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<span style="text-decoration: underline;"><strong>SUNDAY (JULY 28)</strong></span>

<strong>Napa Valley Writers' Conference, Day 1,</strong> 7 p.m.

<em>Fiction author Peter Ho Davies and poet Major Jackson will read. The conference takes place July 28 - August 1, featuring readings and lectures by inspiring writers of different genres. More info about Napa Valley Writers' Conference events, <a href="http://napawritersconference.org" target="_blank">napawritersconference.org</a>, media@napawritersconference.org, 478-4307.</em> Upper Valley Campus, Napa Valley College, 1088 College Ave., St. Helena.

<span style="text-decoration: underline;"><strong>MONDAY (JULY 29)</strong></span>

<strong>Napa Valley Writers' Conference, Day 2,</strong> 7 p.m.

<em>Fiction author Lan Samantha Chang and poet Linda Gregerson will read.</em>

Beringer Vineyards, 2000 Main St., St. Helena. <a href="http://napawritersconference.org" target="_blank">napawritersconference.org</a>, media@napawritersconference.org, 478-4307.

<span style="text-decoration: underline;"><strong>TUESDAY (JULY 30)</strong></span>

<strong>Napa Valley Writers' Conference, Day 3,</strong> 7 p.m.

<em>Fiction author Christopher Tilghman and poet Camille Dungy will read.</em>

Mondavi Winery, 7801 St. Helena Highway (Highway 29), Oakville. <a href="http://napawritersconference.org" target="_blank">napawritersconference.org</a>, media@napawritersconference.org, 478-4307.

<span style="text-decoration: underline;"><strong>WEDNESDAY (JULY 31)</strong></span>

<strong>Napa Valley Writers' Conference, Day 4,</strong> 6:30 p.m.

<em>Fiction author Yiyun Li and poet Jane Hirshfield will read.</em> Educational Center for the Performing Arts at Napa Valley College, 2277 Napa-Vallejo Highway (Highway 221), Napa. <a href="http://napawritersconference.org" target="_blank">napawritersconference.org</a>, media@napawritersconference.org, 478-4307.

FRIDAY (AUG 2)

<strong>Francine Toder, "The Vintage Years,"</strong> 7 p.m.

<em>Toder's new book, "The Vintage Years," began to take shape after she thought about retirement and meaningful ways to spend her new-found time, and positive aging in general. She rented a cello, found a teacher and began learning to play this life-size instrument, which she now practices daily - proof that it's never too late to learn. But more importantly, she learned that the fine arts may be the best way to stimulate brain growth and enhance health past sixty, according to recent neuroscience research. This book is not a memoir but based on neuroscience research and interviews with late-blooming artists of all kinds.</em> Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera. (415) 927-0960, <a href="http://bookpassage.com/" target="_blank">bookpassage.com</a>.

<span style="text-decoration: underline;"><strong>SATURDAY (AUG 3)</strong></span>

<strong>Michael Houlihan & Bonnie Harvey, "The Barefoot Spirit,"</strong> 4 p.m.

<em>It is hard to believe that such an iconic brand as Barefoot Wines began as a start-up in a laundry room of a rented farmhouse in the Sonoma County hills. Even more surprising is that the people who started it were just an average business couple with no money and no real knowledge about the wine industry. 'The Barefoot Spirit" tells the story of West Coast winery, Barefoot Wines, and how how an unknown novelty wine became an American icon.</em> Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera. (415) 927-0960, <a href="http://bookpassage.com/" target="_blank">bookpassage.com</a>.

<strong>Mary Papenfuss, "Killer Dads,"</strong> 7 p.m.

<em>No crime is as horrific, as mesmerizingly perplexing, as a child's murder at the hands of a parent. In most cases, the perpetrator is the father. A veteran journalist explores five examples of "family annihilators" in this troubling snapshot of American crime twisted by the dark trajectory of machismo in economically stressful times.</em> Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera. (415) 927-0960, <a href="http://bookpassage.com/" target="_blank">bookpassage.com</a>.

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.

For more events or to list author events in our calendar, visit the Press Democrat's events listings at pressdemocrat.com.