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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>.

<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>

<strong> Iris Jahaml Dunkle, "Gold Passage,"</strong> Thursday, 6 p.m. <em>Iris Jamahl Dunkle's debut poetry collection, Gold Passage, won the Trio Award. Her poetry, essays and creative non-fiction have been published widely. Dunkle teaches writing and literature at Napa Valley College and is on the staff of the Napa Valley Writers conference. </em>Copperfield's Books, 775 Village Court, Santa Rosa, 578-8938, <a href="http://copperfieldsbooks.com" target="_blank">copperfieldsbooks.com</a>.

<strong>Amrit Chamri,</strong> 7 p.m., Why There Are Words presents readers from The Bloomsbury Anthology, Studio 333, 333 Caledonia Street, Sausalito. Info, <a href="http://whytherearewords.com" target="_blank">whytherearewords.com</a> or (415) 331-8272.

<strong>Petaluma Readers Theatre presents "Take Me Out to the Ballgame,"</strong> directed by Jennifer March and Maureen Studer and featuring baseball-related vignettes from American writers like Ogden Nash, Barry Gifford, Ron Shelton, Katharine Harer, May Swensen, and more, 7:30 p.m. Clear Heart Stage, 90 Jessie Lane, Petaluma. For more information, 287-1766, jenmarch@comcast.net. Additional shows April 11, 12, 17, 18, and 19.

<strong>FRIDAY (April 11)</strong>

<strong> Gail King, "Hello Life,"</strong> 7 p.m., <em>Gail King will read from her new book and will be joined by her long time friends and fellow poets, Betty Garrett and Molly Bishop. The three poets have been writing together for over 15 years. Each month, they have a potluck dinner and write. Their reading will be followed by a Q&amp;amp;A. There will also be a book signing and sale, and refreshments will be sold. This event is free.</em> Occidental Center for the Arts, 3850 Doris Murphy Court, Bohemian Hwy at Graton Roads, Occidental. For more info, 874-9392 or <a href="http://occidentalcenterforthearts.com" target="_blank">occidentalcenterforthearts.com</a>

<strong>SATURDAY (April 12)</strong>

<strong> Jed Diamond, "Stress Relief for Men,"</strong> 4 p.m., <em>Depression, fatigue, chronic pain, sexual dysfunction, anger, and irritability: these are just some of the toxic effects of stress. Stress Relief for Men introduces energy healing techniques based on ancient wisdom and cutting-edge science that are designed to neutralize stress so that you can regain inner strength and power in your life--without talk therapy or drugs. According to preeminent heart surgeon and author Mehmet Oz, MD, "The next big frontier in medicine is energy medicine." This essential resource provides the most scientifically sound tools from this emerging new field applied to the most pressing problems facing men today. </em> Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera. (415) 927-0960, <a href="http://bookpassage.com" target="_blank">bookpassage.com</a>.

To submit book events for consideration in this column, contact Sara Peyton at sara.peyton@gmail.com at least three weeks in advance of the event.