Book Talk | January 31, 2014 | Palo Alto Weekly | Palo Alto Online |

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Arts & Entertainment - January 31, 2014

Book Talk

PALO ALTO READS ... The City of Palo Alto is participating in Silicon Valley Reads, in which the entire community is encouraged to read, think about and discuss the same books. This year's choices are "The Shallows: What the Internet Is Doing to Our Brains" by Nicholas Carr and "Mr. Penumbra's 24-Hour Bookstore" by Robin Sloan. A book discussion of "Mr. Penumbra" — a tale of global conspiracy, complex code-breaking, love and adventure mostly set in a San Francisco bookstore — will take place on Tuesday, Feb. 4 at 7 p.m., at the Downtown Library, 270 Forest Ave., Palo Alto. On Sunday, Feb. 9, at 4 p.m. author Robin Sloan will appear at the Cubberley Center Theater, 4000 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto, for a "Meet the Author" event, with books available for purchase. And, a panel discussion, "Sea Change: The ePublishing Transformation," will be offered on Wednesday, Feb. 19, at 7 p.m., at the Downtown Library. Events are free but registration is advised. Information: Use the library's online calendar at or call 650-329-2436.

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