Cheap Thrills

JANCE SIGNING. Joanna Brady's back in ink.

J.A. Jance's favorite sheriff is back in business in Cochise County in Jance's latest Southern Arizona mystery, Paradise Lost.

Jance, also the best-selling author of a series set in Seattle and two thrillers set on the Tohono O'odham reservation, recently purchased a home here in the Old Pueblo.

Learn more about the book during a discussion and signing at 5 p.m. Wednesday at Clues Unlimited Bookstore in Broadway Village (123 S. Eastbourne Ave.).

For more information, call 326-8533.

FIND THIS PLACE. Author Jimmy Santiago Baca will be talking about his new book Friday.

Baca will discuss and sign copies of Place to Stand at 7 p.m. at Borders Books and Music, 4235 N. Oracle Road.

For more information, call 292-1331.

See "Prison Poet," page 37.

IT'S NOT FREE, OR EVEN VERY CHEAP. It's really not a thrill either, except that giving does have a certain feel-good quality about it.

Especially if it means you'll be dining on Maine lobster in the process.

Child and Family Resources, a private, non-profit agency, has announced its 14th annual Lobster Landing fund-raiser.

Here's the deal: Fork over $15 for a good cause and you'll get a 1-pound lobster, dead (cooked) or alive. Your choice.

Lobsters can be ordered now through October 12. The crustaceans will be flown in from Maine, landing at Tucson International on October 20.

Order your lobster by calling 881-8940 or by stopping by 2800 E. Broadway Blvd. Hey, you'll be feasting to help an organization that touches the lives of more than 5,000 children every day.

HERE AND WAY OVER THERE. Find out more about Tucson's Mexican-American community or investigate happenings on the other side of the earth.

Local writer James S. Griffith will discuss and sign copies of his most recent book, Hecho a Mano, during a Barnes and Noble event at 5 p.m. Saturday. Griffith's book celebrates the artistic cultural contributions of Tucson's Mexican-American community.

Earlier in the day, at 2 p.m., Masha Hamilton will discuss her effort, Staircase of a Thousand Steps, which is set in Transjordan just before the 1967 war with Israel. Staircase blends a chorus of voices into a poetic and haunting tale of loyalty and betrayal.

Both signings take place at Barnes and Noble, 5130 E. Broadway Blvd. For more information, call 512-1166.

MEET AN ARTIST. Here's a chance to meet artist Mia Ruyter.

Ruyter will be available for discussions from 5 to 7 p.m. Wednesday at the school of art in the College of Fine Arts at the University of Arizona. The presentation is part of the Joseph Gross Gallery 2001-02 exhibition season.

Regular gallery hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mondays through Fridays. For more information, call 621-7000.