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March 03, 2004

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Publication Date: Wednesday, March 03, 2004

Book Talk Book Talk (March 03, 2004)

MARCH MADNESS . . . Just in time for the national playoffs, there is a new book about the fans of the Stanford women's basketball team. "Boosters Always Win" by Harriet Bensen of Palo Alto is an informative look behind the scenes of the super fans. The book also gives readers a flavor for what it's like to travel to away games. The women's team has always had a strong fan base locally beyond the university, and as former star player Kate Starbird notes, she never really understood that. Now everyone can.

SHEER POETRY . . . A couple of local poets find themselves in print. Kirby Wright has written "Before the City," a book of poems and prose. Wright was a second-place winner in the Weekly's annual short story contest back in 1999. And Barbara Hendryson has written "Luminosity," a book of poems.

RACE MATTERS . . . Amanda E. Lewis, a visiting professor at Stanford through this spring, has published "Race in the Schoolyard: Negotiating the Color Line in Classrooms and Communities." Lewis teaches at the University of Chicago.

AUTHOR, AUTHOR . . . Author events at Kepler's in Menlo Park this month include Kevin Odegard ("A Simple Twist of Fate") at 7:30 p.m. March 9. The book is about the Bob Dylan album of the same name, which Odegard played on. He'll strum a few tunes. Mark Katz ("Clinton and Me") appears at 7:30 p.m. March 11. Katz was President Clinton's joke-writer (no joke). Noted religion writer Karen Armstrong ("The Spiral Staircase: My Climb Out of Darkness") appears at 7:30 p.m. March 17. And mystery writer Elizabeth George ("Write Away: One Novelist's Approach to Fiction and the Writing Life") appears at 7:30 p.m. March 24.

MORE AUTHOR, AUTHOR . . .Author Linda Bloom ("101 Things I Wish I Knew When I Got Married") appears at East West Books in Mountain View at 7:30 p.m. March 26.

Kepler's will throw a 100th birthday party for the author of "The Cat in the Hat" and other children's books at 10:30 a.m. March 6. For kids of all ages.
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