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Publication Date: Wednesday, October 01, 2003

Book Talk Book Talk (October 01, 2003)

FOR A GOOD CAUSE . . . The Community Association of Rehabilitation (C.A.R.) will hold its 12th annual Author's Luncheon at Crowne Plaza Cabana Hotel in Palo Alto Nov. 1. Book sales start at 10:30 a.m., while the luncheon is noon to 2 p.m. Authors who will make presentations and sign copies of their books this year are Marion Cunningham ("Lost Recipes: Meals to Share with Friends and Family"), mystery writer Laurie King ("Keeping Watch"), children's author Megan McDonald ("Judy Moody"), essayist Richard Rodriguez ("Brown: The Last Discovery of America"), and novelist Anne Ursu ("The Disappointment of James"). Tickets are $75; call (650) 812-2828 or e-mail

ALL THAT JAZZ . . . ART21 Gallery in Palo Alto (Hamilton Avenue and Alma Street) continues its monthly series of jazz and poetry starting at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 10. Poets Esther Kamkar and Richard Rocco will read, and pianist Neil Adler will perform.

JUST FOR GIRLS . . . Local writer Catherine Dee has published the fifth in her series of books for girls, "The Girls' Book of Success." It features bits of wisdom, poetry, advice and true stories.

EATING RIGHT . . . A trio of Stanford Medical Center-affiliated folks have written "Help! My Underwear is Shrinking," all about dieting right. The authors are dieticians Jo Ann Hattner and Ann M. Coulston and former Medical Center News Bureau writer Mike Goodkind.

Author events at Kepler's in Menlo Park this month include novelist Adam Johnson ("Parasites Like Us," reviewed in the Weekly last month) at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 7. Other events, also at 7:30 p.m., include history writer David Starkey ("Six Wives: The Queens of Henry VIII") on Oct. 8. Noted columnist Molly Ivins ("Bushwacked") appears on Oct. 17. And funnyman Al Franken ("Lies and the Lying Liars Who Tell Them") appears Oct. 24. In addition, former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright appears in a ticketed event at 11:30 a.m. Oct. 10. Tickets include admission for two people with the purchase of her memoir, "Madame Secretary."

Items for Book Talk may be sent by the last Wednesday of the month to Don Kazak, Title Pages editor, Palo Alto Weekly, P.O. Box 1610, Palo Alto, CA 94302 or e-mailed to


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