workshop: Moshe Ross will present "Forgive and Be Reconciled," a free workshop teaching contemplative meditation and including a reading from his new book, "Really Being With You," at 7:30 p.m., Tuesday, Sept. 4, at Havurah Shir Hadash, 185 N. Mountain Ave, Ashland. Call 488-7716.




talk: Mary Rydman will give a talk, "What the Buddha Missed: Emotional Body Enlightenment," from 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 6, at Bloomsbury Books, 290 E. Main St., Ashland. 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." Call 488-0029.




paris: There will be a reading from "Around and About Paris" by Thirza Vallois at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 12, at Bloomsbury Books, 290 E. Main St., Ashland. 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. Call 488-0029.




mystery book: There will be a reading from "Sticky Fingers" a Tess Camillo mystery by Morgan Hunt, at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 13, at Bloomsbury Books, 290 E. Main St., Ashland. 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. Call 488-0029.




Buddha and darwin: There will be a reading from "Dismantling Discontent: Buddha's Way Through Darwin's World" by Charles Fisher at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Sept.. 14, at Bloomsbury Books, 290 E. Main St., Ashland. 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. Call 488-0029.




the cincinnati enquirer: There will be a reading of "Old Lady of Vine Street: The Valiant Fight for the Cincinnati Enquirer" by Richard Mastain at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 20, at Bloomsbury Books, 290 E. Main St., Ashland. 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. Call 488-0029.




historical novel: There will be a reading from "Master of Verona" by David Blixt at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 21, at Bloomsbury Books, 290 E. Main St., Ashland. 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. Call 488-0029.




De vere as shakespeare: There will be a reading from "De Vere as Shakespeare: An Oxfordian Reading of the Canon" By William Farina at 7:30 p.m. Monday, Sept. 24, at Bloomsbury Books, 290 E. Main St., Ashland. 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. Call 488-0029.




strength and joy: There will be a reading from "Personal Strength, Spiritual Joy: Bridging Heaven and Earth" by Jan Harrell and Alan Robbins at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 27, at Bloomsbury Books, 290 E. Main St., Ashland. 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. Call 488-0029.