■ Author: Jonathan Safran Foer
"Everything is Illuminated" author Jonathan Safran Foer gives a talk at 7 p.m. tonight (Sept. 21) at the Oshman Family Jewish Community Center, 3921 Fabian Way, Palo Alto. He'll discuss his path from carnivore to vegetarian, covering such topics as commercial fishing and factory farming. Tickets to the Commonwealth Club talk are $18 general and $12 for club members. Call 415-597-6705 or go to commonwealthclub.org.
■ Talk: 'Technology and Community Libraries'
Tonight (Sept. 21) from 7 to 8:30 p.m., a free community forum on technology trends and public libraries takes place at the Palo Alto Art Center auditorium, 1313 Newell Road, Palo Alto. Moderated by Weekly editor Jay Thorwaldson, the discussion will cover such topics as mobile devices, e-books and the future of library collections. The panel features Sandra Hirsh, director of the San Jose State School of Library and Information Science; Peter Norvig, director of Research at Google, Inc.; Kathy Page, a library-space consultant of Page & Moris of San Francisco, working with Group 4 architectural design firm; and Cathy Sanford, deputy county librarian for Contra Costa County Library. Call 650-329-2403 or go to cityofpaloalto.org.