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SUNDAY (May 18)
High Tea with Mona Simpson, “Casebook,” 2 p.m., Miles Adler-Hart starts eavesdropping to find out what his mother is planning for his life. When he learns instead that his parents are separating, his investigation deepens, and he enlists his best friend, Hector, to help. Both boys are in thrall to Miles’s unsuspecting mother, Irene, who is “pretty for a mathematician.” They rifle through her dresser drawers, bug her telephone lines, and strip-mine her computer, only to find that all clues lead them to her bedroom, and put them on the trail of a mysterious stranger from Washington, D.C. Tudor Rose English Tea Room, 733 4th Street, Santa Rosa. Info, copperfieldsbooks.com.
Joshua Mohr, “Plarachterization: Intersection of Plot & Character,” 3 p.m., The best plots aren’t controlled by an authorial presence. Plot springs from the characters themselves. Writer Joshua Mohr calls this phenomenon “plarachterization.” Come learn about the technique that has made him one of O Magazine’s Top 10 reads. Redwood Writers, Flamingo Hotel, 2777 Fourth St., Santa Rosa. For more information, www.redwoodwriters.org.
TUESDAY (May 20)
Ken Oppel, “Boundless,” 4 p.m., When Will ends up in possession of the key to a train car on train, The Boundless, containing priceless treasures, he becomes the target of sinister figures from his past. In order to survive, Will must join a traveling circus, enlisting the aid of Mr. Dorian, the ringmaster and leader of the troupe, and Maren, a girl his age who is an expert escape artist. With villains fast on their heels, can Will and Maren reach Will’s father and save The Boundless before someone winds up dead? Copperfield's Books, 140 Kentucky St., Petaluma. 762-0563, copperfieldsbooks.com.