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- September 24, 2021

Book talk


The work of acclaimed Palo Alto photographer Margo Davis is on exhibit in the window of Bell's Book this month for passersby to enjoy from the sidewalk outdoors. Davis is a documentary photographer who has traveled every continent taking portraits depicting people, places and cultures around the world. The exhibition includes a collection of her works that appeared in various books, including iconic black-and-white images from "Antigua: Photographs 1967 - 1973," which documents the people and culture of African descendants in Antigua in the '60s and '70s during a time when very little had changed from the earlier colonial era. , document the people and culture of African heritage in the New World. Originally published in limited release in 1973, her collection has become iconic. Bells books is located at 536 Emerson St., Palo Alto. For more information, go to For more information about Davis' work, go to

'HELLO, STAR' BOOK LAUNCH ... Local author Stephanie Lucianovic will unveil her new children's book "Hello, Star" during a special storytime at Books Inc. in Palo Alto at 11 a.m., on Oct. 17. Vashti Harrison, a New York Times bestselling artist, illustrated the book. "Hello Star" is an inspiring story about a girl's love of science and the importance of empathy. When a young girl learns that a bright light in the sky is coming from a dying star, she promises to keep it company until the light goes out. Every night the girl reassures her friend that she is still there.As the years pass, the girl learns everything she can about planets, space and the universe, inspired by her dimming friend —until she realizes she needs to do something more.

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The climate crisis is urgent: Rising temperatures are already partially baked in, and experts insist that only a rapid international reduction of emissions will keep the increase in global temperature below 1.5 degrees Celsius. Without immediate action, experts say climate change will be catastrophic to human life. Longtime environmentalist Paul Hawken offers a hopeful alternative in his new book "Regeneration," Hawken tracks the incredible present-day work of an inclusive climate movement eager and ready to engage with others to solve immediate, real-world problems. Looking at current needs instead of future existential threats, "Regeneration" presents exciting, ready, real-world solutions, including the 15-minute city, bio-regions, food localization, fire ecology, decommodification, forests as farms — and the No. 1 solution for the world: electrification. Hawken is a San Mateo native who co-founded Project Drawdown, a nonprofit that describes how global warming can be reversed. His work includes writing about impacts of commerce on living systems and consulting with corporations and governments on economic development, industrial ecology and environmental policy.

Hawken will talk about his book and climate change during a virtual presentation hosted by Kepler's Literary Foundation at 6 p.m.on Friday, Oct. 8. To RSVP, go to


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