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SUNDAY (JUNE 30)
Andrew Sean Greer, “The Impossible Lives of Greta Wells,” 4 p.m.
After the death of her beloved twin brother and the abandonment of her long-time lover, Greta Wells undergoes electroshock therapy. Over the course of the treatment, Greta finds herself repeatedly sent to 1918, 1941, and back to the present. Whisked from the gas-lit streets and horse-drawn carriages of the West Village to a martini-fueled lunch at the Oak Room, in these other worlds, Greta finds her brother alive and well--though fearfully masking his true personality. And her former lover is now her devoted husband...but will he be unfaithful to her in this life as well? Greta Wells is fascinated by her alter egos: in 1941, she is a devoted mother; in 1918, she is a bohemian adulteress.
Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera. 415-927-0960, bookpassage.com.
MONDAY (JULY 1)
Carol Dorf and Dawn McGuire, Rivertown Poets A-Muse-ing, 6:45 p.m.
Poets Dawn McGuire and Carol Dorf will be featured, followed by an open mic. Open mic signups begin at 6:30; reading begins at 6:45.
Aqus Café, 189 H St., Petaluma. Info, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Left Coast Writers Salon : Gillian Bagwell, "Venus in Winter," 7 p.m.
From Gillian Bagwell, the author of The September Queen, comes the exciting story of Bess of Hardwick, one of the richest and most powerful women in England. Armed with nothing but her razor-sharp wit and fetching looks, twelve-year-old Bess of Hardwick arrives at the glamorous court of King Henry VIII and is thrust into a treacherous world of politics and intrigue, a world she must quickly learn to navigate.