Briefs: Local Book Notes September 14, 2008

• Peter Menzel and Faith D’Aluisio, photojournalists and authors of “Hungry Planet: What the World Eats,” will speak at 7 p.m. Friday at Liff Auditorium in the Mesa State College student center.

The free event is hosted by Project Common Ground,

In the book, Menzel and D’Aluisio “present a photographic study of families from around the world, revealing what people eat during the course of one week,” according Menzel’s Web site,

• Bruce Ducker will sign copies of his book “Dizzying Heights: The Aspen Novel,” starting at 2 p.m. Saturday at Barnes & Noble Booksellers.

“Dizzying Heights” is a satirical tale about “the billionaires who travel to their second homes in private jets, the ski bums and service staff who live down valley and keep the town running, the fading starlets, the opportunists of every stripe,” according to a media release.

Ducker practiced corporate law in Denver for much of his career. He lives in Denver and the Roaring Fork Valley.

Ducker’s collection of fly fishing stories, “Home Pool,” was also published this year.

• Local bookstores are celebrating the release of “Brisingr” by Christopher Paolini with special hours and events.

** Hastings, 2401 North Ave., will open for its midnight release party at 10:30 p.m. Friday . There will be games and prizes, and “Brisingr” will go on sale at midnight.

** At Borders, 2464 U.S. Highway 6&50, breakfast with “Brisingr” starts at 8 a.m. Saturday . There will be trivia, contests and more.

** Barnes & Noble, 2451 Patterson Road, opens an hour earlier at 8 a.m. on Saturday. Look for cafe specials.


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