregon coast; Kathleen Popa, "To Dance in the Desert," about solitary characters and their life-changing interactions; Frank Romano, "Storm Over Morocco, a biography/religious quest set in North Africa; Paula Anema Sohl, "Resurrecting Eve: Women of Faith Challenge the Fundamentalist Agenda"; Jan Harrell, "Personal Strength ~ Spiritual Joy"; and Ken Goddard, "CSI: In Extremis.

film: Local filmmaker and photographer Jack Bingham will present a public screening and sale of his new DVD "Rogue River Magic II" from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 11, at Bloomsbury Books, 290 E. Main St., Ashland. He will also be showing a sneak preview of "Eyes of Yosemite." Call 488-0029.

lecture: The Rogue Valley Metaphysical Library will sponsor "Former White House Interpreter Talks of Transformation," a presentation by Fred Burks from 7 to 9 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 14, at 258 A St., Ashland. After 18 years of top secret meetings at the highest level of government, Burks now dedicates his life to information that he believes can empower and transform the future of the planet. See or call 552-9119 between 2 and 6 p.m.

courtroom program: Temple Emek Shalom will present "You Be the Judge" at 7 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 18, at the temple, 1800 E. Main St., Ashland. Rabbi Marc Sirinsky will create a mini-courtroom and explore how Jewish law looks at real-life ethical problems drawn from cases in the headlines. The evening will consider how these cases might be tested under Jewish law to find the right solution. A wine and cheese reception will be held afterwards. This educational opportunity is for adults only. Admission is $7.50. Call 488-2909.

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