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October 05, 2005

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Palo Alto Online

Publication Date: Wednesday, October 05, 2005

Book Talk Book Talk (October 05, 2005)

AWARD WINNER . . . Martha Shirk of Palo Alto, co-author of "On Their Own: What Happens to Kids When They Age Out of the Foster Care System," is sharing an award with her co-authors for their efforts. They won the Pro Humanitate Literary Award given by the North American Resource Center for Child Welfare. Shirk is a former reporter for the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.

ABOUT ART . . . Paul Dorrell, author of "Living the Artist's Life," will speak at the Pacific Art League, 688 Ramona St. Palo Alto, at 7 p.m. Oct. 21. His book is a guide for artists.

COMING OF AGE . . . Kirby Wright won second place in the 1999 Palo Alto Weekly short story contest for his story, "Houdini." Wright has expanded that story into a novel, "Punahou Blues," a story of coming of age in Hawaii during the 1960s and 1970s.

FOR THE GIRLS . . . Local writer Catherine Dee has enjoyed success with her series of advice books for girls. A new edition of her first book, "The Girls' Guide to Life," has been published. There will be a book launch party for Dee at 7 p.m. Oct. 26 at Borders, 456 University Ave. in Palo Alto.

AUTHOR, AUTHOR . . . Former quarterback Joe Montana will be signing copies of his book, "The Winning Spirit: 16 Timeless Principles that Drive Performance Excellence," at Books Inc. at the Stanford Shopping Center at 7:00 p.m. Oct. 12.

MORE AUTHOR, AUTHOR . . . Author events this month at Books Inc., 301 Castro St., Mountain View include Kim Wong Keltner ("Buddha Baby") at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 21. Rachel Manija Brown ("All the Fishes Come Home to Roost") appears at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 25.

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

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