Mystery author gives lecture, signs books

As part of the Glendale Public Library citywide reading program, One Book/One Glendale, a series of events sponsored by Glendale Community College are being held on campus throughout the month highlighted by a keynote address and book signing from author and Glendale resident Denise Hamilton on Oct. 27.

The book selected for One Book/One Glendale is "Los Angeles Noir," edited by Hamilton and published by Akashic Books in 2007. It features stories by Michael Connelly, Janet Fitch, Susan Straight, Hector Tobar, Patt Morrison, Robert Ferrigno, Gary Phillips, Christopher Rice, Naomi Hirahara, Jim Pascoe, Scott Phillips, Diana Wagman, Lienna Silver, Brian Ascalon Roley and Denise Hamilton.

Known for writing the Eve Diamond series, Hamilton's books have been shortlisted for the Edgar, Macavity, Anthony and Willa Cather awards. The Los Angeles Times named "Last Lullaby" a Best Book of 2004, and it was also a USA Today Summer Pick and a finalist for a Southern California Booksellers Assn.'s 2004 award. Her fourth Eve Diamond novel, "Savage Garden," is a Los Angeles Times bestseller and was shortlisted for the Southern California Booksellers Assn. award for Best Mystery of 2005.

Events at the college follow a noir theme with a screening of the 1950 Billy Wilder film "Sunset Blvd." at 6:50 p.m. on Oct. 12 in the Student Center. History instructors Elizabeth Kronbeck and Robyn Fishman will lead a discussion on Hollywood and noir following the screening.

"The Fantasy of the Femme Fatale" will be the topic of a faculty-led panel discussion at 6:50 p.m. on Oct. 18 in the Student Center.

Pulitzer Prize-winning L.A. Times journalist and contributing writer to "Los Angeles Noir" Hector Tobar will speak in Kreider Hall starting at 12:20 p.m. on Oct. 20.

Hamilton's keynote address will be at 12:20 p.m. Oct. 27 in the auditorium.

In addition to the public events, students will be able to discuss the book at the GCC Faculty/Student Book Club meeting and can attend the weekly "Friday Flix" that will feature noir on Oct. 29 with the 1946 Howard Hawks film "The Big Sleep."

Admission to the events is free. The college is at 1500 N. Verdugo Road.

Late-start classes are set to begin

Second six- and eight-week credit classes begin the week of Oct. 25 at GCC. Many of the courses are offered in the Business Division.

CABOT 107 - Business Writer's Workshop meets Monday mornings and is an entry-level writing class for those needing assistance with grammar, punctuation, capitalization and other rules of business writing.

CABOT 156 - Voice Recognition (Dragon NS) teaches students to use voice recognition software and meets Saturday mornings.

Business Administration 178, Introduction to International Finance meets Monday and Wednesday evenings.

Business Administration 203, Customer Service and Relations, focuses on strategies for developing a first-class customer service environment in a culturally diverse, globally competitive, e-commerce business climate. The class is held Tuesday evenings.

For more information on classes in the Business Division, call (818) 240-1000, Ext. 5484. A complete list of classes can be found at

Tickets available for 'The Servant of Two Masters'

The GCC Theatre Arts Department production of "The Servant of Two Masters" by Carlo Goldoni opens Nov. 4 in the Auditorium Mainstage Theatre.

The play is a commedia dell' arte and it will be directed by Jeanette D. Farr. The farce involves mistaken identities, broken engagements and reunited lovers. Chronically hungry servant Truffaldino comes up with a scheme to double his wages and food intake by serving two masters at once.

Performances are at 8 p.m. Thursdays through Saturdays and 2 p.m. Sundays until Nov. 14. Admission is $10, $6 for students and seniors and $4 each for children 12 and under and groups of 10 or more. For information and reservations, call the box office at (818) 240-1000, Ext. 5612. Tickets can also be purchased at the door. Free parking is available adjacent to the Auditorium Building on Circle Drive Fridays through Sundays only.

WENDY GROVE is public information coordinator at Glendale Community College. Her column runs once a month. Reach her at (818) 551-5161 or by e-mail at

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