While the big players on publishers' row continue to huddle under corporate umbrellas, some small publishers are joining forces and aggressively seeking new and established authors.
The Ojai Valley Book Co. has acquired Times Change Press, which was founded in 1970 in New York City and relocated to Ojai in 1987. Times Change, which will continue operating under its own name, has published books, pamphlets and posters ranging from social issues and sexual politics to ecology and ethics.
Michael Sherick, publisher of Times Change Press, says the company will continue its 30-title list of already published books, including "The Traffic in Women" by Emma Goldman and "The Early Homosexual Rights Movement (1864-1935)" by John Lauritsen and David Thorstad. He says they expect to release four new titles this year and six in 1998.
Contact Times Change at 646-8595.
The Ventura County chapter of Brandeis University Women's Committee is sponsoring its annual used book sale from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Longs Drugs, 760 Arneill Road, Camarillo.
Sarah Andrews will sign "Mother Nature," her third mystery featuring geologist Em Hansen, at noon Sunday at Mysteries to Die For, 2940 Thousand Oaks Blvd., Thousand Oaks.
Bill Marlatt will describe "How to Build Your Own Web Page" and use it for genealogy research at 7 p.m. Tuesday at Conejo Valley Adult Center, 1025 Old Farm Road, Thousand Oaks. Call 495-9659.
In Santa Barbara:
In the summer of 1994, veteran Los Angeles Times crime reporter Miles Corwin turned his attention to the high number of killings in certain areas of Los Angeles.
Corwin shadowed a team of homicide detectives in South-Central L.A. where 400 slayings took place in one year. He was present through every phase of their investigations from crime scene to autopsies.
He documents it all in "The Killing Season: A Summer Inside an LAPD Homicide Division." Corwin will sign at 3 p.m. Saturday at Earthling Bookshop, 1137 State St.
* Frances Halpern and Jon O'Brien co-host "Beyond Words" at 10 a.m. Sundays on KCLU-FM (88.3).