Shark week has arrived, and Cal State Long Beach’s SharkLab launched a new comic book focused on how people interact with marine life, especially sharks.

Long Beach resident Michael Andrew Stugrin’s latest book, “Savoring Simple Home Cooking: Culinary Themes, Variations, and Improvisations,” is now available on amazon.com. The book, which includes more than 350 recipes, can be purchased in both print and electronic formats.

Standing on his terrace with a sweeping view of the blue waters of the Pacific Ocean and the sandy shore of Long Beach, Dr. Matthew Jenkins has come a long way since his days as a youngster on his family’s farm in Alabama.

Wendy Hornsby, a former history teacher at Long Beach City College and former columnist at the Grunion Gazette, has released another book in her popular Maggie MacGowen mystery series.

Long Beach’s Literary Women Festival of Authors is designed to balance inequity, to showcase women authors who so often go unrecognized in the male-dominated world of books.

The Long Beach Zine Fest featured nearly 100 writers, designers, cartoonists, photographers, artists and poets from Long Beach and surrounding cities selling and sharing their wares directly to the public on Sunday, April 24, 2016, at the Museum of Latin American Art.

Acclaimed author Neil Gaiman will speak and answer questions at 8 p.m. on Nov. 14 at the Carpenter Performing Arts Center at California State University, Long Beach.

Bookworms should delight at the number of authors this city produces on a regular basis, giving locals a chance to read writing produced by their own neighbors. Gazette Newspapers occasionally lists some recently published writers from the Long Beach area.

Jenny Nordberg is a Swedish journalist and a member of the Consortium of Independent Investigative Journalists. She has studied the position of women in Afghanistan for years and discovered on one of her assignments the astonishing existence of what is known bacha posh.