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<em><strong>Sunday, Feb. 9</strong></em>

<strong>Love Poetry Reading,</strong> 1:30 p.m. <em>Twenty-one poets chosen after a call for love poems will be reading their selections, The Healdsburg Literary Guild Annual Poetry Valentine.</em> Bean Affair, 1270 Healdsburg Avenue, Healdsburg. Info, <a href="http://www.hbglitguild.org" target="_blank">www.hbglitguild.org</a>.

<strong> Ransom Stephens, Ph.D., "From Pen to Published: A Sneak Peek,"</strong> 3 p.m. <em>Since the importance of narrative quality has not wavered, Ransom Stephens will begin with a presentation on how to build tension by integrating character into description, creative use of tense, and radical leaps of point of view. From there he will launch into the pros/cons and variations of traditional, indie, and hybrid publishing.</em> Redwood Writers, Flamingo Hotel, 2777 Fourth St., Santa Rosa. For more information, <a href="http://www.redwoodwriters.org" target="_blank">www.redwoodwriters.org</a>.

<strong>Ed Coletti, "Germs, Viruses and Catechisms,"</strong> 5 p.m. <em>Ed Coletti turns in a collection of powerhouse poems, each crafted with precision and lyricism. At once sardonic, political, and deeply compassionate, Coletti's work is poetry for living in interesting times.</em> Green Arcade Bookstore, 1680 Market Street at Gough San Francisco. Info, <a href="http://www.thegreenarcade.com" target="_blank">www.thegreenarcade.com</a>.

<em><strong>Monday, Feb. 10</strong></em>

<strong>Dine With Local Authors, 6</strong> p.m. <em>"The Authentic Heart," by John Amodeo, "Deep Texas," by Cole Stallings, "Cigar City Stories," by Emilio Gonzalez-Llanes, "The Emotionally Available Partner," by Marian Lindner, "Allie Carson: Interpreter Extraordinaire," by Marilyn Kinghorn. </em> Gaia's Garden, 1899 Mendocino Ave. Santa Rosa. Info, 544-2491 or info@jeaneslone.com.

<em><strong>Tuesday, Feb. 11</strong></em>

<strong>Novella Carpenter, "Farm City,"</strong> 7 p.m. <em>An unforgettably charming memoir, full of hilarious moments, fascinating farmer's tips, and a great deal of heart, Farm City offers a beautiful mediation on what we give up to live the way we do today.</em> Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera. (415) 927-0960, <a href="http://bookpassage.com" target="_blank">bookpassage.com</a>.

<em><strong>Wednesday, Feb. 12</strong></em>

<strong>Isabel Allende, "Ripper,"</strong> 7 p.m. <em>The Jackson women, Indiana and Amanda, have always had each other. Yet, while their bond is strong, mother and daughter are as different as night and day. Indiana, a beautiful holistic healer, is a free-spirited bohemian. Amanda is fascinated by the dark side of human nature, a natural-born sleuth addicted to crime novels. When a string of strange murders occurs across the city, Amanda plunges into her own investigation, discovering, before the police do, that the deaths may be connected. But the case becomes all too personal when Indiana suddenly vanishes. Could her mother's disappearance be linked to a serial killer? </em> Copperfield's Books, 140 Kentucky St., Petaluma. 762-0563, <a href="http://copperfieldsbooks.com" target="_blank">copperfieldsbooks.com</a>.

<em><strong>Thursday, Feb. 13</strong></em>

Why There are Words, 7 p.m. <em>Heather Altfeld, Troy Jollimore, Earle McCartney, Lori Ostlund, Dean Rader along with special guest Marian Szczepanski, Why There Are Words teams up with ZYZZYVA, as the journal of West Coast writers marks its 100th issue this spring.</em> Studio 333, 333 Caledonia, St., Sausalito. Info, <a href="http://whytherearewords.com" target="_blank">whytherearewords.com</a>.

<em><strong>Saturday, Feb. 15</strong></em>

<strong>Amy Chua -amp; Jed Rubenfeld, "The Triple Package,"</strong> 4 p.m. <em>Why do some groups rise? Drawing on groundbreaking original research and startling statistics, The Triple Package uncovers the secret to their success. A superiority complex, insecurity, impulse control-#8212;these are the elements of the Triple Package, the rare and potent cultural constellation that drives disproportionate group success.</em> Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera. (415) 927-0960, <a href="http://bookpassage.com" target="_blank">bookpassage.com</a>.