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Tuesday: Author Beatriz Williams at Kepler's

Original post made on Jun 11, 2012

Author Beatriz Williams, a Stanford graduate with an MBA from Columbia, will be in conversation with Ted Ullyot, Facebook general counsel, about her debut novel, "Overseas," at 7 p.m. Tuesday, June 12, at Kepler's bookstore in Menlo Park.


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Comments (6)

Posted by Hmmm, a resident of another community
on Jun 11, 2012 at 8:04 pm

But can she write? Who cares about Facebook guy - except if he's good at being "in conversation." Obviously, this is a dressed up romance novel. I read it, wasn't impressed - had some good elements, but overall a pretty mediocre read.


Posted by neighbor, a resident of another community
on Jun 11, 2012 at 8:51 pm

Hmmmm: Why did you write this note the day before these speakers will appear? A very nasty (and cowardly) cheap shot to say the least. Did you have a bad day today???

I suspect that the author and the interviewer are interesting people -- their backgrounds are certainly intriguing and I read some of the book's reviews online, so I plan to go to the Kepler's program to hear them discuss the book.


Posted by Hmmm, a resident of another community
on Jun 11, 2012 at 9:24 pm

I had an excellent day today, thank you. How was your day?

I think it's a mediocre book, as I said. In the hands of a more experienced author, the cliched characters, background characters & often maudlin dialogue could be avoided. I hope that her future books will be an improvement. It's certainly not the worst I've read but it wasn't memorable the way that some tome traveling stories are.

As to the timing of my comment, I just saw this news blurb today. Please, if you have an issue w/the timing, write to The Almanac so that they can post author events sooner.

Why did you think my comment was cowardly? What made it a cheap shot? Is it because I am not jazzed about her but you are? Are you a friend or family member? Is it because I'm not going to spend my evening listening to an author whose book I found meh? I'm sure that there will be plenty of people who attend who like the book & that's a good thing for an author. I have a number of close friends who're authors & I know how hard they work on their craft. I support them by purchasing their books, attending their author events, writing online reviews & recommending their books to others.

Have fun tomorrow. Perhaps you'll enjoy this story - one person's meh is another persons yeah.


Posted by neighbor, a resident of another community
on Jun 11, 2012 at 10:33 pm

I'm not "jazzed" about Williams -- I am not related to her, in fact I hadn't heard of her before seeing the Kepler's announcement. I haven't read the book, and don't know if I'll buy it.

I plan to attend the Williams/Ullyot appearance to decide if I'm interested in reading the book. Your nasty comments the day before her public presentation was a cheap shot.

What the hell does "meh" mean? Sounds dumb. Have a nice evening reading Roget's Thesaurus...lots of good adjectives in that book, but I should warn you that it doesn't have any pictures.


Posted by GOLLY, a resident of another community
on Jun 12, 2012 at 2:02 pm

You people have a lot of time in your hands in order to go to a book store and hear a discussion about romance fiction.
I could understand it if were about social and world issues or even about science or history....IOW dozens of informative alternatives.
Is Fabio on the cover?


Posted by Hmmm, a resident of another community
on Jun 12, 2012 at 3:56 pm

Fabio is *not* on the cover. He would both cheapen it & liven it up, though.

I didn't buy the book- got it from the library. That's my issue w/how this event is written up - as if the author, questioner & the book are important. This isn't a book that impacts society in any important way that I could tell. It's a nice summer read for those who like the genre. I picked it up because of the mystery/time traveling angle. I could even see the discussion being fascinating for would be authors if the focus is on how to write & get published. But it's a head scratcher as to why Kepler's is having an attorney discuss a mediocre historical fiction book w/an author on her book tour. Perhaps neighbor will report back that it was a riveting evening that the rest of us missed. Yeah, like I'd trust neighbor's opinion on anything...


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