Writer and political activist Barbara Ehrenreich has written more than 20 books since 1969. She is best known for her eye-opening 2001 account of trying to survive on minimum wage, Nickel and Dimed: On (Not) Getting By in America, and the author never shies from controversy to explore and expose social strife. Her new book, Living with a Wild God: A Nonbeliever’s Search for the Truth About Everything, is her most ambitious, personal and controversial work to date, as she endeavors to tackle nothing less than the meaning of life. Ehrenreich reads from her book and talks in conversation with KQED Forum radio host Michael Krasny on April 22 at Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera. 7pm. $10. 415.927.0960.
When the words “Playboy magazine” are uttered, the face that comes to mind is Hugh Hefner’s, the publication’s storied founder. But Hefner wasn’t alone when he started the company in 1953. In fact, he didn’t even come up with the name for the magazine. That honor belongs to Hef’s friend and co-investor Eldon Sellers. As well as naming the iconic Playboy, Sellers was a major factor in the early success of the company, investing and guiding the entrepreneurial avenues that led to Playboy’s astounding success. Now a North Bay resident, Sellers talks in person on the “Business of Playboy,” Friday, Feb. 28, at Loveable Rogue bookstore. 867 Grant Ave., Novato. 7pm. $7. 415.895.1081.
Back in 2008, author Kelly Corrigan rocketed into the spotlight with the release of her first bestselling memoir, which revolved around her and her father’s concurring bouts with cancer. Now Corrigan is back with another tale of trials and lessons gleaned in her new memoir, Glitter and Glue. Chronicling her time spent as a nanny when she was 24, the author, now 46, relates the experience to her relationship with her mother and their reconciliation after years of tension. Down-to-earth and easily accessible, Corrigan has been praised for her warmth and humor, which she shares when she reads from Glitter and Glue on Wednesday, March 5, at Angelico Hall, Dominican University. 50 Acacia Ave., San Rafael. 7pm. (Presented by Book Passage.) $32 includes signed book. 415.927.0960.