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Communications Department
250 Hamilton Ave
Palo Alto, CA 94301


PRESS RELEASE 02/19/2009
Subject :

Palo Alto City Library Announces New Spring Author Series
Contact : Ouida Charles, Supervising Librarian    650-329-2620

Palo Alto, CA – Palo Alto City Library announces its first ever Spring Author Series: Families and Friends. Throughout March and April, the Library will present noted Bay Area authors Firoozeh Dumas, Pearl Sofaer, Meg Waite Clayton and Brian Copeland. The Friends of the Palo Alto Library has generously provided funding for the programs. Attendance is FREE.

The series will kick off with Firoozeh Dumas, author of the bestselling Funny in Farsi: A Memoir of Growing Up Iranian in America, a hilarious account of the cultural shock her family encountered moving from Iran to California. She will discuss her latest memoir, Laughing Without an Accent: Adventures of an Iranian American, at Home and Abroad.

Friday, March 6, 2009, 7 p.m.
Main Library, 1213 Newell Road

Pearl Sofaer was born and raised in Bombay, India, although her family is originally from Iraq. In addition to writing, Pearl is an accomplished artist and singer. Her new book, Baghdad to Bombay: In the Kitchens of My Cousins, paints a glowing portrait of family through food and traditions.

Tuesday, March 24, 2009, 3 p.m.
Palo Alto Art Center, 1313 Newell Road

Palo Alto resident Meg Waite Clayton has written fiction and non-fiction for many years. Her new novel, The Wednesday Sisters, is set in Palo Alto in the late 1960s. The novel recounts the moving story of five women who, through their long friendship, "redefine what it means to be family."

Tuesday, April 7, 2009, 7 p.m.
Children’s Library, 1276 Harriet Street

Brian Copeland is a comedian, television and talk radio host, writer and commentator. His bestselling memoir, Not a Genuine Black Man: My Life as Outsider, is based on his long-running, one man show of the same name. Copeland’s family moved to the almost entirely white city of San Leandro in the late 1960s. With often raucous humor and heartfelt passion, he explores the themes of racial identity, isolation and, ultimately, belonging.

Tuesday, April 28, 2009, 7 p.m.
Palo Alto High School, Haymarket Theatre, 50 Embarcadero Road

Please visit the Library web site for more information about these and other Library programs.