Roughly Speaking: Punching up cocktails with brandy; making soup; gifting books

Programs: book reading and Rio de Janeiro slide show

GLOBAL

Author presentation

Marybeth Bond will read from and sign copies of her new book, "Best Girlfriends Getaways Worldwide," as well as "50 Best Girlfriends Getaways in North America," published last year.

Where, when: Distant Lands, 56 S. Raymond Ave., Pasadena, 7:30 p.m. Monday.

Admission: Free.

Info: RSVP (626) 449-3220, www.distantlands.com.

BRAZIL

Slide show

Mort Loveman will give an illustrated presentation on Rio de Janeiro and Iguaçu Falls titled "Feel the Passion."

Where, when: Roxbury Park Community Center, 471 S. Roxbury Drive, Beverly Hills, 1 p.m. Wednesday.

Admission: Free.

Info: (310) 550-4761.

Films & Programs, Travel, L.A. Times, 202 W. 1st St., L.A., CA 90012; travel@latimes.com.

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