Book Talk
Publication Date: Wednesday Jan 1, 1997

Book Talk

IN PRAISE OF PARKS . . . The Palo Alto Historical Association has just published a new and expanded edition of "Parks of Palo Alto," a 72-page guide to the city's 32 parks. The book includes a locator map and descriptions of each park and its facilities, along with interesting historical information. The first parks date from 1888, before incorporation, and the parks range in size from the city's largest park (no, it is not the 1,400-acre Foothills Park but the 1,900-acre baylands) to the smallest (0.2-acre Lytton Plaza, the city's concrete park). The book is available at local bookstores or through the Palo Alto Historical Association, P.O. Box 193, Palo Alto, CA 94302.

OF LOCAL NOTE . . . Stanford economist Ronald McKinnon has recently published "The Rules of the Game: International Money and Exchange Rates." In his book, McKinnon makes a case for his argument that countries should adopt tighter rules for managing their currencies because of the dangerous speculation that goes on in money markets.

WORTHY OF HONOR . . . A Palo Alto physician, Dr. Sanjay Jasuja, has been featured in the December issue of Life In Medicine magazine, a publication about young doctors. Jasuja is a psychiatrist who has overcome attention deficit disorder (ADD) to become a successful physician.

HOW TO MAKE IT WORK . . . Urban Ecology, a Bay Area-based environmental group, is scheduled to publish "Blueprint for a Sustainable Bay Area" later in January (check with local bookstores). The book argues that the local quality of life is declining in several regards and offers suggestions on a number of things that can be done to change the general trends of increased traffic congestion, increased housing prices and loss of open space. The book also discusses what makes neighborhoods attractive and livable, a subject that was talked about with some interest by Palo Alto's Comprehensive Plan Task Force.

AUTHOR, AUTHOR . . . This month's author events at Printers Inc. in Palo Alto include "dead poets live" at 8 p.m. Jan. 13. At the event, members of the San Jose Center for Poetry and Literature will read from the works of Antonio Machado, Feederico Garcia Lorca and Pablo Neruda. Other events, all at 8 p.m., include literary scholar Brenda Knight ("Women of the Beat Generation") on Jan. 9. Noted novelist Margaret Atwood ("Alias Grace") appears Jan. 15. And Santa Clara University's Diane Dreher ("The Tao of Personal Leadership") appears Jan. 16.

MORE AUTHOR, AUTHOR . . . Over at Kepler's in Menlo Park, the month's events include novelist Victor Martinez ("The Parrot in the Oven, Mi Vida") appears at 7:30 p.m. Jan. 13. Other events, also at 7:30 p.m., include San Francisco novelist Diane Johnson ("Le Divorce") on Jan. 15. Noted cultural writer Theodore Roszak ("The Memoirs of Elizabeth Frankenstein") appears Jan. 16. And three local poets, Patrick Daly ("Playing with Fire"), Reuben Halpren ("Way Back Now") and Jack Marshall ("Millenium Fever") will appear at 7 p.m. Jan. 19.

Items for Book Talk, including news of local authors or events of interest to local book fans, may be sent to Don Kazak, Title Pages editor, Palo Alto Weekly, P.O. Box 1610, Palo Alto, CA 94302, by the last Wednesday of each month.

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