AUTHOR, AUTHOR ... Upcoming book readings at Kepler's Books, 1010 El Camino Real, Menlo Park, include: Irvin D. Yalom, "The Spinoza Problem: A Novel" (March 6, 7 p.m.); Jack Kornfield, "Bringing Home the Dharma: Awakening Right Where You Are" (March 7, 7 p.m.); Spencer West, "Standing Tall: My Journey" (March 9, 7 p.m.); Alexander Gordon Smith, "Fugitives: Escape from Furnace 4" (March 12, 7 p.m.); Dr. Eric Topol, "The Creative Destruction of Medicine" (March 13, 7 p.m.); Cara Black, "Murder at the Lanterne Rouge" (March 14, 7 p.m.); Elaine Pagels, "Revelations: Visions, Prophecy, and Politics in the Book of Revelation" (March 17, 7 p.m.); J.D. Rothman, "The Neurotic Parent's Guide to College Admissions: Strategies for Helicoptering, Hot-housing & Micromanaging" (March 20, 7 p.m.); Jason Benlevi, "Too Much Magic: Pulling the Plug on the Cult of Tech" (March 22, 7 p.m.); Harlan Coben, "Stay Close: (March 25, 2 p.m.); Akash Kapur, "India Becoming: A Portrait of Life in Modern India" (March 26, 7 p.m.); and Nura Maznavi and Ayesha Mattu, "Love InshAllah: The Secret Love Lives of American Muslim Women" (March 27, 7 p.m.). General admission requires purchase of event book or a $10 gift card; Kepler's members get in free. Info: keplers.com.
MEET THE AUTHORS ... Upcoming authors at Books Inc. at Town & Country Village in Palo Alto include "Real Parents, Real Kids, Real Talk" (March 10, 1 p.m.); Joan Lester, "Black, White, Other: In Search of Nina Armstrong" (March 14, 7 p.m.); and Claire Bidwell Smith, "The Rules of Inheritance: A Memoir" (March 20, 7 p.m.). Info: booksinc.net.
STANFORD SPEAKERS ... Authors scheduled to give free talks this month at Stanford University include: Geoff Dyer, "Zona" (March 13, 5:30 p.m. with a panel discussion, Humanities Center, Levinthal Hall); and Eric Schlosser, "Fast Food Nation" (March 14, 5:30 p.m., CEMEX Auditorium, Knight Management Center, Stanford Graduate School of Business). Info: events.stanford.edu.
KEYNOTE SPEAKER ... Abraham Verghese, author of "Cutting for Stone," "My Own Country: A Doctor's Story" and "The Tennis Partner," is the featured speaker at Breast Cancer Connections' fourth Spring Benefit on March 13 from 8 to 10 a.m. Tickets to the event, which is at the Sharon Heights Golf & Country Club Ballroom, 2900 Sand Hill Road, Menlo Park, are $100. Info: bcconnections.org/events/fundraisers/ or keplers.com.
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