The following author appearances, readings and book events are planned for the coming week in the Valley:
BROADSIDE BOOKSHOP: Elinor Lipman reads from her new novel, “The View from Penthouse B,” and her new book of essays, “I Can’t Complain: (All Too) Personal Essays,” Wednesday, 7 p.m., at the bookstore, 247 Main St., Northampton. 586-4235.
FORBES LIBRARY: A Celebration of Local Novelists Wednesday, 7 p.m., Forbes Library, 20 West St., Northampton. Readings by Marianne Banks (“Growing Up Delicious”), Michele Barker (“A Difficult Boy”), Suzanne Strempek Shea (“Hoopi Shoopi Donna”) and Karen Williams (“My Enemy’s Tears: The Witch of Northampton”) at the library, 20 West St., Northampton. 587-1011
MODERN MEMOIRS: First Person, First Night — Monthly opportunity for memoir writers to read from their works-in-progress Wednesday, 7-9 p.m., 34 Main St., Amherst. No smut. $5 suggested donation. 253-2353
ODYSSEY BOOKSHOP: Janice Beetle reads from her memoir, “Divine Renovations: A Carpenter, His Soul Mate and Their Story of Love and Loss,” Tuesday, 7 p.m., at the bookstore, located in the Village Commons, 9 College St., South Hadley. 534-7307. Requires book purchase or $5 event ticket.
∎ Elinor Lipman reads from her new novel, “The View from Penthouse B,” and her new book of essays, “I Can’t Complain: (All Too) Personal Essays,” Thursday, 7 p.m.
∎ Megan Marshall, author of “Margaret Fuller: A New American Life,” reads next Friday, 7 p.m.
SMITH COLLEGE: Rebecca Rice and Patricia Stacey read from their work Sunday, 4 p.m., Neilson Library Browsing Room at the college in Northampton. Part of the Gallery of Readers series.
∎ Former U.S. Poet Laureate W. S. Merwin reads Tuesday, 7:30 p.m., Wright Hall Auditorium
UNITARIAN SOCIETY: Tony Cape, author of “Diamond Highway: A Tibetan Buddhist Path in America,” reads next Friday, 7 p.m., 220 Main Street, Northampton. 562-3990
WORTHINGTON HISTORICAL SOCIETY: “Virginia Woolf: A Botanical Perspective” — Worthington Gardeners and Worthington Historical Society sponsor a talk by Madelaine Zadik of Smith College Botanic Garden next Friday, 7 p.m., Worthington Four Corners. 238-7793