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Publication Date: Wednesday, July 06, 2005

Book Talk Book Talk (July 06, 2005)

HARRY RETURNS . . . The release of the new Harry Potter book, "Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince" by J.K. Rowling will trigger another Harry Potter party at Kepler's Books in Menlo Park. The store will recreate Hogwarts, the school in the books, and people will dress up as Hogwarts teachers, offering classes in potions, astronomy and transfiguration, said Jenny Davis, events coordinator at Kepler's. The party starts at 9:30 p.m. July 15, and Kepler's will begin handing out copies of the book at 12:01 a.m. to customers who preorder them via The store expects another big crowd, as 2,000 people showed up at the last Harry Potter party.

ALL ABOUT THE PRESS . . . Ted Glasser, a Stanford journalism professor, is one of the contributors to a new book, "The Press," edited by Geneva Overholser and Kathleen Hall Jamieson. The book, published by Oxford Press, is the latest in a series of books, "Institutions of American Democracy Series." Previous books have been about the three branches of government and public schools. Glasser wrote the introduction to a series of essays on "Structure and Nature of the American Press."

GETTING MARRIED . . . Martin G. Friedman of Palo Alto has written "Straight Talk for Men About Marriage: What Men Need to Know About Marriage (And What Women Need to Know About Men)." Friedman is a former management consultant who now works with men and women in revitalizing their marriages.

HOW IT ALL STARTED . . . Leslie Berlin of Palo Alto, a visiting scholar at Stanford University, has written "The Man Behind the Microchip: Robert Noyce and the Invention of Silicon Valley." Noyce, who died in 1990, helped make Santa Clara Valley into Silicon Valley through co-founding both Fairchild Semiconductor and Intel.

A FINE WINE . . . "A Very Good Year: The Journey of a California Wine from Vine to Table" by Mike Weiss of Palo Alto is the story of one year's vintage from the Ferrari-Carano Vineyards in Sonoma County. The wine in question is the 2002 Fume Blanc. Weiss is a writer for the San Francisco Chronicle.

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