AUTHOR, AUTHOR ... Kepler's Books at 1010 El Camino Real in Menlo Park has several author talks coming up. (While talks used to be free, now they are gratis only to members; other audience members must buy the event book or a $10 gift card, both of which admit two.) Scheduled authors include: David K. Shipler, "The Rights of the People: How Our Search for Safety Invades Our Liberties" (May 13, 7 p.m.); Jennifer Holm and Matthew Holm, "Squish" (May 14, 2 p.m.); Victoria Zackheim, "He Said What?: Women Write About Moments When Everything Changed" (May 18, 7 p.m.); Steve Earle, "I'll Never Get Out of This World Alive" (May 20, 7 p.m.); Julie Orringer, "The Invisible Bridge" (May 24, 7 p.m.); Adam Hochschild, "To End All Wars: A Story of Loyalty and Rebellion" (May 25, 7 p.m.); Helen Wang, "The Chinese Dream: The Rise of the World's Largest Middle Class and What It Means to You" (May 26, 7 p.m.); Chris Adrian, "The Great Night" (June 1, 7 p.m.); Emma Donoghue, "Room" (June 2, 7 p.m.); Melissa Marr, "Graveminder" (June 3, 7 p.m.). Info: keplers.com
STANFORD EVENTS ... Authors scheduled to speak soon at Stanford University include Siva Vaidhyanathan, "The Googlization of Everything (And Why We Should Worry)" (May 16, 5:30 p.m., Building 200, Room 002, Lane History Corner); Joel Brinkley, "Cambodia's Curse" (May 18, 6 p.m., Stanford Bookstore); Elaine Tyler May, "America and the Pill: A History of Promise, Peril and Liberation" (May 19, 5:30 p.m., The Terrace Room, Fourth Floor, Margaret Jacks Hall); William Nickel, "The Death of Tolstoy: Russia on the Eve, Astapovo Station, 1910" (May 31, noon, Encina Hall West, Room 208, Second Floor). Info: events.stanford.edu
MORE TALKS ... Upcoming authors at Books Inc. at Town & Country Village in Palo Alto include Jennifer Grant, "The Good Stuff: A Reminiscence of My Father, Cary Grant" (May 17, 7 p.m.). Info: booksinc.net
COLLECTIBLE SALE ... The Friends of the Menlo Park Library are hosting a sale of collectible books, including a first edition of Bret Harte's "In a Hallow of the Hills," according to a press release. The event is May 22 from noon to 4 p.m. at the Menlo Park Library's downstairs meeting room, 800 Alma St. Info: menloparklibrary.org
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