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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>

<strong>Ilya Kaminski and Katie Farris,</strong> 7:30 p.m., Marin Poetry Center reading, Falkirk Cultural Center, Mission Ave, San Rafael, (415) 485-3328.

Friday, May 16

<strong>Elizabeth McCracken, "Thunderstruck and Other Stories,"</strong> 7 p.m., <em>In Elizabeth McCracken's universe, heartache is always interwoven with strange, charmed moments of joy—an unexpected conversation with small children, the gift of a parrot with a bad French accent—that remind us of the wonder and mystery of being alive. Thunderstruck & Other Stories shows this inimitable writer working at the full height of her powers. </em> Copperfield's Books, 140 Kentucky St., Petaluma. 762-0563, <a href="http://copperfieldsbooks.com" target="_blank">copperfieldsbooks.com</a>.

Saturday, May 17

<strong>Alan Day, "The Horse Lover,"</strong> 7 p.m., <em>He already owned and managed two ranches and needed a third about as much as he needed a permanent migraine: that's what Alan Day said every time his friend pestered him about an old ranch in South Dakota. But in short order, he proudly owned 35,000 pristine grassy acres. The opportunity then dropped into his lap to establish a sanctuary for unadoptable wild horses previously warehoused by the Bureau of Land Management. After Day successfully lobbied Congress, those acres became Mustang Meadows Ranch, the first government-sponsored wild horse sanctuary established in the United States. </em> Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera. (415) 927-0960, <a href="http://bookpassage.com" target="_blank">bookpassage.com</a>.

<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>