Lee Kravetz with Julie Lythcott-Haims and Roni Habib
Jun
27
7:30 pm19:30

Lee Kravetz with Julie Lythcott-Haims and Roni Habib

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From social media, to search, to state-of-the-art healthcare and education, Silicon Valley is uniquely good at making things that catch. Yet in 2009, Silicon Valley created something that was never supposed to catch … but did, ensnaring students, parents, and the community in crisis. In response, Palo Alto became an example of how to fight, how to live, how to be happy, and how to remain strong, a shining model of how to care for one another and a vital reminder of our responsibility to one another.

Julie Lythcott-Haims (internationally acclaimed author of How To Raise An Adult) hosts one of the most important conversations of our times with author and psychotherapist Lee Daniel Kravetz about the story of Palo Alto and how, in the midst of one of its most trying tests, became a beacon of contagious hope and resilience. 

Kravetz is the author of the upcoming book Strange Contagion and the international bestselling book Supersurvivors.  Lythcott-Haims and Kravetz will discuss how the Bay Area has healed, as well as the way the community has worked to bounce back and rebuild.

They will be joined by Roni Habib, a teacher of social emotional learning at Gunn High as they explore how the community has worked to bounce back from suffering using contagious thoughts, emotions, and behaviors, spreading catchable strength, infectious happiness, transmittable morale, and communicable courage.

We hope you will join us for this important evening.

Roxane Gay
Jun
28
7:30 pm19:30

Roxane Gay

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"In the world of writers  Roxane Gay is a rock star" -- Molly McArdle, Brooklyn Magazine

There is no one else in literature today quite like Roxane Gay. From her piercingly beautiful short stories to her bracing and hilarious essays on feminism, pop culture, and identity, she has transformed the national conversation. Now, with the publication of her new book, Hunger, this lion of the literary world discusses one of her most challenging subjects yet -- herself. Years in the making, Hunger shares the sometimes public and often private struggle Gay has fought with her body and the world it must navigate through.

Raw, honest, and heartbreaking, Gay's Hunger is one of the most-anticipated books of the year. This is Gay at her most revealing yet.

Roxane Gay's writing has appeared in Best American Mystery Stories 2014, Best American Short Stories 2012, Best Sex Writing 2012, Oxford American, American Short Fiction, West Branch, Virginia Quarterly Review, NOON, The New York Times Book Review, Bookforum, Time, The Los Angeles Times, The Nation, The Rumpus, Salon, The Wall Street Journals Speakeasy culture blog, and many others. She is the co-editor of PANK and essays editor for The Rumpus. She teaches writing at Eastern Illinois University. Her novel, She is the author of three books--Ayiti, An Untamed State, and Bad Feminist. She very much wants a tiny baby elephant.

Barry Eisler
Jun
29
7:30 pm19:30

Barry Eisler

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Barry Eisler returns to Kepler's! Join us as we toast the ninth novel in the John Rain series, Zero Sum.

Set in Tokyo in 1982, a young John Rain must make the hardest choice of his career. Upon returning to the city he knows so well, Rain meets the man in charge of the killing business, a half-Russian, half-Japanese sociopath named Victor. He must assassinate a government minister, but not before discovering the mystery behind the official's beautiful Italian wife.

Ensnared in a truly zero-sum game, not only is Rain's reputation on the line, his life may be as well.

Promising to be one of the best Rain novels yet, "Zero Sum" is a full-throttle thriller from one of the best mystery writers in the country. Eisler is the author of over a dozen novels, many of which have been translated into a number of different languages. He is the winner of the Barry Award and Gumshoe Award.

Raise a glass and be the first to get your copy!

Mackenzi Lee in conversation with Anna-Marie McLemore
Jul
5
7:00 pm19:00

Mackenzi Lee in conversation with Anna-Marie McLemore

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Join us to celebrate Macenzi Lee's hilarious and swashbuckling 18th century romantic adventure, The Gentleman's Guide to Vice and Virtue about a young bisexual British lord who embarks on an unforgettable Grand Tour of Europe. This is a witty, romantic, and exceedingly smart look at discovering one’s place in the world and explores the undeniably fine lines between friendship and love

“Don’t read this book unless you like adventure, hijinks, and forbidden romance, and if you do, then read it twice.” (Stacey Lee, author of The Secret of a Heart Note , Under a Painted Sky, and Outrun the Moon)

Mackenzi Lee earned a BA in history (in the middle of which she took her own Grand Tour of Europe) and an MFA from Simmons College in writing for children and young adults. She loves Diet Coke, sweater weather, and Star Wars. On a perfect day, she can be found enjoying all three. You can spot her on Twitter @themackenzilee, where she curates a weekly story time about badass women from history you probably don’t know about but should. 

Mackenzi will be in conversation with Anna-Marie McLemore, author of The Weight of Feathers and the Stonewall Book Award Honoree and National Book Award Nominee When the Moon was Ours 
 

Why We Ask, "Why?"
Jul
18
7:30 pm19:30

Why We Ask, "Why?"

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"Why?" --

It's the question that sits at the heart of our quest for knowledge and understanding.

Astrophysicist Mario Livio traveled deep into the impulsiveness of our inquiry, interviewing dozens of question-seekers in fields from biology, mathematics, neuroscience and all the way to rock & roll to discover just why it is we ask, why

At the heart of Livio's investigation are two geniuses: Leonardo da Vinci and Richard Feynman. Through their probing and furiously curious minds, Livio shows how science has asked an almost infinite number of questions, but very little is known about the root of that insatiable curiosity

Mario Livio is an internationally known astrophysicist, a bestselling author, and a popular speaker who has appeared on The Daily Show, 60 Minutes, and NOVA. He is a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science. Besides Why? What Makes Us Curious, he is the author of The Golden Ratio, a highly-acclaimed book for which he received the International Pythagoras Prize and the Peano Prize; The Equation That Couldn't Be Solved; Is God a Mathematician? (which was the basis for the 2016 Emmy-nominated NOVA program The Great Math Mystery); the national bestseller Brilliant Blunders; and The Accelerating Universe. He lives in Baltimore, Maryland.

In Deep with Angie Coiro Presents Tabitha Soren
Jul
19
12:00 pm12:00

In Deep with Angie Coiro Presents Tabitha Soren

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In 2002, Tabitha Soren began photographing minor league draft picks for the Oakland As. She followed them into and through the alternate reality of baseball: long bus rides, on-field injuries, friendships and marriages entered and exited, constant motion, and very hard work, often for very little return. Some, like Nick Swisher and Joe Blanton, have gone on to become well-known, respected, high-level players. Others moved out of baseball into selling insurance, coal mining, or other unexpected life paths. Some have wrestled poverty and even homelessness.


Along with Fantasy Life's multi-media debut, Angie and Tabitha will discuss her earlier work; her experiences as a woman in the intensely male baseball milieu; and her career transition from MTV News reporter to camera artist.

Tabitha Soren left a successful career in television in 1999 to start another one as a photographer. Her work is included in public collections such as the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Oakland Museum of California; Transformer Station, Cleveland, Ohio; Pier 24 Photography, San Francisco; New Orleans Museum of Art; Indianapolis Museum of Contemporary Art, Indiana; and the Ogden Museum of Southern Art, New Orleans. Her work has been featured in Dear Dave, McSweeneys, Vanity Fair, New York Times Magazine, Blink, Slate, New York, Sports Illustrated, California Sunday Magazine, and ESPN The Magazine. She is represented by the Kopeikin Gallery, Los Angeles.

Sherman Alexie
Jul
20
7:30 pm19:30

Sherman Alexie

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Sherman Alexie's work is canonical. Novels like The Absolutely True Story of a Part-Time Indian and The Lone Ranger and Tonto Fistfight in Heaven are standards in classrooms across the country. Few writers have captured the American experience in quite the way Alexie has. 

Now he faces head-on the ghosts of his past. With his memoir, You Don't Have to Say You Love Me, Alexie grapples with the life and the upbringing that inspired the novels and stories that have vaulted him to literary stardom. From growing up dirt-poor on an Indian reservation to being raised by alcoholic parents to confronting his mother who was as a beautiful as she was mercurial, as abusive as she was intelligent, join Alexie for an evening of raw and honest reflection.

Winner of the PEN/Faulkner Award for Fiction, the PEN/Malamud Award for Short Fiction, a PEN/Hemingway Citation for Best First Fiction, and the National Book Award for Young People's Literature, Sherman Alexie is a poet, short story writer, novelist, and performer. 

A Spokane/Couer d'Alene Indian, Alexie grew up in Wellpinit, Washington, on the Spokane Indian Reservation. Alexie has been an urban Indian since 1994 and lives in Seattle with his family. 

Penguin Teen Summer Tour
Jul
22
2:00 pm14:00

Penguin Teen Summer Tour

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The Penguin Teen Summer Tour is coming to Kepler’s and we couldn’t be more excited. Join us as we welcome four amazing authors: Romina Russell, Danielle Vega, Aditi Khorana, and Morgan Rhodes

Black Moon is the third title in New York Times bestselling author Romina Russell’s epic sci-fi fantasy series Zodiac, set in a galaxy inspired by the astrological signs.  Originally from Argentina, Romina started writing a weekly column for the Miami Herald that was picked up for national syndication—and she hasn’t stopped writing since. 

Danielle Vega, known for terrifying readers with her special blend of candy coated terror, won rave reviews for her debut novel The Merciless, a chilling tale of mean girl hazing gone to hell. Merciless III is the terrifying prequel to a series MTV calls "Mean Girls meets The Exorcist."  Danielle spent her childhood hiding under the covers while her mother retold tales from Stephen King novels. She’s won numerous awards for her fiction and nonfiction, and earned a 2009 Pushcart Prize nomination for her short story “Drive.” 

Aditi Khorana is the author of Mirror in the Sky and Library of Fates, a tale inspired by her childhood in India, its folklore and magic.  Aditi has worked as a journalist at ABC News, CNN, and PBS, and most recently as a marketing executive consulting for various Hollywood studios including Fox, Paramount, and Sony. 

Morgan Rhodes is the New York Times bestselling author of the Falling Kingdoms series and its companion series A Book of Spirits & Thieves, a teen twist on Outlander. According to Richelle Mead (the Vampire Academy series), "Morgan Rhodes has created a rich, living fantasy world and characters that immediately draw the reader in. This is one of those series you can't help but be obsessed with" 

This panel will be moderated by Evelyn Skye, author of The Crown's Game and The Crown's Fate.
 

In Deep with Angie Coiro Presents: David Callahan
Jul
26
12:00 pm12:00

In Deep with Angie Coiro Presents: David Callahan

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It's a thorny proposition: the increasing reliance on America's ultra-rich for society's most urgent needs. Government funding of such basic services as education, health care, and arts are becoming more politically manipulated and constrained. Enter the 1%: the Zuckerbergs, Waltons, Gateses, the Buffets. All have opened their wallets for their preferred causes; all exercise control over what meets their personal criteria. On the one hand, their generosity has funded schools, clinics, journalism - an endless list of beneficial gifts to America. On the other hand, what are the hidden costs of shifting the public good into the hands of a small cadre of powerful individuals?

David Callahan's The Givers: Wealth, Power, and Philanthropy in a New Gilded Age is an inside look at the secretive world of elite philanthropists and how they're quietly wielding ever more power to shape American life for better and for worse. 

David Callahan is the founder and editor of the media site Inside Philanthropy, and co-founder of the national think tank Demos. His earlier books include The Cheating Culture: Why More Americans Are Doing Wrong to Get Ahead and Fortunes of Change: The Rise of the Liberal Rich and the Remaking America.

Michelle Richmond
Aug
1
7:30 pm19:30

Michelle Richmond

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This will be one of the most exciting literary events of the summer. Award-winning author Michelle Richmond returns to Keplers for the release of her twisted, heart-stopping new novel: The Marriage Pact.  Already optioned to Twentieth Century Fox, Richmonds new novel is a relentless psychological thriller. 

Receiving admittance to an exclusive pact as an anonymous wedding gift, a newlywed couple joins the ranks of an exclusive club that, like marriage, is meant for life. Richmond is the acclaimed author of multiple national bestselling titles; join us to toast the release of her most gripping novel yet.

Michelle Richmond is the bestselling author of The Year of Fog, No One You Know, Hum: Stories, Golden State, Dream of the Blue Room, and the award-winning The Girl in the Fall-Away Dress. A native of Mobile, Alabama, she lives with her husband and son in San Francisco.

Story is the Thing: Forbidden Places
Aug
3
7:30 pm19:30

Story is the Thing: Forbidden Places

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The universe is made of stories, not of atoms.
— Muriel Rukeyser

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Be a part of the fourth installment of Story Is the Thing: a lovely evening of storytelling with seven Bay Area authors reading on the theme "Forbidden Places."  

There will be wine, cheese, and cupcakes at 7:15 pm -- the program will begin at 7:30 pm.

Readers this time will be Joan Frank, Lucy Jane Bledsoe, Ethel Rohan, Elaine Ray, Fyza Parviz, Ron Chapman, and Nicola Maye Goldberg.

Joan Frank is the author of six books of fiction and a book of collected essays. All the News I Need, her fourth novel, won the 2016 Juniper Prize for Fiction. Joan's last story collection, In Envy Country, won the Richard Sullivan Prize and the Gold ForeWord Reviews Book of the Year Award. Her book of essays, Because You Have To: A Writing Life, won the Silver ForeWord Reviews Book of the Year Award. A MacDowell Colony Fellow and recipient of many grants and honors, Joan also frequently reviews literary fiction for the San Francisco Chronicle. She lives in the North Bay with her husband, playwright Bob Duxbury.

Lucy Jane Bledsoes new novel, A Thin Bright Line, which the New York Times says triumphs as an intimate and humane evocation of day-to-day life under inhumane circumstances, was published in October. She's the author of five other novels, a collection of narrative nonfiction, and a collection of short stories. Her fiction has won a Yaddo Fellowship, the 2013 Saturday Evening Post Fiction Award, the Arts & Letters Fiction Prize, the Sherwood Anderson Prize for Fiction, a Pushcart nomination, a California Arts Council Fellowship, an American Library Association Stonewall Award, and two National Science Foundation Artists & Writers Fellowships. Her stories have been translated into Japanese, Spanish, German, Dutch, and Chinese. Her next novel, The Evolution of Love, will be published in 2018.

Ethel Rohan's debut novel is The Weight of Him (St. Martin's Press, February 2017). She is also the author of two story collections, Goodnight Nobody and Cut Through the Bone, the former longlisted for The Edge Hill Prize and the latter longlisted for The Story Prize. An award-winning short story writer and 1 of 14 recently longlisted for The Sunday Times EFG Award, the world's richest prize for a single short story, her work has appeared in The New York Times, World Literature Today, The Washington Post, Tin House Online, GUERNICA Magazine, and many more. Raised in Ireland, she lives in San Francisco.

Elaine Ray is a writer based in Stanford, California. Her story Pidgin is the winner of the Gival Press 2016 Short Story Award. In 2015, Elaine completed the Online Certificate Program in Novel Writing offered by Stanford Continuing Studies. She is currently working on the final draft of a novel titled WANTED. Elaine has spent most of her career as a journalist, working for many years as an editorial writer for the Boston Globe and as an editor and writer for Essence magazine. She is currently a communications director at Stanford University. Her blog, My Father's Posts, is a collection of her own commentary and the writings of her father, who was a journalist in Harlem in the 20s, 30s and 40s.

Fyza Parviz originally hails from Peshawar Pakistan and has been living in the Bay Area for 14 years. She is a Software & Electrical Engineer by profession and loves to read, write, attend events, and create literary experiences. She is also on the Leadership Team for the Annual Bay Area Book Festival in Berkeley and is pursuing her Masters in Liberal Arts from Stanford. She is currently developing an engaging Online Social Platform for writers and readers. Her short stories, essays, and reviews have been published in PaperCuts Magazine and LitSeen.

Ron Chapman is a comedian, improviser, and actor who loves reading aloud.

Nicola Maye Goldberg is the author of Other Women (Sad Spell Press, 2016). She is a graduate of Bard College, where she received the Mary McCarthy Prize. Her work has appeared in the Winter Tangerine Review, the Quietus, Queen Mob's Tea House, and elsewhere. She is currently an MFA candidate in fiction at Columbia University.

Tickets: $10.00 per person

Jason Reynolds
Aug
4
7:00 pm19:00

Jason Reynolds

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You know Jason Reynolds from his breakout novel When I Was The Greatest that received the John Steptoe Award for New Talent, as the New York Times bestselling author of the Coretta Scott King Honor book, The Boy in The Black Suit, the co-author of All American Boys with Brendan Kiely, also a Coretta Scott King Honor book, and as the inaugural recipient of the Walter Dean Myers Award. You may also know him as the author of the middle-grade novels As Brave As You, which won the Kirkus Prize and was nominated for an NAACP Image Award, and Ghost, which was selected as a National Book Award Finalist. 

You may also know Spiderman as Peter Parker.

This Fall, Jason Reynolds has joined the Marvel YA family with a novel about the new Spiderman, Miles Morales. Miles's spidey-sense has been on the fritz, a misunderstanding leads to his suspension from school, and Miles begins to question his abilities. Maybe kids like Miles aren't meant to be superheroes or is there something more going on?

Don’t miss this chance to meet Jason Reynolds, one of the most promising Young Adult novelists in the market today, and celebrate all thing Spiderman. Costumes encouraged.
 

Meg Cabot
Aug
5
2:00 pm14:00

Meg Cabot

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Longtime favorite Meg Cabot has a new princess book, Royal Crush: From the Notebooks of a Middle School Princess and we are throwing a Princess Party to celebrate

The original Princess Diaries series sold over five million copies in the US (15 million worldwide), spent 82 weeks on the USA Today best sellers list, was published in more than 38 countries, and inspired two beloved films. 

Genovia gained a new resident in this sweet and sassy spin-off featuring book-and-music-loving Olivia Grace Clarisse Harrison , the younger half-sister of Princess Mia Thermopolis. Olivia is turning thirteen and starting to get the hang of this princess thing. Just in time, too, since Princess Mia is expected to give birth to twins any day now! Although terrible timing for a school field trip, everyone is insisting that Olivia must attend the Royal School Winter Games even though Grandmère is chaperoning and everyone thinks Olivia has a crush on Prince Khalil (although she isn’t sure he even wants to be friends anymore!).

Meg Cabot’s books for both adults and tweens/teens have included multiple #1 New York Times bestsellers, selling well over 25 million copies worldwide. Meg’s numerous award-winning books include the Princess Diaries series, the Mediator series, and the Heather Wells mystery series. From the Notebooks of a Middle School Princess is the first series she’s illustrated.
 

Janelle Brown
Aug
7
7:30 pm19:30

Janelle Brown

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Who do you want people to think you are?

Bay Area-native Janelle Brown celebrates the release of her propulsive new novel, Watch Me Disappear.

A year after Billie Flannigan a Berkeley mom with an enviable life goes missing on a hike, the husband and daughter she leaves behind struggle to maintain the illusion of normal life. Meanwhile, alcohol and depression, and loose ends that just don't make sense erode the foundations of the life they once had. 

Brown, the bestselling author of All We Ever Wanted and This is Where We Live, does it again with a heart-stopping new novel that will leave you breathless.

With by-lines in nationally syndicated magazines across the country including Vogue, Elle, Wired, and Self, Brown is an unstoppable force. Her work has been lauded by The San Francisco Chronicle, the Los Angeles Times, and more. Join us as we toast one of the Bay Area's own on the release of her explosive new book!

Jessica Taylor in conversation with Stephanie Garber
Aug
15
7:00 pm19:00

Jessica Taylor in conversation with Stephanie Garber

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Join us to celebrate the launch of A Map for Wrecked Girls by local author Jessica Taylor a twisting tale of loyalty, betrayal, and love, in which two sisters must survive the wilds, if they can first survive each other. "A harrowing story of sisters in need of rescue that’s so real, it’ll have you shaking sand from your hair and wiping tears off the page." —Stacey Lee, author of Under a Painted Sky

Jessica adores atmospheric settings, dangerous girls, and characters who sneak out late at night. She lives in Northern California, not far from San Francisco, with a law degree she isn’t using, one dog, and many teetering towers of books.

Jessica will be chatting with Stephanie Garber, author of Caraval
 

Bill Nye the Science Guy
Sep
9
7:30 pm19:30

Bill Nye the Science Guy

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Bill Nye wants you to change the world! 

The public face of science for over 20 years, The Science Guy is issuing a call to arms. Whatever your cause, whatever your persuasion, whatever your radical curiosity is driven by, everyone can be the change they want to see in the world.

Consider the following: An Everything All at Once lifestyle -- taking action for the beliefs you consider the most important. A New York Times bestselling author, Emmy-winner, inventor, comedian, engineer, and CEO of the Planetary Society, Bill Nye has truly done everything. Always, though, he is guided by a core set of skills and principals.

From his childhood scouting adventures to his career in aerospace to the development of Science Guy television, Bill Nye is bringing a lifetime of experience in living Everything All at Once. Don't miss out!

Ticket Information:
$40.00 -- Admit 1. Includes Book and one place in the signing line.
$20.00 -- Admit 1. Does not include a book or a place in the signing line.

Bill Nye will be available after the event to sign copies of his new book "Everything All at Once." 


NOTE: YOU MUST PURCHASE A BOOK TO ENTER THE SIGNING LINE.

There will be no personalizations or posed photographs. Pictures may be taken from the signing line.


 

Bruce Henderson: How the Ritchie Boys Defeated Hitler
Sep
18
7:30 pm19:30

Bruce Henderson: How the Ritchie Boys Defeated Hitler

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Number one New York Times bestselling historian Bruce Henderson turns his expert eye to the little-known World War II saga of The Ritchie Boys.

Comprised of the same grit and raw power of classic true stories like the Band of Brothers and The Boys in the Boat, Henderson's new work reveals the unsung story of a group of young men who became crucial to the Allied Victory.

In 1942, the U.S. Army unleashed one of its greatest secret weapons in the battle to defeat Adolf Hitler: training nearly 2,000 German-born Jews in special interrogation techniques and making use of their mastery of the German language, history, and customs. Known as the Ritchie Boys, they were sent in small, elite teams to join every major combat unit in Europe, where they interrogated German POWs and gathered crucial intelligence that saved American lives and helped win the war.

Join Bruce Henderson as he shares the compelling true story of the young men whose selfless devotion to freedom and democracy helped defeat Hitler and end the war.

Nicole Krauss -- Narrative Grace and the American Novel
Sep
25
7:30 pm19:30

Nicole Krauss -- Narrative Grace and the American Novel

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Meet international bestselling author Nicole Krauss live at Kepler's. Hailed by the New York Times as, “One of America’s most important novelists,” Krauss’s peerless work of narrative grace and wholly original storytelling, has established her as an unrivaled voice in American fiction.

Among her many accolades, Krauss has been named a National Book Award finalist, short-listed for the Orange Prize and listed as one of the New Yorker’s “20 Under 40” and one of Granta’s “Best Young American Novelists.” She is the author of three novels including a mesmerizing new work, Forest Dark.

In all of her work, Krauss inquisitive, slyly profound, and wholly original. Her recent work is no exception. Filled with humor and bursting with life, Krauss continues to advance the scope and power of American fiction in a way that few other writers can. 

Join us as welcome one of the great writers of our time discussing the power of and eloquence of her fiction.

Oct
16
7:30 pm19:30

The Girls Who Change the World: Paola Gianturco with Musimbi Kanyoro

Young girls are transforming the world.

From education to health to the environment, across the globe, young women as young as ten years old are rising to the occasion and creating the change they want to see in the world.

Dr. Musimbi Kanyoro, President and CEO of the Global Fund for Women, presents a conversation with celebrated author and photographer Paola Gianturco.

Gianturco, author of Women Who Light the Dark and Grandmother Power, has joined with her eleven-year-old granddaughter to document the work of fifteen girl-led nonprofits in thirteen countries across North America, the Middle East, Africa, and Latin America. In her new photo collection, Wonder Girls, Gianturco reveals the little-known stories of the girls from around the globe: the Mexican girls who are inventing phone apps, the Ugandan girls advocating for women's rights before the UN, and the girls right here in the US who are lobbying Senators in Congress.

Join these two important women as they discuss the heart-warming change that is being fostered today by some the world's strongest young women.

Paola Gianturco, author-photographer, has documented women's issues in 62 countries for six powerhouse Books. Grandmother Power: A Global Phenomenon (2012) won four first place literary awards in categories as diverse as multicultural nonfiction and women's studies. Wonder Girls: Changing the World is third in a triptych. Women Who Light the Dark described women activists; Grandmother Power told about grandmother activists. And now, girl activists. Paola's images have been exhibited at the United Nations, UNESCO, The US Senate, The Field Museum/Chicago, The Museum of the African Diaspora/San Francisco, The Norton Simon Museum/Pasadena, The Grand Rapids Public Museum and more. She lectures internationally, presented a TED talk in Dubai, and has been a guest on The Oprah Winfrey Show, CNN, NPR and Voice of America programs among others. Paola serves on the advisory boards of three nonprofits: Rise Up/Let Girls Lead (which empowers girls to advocate for policy change), Pencils for Africa (a child-led initiative that aims to alter the narrative about Africa), and Global Grandmothers (who support children in need internationally). In 2013 Paola was listed among "40 Women to Watch Over 40," and in 2014, Women's e-News named her one of 21 Leaders for the 21st Century. 

Dr. Musimbi Kanyoro, President and CEO of Global Fund for Women, was born in Kenya, Musimbi traces her passion for human rights, peace, and justice to her Quaker family and community. She is one of 10 children - every daughter given the same educational opportunities as the sons. "I want the same for every girl and woman, no exceptions," Musimbi has said. In 1998, Musimbi was general secretary (CEO) of the World YWCA and transformed it into a young-women-led organization. She was subsequently Director for Population and Reproductive Health at David and Lucile Packard Foundation. In 2014, she was named one of the 21 Women Leaders for the 21st Century by Women's E-News. In 2015, Forbes Magazine named her one of 10 women "power brands" working for gender equality. Musimbi has Ph.D.'s in both Linguistics and Feminist Theology.


Paul Hawken: A Plan to Combat Climate Change
Jun
21
7:30 pm19:30

Paul Hawken: A Plan to Combat Climate Change

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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.

Laurie King
Jun
20
7:30 pm19:30

Laurie King

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!

Fiction Discussion Group
Jun
19
7:00 pm19:00

Fiction Discussion Group

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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.

Sarah Dessen
Jun
15
7:00 pm19:00

Sarah Dessen

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.

  Presenting Noam Chomsky's Requiem for the American Dream
Jun
14
7:00 pm19:00

Presenting Noam Chomsky's Requiem for the American Dream

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**

In Deep with Angie Coiro: Vegas Baby - with Documentary filmmaker Amanda Micheli
Jun
14
12:00 pm12:00

In Deep with Angie Coiro: Vegas Baby - with Documentary filmmaker Amanda Micheli

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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.

Story Time with Tom Booth
Jun
13
5:00 pm17:00

Story Time with Tom Booth

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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!

Non-Fiction Discussion Group
Jun
12
2:00 pm14:00

Non-Fiction Discussion Group

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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.  

Daytime Fiction Discussion Group
Jun
11
2:00 pm14:00

Daytime Fiction Discussion Group

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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.

Get Ready for the Solar Eclipse with Andrew Fraknoi
Jun
10
2:00 pm14:00

Get Ready for the Solar Eclipse with Andrew Fraknoi

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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.

Andrew Shvarts
Jun
8
7:00 pm19:00

Andrew Shvarts

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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

Paul Ehrlich and Jeremy Lent explore the future
Jun
7
7:30 pm19:30

Paul Ehrlich and Jeremy Lent explore the future

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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. 

Paul Madonna and Peter Moskowitz with Angie Coiro: Gentrification on the Fast Track
Jun
5
7:30 pm19:30

Paul Madonna and Peter Moskowitz with Angie Coiro: Gentrification on the Fast Track

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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.

In Deep with Angie Coiro: "13 Reasons Why": Analysis and Advice
May
31
12:00 pm12:00

In Deep with Angie Coiro: "13 Reasons Why": Analysis and Advice

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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.

 

Story Is The Thing: Kepler's Quarterly Reading Series
May
25
7:30 pm19:30

Story Is The Thing: Kepler's Quarterly Reading Series

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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.

Tom Nichols with Angie Coiro: The Death of Expertise
May
24
7:30 pm19:30

Tom Nichols with Angie Coiro: The Death of Expertise

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Award-winning journalist Angie Coiro quizzes five-time, undefeated Jeopardy! Champion Tom Nichols on his new book "The Death of Expertise" and the instantaneity of information. 

Nichols, a professor of National Security Affairs at the US Naval War College asserts that the openness of the internet and the democratization of information consumption can have dangerous consequences.

Cornelia Funke
May
23
5:30 pm17:30

Cornelia Funke

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Cornelia Funke is one of today’s most beloved and recognizable writers of magical stories.  A storyteller and illustrator of international acclaim, she is the New York Times bestselling author of the Inkheart series  Dragon Rider, The Thief Lord, the Ghosthunters series, and Igraine the Brave. We are honored to welcome her to Kepler’s to celebrate her remarkable body of work and to talk about her new picture book, The Book No One Ever Read and her Reckless series.  Join us for this unforgettable opportunityto hear one of the great voices of children’s literature

Spanish Book Discussion Group
May
22
7:00 pm19:00

Spanish Book Discussion Group

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Final Del Juego by Julio Cortazar

Written with the enthusiasm of the very genius, the eighteen short stories that compose Final del juego constitute so many experiments of perfection. All the stories are gripping to the end, but "No se culpe a nadie," "El ro," "Axolotl," and "La noche boca arriba" deserve special mention. It also includes the story Los venenos which he considered autobiographical. 

This volume constitutes an excellent way to approach one of the best writers of the 20th century.

Kids Love Science with Steve Mould and Jemma Westing
May
19
6:00 pm18:00

Kids Love Science with Steve Mould and Jemma Westing

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Want to think like a scientist and look at the world to figure out how science works? Like the idea of bringing old cardboard to life and building amazing recycled creations you can play with, sit in, and wear. Join Steve Mould and Jenna Westing for a fun afternoon full of science and discovery for kids who love science.

Julie Foudy, Brandi Chastain & Darla Anderson
May
18
7:00 pm19:00

Julie Foudy, Brandi Chastain & Darla Anderson

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Meet Julie Foudy, two time Olympic Gold Medalist, two time World Cup Champion, former captain of the US national soccer team, and ESPN correspondent whose book Choose to Matter is a hands-on guide to leadership and empowerment for everyone who needs a little push to find courage, motivation, and confidence.  She will be in conversation with two incredible women: Brandi Chastain one of the best ambassadors for soccer, who has won 2 World Cups, 2 Olympic gold and 1 silver medals, the Inaugural WUSA Championship, and captained the San Jose Cyberrays for the 3 years the WUSA ran. And Darla Anderson, a senior producer at Pixar whose producing talents have brought us beloved movies such as Cars, Monster's Inc, A Bug’s Life, and Toy Story 3. 

Come and be inspired.

In Deep with Angie Coiro: Bianca Bosker - Cork Dork
May
17
12:00 pm12:00

In Deep with Angie Coiro: Bianca Bosker - Cork Dork

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More Americans are drinking wine than ever before, yet the rituals, customs, and language around it are as rarefied and opaque as ever, leaving many of us wondering what all the fuss is about. What makes the bottle I bought for last week’s dinner party “bad”? Are sommeliers just pretentious, glorified salespeople, or can they actually taste things like pyrazine and honeysuckle in wine? And why do so many people devote their lives (or life savings) to experiencing minute differences in flavor that most of us can’t even perceive, let alone appreciate?  

CORK DORK: A Wine-Fueled Adventure Among the Obsessive Sommeliers, Big Bottle Hunters, and Rogue Scientists Who Taught Me to Live for Taste takes the reader inside an elite tasting group, a Burgundy bacchanal, a Michelin-starred restaurant, an fMRI machine, and more as Bosker strives to make sense, once and for all, of our complicated relationship with fermented grape juice.

Evelyn Skye and Veronica Rossi
May
16
7:00 pm19:00

Evelyn Skye and Veronica Rossi

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The wait is over! We are so thrilled to invite you to THE launch event of the year. Join us to celebrate two spectacular much anticipated sequels from two New York Times bestselling authors: The Crown’s Fate by Evelyn Skye and Seeker by Veronica Rossi. We couldn't be more excited.

Fiction Discussion Group
May
15
7:00 pm19:00

Fiction Discussion Group

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The Plague of Doves by Louise Erdrich

National Book Award-winning author of The Round House, Louise Erdrich delves into the fraught waters of historical injustice and the impact of secrets kept too long. 

A finalist for the Pulitzer Prize, The Plague of Doves by Louise Erdrich, is a gripping novel about a long-unsolved crime in a small North Dakota town and how, years later, the consequences are still being felt by the community and nearby Ojibwe reservation.

Fierce Reads Spring Tour
May
13
2:00 pm14:00

Fierce Reads Spring Tour

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The Fierce Reads Spring Tour is coming to Kepler’s! Join us as we welcome three new fierce YA authors - Erin Beaty, Taran Matharu, and Kristen Orlando – with three fabulous new books

Misa Sugiura
May
12
7:00 pm19:00

Misa Sugiura

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Join us to celebrate the launch of Misa Sugiura’s charming and bittersweet coming-of-age debut novel, It’s Not Like It’s a Secret, that celebrates the culture of Silicon Valley as well as the diversity of families who live and work here.


 

Elizabeth Strout with Scott Hutchins
May
11
7:30 pm19:30

Elizabeth Strout with Scott Hutchins

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Elizabeth Strout is the Pulitzer Prizewinning author of "Olive Kitteridge," the #1 New York Times bestseller "My Name Is Lucy Barton," and "The Burgess Boys." 

As I was writing My Name Is Lucy Barton,  it came to me that all the characters Lucy and her mother talked about had their own stories  of course!  and so the unfolding of their lives became tremendously important to me. --Elizabeth Strout

Jessamyn Stanley in conversation with Virgie Tovar
May
10
7:30 pm19:30

Jessamyn Stanley in conversation with Virgie Tovar

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Internationally acclaimed yogi, Jessamyn Stanley is joined by Instagram star Virgie Tovar for a conversation on body image, yoga, and the meaning of beauty.

Stanley has been profiled and/or featured in a wide range of media outlets, including Good Morning America, New York, Glamour, Shape, People, and theHuffington Post, among others. 

Non-Fiction Discussion Group
May
8
2:00 pm14:00

Non-Fiction Discussion Group

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Nothing to Envy by Barbara Demick

Award-winning journalist Barbara Demick follows the lives of six North Korean citizens over fifteen years--a chaotic period that saw the death of Kim Il-sung, the rise to power of his son Kim Jong-il, and a devastating famine that killed one-fifth of the population. Demick brings to life what it means to be living under the most repressive totalitarian regime today--an Orwellian world that is by choice not connected to the Internet, where displays of affection are punished, informants are rewarded, and an offhand remark can send a person to the gulag for life. 

Susan Faludi with Angie Coiro
May
4
7:30 pm19:30

Susan Faludi with Angie Coiro

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Pulitzer Prize winner Susan Faludi has distinguished herself as one of the most influential feminist voices in America. Faludi has written three books and contributed countless articles to The New Yorker, The New York Times, and The Wall Street Journal. 

She sits down with award-winning radio host Angie Coiro for a special evening edition of In Deep where they will share an hour-long conversation, covering Faludi's distinguished career, her unprecedented offering to modern feminism, and the revelations unfolded in her new memoir. "In the Darkroom" is an inquiry into the meaning of identity in the wake of learning that her 76-year old father had undergone sex reassignment surgery.

Scott Westerfeld
May
3
7:00 pm19:00

Scott Westerfeld

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You know Scott Westerfeld from the bestselling Uglies series. You followed him through the Locus Award-winning steampunk Leviathan series. Read Peeps, So Yesterday, The Midnighters series, Afterworlds, Horizon, and the Zeroes series, Next up: Spill Zone, a twisty sci fi graphic novel adventure set in the very near future. We can’t wait to welcome Scott Westerfeld back to Kepler’s. Join us.