Author Elinor Lipman. "The View from Penthouse B" is comic writer Elinor Lipman's latest lark features two sisters recovering from widowhood, divorce, and Bernie Madoff as unexpected roommates in a Manhattan apartment. 4 p.m. April 20. Mrs. Dalloway's, 2904 College Ave. 510-704-8222, www.mrsdalloways.com.

Poet and Author Rhae Angela Tomeoni. Celebrate the book launch of "Wet Paint -- A Poetry Storm," by Rhae Angela Tomeoni, with Ahmad Cannon. 5 p.m. April 20. East Bay Media Center, 1939 Addison St. Free. 510-843-3699, eastbaymediacenter.com.

Author Sanjit Singh. Author Sanjit Singh discusses his new book, "Are You Indian? A Humorous Guide to Growing Up Indian in America," perform a reading, answer questions, and sign books. 3 to 5 p.m. April 21. Eastwind Books of Berkeley, 2066 University Ave. Free. 510-548-2350, badswami.com.

Gardener Christopher Shein. Christopher Shein's "The Vegetable Gardener's Guide to Permaculture" teaches gardeners of every skill level -- with any size space -- how to live in harmony with both nature and neighbors to produce and share an abundant food supply with minimal effort. 4 p.m. April 21. Mrs. Dalloway's, 2904 College Ave. 510-704-8222, www.mrsdalloways.com.

Michael Lewis celebrates "World Book Night." Meet one of Berkeley's shining stars, Michael Lewis, author of "Liar's Poker," "Moneyball," "The Blind Side" and more as he helps us get jazzed for World Book Night. 3:30 p.m. April 22. Mrs. Dalloway's, 2904 College Ave. 510-704-8222, www.mrsdalloways.com.

Cookbook Author Yvette van Boven. Freelance food stylist and recipe writer Yvette van Boven shares her collection of recipes that will truly inspire you to step into the kitchen with "Home Made Summer." 7 p.m. April 22. Books Inc., 1760 Fourth St. Free. 510-525-7777, www.booksinc.net.

Mary Williams "The Lost Daughter." Born to militant Black Panthers and adopted by Jane Fonda, Mary Williams spent three decades traveling around the world before she was ready to embark on her final journey home to reconnect with the family she left behind. 7:30 p.m. April 23. First Congregational Church, 2345 Channing Way, Berkeley. $15. 510-848-3696, berkeleyarts.org.

Author Samuel Avery. Samuel Avery discusses the economic, ecological, political, and psychological issues behind the Keystone XL pipeline--a project so controversial it has inspired the largest expression of civil disobedience since the Civil Rights movement of the 1960s, with his book "The Pipeline and the Paradigm." 7 p.m. April 24. Books Inc., 1760 Fourth St. Free. 510-525-7777, www.booksinc.net.

Ambush Review Poetry Reading. Celebrate National Poetry Month with Ambush Review Editors Bob Booker and Patrick Cahill and Issue #3 contributors David Beckman, Sharon Coleman, Grace Marie Grafton, Tobey Hiller, Lissa Tyler Renaud, and Angelos Sakkis. 7:30 p.m. April 24. Pegasus Books, 2349 Shattuck Ave. 510-649-1320, www.pegasusbookstore.com.

Author Philip Kerr. Philip Kerr, author of eight previous Bernie Gunther novels, reads and signs copies of his new novel, "A Man Without Breath." 7:30 p.m. April 24. Moe's Books, 2476 Telegraph Ave. Free. 510-849-2087, www.moesbooks.com.

Author Maria Semple. In "Where'd You Go, Bernadette," author Maria Semple tells the story of Bernadette Fox, her daughter, and a mother and daughter's role in an absurd world. 7:30 p.m. April 24. Mrs. Dalloway's, 2904 College Ave. 510-704-8222, www.mrsdalloways.com.

Author Isabel Allende. In her latest novel, "Maya's Notebook," award-winning author Isabel Allende narrates the tumultuous life of Maya Vidal -- raised by her Chilean grandparents in Berkeley, addicted and on the run in Las Vegas, and finally sent to Chiloe, a remote island off the coast of southern Chile. 6 p.m. April 25. Booth Auditorium, UC Berkeley, School Of Law, Boalt Hall School of Law, Berkeley. 510-642-2088, www.clas.berkeley.edu.

"Telegraph Ave." Book Club. Discuss "Telegraph Ave.," the new, locally set masterpiece by acclaimed author Michael Chabon. Anyone who has read the book is invited. Refreshments provided. 6:30 to 8 p.m. April 25. Claremont Branch Library, 2940 Benvenue Ave. Free. 510-981-6287, 510-981-6280, bancroft.berkeley-public.org.

Author Jane Vandenburgh. Local author Jane Vandenburgh recounts two family dogs that had a profound effect on her life in her memoir "The Wrong Dog Dream." 7 p.m. April 25. Books Inc., 1760 Fourth St. Free. 510-525-7777, www.booksinc.net.

The Mystery of Human Smell. Leslie Vosshall, neuroscientist and Howard Hughes Medical Institute investigator at The Rockefeller University, gives an in-depth presentation on the biology of the human sense of smell. 7 p.m. April 25. The Bone Room Presents, 1573 Solano Ave. Free. 510-526-5252, www.boneroompresents.com.