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The internationally acclaimed fiction writer Mohsin Hamid visits for an online event, in conversation with journalist-in-residence Angie Coiro on Thursday, June 25 at 7:30 pm. Join Kepler’s and the Menlo Park Library for Community Reads @ Home. The whole Menlo Park community is coming together to read the same book, participate in discussions with friends and neighbors, and develop a greater understanding of our human condition. Find more information about the program. RSVP to the event.

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Update on John Billheimer’s award-winning book Hitchcock and the Censors

As you may have read, Ladera resident John Billheimer’s book, Hitchcock and the Censors, won the Edgar Allan Poe Award for Best Critical/Biographical work this year. The Edgars are the mystery community’s version of the Oscar. John followed up with news of a good deal offered by his publisher: “In fielding congratulations, I also fielded […]

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Orchid Whisperer Bruce Rogers shares growing advice on June 22

The Orchid Whisperer author Bruce Rogers will share his tips and even take a virtual look at your plants on Monday, June 22, from 7:00 to 8:00 pm. Register online. Whether you are considering growing orchids, are having trouble with the orchids you are already trying to grow, or think you could never possibly grow […]

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Mid-Peninsula High School sophomore gets “A Little Bit Creative” in writing first book

Mid-Peninsula High School sophomore Collette Zubizaretta always wanted to become an author. After publishing her first collection of short stories, A Little Bit Creative, she made her dream come true. Collette, who goes by CoCo at school, first began noodling the idea of writing a book in middle school when she embarked on a project […]

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Jim Eade: Once a chess man, always a chess man – and now a chess booster, too

While Jim Eade credits his father with introducing him to chess and teaching him the moves, he considers himself to be part of the “the Fischer generation.” “When Bobby Fischer burst on the scene, all of a sudden everyone was playing chess,” he recalls. Today the Menlo Park resident is a chess master who holds the […]

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Poem from Lisa Rosenberg: “Offering”

Editor’s note: InMenlo is continuing to spotlight the work of local artists. Here is a poem from Menlo Park resident Lisa Rosenberg, who served as Poet Laureate of San Mateo County in 2017/2018. Emails Lisa: “While sheltering-in-place, the quiet streets and arrival of spring have brought an abundance of birds and birdsong. Listening to them […]

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Local author John Billheimer wins 2020 Edgar for Best Critical / Biographical from Mystery Writers of America

The Mystery Writers of America announced today that Ladera resident John Billheimer is the winner of the Edgar Award for Best Critical / Biographical for Hitchcock and the Censors, as part of the 74th Annual Edgar Allan Poe Awards, traditionally presented at a banquet, this year via Twitter. Hitchcock and the Censors traces the rise of […]

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Poem from Charlotte Muse: “Last Days”

Editor’s note: To support authors with a poetic bent, we’ll be using poems from local poets from time to time on InMenlo. Last Days is from Charlotte Muse, who writes: “Sometimes I think we might be facing the end of the world in our lifetime. In this poem I was trying to imagine a sort of […]

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Good Morning to What Went Away: A reflection by Menlo Park author/chef Donia Bijan

Did we ever think it would last this long? I don’t mean the lockdown. I mean the swimming. It was an unlikely premise: a pool, a dedicated coach, 50, maybe 60 swimmers, all rising before dawn (some earlier still to pull the covers) to start the day at 5:45. Splash. Nineteen years now. For many, […]

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Poem from Lisa Rosenberg: “Space 2”

Editor’s note: InMenlo is continuing to spotlight the work of local artists. Here is a poem from Menlo Park resident Lisa Rosenberg, who served as Poet Laureate of San Mateo County in 2017/2018. Emails Lisa: “In this and other recent poems, I’m working to stretch my sense of kinship and connection — with other creatures, […]

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Lauren Goodkind’s new book offers girls a path to chess mastery

Menlo Park resident Lauren Goodkind, who we first profiled in 2015, has written a new book about chess, Queen for a Day: The Girl’s Guide to Chess Mastery, that’s a particularly good fit for these days of sheltering in. Edited by Woman International Master Alexey Root, who is a former US Women’s Chess Champion, the book […]

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