MORE AUTHORS... At Books Inc., 301 Castro St., Mountain View, book talks will be given by Audrey Shafer ("The Mailbox"), Sunday, Nov. 15, 3 p.m.; and Amy Bach ("Ordinary Justice"), Wednesday, Nov. 18, 7:30 p.m. At Books Inc. at Town & Country Village in Palo Alto, Susan Van Allen ("100 Places in Italy Every Woman Should Go") will speak Thursday, Nov. 19, at 7 p.m. At the Stanford Bookstore on campus, William Pack ("The Bottom of the Sky") will hold a book-signing Saturday, Nov. 7, at 9 a.m.
SMASHING... Keith Raffel, author of "Smasher" and "Dot Dead," will speak Friday, Nov. 13, at 7 p.m. at the Palo Alto Art Center auditorium, 1313 Newell Road, Palo Alto. The free event is sponsored by Friends of the Palo Alto Library.
AUTHORS' LUNCHEON... The 18th annual Authors' Luncheon benefiting Abilities United features presentations by Timothy Egan ("The Big Burn"), Jane Hamilton ("Laura Rider's Masterpiece"), Yiyun Li ("The Vagrants") and Amy Krouse Rosenthal ("Cookies: Bite-Size Life Lessons"). Held at the Crowne Plaza Cabana Hotel at 4290 El Camino Real in Palo Alto, the Nov. 14 event includes 10:30 a.m. book sales and signings and author presentations from noon to 2 p.m. Tickets are $125; call 650-618-3330.
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