Book Talk | July 20, 2012 | Palo Alto Weekly | Palo Alto Online |

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- July 20, 2012

Book Talk

PALO ALTO PROTÉGÉ ... Palo Alto-based author Anna Caltabiano is making waves in the literary world before she is even able to get her driver's license. The 15-year-old's debut novel, "All That Is Red," is receiving rave reviews on websites such as and She self-published the young adult fiction novel through New Generation Publishing and it was released on May 20, 2012. Caltabiano's popularity is quickly gaining steam — her Facebook page already has more than 41,000 "Likes" and the young scribe has more than 211,000 followers on Twitter. "'All That Is Red' is a story of survival and a journey through the human condition, revealing how the intimate euphoria of pain can sometimes be all we have to remind us that we are alive," according to the author's website ( Caltabiano was born in British colonial Hong Kong and educated in Mandarin Chinese schools before moving to Palo Alto. "Her writing reflects her concerns for her own generation as it seeks out salvation, meaning, and companionship in online communities, with pop culture as its shared language," the website states.

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