Cartoonists and authors you may be wild about will converge at the Schulz Museum Saturday, Dec. 9 for “Drawing Strength,” a conversation and book-signing to benefit fire-relief efforts.

Be there to hear and speak with three local literary stars:

• Stephan Pastis, creator of the wildly popular “Pearls Before Swine” comic strip and “Timmy Failure” children’s books.

• Graphic novelist and science writer Brian Fies, whose “Mom’s Cancer” won an Eisner Award and who responded to the loss of his family’s home to the Tubbs inferno with a raw and compelling comic narrative, “A Fire Story.”

• Comic fantasy author Christopher Moore, whose prolific works include “The Serpent of Venice,” “Fool,” “Lamb” and “Sacré Bleu,” and whom Carl Hiassen called “a very sick man, in the very best sense of that word.”

Tickets are at

I get to moderate the 6 p.m. conversation with Pastis, Fies and Moore. Afterward will be a reception and a signing and draw-a-thon by that trio and also Dave Eggers, Raina Telgemeier and Judd Winick.


Book talks: Marcy Carriker Smothers will give a talk on “Eat Like Walt” at 9 a.m. and 1 p.m. Oct. 7 in Disneyland, and at 1 p.m. Oct. 28 at the North Bay Women’s Expo at the Graton Casino in Rohnert Park.

Website: offers interactive features that complement the book, including a map of Disneyland with pins that indicate where each restaurant was in Walt’s era and what is there now; upcoming book appearances; extra photos; “secret scoop” tips to Disneyland; and favorite ride and food picks from Disneyland executives such as John Lasseter.

Other books: Smothers also wrote “Snacks: Adventures in Food, Aisle by Aisle” (Harper One, 2013)