Publication Date: Wednesday Oct 7, 1998


FOOD AND WORDSMITHS . . . The Community Association for Rehabilitation in Palo Alto will hold its seventh annual authors luncheon on Oct. 24. The event, which is a fund-raiser for C.A.R., will feature writers Ethan Canin, Elizabeth George, Elisa Kleven, Bill Barich and David Ewing. Mary Jane Moffett will officiate. The luncheon will be held from 10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Hyatt Rickeys in Palo Alto. Tickets are $60. Reservations are required and requests should be made by Oct. 9 by calling 812-2826.

FROM THE CLASSROOM . . . A couple of former local educators have taken pen in hand and have recently published books. Bob Madgic, former Los Altos Hills resident and principal of Los Altos High School, has written "Pursuing Wild Trout," a book about fly-fishing. Stan Seaberg, a former teacher at Gunn High School, has published "Loose Cannons," a novel about a reconciliation tour of Vietnam veterans.

FOR THE HEALTH OF IT . . . Maureen Kennedy Salaman of Menlo Park recently published her sixth book, "All Your Health Questions Answered," a helpful, one-volume survey of health issues.

OF LOCAL NOTE . . . Other recent books by local authors include "Europe for Women in Business" by Tracey Wilen of Palo Alto. The book has tips on everything from safety on the streets to country-by-country business etiquette. And Charles Harwood of Portola Valley has authored "Kick Down the Door of Complacency," a book about the principles of continuous improvement.

AUTHOR, AUTHOR . . . Author events at Printers Inc. in Palo Alto this month include poets Michael Palmer ("The Lion Bridge") and Peter Gizzi ("Artificial Heart") at 8 p.m. Oct. 7. Other events, also at 8 p.m., include Stanford's Joel Beinin ("The Dispersion of the Egyptian Jewry") Oct. 15. Former Merry Prankster Ed McClanahan ("My Vita: If You Will") appears Oct. 20. And biographer Juan Williams ("Thurgood Marshall") appears Oct. 29.

MORE AUTHOR, AUTHOR . . . Events at Kepler's in Menlo Park this month include Page Stegner ("Marking the Sparrow's Fall: Wallace Stegner's American West") at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 14. Stanford scientist and novelist Carl Djerassi ("NO") appears Oct. 15. Novelist George Packer ("Central Square) appears Oct. 21. And humorist P.J. O'Rourke ("Eat the Rich: A Treatise on Economics") appears Oct. 30.

STILL MORE AUTHOR, AUTHOR . . . Events at Border's this month include Palo Alto humor writer Mary Bartinkowski ("Everyday Naked") at 8 p.m. Oct. 22.

JUST FOR KIDS . . . Kepler's holds story time every Saturday at 10:30 a.m.

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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