My Name is Lucy Barton by Elizabeth Strout
The Big Picture: On the Origins of Life, Meaning, and the Universe Itself by Sean Carroll
The Sound and the Fury by William Faulkner
Hidden Figures: The American Dream and the Untold Story of the Black Women Mathematicians Who Helped Win the Space Race
Paul Hawken, an environmentalist, entrepreneur, journalist, and author who has dedicated his life to sustainability and changing the relationship between business and the environment, talks about Drawdown, a comprehensive plan to reverse global warming.
The bestselling author of the Mary Russell mysteries, Laurie King, celebrates the release of an altogether new novel, an ominous and stunningly intricate story set in an inner-city middle school.
On the eve of career day at Guadalupe Middle School, Principal Linda MacDonald is dead-set on changing the course of a school known only for its truancy, gang violence, and failing test scores. But she never expects the cop with too many questions, or the kid under pressure to prove himself, or the basketball player with an affection guns ...
Join one of Northern Californias most renowned mystery writers for the release of her most exciting thriller yet!
Sula by Toni Morrison
Two girls who grow up to become women. Two friends who become something worse than enemies. In this brilliantly imagined novel, Toni Morrison tells the story of Nel Wright and Sula Peace, who meet as children in the small town of Medallion, Ohio.
Their devotion is fierce enough to withstand bullies and the burden of a dreadful secret. It endures even after Nel has grown up to be a pillar of the black community and Sula has become a pariah. But their friendship ends in an unforgivable betrayal or does it end? Terrifying, comic, ribald and tragic, Sula is a work that overflows with life.
Come join our celebration of Sarah Dessen's newest novel! How many true loves do you get in one lifetime? Once and for All, Sarah Dessens thirteenth novel, is set in the world of wedding planning, where crises are routine and the big day comes nearly once a week.
We agree with Jodi Picoult that no one writes about what matters most to teens as well as Dessen can. Sarah Dessen is the author of twelve previous novels, which include the New York Times bestsellers Saint Anything, The Moon and More, What Happened to Goodbye, Along for the Ride, Lock and Key, Just Listen, The Truth About Forever, and This Lullaby. Her first two books, That Summer and Someone Like You, were made into the movie How to Deal. Dessens books are frequently chosen for the Teens Top Ten list and the list of Best Fiction for Young Adults.
Join us for an unforgettable opportunity to hear one of the best and most sincere voices in YA.
Noam Chomsky isn't coming to Kepler's this year, but we have the next best thing. Join us as we screen segments of Chomsky's bold and uncompromising Requiem for the American Dream - produced in tandem with the book of the same name - and engage in a Q&A with Chomsky's editor and filmmaker Kelly Nyks. We will screen segments of the film chosen specifically for our community by Noam Chomsky himself.
In a time when our communities are being heavily impacted by an unequal concentration of wealth and power and our nation is at odds under the leadership of an unrelenting demagogue, Chomsky directs his fierce intellect on neoliberalism ideology - the absurd idea that markets should dictate all aspects of human society - and its disastrous consequences on our society, culture, and politics.
Don't miss an engaged and interactive experience with what Chomsky says are his final, long-form documentary interviews.
**Please note, Noam Chomsky will not be attending this event**
Imagine wanting a baby so badly that you're willing to let strangers vote on how suitable you are as parents. It's real. Every year, desperate couples place themselves in the hands of a Las Vegas doctor for his annual contest. Grand prize: a free round of in-vitro fertilization— baby not guaranteed. Contestants post their video entries on YouTube, counting on a public vote for their shot at parenthood.
Debuted at Tribeca, the film was selected for the San Francisco International Film Festival and AFI Docs. It won the Audience Award for Documentary Feature at the International Film Festival of Boston.
Picture book authors are authors of our hearts and we are always thrilled to discover a new favorite. Join us for a special story time and staring contest with Tom Booth as he introduces his ingenious new book, Don’t Blink, an interactive picture book that encourages you to test your staring skills against a vibrant assortment of animals from an elephant to an alligator and a bunch of their animal friends. Do you think you can win a staring contest against these animals? Join us and try out your skills. Whatever you do, Don’t Blink!
The Bad-Ass Librarians of Timbuktu: And Their Race to Save the World's Most Precious Manuscripts
In the 1980s, a young adventurer and collector for a government library, Abdel Kader Haidara, journeyed across the Sahara Desert and along the Niger River, tracking down and salvaging tens of thousands of ancient Islamic and secular manuscripts that were crumbling in the trunks of desert shepherds. His goal: to preserve this crucial part of the world's patrimony in a gorgeous library. But then Al Qaeda showed up at the door.
The Art Forger by B.A. Shapiro
Almost twenty-five years after the infamous art heist at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum--still the largest unsolved art theft in history--one of the stolen Degas paintings is delivered to the Boston studio of a young artist. Claire Roth has entered into a Faustian bargain with a powerful gallery owner by agreeing to forge the Degas in exchange for a one-woman show in his renowned gallery.
The Art Forger is a thrilling novel about seeing--and not seeing--the secrets that lie beneath the canvas.
2017 is a good time to be a skywatcher! On Aug. 21, the moon will completely blot out the sun for observers in 12 states, from Oregon to South Carolina, in the first total solar eclipse visible from the US mainland since 1979. Andrew Fraknoi’s book, When the Sun Goes Dark, is a fun way for young astronomers to find out all about this rare and spectacular event and gives children and adults hands-on techniques for learning the science behind eclipses of the Sun and Moon. Join us to find out everything you need to know about the upcoming Great American Eclipse.
Join us to celebrate the launch of Royal Bastards by local author Andrew Shvarts whose action-packed debut champions diversity, counsels perseverance, and highlights the human cost of war. Think Game of Thrones meets The Breakfast Club. Andrew will be in conversation with Tara Sim, author of Timekeeper
The Future is what we make of it. But what will that be?
Population Explosion author and MacArthur Fellow Paul Ehrlich sits down to discuss the future before us and the world we want it to be with Jeremy Lent, founder of the Liology Institute and author of the books "The Patterning Instinct" and Requiem of the Human Soul.
Join us for this special evening edition of In Deep with Angie Coiro as veteran journalist Coiro tackles gentrification with Paul Madonna and Peter Moskowitz.
The irony can't be missed when an artist acclaimed for his loving depictions of San Francisco gets evicted from his home in the town that made his name. That's what happened to Paul Madonna, creator of the San Francisco Chronicle's All Over Coffee. Meanwhile, across the country, journalist Peter Moskowitz was unearthing the political and market machinations accelerating the gentrification of New York, New Orleans, Detroit, and San Francisco. Beyond describing the epidemic that's uprooting families and small businesses, Moskowitz details how to put a stop to it.
The Netflix series "13 Reasons Why" has ignited national conversations about teen mental health, and where art and media fit in that picture.
The series - adapted from the book by Jay Asher - includes explicit depictions of rape and suicide in its exploration of one girl's death. Its creators say they wanted to highlight urgent problems in the teen population. Opinion is divided on whether its benefits are tempered by triggering imagery, and the narrative of revenge from beyond the grave. Meanwhile, at least one emergency room has reported an upswing in suicide attempts, with young adults mentioning the show.
Our guests include two mental health professionals. Dr. Helen Hsu, president-elect of the Asian American Psychological Association and Supervisor of Youth and Family Services for the city of Fremont, consulted with the show's creative team on scripts and content. Dr. Jacob Towery is Adjunct Clinical Instructor of Psychiatry at Stanford, with a private practice in pediatric and adult psychologist.
Join us for the third installment of Story Is the Thing for a lovely evening of storytelling as seven Bay Area authors reading on the theme "To Find a Home.
There will be wine, cheese and cupcakes at 7:15 -- the program will begin at 7:30.
Readers this time will be Lauren Alwan, Chris Drangle, Manjula Martin, Kalpana Mohan, Elizabeth McKenzie, Shanthi Sekaran and Jon Sindell.