Book Talk: New novels, memoirs and more

This month's literary events

This month, Palo Alto authors publish memoirs and novels, young writers release new titles and a Mountain View author's book is set to become a film.

ALL ABOUT HOPE ... Mountain View resident Sabaa Tahir's debut young-adult novel, "An Ember in the Ashes" (Penguin Random House), relates the story of "Laia, a girl who fights to save her brother after he's jailed by a brutal regime, and Elias, a soldier of that regime who only wishes to be free from tyranny," Tahir writes in a foreword. Although only released in April, film rights have already been acquired, as well as foreign rights in 22 countries. Info: AnEmberintheAshesBook.com

IN THE HEART OF THE ACTION ... Palo Alto author Meg Waite Clayton's latest novel, "The Race for Paris," tells the tale of two American female war correspondents covering the liberation of Paris during World War II. Filled with historical details, the book is written from the point of view of women journalists confronting grave danger as they defy military regulations and gender barriers to bring the truth to their readers. The book is available at Kepler's and Books Inc. as well as on Amazon.com. Info: megwaiteclayton.com

NO ACCIDENT ... Palo Alto teen Nayanika Kapoor has just released her second novel, "The Accidentals." A rising senior at Castilleja School, Kapoor self-published her first book, "Skye's the Limit," in 2011. "The Accidentals" is a young-adult thriller that centers on the lives of three teenagers as they struggle to cope with challenges, including an eating disorder and bullying, and to come to terms with their identities. The book is available on Amazon.com.

GROWING UP IN DANGEROUS TIMES ... Longtime Palo Alto resident Peter Stangl has published "Painted Pebbles a Hungarian Memoir," recounting his experiences as a boy during the Nazi occupation of Budapest. He escaped Soviet-occupied Hungary after the 1956 "October Uprising," later graduating from Yale University. His book is published by Fithian Press. Info: Amazon.com or scbdistributors.com

A LITERARY MYSTERY ... Mountain View native Jennifer Chambliss Bertman has just released her first tween novel, "The Book Scavenger." The story stars 12-year-old bookworm Emily, whose passion for reading is matched only by her love of an online game that involves hunting for books hidden around the country. When she finds out the game's creator has been attacked, Emily steps up to solve the mystery. Published by Henry Holt, the book is available at Books Inc. in Mountain View and Palo Alto and on Amazon.com.

Items for Book Talk may be sent to Arts & Entertainment Editor Elizabeth Schwyzer, Palo Alto Weekly, P.O Box 1610, Palo Alto, CA 93202 or emailed to eschwyzer@paweekly.com.

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