Sunday, May 11
<strong>Michael Cunningham, "The Snow Queen,"</strong> 4 p.m., <em>Cunningham follows the Meeks brothers as each travels down a different path in his search for transcendence. In subtle, lucid prose, he demonstrates a profound empathy for his conflicted characters and a singular understanding of what lies at the core of the human soul. </em> Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera. (415) 927-0960, <a href="http://bookpassage.com" target="_blank">bookpassage.com</a>.
Monday, May 12
<strong>Krista Bremer, "My Accidental Jihad,"</strong> 7 p.m., <em>Fifteen years ago, Krista Bremer was a surfer and an aspiring journalist who dreamed of a comfortable American life of adventure, romance, and opportunity. Then, on a running trail in North Carolina, she met Ismail, sincere, passionate, kind, yet from a very different world. Raised a Muslim--one of eight siblings born in an impoverished fishing village in Libya--his faith informed his life. When she and Ismail made the decision to become a family, Krista embarked on a journey she never could have imagined, an accidental jihad: a quest for spiritual and intellectual growth that would open her mind, and more important, her heart.</em> Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera. (415) 927-0960, <a href="http://bookpassage.com" target="_blank">bookpassage.com</a>.
Tuesday, May 13
<strong>Daniel Levine, "Hyde,"</strong> 7 p.m., <em>Mr. Hyde is trapped, locked in Dr. Jekyll's surgical cabinet, counting the hours until his inevitable capture. As four days pass, he has the chance, finally, to tell his story—the story of his brief, marvelous life. Summoned to life by strange potions, Hyde knows not when or how long he will have control of "the body." When dormant, he watches Dr. Jekyll from a remove, conscious of this other, high-class life but without influence. As the experiment continues, their mutual existence is threatened, not only by the uncertainties of untested science, but also by a mysterious stalker. Hyde is being taunted—possibly framed. Girls have gone missing; someone has been killed. Who stands, watching, from the shadows? In the blur of this shared consciousness, can Hyde ever be confident these crimes were not committed by his hand?</em> Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera. (415) 927-0960, <a href="http://bookpassage.com" target="_blank">bookpassage.com</a>.
Wednesday, May 14
<strong>Steven Pressman, "50 Children: One Ordinary American Couple's Extraordinary Rescue Mission Into the Heart of Nazi Germany,"</strong> 6 p.m., <em>Based on the acclaimed HBO documentary, the astonishing true story of how one American couple transported fifty Jewish children from Nazi-occupied Austria to America in 1939—the single largest group of unaccompanied refugee children allowed into the United States.</em> Copperfield's Books, 140 Kentucky St., Petaluma. 762-0563, copperfieldsbooks.com.
Thursday, May 15
<strong>Michelle Wing, "Body on the Wall,"</strong> 4 p.m., <em>Untangling the many threads that make up a life, Wing writes about being a daughter, violence against women and girls, mental illness, her identity as a lesbian, her love for her wife, and the search for spiritual direction. Beyond this, in each poem, whether it is one of pleasure or pain, there is evident an underlying trust that language and the beauty of words can provide salvation. </em> Levin & Co., Levin & Co., 306 Center Street, Healdsburg, <a href="http://www.michellewing.com" target="_blank">www.michellewing.com</a>, 433-1118.
<strong>Katherine Boyle on Behind the Scenes with Literary Agent,</strong> 7 p.m., Petaluma Community Center, 320 No. McDowell Blvd., Petaluma. $10 at the door. Details, <a href="http://www.thewritespot.us." target="_blank">www.thewritespot.us.</a>