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- April 11, 2014

Book Talk

STEGNER LECTURES ... Future talks include author and attorney Nicolette Hahn Niman on Monday, April 28, and author and anthropologist Brian Fagan on Monday, May 12. The lectures take place at 8 p.m. at the Mountain View Center for the Performing Arts, 500 Castro St., Mountain View. Information:; tickets (at $22 each) at

BOOK SWAP ... Kepler's Books is offering an evening to "eat, drink, talk and swap books" from 6:30 to 9 p.m. on Saturday, May 3. The idea is to bring a copy of something you love, then go home with a highly recommended book (from another book-swapper). Authors are invited to participate (but to bring something they did not write). The evening includes refreshments and wine. Tickets are $25. Information:

LOCAL AUTHOR ... Scott C. Grant, a former newspaper editor and reporter and currently pastor of Peninsula Bible Church in Palo Alto, has written "Hooked in the Heart: Appreciating the Artistry of God in Everyday Life," which offers a glimpse into his journey of faith. The book is available at

AUTHORS SALON ... Peninsula Volunteers will hold its 23rd annual Authors Salon Luncheon from 10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Sunday, May 4, at the Sharon Heights Golf & Country Club, 2900 Sand Hill Road, Menlo Park. Featured authors include Margaret George, author of "Elizabeth I"; Ron Hansen, author of "The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford"; Tracy Guzeman, author of "The Gravity of Birds"; Susan Shillinglaw, author of "Carol and John Steinbeck: Portrait of a Marriage"; and moderator, Paul Goldstein, Stanford law professor, three-time novelist and recipient of the Harper Lee Prize for Legal Fiction for his novel "Havana Requiem." Tickets are $125. Information: Cathy Duhring at 650-326-0665, ext. 238 or

AUTHOR TALKS ... Upcoming authors speaking at Books Inc., 74 Town & Country Village, Palo Alto, include: Peninsula Parlour presenting Susan Minot, "Thirty Girls" (April 15, 7 p.m., 15 percent of all sales made during this event will be donated to Abilities United); Helen Park Bigelow, "Given Time: Living Our Last Months Together" (April 16, 7 p.m.); William Goodson, "The Blue-Eyed Girl" (April 23, 7 p.m.); Eric Gleeson, "The Forest Feast: Simple Vegetarian Recipes from My Cabin in the Woods" (May 1, 7 p.m.); Max Issacman,

"Winning with ETF Strategies: Top Asset Managers Share Their Methods for Beating the Market" (May 7, 7 p.m.); Maggie Shipstead, "Astonish Me" (May 14, 7 p.m.); and Rona Renner, "Is That Me Yelling?: A Parent's Guide to Getting Your Kids to Cooperate Without Losing Your Cool" (May 15, 6:30 p.m.). Also at Books, Inc. at 501 Castro St., Mountain View, will be Steve Hindy, "The Craft Beer Revolution: How a Band of Microbrewers Is Transforming the World's Favorite Drink" (May 4, 2 p.m.); Chrisann Brennan, "The Bite in the Apple: My Life with Steve Jobs" (May 6, 7 p.m.); Peter Hecht, "Weed Land: Inside America's Marijuana Epicenter and How Pot Went Legit" (May 7, 7 p.m.); and Andy Griffiths, "The 26-Story Treehouse" (May 10, 4 p.m.) Information:

MORE TALKS ... Upcoming authors at Kepler's Books, 1010 El Camino Real, Menlo Park, include Justin Go, "The Steady Running of the Hour" (April 22, 7:30 p.m.); Albert Rothenberg, "Madness & Glory" (April 24, 7:30 p.m.); Barbara Ehrenreich, in conversation with Angie Coiro, "Living with a Wild God: A Nonbeliever's Search for the Truth about Everything" (April 25, 7:30 p.m.; $10 general admission; $15 at the door); Edgar Schein, "Helping: How to Offer, Give, and Receive Help" and "Humble Inquiry: The Gentle Art of Asking Instead of Telling" (April 29, 7 p.m.; Channing House, 850 Webster St., Palo Alto); John Evans, "Young Widower: A Memoir" and Justin St. Germain, "Son of a Gun: A Memoir" (May 1, 7:30 p.m.); Ed Catmull, in conversation with John Hollar, "Creativity, Inc.: Overcoming the Unseen Forces That Stand in the Way of True Inspiration" (May 8, 6 p.m.; Computer History Museum, 1401 N. Shoreline Blvd., Mountain View); Mark Leibovich, "This Town: Two Parties and a Funeral — Plus, Plenty of Valet Parking! — in America's Gilded Capital" (May 12, 7:30 p.m.); and Francine Prose, "Lovers at the Chameleon Club, Paris 1932: A Novel" (May 13, 7:30 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 emailed to by the last Friday of the month.


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