KUDOS ... Palo Alto author Geri Spieler's "Taking Aim at the President: The Remarkable Story of the Woman Who Shot at Gerald Ford" won the 2010 Sharp Writ Book Lovers award for nonfiction. The award was presented at the 2010 American Mensa annual gathering in July. Information: http://www.TakingAimAtThePresident.com .
BOOK SALE ... Friends of the Palo Alto Library holds its monthly book sale on Saturday, Aug. 14, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Sunday, Aug. 15, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Cubberley Community Center, 4000 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto. Proceeds benefit the Palo Alto Library.
POET FEATURED ... Palo Alto poet Pearl Karrer's poem, "She Convalesces in a Chair by the Window," is included in a newly published anthology, "Child of My Child: Poems and Stories for Grandparents." Karrer, whose works have appeared in numerous publications, is an editor for the California Quarterly poetry journal. The anthology, which will be published by Gelles-Cole Literary Enterprises in Woodstock, N.Y., Sept. 12, includes essays and poetry about being a grandparent in the 21st century, and the impact of grandparents on one's life. Information: http://www.ChildOfMyChild.weebly.com .
AUTHOR AUTHOR ... Upcoming authors at Keplers, 1010 El Camino Real, Menlo Park, include Carl Hiassen, "Star Island" (Aug. 15, 2 p.m.); Mary Roach, "Packing for Mars: The Curious Science of Life in the Void" (Aug. 23, 7 p.m.); Suzanne Collins, "Mockingjay" (Aug. 24, 6:30 p.m.); Brad Herzog, "Turn Left at the Trojan Horse: A Would-Be Hero's American Odyssey" (Aug. 30, 7 p.m.) and Rick Moody, "The Four Fingers of Death" (Sept. 2, 7 p.m.) Information: http://www.keplers.com .
MORE TALKS ... Upcoming authors at Books Inc. at Town & Country Village in Palo Alto include Suzanne Carreiro, "The Dog Who Ate the Truffle" (Aug. 19, 7 p.m.);and Jane Porter, "She's Gone Country" (Aug. 23, 7 p.m.). Information: http://www.booksinc.net .