<strong>Sunday, March 16</strong>
<strong> High Tea With Yiyun Li, "Kinder Than Solitude,"</strong> 2 p.m., <em>Brilliantly written, a breathtaking page-turner, Kinder Than Solitude is a novel that resonates with provocative observations about human nature and life from one of America's best young novelists. Ticketed event: $55 includes a scrumptious High Tea with light fair and the hardcover book ($26 + tax).</em> The Tudor Rose English Tea Room, 733 4th Street, Santa Rosa, <a href="http://copperfieldsbooks.com/" target="_blank">copperfieldsbooks.com</a>
<strong>Third Sunday Poetry Open Mic, </strong>12: 30 p.m., Coffee Catz at Gravenstein Station, 6761 Sebastopol Ave. (Hwy. 12), Sebastopol. Info, <a href="http://lusciouspoetry.typepad.com/sherlianne" target="_blank">lusciouspoetry.typepad.com/sherlianne</a>
<strong>C.D. Payne, "Youth in Revolt: The Journals of Nick Twisp,"</strong> 1:30 p.m., <em>6 months in the life of the world's most dangerous teenager. The hilarious, take-no-prisoners novel about a cynical, sex-obsessed teenager's pining love for an intelligent girl&#8211; now a major motion picture from Dimension Films starring Michael Cera.</em> Bean Affair, 1270 Healdsburg Avenue. More info: <a href="http://www.hbglitguild.org" target="_blank">www.hbglitguild.org</a>. E-mail, firstname.lastname@example.org
<strong>Monday, March 17</strong>
<strong> Phil Klay, "Redeployment,"</strong> 7 p.m., <em>Phil Klay's Redeployment takes readers to the frontlines of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, asking us to understand what happened there, and what happened to the soldiers who returned. Interwoven with themes of brutality and faith, guilt and fear, helplessness and survival, the characters in these stories struggle to make meaning out of chaos.</em>Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera. (415) 927-0960, <a href="http://bookpassage.com" target="_blank">bookpassage.com</a>
<strong>Tuesday, March 18</strong>
<strong> Patti Breitman, "Never Too Late to Go Vegan,"</strong> 7:30 p.m., <em>Warmly written, down-to-earth, and filled with practical advice, plus insights from dozens of seasoned over-50 vegans, Never Too Late to Go Vegan makes it easier than ever to reap the full rewards of a whole-foods, plant-rich diet.</em> Readers' Books, 130 E. Napa St., Sonoma. 939-1779, <a href="http://www.readersbooks.com" target="_blank">www.readersbooks.com</a>
<strong>Thursday, March 20</strong>
<strong> Bich Minh Nguyen, "Pioneer Girl,"</strong> 6 p.m., <em>Jobless with a PhD, Lee Lien returns home to her Chicago suburb from grad school, only to find herself contending with issues she's evaded since college. But when her brother disappears, he leaves behind an object from their mother's Vietnam past that stirs up a forgotten childhood dream: a gold-leaf brooch, abandoned by an American reporter in Saigon back in 1965, that might be an heirloom belonging to Laura Ingalls Wilder. As Lee explores the tenuous facts of this connection, she unearths more than expected—a trail of clues and enticements that lead her from the dusty stacks of library archives to hilarious prairie life reenactments and ultimately to San Francisco, where her findings will transform strangers' lives as well as her own.</em> Copperfield's Books, 775 Village Court, Santa Rosa, 578-8938, <a href="http://copperfieldsbooks.com" target="_blank">copperfieldsbooks.com</a>.
<strong>W. Constance Hale and Michael Shapiro, "A Sense of Place: Two master travel writers reflect on how to evoke character and setting in any genre,"</strong> 7 p.m., Petaluma Community Center, 320 No. McDowell Blvd., Petaluma. More info, <a href="http://www.thewritespot.us" target="_blank">www.thewritespot.us</a>.
<strong>Ellen Bass and Andrea Hollander,</strong> 7 p.m., Marin Poetry Center, Falkirk Cultural Center, 1408 Mission Ave, San Rafael. Info, <a href="http://www.marinpoetrycenter.org" target="_blank">www.marinpoetrycenter.org</a>.