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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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Learn more about Woodside’s history at First Friday event April 7

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Learn about St. Dennis, Greersburg and the real name of Whiskey Hill Road at a First Friday event on April 7 at the Woodside Town Hall (2955 Woodside Rd.). Author Bo Crane will tell the tale of Dennis Martin, whose 1846 pre-Searsville ranch and hand-built Catholic Church fell victim to a Mexican Land Grant dispute that […]

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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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Friends of the Menlo Park Library book sale set for March 25 and 26

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The Friends of the Menlo Park Library book sale is on Saturday, March 25, from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm and on Sunday, March 26, from 12:00 to 2:00 pm. Great books for the entire family will be available, so come early and stock up! We have lots of books to sell: Art and collectible, […]

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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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Menlo Park resident John Donald looks back on his top entertainment picks for 2016

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Here’s some of what I enjoyed during 2016: Music: According to iTunes, my most played new music of the year. Singles – U-turn, Tegan and Sara – Dirty Mercy, Gin Wigmore – Mama Said, Lukas Graham – He Didn’t Mention His Mother, Eleanor Friedberger – She Makes Me Laugh, The Monkees – Boyfriend, Tegan and […]

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Friends of the Menlo Park Library host one day sale on December 3

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La Entrada Used Book Fair runs Nov. 7th-10th

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Please join us at the La Entrada Used Book Fair on Nov. 7th-10th from 7:30 am to 4:00 pm. Choose from over 6,000 books in all genres ranging from children’s to adult books. Picture books, board books, early readers, young adults, adult fiction, biographies, mysteries, business books, cookbooks…you name it, we’ve got it!! Come shop for yourself, […]

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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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