Cincinnati native Shari Goldhagen took a curious path for an aspiring novelist — despite possessing a master’s degree in literature, she starting writing gossipy pieces for The National Enquirer, which in turn led to her byline appearing in everything from Cosmopolitan to Penthouse. Goldhagen’s first novel, Family and Other Accidents, finally surfaced in 2006, followed nine years later by In Some Other World, Maybe. Now, a year later, comes 100 Days of Cake, the story of a depressed teenager who prefers watching reruns of The Golden Girls to studying for the SATs. Goldhagen reads from, discusses and signs 100 Days of Cake at Joseph-Beth Booksellers.
2 p.m. Saturday. Free. 2692 Madison Road, Rookwood Pavilion, Norwood, 513-396-8960, josephbeth.com.