Ibtihaj Muhammad
Jul
29
3:00 PM15:00

Ibtihaj Muhammad

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Meet Ibtihaj Muhammad, Olympic fencer, the first Muslim American woman in hijab to compete for the United States in the Olympic Games and the first female Muslim American to medal at the Olympic Games, winning bronze in the women's sabre team event. Named one of TIME magazine's 100 Most Influential People in the World, she serves as a sports ambassador for the U.S. State Department, cofounded Athletes for Impact and the clothing company Louella, and inspired the first hijabi Barbie in her likeness.

In both the youth edition (which includes advice for young readers and is abridged especially for younger readers) and adult edition of her new book Proud, Ibtihaj tells her moving all-American tale of how she overcame obstacles and racism on the way to following her dream.

Come to hear Ibtihaj share stories from her unforgettable and inspiring tale of perseverance. Raised by a police officer and an elementary school teacher in New Jersey with five siblings, Ibtihaj sought out sports as a means to fund college - and fencing was one of the only sports in which she could participate in modest dress. She was fast, hardworking, and devoted to her faith. But in a sport most popular with privileged young white people, Ibtihaj often felt out of place. Rivals and teammates (as well as coaches and officials) pointed out her differences, insisting she would never succeed. Yet Ibtihaj powered on, rising above bigotry and other struggles on the path to success.

Both editions of Proud share Muhammad’s motivating journey from a young outsider to a national hero. Her story is a relatable, memorable tale of hard work, determination, and self-reliance. 

This event is for all ages. Come and be inspired.
 

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JoAnne Wetzel and Tim McCanna
Jul
30
7:00 PM19:00

JoAnne Wetzel and Tim McCanna

Ever wondered what it takes to write a children’s picture book? Seas the day and join us as we launch JoAnne Wetzel’s picture book Mermaid School and celebrate Tim McCanna’s Bitty Bot’s Big Beach Getaway   JoAnne and Tim will discuss how to write a picture book and how they both decided to give their latest books an undersea setting.

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JoAnne Stewart Wetzel is the author of two children's books on theater, Onstage/Backstage and Playing Juliet. Her first picture book, The Christmas Box, was named a Noteworthy Book for Children by the Bank Street College of Education. She has worked in public relations, as a columnist for Gentry Magazine, taught at the elementary, high school and college levels, was a children’s librarian, and served as the Regional Advisor for SCBWI’s San Francisco/South chapter.  

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Tim McCanna is the author of Bitty Bot, Barnyard Boogie, and Watersong, which was a 2017 New York Public Library Best Book for Kids and National Council of Teachers of English Notable Poetry Book. His 2018 picture books include Jack B. Ninja, Bitty Bot’s Big Beach Getaway, So Many Sounds, and Boing!  Tim served eight years as Assistant Regional Advisor for SCBWI’s San Francisco/South chapter, and has been an actor, musician, musical theater writer, and graphic designer before becoming a children’s book author.
 

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Gretchen McNeil with Stephanie Kuehn
Aug
18
3:00 PM15:00

Gretchen McNeil with Stephanie Kuehn

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Discover the true horror of social media in #murdertrending by critically-acclaimed author Gretchen McNeil Think Scream Queens meets The Hunger Games, in which seventeen-year-old Dee Guerrera is wrongfully convicted and sent to a prison island where  convicts are hunted down and their deaths are streamed on social media for "spikes.” With its morbid, tongue-in-cheek sense of humor and twisty, gasp-inducing mystery, this novel has already been optioned for development by television studio ABC Signature.

Welcome to the near future, where good and honest citizens can enjoy watching the executions of society’s most infamous convicted felons, streaming live on The Postman app from the suburbanized prison island Alcatraz 2.0.  Can Dee  prove she’s innocent before she ends up wrongfully murdered for the world to see? 

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This dark, unique, and intelligent novel comments on the horrors of social media, and draws upon the fascination with today’s trend of murder in entertainment, such as Serial and Making a Murderer.

Gretchen McNeil is the author of I’m Not Your Manic Pixie Dream Girl , the Don’t Get Mad duology, and the YA horror novels Possess, 3:59, Relic, and Ten which was a 2013 YALSA Top Ten Quick Pick for Reluctant Young Adult Readers and was adapted as the Lifetime original movie Ten: Murder Island in 2017.  

Gretchen will be chatting with Stephanie Kuehn, author of the William C Morris Award winning Charm and Strange, Complicit, The Smaller Evil, Delicate Monsters, and When I Am Through With You. Booklist has praised her work as “Intelligent, compulsively readable literary fiction with a dark twist."
 

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Dr. Dan Siegel
Aug
20
7:30 PM19:30

Dr. Dan Siegel

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NB: This event will be held at the Menlo-Atherton Performing Arts Center at 555 Middlefield Rd., Atherton, CA.

Dr. Dan Siegel’s work has been nothing short of game-changing.

His books, like Mindsight, Parenting from the Inside Out, and The Whole-Brain Child, offer unprecedented insight into the complexity of our children’s minds. Shedding the unapproachable jargon of dense neuroscience, Siegel illustrates, in clear and illuminating prose, the logic of how we think and why we develop certain patterns of intuition over others. For decades, his work has made our minds and the minds of our children accessible to us as they have never been before.

Now, he turns his attention to mindfulness. Introducing, "The Wheel of Awareness", Siegel presents a potentially life-changing tool to support anyone, at any level of meditation, in cultivating more focus, presence, and peace in their day-to-day life. Endorsed by everyone from Deepak Chopra to Goldie Hawn and from Arianna Huffington to Sharon Salzberg, Siegel's most recent work promises to reshape the way we come to meditation.

One of the most engaging speaker’s on any subject, join Siegel as he presents his new book: Aware: The Science and Practice of Presence.

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This is Now with Angie Coiro presents: Chris Hedges
Sep
8
4:00 PM16:00

This is Now with Angie Coiro presents: Chris Hedges

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Chris Hedges hasn't given up on America. That may not be the immediate impression from his reporting, nor from his books, where he describes "the opioid crisis, the retreat into gambling to cope with economic distress, the pornification of culture, the rise of magical thinking, the celebration of sadism, hate, and plagues of suicides." But grasping the unvarnished reality is essential to fixing everything that's gone wrong both nationally and worldwide. Hedges' work, from his contribution to the New York Time's 2002 Pulitzer Prize to his most recent book America: The Farewell Tour urges us not to compromise as we assess today's political and societal realities. And he says that neither mainstream political party addresses our systemic problems - nor can they, until our country's "corporate coup d’état" is reversed.

Chris Hedges served as a foreign correspondent for nearly two decades for The New York Times, The Dallas Morning News, The Christian Science Monitor and National Public Radio. His bestselling books include American Fascists: The Christian Right and the War on America, Empire of Illusion: The End of Literacyand the Triumph of Spectacle, and War Is a Force That Gives Us Meaning. Hedges is a Senior Fellow at The Nation Institute and writes an online column for the web site Truthdig.

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Annie Barrows and Sophie Blackall
Sep
9
3:00 PM15:00

Annie Barrows and Sophie Blackall

Ivy & Bean are back . . . and they are funnier than ever!

It’s been five years, the wait was long, but the great news is that New York Times-bestselling author Annie Barrows and Caldecott Medal-winner Sophie Blackall are back with another hilarious Ivy and Bean adventure. Join us as we celebrate One Big Happy Family, the latest installment in the highly popular, critically acclaimed Ivy and Bean series

Ivy's worried. She's read a lot of books about only children, so she knows that they are sometimes spoiled rotten. They don't share their toys. They never do any work. They scream and cry when they don't get their way. Spoiler alert! Ivy doesn't have any brothers or sisters. That's why she's worried. How can she keep from getting spoiled? She could give away all her clothes, but she'd probably get in trouble. She could give away all her toys, but she likes her toys. There's really only one solution: she needs a baby sister, on the double! Luckily, Ivy and Bean know just where to get one.

Annie Barrows started writing books when she was nine, but they never turned out the way she wanted, so she gave up on writing for twenty-five years. Annie is the co-author of the New York Times best-selling The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Society (the movie will be released by Netflix in August for the US market) but Ivy and Bean was her first book for kids. Sophie Blackall has illustrated more than twenty books, which have won awards such as the Caldecott Medal, Ezra Jack Keats Award, and the Founders Award from the Society of Illustrators. 

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Mighty Middle Grade: Heidi Lang, Kati Bartkowski, Beth McMullen, and Jill Diamond
Sep
13
6:00 PM18:00

Mighty Middle Grade: Heidi Lang, Kati Bartkowski, Beth McMullen, and Jill Diamond

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We are excited to welcome Heidi Lang and Kati Bartkowski, sisters and co-authors of A Dash of Dragons (which Kirkus calls “a recipe for success”) for their sequel, A Hint of Hydra, and Beth McMullen for Power Play, the sequel to Mrs Smith’s Spy School for Girls.

Thirteen-year-old chef Lailu Loganberry must stop a war between the elves and scientists in A Hint of Hyrdra. And in Power Play, Abby Hunter and her friends embark on their first “official” mission. They tangle with the world’s most notorious hacker, get in trouble for the possible theft of the Mona Lisa, and with a little luck might just save the world.

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Jill Diamond, author of the Lou Lou and Pea books, will be moderating.

Join us to meet this amazing panel of middle grade authors who will be talking about strong-willed girls who persist, dragons, spies, monsters, dogs and so much more.
 

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Story Time with Drew Daywalt and Scott Campbell
Sep
22
11:00 AM11:00

Story Time with Drew Daywalt and Scott Campbell

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We couldn’t be more thrilled to welcome back Drew Daywalt, (The Day the Crayons Quit), one of our all-time favorite picture book authors, with  acclaimed artist Scott Campbell (Hug Machine) with Sleepy: The Good Night Buddy, their laugh-out-loud twist on the classic bedtime story.

Roderick hates going to bed and has has become quite resourceful in coming up with ways to delay the dreaded hour when the lights must go out. Roderick's loving parents—fed up with the distractions and demands that have become his anti-bedtime ritual—decide to get him a stuffed animal to cuddle with and help wind him down. However, Sleepy quickly proves to be a bit high-maintenance. Just when he fears the night may never end, Sleepy's antics become too exhausting for Roderick to bear. How will a boy who routinely refuses to go to bed get a talkative stuffed animal to go to sleep?

Drew Daywalt is the much loved, incredibly funny New York Times best-selling author, best known for writing The Day the Crayons Quit and its sequel, The Day the Crayons Came Home, both illustrated by Oliver Jeffers.  Drew is also the author of The Legend of Rock, Paper, Scissors, illustrated by Adam Rex, and Star Wars: BB-8 On the Run, illustrated by Matt Myers. Drew is also a Hollywood screenwriter.

Scott Campbell draws pictures for all kinds of children's books, including Zombie in Love; East Dragon, West Dragon; and XO, OX, A Love Story. He is the author/illustrator of the very popular Hug Machine 

It’s impossible not to crack up while reading Sleepy: The Good Night Buddy. Join us and discover a new favorite. 
 

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Lisa Margonelli and Mary Roach
Sep
27
7:30 PM19:30

Lisa Margonelli and Mary Roach

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Natural history might just be the biggest indicator of our unnatural future.

Award-winning author, Lisa Margonelli reveals the ingenious brilliance behind termites. From Namibian termite mounds to the Valley’s cutting-edge labs and military think tanks, the leading biologists, tech entrepreneurs, and military scientists in America are devoting a countless amount of research and funding into understanding more about these unique insects.

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In her new book, Underbug: An Obsessive Tale of Termites and Technology, the national bestselling author burrows into complex questions that will make you see why.

For example:
Can we harness the termites’ properties to change the world? 
Is a termite a unit or a superorganism? 
Is it possible to think without having a mind?

Discover the hidden secrets of one of the world’s most underrate insects. Join Margonelli and bestselling author Mary Roach for a mind-expanding evening.

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Micah Perks with Tobias Woolf and Molly Antopol
Oct
9
7:30 PM19:30

Micah Perks with Tobias Woolf and Molly Antopol

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Celebrate with Micah Perks, Tobias Wolff, and Molly Antopol. Three iconic local authors share the stage in toast of Perks’ much-anticipated new collection, True Love and Other Dreams of Miraculous Escape.

Micah Perks has long been a staple of the San Francisco fiction-writing community. As co-director of the Creative Writing Program at the University of California Santa Cruz, Perks’ mentorship has molded and inspired the early work of countless up-and-coming new writers.

Her fiction itself is no less influential. The author of the novels We are Gathered Here and What Becomes Us as well as the memoir, Pagan Time, Perks’ work has earned her an NEA fellowship, five Pushcart Prize nominations, and the New Guard Machigonne 2014 Fiction Prize.

Don’t miss Perks as she shares her new collection of short stories alongside legendary author, Tobias Wolff, and one of the National Book Foundation’s acclaimed 5 under 35 honorees, Molly Antopol.

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Barbara Kingsolver
Oct
23
7:30 PM19:30

Barbara Kingsolver

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Named one of the most important writers of the 20th Century by Writers Digest, Barbara Kingsolver sits solidly in the firmament of great fiction writers working today.

She won the National Humanities Medal in 2000 (the same year as Toni Morrison) and the Orange Prize in 2010. Translators have brought her work to print in more than two dozen languages. Not to be forgotten, her iconic novel, The Poisonwood Bible, was a finalist for that year’s Pulitzer Prize. A long list of accolades, from the James Beard Award to the high honor of being an Oprah Book Club pick, follow after and support the simple fact that Kingsolver is a Titan of American fiction

She isn’t done yet. With her highly-anticipated new novel, Unsheltered, Kingsolver returns to the form she knows best, telling the story of two families caught in a quest to uphold the truth while the world around them quakes beneath the shifting forces of cultural-upheaval.

Get your seats today for an evening with a literary legend as she discusses an all-too-timely story of surviving in America and the resiliency of the human spirit.

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Princess and the Pit Stop Story Time with Tom Angleberger
Jul
12
5:00 PM17:00

Princess and the Pit Stop Story Time with Tom Angleberger

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Rev those engines, buckle that seat belt, and get ready for for this high energy turbo charged tribute to girl power. Join us for a special story time with Tom Angleberger, the beloved bestselling author of Origami Yoda series, as he introduces his new picture book, The Princess and the Pit Stop that Kirkus Reviews calls “empowering and refreshing" and is illustrated by Dan Santat.

Join Her Royal Highness in the driver’s seat for a mad dash to the finish in this exciting ode to auto racing. With appearances by fairy tale favorites including the Tortoise and the Hare, the Frog Prince, and ALL of the Wicked Witches, this rollicking mash-up of race cars and royalty is a true celebration of both girl power and horsepower.

Tom Angleberger has been a newspaper reporter and columnist, a juggler, and a biology research assistant. He is the author of the New York Times, USA Today, and Wall Street Journal bestselling Origami Yoda series, as well as Fake Mustache and Horton Halfpott, both Edgar Award nominees, and the Qwikpick Papers series. He is also the author of the transportation picture book McToad Mows Tiny Island

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Terry Brooks with Tad Williams
Jun
30
4:00 PM16:00

Terry Brooks with Tad Williams

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With 23 New York Times bestsellers and 21 million copies of his books in print, Terry Brooks is one of America’s most celebrated authors. Join us, as we welcome the distinguished author of Shannara in conversation with Tad Williams!

Adapted for TV, a well of inspiration to countless fantasy and science-fiction authors ranging from Patrick Rothfuss to Karen Russell, the Four Lands remain one of the most enduring and beloved worlds in literature. Today, over forty years after the release of The Sword of Shannara, mega-bestselling author Terry Brooks returns to the iconic series. The Fall of Shannara, a four-part, standalone new series, introduces an unforgettable coda to his iconic saga.

Celebrate the release of volume two of this hotly-anticipated series: The Skaar Invasion as he takes to the Kepler's stage alongside Tad Williams.

“The Sword of Shannara is an unforgettable and wildly entertaining epic, animated by Terry Brooks’s cosmically generative imagination and storytelling joy.”—Karen Russell, New York Times bestselling author of Swamplandia!

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This is Now with Angie Coiro presents Cyrus Farivar on data and privacy
Jun
27
7:30 PM19:30

This is Now with Angie Coiro presents Cyrus Farivar on data and privacy

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As internet use grew wider and social media sites proliferated, quiet but urgent voices began to warn that we were giving too much of ourselves away. But the exchange of privacy for free goodies seemed fair enough to most - or at least the skyrocketing growth of Facebook and its counterparts indicated.

The parallel explosion of public surveillance cameras and law enforcement license plate readers was greeted with more or less the same collective shrug. They make us safer. Most of us have nothing to hide.

The Cambridge Analytica scandal has finally given pause to even to the most indifferent. What is our information being used for, and who's paying for it? How has our identifying data gone from buying cheerful digital farm animals to swaying world events? Is it too late to put on the brakes?

Join us for an evening of our ongoing series This Is Now with Angie Coiro, featuring Ars Technica journalist Cyrus Farivar, author of Habeas Data: Privacy vs. the Rise of Surveillance Tech. Knowledge of new tech and the efforts to protect consumers from its rougher edges will definitely make it worth your time.

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Story is the Thing
Jun
21
7:30 PM19:30

Story is the Thing

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Join us on Thursday, June 21st for our quarterly reading series - Story is the Thing - that highlights established authors and stars on the rise. This evening, we'll showcase a dynamic and diverse group of seven writers reading on the theme "Kindness": Dinika Amaral, Idris Anderson, Tristen Chang, Betsy Franco, Carrie La Seur, Elaine Castillo, and Peg Alford Pursell.

“We are real only in moments of kindness" -cited by Meave Brennan in her author's note from "The Long-Winded Lady."

Reading starts at 7:30 pm. Light refreshments and conversation at 7:00 pm.

Dinika Amaral was born and raised in Bombay, India. Her work has appeared in Guernica, The Times of India, Hayden’s Ferry Review, Golden Handcuffs Review, Denver Quarterly, the Massachusetts Review, and in the Iowa Review (winner of the Tim McGinnis award). Presently, a Steinbeck Fellow, she is working on an unlinked story collection and a novel.

Idris Anderson’s second collection of poems Doubtful Soundwas selected by Sherod Santos for the Hollis Summers Prize of Ohio UP, and was just published in March 2018. Her first collection of poems Mrs. Ramsay's Knee was selected by Harold Bloom for the May Swenson Poetry Award. She has won a Pushcart Prize (2010) and the New York Yeats Society Poetry Prize. She has published poems in AGNI Crab Orchard Review, The Hudson Review, Michigan Quarterly Review, The Paris Review, Plume, Southern Review, and other journals.

Tristen Chang grew up in Woodland, California, and received her MA in English from UC Davis. Her work has appeared in various journals and she was twice a finalist for Glimmer Train's short story award. Recently, she won first place in Six Fold's fiction contest and was awarded the Tennessee Williams scholarship in fiction. She now lives in San Francisco and teaches creative writing.

Betsy Franco is an award winning author of over eighty books, including her novel Naked, her YA, Metamorphosis Junior Year, and her picture books and poetry collections. She wrote the screenplay for Naked, which has been optioned for a film, and she was screenwriting mentor for Metamorphosis, featured at the Mill Valley Film Festival and the basis of a sold-out play. She loves working with teens and is inspired by her creative sons, James, Tom, and Dave.

Carrie La Seur practices energy and environmental law on behalf of farmers, ranchers, and Native Americans, and is a seventh generation Montanan. In 2016 she helped found The House of Books, a co-op bookstore in downtown Billings, MT. In 2006, Carrie founded the legal nonprofit Plains Justice, which provides public interest energy and environmental legal services in the northern plains states and played a key role in halting several new coal plants, enacting clean energy reforms, and launching the Keystone XL pipeline campaign. Her writing has appeared in Grist, the Guardian, Harvard Law and Policy Review, Huffington Post, Mother Jones, Rumpus and Salon.

Elaine Castillo was born in the San Francisco Bay Area. She is a graduate of the University of California, Berkeley, and received her MA in creative and life writing from Goldsmiths, University of London. She lives in Milpitas, California. America is Not the Heart is her first novel.

Peg Alford Pursell is the author of Show Her a Flower, A Bird, A Shadow, a collection of fiction and hybrid prose with praise from Peter Orner, Joan Silber, Antonya Nelson, and others, and featured by Poets & Writers magazine’s second annual 5 over 50, December 2017. Her second book, A Girl Goes into the Forest, is forthcoming from Dzanc Books in 2019. Her work has appeared in Permafrost, the Los Angeles Review, Joyland Magazine, and other journals and anthologies. She is the founder and director of the national reading series Why There Are Words and of WTAW Press.

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Sabaa Tahir and Renee Ahdieh
Jun
16
3:00 PM15:00

Sabaa Tahir and Renee Ahdieh

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Two of our favorite authors. Two fabulous new books. And there is no party more fun than a YA launch party

Fans of Sabaa Tahir's beloved Ember Quartet rejoice - the wait is finally over. We are celebrating the highly anticipated The Reaper at the Gates and couldn’t be more excited.  

Booklist, in a starred review, called it, “ another compelling story that defies readers to stop turning the pages.” and MTV.com described the series  as “A setting inspired by ancient Rome; a fierce battle for freedom in the face of tyranny; and a villain who makes Cersei Lannister and Dolores Umbridge look like a pair of pathetic amateurs.”

And for fans of Renee Ahdieh's New York Times bestselling The Wrath and the Dawn, The Rose and the Dagger, and Flame in the Mist - it's time to celebrate. Her new book, Smoke in the Sun, is the eagerly awaited sequel to Flame in the Mist, a sweeping, action-packed adventure set against the backdrop of Feudal Japan where Mulan meets Throne of Glass.

“Rich in magical realism and cultural nuance of feudal Japan, Ahdieh’s series starter begins with a girl-power bang. . . . A wonderful choice for YA shelves, especially where lush fantasy is popular.”—School Library Journal

Doesn't get better than this!

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This is Now with Angie Coiro presents: Ken Auletta on media and advertising
Jun
14
7:30 PM19:30

This is Now with Angie Coiro presents: Ken Auletta on media and advertising

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We’re saturated in advertising. Online, on billboards, flashing on sidewalks – iSpace in Japan plans to project ads on the moon by 2020.

But advertising is no longer a robust industry. Consumer distrust and ad-killing technology have frayed it into hostile camps with uncertain futures. Still: if you’re not in the business, why should you care?

Because, Ken Auletta says: no advertising means no media.

Auletta adds to his long career as a savvy observer of American business and communication with Frenemies: The Epic Destruction of the Advertising Industry (And Why This Matters). Auletta is uniquely positioned to probe this latest turn in a key industry. He’s penned the "Annals of Communications" column for The New Yorker since 1992; he’s profiled the greatest influencers of media both traditional and digital, including Bill Gates, Rupert Murdoch, and Ted Turner.

Ken Auletta joins KLF’s journalist in residence Angie Coiro for her This Is Now series, for an evening of wide-ranging conversation about media, advertising, and its role in the life of us all.

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Stephanie Garber with Stacey Lee
Jun
13
7:00 PM19:00

Stephanie Garber with Stacey Lee

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If you loved Caraval then you will be as excited as we are to hear Stephanie Garber discuss her long awaited and every bit as wonderful sequel, Legendary. Welcome back to Caraval - the games have only just begun

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A heart to protect. A debt to repay. A game to win. Donatella Dragna has finally escaped her father and saved her sister Scarlett from a disastrous arranged marriage. The girls should be celebrating, but Tella made a desperate bargain with a mysterious criminal, and owes him Caraval Master Legend’s true name. The only chance of uncovering Legend’s identity is to win Caraval, so Tella throws herself into the competition once more―and into the path of the murderous heir to the throne, a doomed love story, and a web of secrets. Caraval has always demanded bravery, cunning, and sacrifice. But now the game is asking for more. If Tella can’t fulfill her bargain, she’ll lose everything she cares about―maybe even her life. But if she wins, Legend and Caraval will be destroyed forever.

Stephanie Garber is the New York Times and internationally bestselling author of Caraval and Legendary. When she’s not writing, Stephanie teaches creative writing, and dreams of her next adventure.

Stephanie will be chatting with Stacey Lee author of Under a Painted Sky, Outrun the Moon, and Secret of a Heart Note. She's a fourth generation Chinese American, a native of Southern California, who practiced law in Silicon Valley for several years before writing YA novels. 

Don't miss this legendary party.
 

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This is Now with Angie Coiro presents: Ken Jennings on humor and the media
Jun
12
7:30 PM19:30

This is Now with Angie Coiro presents: Ken Jennings on humor and the media

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Ken Jennings grew up in Seoul, South Korea, where he became a daily devotee of the quiz show Jeopardy! In 2004, he successfully auditioned for a spot on the show and went on an unprecedented seventy-four game victory streak worth $2.52 million. Jennings’s book Brainiac, about his Jeopardy! adventures, was a critically acclaimed New York Times bestseller, as were his follow-up books Maphead and Because I Said So! He is also the author of Planet Funny. Jennings lives in Seattle with his wife Mindy and two children.

From John Stewart to Donald Trump, Chaucer to Sumerian Tablets, fart jokes to Cable TV “zingers,” Ken Jennings lends his signature wit and whizzing, encyclopedic perspective to the history of humor and how it came to dominate our modern world. Today, an unprecedented number of people get their news from comedy shows. Newspapers race to find the catchiest headline with an avidity that forgets the need to inform. In our democracy, showmanship has replaced good-nature debate. Jennings looks at the foundations of these current manifestations and what this says for where we might be headed.

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Story Time with Tom Booth
Jun
10
11:00 AM11:00

Story Time with Tom Booth

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How did you find this book?
Don't you know this book is a secret book?
Did Monkey tell? Was it Owl? Giraffe?
Maybe the animal who "told" would rather share than keep a secret. Especially when sharing a book as good as this one makes him so happy!

Don’t Blink! was one of our favorite picture books of last year. Join us for a special story time with Tom Booth as he introduces his sweet and funny, experiential  new picture book, Don’t Tell!

Tom Booth is an author, illustrator, and character designer who has worked in both animation and publishing at Macmillan, Scholastic, Simon & Schuster, Workman Publishing, and Nicktoons. 
 

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LET’S TALK YA with Tamara Ireland Stone and Andrew Shvarts
Jun
9
6:30 PM18:30

LET’S TALK YA with Tamara Ireland Stone and Andrew Shvarts

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It’s time to talk YA.   Join us as we celebrate the launch of two new books by two of our favorite local authors. Tamara Ireland Stone and Andrew Shvarts will be chatting about their new books, writing, life as an author, and more. Enjoy a panel discussion, Q&A about why we love YA, themed activities, and great company.
 
Little Do We Know: Next-door neighbors and ex-best friends Hannah and Emory haven't spoken in months. Now, Emory is trying to make the most of the months she has left with her boyfriend, Luke, before they head off to separate colleges. One night, Hannah finds Luke doubled over in his car outside her house and in the aftermath of the accident, all three struggle to understand what happened. But when a devastating secret about Hannah and Emory's argument ultimately comes to light, they must all reexamine the things they hold true. 
 
City of Bastards, the action-packed and wildly entertaining sequel to Royal Bastards, follows Tilla as she explores the royal capital of Lightspire where she uncovers a sinister conspiracy to take down the kingdom from within. With an ensemble cast that resonates as real and complex, City of Bastards is filled with humor and heart that readers will not soon forget. In fact, “Soon John Snow won’t be the only bastard whose name readers will remember” –Entertainment Weekly on Royal Bastards.

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Tamara Ireland Stone is the New York Times bestselling author of Every Last Word, Time Between Us, Time After Time; and Click'd. Before she began writing fiction full time, Tamara spent twenty years in the technology industry. She co-founded a woman-owned marketing strategy and communications firm where she worked with small startups as well as some of the world's largest software companies. 

Andrew Shvarts  works for Pixelberry Studios as a designer, making mobile games like High School Story, Choices, and is the author of the critically acclaimed Royal Bastards.
 

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This is Now with Angie Coiro presents: Bernice Yeung with Jennifer Reisch
Jun
7
7:30 PM19:30

This is Now with Angie Coiro presents: Bernice Yeung with Jennifer Reisch

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Online and in real space, the #MeToo movement has raised awareness of gender inequality - from subtle harassment to sexual predation - to unprecedented levels of discussion. Charlie Rose and Harvey Weinstein have disappeared in shatteringly public falls. Politicians have been forced from office. Bill Cosby has been convicted.

What effect has all this had on the least visible Americans - and can they, too, get justice? Bernice Yeung contributed to a groundbreaking collaboration between the Center for Public Investigation and numerous public media agencies. The resulting exposés, Rape in the Fields and Rape on the Night Shift, won numerous journalism awards. Bernice's new book, In a Day's Work: The Fight to End Sexual Violence Against America's Most Vulnerable Workers, takes the exploration even further.  In our This Is Now with Angie Coiro event, we'll probe how much - if any - of the high-profile power of #MeToo might trickle down to these hidden corners of American life. Bernice will be joined by Jennifer Reisch, the Legal Director of Equal Rights Advocates (ERA), a national non-profit legal organization dedicated to protecting and expanding economic and educational access and opportunities for women and girls through litigation, direct services, legislative advocacy, and community education and outreach.

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This is Now with Angie Coiro presents: John Carreyrou on exposing Theranos
Jun
6
7:30 PM19:30

This is Now with Angie Coiro presents: John Carreyrou on exposing Theranos

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When does a dream factory dream too big? And when everyone wakes up, what's the damage?

The acclaim for Theranos founder and CEO Elizabeth Holmes went well beyond the borders of tech. Theranos, she said, would revolutionize blood testing, making it simpler, faster, and cheaper. Those claims boosted her onto the covers of Forbes and Fortune magazine; Inc.dubbed her "The Next Steve Jobs".

In 2015, John Carreyrou of the Wall Street Journal pointed out the gulf between the company's promises and its actual results. Scrutiny by the SEC, FDA, and other federal and state agencies led to fraud allegations; lab work was suspended and lawsuits filed. When the dust settled, the big question remained: how did a framework of fantasy with so little substance hoodwink investors and the public? How does what we want to believe play out in the world of real money and real science? And if this is all a cautionary tale, what cautions does it leave us with?

Carreyrou's reporting on Theranos netted him a George Polk award. His subsequent book is being filmed with Jennifer Lawrence. John Carreyrou joins the Literary Foundation's journalist-in-residence for This Is Now with Angie Coiro, our ongoing politics and culture series.

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Pamela Druckerman
Jun
4
7:30 PM19:30

Pamela Druckerman

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Pamela Druckerman is a journalist and the author of Bringing Up Bébé; and Lust In Translation. She was a staff reporter at The Wall Street Journal and has written for The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Guardian, The Observer, the Financial Times and Marie Claire. She has appeared as a commentator on the Today Show, Oprah.com, BBC Women's Hour, National Public Radio, Public Radio International, Al Jazeera International, France24 and CNBC.

The in-between decades … if you’re in them, you know what they are. Your parents have stopped trying to change you. You get bored scrolling down to your birth year. There’s at least one sport your doctor forbids you to play. The internationally bestselling author of Bringing Up Bebe returns with a (midlife) coming of age story that will have you absolutely following out of your seat!

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Mark Oshiro with Nina LaCour
May
30
7:00 PM19:00

Mark Oshiro with Nina LaCour

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We couldn't be more excited to welcome Mark Oshiro to discuss his masterful debut, Anger Is a Gift, an explosion of fury and revolution about teens in Oakland organizing to challenge state-sanctioned violence.

Mark Oshiro is the Hugo-nominated writer of the online Mark Does Stuff universe (Mark Reads and Mark Watches), where he analyzes book and TV series. He was the nonfiction editor of Queers Destroy Science Fiction! and the co-editor of Speculative Fiction 2015, and is the President of the Con or Bust Board of Directors. When not writing/recording reviews or editing, Oshiro engages in social activism online and offline. Anger is a Gift is his powerful debut YA contemporary fiction novel.

Moss Jeffries is many things--considerate student, devoted son, loyal friend and affectionate boyfriend, enthusiastic nerd. Sometimes Moss wishes he could be someone who hadn't become a rallying point for a community because of one horrible night. Moss can’t even escape at school―he and his friends are subject to the lack of funds and crumbling infrastructure at West Oakland High, as well as constant intimidation by the resource officer stationed in their halls. When tensions hit a fever pitch and tragedy strikes again, Moss must face a difficult choice: give in to fear and hate or realize that anger can actually be a gift.

A story of resilience and loss, love and family, Mark Oshiro's Anger is a Gift testifies to the vulnerability and strength of a community living within a system of oppression. 

Mark will be chatting with Nina LaCour  (We Are Okay, You Know Me Well, Everything Leads To You)

 

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Lucy Jane Bledsoe with Karen Joy Fowler
May
29
7:30 PM19:30

Lucy Jane Bledsoe with Karen Joy Fowler

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Lucy Jane Bledsoe is the author of five previous novels, including A Thin Bright Line. Her fiction has won a California Arts Council Fellowship in Literature, an American Library Association Stonewall Award, the Arts & Letters Fiction Prize, a Pushcart nomination, a Yaddo Fellowship, and two National Science Foundation Artists & Writers Fellowships. She’s been a six-time Lambda Literary Award finalist and a two-time Ferro-Grumley Award Finalist. Bledsoe lives in the Bay Area where she spends as much time as possible kayaking in the bay, as well as hiking and cycling in the hills.

Karen Joy Fowler, a PEN/Faulkner and California Book Award winner, is the author of six novels (two of them New York Timesbestsellers) and four short story collections. She has been a Dublin IMPAC nominee, and was shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize in 2014. She lives in Santa Cruz, California.

An alumnus of our popular quarterly reading series, Story is the Thing, returns to the Kepler’s stage for the release of her piercing and beautiful new novel: The Evolution of Love. Join Lucy Jane Bledsoe and Karen Joy Fowler for an evening discussing this mesmerizing story of a near-future San Francisco disconnected from the rest of the country by a sudden earthquake. At once unsettling and unforgettable, Bledsoe’s new novel is a sharp and courageous look at the precariousness of our world today.

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Sandhya Menon with Krystal Sutherland
May
25
7:00 PM19:00

Sandhya Menon with Krystal Sutherland

Sandhya Menon's debut novel, When Dimple Met Rishi, was a smash-hit and instant favorite. Join us to meet Sandhya and hear about an aspiring teen filmmaker finding her voice in From Twinkle, With Love.

Twinkle Mehra has stories she wants to tell, if only the world would listen. So when fellow film geek Sahil Roy approaches her to direct a movie for the upcoming Summer Festival, Twinkle is all over it. The chance to publicly showcase her voice as a director? Dream come true. The fact that it gets her closer to her longtime crush, Neil Roy—a.k.a. Sahil’s twin brother? Dream come true x 2. When mystery man “N” begins emailing her, Twinkle is sure it’s Neil, finally ready to begin their happily-ever-after. The only slightly inconvenient problem is that, in the course of movie-making, she’s fallen in love with the irresistibly adorkable Sahil. Twinkle soon realizes that resistance is futile: The romance she’s got is not the one she’s scripted. But will it be enough?

Told through the letters Twinkle writes to her favorite female filmmakers, From Twinkle, with Love navigates big truths about friendship, family, and the unexpected places love can find you.

Sandhya Menon is the New York Times bestselling author of When Dimple Met Rishi. She was born and raised in India on a steady diet of Bollywood movies and street food, and blames this upbringing for her obsession with happily-ever-afters, bad dance moves, and pani puri.  Sandhya will be chatting with Krystal Sutherland, author of Our Chemical Hearts and A Semi-Definitive List of Worst Nightmares.
 

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Youth Housing Crisis Forum
May
23
7:00 PM19:00

Youth Housing Crisis Forum

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The past few years have seen a steady escalation of the housing crisis in our
community characterized by evictions and steep rent increases for those
unfortunate enough to not own their home.

Youth have identified that the mainstream narrative about displacement only focuses on adults, there is little to no conversation about the impacts on youth.

Young people from our community aim to gather a panel of 4-5 youth from different areas of the Bay Area to talk about their experience with displacement and gentrification. They will share their stories about the personal toll that displacement has taken on their emotional and physical well being. The goal is to highlight the similarities of all of the communities experiencing displacement in this housing crisis, and make youth experience center stage.

We will encourage youth find comfort in the fact that their experience is shared, and that this event will hopefully be the catalyst for organizing around housing issues in the future. We also aim to provide helpful resources that are available in the community to those facing eviction or displacement.

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This is Now with Angie Coiro presents James Hatch on Combat Recovery
May
22
7:30 PM19:30

This is Now with Angie Coiro presents James Hatch on Combat Recovery

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James Hatch served with the Navy SEALs, where he rose to the rank of special ops Senior Chief. He fought in 150 missions, including service in Iraq and Afghanistan. He earned four Bronze Stars with Valor. But it was when he broke into tears over the death of a service dog by enemy fire that he came to national attention.

Hatch was testifying in the trial of Bowe Bergdahl, who abandoned his post in Afghanistan, then was captured by the Taliban. As he joined the dragnet to find the missing soldier, Hatch said later, he knew Americans would be killed or hurt. He turned out to be one of them. Sprayed with the same AK-47 fire that took down the service dog at his side, Hatch swirled into a maelstrom of pain, surgeries, amputation, and alcoholism. He found his way back with hard work, love of friends and family, and - fittingly enough - by founding a charity to care for retired service dogs.

James Hatch tells his story of his struggle and recovery in Touching the Dragon, And Other Techniques for Surviving Life's Wars. Anderson Cooper says it "reveals with such honesty and openness, the 'second war' that Jimmy and other special operators must fight when they come back to a society that seems so alien to them, a society completely divorced from the purity of combat." Join Angie Coiro for another This Is Now conversation with this very special guest.

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Simon Winchester
May
21
7:30 PM19:30

Simon Winchester

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Simon Winchester is the acclaimed author of The Professor and the Madman, The Men Who United the States, The Map That Changed the World, The Man Who Loved China, A Crack in the Edge of the World, and Krakatoa, all of which were New York Times bestsellers. In 2006, Winchester was made an officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) by Her Majesty the Queen. He resides in western Massachusetts.

Precisions, that abstract idea of exact measurement – the thing that makes our ball point pens work and space shuttles to launch into the stratosphere – the keystone of the industrial age and the magic of the digital age, had an exact date of birth. Simon Winchester who has written biographies of oceans, geological forces, and the world’s great scientists, returns to the Kepler’s stage for an evening on the engineers who created the modern world. A blend of history, science, and graceful personal narrative, join Winchester as he discusses his new book, The Perfectionists.

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