Book TalkHOME SWEET HOME ... Iris Harrell, co-author of "Our Forever Home: A Universally Designed, Green Remodel," will be signing books at Kepler's Books, 1010 El Camino Real, Menlo Park, on Saturday, May 15, at 11 a.m. The book, which the contractor and owner of Harrell Remodeling Inc. in Mountain View co-authored with Genie Nowicki, a senior designer at Harrell Remodeling, outlines how Harrell renovated her Portola Valley Ranch home to "eliminate the possibility of being forced to move elsewhere due to inaccessibility, poor indoor air quality and/or the high costs of maintenance and energy."
WOMEN IN IRANIAN BOOKS ... Iranian author Goli Taraghi, a visiting lecturer in the Iranian Studies Program at Stanford University, will give a free talk titled "Women in Modern Iranian Literature" at 6 p.m. Tuesday, May 25. The event is on campus in Pigott Hall, Building 260, Room 113. Taraghi has written novels and short stories on such topics as life in Islamic Iran and in secular Europe. Information: Go to ica.stanford.edu.
AUTHOR, AUTHOR ... Upcoming book talks at the Stanford Bookstore, 519 Lasuen Mall, Stanford, include: Susan Krieger, "Traveling Blind: Adventures in Vision with a Guide Dog by My Side" (May 11, 5:30 p.m.); and Giovanni Tempesta, "Waters, muddy and clear" (May 13, 6:30 p.m.).
MORE AUTHORS ... Upcoming authors at Keplers, 1010 El Camino Real, Menlo Park, include Guy Gavriel Kay, "Under Heaven" (Sunday, May 9, 2 p.m.); Dave Barry, "I'll Mature When I'm Dead: Dave Barry's Amazing Tales of Adulthood" (Monday, May 10, 7:30 p.m.); Laurie R. King, "The God of the Hive: A Novel of Suspense Featuring Mary Russell & Sherlock Holmes" (Tuesday, May 11, 7:30 p.m.); Jane Smiley, "Private Life" (Wednesday, May 12, 7:30 p.m.); B. Annye Rothenberg, "Why Do I Have To?" (Tuesday, May 18, 7:30 p.m.); Cory Doctorow, "For the Win" (Wednesday, May 19, 4 p.m.); Tiphanie Yanique and Maile Chapman, "How to Escape from a Leper Colony: A Novella and Stories" and "Your Presence Is Requested at Suvanto" (Wednesday, May 19, 7:30 p.m.); Jennie Shortridge, "When She Flew" (Thursday, May 20, 7:30 p.m.); Christy Raedeke, "Prophecy of Days: The Daykeeper's Grimoire, Book One" (Friday, May 21, 7 p.m.); Sebastian Junger, "War" (Sunday, May 23, 1 p.m.); Jack Rakove, "Revolutionaries: A New History of the Invention of America" (Monday, May 24, 7:30 p.m.); Phyllis Theroux, "The Journal Keeper: A Memoir" (Tuesday, May 25, 7:30 p.m.); Louis Sachar, "The Cardturner: A Novel About Imperfect Partners and Infinite Possibilities" (Wednesday, May 26, 6:30 p.m.); Juliet B. Schor, "Plenitude: The New Economics of True Wealth" (Wednesday, May 26, 7:30 p.m.); and Julie Orringer, "The Invisible Bridge: A Novel" (Thursday, May 27, 7:30 p.m.). Information: Go to www.keplers.com.
MORE TALKS ... Upcoming authors at Books Inc. at Town & Country Village in Palo Alto include Ruthann Richter and photographer Karen Ande, "Face to Face: Children of the AIDS Crisis in Africa" (Saturday, May 22, 3 p.m.); and Kate Moses, "Cakewalk" (Wednesday, May 26, 7 p.m.). Information: Go to www.booksinc.net.
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