Agent, publisher put 'Trust' in local author Wang


Courtesy of Kathy Wang
Kathy Wang of Los Altos has released her debut novel, “Family Trust,” about how wealth can complicate family values in the time of death.

Los Altos resident Kathy Wang’s new book, “Family Trust,” is a Silicon Valley story of how wealth can complicate family values in the time of death. The dramatic novel uses humor to tackle the subjects of gender, race, family and wealth relations.

Released Oct. 30 by HarperCollins Publishers, the book isn’t based on true events, but it’s influenced by the world Wang has lived in.

Reading and leading: Morning Forum speaker highlights presidential literacy


Luzzi

When President John F. Kennedy faced a potentially disastrous standoff with the Soviets over nuclear missiles in Cuba, he received urgent and determined advice to bomb from his military and political staff. But Kennedy thought of an example from ancient history he had read and did not bomb, saving the world from a catastrophe.

From the earliest part of American history, leaders who were well versed in literature used their exposure to books to guide their world-shaking decisions. That was the focus of a Nov. 6 Morning Forum of Los Altos presentation by Joseph Luzzi, Ph.D., professor of comparative literature at Bard College, who spoke on “The Presidential Library: Books That Shaped Washington, Jefferson, Lincoln, Roosevelt and Other Commanders-in-Chief.”

Los Altos History Museum hosts tamale cooking demo, tasting

In support of its current exhibition, “Inspired by Juana: La Doña de la Frontera,” the Los Altos History Museum has scheduled a Tamale Cooking Demo and Savory-to-Sweet Tamale Tasting 4-6 p.m. Dec. 8 at the museum, 51 S. San Antonio Road.

CasaQ Hispanic lifestyle expert Darlene Tenes will lead the event.

At the Library - Week of Nov. 21

The following free events are scheduled at the Los Altos main library, 13 S. San Antonio Road. Events are held in the Orchard Room unless otherwise noted. For more information, call 948-7683 or visit sccl.org/losaltos.

Noon Monday: “PBS News-Hour” has teamed up with The New York Times for the book club Now Read This. The club allows readers to participate in discussions in real time and ask questions of the authors. The book club will meet to discuss “A Separation” by Katie Kitamura.

Los Altos PREPARES hosts storm prep talk

Los Altos PREPARES has scheduled a discussion on “Storm Preparation and Your Neighborhood” 6:30-8 p.m. Dec. 6 in the Grant Park Multipurpose Room, 1575 Holt Ave., Los Altos.

The presentation will cover basic preparations residents can make to stay safe in storms and prevent flooding around their homes.

Winner named in Spooky Stories contest

Talinn Hatti is this year’s Town Crier Spooky Stories contest winner. The 11-year-old sixth-grader won for the story “Gargoyle’s Trick,” about a father-son experience at Ghost Mansion.

The Town Crier asked readers to weigh in on their favorites, and Talinn’s entry received the most praise. Honorable mentions go to John Allan’s “Something Fishy,” Laura Allan’s “The Doll” and Scott Klusaw’s “A Halloween Ribbing.”


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