Palo Alto Weekly

- July 2, 2010

Book Talk

HOMETOWN 'HERO' ... Best-selling Menlo Park writer Bruce Henderson will discuss his novel "Hero Found: The Greatest POW Escape of the Vietnam War" July 21 at 7:30 p.m. at Kepler's, 1010 El Camino Real, Menlo Park. "Hero" is the harrowing true story of U.S. Navy pilot Dieter Dengler's escape from a P.O.W. camp in Vietnam in 1966. The tale was made famous by the 2006 Werner Herzog film "Rescue Dawn" starring Christian Bale (as Dengler). Author Bruce Henderson is a former newspaper and magazine writer. He currently teaches nonfiction writing at Stanford University and lives in Menlo Park.

AUTHOR, AUTHOR ... Upcoming authors at Keplers, 1010 El Camino Real, Menlo Park, include: Dora Calott Wang, M.D., "The Kitchen Shrink: A Psychiatrist's Reflections on Healing in a Changing World" (July 6, 7:30 p.m.); Tatjana Soli, "The Lotus Eaters" (July 7, 7:30 p.m.); Belle Yang, "Forget Sorrow" (July 8, 7:30 p.m.); William Powers, "Hamlet's Blackberry: A Practical Philosophy for Building a Good Life in the Digital Age" (July 13, 7:30 p.m.); Susan Moon, "This is Getting Old: Zen Thoughts on Aging with Humor and Dignity" (July 14, 7:30 p.m.); Allegra Goodman, "The Cookbook Collector" (July 15, 7:30 p.m.); Ayelet Waldman, "Red Hook Road" (July 16, 7:30 p.m.); Justin Cronin, "The Passage: A Novel" (July 20, 7:30 p.m.); Ally Carter, "Only the Good Spy Young" (July 22, 6 p.m.); Jeffrey Ma, "The House Advantage: Playing the Odds to Win Big in Business" (July 22, 7:30 p.m.); Maggie Stiefvater, "Linger" (July 23, 7 p.m.); David Carnoy, "Knife Music" (July 27, 7:30 p.m.); Stefanie Syman, "The Subtle Body: The Story of Yoga in America" (July 28, 7:30 p.m.); Adrienne McDonnell, "The Doctor and the Diva" (Aug. 2, 7:30 p.m.); and Laura Fraser, "All Over the Map" (Aug. 5, 7:30 p.m.). Information: Go to www.keplers.com.

MORE TALKS ... Upcoming authors at Books Inc. at Town & Country Village in Palo Alto include Alan Eagle, "William's Magic Football" (July 15, 7 p.m.); Abraham Verghese, "Cutting for Stone" (July 20, 7 p.m.); and Lisa Gardner, "Live to Tell" (July 28, 7 p.m.); Information: Go to www.booksinc.net.

Items for Book Talk may be sent to Associate Editor Carol Blitzer, Palo Alto Weekly, P.O Box 1610, Palo Alto, CA 93202 or e-mailed to cblitzer@paweekly.com by the last Friday of the month.

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