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<span style="text-decoration: underline;"><strong>SUNDAY (Aug. 11)</strong></span>

<strong>Peter Bowerman, "Keep Your Passion Writing Well Fed with Lucrative Commercial Freelancing,"</strong> 3 p.m.

<em>A good writing income is closer than you think. Join veteran commercial writer Peter Bowerman in a practical, info-packed session as you explore what commercial writing is, what qualities you need to succeed, how to build a portfolio, where the work is, how to find it, what to charge, how good you have to be, and more.</em>

Flamingo Hotel, 2777 Fourth St., Santa Rosa. Sponsored by Redwood Writers. Admission is $5 for members, $8 for nonmembers. For more information, go to <a href="http://redwoodwriters.org/" target="_blank">www.redwoodwriters.org</a>.

<span style="text-decoration: underline;"><strong>MONDAY (Aug. 12)</strong></span>

<strong>Dining with Authors,</strong> 6 p.m.

<em>John McCarty, Lynda McDaniel, Michael Rinaldini, Gary Finnan, and Crissi Langwell present a myriad of genres when they read from their published works.</em>

Gaia's Garden International Vegetarian Buffet, 1899 Mendocino Ave., Santa Rosa. Call or email to request dining at a specific author's table, 544-2491 or info@jeaneslone.com.

<span style="text-decoration: underline;"><strong>TUESDAY (Aug. 13)</strong></span>

<strong>Radha Stern, "Griefprints,"</strong> 7 p.m.

<em>Grief is like fingerprints; each of us grieves in our own, unique way. Whether the grieving person needs quiet and peace at first, or the presence of friends and family; whether they welcome help with household tasks or ways to memorialize their loved one, Griefprints - A Practical Guide For Supporting A Grieving Person will help those who care find ways to support and comfort the grieving person. Author Radha Stern comes from a place of understanding the fingerprints of grief, having endured the tragic loss of her own son's untimely death in 1996. In her book, Griefprints, she shares advice and suggestions that are useful to those who wish to help but don't know how.</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>WEDNESDAY (Aug. 14)</strong></span>

<strong>M.L. Stedman, "The Light Between Oceans,"</strong> 1 p.m.

<em>After four harrowing years on the Western Front, Tom Sherbourne returns to Australia and takes a job as the lighthouse keeper on Janus Rock, nearly half a day's journey from the coast. To this isolated island, where the supply boat comes once a season, Tom brings a young, bold, and loving wife, Isabel. Years later, after two miscarriages and one stillbirth, the grieving Isabel hears a baby's cries on the wind. A boat has washed up onshore carrying a dead man and a living baby. Tom, who keeps meticulous records and whose moral principles have withstood a horrific war, wants to report the man and infant immediately. But Isabel insists the baby is a "gift from God," and against Tom's judgment, they claim her as their own and name her Lucy. When she is two, Tom and Isabel return to the mainland and are reminded that there are other people in the world. Their choice has devastated one of them.</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>THURSDAY (Aug. 15)</strong></span>

<strong>Constance Hale, "Vex, Hex, Smash, Smooch: How to Perk Up Your Prose,"</strong> 7 p.m.

<em>Constance Hale shares tips and techniques, insights and inspiration — from her new book about how to transform sentences. Her talk will romp through the history of English, bust a few favorite myths of grammar teachers, and include examples ranging from Shakespeare to Shake 'n Bake, Joan Didion to Junot Diaz. She throws in a game and a contest to show you how to exercise a few new muscles.</em>

Writers' Forum of Petaluma, Petaluma Community Center, 320 North McDowell Blvd, Petaluma. $15 at the door. More info at, <a href="http://www.thewritespot.us" target="_blank">www.thewritespot.us</a>.

<strong>Jeff Guinn, "Manson,"</strong> 7 p.m.

<em>More than forty years ago Charles Manson and his mostly female commune killed nine people, among them the pregnant actress Sharon Tate. It was the culmination of a criminal career that author Jeff Guinn traces back to Manson's childhood. Guinn interviewed Manson's sister and cousin, neither of whom had ever previously cooperated with an author. Childhood friends, cellmates, and even some members of the Manson Family have provided new information about Manson's life. Guinn has made discoveries about the night of the Tate murders, answering unresolved questions, such as why one person on the property where the murders occurred was spared.</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. 17)</strong></span>

<strong>Chris Colfer, "Land of Stories: The Enchantress Returns,"</strong> 12 p.m.

<em>Glee star, Chris Colfer, presents his latest installment of his "Land of Stories" series. In The Enchantress Returns, Alex and Conner Bailey have not been back to the magical Land of Stories since their adventures in The Wishing Spell ended. But one night, they learn the famed Enchantress has kidnapped their mother! Against the will of their grandmother, the twins must find their own way into the Land of Stories to rescue their mother and save the fairy tale world from the greatest threat it's ever faced.</em>

Copperfield's Books, 140 Kentucky St., Petaluma. 762-0563, <a href="http://copperfieldsbooks.com/" target="_blank">copperfieldsbooks.com</a>.<em> </em> Read more on the Chris Colfer event at <a href="http://bit.ly/18NAIsB" target="_blank">http://bit.ly/18NAIsB</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>