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Author Bridget Quinn discusses her new book honoring the 100th anniversary of the 19th Amendment, which was ratified in 1920, on Monday, September 21 from 4:00 t 5:00 pm. Register online.

She Votes: How U.S. Women Won Suffrage, and What Happened Next is the intersectional story of the women who won suffrage and those who have continued to raise their voices for equality ever since.

From the first female Principal Chief of the Cherokee Nation to the first woman to wear pants on the Senate floor, Quinn shines a spotlight on the women who broke down barriers.

Bridget Quinn is author of the award-winning Broad Strokes: 15 Women Who Made Art and Made History (in That Order), published by Chronicle Books in 2017. A graduate of New York University’s Institute of Fine Arts and a regular contributor to online arts magazine Hyperallergic, Quinn is a sought-after speaker on women and art. She is an avid sports fan and Iron(wo)man triathlete, and her Narrative magazine essay “At Swim, Two Girls” was included in The Best American Sports Writing 2013. She lives in San Francisco with her family.

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New book, The Parent Compass, helps guide parents toward healthier relationships with their teens

When the Operation Varsity Blues scandal erupted in 2019, Menlo Park resident Cindy Muchnick‘s phone “started exploding,” she recalls. That wasn’t surprising given that she’s an expert in the college admission process, having run a private study skills and college counseling business for over 15 years in Southern California before moving north in 2018. Since closing her […]

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Nancy Menees Hardesty writes The Bonnet Book based on grandmother’s adventures in the Wild West

The Bonnet Book, by Atherton resident Nancy Menees Hardesty, is based on the young life of Blanche Estelle Spencer Menees, the author’s grandmother. “She died at age 96,” says Nancy, “and was always a strong presence in my life. At the time of her death, I didn’t know she was an orphan train child. She […]

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Pandemic: A poem by Lynn Unger

What if you thought of it as the Jews consider the Sabbath— the most sacred of times? Cease from travel. Cease from buying and selling. Give up, just for now, on trying to make the world different than it is. Sing. Pray. Touch only those to whom you commit your life. Center down. And when […]

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Poet Lisa Rosenberg is leading a poetry workshop open to all

Poet and “recovering engineer” Lisa Rosenberg is leading a poetry workshop on Wednesday, August 26, addressing how a poem create its effects and how writers can create poems that surprise and delight. The workshop takes place from 4:00 to 5:30 pm. Open to all levels of experience. Register online. Explains Lisa: “We’ll experiment with compositional tools in […]

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Raising Anti-Racist White Kids: A Conversation for All of Us is topic on August 17

Dr. Jennifer Harvey leads a discussion about teaching race and the conundrums impacting adults of every racial group, as much as they do our young people on Monday, Aug. 17 from 4:00 to 5:30 pm. Register online. Difficult conundrums exist when it comes to raising white children in a society that is one of the […]

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Author Mohsin Hamid in conversation with Angie Corio on June 25

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 […]

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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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