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Lectures & TalksAuthor Michelle Adelman on 'Piece of Mind'
Michelle Adelman will talk with fellow author Helene Wecker about her debut novel "Piece of Mind," which follows a 27-year-old woman named Lucy who is talented artistically and troubled by the effects of a traumatic brain injury from her childhood. Feb. 8, 7:30 p.m. Free. Kepler's Books, 1010 El Camino Real, Menlo Park.
Lectures & Talks'Gluten Free, Yes or No?'
Chen Ben Asher, M.A., who is board certified as a holistic nutrition consultant, will give a presentation providing an understanding of what gluten is, where it is found, the difference between gluten sensitivity and allergy, symptoms and relevant tests provided by doctors. The event will also include food demonstrations. Feb. 8, 10:30 a.m.-noon $15. Private location, address provided upon registration, Palo Alto.
Lectures & Talks'Mindfulness and Beyond'
Dada Nabhaniilananda -- aka "The Monk Dude," a yoga monk, meditation teacher, musician and author -- will visit the Peninsula Macrobiotic Society to cast some light on the benefits of mindfulness and meditation and cover ways to make the experience more natural. Feb. 8, 8-9:30 p.m. $5-$10 donation suggested. First Baptist Church, 305 N. California Ave., Palo Alto.
Lectures & TalksBarney Frank on 'To Govern is to Choose'
Barney Frank, former U.S. Congressman from Massachusetts, will give the 2015-16 Wesson Lecture in Problems of Democracy, entitled "To Govern is to Choose: Policing the Globe Versus Improving the Quality of Our Lives." The event is open to the public. Feb. 8, 5:30-7:30 p.m. Free. Cemex Auditorium, 655 Knight Way, Stanford.
Lectures & Talks'Gridlock: Is There a Future for Bipartisanship?'
Moderated by Stanford Law School Professor Nate Persily, this panel discussion will engage former Congressmen Barney Frank (Democrat, Massachusetts), Dan Lungren (Republican, California) and Mickey Edwards (Republican, Oklahoma) in a conversation about the future of bipartisanship in Congress. Feb. 9, 5:30-7:30 p.m. Free. Cubberley Auditorium, 485 Lasuen Mall, Stanford.
Lectures & TalksAuthor Jason Denzel on 'Mystic'
Jason Denzel -- founder of Dragonmount.com, an online community for fans of Robert Jordan's "The Wheel of Time" series -- will discuss the first book in his own new epic fantasy series, "Mystic." Feb. 10, 7 p.m. Free. Books Inc., 301 Castro St., Mountain View.
Lectures & TalksOther Voices: 'Trans-Pacific Plutocracy'
At this month's Other Voices forum, Robert Younger and Xiomara Castro will participate in a discussion about what is wrong with the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP). Attendees will also learn about grassroots strategies and how they can get involved in lobbying Congress to vote no on TPP. Feb. 10, 7-8 p.m. Free. Midpeninsula Media Center, 900 San Antonio Road, Palo Alto.
Lectures & TalksAuthor Yann Martel on 'The High Mountains of Portugal'
Yann Martel, the bestselling author of "Life of Pi," will visit Kepler's to discuss "The High Mountains of Portugal" -- a story spanning the 20th century that fuses a quest narrative, ghost story and contemporary fable. Feb. 10, 7:30 p.m. $20 general; $8 student; $40 premier (includes book). Kepler's Books, 1010 El Camino Real, Menlo Park.
Lectures & TalksAnn Wein on modeling natural disasters
Anne Wein, operations research analyst with the U.S. Geological Survey, will summarize the methodologies used in modeling natural disasters, describe findings from recently studied scenarios and note how these studies can be used to mitigate or plan for natural disasters. The event is part of the Technology and Society Committee Luncheon Forum series. Feb. 10, 11:45 a.m.-1 p.m. $12 lunch. Hangen Szechuan Restaurant, 134 Castro St., Mountain View.
Lectures & Talks'Voices of the Undocumented' discussion
Authors Val Rosenfeld and Flor Fortunati will participate in a reading and discussion of their book "Voices of the Undocumented," which tells the stories of nine undocumented individuals and the challenges they face. Feb. 11, 6:30-8 p.m. Free. Mountain View Public Library, 585 Franklin St., Mountain View.
Lectures & TalksAuthor Barry Lancet on 'Pacific Burn'
Barry Lancet will share "Pacific Burn," the third installment in his critically-acclaimed series following antique dealer and private investigator Jim Brodie as a search for a legendary killer takes him from San Francisco to the U.S. capital, Tokyo, Kyoto and beyond. Feb. 11, 7-9 p.m. Free. Books Inc., 301 Castro St., Mountain View.
Lectures & Talks'Caring for your Shrubs'
Master Gardener Roberta Barnes will give presentation about choosing and planting shrubs, as well as different ways of pruning them and how to know which technique to use. Questions are welcome. Feb. 12, 1:30-3 p.m. Free. Avenidas, 450 Bryant St., Palo Alto.
Lectures & TalksAuthor Azadeh Tabazadeh on 'The Sky Detective'
Azadeh Tabazadeh, an award-winning author and scientist, will discuss her memoir "The Sky Detective," which tells of her harrowing escape from Iran in the early 1980s and path to realizing a childhood dream and becoming a NASA scientist. Feb. 16, 7 p.m. Free. Books Inc., Town & Country Village, 855 El Camino Real, Palo Alto.
Lectures & TalksAuthor Daniel Burwen on 'Operation Ajax'
Daniel Burwen, founder and creative director of Cognito Comics, will share his immersive graphic novel "Operation Ajax: The Story of the CIA Coup That Remade the Middle East." Feb. 16, 7-9 p.m. Free. Books Inc., 301 Castro St., Mountain View.
Lectures & TalksAudubon Speaker Series: Doug Bell
At this Audubon Speaker Series event, longtime student of raptors Doug Bell will give a lecture entitled "How Can Golden Eagles Survive in the Altamont Pass?" The Audubon Speaker Series features scientists, photographers, authors, international travelers and others speaking on various topics related to birds and their environment. Feb. 17, 7:30-9:30 p.m. Free. Cubberley Community Center, Room H1, 4000 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto.
Lectures & TalksRichard Baxter on the benefits of bees
The De Anza Chapter of the American Rhododendron Society will welcome Richard Baxter, owner of Golden Harvest Bees in Redwood City, who will give a presentation on the area's native bees and the importance of pollinators. Feb. 17, 7:30 p.m. Free. Hillview Community Center, Room 12, 97 Hillview Ave., Los Altos.
Lectures & TalksPeter Gleick on 'Water and California'
As part of Acterra's Public Lecture Series, Pacific Institute President Peter Gleick will lead a discussion on the region's water questions, issues and solutions, entitled "Water and California: Where Do We Go From Here?" Feb. 17, 7:30-9 p.m. Free; $10 general. LinkedIn, 580 N. Mary Ave., Sunnyvale.
Lectures & Talks'Believe & Never Look Back'
The Israeli Executives & Founders Forum and Hadassah of Silicon Valley will host by Jeff Pulver, a globally renowned leader, early-stage investor and Internet pioneer. He will give a presentation on the importance of focusing on what one believes in and living passions and dreams. Feb. 17, 6:30 p.m. Free by Feb. 16; $10 after. Schultz Cultural Arts Hall, 3921 Fabian Way, Palo Alto.
Lectures & TalksINET- Internet of Things Conference
Early Internet developers and industry authorities on the Internet of Things (IoT) -- the idea that anything can have a sensor and send data to the Internet -- will take part in a conversation about the impact of IoT on the Internet, business operations, everyday life and more. The keynote speaker will be Vint Cerf, vice president and chief Internet evangelist at Google. Feb. 18, 8 a.m.-5 p.m. $15-$35. Computer History Museum, 1401 N. Shoreline Blvd., Mountain View.
Lectures & TalksJackson Katz on 'More Than a Few Good Men'
World-renowned gender issues and sexual assault expert Dr. Jackson Katz will give a talk called "More Than a Few Good Men: American Manhood and Violence Against Women." The event is hosted by the Clayman Institute for Gender Research. Feb. 18, 7 p.m. Free. Cemex Auditorium, 655 Knight Way, Stanford.
Lectures & Talks'Tracking a Lost Voice: The Chinese Workers on the Transcontinental Railroad'
At this Stanford Historical Society event, Stanford University professors Gordon H. Chang and Shelly Fisher Fishkin will discuss the Chinese Railroad Workers Project, which aims to document and share the history of Chinese migrants involved in constructing the Transcontinental Railroad, including both Chinese and U.S. perspectives. Feb. 18, 5-6:30 p.m. Free. Jordan Hall, Room 40, 450 Serra Mall, Stanford.
Lectures & TalksSilicon Valley Reads author Emmi Itaranta on 'Memory of Water'
Silicon Valley Reads featured author Emmi Itaranta will share her book "Memory of Water." This year's theme for Silicon Valley Reads is "Chance of Rain: The Impact of Climate Change on Our Lives." Feb. 20, 2-4 p.m. Free. Mountain View Public Library, 585 Franklin St., Mountain View.
Lectures & TalksSaturday Storytime with author Nora Ericson
Books Inc. in Mountain View will hold a special Saturday Storytime with Nora Ericson reading from her picture book "Dill & Bizzy: An Odd Duck and a Strange Bird," about a duck who thinks he's ordinary and a strange bird. Feb. 20, 4-6 p.m. Free. Books Inc., 301 Castro St., Mountain View.
Lectures & Talks'How to Best Tour Africa'
This free live presentation by Lion Dog African Safaris will discuss traveling to Africa, reviewing such topics as safety, the best places and times to go, food, transportation, guides, costs and other expert insights. No sales will be conducted during this event. Feb. 21, 7 p.m. Free. Neutra House, 183 Hillview Ave., Los Altos .
Lectures & TalksAuthors Terry Shames and Susan Shea
Books Inc. will host a night of thrills and chills with local authors Terry Shames and Susan Shea, who will celebrate their recently published books "The Necessary Murder of Nonie Blake" and "Mixed Up with Murder," respectively. Feb. 22, 7-9 p.m. Free. Books Inc., 301 Castro St., Mountain View.
Lectures & Talks'Shouldn't Massacring Your Neighbors be Unforgivable?'
Philip Gourevitch -- author of the classic 1998 account of the Rwandan genocide "We Wish To Inform You That Tomorrow We Will Be Killed With Our Families" -- will report on the country's politics of reconciliation and its discontents, looking at how survivors and killers have to live together again as neighbors. Feb. 23, Free. Stanford Law School, room 190, 559 Nathan Abbot Way, Stanford.
Lectures & TalksWendell Berry on 'An Ethical Philosophy of Land Use'
As part of the Peninsula Open Space Trust's Wallace Stegner Lectures, Wendell Berry -- an organic farmer, author and writer -- will give a talk called "An Ethical Philosophy of Land Use: How to Care for Our Only World." Feb. 23, 8-9 p.m. $40 (plus $3 facilities fee). Mountain View Center for the Performing Arts, 500 Castro St., Mountain View.
Lectures & Talks'Celebrating Founders'
Stanford University's 125th Anniversary Symposia series will continue with a conversation called 'Celebrating Founders," an evening including founders that exemplify the university's passion for pursuing big ideas. Founders from Instagram, Kiva, Netflix, Sirum and Walker & Company will be represented. Feb. 24, 6-9 p.m. $20. Cemex Auditorium, 6455 Knight Way, Stanford.
Lectures & TalksAuthor Ethan Canin on 'A Doubter's Almanac'
A former figure in the Bay Area literary scene, Ethan Canin will share his latest novel, "A Doubter's Almanac," which explores the realm of higher mathematics and family legacy across multiple generations. Canin will be in conversation with Anthony Marra, a Stegner Fellow at Stanford University and Canin's former student. Feb. 24, 7:30 p.m. Free. Kepler's Books, 1010 El Camino Real, Menlo Park.
Lectures & TalksAuthor Peter Richardson on 'No Simple Highway'
Peter Richardson, an author and lecturer at San Francisco State University, will give a glimpse into his latest work "No Simple Highway: A Cultural History of the Grateful Dead," looking at how the group's ideals of ecstasy, mobility and community has resonated with generations of American youth. Feb. 29, 7:30 p.m. Free. Kepler's Books, 1010 El Camino Real, Menlo Park.
Lectures & TalksAuthor T.T. Monday on 'Double Switch'
T.T. Monday (Nick Taylor) will come to Kepler's for the launch of his book "Double Switch," which features the return of Johnny Adcock, a major league pitcher who moonlights as a private investigator, as he encounters a group of South American smugglers and a mysterious assassin. The author will chat with Kris Calvin about the book. March 1, 7:30 p.m. Free. Kepler's Books, 1010 El Camino Real, Menlo Park.
Lectures & TalksAuthor Kara Platoni on 'We Have the Technology'
Kara Platoni, an Oakland-based science writer and award-winning journalist, will chat with Kelly Vicars about Platoni's book "We Have the Technology," which reviews the latest developments in the science of sensory perception. March 3, 7:30 p.m. Free. Kepler's Books, 1010 El Camino Real, Menlo Park.
Lectures & TalksAuthor Shirin Ebadi on 'Until We Are Free'
Shirin Ebadi, the first Muslim woman to receive the Nobel Peace Prize, will share and sign "Until We Are Free," a nonfiction book describing her struggles working as a human rights lawyer defending women and children from a brutal regime in Iran. March 9, 7:30 p.m. $20 general. Menlo-Atherton High School, The Center for Performing Arts, 555 Middlefield Road, Atherton.
Lectures & TalksAuthor Allyson Hobbs on 'A Chosen Exile'
Allyson Hobbs, assistant professor in the Department of History at Stanford University, will discuss her book "A Chosen Exile: A History of Racial Passing in American Life," as well as race and identity problems in present-day America. March 15, 7:30 p.m. Free. Kepler's Books, 1010 El Camino Real, Menlo Park.
Lectures & TalksMary Ellen Hannibal on 'Citizen Science and Creating Better Wildlife Corridors'
The next talk in the Peninsula Open Space Trust's Wallace Stegner Lectures will feature Mary Ellen Hannibal, a Bay Area writer and researcher focusing on science and culture. She will speak on the role of citizen science and the idea of "wildlife connectivity." March 22, 8 p.m. $40 (plus $3 facilities fee). Mountain View Center for the Performing Arts, 500 Castro St., Mountain View.
Lectures & TalksAuthor Karan Mahajan on 'The Association of Small Bombs'
A Stanford University and Michener Center for Writers graduate, Karan Mahajan will talk about his latest novel, "The Association of Small Bombs," that captures the effects of terrorism on both victims and perpetrators. March 25, 7:30 p.m. Free. Kepler's Books, 1010 El Camino Real, Menlo Park.
Lectures & TalksAuthor Helen Simonson on 'The Summer Before the War'
Helen Simonson, author of "Major Pettigrew's Last Stand," will celebrate the publication of her second novel, "The Summer Before the War," a story centering on a small English town while the shadow of World War I looms. March 29, 7:30 p.m. Free. Kepler's Books, 1010 El Camino Real, Menlo Park.
Lectures & TalksAuthors Katherine Ellison and Stephen P. Hinshaw on 'ADHD'
Stephen Hinshaw, an international expert on ADHD, and Katherine Ellison, a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and author, will discuss their book "ADHD: What Everyone Needs to Know," an authoritative resource for current, accurate and compelling information about the disorder. March 31, 7:30 p.m. Free. Kepler's Books, 1010 El Camino Real, Menlo Park.
Lectures & TalksSteve Smith on 'Earth Beautiful: Reflections from Space'
At this Acterra Public Lecture Series event, astronaut Steve Smith will share highlights from his career and reflect upon how his environmental perspective has been influenced by his time in space. He will also talk about how emerging technologies for long duration spaceflight might spin off technologies that will help humans live more sustainably. April 14, 7:30-9 p.m. $10 general; free for members. Facebook, 1 Hacker Way, Menlo Park.
Lectures & TalksJay Famiglietti on 'When Demand Outstrips Supply'
Jay Famiglietti, a well-known researcher and speaker on water and climate change, will speak to the subject of "When Demand Outstrips Supply: The Shrinking Water Table and What We Can Do About It." The event is part of the Peninsula Open Space Trust's Wallace Stegner Lectures. April 26, 8-9 p.m. $40 (plus $3 facilities fee). Mountain View Center for the Performing Arts, 500 Castro St., Mountain View.