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- March 2, 2012

Book Talk

AUTHOR, AUTHOR ... Upcoming book readings at Kepler's Books, 1010 El Camino Real, Menlo Park, include: Irvin D. Yalom, "The Spinoza Problem: A Novel" (March 6, 7 p.m.); Jack Kornfield, "Bringing Home the Dharma: Awakening Right Where You Are" (March 7, 7 p.m.); Spencer West, "Standing Tall: My Journey" (March 9, 7 p.m.); Alexander Gordon Smith, "Fugitives: Escape from Furnace 4" (March 12, 7 p.m.); Dr. Eric Topol, "The Creative Destruction of Medicine" (March 13, 7 p.m.); Cara Black, "Murder at the Lanterne Rouge" (March 14, 7 p.m.); Elaine Pagels, "Revelations: Visions, Prophecy, and Politics in the Book of Revelation" (March 17, 7 p.m.); J.D. Rothman, "The Neurotic Parent's Guide to College Admissions: Strategies for Helicoptering, Hot-housing & Micromanaging" (March 20, 7 p.m.); Jason Benlevi, "Too Much Magic: Pulling the Plug on the Cult of Tech" (March 22, 7 p.m.); Harlan Coben, "Stay Close: (March 25, 2 p.m.); Akash Kapur, "India Becoming: A Portrait of Life in Modern India" (March 26, 7 p.m.); and Nura Maznavi and Ayesha Mattu, "Love InshAllah: The Secret Love Lives of American Muslim Women" (March 27, 7 p.m.). General admission requires purchase of event book or a $10 gift card; Kepler's members get in free. Info:

MEET THE AUTHORS ... Upcoming authors at Books Inc. at Town & Country Village in Palo Alto include "Real Parents, Real Kids, Real Talk" (March 10, 1 p.m.); Joan Lester, "Black, White, Other: In Search of Nina Armstrong" (March 14, 7 p.m.); and Claire Bidwell Smith, "The Rules of Inheritance: A Memoir" (March 20, 7 p.m.). Info:

STANFORD SPEAKERS ... Authors scheduled to give free talks this month at Stanford University include: Geoff Dyer, "Zona" (March 13, 5:30 p.m. with a panel discussion, Humanities Center, Levinthal Hall); and Eric Schlosser, "Fast Food Nation" (March 14, 5:30 p.m., CEMEX Auditorium, Knight Management Center, Stanford Graduate School of Business). Info:

KEYNOTE SPEAKER ... Abraham Verghese, author of "Cutting for Stone," "My Own Country: A Doctor's Story" and "The Tennis Partner," is the featured speaker at Breast Cancer Connections' fourth Spring Benefit on March 13 from 8 to 10 a.m. Tickets to the event, which is at the Sharon Heights Golf & Country Club Ballroom, 2900 Sand Hill Road, Menlo Park, are $100. Info: or

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 by the last Friday of the month.


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