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- February 24, 2012

Book Talk

BOOK DISCUSSION ... In conjunction with the Walker Evans photography exhibition, Gavin Jones, chair of Stanford's English department, will lead a discussion on "Let Us Now Praise Famous Men," a collaboration between James Agee and Walker Evans that documents Depression-era tenant farming in rural Alabama at 1 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 25, at the Cantor Arts Center, Museum Way at Lomita Drive, Stanford University. The book is available at the Cantor Arts Center bookshop. Information: 650-723-4177 or

AUTHOR AUTHOR ... Upcoming book readings at Kepler's Books, 1010 El Camino Real, Menlo Park, include: Marcus Cootsona (with introduction by Stanford Tennis Coach Dick Gould), "Occam's Racquet: 12 Steps to Smarter Tennis" (Feb. 28, 7 p.m.); Irvin D. Yalom, "The Spinoza Problem: A Novel (March 6, 7 p.m.); Jack Kornfield, "Bringing Home the Dharma: Awakening Right Where You Are (March 7, 7 p.m.); George Dyson, "Touring's Cathedral: The Origins of the Digital Universe" (March 7, 7 p.m., Computer History Museum, 1401 N. Shoreline Blvd., Mountain View,; Spencer West, "Standing Tall: My Journey" (March 9, 7 p.m.); Alexander Gordon Smith, "Fugitives: Escape from Furnace 4" (March 12, 7 p.m.); Dr. Eric Topol, "The Creative Destruction of Medicine" (March 13, 7 p.m.); Cara Black, "Murder at the Lanterne Rouge" (March 14, 7 p.m.); and Elaine Pagels, "Revelations: Visions, Prophecy, and Politics in the Book of Revelation" (March 17, 7 p.m.). Kepler's members are admitted free; general admission requires purchase of event book or a $10 gift card. Information:

KEYNOTE SPEAKER ... Abraham Verghese, author of "Cutting for Stone," "My Own Country: A Doctor's Story" and "The Tennis Partner," will be the featured speaker at Breast Cancer Connections 4th annual Spring Benefit on Tuesday, March 13 from 8 to 10 a.m. Tickets to the event, which will be held at the Sharon Heights Golf & Country Club Ballroom, 2900 Sand Hill Road, Menlo Park, are $100. Information: or

MEET THE AUTHORS ... Upcoming authors at Books Inc. at Town & Country Village in Palo Alto include Meredith Maran, "A Theory of Small Earthquakes" (March 1, 7 p.m.); Susan Stone Belton, "Real Parents, Real Kids, Real Talk" (March 10, 1 p.m.); Joan Lester, "Black, White, Other: In Search of Nina Armstrong" (March 14, 7 p.m.); and Claire Bidwell Smith, "The Rules of Inheritance: A Memoir" (March 20, 7 p.m.). Information:

AUTHOR EVENT ...Dr. Abbas Milani, director of Iranian Studies at Stanford University and co-director of the Iran Democracy Project at the Hoover Institution, will talk about his memoir, "The Shah," on Tuesday, March 1, at 4:30 p.m. in Pigott Hall, Bldg. 260, Stanford University, with a book signing to follow. RSVP (to is required by 5 p.m. Feb. 28 for the free talk.

POETRY CONTEST ... Sally Ashton, Santa Clara County's poet laureate, will talk about "Poetry on the Move: A Contest!" on March 7 at 7 p.m. at Books Inc., 74 Town & Country Village, Palo Alto. The contest is supported by the City of San Jose Office of Cultural Affairs, VTA, Arts Council Silicon Valley and Santa Clara County. Winning poems will be placed in VTA light rail and buses in April.

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


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