Palo Alto Weekly

- October 8, 2010

Book Talk

JIMMY CARTER AND MORE ... President Jimmy Carter's edited, annotated diary has been published, and Carter will sign copies of "White House Diary," at Kepler's, 1010 El Camino Real, Menlo Park, on Tuesday, Oct. 26, at 7 p.m. Tickets can be purchased at www.keplers.com. Earlier in the month, Menlo Park author Barry Spector will talk about his book, "Madness at the Gates of the City: The Myth of American Innocence," on Tuesday, Oct. 19 at 7 p.m. According to Spector, his book "looks at America through the lenses of Greek mythology, indigenous wisdom and archetypal psychology." Stanford University Professor Ian Morris will talk on Wednesday, Oct. 20, at 7 p.m. "Why the West Rules — for Now: The Patterns of History, and What They Reveal about the Future" spans 50,000 years of history and concludes that it is the effects of geography on the everyday efforts of ordinary people that explain Western dominance, not the strivings of great individuals.

NORMALIZING CANCER ... Sue Glader, a Mill Valley writer, will be reading from her children's book, "Nowhere Hair," on Sunday, Oct. 17, at 7:30 p.m. at Books Inc., Town & Country Village, Palo Alto, with 20 percent of sales that evening going to the Palo Alto nonprofit Breast Cancer Connections. Glader said she wrote the book to help people talk to their children about cancer, after her own bout with breast cancer at 33. Information: www.nowherehair.com.

SUBS ... Carol Gilbert, a Palo Alto resident, recently self-published an illustrated children's book called "The Day the Sub Came." Aimed at children ages 8 to 12, the book deals with the fictional Mrs. Fritz's class and what the kids expect. It also asks the reader questions throughout the narrative, to help kids engage in the story. Information: www.amazon.com.

BOOK KUDOS ... Rachel Loden's "Dick of the Dead," which was featured in Title Pages last fall, was a finalist for both the 2010 PEN USA Literary Award for Poetry and the California Book Award. Also among the California Book finalists, for First Fiction, was Stanford Professor Abraham Verghese, author of "Cutting for Stone."

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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