Sue Monk Kidd, whose new novel "The Invention of Wings" is reviewed today, will be reading from her work at two Bay Area bookstores this week. Friday, she stops in at Book Passage's Corte Madera location, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., for a 7 p.m. appearance. On Saturday, she will be at Copperfield's, 140 Kentucky St. in Petaluma, for a 7 p.m. reading.
Two-time Pulitzer and National Book Award nominee Diane Johnson is a biographer and essayist who is renowned for her remarkable novels, "Le Divorce," "Le Mariage" and "L'Affaire" among them. Her newest work, however, is a memoir that comes by its title honestly. "Flyover Lives" (Viking, $26.95, 288 pages) has a book jacket with a jocular little illustration of a cartoon woman in a propeller plane soaring high over the Atlantic in a westbound direction. Johnson grew up in Moline, Ill., in a Midwest region often referred to as "the flyover" and now splits her time between homes in Paris and San Francisco. She will read from the book at 7 p.m. Tuesday at Bookshop Santa Cruz, at 7 p.m. Wednesday at Book Passage in Corte Madera and 7:30 p.m. Thursday at Mrs. Dalloway's in Berkeley.