■ Author: Deborah Willis
Tonight (Sept. 9), Deborah Willis gives a free talk on her debut short-story collection, "Vanishing and Other Stories." Willis, a Canadian who works as a bookseller in British Columbia, explores tales of emotional physical absences in her stories. The 7 p.m. talk is at Kepler's Books, 1010 El Camino Real, Menlo Park. Call 650-324-4321 or go to keplers.com.
■ Music: Ramona Enez
Ramona Enez, a singer of blues, jazz, salsa and Latin music, performs tonight (Sept. 9) at 8 p.m. at Oak City Bar and Grill. The restaurant is at 1029 El Camino Real in Menlo Park and regularly hosts live performances of many kinds of music. Call 650-321-6882 or go to oakcitybarandgrill.com.