Books

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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Two opportunities to discuss the book Exit West on June 18 & 20

Menlo Park Library is partnering with Kepler’s Books and Magazines for a Community Reads @ Home program. We invite you to join us in reading Exit West by Mohsin Hamid, all together in order to connect in this time of isolation and recovery. Join us for one of two book discussions about Exit West that […]

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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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Updates on area’s restaurants, businesses and non-profits post heading into June

From Jasper Ridge Farm: Farm Academy is a new program we created for children in order to bring the barn to them. Our goal is to provide fun and interactive sessions for kids to learn about farm animals and virtually interact with our support animals. These 20-30 minute sessions are on a variety of topics and […]

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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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Latest updates and re-openings plus some Mother’s Day suggestions

Here’s an update about new offerings, re-openings and some Mother’s Day suggestions. From Praveen Madan of Kepler’s Books: “We are super excited to announce the launch of a new Community Reads @ Home program in partnership with our fellow book nerds at the Menlo Park Library. We invite you to join us in reading one […]

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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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Updates on local offerings and needs during week six of shelter-in-place

How nice to see Mercedes, Juan and staff at Ladera Garden and Gifts this morning and learn that they are now taking email/phone orders. Here’s what you need to know: “Email your order to [email protected] or call 650-854-3850. Our new business hours for curbside pick up and delivery ONLY are Tuesday-Saturday from 10am to 4pm.” […]

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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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