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 http://goo.gl/yiOGOH
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 www.keplers.com.
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