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Arts & Entertainment - January 29, 2016

Book Talk

OF MIND AND BODY ... Long before he became a neurosurgeon and director of the Center for Compassion and Altruism Research and Education at Stanford University, Jim Doty was a 12-year-old boy looking for a plastic thumb at a magic shop. Instead he had an inspirational encounter that shaped his thinking about the relationship between the brain and the heart. The insights he received are the subject of his new memoir, "Into the Magic Shop: A Neurosurgeon's Quest to Discover the Mysteries of the Brain and the Secrets of the Heart." Doty will discuss the book in his conversation with Stanford psychologist Philip Zimbrado at 7:30 p.m. on Feb. 4 at Kepler's Books, 1010 El Camino Real, Menlo Park. To register for the free event, go to

FROM TEHRAN TO MOUNTAIN VIEW ... Azadeh Tabazadeh fled Iran in 1982, when the nation was in the midst of political upheaval. The Mountain View resident offers her account of the nation before and after the 1979 Islamic revolution and chronicles her life in the United States in a new memoir, "The Sky DetectiveL A memoir of how I fled Iran and Became a NASA scientist." Tabazadeh will come discuss the book during her appearance at Books Inc. in Palo Alto's Town and Country Village at 7 p.m. on Feb. 16.

ABOVE THEIR WEIGHT ... Palo Alto author Eric Faust tells the story of a Civil War regiment through the eyes of volunteers in a hard-fighting regiment in his new book, "The 11th Michigan Volunteer Infantry in the Civil War: A History and Roster." Published by McFarland and Company, Faust chronicles the volunteer regiment as it transforms from a group of tradesmen and farmers into an elite fighting unit. The book also follows the soldiers from the infantry unit into their postwar lives to show how the bloody engagements they experienced shaped and impacted them for the rest of their lives. The book is available on Amazon at

TALKING BOOKS ...Two writing instructors, acclaimed novelists will come together for a literary reunion in Menlo Park on Feb. 24, when Anthony Marra interviews his former teacher, Ethan Canin, at Kepler's. Marra, a creating writing instructor at Stanford University and author of the award-winning novel, "A Constellation of Vital Phenomena," will talk to Canin about Canin's new novel, "A Doubter's Almanac." Canain, a Stanford University graduate, a doctor and a current member of the Iowa Writers' Workshop (where Marra earned his MFA), is the founder of the San Francisco Writers Grotto. The event will take place at 7:30 p.m. on Feb. 24 at Kepler's, 1010 El Camino Real, Menlo Park. To register for the free event, go to

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