Authors

Local writer Rebecca Bloom co-authors “The Anti-Cook Book”

Menlo Park resident Rebecca Bloom is a lawyer turned writer. Her writing “partner-in-crime” and one-time college roommate, Shelly Onderdonk, is a veterinarian. It’s natural that the two, neither chef nor food critic, would combine for a new book, The Anti-Cook Book. And not to be mis-understood: They are not against cooks, meaning the people who […]

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Learn how local streets got their names on July 2

Join Bo Crane, author of the book The Streets of Menlo Park, as he shares information about the origins and namesakes of our local streets.  Discover the fascinating stories and biographies associated with the names — how the streets were named, and who lived on them. Bo’s talk takes place on July 2 at 7:00 […]

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Menlo Park family gets caught up in World Cup fun in St. Petersburg

Author/chef Donia Bijan and artist Mitchell Johnson, along with their son Luca, watched Iran beat Morocco 1-0 at a World Cup match in St. Petersburg yesterday. Emails Mitchell: “We’re in St. Petersburg for a week, but we just get to see the one game which miraculously Iran won in the last minute. Iran hadn’t won a […]

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Temple Grandin talks about her new book at Kepler’s Literary Foundation event

In an appearance sponsored by Kepler’s Literary Foundation, Dr. Temple Grandin was in Menlo Park last week talking about her latest book, Calling All Minds, and her life in general, taking questions from a sold-out audience that included elementary and middle school children at the Hillview Performing Arts Center. The author of numerous books, Temple […]

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Local author Maggie King pays a visit to local book club

One local book club, which has been meeting for over 20 years, hosted Menlo Park author Maggie King, who we profiled on InMenlo earlier this year. Book club member Julie Brody forwarded some thoughts about the meeting written my Deborah Fitz, which are excerpted below. “We had a very animated discussion of [Maggie’s novel] An […]

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Poet Lisa Rosenberg reads from her debut collection on April 10

Menlo Park resident Lisa Rosenberg, who is San Mateo County Poet Laureate, will read from her debut collection, A Different Physics, winner of the 2017 Red Mountain Poetry Prize at The Terraces of Los Gatos on Tuesday, April 10. The reading will include an informal Q&A and book signing. The event is free and open […]

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Exploring the somewhat altered universe called The Buck’s Collection

If you ever eaten at Buck’s in Woodside, you’ve probably wondered: “What’s with all this stuff? Is it real — or fake?” The answer to the first question is rather straightforward. The stuff that covers the wall, stands on the floor, and hangs from the ceiling are items hand-selected by Jamis MacNiven, who owns the […]

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Karen McCann turns political with new book, Women of the American Resistance

We met author Karen McCann in 2012 soon after her book, Dancing in the Fountain: How to Live Abroad was published. Given her emphasis on travel writing, we were surprised when the Menlo-Atherton High School alumni reached out to us about her latest project, Women of the American Resistance, which includes both a book and […]

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Jim Lyon talks about the Buck’s Collection at Next First Friday on Feb. 2

Have you ever wondered about the collection of items that are at Buck’s Restaurant in Woodside? Even if you haven’t gone there, you probably have heard about the eclectic and wonderfully interesting displays! Come to Woodside’s Next First Friday and hear author Jim Lyons speak of the book he wrote about the collection. This is […]

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Maggie King’s debut novel looks at the consequences of China’s One Child Policy

Menlo Park resident Maggie Shen King‘s second go at writing a novel shows perseverance pays off. Not only was An Excess Male picked up by Harper Voyager, but it’s gotten noticed. The Washington Post selected it as one of the five best science fiction and fantasy novels of 2017, applauding Maggie for “distinctive and sympathetic […]

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Devorah Heitner, PhD, of Raising Digital Natives is M-A parent ed speaker on Jan. 23

Devorah Heitner,, PhD, talks about Empathy is the App: Raising Thoughtful Kids in the Digital Age. This inaugural 2018 M-A Parent Education lecture takes place on Tuesday, Jan. 23 from 7:00-8:30 pm at the M-A Performing Arts Center. Register for the free event online. In the digital world, no skill is more crucial than empathy. Learn what […]

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