Palo Alto Weekly

Arts & Entertainment - March 21, 2014

Book Talk

AUTHORS SALON ... Peninsula Volunteers' 23rd annual Authors Salon, on Sunday, May 4, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., will feature historical novelist Margaret George, author of "Elizabeth I," Tracy Guzeman, "The Gravity of Birds," Susan Shillinglaw, "Carol and John Steinbeck: Portrait of a Marriage" and Ron Hansen, "She Loves Me Not: New and Selected Stories and A Wild Surge of Guilty Passion." Moderated by Paul Goldstein, winner of the Harper Lee Prize for legal fiction, the event will take place at the Sharon Heights Golf and Country Club. Tickets are $125 (note: they tend to sell out early). Information: www.penvol.org.

NATIVE SON ... Bill Strubbe, who grew up in Palo Alto and attended Crescent Park, Jordan and Paly (Class of '73), has published 10 books — novels, an historical novel, a young adult novel and short stories — and plays through Amazon this past year. His titles include "The Intersecting Spiritual Journeys of a Missionary, a Housewife, Her Gay Son ... and a Bunch of Cats," which includes much about life in Palo Alto in the '50s, '60s and '70s as he recounts experiences with his mother as she was dying of Alzheimer's. Other titles include "Lullaby for Yossi," "Feathered Spirits," "Family ... in the Third Degree" and "Baby, Cradle and All." Information: www.amazon.com.

AUTHOR TALKS ... Upcoming authors speaking at Kepler's Books, 1010 El Camino Real, Menlo Park, include Harlan Coben (virtually), "Missing You" (March 25, 7 p.m.); Karen E. Fields in conversation with Sergio C. Munoz, "Racecraft: The Soul of Inequality in American Life" (March 26, 7:30 p.m.); Craig Nelson, "The Age of Radiance: The Epic Rise and Dramatic Fall of the Atomic Era" (March 27, 7:30 p.m.); and Allison Brennan, "Notorious: A Max Revere Novel" (April 1, 7:30 p.m.). Information: www.keplers.com.

MORE TALKS ... Upcoming authors at Books Inc., 74 Town & Country Village, Palo Alto, include: Brigid Schulte, "Overwhelmed: Work, Love, and Play When No One Has the Time" (April 7, 7 p.m.); and Susan Minot, "Thirty Girls, in conversation with Lisen Stromberg" (April 15, 7 p.m., with 15 percent of all sales during this event to be donated to the nonprofit Abilities United). At Books, Inc. at 501 Castro St., Mountain View, T.T. Monday, a.k.a. Nick Taylor, a PaloAltoOnline.com blogger, "The Setup Man" (April 1, 7 p.m.). Information: booksinc.net.

Items for Book Talk may be sent to Associate Editor Carol Blitzer, Palo Alto Weekly, P.O Box 1610, Palo Alto, CA 94302 or emailed to cblitzer@paweekly.com by the last Friday of the month.

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