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We admit to loving this photo of author Donia Bijan celebrating the publication of her first novel with husband Mitchell Johnson and son Luca at Kepler’s last night. What a happy looking family!

All the copies of The Last Days of Café Leila got snapped up, but Kepler’s has more on order. Earlier this week, we ran our interview with Donia about how she came to write this novel set in her native Iran. If you missed her last night, here’s a list of future appearances.

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Spotted: Chelsea Clinton signing books at Kepler’s

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Chelsea Clinton came to Kepler’s in Menlo Park today to sign her book It’s Your World. Menlo resident Amy Bayersdorfer was in attendance along with a young neighbor. Photo courtesy of Kepler’s

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Author Donia Bijan turns to fiction in a novel set in her native Iran

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As Donia Bijan explains it, she carried around “the story in my head” for years before starting to write her first novel, The Last Days of Café Leila, which will be launched at Kepler’s on April 20. “The main characters came to me almost fully formed,” she says. “They’re lots of people I knew distilled into […]

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Ken Rutsky brings a new perspective to B2B marketing in book, Launching to Leading

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Menlo Park resident Ken Rutsky says he’s always wanted to write a book. He’s just surprised that his first book, Launching to Leading, is non-fiction rather than a novel. “I’ve always enjoyed writing,” says the long-time corporate B2B marketeer who now has his own consulting practice. “There’s something satisfying about writing what you’ve been thinking about and […]

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Alison Carpenter Davis talks about her book “Letters Home from Stanford”

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Alison Carpenter Davis, author of the new book Letters Home from Stanford, is appearing at the Menlo Park Library on March 21. The book is a collection of written and electronic correspondence by generations of Stanford students, from the Pioneer Class to the 21st century. Alison, a class of 1979 Stanford grad, compiled the letters in collaboration […]

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Psychologists Lori and Tom Plante co-author book to help college students graduate with honor

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Menlo Park residents Lori and Tom Plante have enjoyed separate careers in the field of psychology, she as a clinician with a practice downtown and he as a member of the faculty at the Santa Clara University. Now they’ve come together to co-author a book that may prove helpful to parents of college-age or college-bound kids as well as college […]

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In new book, Menlo Park resident Alexander Kugushev ponders why American education lags

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Editor’s note: Menlo Park resident, author and publisher Alexander Kugushev has written a new book We’re 34th in Education – It’s Our Culture. Here he offers his opinion about what is right and wrong about our educational system. The United States ranks 34th in the world in education (per the Program of International Student Assessment — 2014/2016). […]

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Michael Shewmaker examines life through the lens of poetry

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Growing up in a small Texas town, poet and Menlo Park resident Michael Shewmaker recalls that “the quickest way to commit social suicide was to be smart.” So, he pursued athletics — soccer specifically, which he also played in college — while all the while pursuing a more cerebral life on the side. “I’ve had […]

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Best-selling authors team up to raise money for vital senior services on the Peninsula

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The 26th Annual Author Salon Luncheon, a fundraiser for Peninsula Volunteers, Inc. (PVI), will take place at  the Sharon Heights Golf & Country Club (2900 Sand Hill Road) in Menlo Park on Sunday, March 26, 2017, from 10:30 am to 3:00 pm. The line up of best-­selling authors include: Award-winning journalist and author of Tangled Vines: […]

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Jillian Manus talks life challenges with Diane Dwyer in prelude to Peninsula Volunteers Authors Salon

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All the hallmarks of a “good girl chat” were present last Tuesday afternoon when Atherton resident Jillian Manus (pictured right) sat down to discuss struggles, successes and new directions in her life and career with broadcast journalist Diane Dwyer (left). The event kicked-off the Peninsula Volunteers‘ 26th annual  Authors Salon, which will be held at the Sharon Heights Golf & […]

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Jamaican musician Ziggy Marley stops at Kepler’s to promote his new cookbook

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In conjunction with the release of his latest book, Jamaican musician Ziggy Marley spoke at Kepler’s last Wednesday to discuss his love of family, food, and music. His new cookbook, Ziggy Marley and Family Cookbook, includes recipes for Jamaican and Ital food inspired by his childhood. “The cookbook is not just about me,” he explains, as […]

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