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The Friends of the Menlo Park Library will hold a two-day book sale on September 23rd and 24th, featuring thousands of books. The event will take place from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm on Saturday, and from noon until 2:00 pm on Sunday. Shoppers on Sunday will be able to fill a bag with books for $5.00.

All proceeds support programs and events at the Menlo Park Library. The sale will take place at the Main Library at 800 Alma Street.

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Bay Area author Mark Coggins talks about his novel, Runoff, at Mystery Reader’s Club

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The Mystery Reader’s Club invites the greater community to join them when they welcome local author Mark Coggins on Sept. 20 at 7:00 pm at the Menlo Park Library The crimes in his book Runoff take place in multiple spots throughout San Francisco and feature private investigator and jazz bass player August Riordan. Coggins’ work […]

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Sonia Arrison explores the impact of radical human longevity – and its intersection with technology

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Reading Sonia Arrison’s bio on her website, we were a bit stumped. So, when we stopped by her office on Sand Hill Road, we immediately asked: “What is it that you do?” “I have trouble describing myself,” she acknowledged. “So sometimes it’s easiest to say I’m an author.” That she is, and her most recent book, 100 […]

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Author Donia Bijan is featured at First Friday event on Sept. 1

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Author and Menlo Park resident Donia Bijan will appear at the next First Friday on September 1st at Woodside’s Town Hall (2955 Woodside Road). Donia’s latest book is The Last Days at Cafe Leila. Elizabeth Church writes: “The Last Days at Café Leila is a novel that will engage all of your senses and then make […]

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Catching up with Jean Forstner, Executive Director of Kepler’s Literary Foundation

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By Jean Forstner’s reckoning, she’s “just a do-gooder at heart.” “I’ve worked my entire life building community around ideas. So I’m very intrigued about building community around literary events,” she said of her recent appointment as Executive Director of Kepler’s Literary Foundation (KLF). KLF was created as part of  Kepler’s 2020 Project, whose goal is to […]

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Hometown author Barry Eisler launches new John Rain thriller at Kepler’s

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Menlo Park author Barry Eisler emailed: ” My new John Rain novel — Zero Sum — is out today! This is another prequel, again set in Tokyo ten years following the events of Graveyard of Memories: “Returning to Tokyo in 1982 after a decade of mercenary work in the Philippines, a young John Rain learns that the […]

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Spotted: Author Donia Bijan at Kepler’s celebrating book launch with her family

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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 […]

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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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