Palo Alto Weekly

- August 22, 2014

Book Talk

UNTIL DEATH DO US PART ... Palo Alto author and artist Helen Park Bigelow has written a moving memoir and tribute to her husband, Ed Bigelow, in "Given Time: Living Our Last Months Together" (Fithian Press, McKinleyville). In a beautifully written story she retells, from diagnosis in Maui to final days back home in Palo Alto, the story of how she treasured their final days and coped with the changing medical status (with the help of family and friends). Many who lived in Palo Alto in the '60s and '70s will resonate with the description of times, people and places. The author published "David Park, Painter: Nothing Held Back" in 2009, just before her husband's death.

KEPLER'S BOOK SWAP ... is back on Saturday, Sept. 13, at 6:30 p.m. featuring Natalie Baszile, author of "Queen Sugar." Participants should bring a book they've read and are willing to talk about and part with. They'll go home with a new book or advance reader copy and a list of books they'd like to read. The evening includes food and drink. Tickets are $25. Information: keplers.com

AUTHOR TALKS ... Upcoming authors speaking at Books Inc., 74 Town & Country Village, Palo Alto, include Stuart Rojstaczer, "The Mathematician's Shiva" (Sept. 3, 7 p.m.); Linda Gray Sexton, "Bespotted: My Family's Love Affair with Thirty-Eight Dalmations" (Sept. 10, 7 p.m.); and Natalie Baszile, "Queen Sugar" (Sept. 16, 7 p.m.). In Mountain View, at 300 Castro St., authors scheduled to speak include Nick Pope, "Encounter in Rendlesham Forest" (Aug. 26, 7 p.m.); Richard Kadrey, "The Getaway God" (Aug. 28, 7 p.m.); and Shelly King, "The Moment of Everything" (Sept. 2, 7 p.m.). Information: booksinc.net

MORE TALKS ... Upcoming authors and events at Kepler's Books, 1010 El Camino Real, Menlo Park, include Melissa Hart, "Wild Within: How Rescuing Owls Inspired a Family" (Aug. 24, 2 p.m.); Lan Cao, "The Lotus and the Storm" (Sept. 8, 7:30 p.m.); Jonathan Coe, "Expo 58" (Sept. 9, 7:30 p.m.); Neal Stephenson and friends, "Hieroglyph: Stories and Vision for a Better Future" (Sept. 10, 7:30 p.m., $20-$40 for tickets); Dan Jurafsky, "The Language of Food: A Linguist Reads the Menu" (Sept. 16, 7:30 p.m.); Poetry for the People featuring Ellen Bass, Sally Ashton, Dean Rader and more, "99 Poems for the 99 Percent" (Sept. 18, 7:30 p.m.); and Ruth Ozeki in conversation with Joan Bigwood, "A Tale for the Time Being" (Sept. 20, 4 p.m.). Information: 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 emailed to cblitzer@paweekly.com by the last Friday of the month.

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