Book Talk: Migrant memoirs, life after retirement and more

This month's literary news

This month, hear award-winning author Francisco Jiménez discuss his latest memoir, hear the story of Los Altos residents who recreated themselves after retirement and more.

HUMAN FACE OF HIGH TECH ... Palo Alto psychologist Noga Niv's novel, "Inside the Bubble," will be released May 19 through Inkshares, a crowdfunded book publisher. The book, which deals with the lives of five Israeli women living in Silicon Valley in 2001 at the peak of the Internet bubble, was originally published in Hebrew in 2008. Info: inkshares.com

MIGRANT MEMOIR ... Francisco Jiménez will talk about the fourth book in his award-winning memoir series, "Taking Hold: From Migrant Childhood to Columbia University," at 7 p.m. on Thursday, May 28, at the Rinconada branch of the Palo Alto Library, 1213 Newell Road, Palo Alto. The event is co-sponsored by Books Inc. and Made Into America: Immigrant Stories Archive. Info: cityofpaloalto.org

TALE OF A RESCUE ... Veteran journalist and author Lou Ureneck will appear at Books Inc., Town & Country Village, at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, June 2, talking about his new book, "The Great Fire: One American's Mission to Rescue Victims of the 20th Century's First Genocide" (published by Ecco). The tale relates how one American minister assembled a fleet of 50 ships in 1922 to evacuate tens of thousands of refugees from Smyrna, saving them from the Armenian genocide. Info: booksinc.net

INSIGHT OUT ... Tina Seelig, professor of Management Science and Engineering at Stanford, will talk about her new book, "Insight Out: Get Ideas Out of Your Head and Into the World" on Tuesday, June 2 (reception at 7 p.m., program at 7:30 p.m.) at Kepler's, 1010 El Camino Real, Menlo Park. The guide is based on her popular course on how to make imaginative ideas a reality. Professor Seelig is the author of 16 books, including "inGenius: A Crash Course on Creativity" (2012). Info: keplers.com

BABY BOOMERS REDEFINED ... Longtime Los Altos residents Rick and Wendy Walleigh have self-published "From Silicon Valley to Swaziland: How One Couple Found Purpose & Adventure in an Encore Career," written to not only entertain readers but "encourage them to apply their skills accumulated during their 'main careers' to benefit their community, region, or the world." In the book, the couple recounts how Wendy used her high-tech marketing expertise to help launch a youth program and how Rich advised small businesses in Mbabane, Swaziland, and Nairobi, Kenya. The book is available through amazon.com.

HOW A MEANINGFUL LIFE DEVELOPS ... Stanford University Professor of Education William Damon, who is also a senior fellow at the Hoover Institution on War, Revolution, and Peace, along with Stanford University Consulting Professor Anne Colby, co-authored "The Power of Ideals: The Real Story of Moral Choice," which examines the lives of six 20th-century moral leaders who pursued causes including world peace, social justice and human rights. Published by Oxford University Press, the book is available at amazon.com.

AUTHOR APPEARANCES ... Upcoming appearances at Books, Inc., Town & Country Village, Palo Alto, include Linda Popky, "Marketing Above the Noise: Achieve Strategic Advantage with Marketing That Matters," in conversation with Deb Siegle, president of Women in Consulting (May 11, 6:30 p.m.); Rita Marie Johnson, "Completely Connected" (May 14, 7 p.m.); Kamy Wicoff, "Wishful Thinking," in conversation with Lisen Stromberg (May 18, 7 p.m.); Alexander Nemerov, Stanford University arts and humanities professor, "Silent Dialogues: Diane Arbus & Howard Nemerov" (May 20, 7 p.m.); and Antonio Ruiz-Camacho, "Barefoot Dogs" (May 27, 7 p.m.). At Books Inc., 301 Castro St., Mountain View, are M.P. Cooley, "Flame Out" (May 20, 7 p.m.) and Eugenia Cheng, "How to Bake Pi: An Edible Exploration of the Mathematics of Mathematics" (May 28, 7 p.m.). Info: booksinc.net

Items for Book Talk may be sent to Arts & Entertainment Editor Elizabeth Schwyzer, Palo Alto Weekly, P.O Box 1610, Palo Alto, CA 94302 or emailed to eschwyzer@paweekly.com.

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