The Alameda Free Library has several events planned over the next few weeks, as do some of the Island's yacht clubs.

Beginning at 7 p.m. Wednesday, three local authors will read from and talk about their books at the Main Library.

Janet Dawson, a longtime Alameda resident, writes mysteries set in town. One of her latest books, "Bit Player," was nominated for a Golden Nugget award. And her most recent suspense novel, "What You Wish For," has just been published by Perseverance Press.

Ann Parker writes historical mysteries, most notably the Silver Rush series, which is set in Colorado in the 1880s. She won the Bruce Alexander Historical Mystery Award for "Mercury's Rise."

Camille Minichino, a physicist by training, has published 18 mysteries. The author continues to work at the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory and teach at Golden Gate University in San Francisco.

On Nov. 28, the Main Library will host a reception from 6:30 to 8 p.m. for featured artist Gary Bukovnik, of San Francisco. The artist has a monoprint show up at the library and has done posters and other creations for the San Francisco Symphony for the past 30 years.

Bukovnik also does bright-colored watercolors. For his art, he uses live flowers and landscapes rather than photographs.

Alameda artist Jon Kerpel also stresses the theme of nature in his art assemblages, which will be on display at the Main Library through December. His sculptures aim to bring together the natural world and mankind's impact on it.


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Kerpel works with jewels and shiny objects, recycled materials, small animal statues and a wide variety of repurposed items. His work focuses on environmental stewardship and balance.

Alameda Free Library also hosts meetings of a teen book group and classes in technology. On Nov. 20 and Nov. 27, it will have a PowerPoint workshop and asks that interested residents sign up in advance.

Across town at the Encinal Yacht Club, a group of sailors has formed the Fairlead Society. The organization hopes to bridge the gap between young Bay Area professionals and the sailing community, according to founder Kristen Walthour.

It held a Halloween party Oct. 26 and plans a holiday mixer for Nov. 30 in cooperation with the Modern Sailing Club. Other events, which include free sailboat rides, are scheduled for 2013.

This is the time of year when some yacht clubs bring in new leadership. Special events are planned at the Oakland Yacht Club and other venues in town this month.

Janet Levaux also writes the Alameda Journal Blog at www.ibabuzz.com/alamedajournal.