Palo Alto Weekly

- October 14, 2011

Book Talk

Stanford writer Prudence Breitrose has penned a children's book about mice — both the animal kind and the computer variety — and will host a launch party at Kepler's in Menlo Park at 7 p.m. on Nov. 8. Partly set in Silicon Valley, "Mousenet" is a tale about a friendship between a 10-year-old girl and mice that have learned to e-mail, write opinions in mouse blogs, check facts in Whiskerpedia and take online courses. As a bonus, the mice halt climate change. Kirkus Book Reviews wrote of the story: "Genuine goodwill, humor and impressive believability will have readers longing for mice as friends — not to mention political allies."

GOING GLOBAL ... Mary Bartnikowski, a 25-year resident of Palo Alto, has published an e-book, "Kitten Heels in Kathmandu: The Adventures of a Female Vagabond." It's a memoir about her six years of full-time travel while pursuing her photography career, hitchhiking, teaching yoga and meditating. Info: bartnikowski.com/book.

AUTHORS AT STANFORD ... Authors aplenty are set to speak at Stanford University, including: Robert N. Sayler, "Tongue-Tied America: Reviving the Art of Verbal Persuasion" (Oct. 21, noon, Hume Writing Center); Andrew Tilin, "The Doper Next Door" (Oct. 26, 6 p.m., Stanford Bookstore); and Abbas Milani, "The Shah" (Oct. 26, 7:30 p.m., Geology Corner (Building 320), Room 105). Info: events.stanford.edu.

MORE TALKS ... Authors at Books Inc. at Town & Country Village in Palo Alto include plenty whose books could whet the appetite: Melissa Clark, "Cook This Now: 120 Easy and Delectable Dishes You Can't Wait to Make" (Oct. 23, 11 a.m.); Kathleen Flinn, "The Kitchen Counter Cooking School: How a Few Simple Lessons Transformed Nine Culinary Novices Into Fearless Home Cooks" (Oct. 26, 7:30 p.m.); Emilia Terragni, translator and editor of "The Silver Spoon," and Rosetta Costantino, "My Calabria" (joint talk about Italian cooking, Oct. 27, 7 p.m.). Info: booksinc.net.

AUTHOR, AUTHOR ... Upcoming authors at Keplers, 1010 El Camino Real, Menlo Park, include: James Dashner, "The Death Cure" (Oct. 14, 7 p.m.); Buff Whitman-Bradley, Cynthia Whitman-Bradley and Michael Thurman, "About Face: Military Resisters Turn Against War" (Oct. 18, 7 p.m.); Stephen Mitchell, new translation of "The Iliad" (Oct. 19, 7 p.m.); Amitav Ghosh, "River of Smoke" (Oct. 20, 7 p.m.); Michele Borba, "The Big Book of Parenting Solutions: 101 Answers to Your Everyday Challenges and Wildest Worries" (Oct. 20, 7 p.m., at Menlo-Atherton High School, 555 Middlefield Road, Atherton); Barry Eisler, "The Detachment" (Oct. 21, 7 p.m., at Four Seasons Silicon Valley, 2050 University Ave., East Palo Alto); Susan Gal, "Into The Outdoors" (Oct. 23, 11:30 a.m.); Nina Sankovitch, "Tolstoy and the Purple Chair: My Year of Magical Reading" (Oct. 24, 7 p.m.); Mark Bowden, "Worm: The First Digital World War" (Oct. 25, 7 p.m., at the Computer History Museum, 1401 N. Shoreline Blvd., Mountain View); Emily Jenkins and Paul O. Zelinsky, "Toys Come Home" (Oct. 25, 7 p.m.); Jim Newton, "Eisenhower: The White House Years" (Oct. 27, 7 p.m.); Brian Selznick, "Wonderstruck" (Oct. 27, 7 p.m., at the Menlo Park City Council chambers, 701 Laurel St.); Tamora Pierce, "Mastiff: The Legend of Beka Cooper, #3" (Oct. 28, 7 p.m.); Marla Frazee, "Stars" (Oct. 30, 11:30 a.m.). Info: keplers.com.

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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