SPY AUTHOR TALKS ABOUT NEW THRILLER ... New York Times bestselling author Daniel Silva will be at Schultz Cultural Arts Hall, 3921 Fabian Way, Palo Alto, on Monday, July 22, to talk about his new thriller "The New Girl," which was released July 16. The book is the 19th installment in his Gabriel Allon espionage thriller series. This time around, Allon, the legendary chief of Israeli intelligence, is called into action when the daughter of the controversial crown prince of Saudi Arabia is kidnapped from her private school in Switzerland. During this special author event, Silva will give an insider's view into the process that put the words to the page of his new book. He also will be available to sign books. Cost is $30 for a ticket and book bundle or $25 for a ticket only. The event starts at 7:30 p.m. For more information, go to booksinc.net.
CULINARY ROAD TRIP ... California Author and chef Roland Petrov takes readers along a 1,000-mile culinary journey up the west coast from Los Angeles and through the Bay Area to Olympia, Washington, in his new book "West Coast 101: a culinary road trip." The book is based on his own road trip during which he found and documented local cuisine, microbreweries, wineries and distilleries using local ingredients, as well as artisan products. While the book focuses on the road trip and cuisine, Petrov takes time to mention the people he met and his experiences with them. Petrov said he hopes his book inspires people to eat local. Released on July 16, the book is available on Amazon.
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