Literary Happenings: Author explores queen’s long reign
At 10, her uncle’s marriage changed her family’s future forever. When she was 13, she met the young man who would become her husband of nearly 65 years (and counting). At 25, she became the monarch over a European nation and global territories. And this summer, as she welcomes the Olympics to London, Elizabeth II will celebrate the 60th anniversary — the Diamond Jubilee — of her reign.
“Elizabeth the Queen: The Life of a Modern Monarch” (Random House; $30) by Sally Bedell Smith covers it all, from her uncle David’s shocking abdication in 1936 to her grandson William’s wedding in 2011. Readers are provided with a light overview of general history and many behind-the-scenes details that reveal the queen’s work style, ceremonial roles, deeply personal faith and sometimes dysfunctional family relationships that have developed over her lifetime. It’s a fascinating look at a highly visible diplomat who has performed her role on the world’s stage with great stamina, humor and intelligence.
Craig Johnson: Noon today. Will sign “As the Crow Flies.” Mysteries to Die For, 2940 E. Thousand Oaks Blvd., Thousand Oaks. 374-0084.
Jason Love: 2 p.m. today. Author and columnist will speak. Camarillo Library, 4101 Las Posas Road, Camarillo. 388-5222.
Ed Lin: 2 p.m. Wednesday. Will sign “One Red Bastard.” Mysteries to Die For, 2940 E. Thousand Oaks Blvd., Thousand Oaks. 374-0084.
Children’s Stories: 10:30 a.m. Monday. Barnes & Noble, 160 S. Westlake Blvd., Thousand Oaks. 446-2820.
Humor Writing Workshop: 6 p.m. Monday. $49. CEED Building, Ventura College, 71 Day Road, Ventura. 654-6459.
Book Group: 7 p.m. Tuesday. “Still Alice” by Lisa Genova. Barnes & Noble, 4820 Telephone Road, Ventura. 339-0990.
Poetry Reading: 7:30 p.m. Tuesday. Featured poet is Enid Osborn. Artists’ Union Gallery, 330 S. California St., Ventura. 643-3012.
Story Time Fun: 1 p.m. Thursday. Mrs. Figs’ Bookworm, 93 Daily Drive, Camarillo. 482-1384.
Email Basics Class: 3:30 p.m. Monday. Oxnard Library.
Keyboarding Basics Class: 5 p.m. Monday. South Oxnard Library.
Thumbelina Puppet Show: 6:30 p.m. Tuesday. Blanchard Library.
Book Group: 7 p.m. Tuesday. “Lethal Lake” by Joan Blacher. Camarillo Library.
Paws 4 Healing: 6:30 p.m. Wednesday. Simi Valley Library.
Bilingual Stories: 5:30 p.m. Thursday. Oxnard Library.
Writers Workshop: 6:30 p.m. Thursday. Ojai Library.
Book Group: 7 p.m. Thursday. “Great Expectations” by Charles Dickens. Camarillo Library.
Girl Gaming: 1:30 p.m. Friday. Moorpark Library.
Paws for Reading: Noon Saturday. Foster Library.
Legos in the Library: 1 p.m. Saturday. Oak Park Library.
Monday: 10 a.m. Simi Valley Library.
5:30 p.m. Prueter Library.
Tuesday: 4 p.m. Oak View Library.
Wednesday: 10:30 a.m. Blanchard Library.
10:30 a.m. Moorpark Library.
Thursday: 10:30 a.m. Oak Park Library.
5 p.m. South Oxnard Library.
Saturday: 10:30 a.m. Barnes & Noble, 160 S. Westlake Blvd., Thousand Oaks. 446-2820.
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