Book TalkMAKING HISTORY ... Gertrude Dyer Wilks, a well-known East Palo Alto civil-rights activist and founder of Mothers for Equal Education, has published her memoir. "Gathering Together" is a passionate account of her community activities since moving to East Palo Alto in 1955. She reflects on the challenges she faced, progress made and issues that need continued attention. Information: www.amazon.com.
LOCAL ARCHITECTURE ... Three local projects — in Atherton, Portola Valley and Los Altos Hills — are included in Emeryville architect Robert Swatt's new book, "Inside Out: New Modern West Coast Architecture." Information: www.amazon.com.
STANFORD READINGS ... Michael Krasny will read from "Spiritual Envy" on Wednesday, Nov. 10 at 6 p.m., and Patrick Hunt will read from "Myth and Art in Ekphrasis" on Tuesday, Nov. 16 at 6 p.m. at the Stanford Bookstore, 519 Lasuen Mall, Stanford. Information: stanfordbookstore.com.
SIMPLE TIMES ... Amy Sedaris will read from her book, "Simple Times," on Wednesday, Nov. 17 at 7:30 p.m. at Spangenberg Auditorium, Gunn High School, 780 Arastradero Road, Palo Alto. The event is a benefit for Breast Cancer Connections. Tickets are $38 (includes one book) or $48 for two (includes one book). Information: www.keplers.com or www.bcconnections.org/events/fundraisers.
ANIMAL TALES ... Vlasta Diamant, a Palo Alto author and artist, has self-published "This Really Happened, True Stories for Animal Lovers of All Ages." Short tales and illustrations chronicle her encounters with animals: the intelligence and discernible emotional life of chickens; turtles with wanderlust, a Hells' Angel mouse, and others. Reading and book signing Dec. 6 at 2 p.m. at Avenidas, 450 Bryant St., Palo Alto. Information: www.ThisReallyHappened.net.
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