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This week's literary events

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<strong>SUNDAY (April 6)</strong>

<strong> Barry Kraft, "Shakespeare Insult Generator,"</strong> 4 p.m., <em>Put dullards and miscreants in their place with more than 150,000 handy mix-and-match insults in the bard's own words. This entertaining insult generator and flip book collects hundreds of words from Shakespeare's most pointed barbs and allows readers to combine them in creative and hilariously stinging ways. From "apish bald-pated abomination" to "cuckoldly dull-brained blockhead" to "obscene rump-fed hornbeast," each insult can be chosen at random or customized to fit any situation that calls for a literary smackdown. Featuring an informative introduction on Shakespearean wit, and notes on which terms were coined or only used once by the author in his work, this delightful book will sharpen the tongue of Shakespeare fans and insult aficionados without much further ado. </em> Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera. (415) 927-0960, <a href="http://bookpassage.com" target="_blank">bookpassage.com</a>.

<strong>MONDAY (April 7)</strong>

<strong> Caroline Goodwin and Patti Trimble,</strong> 6:30 p.m., Rivertown Poets: A Muse-ing Mondays, Aqus Cafe, 189 H Street, Petaluma. Hosted by Sandra Anfang. Info, <a href="http://www.facebook.com/RivertownPoetsAMuseingMondays." target="_blank">www.facebook.com/RivertownPoetsAMuseingMondays.</a>

<strong>TUESDAY (April 8)</strong>

<strong> Kristin Ohlson, "The Soil Will Save Us: How Scientists, Farmers, and Foodies Are Healing the Soil to Save the Planet,"</strong> 7 p.m., <em>Thousands of years of poor farming and ranching practices—and, especially, modern industrial agriculture—have led to the loss of up to 80 percent of carbon from the world's soils. That carbon is now floating in the atmosphere, and even if we stopped using fossil fuels today, it would continue warming the planet. In The Soil Will Save Us, journalist and bestselling author Kristin Ohlson makes an elegantly argued, passionate case for "our great green hope"—a way in which we can not only heal the land but also turn atmospheric carbon into beneficial soil carbon—and potentially reverse global warming. </em> Copperfield's Books, 138 North Main St., Sebastopol, 823-2618, <a href="http://copperfieldsbooks.com" target="_blank">copperfieldsbooks.com</a>.


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