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Author Boris Fishman on 'A Replacement Life'
In conversation with Ellen Sussman, Boris Fishman will talk about his debut novel about a failed journalist creating Holocaust-restitution claims for Russian Jews in New York. Oct. 22, 7:30 p.m. Free. Kepler's Books, 1010 El Camino Real, Menlo Park.
 

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Author Steven Johnson on 'How We Got to Now'
For this Commonwealth Club event, popular science writer Steven Johnson, author of "How We Got to Now: Six Innovations That Made the Modern World," will examine the history of innovation and how revolutionary inventions went from mere ideas to reality. Oct. 22, 7 p.m. $20 member; $12 nonmember; $7 student. Cubberley Theatre, 4000 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto.
 

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Author William Deresiewicz on 'Excellent Sheep'
William Deresiewicz will read from his new book called "Excellent Sheep: The Miseducation of the American Elite and the Way to a Meaningful Life," in which he sharply criticizes elite American education, the phenomenon of tiger parenting and the profusion of college essay counselors. Oct. 23, 3:30-5 p.m. Free. Dinkelspiel Auditorium, 471 Lagunita Drive, Stanford.

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Stanford Another Look book club: 'Cosmicomics'
Stanford's public book club, Another Look, will hold a discussion of Italo Calvino's science-inspired fables, "Cosmicomics." The event will be moderated by Robert Pogue Harrision, with novelist and Stanford professor Tobias Wolff and literary journalist Cynthia Haven to participate. Oct. 27, 7:30-9 p.m. Free. Stanford Humanities Center, 425 Santa Teresa St., Stanford.
 

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Panel discussion of 'Boy on Ice'
For this Cafe Scientifique Silicon Valley event, panelists will discuss the questions raised by the brutality of contact sports portrayed in "Boy on Ice: The Life and Death of Derek Boogaard." The event will also cover the science and technology used to diagnose injuries. The event is co-produced with the Bay Area Science Festival. Oct. 28, 6-7:30 p.m. Free. SRI International, Ringwood Avenue at Middlefield Road, Menlo Park.
 

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VC Taskforce: 'From Concept to Company'
This VC Taskforce event will discuss the best practices for transforming products and technologies into investor-supported companies with marketable products. Oct. 28, 6-8:30 p.m. $45-$75. Carr & Ferrell LLP, 120 Constitution Drive, Menlo Park.

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Meet & Greet: YouTube Star Michelle Phan
At this Kepler's event, YouTube sensation Michelle Phan will share advice and stories captured in her book, "Make Up: Your Life Guide to Beauty, Style and Success--Online and Off." Oct. 28, 7 p.m. $25 (includes book copy). Kepler's Books, 1010 El Camino Real, Menlo Park.
 

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'Why the Golden State Became Green'
As part of a Fall Seminars on the West series, David Vogel of University of California, Berkeley, will give a talk on Stanford campus called "Why the Golden State Became Green: Environmental Protection in California." Lunch will be provided. Oct. 29, noon-1 p.m. Free. Jerry Yang and Akiko Yamazaki Environment and Energy Building (Y2E2), Room 300, Stanford.
 

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'Top Ten Habits of Happy and Successful Gardeners'
This event organized by UC Master Gardeners will share concrete practices and a philosophy for home gardening to help new and experienced practitioners improve their results. Oct. 29, 7:30-8:30 p.m. Free. Los Altos Library, 13 S. San Antonio Road, Los Altos.

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'Wolf and Elk Diseases in Yellowstone'
For the October Evening Public Lecture at U.S. Geological Survey, research wildlife biologist Paul Cross will give a talk entitled "Wolf and Elk Diseases in Yellowstone: Lessons on emerging pandemics." Oct. 30, 7-8 p.m. Free. USGS Menlo Park Campus, 345 Middlefield Road, Building 3, Conference Room A, Menlo Park.
 

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'Cities and the Digital Frontier'
This Churchill Club event will explore how cities will be transformed by new digital technologies. Oct. 30, 5:30-8:30 p.m. $42 member; $67 nomember. PARC, 3333 Coyote HIll Road, Palo Alto.
 

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'Hearts For Justice' conference
Trinity Church in Menlo Park will host a mini-conference called "Hearts For Justice: Coming Together to Confront Violence Against Women." Three speakers will discuss the trafficking of women and girls around the world and in local communities. Nov. 1, 10 a.m.-noon. Free. Trinity Church, 330 Ravenswood Ave., Menlo Park.
 

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Author Herschel Cobb on 'Heart of a Tiger'
The Menlo Park Library will welcome Herschel Cobb to discuss his book "Heart of a Tiger: Growing up with My Grandfather, Ty Cobb." Refreshments will be provided courtesy of the Friends of the Menlo Park Library. Nov. 1, 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Free. Menlo Park City Council Chambers, 701 Laurel St., Menlo Park.
 

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Medieval Matters lecture with Victoria Sweet
Dr. Victoria Sweet, author of the nonfiction bestseller "God's Hotel," will give a lecture called "Hildegard of Bingen: Medieval Lessons for Modern Medicine," in which she discusses how 12th-century ideas of seeing the body as a plant and the doctor a gardener can still be useful today. Nov. 6, 7:30-9:30 p.m. Free. Bishop Auditorium, Lathrop Library, 518 Memorial Way, Stanford.

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Author Neville Frankel on 'Bloodlines'
The Oshman Family JCC will host popular author Neville Frankel to read from and discuss his newest novel "Bloodlines," a family tale set against the background of the South African Apartheid. Nov. 6, 7:30 p.m. $10-$15. Oshman Family JCC, Schultz Cultural Arts Hall, 3921 Fabian Way, Palo Alto.

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Silicon Valley Internship Summit
The Silicon Valley Internship Summit will engage educators and industry professionals in a conversation about creating meaningful internships that help support the Silicon Valley economy. Attendance includes a continental breakfast and lunch. Those interested should register by Nov. 4. Nov. 6, 7:30 a.m.-1 p.m. $25. Microsoft Silicon Valley, 1065 La Avenida St., Mountain View.