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- March 11, 2011

Book Talk

LOCAL AUTHORS ... Coming to Keplers, 1010 El Camino Real, Menlo Park, this month is Palo Alto author Meg Waite Clayton, "The Four Ms. Bradwells" (March 22, 7 p.m.); Gunn High School grad Jenny Blake, "Life After College: The Complete Guide to Getting What You Want" (March 24, 7 p.m.); and Guy Kawasaki, "Enchantment: The Art of Changing Hearts, Minds, and Actions" (March 31, 7 p.m.). Many of you might have heard Kawasaki, an early Apple employee, co-founder of and a founding partner at Garage Technology Ventures, who's been an inspiring Paly High Baccalaureate speaker for years.

AUTHOR EVENTS ... Cathleen Schine, author of "The Three Weissmanns of Wesport," will appear at the Oshman Family JCC, 3921 Fabian Way, Palo Alto, (March 17, 7 p.m.). The event is co-sponsored by the Harvard Club of Silicon Valley, Congregation Beth Am and Sequoia-Hadassah, Palo Alto and Bay Area chapters. Tickets are $25 at the door; discounts for members and students. Information: Mark Salzman, author of "Iron and Silk," will highlight the Seton Spring Social at St. Elizabeth Seton School, 1095 Channing Ave., Palo Alto (March 30, 6:30 p.m.). Information: 650-126-1258 or e-mail Elizabeth F. Gamble Garden and the Palo Alto Art Center present Elizabeth Murray, author of "Monet's Passion," (March 30, 7:30 p.m., French pastries and beverages served and books for sale; 8 p.m., virtual tour of Giverny, book signings following the program), in the Palo Alto Art Center auditorium, 1313 Newell Road, Palo Alto. Cost is $40 for nonmembers, $35 for members. Information: Hometown Peninsula presents Gary Vaynerchuk, author of "The Thank You Economy," at Menlo Park Presbyterian Church social hall, 700B Santa Cruz Ave., Menlo Park (April 4, 5:30 p.m.). Information:

KUDOS ... "Untitled," a collection of unplanned and unposed photographs by Jack Simon, winner of the Palo Alto Weekly's photo contest in 2008 and 2009, was selected for inclusion at the Format International Photography Festival in England in March ( Simon, a Los Altos-based psychiatrist, developed a strong interest in photography about six years ago. The book can be viewed (or ordered for $48.64) online at

MORE KUDOS ... to Stanford professor Jack Rakove, author of "Revolutionaries: A New History of the Invention of America" (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2010), whose book was named one of three finalists for the $50,000 George Washington Book prize. The prize goes to the top book on early American history. The winner will be announced in May.

BOOK SALES ... Friends of the Palo Alto Library will hold its monthly book sale on Saturday, March 12, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., and Sunday, March 13, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Cubberley Community Center, 4000 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto. In Menlo Park, books may be purchased online, with a percentage going towards the Menlo Park Library. Information:

AUTHOR AUTHOR ... More upcoming authors at Keplers, 1010 El Camino Real, Menlo Park, include Daniel Seddiqui, "50 Jobs in 50 States: One Man's Journey of Discovery Across America" (March 20, 2 p.m.); Anthony Horowitz, "Scorpia Rising" (March 25, 7 p.m.); Joshua Foer, "Moonwalking with Einstein: The Art and Science of Remembering Everything" (March 28, 7 p.m.); Daniel A. Olivas, "The Book of Want: A Novel" (March 30, 7 p.m.); Kate Atkinson, "Started Early, Took My Dog" (April 1, 7 p.m.); Charles Baxter, "Gryphon: New and Selected Stories" (April 4, 7 p.m.); Joyce Carol Oates, "A Widow's Story" (April 6, 7 p.m.); and Billy Collins, "Horoscopes for the Dead: Poems" (April 7, 7 p.m.). Information:

MORE TALKS ... Upcoming authors at Books Inc. at Town & Country Village in Palo Alto include Ted Atlas and Mark Purdy, "Candlestick Park," chronicling the home of the Giants in pictures (March 24, 7 p.m.); and at 301 Castro St., Mountain View: Cara Black, "Murder in Passy: An Aimee Leduc Investigation Set in Paris" and Libby Hellman, "Set the Night on Fire" (March 15, 7 p.m.). Information: And, at Stanford Bookstore, 519 Lasuen Mall, Stanford, is Elena Mauli Shapiro, "13, Rue Therese" (March 10, 6 p.m.). Information:

Items for Book Talk may be sent to Associate Editor Carol Blitzer, Palo Alto Weekly, P.O Box 1610, Palo Alto, CA 93202 or e-mailed to by the last Friday of the month.


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Posted by Daniel Olivas
a resident of Menlo Park
on Mar 13, 2011 at 8:03 pm

I am delighted to come back to Kepler's, this time to read and sign my new novel, "The Book of Want" on March 30. I graduated from Stanford in 1981 (English lit), and settled in Los Angeles after attending law school at UCLA. But I have fond memories of my days up in Palo Alto and the Farm. Hope to see you at the your local independent bookstore!