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- May 21, 2021

Book talk


Jeanette Arakawa, a Palo Alto author and community activist, will give a virtual talk about her autobiographical novel, "The Little Exile," from 7-8:30 p.m.on Thursday, May 27, as part of the Palo Alto City Library virtual author series.

In her book, Arakawa shares her experience as an internee at the Rohwer War Relocation Center in Arkansas during the 1940s, where she and her parents lived for 3 years.

Arakawa, who was born in San Francisco to Japanese immigrants during the Great Depression, arrived by train at the relocation center in the Mississippi River bottom lands on her 10th birthday. Her experience helped shape her advocacy work in the Bay Area, in particular working with Asian Americans for Community Involvement (AACI), which she co-founded.

Arakawa said she hopes her book will raise awareness to what is possible during the worst of times.

Palo Alto City Manager Ed Shikada will moderate the discussion. Free copies of the book are available at the Mitchell Park and Rinconada libraries. To register for the event, go to A link to the webinar will be emailed to all registrants prior to event night.

MUSE DELIVERS IN-PERSON POETRY ... Menlo Park author Charlotte Muse, an award-winning poet who has taught poetry at the Stanford Upward Bound Program and Foothill Summer Youth College, is scheduled to read poetry from her new book, "In Which I Forgive the River," during a release party at 5 p.m., Tuesday, June 15, at Cafe Zoe, 929 Menalto Ave., Menlo Park. For more information, go to

KEPLER'S LAUNCHES SUMMER LITERARY SERIES ... Kimberly Ford, best-selling author, Ph.D. and former adjunct professor at UC Berkeley, has curated three different novels for Kepler's Literary Seminar Summer Intensive Series, which kicks off online in July.

The series will look at Charlotte Bront?'s :Jane Eyre" alongside "Wide Sargasso Sea" by Jean Rhys during a two-part session on July 12 and July 19. Ford will provide insight into the book's look at class, sexuality, feminism and other themes raised by Bronte, as well as examine Rhys' great modern prequel to "Jane Eyre," which explores the background of the "madwoman in the attic," who is both invisible and at the heart of Jane.

On Aug. 2 and 9, the series will look at Evelyn Waugh's "Brideshead Revisited," which was named one of the top 100 novels in English by Modern Library, Time, Newsweek and the BBC. The work tackles large issues such as religion, classism and sexuality.

Participants are asked to read the books prior the seminar series. For more information, go to


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