■ Author: Charles Baxter
Tonight (April 4) at 7 p.m., Charles Baxter gives a talk on his short-story collection "Gryphon," which combines stories old and new. The event is at Kepler's Books, 1010 El Camino Real, Menlo Park. As part of a new Kepler's policy, the formerly free author talks in the store now have an admission cost: Audience members must buy the event book or a $10 gift card (both admit two). Members of the store's "Literary Circle" get in free. Call 650-324-4321 or go to keplers.com.
■ Art: 'The Madness of Art'
Today (April 4) at 5:30 p.m., Alexander Nemerov, chairman of Yale University's Department of the History Art, will give a free talk titled "The Madness of Art: Georgia O'Keeffe and Virginia Woolf." The event is in the Cummings Art Building, AR2, Stanford University. Call 650-723-3404 or go to events.stanford.edu.