Book Talk: WWII-themed books, photos of the Dead and more

This month's book news

This month, catch talks by authors of WWII-themed books, hear mystery writer Jacqueline Winspear speak at Kepler's and learn about autism from a Los Altos teen.

WORLD WAR II THEME ... The Menlo Park Library will be focusing on World War II-themed books in upcoming events, including Christine Witzel's collected missives of her mother, Virgilia Witzel, "She Also Served: Letters from a Navy Wife," on April 4 and author Jeanne Wakatsuki Houston speaking about her classic memoir "Farewell to Manzanar" on May 2. Both talks are free and take place at 11 a.m. in the Menlo Park City Council Chambers, 701 Laurel St., Menlo Park. Info: menlopark.org/library or email weaver@plsinfo.org

INSIGHTS INTO AUTISM ... Los Altos teen Georgia Lyon has revealed her identity as the author of "How to Be Human," which chronicles her experience growing up with autism. A senior at Pinewood School in Los Altos, Georgia wrote under the pen name "Florida Frenz." Her book deals openly with her special challenges, including learning to read facial expressions, making friends and juggling life as a high school kid. Her book is available at amazon.com.

PREMIERE EVENT ... Best-selling mystery writer Jacqueline Winspear will talk about her newest novel, "A Dangerous Place: A Maisie Dobbs Novel," at 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, April 29, at Kepler's, 1010 El Camino Real, Menlo Park. This one sets Maisie on a return trip to England from India, stopping off in Gibraltar just in time to get entangled in a murder. Tickets are $20 to $40, available from keplers.com.

POEMS FROM THE HEART ... In the latest book of poetry by Eavan Boland, "A Woman Without a Country," the writer explores nationhood and identity from the perspective of one who has lived in multiple lands. Boland is the Melvin and Bill Lane Professor and director of Stanford's Creative Writing Program and the Bella Mabury and Eloise Mabury Knapp Professor in Humanities. Published by W.W. Norton, her book is available on amazon.com.

PHOTOS OF THE DEAD? ... Kepler's is planning its 60th anniversary celebration and is looking for photos of The Grateful Dead in Kepler's, for use in a new book about The Dead that's in the works. Anyone with photos (or favorite memories) from the early days can email them to nicole@keplers.com.

AUTHOR APPEARANCES ... Upcoming appearances at Books, Inc., Town & Country Village, Palo Alto, include Daniel Rechtschaffen, author of "The Way of Mindful Education" (April 8, 7 p.m.); Anita Hughes, "French Coast" (April 9, 7 p.m.); Peter Stangl, "Painted Pebbles" (April 15, 7 p.m.); and Sue Jensen Weeks, "How Desolate Our Home Bereft of Thee: James Tillman Sanford Allred and the Circleville Massacre" (April 16, 7 p.m.). At Books Inc., 301 Castro St., Mountain View, is Gary Singh, "The San Jose Earthquakes: A Seismic Soccer Legacy" (April 8, 7 p.m.). Info: booksinc.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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