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- April 5, 2013

Book Talk

AN EVENING WITH AMY TAN ... Best-selling author Amy Tan of "The Joy Luck Club," "The Kitchen God's Wife" and others (including "The Bonesetter's Daughter," for which she also wrote the opera libretto), will speak at the Oshman Family Jewish Community Center at 3921 Fabian Way in Palo Alto on April 11. Tan will be in conversation with author Louann Brizendine at the event, which runs from 7:30 to 9 p.m. Tickets are $30 general, $25 for students and JCC members, and $22 for residents of the Moldaw complex at the center. Info: or 650-223-8699

BECOMING A SUCESSFUL WRITER ...In this three-hour class, from 1 to 4 p.m., San Francisco agent, author and consultant Michael Larsen will be at Kepler's to talk about "The Nine Keys to Becoming a Successful Writer," including how to get a book published, making work "rejection proof," finding an agent or publisher and choosing the best publishing option. Class fee is $99. Info: or 800-838-3006

MEET THE AUTHORS ... Upcoming authors and programs at Keplers, 1010 El Camino Real, Menlo Park, include: Amanda Coplin, "The Orchardist" (April 9, 7:30 p.m.); Roland Garrigue, "How to Demolish Dinosaurs" (April 10, 10:30 a.m.); Guy Kawasaki, "APE: Author, Publisher, Entrepreneur - How to Publish a Book" (April 10, 7 p.m.); Caroline Paul and Wendy McNaughton "Lost Cat: A True Story of Love, Desperation, and GPS Technology" (April 11, 7:30 p.m.); Pam Houston, "Waltzing the Cat" (April 16, 7:30 p.m.); Jennifer Fosberry, "Isabella: Star of the Story" (April 17, 4 p.m.); Katherine Applegate, "The One and Only Ivan" (April 18, 7 p.m.); Adam M. Grant, "Give and Take: A Revolutionary Approach to Success" (April 24, 7:30 p.m.); and Mark Mazzetti, "The Way of the Knife: The CIA, a Secret Army, and War at the Ends of the Earth" (April 25, 7:30 p.m.). Info:

BOOKS INC. ... Future author talks at Books Inc. at Palo Alto's Town & Country Village include: Harry Brod, "Superman is Jewish?" (April 10, 7 p.m.); Caroline M. Grant and Lisa Catherine Harper, "The Cassoulet Saved Our Marriage" (April 11, 7 p.m.); Jaina Sanga, "Silk Fish Opium" (April 16, 6 p.m.); Christina Schwarz, "The Edge of the Earth" (April 18, 7 p.m.); and Maria Semple, "Where'd you go, Bernadette" (April 22, 7 p.m.). Info:

LOCAL POET ... Pearl Karrer's new collection, "Balanced Between Water and Sky, Poems of the Everglades," will be published this spring by Finishing Line Press. Karrer, a Palo Alto piano teacher, artist and poet, has two chapbooks, "Weathering" (Slapering Hol Press) and "The Thorn Fence" (Finishing Line Press). She is the managing editor for the poetry journal, California Quarterly. Cost of her latest book is $14. Info (and to preorder):

READING, TEA AND COOKIES ... with chef Donia Bijan, author of "Maman's Homesick Pie: A Persian Heart in an American Kitchen," will take place at 7 p.m. on Thursday, May 9, at the City of Mountain View Public Library, 585 Franklin St., Mountain View. Bijan, who ran the French Bistro L'Amie Donia in Palo Alto from 1994 to 2004, uses the language of food to describe her journey — from Iran to California and France. Info: and

NEW FICTION ... "In Tremors: New Fiction by Iranian American Writers," Erika Abrahamian, Anita Amirrezvani, Shideh Etaat, Zohreh Ghahremani, Persis Karim (co-editor), Gina Nahai, Ari Barkeshli Siletz and Sholeh Wolpé are featured at Kepler's in an anthology of stories set in Iran before and after the revolution (April 14, 2 p.m.).

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