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Barbara Quick 

When: Sun., May 23, 4 p.m. 2010
Price: free

Teenage girls today are told they can achieve anything. Their 14th-century counterparts weren't so lucky. At Mrs. Dalloway's (2904 College Ave., Berkeley) on Sunday, May 23, local author Barbara Quick discusses A Golden Web, her new historical novel based on the life of Alessandra Giliani, the world's first female anatomist, who risked everything to avoid an unwanted marriage and the cloister. 4 p.m., free. MrsDalloways.com

— Anneli Rufus

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