BOOK SWAP ... Kepler's Books is offering an evening to "eat, drink, talk and swap books" from 6:30 to 9 p.m. on Saturday, May 3. The idea is to bring a copy of something you love, then go home with a highly recommended book (from another book-swapper). Authors are invited to participate (but to bring something they did not write). The evening includes refreshments and wine. Tickets are $25. Information: keplers.com
LOCAL AUTHOR ... Scott C. Grant, a former newspaper editor and reporter and currently pastor of Peninsula Bible Church in Palo Alto, has written "Hooked in the Heart: Appreciating the Artistry of God in Everyday Life," which offers a glimpse into his journey of faith. The book is available at amazon.com.
AUTHORS SALON ... Peninsula Volunteers will hold its 23rd annual Authors Salon Luncheon from 10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Sunday, May 4, at the Sharon Heights Golf & Country Club, 2900 Sand Hill Road, Menlo Park. Featured authors include Margaret George, author of "Elizabeth I"; Ron Hansen, author of "The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford"; Tracy Guzeman, author of "The Gravity of Birds"; Susan Shillinglaw, author of "Carol and John Steinbeck: Portrait of a Marriage"; and moderator, Paul Goldstein, Stanford law professor, three-time novelist and recipient of the Harper Lee Prize for Legal Fiction for his novel "Havana Requiem." Tickets are $125. Information: Cathy Duhring at 650-326-0665, ext. 238 or peninsulavolunteers.org
AUTHOR TALKS ... Upcoming authors speaking at Books Inc., 74 Town & Country Village, Palo Alto, include: Peninsula Parlour presenting Susan Minot, "Thirty Girls" (April 15, 7 p.m., 15 percent of all sales made during this event will be donated to Abilities United); Helen Park Bigelow, "Given Time: Living Our Last Months Together" (April 16, 7 p.m.); William Goodson, "The Blue-Eyed Girl" (April 23, 7 p.m.); Eric Gleeson, "The Forest Feast: Simple Vegetarian Recipes from My Cabin in the Woods" (May 1, 7 p.m.); Max Issacman,
"Winning with ETF Strategies: Top Asset Managers Share Their Methods for Beating the Market" (May 7, 7 p.m.); Maggie Shipstead, "Astonish Me" (May 14, 7 p.m.); and Rona Renner, "Is That Me Yelling?: A Parent's Guide to Getting Your Kids to Cooperate Without Losing Your Cool" (May 15, 6:30 p.m.). Also at Books, Inc. at 501 Castro St., Mountain View, will be Steve Hindy, "The Craft Beer Revolution: How a Band of Microbrewers Is Transforming the World's Favorite Drink" (May 4, 2 p.m.); Chrisann Brennan, "The Bite in the Apple: My Life with Steve Jobs" (May 6, 7 p.m.); Peter Hecht, "Weed Land: Inside America's Marijuana Epicenter and How Pot Went Legit" (May 7, 7 p.m.); and Andy Griffiths, "The 26-Story Treehouse" (May 10, 4 p.m.) Information: booksinc.net
MORE TALKS ... Upcoming authors at Kepler's Books, 1010 El Camino Real, Menlo Park, include Justin Go, "The Steady Running of the Hour" (April 22, 7:30 p.m.); Albert Rothenberg, "Madness & Glory" (April 24, 7:30 p.m.); Barbara Ehrenreich, in conversation with Angie Coiro, "Living with a Wild God: A Nonbeliever's Search for the Truth about Everything" (April 25, 7:30 p.m.; $10 general admission; $15 at the door); Edgar Schein, "Helping: How to Offer, Give, and Receive Help" and "Humble Inquiry: The Gentle Art of Asking Instead of Telling" (April 29, 7 p.m.; Channing House, 850 Webster St., Palo Alto); John Evans, "Young Widower: A Memoir" and Justin St. Germain, "Son of a Gun: A Memoir" (May 1, 7:30 p.m.); Ed Catmull, in conversation with John Hollar, "Creativity, Inc.: Overcoming the Unseen Forces That Stand in the Way of True Inspiration" (May 8, 6 p.m.; Computer History Museum, 1401 N. Shoreline Blvd., Mountain View); Mark Leibovich, "This Town: Two Parties and a Funeral — Plus, Plenty of Valet Parking! — in America's Gilded Capital" (May 12, 7:30 p.m.); and Francine Prose, "Lovers at the Chameleon Club, Paris 1932: A Novel" (May 13, 7:30 p.m.). Information: keplers.com