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- June 28, 2019

Book Talk

TERRORISM AND CYBERWARS ... Richard Clarke, who served as a key advisor on intelligence and counterterrorism to three US presidents, will be at Kepler's Books from 7:30 to 9 p.m., Wednesday, July 24, to talk about his latest book, "The Fifth Domain: Defending our Country, Companies, and Ourselves in the Age of Cyber Threats." In his book, Clarke warns readers that multiple cyberwars are already underway. The battlefronts range from simple identity theft to the disruption of nuclear programs and medical care. The Pentagon even has a word for this new front line: the fifth domain. Kepler's Books is located at 1010 El Camino Real, Menlo Park. For more information, go to


To commemorate the 50th Anniversary of the Apollo 11 Moonwalk,Brandon R. Brown, professor of physics at the University of San Francisco, will be at Books Inc in Mountain View at 7 p.m., Tuesday, July 9, to talk about his book "The Apollo Chronicles: Engineering America's First Moon Missions." Brown, the son of an Apollo engineer, revisits the men and women who toiled behind the lights to help send the astronauts to the moon. Set against the backdrop of a turbulent American decade, the book whisks audiences through tense deadlines and technical miracles, from President John F. Kennedy's 1961 challenge to NASA's 1969 lunar triumph, as engineers confronted wave after wave of previously unthinkable challenges. Brown immerses readers in key physical hurdles--from building the world's most powerful rockets to keeping humans alive in the hostile void of space--using language free of acronyms and technical jargon. Books Inc. is located at 317 Castro St. For more information, go to

BOOKS AND MORE FOR SALE ... Books, magazines, records, videos and other items are for sale Saturday (July 13) and Sunday (July 14) at the monthly sale held by the Friends of the Palo Alto Library. The event goes from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. both days (except for the children's and bargain rooms, which open at 10 a.m. Saturday, and the outdoor $1 sale, which starts at 9 a.m. Saturday) at Cubberley Community Center, 4000 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto. Some folks come early on Saturday; tickets for the main room are available at 8 a.m. For more information, call 650-213-8755 or go to


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The 34th Annual Palo Alto Weekly Short Story Contest is now accepting entries for Adult, Young Adult and Teen categories. Send us your short story (2,500 words or less) and entry form by April 10, 2020. First, Second and Third Place prizes awarded in each category. Sponsored by Kepler's Books, Linden Tree Books and Bell's Books.

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