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- August 17, 2012

Book Talk

SUMMER SOIREE ... As a kick-off to the Oct. 5-13 San Francisco Litquake, four authors will mingle and chat at the Sunny Sunday Summer Soiree at 4 p.m. on Aug. 19, at an author's home in Los Altos Hills. On hand will be Annie Barrows, co-author of "The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society" and author of the "Ivy and Bean" series of children's books; Jane Smiley, author of "Horse Heaven" and "Private Life"; Katie Crouch, author of "Girls in Trucks," "Men and Dogs" and the "Magnolia League" series; and Ellen Sussman, author of "French Lessons" and "On a Night Like This," and editor of the anthologies "Bad Girls" and "Dirty Words." Tickets are $125, which includes drinks plus food prepared by French chef Silvia Gregori, who owns Citron et Vanille personal chef services. Information:

FESTIVAL OF BOOKS ... Litquake, a day-long celebration of books, ideas and community, will take place on Aug. 26, beginning at 3 p.m., at the Oshman Family Jewish Community Center, 3921 Fabian Way, Palo Alto. Afternoon events, including author readings and appearances, writer panels, kids' events and one literary salon spoken in Hebrew, are free. Local authors represented include Leslie Berlin, Sheila Himmel, Alan Kaufman, Michael Krasny, Keith Raffel, Matt Richtel, Ellen Sussman and Ellen Ullman. Participants are asked to bring new or gently used books (ideally, picture books and dictionaries, easy chapter books and Spanish-language books) for children age 5 to 8, which will be collected for Jewish Coalition for Literacy. That night, at 8 p.m., Michael Krasny will present "An Evening of Jewish Humor." Tickets are $23-30, plus service fee. Information: or

MEET THE AUTHORS ... Kepler's Books in Menlo Park is still closed as the iconic bookstore continues its renovations. Plans are to re-open the store by Labor Day, according to Kepler's will host several authors at the store despite the ongoing renovations. Upcoming authors at Kepler's Books at 1010 El Camino Real, Menlo Park include Suzanne Lazear, "Innocent Darkness" (Aug. 18, 7 p.m.); Nancy Mullane, "Life After Murder: Five Men in Search of Redemption" (Aug. 23, 7 p.m.); Louise Penny, "The Beautiful Mystery: A Chief Inspector Gamache Novel" (Aug. 31, 7 p.m.); Judith Horstman, "The Scientific American Healthy Aging Brain: The Neuroscience of Making the Most of Your Mature Mind" (Sept. 9, 2 p.m.); Geoffrey Nunberg, "Ascent of the A-Word: Assholism in Modern Life-The First Sixty Years" (Sept. 12, 7 p.m.); and Bernie Krause, "The Great Animal Orchestra: Finding the Origins of Music in the World's Wild Places" (Sept. 13, 7 p.m.). Upcoming authors at Books Inc. at 74 Town & Country Village in Palo Alto include Jill Geisler, "Work Happy: What Great Bosses Know" (Aug. 23, 7 p.m.); Rayme Waters, "The Angel's Share" (Sept. 5, 7 p.m.); Amanda Coplin, "The Orchardist" (Sept. 6, 7 p.m., at the Palo Alto Library, 1213 Newell Road, Palo Alto); Mike Lupica, "True Legend" (Sept. 12, 6 p.m.); Erin Ann Thomas, "Coal in Our Veins" (Sept. 13, 7 p.m.); and Adam Lazarus, "Best of Rivals" (Sept. 14, 7 p.m.). Information: and

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Posted by Vidya, a resident of Old Palo Alto
on Sep 6, 2012 at 7:06 pm

Join us for an evening of Indian Classical dance, melodious chants, a delicious vegetarian dinner and an enlivening talk by renowned spiritual leader and author "Radhanath Swami" on "Yoga of the Heart"- The art of finding fulfillment within, where he will share his incredible journey as a young seeker from a suburb in Chicago to a renowned spiritual guide through near death encounters, apprenticeships with advanced yogis and years of travel along the pilgrim's path. The venue is 1965 Latham Street Mountain View CA 94040 on September 15 from 5.30-7pm. Limited Seats. RSVP: Suggested Donation $10.

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