Bloomsbury Books, 290 E. Main St., Ashland, will present free evenings based on books. The nights will offer author readings, book signings and talks. Call 488-0029.

Bloomsbury Books, 290 E. Main St., Ashland, will present free evenings based on books. The nights will offer author readings, book signings and talks. Call 488-0029.

7-9 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 6: "What the Buddha Missed: Emotional Body Enlightenment" a talk by Mary Rydman. Rydman will introduce the concept of "emotional body enlightenment" and explore its implications on the limits of New Age spirituality and the dangers of deeksha, as introduced by Daniel Barron in his books, "Enheartenment," and "There's No Such Thing as a Negative Emotion."

7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 12: "Around and About Paris" by Thirza Vallois. Vallois, a 30-year resident of Paris, spent seven of those years walking down every one of Paris' streets, reading every available book written about her favorite city, interviewing old-timers, and then compiling all her research into three books. As each chapter unfolds, the reader walks with Vallois, district by district along the streets of Paris, sharing in the art, literature, music, history, politics, science, religion, economics, entertainment, crime, passion and local color of each unique district.

7:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 13: "Sticky Fingers" a Tess Camillo mystery by Morgan Hunt. In local author Hunt's book, shortly after amateur sleuth Tess Camillo discovers a rattlesnake under the bed of her San Diego home, another lesbian is killed with a snake. Police worry that they have a herpetophile serial killer on their hands. With curiosity, humor and chutzpah, Tess confronts a rapist who raises rattlers, a nurse who fishes with strange bait, and a well-endowed scarecrow before she solves the case.

7:30 p.m. Friday, Sep. 14: "Dismantling Discontent: Buddha's Way Through Darwin's World" by Charles Fisher. Fisher synthesizes the scientific viewpoint of Darwin and the meditative approach of Buddha to suggest a new middle way for humans to be at greater peace with themselves, each other, and the world in which they live.

7:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 20: "Old Lady of Vine Street: The Valiant Fight for the Cincinnati Enquirer" by Richard Mastain. In his book, Ashland author Mastain tells the story of a small band of reporters who had the courage to risk everything they had for their belief in the importance of a free and independent press. They fought the powerful Taft family for the right to buy their own newspaper, the Cincinnati Enquirer.

7:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 21: "Master of Verona" by David Blixt. In Shakespearean actor Blixt's historical novel, Pietro Alaghieri, 17, upon the death of his elder brother in 1314, is thrust headlong into the post of scion to his father, the famous poet Dante. Pietro's two best friends, Mariotto and Antonio, are pushed to the edge of rekindling an ancient blood feud by their joint love of a woman. This stretches Pietro's loyalties to their limits.

7:30 p.m. Monday, Sept. 24: "De Vere as Shakespeare: An Oxfordian Reading of the Canon" By William Farina. During the 20th century, Edward de Vere, the most flamboyant of the courtier poets, a man of the theater and literary patron, became the leading candidate for an alternative Shakespeare. Farina's book presents the controversial argument for de Vere's authorship of the plays and poems attributed to Shakespeare, offering the available historical evidence and moreover the literary evidence to be found within the works.

7:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 27: "Personal Strength, Spiritual Joy: Bridging Heaven and Earth" by Jan Harrell and Alan Robbins. In their book, Harrell and Robbins contend that the journey toward psychological growth and the journey toward unity with God are inseparable. Each leads inevitably to the other.