MEET THE AUTHORS ... Upcoming authors at Books Inc. at Town & Country Village in Palo Alto include "Real Parents, Real Kids, Real Talk" (March 10, 1 p.m.); Joan Lester, "Black, White, Other: In Search of Nina Armstrong" (March 14, 7 p.m.); and Claire Bidwell Smith, "The Rules of Inheritance: A Memoir" (March 20, 7 p.m.). Info: booksinc.net.
STANFORD SPEAKERS ... Authors scheduled to give free talks this month at Stanford University include: Geoff Dyer, "Zona" (March 13, 5:30 p.m. with a panel discussion, Humanities Center, Levinthal Hall); and Eric Schlosser, "Fast Food Nation" (March 14, 5:30 p.m., CEMEX Auditorium, Knight Management Center, Stanford Graduate School of Business). Info: events.stanford.edu.
KEYNOTE SPEAKER ... Abraham Verghese, author of "Cutting for Stone," "My Own Country: A Doctor's Story" and "The Tennis Partner," is the featured speaker at Breast Cancer Connections' fourth Spring Benefit on March 13 from 8 to 10 a.m. Tickets to the event, which is at the Sharon Heights Golf & Country Club Ballroom, 2900 Sand Hill Road, Menlo Park, are $100. Info: bcconnections.org/events/fundraisers/ or keplers.com.
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