Palo Alto Weekly

- May 17, 2013

Book Talk

EARLY PALO ALTO JIVES ... Andrew J. Bernstein gives a first-hand account of the Palo Alto music scene in his new book, "California Slim: The Music, the Magic, and the Madness," which recounts his career from 1962 to 1980. As a teenager, Bernstein studied banjo with Jerry Garcia and later produced

light shows for Bill Graham at Fillmore West, where B.B. King, the original Fleetwood Mac and the Grateful Dead performed. His own Palo Alto nightclub, Homer's Warehouse, was a local music center. In the late '70s he joined the crew bus of the legendary Willie Nelson and was at the premier party for the launch of Nelson's "Honeysuckle Rose." Bernstein was born in San Francisco and raised in Palo Alto. His book is available locally.

EAT, DRINK, TALK, SWAP ... Kepler's hosts a mystery bookswap with food and wine at 6:30 p.m. on Saturday, May 18, at 1010 El Camino Real, Menlo Park. Bring a favorite mystery to talk about with others and swap at the end of the evening. Information: www.keplers.com

MEET THE AUTHORS ... Upcoming authors at Keplers, 1010 El Camino Real, Menlo Park, include Jeanne DuPrau, "City of Ember Deluxe Edition," (May 17, 7 p.m.); Rachel Hawkins, "School Spirits," (May 18, 4 p.m.); Jennie Shortridge in conversation with Erica Bauermeister, "Love Water Memory" and "The Lost Art of Mixing" (May 22, 7:30 p.m.); Kevin Smokler, "Practical Classics: 50 Reasons to Reread 50 Books You Haven't Touched Since High School," (May 23, 7:30 p.m.); George Estreich, "The Shape of the Eye: A Memoir," (June 1, 2 p.m.); Karen Kang, "Branding Pays: The 5-Step System to Reinvent Your Personal Brand," (June 5, 7:30 p.m.); Mike Adamick, "Dad's Book of Awesome Projects: From Stilts and Super-Hero Capes to Tinker Boxes and Seesaws, 25+ Fun Do-It-Yourself Projects for Families," (June 9, 2 p.m.); Elizabeth Scarboro, "My Foreign Cities: A Memoir," (June 11, 7:30 p.m.); and Helene Wrecker, "The Golem and the Jinni," (June 12, 7:30 p.m.). Information: www.keplers.com.

BOOKS INC ... Upcoming authors at Books Inc. at Town & Country Village in Palo Alto include Meg Donohue, "All the Summer Girls" (May 21, 7 p.m.); and Bee Ridgway, "The River of No Return" (May 30, 7 p.m.) Information: www.booksinc.net.

MORE TALKS ... Milton Chang, managing director of Incubic Management LLC and author of "Toward Entrepreneurship," will describe a low-risk startup model based on more than a dozen companies he has successfully incubated from 5 to 6:30 p.m. on May 30 at the George E. Pake Auditorium, PARC, 3333 Coyote Hill Road, Palo Alto. Information: www.parc.com/event/1885/every-startup-can-succeed.html The "Life Actually Tour" features three authors and their three books: "The Year of Luminous Love" by Lurlene McDaniel, "The Things a Brother Knows" by Dana Reinhardt and "The Running Dream" by Wendeline Van Draanen. Friday, May 24, at 7:30 p.m. at Kepler's on 1010 El Camino Real, Menlo Park.

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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