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Lectures & Talks'Ebola and Global Health and Security'
Dr. Paul H. Wise from Stanford University will give a free public lecture called "Ebola and Global Health and Security." Refreshments will be available at 7 p.m., and the talk will begin at 7:30 p.m. The event is co-sponsored by World Affairs Council - Peninsula and Los Altos Public Library. Oct. 1, 7-9 p.m. Free. Los Altos Youth Center, 1 N. San Antonio Road, Los Altos.
Lectures & TalksAuthor Judy Melinek on 'Working Stiff'
Judy Melinek, forensic pathologist and associate clinical professor at U.C. San Francisco Medical Center, will share her memoir, "Working Stiff," which takes readers behind the police tape of 9/11 and exposes the truth of autopsy work. Oct. 1, 7 p.m. Free. Books Inc., 74 Town & Country Village, Palo Alto.
Lectures & TalksAuthor Lauren Oliver with Jandy Nelson
Lauren Oliver will share her adult fiction debut in a story about the relationship between the living and the dead, "Rooms." She will be in conversation with Jandy Nelson, author of "The Sky is Everywhere." Oct. 2, 7 p.m. Free. Kepler's Books, 1010 El Camino Real, Menlo Park.
Lectures & TalksEducation talk with Alfie Kahn
At this talk organized by Fusion Academy, Alfie Kahn will give a lecture called "The (Progressive) Schools Our Children Deserve," in which he discusses the gap between knowledge of how children learn and the reality of how students are taught. Oct. 2, 7 p.m. Free. Oshman Family JCC, 3921 Fabian Way, Palo Alto.
Lectures & TalksAuthor Ann Gelder on 'Bigfoot and the Baby'
Ann Gelder will share her debut novel, "Bigfoot and the Baby," a black satire about the interplay of capitalism and religion in 1980s America. Oct. 2, 7 p.m. Free. Books Inc., 74 Town & Country Village, Palo Alto.
Lectures & TalksAuthor Dave Eggers with Tobias Wolff
Dave Eggers, author of the cautionary novel "The Circle," will discuss privacy in the digital age and the craft of writing with Stanford English professor Tobias Wolff. Oct. 2, 6-7:30 p.m. Free. Encina Hall, Bechtel Conference Center, 616 Serra St., Stanford.
Lectures & TalksAuthor Ali Eteraz on 'Falsipedies and Fibsiennes'
Ali Eteraz, author of the memoir "Children of Dust" and a contributing writing to publications including The Huffington Post, will share his sensual and surreal short story collection, "Falsipedies and Fibsiennes." Oct. 2, 7 p.m. Free. Books Inc., 301 Castro St., Mountain View.
Lectures & TalksAuthor Vikram Chandra with Nick Taylor
Fiction author Vikram Chandra will share a book of nonfiction called "Geek Sublime: The Beauty of Code, the Code of Beauty," which gives a unique history of the tech industry in the United States and India. He will be in conversation with novelist Nick Taylor. Oct. 3, 7:30 p.m. $12 general. Kepler's Books, 1010 El Camino Real, Menlo Park.
Lectures & TalksLinden Tree Books author event
Authors Sydney Avey, Rick Crawford and Marie Sontag will share their books and be available for signing and conversation during October's Los Altos First Friday event. Oct. 3, 6-8 p.m. Free. Linden Tree Books, 265 State St., Los Altos.
Lectures & Talks'The Plant - Rock Connection'
Paul Heiple, a naturalist and California Native Plant Society member, will discuss why certain plants grow in specific locations and not others, focusing on geology and different soil types. Oct. 3, 7:30-9 p.m. Free. Los Altos Library, 13 S. San Antonio Road, Los Altos.
Lectures & Talks'Ornamental Grasses, Sedges and Rushes'
This talk by U.C. Master Gardeners will cover the benefits of adding ornamental grasses, sedges and rushes to gardens, as well as discuss how to grow and maintain them. Oct. 4, 10-11 a.m. Free. Palo Alto Demonstration Garden, 851 Center Drive, Palo Alto.
Lectures & TalksAuthor Bessel van der Kolk on 'The Body Keeps the Score'
Trauma expert Bessel van der Kolk, M.D., will talk about and sign his book "The Body Keeps the Score: Brain, Mind, and Body in the Healing of Trauma." Oct. 5, 2 p.m. Free. Kepler's Books, 1010 El Camino Real, Menlo Park.
Lectures & TalksAuthor Joshua Shenk on 'Powers of Two'
For this Commonwealth Club event, Joshua Wolf Shenk will discuss ideas from his book "Powers of Two: Seeking the Essence of Innovation in Creative Pairs," which explores the creativity and results of dynamic duos in many fields. Oct. 6, 6:30-7:30 p.m. $10-$20. PARC Auditorium, 3333 Coyote Hill Road, Palo Alto.
Lectures & TalksAuthor Mark Schapiro on 'Carbon Shock'
Veteran journalist will share his book "Carbon Shock: A Tale of Risk and Calculus on the Front Lines of the Disrupted Global Economy," in which he meditates on the intersection of the environment, economics and political power. Oct. 7, 7:30 p.m. Free. Kepler's Books, 1010 El Camino Real, Menlo Park.
Lectures & TalksLian Gouw on Lan Fang's 'Potions and Paper Cranes'
Lian Gouw will share a work by late author Lan Fang called "Potions and Paper Cranes," which details the effects of desire and jealousy on two Indonesian families. Oct. 7, 7 p.m. Free. Books Inc., 74 Town & Country Village, Palo Alto.
Lectures & Talks'Collaborative Leadership in Post-Disaster Recovery'
Elizabeth NcNaughton of New Zealand Red Cross and Duncan Gibb from the Christchurch Infrastructure Rebuild Team will give a talk called "Collaborative Leadership in Post-Disaster Recovery: Case Study of Christchurch, New Zealand." The lecture is hosted by the John A. Blume Earthquake Engineering Center at Stanford. Oct. 7, 4:30-6 p.m. Free. Tresidder Union, Oak West, 459 Lagunita Drive, Stanford.
Lectures & Talks'Your Garden: Drought, Climate Change, and Native Plants--What's New?'
Bart O'Brien, director of the Regional Parks Botanic Garden in Tilden Regional Park in the East Bay, will share three steps to help home gardens survive with today's weather fluctuations. He will also talk about native and native-friendly plants. Oct. 8, 7:30-9 p.m. $5 (free for Western Horticultural Society members). Christ Episcopal Church, Parish Hall, 1040 Border Road, Los Altos.
Lectures & TalksCaleb Scharf on 'The Copernicus Complex'
As part of the 15th annual Silicon Valley Astronomy Lecture Series at Foothill College, Caleb Scharf, Columbia University's director of astrobiology, will give an illustrated, non-technical lecture called "The Copernicus Complex: Are We Special in the Cosmos?" Oct. 8, 7-8:30 p.m. Free; $3 parking. Foothill College, Smithwick Theatre, 12345 El Monte Road, Los Altos Hills.
Lectures & TalksStanford Executive Briefings: Liz Wiseman
In this Stanford Executive Briefing, Liz Wiseman, president of The Wiseman Group, will discuss how embracing certain aspects of a rookie mindset can bring vitality to the workplace and company teams. Oct. 8, 7:30-9 a.m. $60. Stanford Faculty Club, 439 Lagunita Drive, Stanford.
Lectures & TalksAn Evening with Steven Pinker
Steven Pinker, professor of psychology from Harvard University and author, will share ideas from his book "The Sense of Style: The Thinking Person's Guide to Writing in the 21st Century," and comment on the state of writing today. Oct. 8, 7 p.m. $12 members; $20 nonmembers; $7 students; $45 priority seating and book. Oshman Family JCC, Albert and Janet Schultz Cultural Arts Hall, 3921 Fabian Way, Palo Alto.
Lectures & TalksEric Schmidt and Jonathan Rosenberg on 'How Google Works'
In conversation with Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer, Eric Schmidt and Jonathan Rosenberg will discuss their new book, "How Google Works," in which they give glimpses into the practices, strategies and philosophy of the tech giant. Online registration is encouraged. Oct. 8, 6:30 p.m. Free. Computer History Museum, 1401 N. Shoreline Blvd., Mountain View.
Lectures & TalksDesign thinking panel
A panel of design experts will discuss their experiences and offer insights on the creative thinking involved in the design process. A hands-on workshop will also be offered. Oct. 9, 5-8:30 p.m. $20-$35 until Oct. 2; $25-$40; $50 at the door; $20 more for workshop. SAP, Palo Alto, 3410 Hillview Ave., Building 1, Palo Alto.
Lectures & Talks'Education and Equality'
For two Tanner lectures organized by the Stanford Center for Ethics in Society and the Office of the President, Danielle Allen will explore society's confusion over the purposes of education, discuss ways to solve that confusion and propose a humanistic account of education. Oct. 8 and 9, 5:30-7 p.m. Free. Bechtel Conference Center, Encina Hall, 616 Serra St., Stanford.
Lectures & TalksAuthor Matt Richtel on 'A Deadly Wandering'
Novelist and Pulitzer Prize-winner Matt Richtel will discuss his latest work exploring the impact of technology, "A Deadly Wandering: A Tale of Tragedy and Redemption in the Age of Attention." Oct. 9, 7 p.m. Free. Books Inc., 301 Castro St., Mountain View.
Lectures & TalksHome: 'Successful Bulbs for our Mediterranean Climate'
U.C. Master Gardner Roberta Barnes will give a talk on bulbs, covering the different varieties, design ideas, shopping strategies and bulb care. Attendees are encouraged to bring questions. Oct. 10, 1-2:30 p.m. Free. Avenidas, 450 Bryant St., Palo Alto.
Lectures & TalksAuthor Chris Taylor on 'How Star Wars Conquered the Universe'
Chris Taylor will share his nonfiction book, "How Star Wars Conquered the Universe," which looks at the business and culture of the Star Wars franchise and attempts to explain how it beat out rivals in attracting an enormous fan base. Oct. 10, 7 p.m. Free. Books Inc., 301 Castro St., Mountain View.
Lectures & TalksEducation update with Assemblyman Rich Gordon
Assemblyman Rich Gordon will lead a discussion with attendees about K-12 education in California. Oct. 11, 10-11:30 a.m. Free. Palo Alto Unified School District, Board Room, 25 Churchill Ave., Palo Alto.
Lectures & TalksAuthor James Frey on 'Endgame: The Calling'
James Frey will discuss his newest book project, "Endgame: The Calling," an interactive story with clues that will lead one reader to a prize of $500,000 in gold. Frey will speak in conversation with John Hanke, vice president of Google's Niantic Labs, which is making an augmented reality game version of Frey's story. Oct. 11, 6 p.m. Free. Kepler's Books, 1010 El Camino Real, Menlo Park.
Lectures & TalksAuthor Karl Marlantes on 'What It Is Like To Go To War'
As part of the California Reads series, Karl Marlantes, author and veteran who served during the Vietnam War, will discuss his book "What It is Like To Go To War," a highly personal book about how psychologically ill-prepared young soldiers are today for the experience of war. Oct. 11, 2-4 p.m. Free. VA Palo Alto Health Care System, Auditorium (Building 101), 3801 Miranda Ave., Palo Alto.
Lectures & Talks'Fall and Winter Color in Your Garden'
U.C. Master Gardener Roberta Barnes will talk about the colorful plants that home gardeners can grow during California's mild winter season. Oct. 11, 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Free. Mountain View Public Library, 585 Franklin St., Mountain View.
Lectures & Talks'How to Work with a Literary Agent'
At this South Bay Writers event, literary agent Elizabeth Kracht will give writers advice on "How to Work with a Literary Agent," covering everything from acquisition and editing to promotion and royalties. Oct. 13, 6-9 p.m. $15 (including $10 for dinner). Harry's Hofbrau, 390 Saratoga Ave., San Jose.
Lectures & Talks'Reshaping the Mind':
Research professor and author Ellen Bialystok will give a lecture called "Reshaping the Mind: The Benefits of Being Bilingual," pointing to the positive cognitive outcomes throughout life enjoyed by bilingual individuals. Those interested are encouraged to RSVP, as space is limited. Oct. 13, 6-7:30 p.m. Free. International School of the Peninsula, 151 Laura Lane, Palo Alto.
Lectures & TalksAuthor Walter Isaacson on 'The Innovators'
John Hollar, Computer History Museum president and CEO, will conduct an in-depth conversation with Walter Isaacson about his new book, "The Innovators", which continues his examination of innovative geniuses. Online registration is encouraged. Oct. 14, 7 p.m. Free. Computer History Museum, 1401 N. Shoreline Blvd., Mountain View.
Lectures & TalksProfessor Doug Orr on current economic issues
At this month's Technology and Society Committee Luncheon, Doug Orr, professor of economics from City College of San Francisco, will discuss high-frequency trading, the discrepancy between daily economic news and the real economy, and changes that could reduce the effects of destructive market speculation. Oct. 14, 11:45 a.m.-1 p.m. $12 lunch. Hangen Szechuan Restaurant, 134 Castro St., Mountain View.
Lectures & TalksMeet the Makers: Matt Lenoci of Matteo
Matt Lenoci, founder of luxury sewn textiles manufacturer Matteo, will give a talk about the company's vision and efforts to help rebuild Los Angeles's Boyle Heights community. Oct. 14, 7-8 p.m. Free. Peterson Building 550, 416 Escondido Mall, Stanford.
Lectures & TalksAuthor Tania Malik on 'Three Bargains'
Local author Tania Malik will discuss her debut novel, "Three Bargains," a rags-to-riches tale about fathers and sons and barriers of class. Oct. 16, 7 p.m. Free. Books Inc., 301 Castro St., Mountain View.
Lectures & TalksMedieval Matters lecture with Victoria Sweet
Dr. Victoria Sweet, author of the nonfiction bestseller "God's Hotel," will give a lecture called "Hildegard of Bingen: Medieval Lessons for Modern Medicine," in which she discusses how 12th-century ideas of seeing the body as a plant and the doctor a gardener can still be useful today. Nov. 6, 7:30-9:30 p.m. Free. Bishop Auditorium, Lathrop Library, 518 Memorial Way, Stanford.