tuesday | 16

“All I Need to Know I Learned from My Cat.” Book reading and discussion with author and activist Suzy Becker. At Congregation Sha’ar Zahav, 290 Dolores St., S.F. 7 p.m. (415) 861-6932.

thursday | 18

“Daughter’s Keeper.” Ayelet Waldman presents her book. Sponsors: Temple Beth El and Santa Cruz Hillel. At Beth El social hall, 3055 Porter Gulch Road, Aptos. 7 p.m. $10. (831) 426-3332.