* FRI, OCT 20: Photographer Jim Arndt will be at BookStop Sunset Valley to promote and sign The Cowboy Boot Book, 5-7pm... Ex-Austinite Thomas Zigal, author of Playland, will be at BookPeople for a booksigning of his latest mystery, Into Thin Air, 7pm... Mary Willis Walker will be at Barnes & Noble for her new book Under the Beetle's Cellar, 7-8pm.
* SAT, OCT 21: Nancy Mantha, author of Looking for Diamonds, will be
at Barnes & Noble's Saturday Storytime for kids, 11am... Mystery authors
Barbara Burnet Smith and Susan Rogers Cooper are at Adventures in Crime &
Space bookstore, 2-4pm... Lone Star Dinosaurs' author Louis Jacobs will
be at BookStop Central Park in honor of the book's publication,
2-4pm... Local writer R.J. Pineiro is at BookStop Crossroads in celebration of his latest thriller, Retribution, 2-4pm... Austin's Charles Meyer is at BookStop Sunset Valley for a booksigning celebrating his novel, Saints of God, 2-4pm... Just in time for Halloween, David J. Skal will be at Barnes & Noble to sign copies of his new tome, V Is for Vampire, 4-6pm.
* SUN, OCT 22: Popular locals Mary Willis Walker (Red Scream), William Browning Spencer (Zod Wallop), and Carolyn Banks (Tart Tales) make booksigning appearances at Adventures in Crime and Space Bookstores, 2-4pm... Acclaimed author (and ex-Chron writer) Lars Eighner is at Barnes & Noble to read and sign his latest, Pawn to Queen Four, 7-8pm.
* TUE, OCT 24: Socio-political satirist P.J. O'Rourke - a writer whose wicked style inspired me to pursue this profession, then betrayed me by coming out of the closet as a Republican - will be at Book People to promote his memoirs, Age & Guile: Beat Youth, Innocence, and a Bad Haircut, 7pm. That'll be me at the back of the crowd, fuming but fascinated.
* WED, OCT 25: Tim O'Brien, author of In the Lake of the Woods, will be at Book-People for a reading and signing, 7pm.
- Margaret Moser "Post Scripts" is for author appearance and booksignings; deadline is two weeks before issue date. Mail to: The Austin Chronicle, PO Box 49066, Austin,TX 78765; fax 458-6910.