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Silicon Valley Reads announces 2011 book selection

Silicon Valley Reads, the program that’s meant to get everyone in Silicon Valley reading, and talking about, one book each year, has chosen The Year of Fog by Michelle Richmond as its subject for 2011. The book is a “profoundly original novel of family, loss, and hope” according to SVR’s website, with a plot centered on the disappearance of a child and how it affects the woman who was responsible for the youngster when she vanished. More details are available from SVR.

Silicon Valley Reads public programs begin in January, so don’t be afraid to get started reading now so you’ll be ready to be part of the conversation.

Local Author Book Signing Today!

While you’re out and about today, pop into the air-conditioned Oakridge mall and visit Borders Books. Local author Tiffany Turner will be in store for a book signing of her newest children’s book. Turner will be reading from the second installment of her Crystal Keeper series, The Lost Secret of the Green Man. The elementary school teacher will gladly also be taking questions, mostly from the curious kids who will be sure to also love the sounds of her Gaelic harp.

This is an opportunity not to be missed for parents and children alike. What a great way to get everyone excited about some summer reading!

Date: Saturday, June 12, 2010
Time: 1:00pm – 4:00pm
Location: Borders Bookstore/Oakridge Mall
Street: 925 Blossom Hill Rd., Suite 1741

Belle Yang Book Signing

Artist and author Belle Yang presents her newest work, the graphic novel Forget Sorrow: An Ancestral Tale at upcoming book signings.

Born in Taiwan, Belle Yang spent part of her childhood in Japan. At age seven, she immigrated to the United States with her family. She attended the University of California, Santa Cruz. She currently resides in Carmel.

From the Publisher: In Forget Sorrow, Belle weaves a story within a story as she sets her personal journey of self-discovery against her ancestral history—an epic drama of folly and betrayal, integrity and endurance during times of hunger, war, and Communist oppression. Recounting the lives and choices of her grandfather, his brothers, and her King Lear–like great-grandfather, Belle at last finds healing—and the strength to honor both her father and herself.

Book signing and talk on the graphic novel process:

San Jose Public Library East Carnegie Branch
1102 E. Santa Clara Street, San Jose
Wednesday, May 26, 2010
3:30 PM – 4:30 PM

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Library

150 E. San Fernando Street, San Jose
Wednesday, May 26, 2010
6:30 PM – 8:00 PM

National Steinbeck Center

One Main Street, Salinas
Thursday, May 27, 2010

6:00 PM – 8:15 PM

Capitola Book Cafe

1475 41st Avenue, Capitola
Thursday, June 10, 2010

7:30 PM – 8:30 PM

Atlantis Fantasyworld

1020 Cedar Street, Santa Cruz
Wednesday, June 30, 2010

5:00 PM – 7:00 PM

TapToTalk has an App

TapToTalk App

I heard from Silicon Valley author and entrepreneur, Phil Bookman, about a new app. Phil is CEO of Assistyx LLC the makers of TapToTalk.

TapToTalk turns a Nintendo DS, iPhone, iPad or iPod Touch into a portable communications (AAC) device. It’s designed for non-verbal children with Autism and other developmental delays. TapToTalk is affordable and fun to use.

TapToTalk apps are free with subscription.

This post is not intended as a commercial for TapToTalk. I’m hoping to get the word out to families about this service and the new apps.

TapToTalk ~ site.

TapToTalk ~ Blog

TapToTalk ~ facebook

TapToTalk ~ YouTube

Learn about publishing at the Campbell Library

Quill writingThis Thursday, April 22, the Campbell branch of the Santa Clara County Library is presenting a special program on the publishing business. The program should be interested for anyone interested in becoming a writer, or just interested in how publishing works. There will be special attention to the children’s books business, and a question-and-answer session. Two publishing industry insiders will be presenting:

Leslie Fitch is a book designer who has done a lot of work on fine art books for academic presses. Her website has a portfolio of her work.

Laurie Gibson is a veteran editor and proofreader. According to her profile at the Central Coast Writer’s Club, she’s also written over 200 articles for newspapers, magazines, websites, and other outlets.

The presentation runs from 7 to 8:30 pm on Thursday, April 22. It’s located in the Community Room at the Campbell Library, 77 Harrison Avenue in Campbell. There is no charge to attend.

(Thanks to Chris at the Campbell Library for this story)

Charisma: A Mike Gold Mystery

We were first introduced to Mike Gold, a successful Silicon Valley software entrepreneur in Opium, a Phil Bookman novel.

Charisma: A Mike Gold Mystery finds Mike working on his latest challenge. As the newly hired CEO of a biotech company he must first tackle the technology, and then take the company public. After the drama Mike went through in Opium: A Mike Gold Mystery, this should be a piece of cake. But once again, his life takes a surprising turn. Mike’s friend, and that of a loved one, will soon be in danger.

Charisma: A Mike Gold Mystery by, Phil Bookman on Amazon

Attacking The Crown Jewels : How To Protect Your Business Strategy Against Competitive Threats. (Nonfiction) by, Phil Bookman

Dr. Donald Shoup: The High Cost of Free Parking

Free Parking

Parking Cash Out (AB2109) – State law requiring employers of fifty or more employees, who lease their parking and subsidize any part of their employee parking, to offer their employees the opportunity to give up their parking space. In return for giving up their parking space, the employer pays the employee the cost of the parking space.

Dr. Donald Shoup (Professor of Urban Planning at UCLA), author of “The High Cost of Free Parking”, will speak about the need for cities to change their parking policies. Dr. Shoup was instrumental in California’s adoption of the parking “cash-out” law.

FreeFebruary 24, 2010 – 6:30 p.m.
200 E. Santa Clara St.
City Hall Wing Rooms 118, 119, 120
San Jose, California
free event – I’m not sure about parking…
You might feel better if you take a taxi.

For more information, contact Michele Beasley at 408-983-0856

Air Resources Board

Amazon The High Cost of Free Parking

Streetfilms – Dr. Shoup: Parking Guru!

Silicon Valley Reads In Defense of Food

In Defense of Food The book selection for the annual “Silicon Valley Reads” program is Michael Pollan’s In Defense of Food: An Eater’s Manifesto. Silicon Valley Reads selects a book for local readers to read and discuss every February.

This year’s program begins with a live interview of author Michael Pollan by Mercury News columnist Mike Cassidy, on stage at the Campbell Heritage Theatre. This live program is on Wednesday, January 27, beginning at 7:30 pm, and admission is free. The Campbell Heritage Theatre is at 1 West Campbell Avenue, in Campbell.

Additional events (see listing) are scheduled for dates throughout February and locations throughout Santa Clara County.

From Pollan’s website and reviews on Amazon, I can see that In Defense of Food is an investigation into the seeming paradox that the more Americans worry about nutrition, the less healthy we become; which Pollan connects this with the increased use of packaged and highly processed foods in our diet, as compared to the more complete (due to simpler preparations) diets of our ancestors. Having just finished Pollan’s 2002 book The Botany of Desire I can expect the SVR selection to be a thoughtful analysis of its subject, making unexpected and insightful connections to history and western society.

(Hat tip to the Mountain View Public Library blog for this story)

Romance on a Rainy Day

While waiting in the proverbial long line at the Meridian Ave. post office, I struck up a conversation with Jenny, the woman standing behind me. After the usual musing about long lines we got down to the business of talking about our personal lives. Women do that. We talked of children, jobs, and interests. I told her that I was a retired taxi driver and that I now had more time for reading.

I let Jenny know about the last two books I had read. Both authored by Michelle Richmond, and that Michelle wrote for San Francisco Metblogs for a brief time. Which meant that I had to explain Metblogs. Then Jenny exclaimed that she too was an author! Chatting with Jenny had made the time spent in line seem almost too short. I am ordering Jenny’s book,”Loving Luke”, to read on the next rainy day.

* Loving Luke, by Jenny Anderson

* Year of Fog, No One You Know, and Dream of the Blue Room, by Michelle Richmond

michellerichmon on twitter and writingexercise

I Am T•Pain


Mark Thompson, local South Bay renaissance man, is a bestselling author, speaker, and an advisor to world leaders. All very impressive, but I was blown away when he told me that he was with Smule, and the cool I Am T•Pain – one of the top iPnone Apps of 2009.

I Am T•Pain is on my iPhone – my songs are hilarious attempts. This App will draw attention at an office party, a family gathering, or a New Year’s Eve party.

Smule – I Am T•Pain and other cool products.

Mark Thompson

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Success Built to Last

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