PALO ALTO PROTÉGÉ ... Palo Alto-based author Anna Caltabiano is making waves in the literary world before she is even able to get her driver's license. The 15-year-old's debut novel, "All That Is Red," is receiving rave reviews on websites such as goodreads.com and amazon.com. She self-published the young adult fiction novel through New Generation Publishing and it was released on May 20, 2012. Caltabiano's popularity is quickly gaining steam — her Facebook page already has more than 41,000 "Likes" and the young scribe has more than 211,000 followers on Twitter. "'All That Is Red' is a story of survival and a journey through the human condition, revealing how the intimate euphoria of pain can sometimes be all we have to remind us that we are alive," according to the author's website (www.annacaltabiano.com). Caltabiano was born in British colonial Hong Kong and educated in Mandarin Chinese schools before moving to Palo Alto. "Her writing reflects her concerns for her own generation as it seeks out salvation, meaning, and companionship in online communities, with pop culture as its shared language," the website states.
AT THE CORE OF APPLE ... Longtime technology editor and writer Harry McCracken (TIME, Macworld) will moderate a discussion with author Ken Segall, a part of Steve Jobs' creative inner circle for more than a decade. Segall will discuss his book, "Insanely Simple: The Obsession That Drives Apple's Success." Segall will also talk about Steve Jobs and "the art of marketing technology to the masses, from the inside out." The event will be held Tuesday, July 31, at noon at the Computer History Museum, 1401 N. Shoreline Blvd., Mountain View. Information: www.computerhistory.org
MASTERS OF MYSTERY ... Cara Black, author of the "Aimee Leduc Investigations" series, Laurie R. King, author of the "Mary Russell" mystery novels, and Heather Haven, author of the "Alvarez Family Murder Mystery" series, will be together for one evening at Books Inc. at 74 Town & Country Village to discuss their works. The event will be held Thursday, July 26, at 7 p.m. Information: www.booksinc.net
MEET THE AUTHORS ... Kepler's Books in Menlo Park is still closed as the iconic bookstore continues its renovations. Plans are to re-open the store by Labor Day, according to keplers2020.com. Kepler's will host several authors at the store despite the ongoing renovations. Upcoming authors at Kepler's Books at 1010 El Camino Real, Menlo Park include Terrie M. Williams, Ph.D., "The Odyssey of KP2: an Orphan Seal, a Marine Biologist, and the Fight to Save a Species" (Aug. 2, 7 p.m.); Derald Hamilton, "The Call" and "Twice Upon a Prequel and Three Shorts" (Aug. 4, 2 p.m.); R.A. Salvatore, "Charon's Claw: Neverwinter Saga Book III" (Aug. 8, 7 p.m.); Maria Ross, "Rebooting My Brain: How a Freak Aneurysm Reframed My Life" (Aug. 9, 7 p.m.); Gail Tsukiyama, "A Hundred Flowers" (Aug. 14, 7 p.m.); Suzanne Lazear, "Innocent Darkness" (Aug. 18, 7 p.m.); and Nancy Mullane, "Life After Murder: Five Men in Search of Redemption" (Aug. 23, 7 p.m.). Upcoming authors at Books Inc. at 74 Town & Country Village in Palo Alto include Elizabeth Percer, "An Uncommon Education" (July 23, 7 p.m.); Riya Sinha, "The Runaway Twins" (July 29, 11 a.m.); Juliet Bell, "Kepler's Dream" (Aug. 2, 7 p.m.); Beth Taylor, "A Slave in the White House" (Aug. 9, 7 p.m.); Aimee Phan, "The Re-education of Cherry Troung," and Pauls Toutonghi, "Evel Knievel Days" (Aug. 15, 7 p.m.); and Jill Geisler, "Work Happy: What Great Bosses Know" (Aug. 23, 7 p.m.). Information: www.keplers.com and www.booksinc.net
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