Palo Alto Weekly

- March 15, 2013

Book Talk

AN EVENING WITH AMY TAN ... Best-selling author Amy Tan of "The Joy Luck Club," "The Kitchen God's Wife" and others (including "The Bonesetter's Daughter," for which she also wrote the opera libretto), will speak at the Oshman Family Jewish Community Center at 3921 Fabian Way in Palo Alto on April 11. Tan will be in conversation with author Louann Brizendine at the event, which runs from 7:30 to 9 p.m. Tickets are $30 general, $25 for students and JCC members, and $22 for residents of the Moldaw complex at the center. Go to paloaltojcc.org or call 650-223-8699.

MEET THE AUTHORS ... Upcoming authors and programs at Keplers, 1010 El Camino Real, Menlo Park, include: Alan Rinzler, "Top Ten Problems in Submitting Your Work and How to Fix Them" (March 16, 1 p.m.); Jonathan and Margaret Kathrein with Wallace "J" Nichols, "Surviving the Shark: How a Brutal Great White Attack Turned a Surfer into a Dedicated Defender of Sharks" (March 21, 7:30 p.m.); Ellen Sussman, "The Paradise Guest House" (March 26, 7:30 p.m.); Palo Alto resident Navi Radjou, "Jugaad Innovation: Think Frugal, Be Flexible, Generate Breakthrough Growth" (March 27, 7:30 p.m.); Natalie Goldberg, "The True Secret of Writing: Connecting Life with Language" (March 28, 7:30 p.m.); Robin LaFevers, "Dark Triumph" (April 2, 7:30 p.m.); Anita Hughes, "Market Street" (April 3, 7:30 p.m.); Peter Spiers, "Master Class: Living Longer, Stronger and Happier" (April 4, 6:30 p.m.); Amanda Coplin, "The Orchardist" (April 9, 7:30 p.m.); and Caroline Paul and Wendy McNaughton, "Lost Cat: A True Story of Love, Desperation and GPS" (April 11, 7:30 p.m.). In addition, Cassandra Clare will speak on her teen book "Clockwork Princess" at the Menlo-Atherton High School Performing Arts Center at 555 Middlefield Road in Atherton at 7 p.m. March 23. Info: keplers.com

BOOKS INC. ... Future author talks at Books Inc. at Palo Alto's Town & Country Village include: Cara Black, "Murder Below Montparnasse" (March 16, 6 p.m.); Jennifer Nielsen and Lisa McMann, "The False Prince" and "The Trap Door," respectively (March 20, 6:30 p.m.); Michael Lavigne, "The Wanting" (March 28, 7 p.m.); emeritus Stanford University professor of psychiatry and human biology Herant Katchadourian, "The Way it Turned Out" (April 3, 7 p.m.); Harry Brod, "Superman is Jewish?" (April 10, 7 p.m.); and Caroline M. Grant and Lisa Catherine Harper, "The Cassoulet Saved Our Marriage" (April 11, 7 p.m.). Info: 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 emailed to cblitzer@paweekly.com by the last Friday of the month.

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