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- September 10, 2010

Book Talk

ON GRANDPARENTING ... A poem by Palo Altan Pearl Karrer, who also edits the California Quarterly poetry journal, called "She Convalesces in a Chair by the Window," will be included in an anthology on grandparenting — "Child Of My Child: Poems and Stories for Grandparents" — to be published in September. You may have caught one of her recent poems, "Foothill Trail, Early February," when it was featured in "30 Poems in 30 Days," a contest by the Arts Council, Silicon Valley, honoring April as Poetry Month. Information: The anthology, which costs $14.95, can be ordered from Gelles-Cole Literary Enterprises, P.O. Box 341, Woodstock, NY 12498, or online at

BOOK SALE ... Friends of the Palo Alto Library holds its monthly book sale on Saturday, Sept. 11, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Sunday, Sept. 12, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Cubberley Community Center, 4000 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto. The main sale will be held in the patio area outside the Mitchell Park Library's temporary location at Cubberley. (Please note that the Main Room is closed until further notice due to fire.) Proceeds benefit the Palo Alto Library.

LOCAL VIGNETTES ...First-person narratives by Albine Bech and Laurie (Lawrence) Naiman of Palo Alto; Molly Agras and Joy Scott of Stanford; and Kenneth Lajoie of Menlo Park are included in the recently published "Portraits of Creative Aging: Living Longer and Better" by Joan Kadri Zald. Zald's book grew out of her "personal search for positive role models of aging" and deals with men and women in their "retirement years who are engaged in creative and productive endeavors." Information: The $19.95 paperback can be ordered through

AUTHOR AUTHOR ... Upcoming authors at Keplers, 1010 El Camino Real, Menlo Park, include William Gibson, "Zero History" (Sept. 10, 7 p.m.); David Kessler, "The End of Overeating: Taking Control of the Insatiable American Appetite" (Sept. 14, 7 p.m.); Melanie Thernstrom, "The Pain Chronicles: Cures, Myths, Mysteries, Prayers, Diaries, Brain Scans, Healing, and the Science of Suffering" (Sept. 15, 7 p.m.); Liz Wiseman and Greg McKeown, "Multipliers: How the Best Leaders Make Everyone Smarter" (Sept. 16, 7 p.m.). Information:

MORE TALKS ... Upcoming authors at Books Inc. at Town & Country Village in Palo Alto include N.H. Senzai, "Shooting Kabul" (Sept. 11, 5 p.m.) and; and Joyce Robins, "Aunt Lydia's Trousseau" (Sept. 15, 7 p.m.); Ariel Balter, "The Maternity Labyrinth" (Oct. 5, 7 p.m.). Information:

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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