A PALO ALTO MYSTERY ... John Orr, a writer, musician and Daily News arts and entertainment editor, has written and self-published a mystery/sorcery/thriller called "Someone Dark Has Found Me, a George Siofra Story." With its Palo Alto setting, readers will quickly resonate with the references to the local coffee shops, parks and homeless characters. The book is available through Amazon and local bookstores. Information: www.triviana.com
AUTHOR AUTHOR ... Upcoming authors at Keplers, 1010 El Camino Real, Menlo Park, include Adam Johnson, who wrote the Pulitzer Prize-winning novel "The Orphan Master's Son," in conversation with Anthony Marra, author of "A Constellation of Vital Phenomena" (July 12, 7:30 p.m.); Bertrand M. Patenaude, "The Sun Never Sets: Reflections on a Western Life: Memoirs of L.W. 'Bill' Lane" (July 16, 7:30 p.m.); Scott Johnson, "The Wolf and the Watchman: A Father, A Son, and the CIA" (July 17, 7:30 p.m.); Nina Schuyler, "The Translator" (July 18, 7:30 p.m.); L. Tam Holland, "The Counterfeit Family Tree of Vee Crawford-Wong" (July 23, 7 p.m.); Ivy Pochoda, "Visitation Street" (July 24, 7:30 p.m.); Katie Hafner in conversation with Abraham Verghese, "Mother, Daughter, Me: A Memoir" (July 25, 7:30 p.m.); Robin Chapman, "California Apricots: The Lost Orchards of Silicon Valley" (July 30, 7:30 p.m.); Andrew Sean Greer, "The Impossible Lives of Greta Wells" (Aug. 1, 7:30 p.m.); Tracy Guzeman in conversation with Ellen Sussman, "The Gravity of Birds" (Aug. 15, 7:30 p.m.). Information: www.keplers.com.
BOOK LAUNCH ... Books Inc. at Town & Country Village in Palo Alto hosts Meg Waite Clayton, who will read from her latest novel, "The Wednesday Daughters" (July 16, 7 p.m.), and Chris Bohjalian, author of "The Light in the Ruins," a re-imagining of Romeo and Juliet at the end of World War II (July 19, 7 p.m.). Books Inc., Mountain View (301 Castro St.) will host Mac Barnett, "Count the Monkeys," an interactive children's book (July 20, 4 p.m.); and Richard Kadrey, reads from the latest installment of the Sandman Slim series, "Kill City Blues" (July 31, 7 p.m.). Information: www.booksinc.net.