FROM AUTISM TO AWESOME ... Gunn High School senior Emily Nelson, who is autistic, has self-published "Autism+Awesome=Autisome," a children's book about a superhero with a special power to make others with autism feel calm and less insecure. Nelson is having a book party to celebrate the launch this Saturday, Sept. 20, from 1 to 5 p.m. at Juana Briones Park, 609 Maybell Ave., Palo Alto. Info: amazon.com
NIGHTY NIGHT ... Palo Alto author Mimi Sommers just published "Relax-a-Bye Baby: A Bedtime Guide to Help Your Little One Relax and Sleep Tight" (Angus Macgregor Books, September 2014, paperback). The book offers relaxation exercises, set as a nursery rhyme. Info: relaxabyebaby.com
AWARDS BREAKFAST ... New Yorker cartoonist Roz Chast, author of the graphic memoir, "Can't We Talk About Something More Pleasant," will be the featured speaker at the Pathways Hospice annual One from the Heart Awards Breakfast on Thursday, Oct. 9, from 7:30 to 9:30 a.m. The event will be held at the Crowne Plaza Cabana, 4290 El Camino Real, Palo Alto. Tickets begin at $100. Info: pathwayshealth.org
AUTHOR TALKS ... Upcoming authors speaking at Books Inc., 74 Town & Country Village, Palo Alto, include Pseudonymous Bosch, "Bad Magic" (Sept. 29, 7 p.m.); Judy Melinek, "Working Stiff" (Oct. 1, 7 p.m.); Ann Gelder, "Bigfoot and the Baby," in conversation with Harriet Chessman (Oct. 2, 7 p.m.); a tribute to Lan Fang, "Potions and Paper Cranes," with Lian Gouw, co-founder of Dalang Publishing (Oct. 7, 7 p.m.); and Ian Buruma, "Year Zero: A History of 1945" (Oct. 15, 7 p.m.). In Mountain View, at 300 Castro St., authors include Hampton Sides, "In the Kingdom of Ice: The Grand and Terrible Polar Voyage of the USS Jeannette" (Sept. 22, 7 p.m.); Eric Butow, "Google Glass for Dummies" (Sept. 25, 7 p.m.); Ali Eteraz, "Falsipedies and Fibsiennes" (Oct. 2, 7 p.m.); and Matt Richtel, "A Deadly Wandering: A Tale of Tragedy and Redemption in the Age of Attention" (Oct. 9, 7 p.m.). Info: booksinc.net
MORE TALKS ... Upcoming authors at Kepler's Books, 1010 El Camino Real, Menlo Park, include Ruth Ozeki, "A Tale for the Time Being" (Sept. 20, 4 p.m.); Sarah Granger, "The Digital Mystique: How the Culture of Connectivity Can Empower Your Life -- Online and Off" (Sept. 23, 7:30 p.m.); Gail Sheehy in conversation with Angie Coiro, "Daring: My Passages" (Sept. 25, 7:30 p.m.); Karen Joy Fowler, "We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves" (Sept. 26, 7:30 p.m.); Ben Casnocha and Chris Yeh, "The Alliance: managing talent in the networked age" (Sept. 29, 7:30 p.m.); Deborah Rhode, "What Women Want" (Sept. 30, 7:30 p.m.); Lauren Oliver, "Rooms," in conversation with Jandy Nelson, "I'll Give You the Sun" (Oct. 2, 7 p.m.); Vikram Chandra, "Geek Sublime: The Beauty of Code, the Code of Beauty," in conversation with Nick Taylor, (Oct. 3, 7:30 p.m.); Bessel van der Kolk, M.D., "The Body Keeps the Score: Brain, Mind, and Body in the Healing of Trauma" Sunday, (Oct, 5, 2 p.m.); Mark Schapiro, "Carbon Shock: A Tale of Risk and Calculus on the Front Lines of the Disrupted Global Economy" (Oct. 7, 7:30 p.m.); and Leon Panetta in conversation with Jim Newton,"Worthy Fights: A Memoir of Leadership in War and Peace" (Oct. 17, 7:30 p.m., Fox Theatre, 2215 Broadway St., Redwood City, $25-$50). Info: keplers.com
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