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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>.
<strong>WEDNESDAY (April 9)</strong>
<strong> Mary Roach, "Gulp: Adventures on the Alimentary Canal,"</strong> 7 p.m. <em>"America's funniest science writer" (Washington Post) takes us down the hatch on an unforgettable tour. The alimentary canal is classic Mary Roach terrain: the questions explored in Gulp are as taboo, in their way, as the cadavers in Stiff and every bit as surreal as the universe of zero gravity explored in Packing for Mars. Why is crunchy food so appealing? Why is it so hard to find words for flavors and smells? Why doesn't the stomach digest itself? How much can you eat before your stomach bursts? Can constipation kill you? Did it kill Elvis? In Gulp we meet scientists who tackle the questions no one else thinks of—or has the courage to ask. We go on location to a pet-food taste-test lab, a fecal transplant, and into a live stomach to observe the fate of a meal. With Roach at our side, we travel the world, meeting murderers and mad scientists, Eskimos and exorcists (who have occasionally administered holy water rectally), rabbis and terrorists—who, it turns out, for practical reasons do not conceal bombs in their digestive tracts.</em> Copperfield's Books, 138 North Main St., Sebastopol, 823-2618, <a href="http://copperfieldsbooks.com" target="_blank">copperfieldsbooks.com</a>.
<strong>THURSDAY (April 10)</strong>