Her transcendent journey. PA Wider Bridge presents an appearance by Yiscah Sarah Smith, an educator and author living in Israel. Smith will discuss her new book, “Forty Years in the Wilderness: My Journey to Authentic Living,” which details her struggles with her faith and her gender identity, and how she found a way to be true to herself. The event will feature selected readings from the book, followed by a signing. 7 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 14 at Jewish Community Library, 1835 Ellis St., S.F. Free. www.awiderbridge.org/yiscah-smith-in-san-francisco
Readers, writers, literary lions. The third annual Litquake Palo Alto will feature appearances by 45 authors, writing workshops, book discussions, a teen poetry slam and events for kids. The closing keynote speaker will be Marcia Clark, crime novelist and former lead
prosecutor in the O.J. Simpson case. Unwind at the “Blues, Booze and Schmooze” after-party, where festival visitors and authors can mix and mingle. 2 to 8 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 17 at Oshman Family JCC, 3921 Fabian Way, Palo Alto. Free admission; $15 for Marcia Clark presentation. www.litquake.org
“The Days Between.” Poet Marcia Falk celebrates the launch of her new book, featuring translations and reinterpretations of traditional High Holy Day prayers and rituals, as well as poems and meditations. At Or Shalom Jewish Community, 625 Brotherhood Way, San Francisco. 7:30 p.m. Free. www.orshalom.org.