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Book Talk: Young adult novels, Silicon Valley fiction and more

This month's book news

This month, author Heidi R. Kling releases a young adult novel about teen suicide, Patrick Krejcik publishes a Wall Street-style thriller with a Silicon Valley twist, and more.

YA NOVEL TACKLES SUICIDE ... "They don't know my secrets ..." So says the protagonist of "Paint My Body Red," the new novel by young adult author Heidi R. Kling. The book centers on a teenage girl who attends a school where a rash of suicides shake up students and parents. "Paint My Body Red" is available at Kepler's Books or on Info: or

STANFORD VERSUS STARTUP ... A SLAC physicist launches a new business venture only to find himself embroiled in an investment scandal. That's the premise of Patrick Krejcik's new novel, "Sand Hill Road." The Wall Street-style thriller with a Silicon Valley twist is available on Info:

WRITING ABOUT WRITING ... Thirteen years ago, Stanford University professor Hilton Obenzinger founded the "How I Write" conversation series, a popular project that later spun off a podcast. Now, he's published a book based on his findings about the diversity and idiosyncrasy of the writing process. "How We Write: The Varieties of Writing Experience" is available on

YOUNG LIT TALENTS ... Move over Stephen King, Yann Martel and Philip Pullman: The next generation has arrived. On Friday, Nov. 20, at 7 p.m., Menlo Park's Kepler's Books at 1010 El Camino Real hosts teen authors Jessie Karan, Sean Nesamoney and Megan White for a discussion of their new novels. The event is free. Their books are available at Kepler's and on Info:

GONE, BUT NOT FORGOTTEN ... Palo Alto resident Eric R. Faust has published a nonfiction book that tells the story of overlooked Civil War soldier and Medal of Honor nominee James W. King. "Conspicuous Gallantry: The Civil War and Reconstruction Letters of James W. King 11th Michigan Volunteer Infantry" is available on Info:

Items for Book Talk may be sent to Arts & Entertainment Editor Elizabeth Schwyzer, Palo Alto Weekly, P.O. Box 1610, Palo Alto, CA 93202 or emailed to

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Short story writers wanted!

The 34th Annual Palo Alto Weekly Short Story Contest is now accepting entries for Adult, Young Adult and Teen categories. Send us your short story (2,500 words or less) and entry form by March 27, 2020. First, Second and Third Place prizes awarded in each category. Sponsored by Kepler's Books, Linden Tree Books and Bell's Books.

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