In Deep with Angie Coiro Presents: Scott Hartley
Aug
23
12:00pm12:00pm

In Deep with Angie Coiro Presents: Scott Hartley

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A contrarian perspective from a leading venture capitalist who contends that the future of advanced technological breakthroughs will come from college graduates who majored in the social sciences and humanities (the Fuzzies) as opposed to the more hardcore science concentrators (the Techies). Based on the author's extensive experience in evaluating and funding start-up companies, the book will feature dozens of timely case studies that will prove his point and will also be of great reassurance to liberal arts majors. 

Scott Hartley is a venture capitalist, has been an investment partner on Sand Hill Road, a Presidential Innovation Fellow at the White House, and worked at Google, Facebook, and Harvards Berkman Center. 

A Bay Area native, he moved to Palo Alto in 1993, where he attended elementary (Nixon), middle (Jordan), high school (Paly), and Stanford University.

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Reshma Saujani: Girls Who Code
Aug
25
7:00pm 7:00pm

Reshma Saujani: Girls Who Code

Meet  Reshma Saujani,  the founder and CEO of Girls Who Code, a national nonprofit organization  championed by Sheryl Sandberg, Malala Yousafzai, and John Legend. She is the former Deputy Public Advocate of New York City who has galvanized industry leaders to close the gender gap in STEM education and empower girls to pursue careers in technology and engineering. In 2010, Reshma became the first South Asian woman to run for Congress.  
 
Since 2012, Girls Who Code has taught computing skills to and inspired over 10,000 girls across America. Now Reshma Saujani wants to inspire you to be a girl who codes! Girls Who Code:  Learn to Code and Change the World shows what a huge role computer science plays in our lives and how much fun it can be. No matter your interest—sports, the arts, baking, student government, social justice—coding can help you do what you love. It’s part how-to, part girl-empowerment, and all fun 

Perfect for aspiring coders everywhere.
 

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Story Time with Judy Schachner
Sep
6
6:00pm 6:00pm

Story Time with Judy Schachner

A new book by Judy Schachner, the bestselling creator of Skippyjon Jones, is a cause for celebration. And we will be celebrating when Judy Schachner introduces her unmissable new book, Sarabella’s Thinking Cap, a heartwarming story about the importance of imagination and creativity.

Described by the New York Times as “…something like the James Joyce for the elementary school – set…”, Judy Schachner is the #1 NY Times Best Selling Author/Illustrator of over 23 books for children including Bits & Pieces, the Skippyjon Jones series, Yo Vikings, The Grannyman and Willy and May. She has won many awards including the first E. B. White Read Aloud Award.

Don’t miss this opportunity to meet the ever popular Judy Schachner and discover a new favorite read perfect for imaginative thinkers everywhere
 

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Adam Silvera with Sabaa Tahir
Sep
7
7:00pm 7:00pm

Adam Silvera with Sabaa Tahir

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New York Times bestselling author Adam Silvera reminds us that there’s no life without death and no love without loss in his latest book, They Both Die at the End, a devastating yet uplifting story about two people whose lives change over the course of one unforgettable day. 

Adam Silvera is the author of More Happy Than Not (a heart-squeezing coming of age story with a near future twist) and History Is All You Left Me (an examination of grief, mental illness, and the devastating consequences of refusing to let go of the past), which both received multiple starred reviews. He has worked in the publishing industry as a children's bookseller, community manager at a literary development company, and book reviewer of children's and young adult novels. 

They Both Die at the End is an unforgettable tour de force that Lauren Oliver (author of Before I Fall) calls  “A bold, lovely, and haunting story of loss, hope, and the redeeming power of friendship.” He’ll be in conversation with #1 New York Times bestselling author Sabaa Tahir, author of An Ember in the Ashes and A Torch Against the Night.
 

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Alexandra Bracken and Tamara Ireland Stone
Sep
8
7:00pm 7:00pm

Alexandra Bracken and Tamara Ireland Stone

You know Alex Bracken from her New York Times bestselling Darkest Minds series, soon to be a major motion picture, Passenger and Wayfarer. You know Tamara Ireland Stone from the New York Times bestselling Every Last Word, Time Between Us, and Time After Time. Join us to celebrate their new amazing middle-grade reads: The Dreadful Tale of Prosper Redding (about a modern New England boy who must rid himself of the ancient demon inhabiting his body and break his family’s curse) and Click’d (a fun and empowering story that combines  friendship and first crushes with computer programming and an app with a glitch). 

Alexandra Bracken sold her first book, Brightly Woven, as a senior in college, worked in children's book publishing as an editorial assistant and then in marketing, and now writes full time.

Tamara Ireland Stone is  a Silicon Valley native and has worked in the technology industry all her life, first testing Atari game boards in her parents’ garage, and later, co-founding a woman-owned marketing strategy firm where she worked with some of the world's largest software companies. She’s passionate about promoting STEM education for girls.  
 

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Bill Nye the Science Guy with Kara Platoni
Sep
9
7:30pm 7:30pm

Bill Nye the Science Guy with Kara Platoni

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! Join him as he discusses his new book Everything All at Once with award-winning science journalist Kara Platoni.

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.


 

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The Slaves Who Work for Us -- An Evening on Human Trafficking
Sep
11
7:30pm 7:30pm

The Slaves Who Work for Us -- An Evening on Human Trafficking

How many slaves are working for you?

You may not see it, but human trafficking has infiltrated nearly every aspect of our daily lives. From your smartphone to your sneakers to the walnuts and almonds in your cupboard, so much of our utilities and the foods we consume have been touched by the hands of a person who has no control over their individual liberties.

Randy Newcomb, President and CEO of Humanity United, presents a conversation around one of the most pressing global challenges of our time.

Justin Dillon (author of A Selfish Plan to Save the World), a part-time rock star and founder of the paradigm-shifting non-profits Slavery Footprint and Made in a Free World joins writer/professor Austin Choi-Fitzpatrick, whose book What Slaveholders Think, has offered an unprecedented voice to the slaveholders themselves, revealing the insidious logic buttressing human exploitation.

Find out what you can do today to change the lives of the people you never knew were working for you.


Randy Newcomb is the president and CEO of Humanity United, leading all aspects of the organization's strategic planning, development, and operations. Prior to Humanity United, Randy was a Vice President of Omidyar Network, a philanthropic investment firm, where he focused on developing global partnerships and investments across a variety of sectors. Randy also served for 14 years as Executive Director of Golden Gate Community Inc., a community-based organization in San Francisco. He was a Fellow at the Center for Social Innovation at Stanford University and an International Development Fellow at the University of Bath, England. He holds a doctor of education from the University of San Francisco and a master's degree in development economics from the University of Bath.

Austin Choi-Fitzpatrick is assistant professor of political sociology at the Joan B. Kroc School of Peace Studies at the University of San Diego. He was a part of the founding faculty at the Central European University's School of Public Policy. He is the coeditor of From Human Trafficking to Human Rights: Reframing Contemporary Slavery (2012), and his work has appeared in Slate, Al Jazeera, the Journal of Human Rights, Social Movement Studies, the Columbia Journal of International Affairs, Social Problems, and the Journal for the Theory of Social Behavior

A professional musician turned filmmaker and social entrepreneur, Justin Dillon is founder and CEO of Made in a Free World, an award-winning platform that brings together consumers, organizations, and businesses to disrupt the $150 billion business of human trafficking. Justin's leadership as a practitioner of change has awakened a global movement of more than 30 million, improved laws, and freed thousands of slaves. He has advised the United Nations, the U.S. State Department, the White House, the Vatican, Fortune 500 companies, and more on issues of innovation and social justice. He is the director of influential films with voices such as Cornel West, Questlove, Amber Valletta and Nicholas Kristofincluding Call+Response and Common Dreams for CNN. Justin has been featured in the New York Times, Washington Post, Wall Street Journal, Forbes, USA Today, Fast Company, Vogue, Huffington Post, CNN, CBS, FOX, MSNBC, NPR, Cosmopolitan, Glamour, Rolling Stone, and more. His work has received many high-profile accolades including a Cannes Lion Award and a SXSW Interactive Innovation Award.
 

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Drew Daywalt, Matt Meyers, and BB8
Sep
12
6:00pm 6:00pm

Drew Daywalt, Matt Meyers, and BB8

Drew Daywalt is best known for the New York Times best-selling The Day the Crayons Quit and The Day the Crayons Came Home, both illustrated by Oliver Jeffers. His most recent picture book, The Legend of Rock Paper Scissors, illustrated by Adam Rex, also hit the New York Times list. 

Matt Myers is best known for creating the art for Battle Bunny by Jon Scieszka and Mac Barnett - also a NY Times bestseller.

And BB8 became an instant favorite in The Force Awakens.

You saw the movie and wanted more stories about BB8. You were heard.

Drew Daywalt, a lifetime Star Wars fan, was thrilled when asked to write a story for BB8. For Matt Myers, it was a dream come true to work on a Star Wars book with Drew Daywalt.

Come and celebrate all thing BB8 when Drew and Matt chat about their new book, BB8 on the run in which everyone's favorite little astromech droid makes friends and foils enemies in a  funny and exciting new Star Wars adventure!
 

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Laurie Halse Anderson
Sep
13
7:00pm 7:00pm

Laurie Halse Anderson

Meet Laurie Halse Anderson, the inspirational New York Times-bestselling author known for tackling tough subjects with humor and sensitivity. Her work has earned numerous American Library Association and state awards. Two of her books, Speak and Chains, were National Book Award finalists. Chains also made the Carnegie Medal Shortlist in the United Kingdom.  Her debut novel, Speak, was a National Book Award Finalist, a New York Times bestseller, a Printz Honor book, and was made into a movie starring Kristen Stewart

Laurie was the proud recipient of the 2009 Margaret A. Edwards Award given by YALSA division of the American Library Association for her “significant and lasting contribution to young adult literature…”.and was honored with the ALAN Award from the National Council of Teachers of English 

Return to the American Revolution in this blistering conclusion to the trilogy that began with the bestselling National Book Award Finalist Chains and continued with Forge, which The New York Times called “a return not only to the colonial era but to historical accuracy.”

As the Revolutionary War rages on, Isabel and Curzon have narrowly escaped Valley Forge but are reported as runaways. They march on, determined to find Isabel’s little sister Ruth, who is enslaved in a Southern state—where bounty hunters are thick as flies. Heroism and heartbreak pave their path, but Isabel and Curzon won’t stop until they reach Ruth, and then freedom.

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Daniel Goleman: Mindful Meditation
Sep
17
3:00pm 3:00pm

Daniel Goleman: Mindful Meditation

Today, meditation is a panacea for everything from your weight to your relationship to your achievement at work. But how and why does it work?

Pulitzer Prize-winning neuroscientist Daniel Goleman demonstrates the ground-breaking research that shows how targeted and smart meditative practices can successfully alter your personality and create lasting positive change. Sweeping away decades of neuromythology and common misconceptions about the practice of meditation, Goleman presents the science behind developing a more spacious, less attached view of the self, and the ingredients needed to transform your meditation beyond pleasant states and achieve lasting, new personality traits. 

Daniel Goleman is the author of the international bestsellers Emotional Intelligence, Working with Emotional Intelligence, and Social Intelligence, and the co-author of the acclaimed business bestseller Primal Leadership. His latest books are What Makes a Leader: Why Emotional Intelligence Matters and The Triple Focus: A New Approach to Education. He was a science reporter for the New York Times, was twice nominated for the Pulitzer Prize, and received the American Psychological Association's Lifetime Achievement Award for his media writing.
 

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

Bruce Henderson: How the Ritchie Boys Defeated Hitler

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 his book Sons and Soldiers, the compelling true story of the young men whose selfless devotion to freedom and democracy helped defeat Hitler and end the war.

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Soman Chainani
Sep
20
7:00pm 7:00pm

Soman Chainani

We are thrilled to welcome Soman Chainani back in his triumphant return to the Endless Woods  with the action-packed fourth installment of his epic New York Times bestselling series. The School for Good and Evil, the first book in the series, is an epic journey into a dazzling new world, where the only way out of a fairy tale is to live through one. Newbery Medal-winning author Ann M. Martin called it "a fairy tale like no other, complete with romance, magic, humor, and a riddle that will keep you turning pages until the end "

The students at the School for Good and Evil thought they had found their Ever After when they vanquished the malevolent School Master. But to graduate, everyone must complete a fourth-year “Quest for Glory,” which is both dangerous and unpredictable. Agatha and Tedros are trying to return Camelot to its former splendor whereas  Dean Sophie seeks to mold Evil in her own image. But if Good and Evil can’t find a way to work together when their classmates’ quests plunge into chaos, neither side will survive.

As Booklist says, "those who like their fantasy laced with fairy tale will surely enjoy it." Join us to celebrate Soman Chainani and all things about The School for Good and Evil

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Marie Lu
Sep
21
7:00pm 7:00pm

Marie Lu

Marie Lu is one of the most beloved writers of YA literature. and one of Enterntainment Weekly's 27 female authors who are ruling science fiction and fantasy right now. With over 2.2 million books in print, Marie Lu has been dubbed a “hit factory” by the New York Times. We obsessed over the blockbuster Legend series. Obsessed. We went on to enthuse over the #1 New York Times-bestselling Young Elites series.  And we’re thrilled to welcome her back with Warcross, a sci-fi thriller that conjures an immersive, exhilarating world in which a game called Warcross takes the world by storm, one girls hacks her way into its dangerous depths, and where choosing who to trust may be the biggest gamble of all. Like the worlds of Ready Player One and The Matrix, Warcross takes us into a strikingly realistic vision of what the future may hold, where the lines are blurred and the effects of video games seep from the virtual world into reality.

Marie Lu graduated from the University of Southern California and jumped into the video game industry, working for Disney Interactive Studios as a Flash artist. For the first time, she draws directly from her years working in the video game industry to create the utterly expansive world of Warcross that will draw in readers and keep you thinking long after you turn the last page.

Don’t miss this opportunity to meet Marie Lu and talk all things Warcross, a book that is already generating considerable buzz as her most exciting work yet. She'll be chatting with Caitlin Harrington,  a San Francisco-based journalist who contributes to Wired and San Francisco Magazine

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Narrative Grace -- Nicole Krauss with Elizabeth Rosner
Sep
25
7:30pm 7:30pm

Narrative Grace -- Nicole Krauss with Elizabeth Rosner

Goodbye, Portnoy.

Nicole Krauss has spent her career turning Jewish-American fiction on its head. Dubbed by Vanity Fair in 2009, a "New Yiddishist," her work continues to project an unmistakable grace and a profound ability to capture the human experience unlike any other.

Nominated for awards ranging from the National Book Award to the Orange prize, one thing remains true of Krauss: she will not be mistaken for the Roths and Malamuds of your father's bookcase. In her most recent work, Forest Dark, Krauss takes readers from the cozy streets of Brooklyn and the Upper East Side to the bustling sidewalks of Tel Aviv, all in an effort to stare down the question of what it truly means to be Jewish-American. The startling result of her journey back to the homeland, which never quite feels like home, turns the traditional novel inside out and stands alone as one of Krauss's best novels yet.

Join her live on-stage at Kepler's as she sits down with one of the Bay Area's brightest Jewish-American voices, Elizabeth Rosner, for a conversation on the contemporary Jewish novel, the importance of literature, and how the past informs the present.

Rosner's first work of nonfiction, Survivor Cafe: the Legacy of Trauma and the Labyrinth of Memory, also forthcoming this September describes the traumas of war and dislocation. Rosner, who is the acclaimed author of three previous novels, uses her new work as a springboard to speak to the immense weight of history that Forest Dark and Krauss herself write toward.

Be a part of the conversation!

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Jessica Cluess with Stephanie Garber
Sep
26
7:00pm 7:00pm

Jessica Cluess with Stephanie Garber

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Magic and intrigue and monsters, oh my! Join us to celebrate Jessica Cluess and A Poison Dark and Drowning , the explosive sequel to last year’s A Shadow Bright and Burning.

Romantic and deliciously dark, prepare to be sucked into this monster-ridden, alternative England from page one. Henrietta is not the Chosen One, but she was brought to London to train with Her Majesty's sorcerers and stands at the center of the war against the Ancients. Now, the demons' leader has asked for her. There will be proposals and final reckonings in this fabulous sequel that takes familiar tropes and turns them into something new and exciting.

As Tamora Pierce says, this series is “Unputdownable. I loved the monsters, the magic, and the teen warriors who are their world’s best hope! Jessica Cluess is an awesome storyteller!” 

Jessica Cluess wrote A Shadow Bright and Burning, while working at a coffee shop and selling lattes to the rich and famous in Los Angeles. A graduate of Northwestern University, she uses her education to study the vast intricacies of the Victorian era before slapping sorcerers and monsters into the whole mess.

Jessica will be in conversation with Stephanie Garber, author of Caraval
 

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Sep
28
7:30pm 7:30pm

Fighting for Justice: Fred Korematsu

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ACLU Northern California presents a special evening reflecting on the life of Fred Korematsu. Korematsu defied the governments WWII orders that all Japanese Americans leave the west coast to be incarcerated. The ACLU-NC represented Korematsu all the way to the Supreme Court.

Now, when the lessons of Fred Korematsu's life are even more important to remember, Laura Atkins and Stan Yogi will speak about their new book for children, Fred Korematsu Speaks Up, which tells the story of Fred Korematsu and the imprisonment of Japanese Americans, linking that injustice to the struggles of other groups.

With politicians citing the WWII incarceration of Japanese Americans as a precedent for a Muslim registry, Fred Korematsus story of defiance is especially relevant now for all people in America, especially young ones, to understand.

Laura Atkins is a childrens book author and editor who grew up in an activist family and participated in social justice work herself, with a focus on diversity and equity in childrens books. She taught creative writing at the National Centre for Research in Childrens Literature (NCRCL) in London, where she also received her M.A. in childrens literature. She received an M.F.A. in writing for children and young adults from Vermont College of Fine Arts.

Stan Yogi is the coauthor, with Elaine Elinson, of Wherever Theres a Fight: How Runaway Slaves, Suffragists, Immigrants, Strikers, and Poets Shaped Civil Liberties in California. He managed development programs for the ACLU of Northern California for fourteen years.

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Stephanie Perkins with Nina LaCour
Sep
30
3:00pm 3:00pm

Stephanie Perkins with Nina LaCour

We couldn’t be more excited to welcome Stephanie Perkins, the New York Times bestselling author of Anna and the French Kiss, Lola and the Boy Next Door, and Isla and the Happily Ever After. back to Kepler’s. Her hotly anticipated new novel, There’s Someone Inside Your House is a heart pounding page turner that is a little like Scream meets YA – a book to be read with all the lights on.

One-by-one, the students of Osborne High are dying in a series of gruesome murders, each with increasing and grotesque flair. As the terror grows closer and the hunt intensifies for the killer, the dark secrets among them must finally be confronted.
 
International bestselling author Stephanie Perkins, who has always worked with books – first as a bookseller, then as a librarian, and now as a novelist -  returns with a fresh take on the classic teen slasher story that’s fun, quick-witted, and completely impossible to put down.

Stephanie will be chatting with Nina LaCour, the award winning author of Hold Still, The Disenchantments, Everything Leads to You, and We Are Okay

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Julie Lythcott-Haims
Oct
1
4:30pm 4:30pm

Julie Lythcott-Haims

Are we who we are through what we've accomplished or what we've endured?

New York Times bestselling author Julie Lythcott-Haims is one of Kepler's Literary Foundation's favorite speakers. Known across the country for her probing, no-nonsense insights into parenting today, Lythcott-Haims has served as the dean of freshmen and undergraduate advising at Stanford and raised her family, right here in the Bay Area.

But there's more to her story. In stirring, poetic detail, Lythcott-Haims reveals the aggressions small and large of growing up Black and biracial in America. From the thousands of small slights to the blunt force insults, from schools in white, rural Wisconsin to the grand lawns of Stanford and Ivy League campuses to the backyards of Palo Alto race has followed her everywhere. In a stunning new memoir, Real American, Lythcott-Haims shares the events that made her the brave and strong-willed voice she is today.
 

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Stephen Bramucci and Aree Chung
Oct
3
6:00pm 6:00pm

Stephen Bramucci and Aree Chung

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We can’t wait to welcome Steve Bramucci and Arree Chung and be introduced to The Danger Gang, their new book full of adventure, suspense, humor and heart that Mac Barnett (The Terrible Two) said read like a "A fast-paced, comic update of a classic swashbuckler!" 

"Readers everywhere will devour the hilarious, action-packed adventures of Ronald Zupan. In this dazzling debut, Steve Bramucci takes us on the ride of a lifetime. Warning: devilish traps and ferocious pirates ahead!" Matt de la Peña (Last Stop on Market Street) 

Meet Ronald Zupan, a daring master adventurer who actually hasn't experienced any grand adventures . . . YET! When his parents are kidnapped on his twelfth birthday, Ronald seizes the chance to prove himself with a dazzling, danger-defying rescue operation. Teaming up with his trusty butler Jeeves, his quick-witted fencing nemesis Julianne Sato, and his pet cobra Carter, Ronald sets course for the jungle of Borneo where his parents were last sighted. If they can crash-land a plane and outrun a hungry snow leopard, surely they can find the secret lair of Zeetan Z, the world's most ruthless pirate! But as their adventure becomes more dangerous, can they muster enough courage to see this adventure through?

Stephen Bramucci is an award-winning travel writer and adventurer. He's rowed down the Mekong Delta, crossed the Australian outback in a car powered by French fry oil, and explored ancient pirate islands in Madagascar. A lifelong animal lover, Steve's encounters with endangered species often come up in his presentations. 

Arree Chung is the author and illustrator of Ninja!,  Ninja! Attack of the Clan, and Out! as well as the illustrator of How to Pee: Potty Training for Boys/Girls. Prior to writing and illustrating picture books, Arree worked at Pixar. 

Grab your adventure hat and join us! 
 

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Master Class: Paul Madonna
Oct
5
7:00pm 7:00pm

Master Class: Paul Madonna

Where do authors get their ideas?
 
If you’ve ever wondered about the nature of generating ideas, then join Paul Madonna for an hour and a half Master Class where he’ll use his new book Close Enough for the Angels to demonstrate the process of turning experience into art.
 
Over the course of the evening Paul will:
 
• Read passages from several of his books and explain how he came up with each idea
• Discuss the fundamentals behind the writing maxim ‘show don’t tell’
• Conduct a class exercise to have the audience transform an experience from their lives into a creative idea

Paul Madonna’s weekly SF Chronicle series, All Over Coffee earned him acclaim for his entrancing and candid views of a lived-in and authentic San Francisco. His most recent book, Close Enough for the Angels, interweaves fiction and imagery into a graphic work unlike any other.

We are thrilled to welcome award-winning writer and artist Paul Madonna to Kepler’s to conduct a master class focused on the question he is asked most often by aspiring writers: “Where do you come up with your ideas?”

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Code-Breaking Workshop 101 with Elizabeth Singer Hunt
Oct
8
2:00pm 2:00pm

Code-Breaking Workshop 101 with Elizabeth Singer Hunt

Are you a wannabe junior secret agent? If so, then this is the workshop for you! During this interactive 45-minute workshop, Elizabeth Singer Hunt will guide you through the basics of secret agent code-breaking. You will learn how to disguise messages, develop simple ciphers, and work with codes. 

Elizabeth Singer Hunt is the bestselling author of the award-winning action-packed Secret Agent Jack Stalwart chapter book series, the new Secret Agents Jack and Max Stalwart sequel series, and The Secret Agent Training Manual: How to Make and Break Top Secret Messages. Inspired by her love of travel, she created the Secret Agent Jack Stalwart adventures as a way to educate children about the countries and cultures of the world. The 14-book series has been named a “must read”  by the British Education Secretary, serialized by BBC Radio, and featured on Virgin Atlantic Airways’ international flights. It has also been leveled for American Common Core State Standards. Millions of copies have sold, and the series has been translated into multiple languages. 

Don't miss this great opportunity to learn all kinds of tips and tricks about code breaking from a master storyteller.  

Note: Best for 3rd - 5th graders. Must be strong spellers. 

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Maggie Stiefvater
Oct
10
7:00pm 7:00pm

Maggie Stiefvater

Maggie Stiefvater has been called “a master storyteller” by USA Today and “wildly imaginative” by Entertainment Weekly.  We fell for her writing in Lament and Ballad. Swooned over the New York Times bestselling Wolves of Mercy series. Loved The Scorpio Races, which was named a Michael L Printz Honor Book by the ALA. Obsessed over the highly praised Raven Cycle series. And are wildly excited to welcome her back to launch All the Crooked Saints, the extraordinary story of an extraordinary family, a masterful tale of love, fear, darkness, and redemption.

Maggie Steifvater has been a wedding musician, a technical editor, a portrait artist, a calligraphy instructor, and, for several fraught weeks, a waitress. She is now a full time writer who plays several musical instruments and still makes art. 

Maggie will be in conversation with Chris Taylor of Mashable.com. Chris is a veteran journalist hailing from the U.K. He was San Francisco bureau chief for Time magazine and in the past five years has served as senior editor for Business 2.0, West Coast editor for Fortune Small Business and West Coast web editor for Fast Company. 

Don’t miss this opportunity to meet #1 New York Times bestselling author and Publishers Weekly Best Book of the Year-winner Maggie Stiefvater to launch All the Crooked Saints, which follows the Soria family, who can perform unusual miracles. And at the heart of this family are three cousins longing to change its future. They are all looking for a miracle. But the miracles of Bicho Raro are never quite what you expect.

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Oct
16
7:30pm 7:30pm

Wonder Girls: Changing Our 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.

Building off her enlightening introduction to Paolo Gianturco's new book Wonder Girls, Dr. Musimbi Kanyoro, President and CEO of the Global Fund for Women*, presents a conversation with the celebrated author and photographer.

Gianturco is the author of the celebrated photo essay collections: Women Who Light the Dark and Grandmother Power. For this most recent project, Wonder Girls, she 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 this new photo collection, Gianturco reveals the little-known stories of girls from around the globe who are helping to change the world: the girls in Mexico 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.

* 100% of Gianturco’s royalties from Wonder Girls will go to the Global Fund for Women to fund groups of activist women and girls globally.

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Irvin Yalom with Lee Daniel Kravetz
Oct
19
7:30pm 7:30pm

Irvin Yalom with Lee Daniel Kravetz

What happens when a therapist turns his eye in on himself?

Irvin Yalom is a world-renowned therapist, professor of psychiatry at Stanford University, and author of numerous international bestsellers including his iconic work, Loves Executioner. After years of practicing therapy and teaching some of the best minds in psychiatry today, Yalom turns to himself, analyzing the life experiences, dreams, and intermittent anxieties that have followed him from childhood to his stature today as one of the worlds most insightful thinkers.

Centered around a recurring nightmare that he credits as the source of his empathy, Yalom tells of seeing himself riding his bike past the home of an acne-scarred girl. Like every morning, he calls out, hoping to befriend her, "Hello Measles!" But in his dream, the girl's father makes Yalom understand that his daily greeting had hurt her. This becomes the launching pad for Becoming Myself, Yalom's bold and exciting debut memoir. 

Join Irvin Yalom as he sits down for a special conversation about his life and work with bestselling author Lee Daniel Kravetz.

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The Genius of Geniuses: Walter Isaacson on Leondardo da Vinci
Oct
25
7:30pm 7:30pm

The Genius of Geniuses: Walter Isaacson on Leondardo da Vinci

Leonardo da Vinci: illegitimate, gay, vegetarian, left-handed, easily distracted, and at times heretical.

From the biographer of genius, Walter Isaacson, comes an unprecedented look at the life of one history's most profound innovators. Isaacson, who has been, at different times, the CEO of the Aspen Institute, chairman of CNN, editor of Time magazine, and author of the international bestselling biographies of Einstein, Benjamin Franklin, and Steve Jobs reveals the largely untold life of Leonardo da Vinci, father of the Renaissance, and one of the Western world's first true geniuses.

Explore the consequences of da Vinci's discoveries. Understand the fuel behind the thinker's insatiable curiosity for understanding the most complex mysteries of his time. And pull back the shade on the moment in history that bred the first great disruptor.

Based on thousands of pages from da Vinci's notebooks, Isaacson's newest endeavor is a major new book from an author who has spent a career chasing history's most impressive characters.  Don't miss one of the great thinkers of our time as he unpacks the life and mind of one of the great thinkers of all-time.

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Science, Technology, Cartoons, and Comedy with Kelly and Zach Weinersmith
Oct
28
7:30pm 7:30pm

Science, Technology, Cartoons, and Comedy with Kelly and Zach Weinersmith

What happens when a top scientist and the cartoonist behind the popular geek web comic Saturday Morning Breakfast Cereal get married and birth a book? A hilarious and informative investigation into future technologies that will improve and/or ruin everything. If you're a fan of Mary Roach, popular science, Reddit (to be explained later*), or the future, this is the event for you!

So what is Soonish? The Weinersmith's picked out ten different emerging fields to explore with us and ordered them roughly from large to small, moving from outer space, to giant experimental power plants, to new ways to build things and experience the world, to the human body, finally all the way down to your brain. No offense. 

And what do you have to look forward to on this science-y Saturday evening? Entertainment and lots of laughs, of course. But also an in-depth look into why these future technologies are needed, how they would work, and what is standing in the way.  

"Kelly and Zach promised me a crystal ball, but what I got is both more insightful and far more entertaining than staring into a dumb glass orb. Soonish will make you laugh and - without you even realizing it - give you insight into the most ambitious technological feats of our time." - Alexis Ohanian, cofounder of Reddit*

Come along with us as we ride this wave of augmented reality up a space elevator into the soon(ish) future. 

Ticket with Book - $40
General Admission Ticket - $10
Co-hosted by the Bay Area Science Festival

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David Eagleman with Anthony Brandt
Nov
3
7:30pm 7:30pm

David Eagleman with Anthony Brandt

New York Times bestselling author David Eagleman takes his Emmy-nominated PBS series The Brain to the next level. Teaming up with award-winning composer Anthony Brandt, Eagleman unravels the complicated neuroscience behind how creativity works.

Remaking, reshaping, and reimagining the world is a uniquely human act. Observing brain-functions and thought-processes, big and small scale, from individuals to organizations, Brandt and Eaglemans collaboration illuminates reams of research and wide-ranging insights into how human creativity has adapted over time and the ways in which it has proven to be an invaluable tool in our evolution.

Join the conversation as one of the nations foremost neuroscientists sits down with his peer, one of the leading avant-garde composers of our time to discuss how and why it is that humans are so creative.

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James Forman, Jr. with Angie Coiro
Aug
17
7:30pm 7:30pm

James Forman, Jr. with Angie Coiro

Marion Barry, Maxine Waters, Eric Holder, and Johnnie Cochran are not names you would associate with the staggering incarceration rates plaguing black and minority communities across the country.

Yet, as James Forman, Jr. writes in his new book, Locking Up Our Own, it's undeniable that the urgency and good-intentioned politics of black leaders in the 1970s, 80s, and 90s, as they sought to reduce crime and curb out-of-control drug addiction, has unspooled now, decades later, into a devastating tally of young men whose lives have been lost to the penal system.

Squarely in-line with the work of leading voices like Ta-Nehisi Coates, Michelle Alexander, and Bryan Stevenson, Forman, Jr. looks beyond basic injustices and the racism latent in the American judicial system and shows the unfortunate history of how good ideas and urgent cries for help were unfairly resolved and have since deformed the reality of the American dream for multiple generations of black men.

Award-winning journalist Angie Coiro sits down with Forman, a professor at Yale Law School, for an hour-long interview live on-stage to discuss the impact black leaders have had on mass incarceration rates and the deleterious effects of punitive justice and the American reform system.

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Jessica Taylor with Stephanie Garber
Aug
15
7:00pm 7:00pm

Jessica Taylor with Stephanie Garber

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
 

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Mark Decena on In Deep with Angie Coiro
Aug
9
12:00pm12:00pm

Mark Decena on In Deep with Angie Coiro

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If National Governments can’t solve the climate crisis, then who will? Not Without Us follows seven grassroots activists from around the world to the 21st U.N. Climate Talks in Paris. The effects of climate change on their lives reveal what’s at stake if a strong agreement to limit carbon emissions is not reached. Yet, the landmark Paris Accords, signed by 192 nations, is nonbinding and fails to mention the main cause of global climate change: fossil fuels. How could this be?

Not Without Us connects the dots. Between the inability of the U.N. process to address climate change and Big Oil’s control over governments. Between the greatest economic inequality in the history of mankind and the oncoming climate disaster. Between a fossil fuel-driven economy and the 1% who control it.

Not Without Us demonstrates the importance of grassroots groups to empower mass movements to create the systemic change we need. Real change that comes not from top-down, but the bottom up, organized by social movements to harness the greatest force we have: humanity. 

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Janelle Brown with Jan Ellison
Aug
7
7:30pm 7:30pm

Janelle Brown with Jan Ellison

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 with fellow bestselling author Jan Ellison.

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 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.

Janelle Brown is the New York Times bestselling author of All We Ever Wanted Was Everything and This Is Where We Live. An essayist and a journalist, she has written for Vogue, The New York Times, Elle, Wired, Self, the Los Angeles Times, Salon, and numerous other publications. She lives in Los Angeles with her husband and their two children.

Jan Ellison is an O. Henry Prize winner and a graduate of Stanford University. She left college for a year at nineteen to travel and work in Europe, taking notes that two decades later became the germ of A Small Indiscretion. Ellison lives in California with her husband of twenty years and their four children.

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Meg Cabot
Aug
5
2:00pm 2:00pm

Meg Cabot

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.
 

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

Story is the Thing: Forbidden Places

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

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Jason Reynolds
Aug
2
7:00pm 7:00pm

Jason Reynolds

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.
 

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Aug
2
12:00pm12:00pm

Katherine Ozmet on In Deep with Angie Coiro

American culture is seeing two apparently opposed trajectories: the science that religious belief improves quality of life, and the statistics that show Americans are increasingly rejecting organized religion. But that doesn't necessarily add up to a rejection of spirituality. The same people who've stopped going to the chapel or stopped tithing at the church are finding their own rituals and belief systems. Drawing on hodgepodge of traditional worship trappings - incense, candles, prayers - this "do it yourself" faction is finding meaning outside the four walls of mainstream religion.

Katherine Ozment's book "Grace Without God" grew out of a desire to answer her son's profound questions about life's meaning. In the book and in her many articles, she probes the common ground between the secular and religious, and the reach of these questions into politics and larger culture.
 

Award-winning journalist Katherine Ozment has worked in publishing for more than twenty-five years, including as a senior editor at National Geographic. Her personal essays and reportage have been widely published in the National GeographicThe New York TimesBostonSalon, and Fitness.

Ozment graduated from Harvard College and received her Masters in Writing from DePaul University. She lives in Chicago with her husband, an environmental economist at The University of Chicago, and their three children.

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Michelle Richmond with Ellen Sussman
Aug
1
7:30pm 7:30pm

Michelle Richmond with Ellen Sussman

One of the most exciting literary events of the summer! Award-winning author Michelle Richmond returns to Kepler's for the release of her twisted, heart-stopping new novel: The Marriage Pact.  Already optioned to Twentieth Century Fox, Richmond's 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.

Ellen Sussman is the nationally bestselling author of The Paradise Guest House, French Lessons, and On a Night Like This. She has two daughters and lives with her husband in Northern California.

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

In Deep with Angie Coiro Presents: David Callahan

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.

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

Penguin Teen Summer Tour

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.
 

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Sherman Alexie
Jul
20
7:30pm 7:30pm

Sherman Alexie

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. 

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

In Deep with Angie Coiro Presents Tabitha Soren

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.

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

Why We Ask, "Why?"

"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.

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

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 
 

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Barry Eisler
Jun
29
7:30pm 7:30pm

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!

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Roxane Gay
Jun
28
7:30pm 7:30pm

Roxane Gay

"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.

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

Lee Kravetz with Julie Lythcott-Haims and Roni Habib

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.

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Laurie King
Jun
20
7:30pm 7:30pm

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!

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Fiction Discussion Group
Jun
19
7:00pm 7:00pm

Fiction Discussion Group

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.

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Sarah Dessen
Jun
15
7:00pm 7:00pm

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.

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