LOCAL AUTHOR ... Palo Alto residents Nick and Betsy Clinch have co-authored "Through a Land of Extremes: The Littledales of Central Asia," which they will read from and sign on Tuesday, Aug. 16, at 7 p.m. at Kepler's Books, 1010 El Camino Real, Menlo Park. Nick is a graduate of Stanford and Stanford Law School who also served as executive director of the Sierra Club Foundation. He led several expeditions to Central Asia. Information: www.keplers.com
AUTHOR AUTHOR ... Upcoming authors at Kepler's Books, 1010 El Camino Real, Menlo Park, include Chris Haft, "This Is Our Time!" (Aug. 11, 7 p.m.); Jane Fonda, "Prime Time: Making the most of your life" (Aug. 18, 7 p.m.); Lev Grossman, "The Magician King" (Aug. 24, 7 p.m.); Kathleen Baty, "College Safety 101: Miss Independent's Guide to Empowerment, Confidence, and Staying Safe" (Aug. 25, 7 p.m.); Annamarie Pluhar, "Sharing Housing: A Guidebook for Finding and Keeping Good Housemates" (Aug. 31, 7 p.m.); Ying-Ying Chang, "The Woman Who Could Not Forget: Iris Chang Before and Beyond the Rape of Nanking" (Sept. 8, 7 p.m.). Members may attend free; general admission requires purchase of the event book or a $10 gift card, which admits two. Information: www.keplers.com
MORE TALKS ... Upcoming authors at Books Inc., 301 Castro St., Mountain View, include Jafar Yaghoobi, "Let Us Water the Flowers: the Memoir of a Political Prisoner in Iran" (Aug. 17, 7 p.m.). Information: www.booksinc.net
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