Tell a man that a woman travels the world alone, getting into all sorts of adventures and becoming stronger because of it, and he'll act astounded, as though chimps had walked into the room wearing trousers and smoking cigars. So get ready for more astonishing tales as authors Bridget Crocker and Anne Van read and sign The Best Women's Travel Writing 2011. Since 2004, the “Best Women's Travel Writing” series puts you in the passenger seat as you accompany these singular women on their way to new lands, to seek out new life and new civilizations, to boldly go where only a handful of Clif Bar wrappers have gone before. It's a volume of 33 stories — as varied and as heated as the horse latitude of the 33 parallel — that are as much an inner journey as a trek to the outer limits. Diesel, A Bookstore, 23410 Civic Center Way, Ste. A-3, Malibu; Sun., Dec. 4, 3 p.m.; free, book is $18.95. (310) 456-9961;

Sun., Dec. 4, 3 p.m., 2011

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