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- April 19, 2019

Book Talk

'ENEMY CHILD' CHRONICLES LOCAL STATESMAN'S LIFE IN INTERNMENT CAMP ... Most people who have traveled in or out of San Jose by plane are probably familiar with the name Norman Y. Mineta International Airport. Now, a new book tells the story of the man behind the airport's name. "Enemy Child" is the first biography of San Jose native Norman Mineta, the American statesman and trailblazer who spent his early years in a Japanese internment camp at Heart Mountain, Montana, during World War II. The book takes readers from the Bay Area to an isolated wartime prison camp and finally to the halls of Congress, where Mineta served 10 terms in the U.S. House of Representatives. Mineta is a man of many firsts: the first Asian American mayor of a major city, the first Japanese American from the mainland to be elected to Congress and the first Asian American to serve in a presidential cabinet. He also became the longest-serving U.S. Secretary of Transportation. To coincide with the release of the book on April 30, PBS will premiere the documentary "Norman Mineta and his Legacy: An American Story," on May 20.


Local indie bookstore chain Books Inc. will be hosting special events featuring exclusive literary items at their shops on Saturday, April 27, in celebration of Independent Bookstore Day. The nationwide event first launched in book shops across California in 2014 to recognize the importance of independent bookstores as community gathering places.

Books Inc. in Palo Alto and Mountain View will be offering exclusive in-store items created for the event and available for purcahse in limited quantities. Customers with audiobook memberships also will receive free audiobooks. Titles include "The Black House" by Peter May, "Mothers' Group" by Liane Moriarty, "Missing Pieces: Hello Neighbor #1" by Carly Anne West and "Make Your Bed: Little Things That Can Change Your Life ... and Maybe the World" by Admiral William H. McRaven. For more information, go to Books Inc.


Five students from local high schools will be at Kepler's Books to share their reflections on the impact of the housing crisis on young people in the community. The Housing Leadership Council of San Mateo County partnered with local teachers and high schools asking students to share how they experience and view the issue of housing in Silicon Valley through their writing and their art. The event will kick off at 6:30 p.m. with refreshments. At 7 p.m., each student will take to the stage to share their work. Kepler's is located at 1010 El Camino Real, Menlo Park.


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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 April 10, 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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