* FRI, OCT 18: Charles D'Ambrosio will appear at Barnes & Noble (Arboretum), 7-8pm, to read and sign from The Point.
* SAT, OCT 19: Austinite Bradley Denton signs his newest release, Lunatics, at Barnes & Noble (Arboretum), 1-2pm.... Barnes & Noble (Westlake) celebrates the grand opening of The Village at Westlake shopping center: At 1pm, children's author Allison Klassen reads and sign her two books, Less Is More and I Did It! At 2pm, mystery author Neal Barrett will sign his latest novel, Skinny Anny Blues. And at 4pm, Trevor Romain, a local children's author, will host a workshop where kids can help him develop the characters in his new TV/books series. Romain also will sign copies of his books, The Boy Who Swallowed a Rainbow, Silent Voice, and The Little People's Guide to the Big World.... Lama Norlha will discuss Tibetan Buddhism and the chapter he wrote for Kalu Rinpoche's book, The Dharma, at Book People at 2pm... At 7pm at Book People, local poets will read from Joseph Colin Murphey's collection of poetry, Waiting for Nightfall... Eddie Wilson, owner of Threadgill's Restaurant, signs copies of Threadgills: The Cookbook at Borders, 3:30pm... Tracy Curtis, author of Creepy Cookie, will host a "Spooky Kooky Cookie Decorating Workshop" at Toad Hall, 1pm. Call 323-2665 for details on costs and ages.
* SUN, OCT 20: Kevin Freiberg will discuss and sign copies of his book, Nuts! Southwest Airlines' Crazy Recipe for Business and Personal Success, at Book People at 7pm.
* MON, OCT 21: Gregg Stebben, author of A Man's Life: The Complete Instructions, hosts a beer tasting/booksigning at Borders, 5:30pm.
* TUE, OCT 22: Patricia Bauer-Slate signs The Sweetish Hill Bakery
Cookbook at Borders at 7:30pm. Sweetish Hill Bakery cookies will be
served... Martha Menchaca, associate professor at UT, will discuss her recent
book, The Mexican Outsiders: A Community History of Marginalization and
Discrimination in California; 4pm in the Texas Union on the UT campus, room
number to be announced. Call
471-4557... Activist Torie Osborn will read from and sign copies of her Coming Home to America: A Roadmap for Gay and Lesbian Empowerment at BookWoman at 7pm.
* THU, OCT 24: MIT research scholar Frank Sulloway will discuss and sign copies of his book, Born to Rebel: Birth Order, Family Dynamics, and Creative Lives, at Book People at 7pm... Austin attorney Bert Pluymen hosts a party for his new book, The Thinking Person's Guide to Sobriety, at La Zona Rosa, 5-9pm.
* ONGOING: The Austin Writers' League (AWL) is taking registrations for "SELL! SELL! SELL!," a nonfiction magazine writing conference Nov. 2-3 at the North Hilton. Ten editors from national and regional magazines will share perspectives on trends in magazine publishing and strategies for breaking into the market. Cost is $125 for AWL members and $160 for non-members. Call 499-8914... The Book Publishers of Texas hosts a writers and publishers seminar Nov. 15 at the Omni, with Greg Tobin, editor-in-chief of the Book-of-the-Month Club, as keynote speaker. Registration is $80, deadline is Oct. 30. Call 214/946-4479.
"Post Scripts" is for author appearances and booksignings; the deadline is two weeks before the issue date. Mail to Austin Chronicle, PO Box 49066, Austin, TX 78765; fax 458-6910.