AUTHORS SALON ... Peninsula Volunteers' 23rd annual Authors Salon, on Sunday, May 4, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., will feature historical novelist Margaret George, author of "Elizabeth I," Tracy Guzeman, "The Gravity of Birds," Susan Shillinglaw, "Carol and John Steinbeck: Portrait of a Marriage" and Ron Hansen, "She Loves Me Not: New and Selected Stories and A Wild Surge of Guilty Passion." Moderated by Paul Goldstein, winner of the Harper Lee Prize for legal fiction, the event will take place at the Sharon Heights Golf and Country Club. Tickets are $125 (they tend to sell out early). Information: www.penvol.org
IS GOOGLE MAKING US STUPID? ... The City of Palo Alto is participating in Silicon Valley Reads, where the entire community is encouraged to read, think about and discuss the same books. A book discussion of "The Shallows: What the Internet Is Doing to Our Brains" by Nicholas Carr will take place on Tuesday, March 25, at 7 p.m., at the Downtown Library, 270 Forest Ave., Palo Alto. The event is free, but registration is advised. Information: Use the library's online calendar at www.cityofpaloalto.org/library or call 650-329-2436.
BOOK SWAP ... Kepler's is offering an evening to "eat, drink, talk and swap books" from 6:30 to 9 p.m. on Friday, March 7. The idea is to bring a copy of something you love, then go home with a highly recommended book (from another bookswapper). Authors are invited to participate (but to bring something they did not write). The evening includes refreshments and wine. Tickets are $25. Information: www.keplers.com
AUTHOR TALKS ... Upcoming authors at Books Inc., 74 Town & Country Village, Palo Alto, include: Sharon Kay Penman, "A King's Ransom" (March 13, 7 p.m.); Robin Ellis, "Healthy Eating for Life: Over 100 Simple and Tasty Recipes" (March 16, 7 p.m.); Tiffany Baker, "Mercy Snow," in conversation with Ellen Sussman, "The Paradise Guest House" (The Peninsula Parlour, with 5 percent of all sales during this event to be donated to Abilities United, March 18, 7 p.m.); and at Books, Inc. at 501 Castro St., Mountain View, Julian Hoffman, "The Small Heart of Things: Being at Home in a Beckoning World" (March 11, 7 p.m.). Information: booksinc.net
MORE TALKS ... Upcoming authors at Kepler's Books, 1010 El Camino Real, Menlo Park, include Alice LaPlante, "A Circle of Wives" (March 4, 7:30 p.m.); Janie Chang, "Three Souls" (March 6, 7:30 p.m.); Mary Wilcon, "A Song Just for Me: Stirred by Music to Conversation and Compassion" (March 10, 7 p.m. at Channing House, 850 Webster St., Palo Alto); T.T. Monday (aka Nick Taylor), "The Setup Man" (March 11, 7:30 p.m.); Lisa Solomon in conversation with Hillview School Principal Erik Burmeister, "Moments of Impact: How to Design Strategic Conversations that Accelerate Change" (March 12, 7 p.m.); Douglas Stone and Sheila Heen, "Thanks for the Feedback: The Science and Art of Receiving Feedback" (March 13, 7:30 p.m.); Kelly Corrigan, "Glitter and Glue: A Memoir" (March 18, 7:30 p.m.). Information: www.keplers.com.