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- October 12, 2012

Book Talk

MEET THE AUTHORS ... Kepler's Books' grand reopening party is set for Tuesday, Oct. 16, from 7 to 10 p.m., kicking off with an interactive discussion with Michael Doyle and Christin Evans about Doyle's new book, "Radical Chapters: Pacifist Bookseller Roy Kepler and the Paperback Revolution." Other upcoming authors at Kepler's, 1010 El Camino Real, Menlo Park, include: Greg Bardsley, "Cash Out: A Novel" (Oct. 13, 7 p.m.); Timothy Egan, "Short Nights of the Shadow Catcher: The Epic Life and Immortal Photographs of Edward Curtis" (Oct. 17, 7 p.m.); Jasper Fforde, "The Last Dragonslayer," "The Woman Who Died a Lot: A Thursday Next Novel" (Oct. 18, 7 p.m.); Michael Chabon, "Telegraph Avenue" (Oct. 25, 7 p.m.); and Heidi Kling, Pam van Hylckama Vlieg and Lee Mackenzie, "Two and Twenty Dark Tales," and Ingrid Paulson, "Valkyrie Rising" (Oct. 30, 7 p.m.). Info:

AT STANFORD ... Novelist Adam Johnson, who published "The Orphan Master's Son" earlier this year, will give a free talk on the techniques and joys of writing at Stanford University on Oct. 23, in conversation with writer and Stanford lecturer Hilton Obenzinger. The event is planned for 7:30 p.m. in Geology Corner (Building 320), Room 105. Other authors set to give free talks at Stanford include: Kathryn Lofton, "Oprah: The Gospel of an Icon" (Oct. 17, 5:15 p.m., Levinthal Hall in the Stanford Humanities Center); James Cuno, "Whose Muse? Art Museums and the Public's Trust" (Oct. 18, 5:30 p.m., Annenberg Auditorium); Michael Erard, "Babel No More" (Oct. 24, 6 p.m., Stanford Bookstore); Catherine Albiston, "Institutional Inequality and the Mobilization of the Family and Medical Leave Act: Rights on Leave" (Oct. 25, 4:15 p.m., Bechtel International Center; Alan Kubitz, "The Elusive Notion of Motion" (Oct. 25, 6 p.m., Stanford Bookstore); and Laura Carstensen, "A Long Bright Future: Happiness, Health, and Financial Security in an Age of Increased Longevity" (Nov. 1, 4:15 p.m., Bechtel International Center). Info:

BOOKS INC. BOOK TALKS ... Authors speaking at Books Inc. at Town & Country Village in Palo Alto this month include: Libba Bray, "The Diviners," Malinda Lo, "Adaptation" and Rachel Cohn, "Beta," all on Oct. 15 at 7 p.m.; Debra Dean, "The Mirrored World" (Oct. 16, 7 p.m.); Lisa Stander-Horel and Tim Horel, "Gluten-Free Canteen's Book of Nosh" (Oct. 18, 7 p.m.); Christy Hale, "Dreaming Up" (Oct. 20, 6 p.m.); Marilyn Yalom, "How the French Invented Love" (Oct. 24, 7 p.m.); Barbara Moritsch, "The Soul of Yosemite" (Oct. 29, 7 p.m.); and Lance McVay, "Lighthouse Tales" (Oct. 30, 7 p.m.). Info:

OVER AT OSHMAN ... Palo Alto's Oshman Family Jewish Community Center at 3921 Fabian Way also hosts author talks. Future speakers include: David Makovsky, "Beyond the Election: Middle East Challenges Facing the U.S. and Israel" (Oct. 24, 7:30 p.m., $10-$15), and Mordechai Bar-On, "Moshe Dayan: Israel's Controversial Hero" (Oct. 29, 7:30 p.m., $8-$15). Info:

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 by the last Friday of the month.


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