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- February 22, 2013

Book Talk

READING AT STANFORD ... Jeffrey Eugenides will read from his latest novel, "The Marriage Plot," which was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award, at 8 p.m. on Monday, Feb. 25, in Cemex Auditorium, Zambrano Hall in the Knight Management Center at Stanford University. The event is free and open to the public. Eugenides is the author of "The Virgin Suicides" (1993) and the Pulitzer Prize-winning "Middlesex" (2002). Information:

AN AMERICAN IN BUDAPEST ... Phillip Done, who taught for five years at Fairmeadow and Duveneck elementary schools and authored "32 Third Graders and One Class Bunny: Life Lessons From Teaching," is now teaching overseas and writing a blog, "An American in Budapest." You can find him at

ASTROTHEOLOGY ... RoseDog Books has recently released a book by John Gurley, a former economics professor at Stanford University. "The Astro-Bible According to John: OR God's Creation of the Universe OR The Whole Shebang Without the Big Bang" is a collection of lectures about the impact of astronomy and astrology on the Bible, originally given at a retirement home near Stanford. Information:

MOM VS. GRANDMA ... Donne Davis, a Menlo Park author and founder of the GaGa Sisterhood, a support group for grandmothers, has published her first book,"When Being a Grandma Isn't So Grand: 4 Keys to L.O.V.E. Your Grandchild's Parents." The book arose from a popular topic discussed at the GaGa Sisterhood meetings, and offers perspectives from both moms and grandmas. Information:

MEET THE AUTHORS ... Upcoming authors and programs at Keplers, 1010 El Camino Real, Menlo Park, include Sean Beaudoin, "The Infects," Kevin Emerson, "The Lost Code," Cat Patrick, "Revived" and

Martha Brockenbrough, "Devine Intervention" (March 1, 7:30 p.m.); Peter Lerangis, "Seven Wonders: The Colussus Rises" (March 5, 7 p.m.); Joyce Carol Oates, "The Accursed" (March 6, 7:30 p.m.); Katie Mishra, "Gukky Tales: The Quest for the Golden Quarter" (March 7, 7 p.m.); and Elizabeth Kessler, "Picturing the Cosmos: Hubble Space Telescope Images and the Astronomical Sublime" (March 13, 7:30 p.m.). Eat, Drink, Talk and Swap Books: An Evening at Kepler's (March 16, 6:30 p.m.) offers people a chance to trade a book and get a free Advanced Reader's Edition of a book from Kepler's. Tickets are $25 (plus service fee). Information:

YOUNG ADULTS ... The Palo Alto Children's Library will present Gail Carriger, who will talk about her Young Adult series debut "Etiquette & Espionage" at 6:30 p.m. on Feb. 22, at the Downtown Branch, 270 Forest Ave., Palo Alto. Information:

AUTHORS' LUNCHEON ... AAUW of Palo Alto will hold its fourth annual Authors' Luncheon at noon on Feb. 23 at Michaels at Shoreline, 2960 Shoreline Blvd., Mountain View. Featured authors are Lewis Buzbee, "The Yellow-Lighted Bookstore"; Bo Caldwell, "From the Distant Land of My Father"; C.J. Noonan, "The House on Harrigan's Hill"; and Lalita Tademy, "Cane River." Tickets are $40; checks can be made out to AAUW PA and sent to Barbara Evans at 1096 Metro Circle, Palo Alto, CA 94303. Proceeds benefit Tech Trek science camp scholarships. Information:

THE ARRIVAL OF MODERNITY ... Ernest Freeberg, author of "The Age of Edison: Electric Light and the Invention of Modern America," will have a conversation with Computer History Museum CEO John Hollar on Thursday, March 14, with the program at noon, followed by a book signing at the museum, 1401 N. Shoreline Blvd., Mountain View. The book places the story of Edison's invention in the context of a technological revolution. Information:,

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