Frustrated by apartheid, Marisa Handler's parents left South Africa for Los Angeles when she was a kid, so it's no surprise that she's spent her adulthood straddling journalism and activism. Part memoir and part anti-globalization manifesto, Loyal to the Sky: Notes from an Activist traces Handler's way from Cape Town to the San Fernando Valley, and from assisting Amazon Basin communities endangered by oil companies to the 2004 Republican National Convention and beyond. Meet her Wednesday, Aug.. 3, at Books Inc. (1760 Four4th St., Berkeley). 7 p.m., free. 510-522-2226 or BooksInc.net.