LOCAL AUTHORS 'CATCH SPIRIT'...The Los Altos History Museum will showcase eight Bay Areas authors and their recently published books — from thrillers and historical accounts to biographies, cookbooks and photography collections — from noon to 4 p.m., on Wednesday, Nov. 15, as part of its annual Catch the Spirit event at the museum, 51 S. San Antonio Road. Featured authors include: Susan Bickford ("A Short Time to Die"); Diana Chan ("Easy n' Healthy Cooking" and"Animal Kingdom"); Ryan Dietzen ("Murder Most Garlic & The Burnt Man"); Mary Felix ("Dead Storage," the latest in her series Maggie McDonald Mysteries); Anne Heffron ("You Don't Look Adopted"); Donald McPhail ("The Millionaires Cruise: Sailing Toward Black Tuesday"); Fritz Trapnell ("Harnessing the Sky"); and Barbara Wilcox ("World War I Army Training by San Francisco Bay: The Story of Camp Fremont"). The event is free. For more information, go to losaltoshistory.org/events/catch-the-spirit-2/.
AUTHORS LUNCHEON... Four notable authors — Donia Bijon ("The Last Days of Cafe Leila"), Amy Dickinson ("Strangers Tend to Tell Me Things: A Memoir of Love, Loss and Coming Home"), Tom Lichtenheld "Mighty, Mighty Construction Site"), and Maile Meloy ("Do Not Become Alarmed") — will be on hand to sign and talk about their books during the annual Abilities United Authors Luncheon from 10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m., on Saturday, Nov. 4, at the Crowne Plaza Cabana Hotel, 4290 El Camino Real, Palo Alto. Proceeds from sponsorship, ticket and book sales benefit individuals and families who receive therapeutic, educational, and support services at Abilities United. For more information, call 650-618-3304. This event typically sells out.