LOCAL AUTHORS ... Palo Alto resident and Stanford creative-writing teacher Alice LaPlante will be at Kepler's, 1010 El Camino Real, Menlo Park, on July 6 at 7 p.m. to discuss and sign copies of her debut novel, "Turn of Mind." Ellen Sussman, a Los Altos Hills resident and past judge of the annual Palo Alto Weekly Short Story Contest, will be at Kepler's on July 12 at 7 p.m. to discuss and sign copies of her book, "French Lessons: A Novel."
AUTHOR TALKS ... Upcoming Kepler's author events, at 1010 El Camino Real, Menlo Park, include Gail Carriger, "Heartless" (July 14, 7 p.m.); Simon Van Booy, "Everything Beautiful Began After" (July 15, 7 p.m.); Doug Edwards, "I'm Feeling Lucky: The Confessions of Google Employee Number 59" (July 18, 7 p.m.); Priscilla Gilman, "The Anti-Romantic Child: A Story of Unexpected Joy" (July 21, 7 p.m.); Howard Markel, M.D., Ph. D., "An Anatomy of Addiction: Sigmund Freud, William Halsted, and the Miracle Drug Cocaine" (July 27, 7 p.m.); Catherine Athans, Ph. D., "Make Your Dreams Come True Now!: How to Manifest Your Wishes, Dreams and Desires" (July 28, 7 p.m.); Kathleen Baty, "College Safety 101: Miss Independent's Guide to Empowerment, Confidence, and Staying Safe" (Aug. 10, 7 p.m.).
MORE AUTHOR TALKS ... Upcoming Books Inc. author events, at 301 Castro St., Mountain View, include Sheila Kohler, "Love Child" (July 16, 5 p.m.); Chirstopher Moore and Ian Corson, "The Griff" (July 28, 7 p.m.).