“Two Among the Righteous Few: A Story of Courage.” Author Marty Brounstein discusses his Holocaust book. First event in “Under One Tent: Contra Costa Jewish Book & Arts Festival” running through fall and winter. At Congregation B’nai Shalom, 74 Eckley Lane, Walnut Creek. 10:30 a.m. Free.


“Lola Bensky.” Author Lily Brett, daughter of Auschwitz survivors, reads from her novel about rock culture in the 1960s, weaving in a number of Jewish themes. At the Booksmith, 1644 Haight St., S.F. 7:30 p.m. Free.


“Free Spirit: Growing Up on the Road and Off the Grid.” Book-release party, reading and signing. With author Joshua Safran, Berkeley attorney featured in documentary “Crime After Crime.” At Afikomen Judaica, 3042 Claremont Ave., Berkeley. 7 p.m. Free.


“Jews and Words.” Fania Oz-Salzberger, professor of history at University of Haifa, talks about her new book on language and Jews, written with her father, famed Israeli author Amos Oz. Sponsored by Berkeley Institute for Jewish Law. At Doe Library, U.C. Berkeley. 6 p.m. Free with RSVP.


“My Heart Is an Idiot.” Davy Rothbart, a frequent contributor to NPR’s “This American Life,” shares comical and bittersweet stories from his recently released memoir. At JCCSF, 3200 California St., S.F. 8 p.m. $10-$12.


Judge a book by its cover? Michael Zusman, a state court judge and freelance food writer, has produced “The Artisan Jewish Deli at Home” with Portland, Ore., deli maven Nick Zukin. Zusman will discuss and sign copies of his new book at events around San Francisco. Come and learn how to prepare restaurant-quality Jewish deli food in your home kitchen, from chopped liver to chocolate babka french toast to knishes. 3 p.m. Oct. 12 at Omnivore Books, 3885 Cesar Chavez St., S.F. Free. Also Oct. 13 at 12 p.m. at 18 Reasons, 3674 18th St., S.F. $45-$55. Also Oct. 13 at 3 p.m. at Contemporary Jewish Museum, 736 Mission St., S.F. Part of Litquake festival. Included with admission.


“We Survived … At Last I Speak.” Holocaust survivor and author Leon Malmud discusses his memoir. At Congregation Beth Jacob, 1550 Alameda de las Pulgas, Redwood City. 6:15 p.m. Free.


“Heidegger’s Glasses.” Discussion and reading of Thaisa Frank’s historical fiction novel set in Nazi Germany. Part of Litquake festival. At Magnes Collection of Jewish Art and Life, 2121 Allston Way, Berkeley. 5:30 p.m. Free.

“Radical Yiddish.” Joel Schechter discusses his book featuring essays about Yiddish-speaking writers, actors and activists. At Jewish Community Library, 1835 Ellis St., S.F. 1:30 p.m. Free.

Tribute to Martin Buber. Longtime student of the Jewish thinker’s work Jake Birnberg discusses Buber’s writings and stories. Part of “Under One Tent: Contra Costa Jewish Book & Arts Festival.” At Congregation B’nai Tikvah. 3 p.m. Free.


“Drunken Angel.” Alan Kaufman, son of a Holocaust survivor, discusses his memoir filled with stories of his alcoholism and Jewish heritage. At Osher Marin JCC, 200 N. San Pedro Road, San Rafael. 7 p.m. Free.

Who Will Die Last.” Israeli author David Ehrlich, founder of Jerusalem’s literacy center Tmol Shilshom, reads from his collection of short stories. At Graduate Theological Union, 2400 Ridge Road, Berkeley. 5:30 p.m. Free. Also Oct. 15 at Jewish Community Library, 1835 Ellis St., S.F. 7 p.m. Free.


“The Black Russian.” Author Vladimir Alexandrov discusses his book about a real-life son of American slaves who became a successful theater and restaurant owner in Russia during the early 20th century. At Jewish Community Library, 1835 Ellis St., S.F. 7 p.m. Free.