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Communications Department
250 Hamilton Ave
Palo Alto, CA 94301


PRESS RELEASE 11/03/2009
Subject :

Palo Alto City Library Presents Thrilling Author Keith Raffel
Contact : Ouida Charles    650-329-2620

Palo Alto, CA – Palo Alto City Library presents a free author event with local mystery writer, Keith Raffel. Smasher, the exciting new novel in Raffel’s Silicon Valley thriller series, unfolds its dramatic plot within Palo Alto’s high stakes world of technology companies, Stanford’s physics laboratories and the office of the district attorney. The suspenseful sequel to Dot Dead, Smasher continues to engage readers with its descriptions of Silicon Valley’s unique culture, its Palo Alto locale and its characters’ emotionally charged relationships. A wide range of readers will enjoy an entertaining evening with this local bestselling author.

When: Friday, November 13, 2009, 7 p.m.
Where: Palo Alto Art Center Auditorium, 1313 Newell Road

Like Ian Michaels, the protagonist of the novels Dot Dead and Smasher, the author is a Silicon Valley entrepreneur. Keith Raffel founded UpShot Corporation, the award-winning Internet software company later sold to Siebel Systems. His eclectic resume also includes experience as counsel to the Senate Intelligence Committee, carpenter, college instructor, candidate for elective office and professional gambler. Raffel lives with his wife and four children in his hometown of Palo Alto.

"Palo Alto City Library’s author talks enrich our customers’ experience of the Library, bringing books to life by connecting readers and writers," explains Supervising Librarian Ouida Charles. "These programs help to place the Library and its book collections at the literary center of the Palo Alto community."

The Friends of the Palo Alto Library has generously provided funding for this program.

Please visit the Library web site or call the Reference Desk at 650-329-2436 for more information about this and other Library programs.