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- August 16, 2019

Book Talk

WOJCICKI TO TALK ABOUT 'SUCCESSFUL PEOPLE' ... Esther Wojcicki, Palo Alto High School's award-winning journalism teacher who founded the Paly Media Arts program and gained international recognition in 2015 after releasing "Moonshots in Education: Launching Blended Learning in the Classroom" will join New York Times journalist John Markoff at Kepler's Books & Magazines at 7:30 p.m., on Monday, Sept. 9, to talk about her new book "How to Raise Successful People: Simple lessons for radical results." In the book, Wojcicki shares the principles she used to raise three notable daughters, all of whom rose to the top of competitive, male-dominated professions. Wojcicki is the mother of Susan Wojcicki, who is the CEO of YouTube; Anne Wojcicki, who is the CEO of 23andMe; and Janet Wojcicki, who is a professor of pediatrics at the University of California, San Francisco. Kepler's is located at 1010 El Camino Real, #100 Menlo Park. For tickets, go to

'111 PLACES' EXPLORES SILICON VALLEY ... The new guidebook "111 Places in Silicon Valley That You Must Not Miss" explores the area's history, creative community and lush natural environment. Author Floriana Petersen reveals the best-kept secrets and hidden stories in over 30 cities and towns, from Woodside to San Jose, including Atherton, Mountain View, Stanford and Palo Alto. The book is organized geographically, with detailed maps to help readers plan their treks to the farthest reaches of the valley. Among the more unusual places are the geometric, bee-inspired design of the Hanna Honeycomb House at Stanford that was a creative breakthrough for Frank Lloyd Wright, who designed the structure without a single right angle. There also is a chapter dedicated to Stanford's Cantor Arts Center. The book is part of the 111 Places Guidebooks series. For more information, go to

VETERANS BOOK CLUB ... Rinconada Library is hosting Reading for Recovery: A Book club for Veterans on Tuesday, Aug. 20 from 7-8 p.m. The club provides participants the opportunity to connect with each other and engage with the larger community. Veterans and their friends and families are welcome. The group will meet once a month in the Embarcadero Room to discuss books chosen collaboratively by the group's members. For more information, contact Alison de Geus at or call the library at 650-329-2436.


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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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