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Lectures & TalksAuthor Jessica Jackley on 'Clay Water Brick'
At an event that coincides with the 10th anniversary of the online microlending platform Kiva, Jessica Jackley, one of its co-founders, will share her book "Clay Water Brick: Finding Inspiration from Entrepreneurs Who Do the Most with the Least." July 7, 7:30 p.m. Free. Kepler's Books, 1010 El Camino Real, Menlo Park.
Lectures & TalksProfessor Bernie Roth on 'The Achievement Habit'
In conversation with Tina Seelig, Bernie Roth, a mechanical engineer and co-founder of Stanford University's d.school, will discuss ideas from his book "The Achievement Habit: Stop Wishing, Start Doing, and Take Command of Your Life." July 8, 7:30 p.m. Free. Kepler's Books, 1010 El Camino Real, Menlo Park.
Lectures & Talks'Soil Health to Drought-Proof Your California Native Garden'
At this California Native Plant Society talk, Theresa Lyngso, president of Lyngso Garden Materials, will discuss the relationship between California native plants and the changing, diverse life of the soil. July 8, 7-8:30 p.m. Free. Los Altos Library Program Room, 13 S. San Antonio Road, Los Altos.
Lectures & TalksMary Doria Russell on 'Epitaph'
Mary Doria Russell, a Pulitzer Prize-nominated author, will discuss "Epitaph: A Novel of the O.K. Corral," which portrays the life of the woman behind the myth of Wyatt Earp. July 9, 7 p.m. Free. Books Inc., 855 El Camino Real, Palo Alto.
Lectures & Talks'Medicine Around The World: Healing From a Global Perspective'
At this event, members of the Pegasus Physician Writers will read their original fiction, poetry and nonfiction, which are influenced by a global perspective. Those interested in attending are asked to RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org. July 9, 5:30-7 p.m. Free. Stanford Humanities Center, 424 Santa Teresa St., Stanford.
Lectures & TalksCarole Pertofsky on 'Happiness Within Reach'
At this Curious Conversation event, happiness and wellness expert Carole Pertofsky will discuss easy, science-based practices that can help in leading a meaningful, happy and healthy life. July 9, 6:30-7:30 p.m. Free. Curious.com Headquarters, 100 Middlefield Road, Menlo Park.
Lectures & Talks'Low-Water Plants'
UC Master Gardener Roberta Barnes will give a talk about a variety of beautiful plants from around the world that can flourish in dry climates with little water. Many of them can be planted in the fall. July 10, 1-2:30 p.m. Free. Avenidas, 450 Bryant St., Palo Alto.
Lectures & TalksSummer Poetry Series
This afternoon of the spoken word at 4141 Bar will feature The Poets Three -- Jym Marks, Leah Lubin and Gary Horsman -- as well as special guests Kalamu Chache, Cheryl Watkins, Monica Zones, Rita Daniels, Linda Burroughs, Saundra Curry, Margo Allen-Hurst and Walter Baker. July 12, 3-5 p.m. Free. 4141 Bar, 4141 El Camino Real, Palo Alto.
Lectures & TalksAuthor Elias Castillo on 'A Cross of Thorns'
The Mountain View Public Library will host Elias Castillo, three-time Pulitzer Prize nominee and a staff writer for the San Jose Mercury News and Associated Press, for a discussion of his penetrating historical look at California's Franciscan friars and their enslavement of California Indians, "A Cross of Thorns." July 13, 7 p.m. Free. Mountain View Public Library, 585 Franklin St., Mountain View.
Lectures & TalksAuthor Ernest Cline on 'Armada'
Ernest Cline, author of hit novel "Ready Player One," will visit Kepler's to share his new work of science fiction "Armada," in which Zack Lightman encounters the flying saucer from the video game he plays each night. July 14, 7:30 p.m. Free. Kepler's Books, 1010 El Camino Real, Menlo Park.
Lectures & TalksCafe Scientifique SV @ SRI: 'Got Planets? We See Them and We Can "Make" Them!'
In this Cafe Scientifique Silicon Valley talk, Olenka Hubickyj, Ph.D., lecturer of physics and astronomy at San Jose State University, will give an overview of observations and theories regarding planet formation. July 14, 6-7:30 p.m. Free. SRI International, 333 Ravenswood Ave., Menlo Park.
Lectures & TalksGeophysicist Sarah Minson on earthquake warning technology
At the next Technology and Society Committee Luncheon Forum, geophysicist Sarah Minson from the U.S. Geological Survey will discuss a USGS study that found smartphone sensors could be used to build early warning systems for earthquakes. She will also explore how this crowdsourced approach could be particularly useful in poor regions of the world. July 14, 11:45 a.m.-1 p.m. $12 lunch. Hangen Szechuan Restaurant, 134 Castro St., Mountain View.
Lectures & TalksListen and Discuss: Americana with Herb Moore
Herb Moore will visit the Mountain View Public Library to talk about, play and sing American roots music. July 15, 7-8 p.m. Free. Mountain View Public Library, 585 Franklin St., Mountain View.
Lectures & TalksAuthors Rick and Wendy Walleigh on 'From Silicon Valley to Swaziland'
Former high-tech executives Rick and Wendy Walleigh will discuss their book "From Silicon Valley to Swaziland: How One Couple Found Purpose and Adventure in an Encore Career." July 16, 7-9 p.m. Free. Books Inc., 301 Castro St., Mountain View.
Lectures & TalksAuthor Janis Cooke Newman on 'A Master Plan for Rescue'
Janis Cooke Newman will speak in conversation with Susanne Pari about Newman's new book "A Master Plan for Rescue," a novel set in 1942 New York and Berlin that examines the power of storytelling. July 21, 7:30 p.m. Free. Kepler's Books, 1010 El Camino Real, Menlo Park.
Lectures & TalksAuthor Arnold Thackray on 'Moore's Law'
Arnold Thackray, an academic and founding CEO of the Chemical Heritage Founcation, will discuss his book "Moore's Law: The Life of Gordon Moore, Silicon Valley's Quiet Revolutionary." July 22, 7-9 p.m. Free. Books Inc., 301 Castro St., Mountain View.
Lectures & TalksAuthor Donald McPhail on 'The Millionaires Cruise'
Donald McPhail -- a local author, freelance writer and Paly alum '68 -- will share his debut novel "The Millionaires Cruise," a vivid tale about 300 millionaires on a two-month cruise that explores capitalism, idealism and democracy. July 23, 7 p.m. Free. Books Inc., 855 El Camino Real, Palo Alto.
Lectures & TalksAuthor Richard Kadrey on 'Killing Pretty'
Richard Kadrey, creator and writer of the Vertigo comics mini-series "Accelerate," will talk about the latest (seventh) chapter of the Sandman Slim series, "Killing Pretty." July 28, 7:30 p.m. Free. Kepler's Books, 1010 El Camino Real, Menlo Park.
Lectures & TalksAuthor Melissa Cistaro on 'Pieces of My Mother'
Local author Melissa Cistaro will share her memoir "Pieces of My Mother," which tells how, 35 years after her mother abandoned her family, she finds her lying on her deathbed. July 29, 7 p.m. Free. Books Inc., 301 Castro St., Mountain View.
Lectures & TalksAuthor Anil Ananthaswamy on 'The Man Who Wasn't There'
Anil Ananthaswamy, an acclaimed science journalist, will discuss his new book "The Man Who Wasn't There: Investigations into the Strange New Science of the Self," which examines neuroscience research on a handful of disorders and diseases to make some conclusions about the human sense of self. Aug. 4, 7:30 p.m. Free. Kepler's Books, 1010 El Camino Real, Menlo Park.
Lectures & TalksAuthor Ruth Galm on 'Into the Valley'
Kepler's Books will help local writer Ruth Galm celebrate the release of her first novel "Into the Valley," an emotional tale written with vivid cultural details portraying the American West. Aug. 5, 7:30 p.m. Free. Kepler's Books, 1010 El Camino Real, Menlo Park.
Lectures & TalksAuthor Paula McLain on 'Circling the Sun'
Paula McLain, bestselling author of "The Paris Wife," will chat about her anticipated new novel "Circling the Sun," which follows record-setting female aviator Beryl Markham in 1920s colonial Kenya. Aug. 6, 7:30 p.m. $20 general. Kepler's Books, 1010 El Camino Real, Menlo Park.
Lectures & TalksAuthor Meg Waite Clayton on 'The Race for Paris'
Meg Waite Clayton will attend a launch party for her new novel "The Race for Paris," a story based on the exploits of two real-life female reporters during World War II. Aug. 11, 7:30 p.m. $15 general; $30 premier (includes book). Kepler's Books, 1010 El Camino Real, Menlo Park.
Lectures & TalksAuthor Alice LaPlante on 'Coming of Age at the End of Days'
Alice LaPlante will return from Spain to debut her new novel "Coming of Age at the End of Days," a psychological thriller that depicts the consequences of one teenager's misguided convictions. Aug. 13, 7:30 p.m. Free. Kepler's Books, 1010 El Camino Real, Menlo Park.