Palo Alto Weekly

- October 11, 2013

Book Talk

APOCALYPTIC PALO ALTO ... Kirby Wright, a former Palo Altan who taught creative nonfiction writing for the Palo Alto Adult School, has published an apocalyptic novel, "The End, My Friend." After the world's economies are destroyed, the president is assassinated and the country is overrun with looters, protagonists Tony and Evo take a dangerous journey north through California to find safety. (Along the way, they pass through an overgrown Stanford University and "the scorched campus of Palo Alto High.") The book is available on Amazon, Nook and other sites. Info: lemonsharkpress.com

SPECIAL EVENTS AT KEPLER'S ... Kepler's Books at 1010 El Camino Real in Menlo Park is hosting a Peninsula Litquake reading at 4 p.m. Oct. 12 including local authors Harriet Scott Chessman, Meg Waite Clayton, Ellen Sussman and Keith Raffel.

OTHER KEPLER'S AUTHORS ... Additional authors at Kepler's include: Simone Elkeles, "Wild Cards" (Oct. 11, 7 p.m.); Gail Carriger and Suzanne Lazear, "Etiquette and Espionage" and "Charmed Vengeance" (Oct. 12, 6:30 p.m.); Andrew J. Bernstein, "California Slim: The Music, the Magic, and the Madness" (Oct. 14, 7:30 p.m.); Prudence Breitrose, "Mousemobile" (Oct. 15, 7 p.m.); Anne Firth Murray, "From Outrage to Courage" (Oct. 17, 7:30 p.m.); Colleen Hoover and Jamie McGuire and Abbi Glines, "Losing Hope," "Red Hill," "Twisted Perfection" (Oct. 22, 7 p.m.); Katrina Alcorn, "Maxed Out: American Moms on the Brink" (Oct. 23, 7:30 p.m.); Avi Tuschman, "Our Political Nature: The Evolutionary Origins of What Divides Us" (Oct. 24, 7:30 p.m.); Sharon Meers and Joanna Strober, "Getting to 50/50: How Working Parents Can Have it All" (Oct. 30, 7:30 p.m.); Betsy and Tom Franco, "Naked" (Nov. 5, 7:30 p.m.); and . Future "premiere" events with James Franco "Actors Anonymous" (Oct. 27, 2 p.m.), Simon Winchester, "The Men Who United the States" (Oct. 28, 7:30 p.m.) and Tom Kelley and David Kelley, "Creative Confidence: Unleashing the Creative Potential Within Us All" (Nov. 6, 7:30 p.m.) are also planned. Info: keplers.com

BOOKS INC. AUTHORS ... Authors scheduled to speak soon at Books Inc. at 74 Town Country Village in Palo Alto include: L.A. Starks, "Strike Price" (Oct. 14, 7 p.m.); Dennis McFarland, "Nostalgia" (Oct. 15, 7 p.m.); Sean Lynch, "Wounded Prey" (Oct. 17, 7 p.m.); and Margit Liesche, "Triptych" (Oct. 30), 7 p.m.). Info: booksinc.net

LINDEN TREE AUTHORS ... Upcoming authors at Linden Tree Books, 265 State St., Los Altos, include: Jane Feldman-Nieves, "Kea the Reading Dog" (Oct. 12, 4 p.m.); Elisa Kleven, "Cozy Light, Cozy Night" (Oct. 19, 11 a.m.); Brandon Mull, "Spirit Animals" (Oct. 21, 4:30 p.m.); Dennis Dunivan, "Escape from Communist Heaven" (Oct. 24, 7 p.m.); and Len Filppu, "Prime Time Dads: 45 Reasons to Embrace Midlife Fatherhood" (Nov. 8, 7 p.m.). (Filppu, a Palo Alto resident, is also scheduled to give talks at 7 p.m. Nov. 14 at Books Inc., and at 7:30 Jan. 9 at Kepler's.) Info: lindentreebooks.com

NEW RELEASES ...A launch party for Palo Alto author and spiritual catalyst Carol Simone's second novel, "The Kiss of the Shaman," and her first CD, "Being Quan Yin, Becoming the Energy of Love and Compassion," will be held on Sunday, Oct. 13, at the Stillheart Institute, 16350 Skyline Blvd., Woodside (carpooling suggested). Presentation and book signing will be from 2 to 4 p.m., followed by light snacks and free time from 4 to 6 p.m. Information: www.carolsimone.com or 650-851-6622

NEW RELEASES ...A launch party for Palo Alto author and spiritual catalyst Carol Simone's second novel, "The Kiss of the Shaman," and her first CD, "Being Quan Yin, Becoming the Energy of Love and Compassion," will be held on Sunday, Oct. 13, at the Stillheart Institute, 16350 Skyline Blvd., Woodside (carpooling suggested). Presentation and book signing will be from 2 to 4 p.m., followed by light snacks and free time from 4 to 6 p.m. Information: www.carolsimone.com or 650-851-6622

Items for Book Talk may be sent to Associate Editor Carol Blitzer, Palo Alto Weekly, P.O Box 1610, Palo Alto, CA 93202 or emailed to cblitzer@paweekly.com by the last Friday of the month.

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