• Two Bay Area women who are published experts at analyzing mother-daughter dynamics will expound on that endlessly intriguing topic this afternoon in the Lafayette Library's Community Hall.

    Featured guest on a Distinguished Speakers Series event that kicks off at 5 p.m. is "The Middle Place" author Kelly Corrigan, of Piedmont, whose latest work, "Glitter and Glue" (Ballantine, Feb. 2014), explores her own relationship with her mother. Joining her on the podium is San Francisco's Katie Hafner, whose "Mother Daughter Me" (Random House, June 2013) is a wry, revealing and often poignant account of her fraught-with-challenges effort at building a household around her 77-year-old mother, herself and her teenage daughter.

    Admission to the event, which will include book sales and book signings, is $25. The library is at 3491 Mt. Diablo Blvd.

  • Another Bay Area author is launching a new book this week, and the filial relationship is also her topic. Oakland's Novella Carpenter, whose memoir "Farm City" about turning an abandoned plot of land into her own urban farm became a best-seller five years ago, has come out with "Gone Feral: Tracking My Dad Through the Wild," reviewed on this page by Georgia Rowe. Carpenter has additional book signings lined up around the Bay Area beyond the three mentioned in the review. Books Inc. in Alameda at 1344 Park St. will feature her at 7 p.m. June 17, and she appears at Corte Madera's Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., at 7 p.m. June 18, winding up her local tour at Copperfield's Books, 138 N. Main in Sebastopol at 7 p.m. June 19.

    Rowe's interview with Carpenter will appear on the June 29 Books and Authors page.

  • Tom Rachman, author of the best-selling "The Imperfectionists" is promoting his new novel, "The Rise & Fall of Great Powers" (Dial Press, $27, 380 pages), which has been called "alternately hilarious and heart-wrenching" by The New York Times. He reads at Kepler's Books at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, 1010 El Camino Road in Menlo Park, and at Booksmith at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, 1644 Haight St., San Francisco.

    -- Sue Gilmore, Staff

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