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<strong>SUNDAY (April 27)</strong>

<strong> Dave Mitchell, "The Light on the Coast,"</strong> 4 p.m., <em>With commentary by Dave Mitchell, The Light On the Coast: 65 Years of News Big and Small as Reported in the Point Reyes Light ($29.95) encapsulates a weekly newspaper's first 65 years of unpredictable reporting from the small towns along the Marin County coast.</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 28)</strong>

<strong> Jenn Crowell, "Etched on Me,"</strong> 7 p.m., <em>On the surface, sixteen-year-old Lesley Holloway is just another bright new student at Hawthorn Hill, a posh all-girls' prep school north of London. Little do her classmates know that she recently ran away from home, where her father had spent years sexually abusing her. Nor does anyone know that she's secretly cutting herself as a coping mechanism...until the day she goes too far and ends up in the hospital. Lesley spends the next two years in and out of psychiatric facilities, where she overcomes her traumatic memories and finds the support of a surrogate family. Eventually completing university and earning her degree, she is a social services success story—until she becomes unexpectedly pregnant in her early twenties. Despite the overwhelming odds she has overcome, the same team that saved her as an adolescent will now question whether Lesley is fit to be a mother. And so she embarks upon her biggest battle yet: the fight for her unborn daughter.</em> Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera. (415) 927-0960, <a href="http://bookpassage.com" target="_blank">bookpassage.com</a>.

<strong>TUESDAY (April 29)</strong>

<strong> Michael Hall, "It's An Orange Aardvark,"</strong> 10 a.m., <em>Five carpenter ants at home in their tree stump hear a noise. What is it? One ant thinks it is a hungry aardvark lurking outside the stump, just waiting to eat them. One ant makes a hole in the stump to see. Orange light floods the stump—it's not an aardvark, proclaims the ant chorus. It's orange! So what is lurking outside the stump? This very funny picture book features die-cut holes on almost every page, suspenseful page turns, a wonderful surprise ending, and an introduction to a rainbow of colors.</em> Copperfield's Books, 140 Kentucky St., Petaluma. 762-0563, <a href="http://copperfieldsbooks.com" target="_blank">copperfieldsbooks.com</a>.

<strong>WEDNESDAY (April 30)</strong>

<strong> Robert Hammond Dorsett & Neal Grace,</strong> "Book Passage Poetry Night," 7 p.m., Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera. (415) 927-0960, <a href="http://bookpassage.com" target="_blank">bookpassage.com</a>.

<strong>Novella Carpenter & Michael Krasny, "Farm City"</strong> (2014 One Book One Marin Celebration), 7 p.m., <em>Novella Carpenter is joined by KQED "Forum" host Michael Krasny for a discussion of her work. Ambivalent about repeating her parents' disastrous mistakes, yet drawn to the idea of backyard self-sufficiency, Carpenter decided that it might be possible to have it both ways. Farm City is an unforgettably charming memoir, full of hilarious moments, fascinating farmers' tips, and a great deal of heart.</em> Angelico Hall, Dominican University, 50 Acacia Avenue, San Rafael, 415) 927-0960, <a href="http://bookpassage.com" target="_blank">bookpassage.com</a>.

<strong>THURSDAY (May 1)</strong>

<strong> Bob Mankoff, "How About Never — Is Never Good for You?"</strong> 7 p.m., <em>People tell Bob Mankoff that as the cartoon editor of The New Yorker he has the best job in the world. Never one to beat around the bush, he explains to us, in the opening of this singular, delightfully eccentric book, that because he is also a cartoonist at the magazine he actually has two of the best jobs in the world. With the help of myriad images and his funniest, most beloved cartoons, he traces his love of the craft all the way back to his childhood, when he started doing funny drawings at the age of eight... </em> Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera. (415) 927-0960, <a href="http://bookpassage.com" target="_blank">bookpassage.com</a>.

<strong>FRIDAY (May 2)</strong>

<strong> Adam Pelzman, "Troika,"</strong> 7 p.m., <em>Perla is a beautiful young Cuban-American woman who lives with her mother in a modest house in Miami's Little Havana. After her father's death, she finds herself leading a secret life. Julian is from Russia. His father was a legendary Siberian hunter who fell victim to his own bravery. When Julian is forced into an orphanage, he discovers that he has more in common with his father than he originally thought. Taken under the wing of a gruff, elderly businessman, Julian makes his way to New York City . . . and, years later, into the club where Perla is dancing. Soon after they meet, Perla is on a plane to Manhattan at the mysterious request of Julian's friend—a journey that will change the course of her life.</em> Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera. (415) 927-0960, <a href="http://bookpassage.com" target="_blank">bookpassage.com</a>.

<strong>SATURDAY (May 3)</strong>

<strong> California Bookstore Day,</strong> 9 a.m., Go to your local bookstore and enjoy!

<em>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.</em>