AT STANFORD ... Novelist Adam Johnson, who published "The Orphan Master's Son" earlier this year, will give a free talk on the techniques and joys of writing at Stanford University on Oct. 23, in conversation with writer and Stanford lecturer Hilton Obenzinger. The event is planned for 7:30 p.m. in Geology Corner (Building 320), Room 105. Other authors set to give free talks at Stanford include: Kathryn Lofton, "Oprah: The Gospel of an Icon" (Oct. 17, 5:15 p.m., Levinthal Hall in the Stanford Humanities Center); James Cuno, "Whose Muse? Art Museums and the Public's Trust" (Oct. 18, 5:30 p.m., Annenberg Auditorium); Michael Erard, "Babel No More" (Oct. 24, 6 p.m., Stanford Bookstore); Catherine Albiston, "Institutional Inequality and the Mobilization of the Family and Medical Leave Act: Rights on Leave" (Oct. 25, 4:15 p.m., Bechtel International Center; Alan Kubitz, "The Elusive Notion of Motion" (Oct. 25, 6 p.m., Stanford Bookstore); and Laura Carstensen, "A Long Bright Future: Happiness, Health, and Financial Security in an Age of Increased Longevity" (Nov. 1, 4:15 p.m., Bechtel International Center). Info: events.stanford.edu
BOOKS INC. BOOK TALKS ... Authors speaking at Books Inc. at Town & Country Village in Palo Alto this month include: Libba Bray, "The Diviners," Malinda Lo, "Adaptation" and Rachel Cohn, "Beta," all on Oct. 15 at 7 p.m.; Debra Dean, "The Mirrored World" (Oct. 16, 7 p.m.); Lisa Stander-Horel and Tim Horel, "Gluten-Free Canteen's Book of Nosh" (Oct. 18, 7 p.m.); Christy Hale, "Dreaming Up" (Oct. 20, 6 p.m.); Marilyn Yalom, "How the French Invented Love" (Oct. 24, 7 p.m.); Barbara Moritsch, "The Soul of Yosemite" (Oct. 29, 7 p.m.); and Lance McVay, "Lighthouse Tales" (Oct. 30, 7 p.m.). Info: booksinc.net
OVER AT OSHMAN ... Palo Alto's Oshman Family Jewish Community Center at 3921 Fabian Way also hosts author talks. Future speakers include: David Makovsky, "Beyond the Election: Middle East Challenges Facing the U.S. and Israel" (Oct. 24, 7:30 p.m., $10-$15), and Mordechai Bar-On, "Moshe Dayan: Israel's Controversial Hero" (Oct. 29, 7:30 p.m., $8-$15). Info: paloaltojcc.org.
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