• Today's featured authors, Shirley Streshinsky and Patricia Klaus, will read from and sign copies of "An Atomic Love Story: The Extraordinary Women in Robert Oppenheimer's Life" at Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera at 7 p.m. on Nov. 5. The co-authors will appear again at Orinda Books, 276 Village Square, Orinda, at 1 p.m. on Nov. 17.

  • Vladimir Alexandrov is the author of "The Black Russian" (Atlantic Monthly Press, $25, 304 pages), a biography of Frederick Bruce Thomas, an extraordinary son of former slaves who made a fortune as a theater owner and restaurateur in Czarist Russia and fled to Constantinople after the Russian Revolution and helped introduce jazz in Turkey. Alexandrov, who has taught Slavic literature and culture at both Harvard and Yale, will give a talk about his subject at 7 p.m. Tuesday at the Jewish Community Center of the East Bay Oakland Branch, 5811 Racine St.

    Tickets for the presentation, co-sponsored by the African American Museum & Library at Oakland, are $10 general, $8 for JCC members, seniors and students. They are available at 800-838-3006 or www.brownpapertickets.com./event/478761.

  • San Francisco author Tom Barbash will read from and sign copies of his new short story collection, "Stay Up With Me" (Ecco) at 7 p.m. Oct. 30 at the Martin Luther King Library on the San Jose State University campus. The event is sponsored by the Center for Literary Arts. For more information, call 408-924-4600.

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