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Literary events for week of Nov. 3


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

<span style="text-decoration: underline;"><strong>SUNDAY, Nov. 3:</strong></span>

<strong>Brenda Knight & Nina Lesowitz, "Grateful Table,"</strong> 7 p.m.: <em>Saying grace is one of our loveliest traditions and one that has stood the test of time for a good reason - it simply feels wonderful. Whether you hold hands and pray to the heavens above or wax poetic about the bounty of food, these blessings turn any group of people into a family, connected by the power of gratitude. Compiled by the editor of and collaborator on the runaway bestseller Attitudes of Gratitude. </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>MONDAY, Nov. 4:</strong></span>

<strong>John Johnson and Stephen Kopel, Rivertown Poets: A Muse-ing Mondays,</strong> 6:45 p.m., Aqus Cafe, 189 H Street in Petaluma. For information, contact: wrdpntr51@gmail.com or tutor@sandraanfang.com

<span style="text-decoration: underline;"><strong>TUESDAY, Nov. 5:</strong></span>

<strong>Patricia Klaus and Shirley Streshinsky, "An Atomic Love Story,"</strong> 7 p.m.: <em>A gripping narrative of the love and betrayal of J. Robert Oppenheimer, told through the lives of three unique women.</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, Nov. 6:</strong></span>

<strong>Author and cartoonist Stephan Pastis</strong> ("Timmy Failure: Mistakes Were Made") in conversation with Press Democrat columnist Chris Smith, 6 p.m., Santa Rosa High School Auditorium, 1235 Mendocino Ave., Santa Rosa. Info, highschool@srhsf.org

<span style="text-decoration: underline;"><strong>THURSDAY, Nov. 7:</strong></span>

<strong>Billy Collins, "Aimless Love,"</strong> 7 p.m.: <em>From the two-term Poet Laureate of the United States Billy Collins comes his first compilation of new and selected poems in twelve years. Aimless Love combines more than fifty new poems with selections from four previous books—Nine Horses, The Trouble with Poetry, Ballistics, and Horoscopes for the Dead. Collins's unmistakable voice, which brings together plain speech with imaginative surprise, is clearly heard on every page, reminding us how he has managed to enrich the tapestry of contemporary poetry and greatly expand its audience. </em>Dominican University of California, Angelico Hall, 50 Acacia Avenue, San Rafael. Info, (415) 927-0960, <a href="http://bookpassage.com" target="_blank">bookpassage.com</a>.

<span style="text-decoration: underline;"><strong>FRIDAY, Nov. 8:</strong></span>

<strong>Jared Diamond, "The World Until Yesterday: What Can We Learn from Traditional Societies?"</strong> 7:30 p.m.:<em> A mesmerizing firsthand picture of the human past as it had been for millions of years—a past that has mostly vanished—and considers what the differences between that past and our present mean for our lives today.</em> Sebastopol Community Church, 1000 Gravenstein Hwy N, Sebastopol, ). Info, <a href="http://copperfieldsbooks.com/" target="_blank">copperfieldsbooks.com</a>.

<span style="text-decoration: underline;"><strong>SATURDAY, Nov. 9:</strong></span>

<strong>Col. Chris Hadfield, "An Astronaut's Guide to Life on Earth,"</strong> 4 p.m.: <em>Colonel Chris Hadfield has spent decades training as an astronaut and has logged nearly 4000 hours in space. During this time he has broken into a Space Station with a Swiss army knife, disposed of a live snake while piloting a plane, and been temporarily blinded while clinging to the exterior of an orbiting spacecraft. The secret to Col. Hadfield's success-and survival-is an unconventional philosophy he learned at NASA: prepare for the worst-and enjoy every moment of it.</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>