AUTHOR, AUTHOR ... Kepler's Books at 1010 El Camino Real in Menlo Park hosts free author talks this month, including: Kelli Stanley, "The Curse-Maker: A Mystery" (Sunday, Feb. 6, 2 p.m.); Ellen Hopkins, "Fallout" (Tuesday, Feb. 8, 7 p.m.); Walter Bortz, "Next Medicine: The Science and Civics of Health" (Wednesday, Feb. 9, 7 p.m.); Sarah Blake, "The Postmistress" (Thursday, Feb. 10, 7 p.m.); Marie Lawson Fiala, "Letters from a Distant Shore" (Saturday, Feb. 12, 3 p.m.); Andrew Foster Altschul, "Deus Ex Machina" (Wednesday, Feb. 16, 7 p.m.); Jessica Harper, "The Crabby Cook Cookbook" (Thursday, Feb. 17, 7 p.m.); Siddhartha Mukherjee, "The Emperor of All Maladies: A Biography of Cancer" (Friday, Feb. 18, 7 p.m.); Maxine Hong Kingston, "I Love a Broad Margin to My Life" (Tuesday, Feb. 22, at 7 p.m.); Peggy Orenstein, "Cinderella Ate My Daughter: Dispatches from the Front Lines of the New Girlie-Girl Culture" (Thursday, Feb. 24, 7 p.m.); and Stephen Winner, "The Silverado Story: A Memory-Care Culture Where Love Is Greater Than Fear" (Saturday, Feb. 26, 3 p.m.). Information: keplers.com.
STANFORD READINGS ... Free February author talks at Stanford University include: Deborah Harkness, "A Discovery of Witches" (Feb. 9, 7:30 p.m.) in Geology Corner (Building 320), Room 105. Information: continuingstudies.stanford.edu. Barbara Almond, "The Monster Within: The Hidden Side of Motherhood" (Thursday, Feb. 17, 6 p.m.) at the Stanford Bookstore, 519 Lasuen Mall. Information: stanfordbookstore.com.
BOOKS INC. ... Dayna Macy gives a free talk on "Ravenous: A Food Lover's Journey from Obsession to Freedom" (Saturday, Feb. 12, 3 p.m.) at Books Inc., 74 Town & Country Village, Palo Alto. Information: booksinc.net.
TEA TIME ... Palo Alto's Oshman Family Jewish Community Center hosts Sarah Rose, "For All the Tea in China: How England Stole the World's Favorite Drink and Changed History" (Thursday, Feb. 10, 7 p.m.). General tickets are $17 in advance and $22 at the door and include tea and refreshments; JCC members and students pay $12. The event is in room E104 at the center, 3921 Fabian Way. Information: paloaltojcc.org.
CANDLESTICK HISTORY ... The Museum of American Heritage is hosting an author talk with Ted Atlas, "The History of Candlestick Park" (Thursday, Feb. 24. 6:30 p.m.). Admission is $5 general and free for museum members. MOAH is at 351 Homer Ave., Palo Alto. Information: moah.org.
UNICORN TALE ... Palo Alto author Robin Ymer has published "Mythical Voyage," a children's storybook about unicorns. Ymer both wrote and illustrated the book, which is available at Kepler's Books in Menlo Park. Information: savantbooksandpublications.com.
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