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first_imgRancho Palos Verdes resident Alan Cook is well into his second career as a novelist. After retiring as a computer analyst for IBM and other companies, he began writing about his passion, walking. His first book, “Walking the World: Memories and Adventures,” is a memoir of long walks taken around the country. Then he ventured into mystery writing and recently completed his third mystery, “Honeymoon for Three.” Set in 1964, the story centers around a high school nerd-turned-murderer who stalks a man and a woman during their honeymoon trip to a series of Western landmarks. Cook also is a poet, photographer and member of many literary societies, including Mystery Writers of America, The Author’s Guild and Southwest Manuscripters. He will be among six authors to speak at the 50th Books and Authors Luncheon at 10:30 a.m. Nov. 14 at the Torrance Marriott Hotel. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.After 50 years hosting this event, the Palos Verdes Woman’s Club has developed a loyal following of attendees who return to hear talks by celebrity authors and to get a jump start on their holiday gift giving with autographed copies of new books. Other authors scheduled to attend include New York Times best-selling mystery/food writer Elizabeth Adler with her new book, “Meet Me in Venice”; Karen Olsen with her new book, “Day of the Dead,” a thriller about a New Haven police reporter who connects the dots between the John Doe “floater” in the harbor, the police chief and the city’s immigrant population; and Patricia Smiley, introducing “Short Change,” a murder set in Los Angeles’ Gold Coast. Also Gary Lyons, curator of the Huntington Botanical Gardens, will review his book, “Desert Plants: A Curator’s Introduction to the Huntington Desert Garden.” And children’s book author Barbara Hart, an Emmy-nominated writer, will discuss her book, “The Adventure of Octopus Rex.” Tickets, which include lunch, are $50 and can be bought by calling Connie Beck at 310-265-1173. [email protected] 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

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