Hans, Chewbacca and Lando are back

A long time ago in a galaxy far, far away..

Timothy Zahn will be coming to Books Inc. in Mountain View  for an adventure with Han Solo, Chewy, and Lando Calrissian in his latest book, Star Wars: Scoundrels. Hans Solo is in trouble again, broke and in debt to Jabba the Hutt. To save himself this time, “All he has to do is infiltrate the ultra-fortified stronghold of a Black Sun crime syndicate underboss and crack the galaxy’s most notoriously impregnable safe.” No problem.


Also be on the lookout for a squad of Storm Troopers from Golden Gate Garrison of the 501st Legion.They will be there, promoting their mission to promote Star Wars wearing detailed replica costumes of SW villains while raising money for charity.


My Beloved World

I got so excited about seeing Justice Sotomayor, I forgot to tell you about her book, ‘My Beloved World,’ which is coming out January 15, 2013.


Here’s the description:

The first Hispanic and third woman appointed to the United States Supreme Court, Sonia Sotomayor has become an instant American icon. Now, with a candor and intimacy never undertaken by a sitting Justice, she recounts her life from a Bronx housing project to the federal bench, a journey that offers an inspiring testament to her own extraordinary determination and the power of believing in oneself.

Here is the story of a precarious childhood, with an alcoholic father (who would die when she was nine) and a devoted but overburdened mother, and of the refuge a little girl took from the turmoil at home with her passionately spirited paternal grandmother. But it was when she was diagnosed with juvenile diabetes that the precocious Sonia recognized she must ultimately depend on herself.  She would learn to give herself the insulin shots she needed to survive and soon imagined a path to a different life. With only television characters for her professional role models, and little understanding of what was involved, she determined to become a lawyer, a dream that would sustain her on an unlikely course, from valedictorian of her high school class to the highest honors at Princeton, Yale Law School, the New York County District Attorney’s office, private practice, and appointment to the Federal District Court before the age of forty. Along the way we see how she was shaped by her invaluable mentors, a failed marriage, and the modern version of extended family she has created from cherished friends and their children. Through her still-astonished eyes, America’s infinite possibilities are envisioned anew in this warm and honest book, destined to become a classic of self-invention and self-discovery.

Justice in Person

How often do you get a chance to see a Supreme Court Justice in person?

I remember dreaming about being a lawyer as a middle school kid and wishing that I could clerk for a Supreme Court Justice. That was in the days before women ever held such august positions. I was so excited when Sandra Day O’Connor was appointed to the Court in 1981, although I’d already given up my plans to join her.

Kepler’s is hosting an event in January in which Her Honor Sonia Sotomayor, the first hispanic justice and third woman appointed to the court, will be speaking with Belva Davis. This event is sure to sell out, so if you want to go, I’d buy tickets soon.



Post NaNoWriMo

I have to apologize for disappearing in November, but I was spending more of my time writing than I expected and I’m happy to say that I met my NaNoWriMo goal. The novel ‘In Transit’ isn’t quite finished yet, but the end is in sight and I’m excited. I managed to get my heroine, Rachel Havert, into and out of lots of trouble – sinking float planes, 16-foot crocodiles, corpse flowers and natives with blow guns, stowing away on a container ship, motorbike accidents and much, much more.

Now, I’m back and trying to keep up with everything. Hope your holidays are going well!

Cheers, Baird