EAT, DRINK, TALK, SWAP ... Kepler's hosts a mystery bookswap with food and wine at 6:30 p.m. on Saturday, May 18, at 1010 El Camino Real, Menlo Park. Bring a favorite mystery to talk about with others and swap at the end of the evening. Information: www.keplers.com
MEET THE AUTHORS ... Upcoming authors at Keplers, 1010 El Camino Real, Menlo Park, include Jeanne DuPrau, "City of Ember Deluxe Edition," (May 17, 7 p.m.); Rachel Hawkins, "School Spirits," (May 18, 4 p.m.); Jennie Shortridge in conversation with Erica Bauermeister, "Love Water Memory" and "The Lost Art of Mixing" (May 22, 7:30 p.m.); Kevin Smokler, "Practical Classics: 50 Reasons to Reread 50 Books You Haven't Touched Since High School," (May 23, 7:30 p.m.); George Estreich, "The Shape of the Eye: A Memoir," (June 1, 2 p.m.); Karen Kang, "Branding Pays: The 5-Step System to Reinvent Your Personal Brand," (June 5, 7:30 p.m.); Mike Adamick, "Dad's Book of Awesome Projects: From Stilts and Super-Hero Capes to Tinker Boxes and Seesaws, 25+ Fun Do-It-Yourself Projects for Families," (June 9, 2 p.m.); Elizabeth Scarboro, "My Foreign Cities: A Memoir," (June 11, 7:30 p.m.); and Helene Wrecker, "The Golem and the Jinni," (June 12, 7:30 p.m.). Information: www.keplers.com.
BOOKS INC ... Upcoming authors at Books Inc. at Town & Country Village in Palo Alto include Meg Donohue, "All the Summer Girls" (May 21, 7 p.m.); and Bee Ridgway, "The River of No Return" (May 30, 7 p.m.) Information: www.booksinc.net.
MORE TALKS ... Milton Chang, managing director of Incubic Management LLC and author of "Toward Entrepreneurship," will describe a low-risk startup model based on more than a dozen companies he has successfully incubated from 5 to 6:30 p.m. on May 30 at the George E. Pake Auditorium, PARC, 3333 Coyote Hill Road, Palo Alto. Information: www.parc.com/event/1885/every-startup-can-succeed.html The "Life Actually Tour" features three authors and their three books: "The Year of Luminous Love" by Lurlene McDaniel, "The Things a Brother Knows" by Dana Reinhardt and "The Running Dream" by Wendeline Van Draanen. Friday, May 24, at 7:30 p.m. at Kepler's on 1010 El Camino Real, Menlo Park.
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