Michael Cooper. Author discusses “Foxes in the Vineyard,” his novel about a son searching for his archaeologist father on eve of Israeli War of Independence. Part of the Under One Tent Contra Costa Jewish Book Festival. At Congregation B’nai Shalom, 74 Eckley Lane, Walnut Creek. 10 a.m. Free. www.jfed.org/bookfestival.
Marty Brounstein. Author discusses “Two Among the Righteous Few: A Story of Courage in the Holocaust.” At Sunnyvale Public Library, 665 W. Olive Ave., Sunnyvale. 3:00 p.m. Free. (408) 730-7694. Also Dec. 3 at Peninsula Temple Sholom, 1655 Sebastian Drive, Burlingame. 7:00 p.m. Free. (650) 697-2266.
Neal Pollack. Author discusses “Jewball,” his novel about 1930s Jewish basketball players in the middle of a conspiracy. At Addison-Penzak JCC, 14855 Oka Road, Los Gatos. 7 p.m. Free. www.siliconvalleyjcc.org. (See story, 31)
Cantor Pearl Sofaer. Author discusses her memoir “Baghdad to Bombay.” The San Francisco resident was born in India and her family is from Iraq. Includes Chanukah lunch. At McInnis Golf Center, 350 Smith Ranch Road, San Rafael. 10:30 a.m. $45. Carole Liss, (415) 602-4204.