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- June 4, 2010

Book Talk

HOMETOWN POET ... Menlo Park poet and former Palo Alto Weekly Title Pages editor Charlotte Muse will be among the Bay Area writers featured in An Evening of Poetry Wednesday, June 9, at 7:30 p.m. at Kepler's, 1010 El Camino Real, Menlo Park. Muse will join Constance Crawford, Patrick Daly, Phyllis Koestenbaum and Priscilla Lee in reading their poems from "The Place That Inhabits Us: Poems from the San Francisco Bay Watershed." With a foreword by Robert Hass, the poems in this anthology embody what it's like to live in the astonishing weave of cities and towns, landscape and language, climate and history that make up the greater San Francisco Bay Area. Selected by the members of Sixteen Rivers Press, a regional poetry collective named after the web of rivers that flow into San Francisco Bay, the poems are drawn from both a physical and a metaphoric watershed.

TIPS FROM TEACHERS ... Also at Kepler's, Castilleja School English teacher Bill Smoot discusses his book "Conversations with Great Teachers" Tuesday, June 15, at 7:30 p.m.. Smoot interviewed master teachers in areas ranging from K-12 and higher education to the arts, trades and professions, sports and politics. Subjects discuss their teaching styles as well as what makes their work meaningful to them.

SHTETLS AND TUNES ... Alan Fleishman discusses his first novel, "Goliath's Head" Thursday, June 17 at 7 p.m. at Books Inc., Town & Country Village, 855 El Camino Real, Palo Alto. Fleishman will share pictures of shtetls and music of Jewish villages. All proceeds from "Goliath's Head" sales that night will be donated to Abilities United, a Palo Alto nonprofit that offers programs to children and adults with disabilities.

HOW WE 'CLICK'... Also June 17 down the road at Kepler's at 7:30 p.m., Palo Alto psychologist Rom Brafman discusses a book he co-authored with his brother Ori Brafman, "Click: The Magic of Instant Connections." The book explores what makes us "click" with certain people, or become fully immersed in whatever activity or situation we're involved in. Brafman is coauthor (also with brother Ori) of the New York Times bestseller "Sway."

NEW THRILLER ... Black ops, missing torture tapes and Blackwater mercenaries run through Menlo Park author Barry Eisler's latest thriller, "Inside Out," which he will be signing on Tuesday, June 29, at 7:30 p.m. at Kepler's. Eisler, a former CIA operative, is the author of seven other thrillers, including "Fault Line" and "Requiem for an Assassin."

AUTHOR AUTHOR ... Upcoming authors at Keplers, 1010 El Camino Real, Menlo Park, include: John Robbins, "The New Good Life: Living Better Than Ever in an Age of Less" (June 7, 7:30 p.m.); Summer Pierre, "The Artist in the Office: How to Creatively Survive and Thrive Seven Days a Week" (June 8, 7:30 p.m.); Heidi R. Kling, "Sea," Nina LaCour, "Hold Still" and Jandy Nelson, "The Sky Is Everywhere"(June 10, 7 p.m.); Phoebe Kitanidis,

"Whisper" (June 16, 7 p.m.); Alan Furst, "Spies of the Balkans"(June 21, 7:30 p.m.); Jennifer Egan,

"A Visit from the Goon Squad" (June 22, 7:30 p.m.); Kathryn Schulz, "Being Wrong: Adventures in the Margin of Error" (June 23, 7:30 p.m.); Janelle Brown, "This Is Where We Live" (June 24, 7:30 p.m.); Christopher Hitchens, "Hitch-22: Some Confessions and Contradictions: A Memoir" (June 27, 2 p.m.); Andrew Beahrs, "Twain's Feast: Searching for America's Lost Foods in the Footsteps of Samuel Clemens" (June 28, 7:30 p.m.); Linda Hawes Clever, "The Fatigue Prescription: Four Steps to Renewing Your Energy, Health and Life" (Wednesday, June 30, 7:30 p.m.); Nicholas A. Veronico, Betty S. Veronico, Reg McGovern and Janet McGovern, "Redwood City" (Thursday, July 1, 7:30 p.m.). Information: Go to

MORE TALKS ... Upcoming authors at Books Inc. at Town & Country Village in Palo Alto include Eric Pooley, "The Climate War" (Wednesday, June 23, 7 p.m..); and David Bickel, "Creeposity: A Hilarious Guide to the Unintentionally Creepy" (Tuesday, June 29, 7 p.m.). Information: Go to

Items for Book Talk may be sent to Associate Editor Carol Blitzer, Palo Alto Weekly, P.O Box 1610, Palo Alto, CA 93202 or e-mailed to by the last Friday of the month.


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