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Palo Alto children's book author wins Eureka! Award, new books out by regional writers.

LOCAL FAME ... Palo Alto resident (and Paly grad) Emily Jiang's debut children's book "Summoning the Phoenix: Poems & Prose about Chinese Musical Instruments" won a Eureka! Honor Award from the California Reading Association, which recognizes excellence in nonfiction written for children. Illustrated by April Chu and published by Shen's Books, an imprint of Lee & Low Books, the book is available at local bookstores and online. Info: emilyjiang.com

FOR THE KIDS ... Longtime Palo Alto resident and retired lawyer Dick Maltzman has penned "Animal Quackers, or Dog-Eared Doggeral," an illustrated book of poems designed for children (or those who read to them). Designed to be funny and educational, the poems include "The Wiggly Things We Once Were," as well as poems expounding on the saber-toothed tiger "that died out for the lack of a good dentist" or "Darian the Vegetarian, the story of a lion that didn't like meat," Maltzman wrote in an email. A second book, "Carrier Daze, Tales from the USS Oriskany and USS Lake Champlain," is a memoir that he describes as "Ensign Pulver meets McHale's Navy, with a bit of real adventure and a good love story thrown in." Both books are available at Books, Inc. and online.

GENIUS AND FAMILY ... Palo Alto resident Stuart Rojstaczer, a writer, scientist and musician, has written "The Mathematician's Shiva," a comic novel about Polish-Russian émigrés, math and American culture. Published by Penguin Books, the book is available at local bookstores and at amazon.com.

INNER PEACE ... Philanthrophist and spiritual coach Barb Schmidt has written a new book, "The Practice: Simple Tools for Managing Stress, Finding Inner Peace, and Uncovering Happiness." Info: barbschmidt.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.

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Short story writers wanted!

The 33rd Annual Palo Alto Weekly Short Story Contest is now accepting entries for Adult, Young Adult (15-17) and Teen (12-14) categories. Send us your short story (2,500 words or less) and entry form by March 29. First, Second and Third Place prizes awarded in each category.

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