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
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.
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.
Join us for this special evening edition of In Deep with Angie Coiro as veteran journalist Coiro tackles gentrification with Paul Madonna and Peter Moskowitz.
The irony can't be missed when an artist acclaimed for his loving depictions of San Francisco gets evicted from his home in the town that made his name. That's what happened to Paul Madonna, creator of the San Francisco Chronicle's All Over Coffee. Meanwhile, across the country, journalist Peter Moskowitz was unearthing the political and market machinations accelerating the gentrification of New York, New Orleans, Detroit, and San Francisco. Beyond describing the epidemic that's uprooting families and small businesses, Moskowitz details how to put a stop to it.
The Future is what we make of it. But what will that be?
Population Explosion author and MacArthur Fellow Paul Ehrlich sits down to discuss the future before us and the world we want it to be with Jeremy Lent, founder of the Liology Institute and author of the books "The Patterning Instinct" and Requiem of the Human Soul.
Join us 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
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.
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.
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.
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!
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**
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
Join us to celebrate McKenzie 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. Mackenzie will be in conversation with Anna-Marie McLemore, author of The Weight of Feathers and When the Moon was Ours
The Big Picture: On the Origins of Life, Meaning, and the Universe Itself by Sean Carroll
Already internationally acclaimed for his elegant, lucid writing on the most challenging notions in modern physics, Sean Carroll is emerging as one of the greatest humanist thinkers of his generation as he brings his extraordinary intellect to bear not only on Higgs bosons and extra dimensions but now also on our deepest personal questions: Where are we? Who are we? Are our emotions, our beliefs, and our hopes and dreams ultimately meaningless out there in the void? Do human purpose and meaning fit into a scientific worldview?
Surfacing by Margaret Atwood
Part detective novel, part psychological thriller, Surfacing is the story of a talented woman artist who goes in search of her missing father on a remote island in northern Quebec. Setting out with her lover and another young couple, she soon finds herself captivated by the isolated setting, where a marriage begins to fall apart, violence and death lurk just beneath the surface, and sex becomes a catalyst for conflict and dangerous choices.
Surfacing is a work permeated with an aura of suspense, complex with layered meanings, and written in brilliant, diamond-sharp prose. Here is a rich mine of ideas from an extraordinary writer about contemporary life and nature, families and marriage, and about women fragmented...and becoming whole.
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
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, grappling with the life and the upbringing that inspired the novels and stories that vaulted him to literary stardom. Join us for an evening of raw and honest reflection with Sherman Alexie
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.
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 unrivalled storytelling, has established her as a pioneer of American fiction.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
Donald Trump's changes to immigration policy, initially supported by a majority of Americans, have faced steadily increasing disapproval. Despite that, the administration has moved to widen scrutiny to include tourists, business travelers and relatives of American residents. All this, even as construction contractors bid for contracts to build a wall on America's southern border.
In Deep takes a two-pronged approach this hour, with guests Terri Givens and Gabriel Thompson. Terri Givens is provost of Menlo College, and an authority on immigration policy and its impact. Gabriel Thompson is the editor of an upcoming oral history documenting the stories of migrant workers in California; Chasing the Harvest: Migrant Workers in California Agriculture will be released this Spring.
Join us to meet Newbery Honor author Shannon Hale and New York Times bestselling illustrator LeUyen Pham who have joined forces in this graphic novel memoir, Real Friends, about a young girl who learns the happiness and heartache of making - and losing - her first friends
Master-Class: Memoir Writing with Tamim Ansary
In this hour and a half master class, Ansary will use his book Road Trips as a guide to writing memoir.
Tamim Ansary, author of acclaimed memoirs West of Kabul, East of New York (selected as San Francisco’s “One City One Book” in 2008), Road Trips, and other works of fiction and nonfiction. He ran the San Francisco Writers Workshop for 22 years, and has taught memoir writing in many venues from Puerto Vallerta’s Taheima Resort to UC Berkeley’s OLLI program.
Dementia statistics are daunting. One in three seniors dies with Alzheimers or other dementia; every 66 seconds someone in the US develops the disease. Monologist Josh Kornbluth has immersed himself in this realm, and incorporates his experience in "Josh's Brain Improvs", a coproduction with The Marsh theater in San Francisco.
Josh Kornbluth has performed autobiographical one-man shows since 1987 -- The San Francisco Chronicle declared, "Kornbluth takes a world we ignore, or barely observe, and brings it into brilliant comic relief."
The Girl in the Red Coat by Kate Hamer
Hamer's lush use of language easily conjures fairy-tale imagery, especially of dark forests and Little Red Riding Hood. Although a kidnapped child is the central plot point, this is not a mystery but a novel of deep inquiry and intense emotions. Hamer's dark tale of the lost and found is nearly impossible to put down and will spark much discussion.- -- Booklist, starred review
Following her hugely successful memoir, Maman's Homesick Pie, chef and author Donia Bijan presents a novel about Iran that few in the West ever see. The Last Days of Cafe Leila is a novel set in a country balancing uncertainly between grace and brutality and holds, at its center, the relationship between a mother and a daughter as they search for each other from across generational and cultural divides.
Healthcare, Obamacare, Medicare ... what does it all mean? Elisabeth Rosenthal has spent her career dissecting the monolith of today's healthcare system. Find out how to decode medical doublespeak, avoid the pitfalls of the pharmaceuticals racket, and get the care you and your family deserve.
We couldn’t be more thrilled to welcome Drew Daywalt, the New York Times bestselling author of The Day the Crayons Quit and The Day The Crayons Came Home with his new, laugh-out-loud hilarious picture book, The Legend of Rock, Paper, Scissors about the epic tale of the classic game Rock, Paper, Scissors. You’ve played the game. Now read the legend of how it all began . . .
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PLEASE NOTE NEW START TIME OF 5:30PM. WILL-CALL OPENS AT 4:30PM
THIS IS A BOOK SIGNING ONLY -- CHELSEA WILL NOT BE GIVING A PRESENTATION.
We’re thrilled to host a book signing with Chelsea Clinton for the paperback release of It's Your World: Get Informed, Get Inspired and Get Going. In a book that tackles the biggest challenges facing us today,
Chelsea combines facts, charts, photographs and stories to give readers a deep understanding of the world around them and how anyone can make a difference. With suggestions and ideas for action, She shows that the world belongs to every single one of us, and every one of us counts. You can make a difference. You can make a change. It’s "your "world."
Join New York Times-bestselling author Andy Griffiths on another wild storytelling adventure in the series Publishers Weekly describes as "Anarchic absurdity at its best." and School Library Journal calls "Wildly humorous without being smart-alecky or sarcastic, this is a top choice for middle-grade readers.” This time, come hang out with him and his friend Terry in their 65-Story Treehouse on a whirlwind trip through time as they try to stop their treehouse from being demolished.
Join us for an evening with one of poetry's most celebrated and widely-read voices, former poet laureate, and Pulitzer Prize and National Book Award winning author Robert Hass. He will offer penetrating insight into the true openness and instinctiveness of formal creation in poetry - our longest lasting mode of literature.
Don't miss this chance to absorb Hass's profound education in the poetic arts, as he illuminates the formal impulses that underlie great poetry. Born in San Francisco and still local to California, Robert Hass has brought the kind of energy in his poetry to his work as an essayist, translator, and activist on behalf of poetry, literacy, and the environment.
In his tenure as United States Poet Laureate, Robert Hass spent two years battling American illiteracy, armed with the mantra, "imagination makes communities."
Hashtag Adulting: Moms, Millennials and How to Make Your Career Work for You
How did 1,500 highly successful women navigate work and life? Author Lisen Stromberg found out for her new book, Work Pause Thrive: How to Pause for Parenthood Without Killing Your Career.
Lisen will be talking raising adults while managing your career with Julie Lythcott-Haims.
Wine reception to follow. Come join the conversation.
Coronel Lagrimas by Carlos Fonseca
Fina, sutil, elegante, extravagante, rara, Coronel Lágrimas supone el brillantísimo debut narrativo del joven escritor costarricense-puertorriqueño Carlos Fonseca, considerado por Ricardo Piglia como su alumno más brillante de la Universidad de Princeton. Una novela sobre las formas en las que ciframos nuestras pasiones, sobre las maneras en que transformamos nuestros temores en escritura.
This Cold Heaven: Seven Seasons in Greenland by Gretel Ehrlich
For the last decade, Gretel Ehrlich has been obsessed by an island, a terrain, a culture, and the treacherous beauty of a world that is defined by ice. In This Cold Heaven she combines the story of her travels with history and cultural anthropology to reveal a Greenland that few of us could otherwise imagine.
Personalized genomics, self-driving vehicles, AI, drones. Technology is rapidly making our lives healthier, safer, and easier. But at what cost?
What are the risks and rewards? Who benefits? Who better to explore these issues than Washington Post columnist and distinguished fellow at Carnegie Mellon's College of Engineering, Vivek Wadhwa?