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

Sandhya Menon with Krystal Sutherland

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

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

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

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

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

Lucy Jane Bledsoe with Karen Joy Fowler

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

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

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

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

Mark Oshiro with Nina LaCour

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

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

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

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

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

 

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Pamela Druckerman
Jun
4
7:30 PM19:30

Pamela Druckerman

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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This is Now with Angie Coiro presents: Bernice Yeung on #MeToo and America's most vulnerable
Jun
7
7:30 PM19:30

This is Now with Angie Coiro presents: Bernice Yeung on #MeToo and America's most vulnerable

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

What effect has all this had on the least visible Americans - and can they, too, get justice? Bernice Yeung contributed to a groundbreaking collaboration between the Center for Public Investigation and numerous public media agencies. The resulting exposés, Rape in the Fields and Rape on the Night Shift, won numerous journalism awards. Bernice's new book, In a Day's Work: The Fight to End Sexual Violence Against America's Most Vulnerable Workers, takes the exploration even further. In our This Is Now with Angie Coiro event, we'll probe how much - if any - of the high-profile power of #MeToo might trickle down to these hidden corners of American life.

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

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

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

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

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

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

Story Time with Tom Booth

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Stephanie Garber with Stacey Lee

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

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

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

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

Don't miss this legendary party.
 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Sabaa Tahir and Renee Ahdieh

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

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

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

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

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

Doesn't get better than this!

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

Story is the Thing

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Terry Brooks with Tad Williams

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

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

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

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

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

JoAnne Wetzel and Tim McCanna

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

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

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

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

This is Now with Angie Coiro presents: Chris Hedges

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

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

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

Youth Housing Crisis Forum

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Simon Winchester
May
21
7:30 PM19:30

Simon Winchester

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

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

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Jaron Lanier
May
17
7:30 PM19:30

Jaron Lanier

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Jaron Lanier, an interdisciplinary scientist at Microsoft, either coined or popularized the term Virtual Reality. His startup VPL created the first commercial VR products, avatars, multi-person virtual world experiences, and prototypes of surgical simulation. Both his previous books, Who Owns the Future? and You Are Not a Gadget have been international bestsellers. In 2014, he was awarded the Peace Prize of the German Book Trade, one of the highest cultural honors in Europe.

“The Solution is to double-down on being human.” – Jaron Lanier

One of the most important philosopher/scientists of our time, Jaron Lanier, has spent decades analyzing the present and future realities of the digital age. His insights have shaped the mindsets and direction of innumerable technology leaders and have helped shape the ethics of Silicon Valley’s lawless avidity for innovation. His new book, THE DAWN OF THE NEW EVERYTHING is a profound and provocative manifesto on the nature of tomorrow’s virtual world. From one of the founding fathers of virtual reality, comes a constitutional roadmap for how we survive the future.

Join us for one of the most impactful voices to take our stage this summer!

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Kids Love Science with Jack Challoner
May
16
6:00 PM18:00

Kids Love Science with Jack Challoner

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Calling all young scientists curious about their surroundings and all makers, crafters, and those who enjoy exploring the outdoors. Meet science educator Jack Challoner as he discusses Maker Lab Outdoors, which focuses on projects that can be done outside, or that emphasize the earth and environment. 

Jack will  lead a series of experiments for attendees and answer science questions. 

Produced in conjunction with the Smithsonian, Maker Lab: Outdoors features 25 projects that will spark kids’ creativity, help develop science skills through hands-on learning., and brings big and complex science concepts right into your backyard.  Each project features a time estimate, difficulty level, and safety recommendations, as well as sections that explain how the science works and offer real-world examples.

Jack Challoner has written more than 40 books on science and technology including DK’s award-winning Make Lab, and acts as a science consultant on books, magazines, and television programs. 


 

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Christopher Moore
May
9
7:30 PM19:30

Christopher Moore

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This absurdly outrageous, sarcastically satiric, and always entertaining New York Times bestselling author and Bay Area local presents his newest novel Noir. The perfect night out for anyone who is craving A LOT of laughter.

Join one of the Bay Area’s biggest, most wisecracking fiction writers - author of Lamb, Fluke, The Stupidest Angel, A Dirty Job, You Suck, and Fool (among numerous others) - as he takes readers from the peaks of Mount Ranier, through the deserts of New Mexico, and all the way to the bustling, braggadocious streets of 1947 San Francisco on an outrageous detective story you will never forget.

Zany, hilarious, and everything we have come to expect from one of the Bay Area's biggest stars, this might just be the finest, most gut-busting night of mystery you'll attend this year.

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Carlo Rovelli with Kishore Hari
May
7
7:30 PM19:30

Carlo Rovelli with Kishore Hari

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Kishore Hari, Director of the Bay Area Science Festival, and Carlo Rovelli, internationally bestselling author of Seven Brief Lessons on Physics and Reality is Not What it Seems, blur the lines between science and humanity with an exciting evening discussing what continues to puzzle physicists and philosophers alike: our perceptions of the flow of time.

Join us for an evening exploration of time. We are used to thinking of time as something that passes in a one way flow. But what exactly is time? Did you know that time passes faster in the mountains than it does at sea level. That In a physics laboratory, a clock on a table and another on the ground run at different speeds. Which one tells the correct time? In his newest book, The Order of Time, Rovelli claims that this question is meaningless and there is no one correct time. He says that times are legion: that there is a different time for every point in space. But how can that be? And what does that mean for our sense of history and future?

This scientific study of time by Rovelli was plotted in part while he was rereading Proust. Thanks to Stephen Hawking (among others) who have ushered in new metaphors for space and the perception of time, the way regular people interact with the culture of science has been altered forever. Hawking came about in an era when physics was used for bomb building and spaceship launches, and ushered us to an era where physics could be used for philosophy and poetry, all three of which Rovelli is a master of.

Known for his generous open nature, you won't want to miss an event with the man who says about himself: “I’m Italian"... "you can ask me whatever you want.”

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Adrienne Young with Traci Chee
May
2
7:00 PM19:00

Adrienne Young with Traci Chee

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Join us to celebrate local author Adrienne Young’s highly anticipated debut, Sky In the Deep , an action-packed Viking adventure that masterfully explores identity, family, and friendship

Raised to be a warrior, seventeen-year-old Eelyn fights alongside her Aska clansmen in an ancient, rivalry against the Riki clan. Her life is brutal but simple: fight and survive. Until the day she sees the impossible on the battlefield―her brother, fighting with the enemy―the brother she watched die five years ago. Faced with her brother's betrayal, she must survive the winter in the mountains with the Riki, in a village where every neighbor is an enemy, every battle scar possibly one she delivered. But when the Riki village is raided by a ruthless clan thought to be a legend, Eelyn is  desperate to get back to her family. She is given no choice but to trust Fiske, her brother’s friend, who sees her as a threat. They must do the impossible: unite the clans to fight together, or risk being slaughtered one by one. 

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Adrienne Young is a born and bred Texan turned California girl. She is a foodie with a deep love of history and travel and when she’s not writing, you can find her on her yoga mat, scouring antique fairs for old books, or disappearing into her favorite art museums.

Adrienne will be chatting with Traci Chee, author of The Reader and The Speaker

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Leah Weiss, Ph.D.
May
1
7:30 PM19:30

Leah Weiss, Ph.D.

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Leah Weiss, Ph.D., is a researcher, professor, consultant, and author. She teaches courses on compassionate leadership at the Stanford Graduate School of Business and is principal teacher and founding faculty for Stanford’s Compassion Cultivation Program, conceived by the Dalai Lama. She also directs Compassion Education and Scholarship at HopeLab, an Omidyar Group research and development nonprofit focused on resilience. She lives in Palo Alto, California with her husband and three children.

From the start-up burn-out to the nine-to-five grind, the way that we work is more challenging than ever. In one of the Stanford Graduate School’s most popular classes ever, “Leading with Mindfulness and Compassion,” a practical guide to bringing our whole selves to our work, Dr. Leah Weiss confronts the issue of burn-out head-on. Now is your chance to discover her ground-breaking insights into unlocking your best self in the middle of a chaotic work-week, month, quarter, or year. Join us for this much-needed break from the chaos.

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Dude! Story Time with Aaron Reynolds and Dan Santat
Apr
29
11:00 AM11:00

Dude! Story Time with Aaron Reynolds and Dan Santat

Aaron Reynolds has teamed up with Dan Santat to create the hilarious, gnarly summer adventure picture book, Dude! And we can’t wait!

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Dude! You have to read this book. It's totally about this platypus and this beaver who are friends. They want to go surfing but dude, there's this shark who's in the ocean, too. But don't worry. This shark approaches and you'll never guess what happens.

Aaron Reynolds is the New York Times–bestselling author of many hilarious books for kids, including Carnivores; Chicks and Salsa; Joey Fly, Private Eye; President Squid, the Caldecott Honor book Creepy Carrots!; Nerdy Birdy; and its follow-up, Nerdy Birdy Tweets.

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Dan Santat is the New York Times bestselling author and Caldecott-winning illustrator of The Adventures of Beekle: The Unimaginary Friend, Are We There Yet?, and After the Fall (How Humpty Dumpty Got Back Up Again). His artwork is also featured in numerous picture books, chapter books, and middle grade novels, including Dav Pilkey's Ricky Ricotta series. 

 “Surprises, mayhem, sharks, and ice cream: What's not to like?  - Kirkus Reviews.
We couldn’t agree more. Dude! Don’t miss this opportunity to discover a new favorite read

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Anna Yen and Jon M. Chu with Michael Whalen
Apr
26
7:30 PM19:30

Anna Yen and Jon M. Chu with Michael Whalen

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Kepler's Literary Foundation is proud to introduce the Bay Area literary world's newest star: Anna Yen, author of Sophia of Silicon Valley. Yen's vibrant, witty, and electrifying prose bursts with all the makings of a bestseller. Based on her experiences working for Silicon Valley's top maestros, this exciting debut, exudes the frenetic, 'move fast and break things' essence of the real life day-to-day for the Valley's most ambitious while balancing a delightful avidity for finding the moments of subtle humor and self-effacing candor that only someone who has lived a life among the Valley's ultra-determined can portray.

Documentary filmmaker, Michael Whalen moderates an exclusive conversation between Yen and director of Crazy Rich Asians (the movie adaptation of the bestselling book which is due to release August 17, 2018) Jon M. Chu on the cut-throat and furiously inventive cultures of the technology and entertainment industries.

Get your tickets now for one the most anticipated books of the summer!

**Tickets include complimentary wine and hors-d'oeuvres**

Anna Yen has worked at a wide range of tech companies. She spearheaded investor relations for industry leaders such as Tesla Motors, Market Watch, and Pixar Animations Studios, and reported directly to some of Silicon Valley's most respected leaders (including Steve Jobs, Elon Musk, and Larry Kramer.) She has co-founded several tech start-ups and is currently Managing Director at Ellipsis, an investor relations firm. She lives in San Francisco.

Jon M. Chu is known for his visually stunning work in projects across genre, medium and budget. Whether telling a story through the language of dance in the Step Up films, music in the Justin Bieber documentaries, action in the G.I. JOE film, magic in Now You See Me 2 or culture in his latest film Crazy Rich Asians, Chu’s signature style is bursting with energy and the definition of fun, pop culture entertainment.

Michael Whalen has produced over 100 hours of documentary programming for television since 1994. His writing, producing and directing credits include work for A&E, The Discovery Channel, MTV, NBC, TLC, and more. His independent documentary films include: “Another first Step” (winner of the CINE Golden Eagle Award) “A Question of Habit” (PBS) and “Gringos at the Gate” (ESPN), “The Farm & The Chef.”

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This is Now with Angie Coiro presents: Sally Kohn
Apr
25
7:30 PM19:30

This is Now with Angie Coiro presents: Sally Kohn

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Admit it: in this new world of bilious political warfare, you've said at least one thing you regret. Incivility is catching.

Long-time political commentator Sally Kohn found herself doing the same thing. She stopped to wonder: where does civic ugliness come from - and what does it cost? When we're all emotionally invested in our points of view, can it be stemmed?

She took on a worldwide trek to find out. She's talked to scientists and researches, terrorists, trolls, and hate groups. She has success stories of people who walked away from hate. From all those avenues, she derives workable steps to getting ahead of the damage incivility can wreak.

Sally Kohn is a familiar face from Fox and CNN. Her work has appeared in the Washington Post, New York Times, New York Magazine, USA Today, and Time. She also works as a communications consultant and was previously a campaign strategist for the Center for Community Change, a fellow at the Ford Foundation, and a strategic advisor to the Social Justice Infrastructure Funders, as well as a fellow at the National Gay and Lesbian task Force Policy Institute. She joins our in-house journalist for an evening installment of This Is Now with Angie Coiro.

“Sick of the anger, division and hate in our world? Sally Kohn’s book is uplifting, funny, and full of inspiring solutions.” —Van Jones

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Meet Nancy Singleton Hachisu
Apr
21
2:00 PM14:00

Meet Nancy Singleton Hachisu

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The definitive Japanese cookbook. Over 400 recipes, organized by course and with deft, insightful commentary from author Nancy Singleton Hachisu – an Atherton native turned award-winning food writer.

Hachisu left California for Japan in 1988. Since then, Hachisu has written some of the most engaging literature on the subtleties of Japanese cuisine from hip urban trends to the traditional meals of rural farms. On trips home, she befriended David Tanis and the staff at Chez Panisse, bringing to the West recipes of farm-to-table Japanese cooking.

With Japan: The Cookbook, Phaidon presents the full range of traditional Japanese cooking on a grand scale. Join Hachisu for a meet-and-greet celebrating the release of this highly-anticipated new book.

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Jacqueline Winspear
Apr
18
7:30 PM19:30

Jacqueline Winspear

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Jacqueline Winspear is the author of the New York Timesbestselling Maisie Dobbs series, which includes In This Grave Hour, Journey to Munich, A Dangerous Place, Leaving Everything Most Loved, Elegy for Eddie, and eight other novels. Her standalone novel, The Care and Management of Lies, was also a New York Times bestseller and a Dayton Literary Peace Prize finalist. Originally from the United Kingdom, she now lives in California.

In To Die But Once, Jacqueline Winspear, the creators of one of the most memorable characters in all of literature, Maisie Dobbs, leads her assiduous heroine from the countryside of rural Hampshire to the web of wartime. As she crosses paths with powerful men and precarious environs, Maisie unravels a daunting new case with a final confrontation readers will hardly believe!

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Peter Rubin
Apr
17
7:30 PM19:30

Peter Rubin

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Peter Rubin oversees WIRED's culture coverage in the magazine and online. In 2014, his cover story on Oculus introduced readers to the rebirth of virtual reality, and Rubin has since written frequently about the evolution of VR and its many applications. Prior to arriving at WIRED in 2011, he was a feature writer and editor for more than a decade, penning cover stories for GQ, Elle, Details, Good, and many other publications. He lives in Oakland, California.

The industry’s go-to expert on virtual reality, Peter Rubin, takes us inside the world of one of tech’s nascent and most transformative new technologies. Though still in its infancy, VR has the potential to change how we work, experience entertainment, and even how we feel emotions. Join WIREDmagazine’s senior culture editor as he introduces the creators of VR, the experience inside a VR headset, and the potential of this technology to upend everything we know about the future of human interaction.

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William Vollmann
Apr
16
7:30 PM19:30

William Vollmann

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We've talked a lot about climate change at Kepler's, but never quite like this. After one of the most devastating nuclear meltdowns in human history rippled through Fukushima, William Vollmann decided to pay a visit.

Armed with a notebook and a radiation meter, Vollmann braved the ghost towns surrounding the devastated remains of what was once a crown jewel for supporters of nuclear energy.

In No Immediate Danger, Vollmann records the first-hand accounts of the survivors who endured the Tohoku earthquake and the meltdown that will forever haunt Northern Coastal Japan. He also records the interviews he conducted both at home in the United States, where we have only narrowly avoided a number of nuclear disasters, and in Japan, with those who turn a blind-eye to the ecological damage of Fukushima and continue to support a nuclear future.

Get down to the nitty-gritty of climate change and energy generation, as Vollmann takes on the consequences of nuclear power production.

‟Vollmann’s books tower over the work of his contemporaries by virtue of their enormous range, huge ambition, stylistic daring, wide learning, audacious innovation and sardonic wit.ˮ —The Washington Post

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Kelly Loy Gilbert, Emily X.R. Pan, and Anna-Marie McLemore
Apr
15
2:00 PM14:00

Kelly Loy Gilbert, Emily X.R. Pan, and Anna-Marie McLemore

Three wonderful authors. Three extraordinary YA reads.  One special afternoon. 

Come celebrate with us as we launch Kelly Loy Gilbert’s new book Picture Us in the Light, west coast launch Emily X.R. Pan’s The Astonishing Color of After, and continue to fangirl over Anna-Marie McLemore’s Wild Beauty.

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Picture Us in the Light by Kelly Loy Gilbert, author of the William C. Morris Debut Award finalist Conviction, is a profound love story with epic scope that will break readers’ hearts and put them back together again. Told through the eyes of eighteen-year-old Danny Cheng, this urgent and hauntingly beautiful novel delves into critical and timely issues of deportation, systemic racism, and sexual identity. "This urgent, achingly beautiful story shines a light on those living in the shadows. A beacon of hope and resistance." - Melissa de la Cruz

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Emily X.R. Pan  is a co-creator of Foreshadow: A Serial YA Anthology and  the founding editor-in-chief of Bodega Magazine.  The Astonishing Color of After is a stunning and heartbreaking novel about finding oneself through family history, art, grief, and love. It alternates between real and magic, past and present, friendship and romance, hope and despair, of which John Green says "Emily X.R. Pan's brilliantly crafted, harrowing first novel portrays the vast spectrum of love and grief with heart-wrenching beauty and candor. This is a very special book."

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Anna-Marie McLemore is the author of William C. Morris Debut Award Finalist The Weight of Feathers, Stonewall Honor Book When the Moon Was Ours, and Wild Beauty. A stunning exploration of love, loss, and family of which  Kirkus says “Part mystery, part love story, this evocative, lush novel is a delight for sophisticated readers."

 
 

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This is Now with Angie Coiro Presents: Leslie Jamison on Alcoholism
Apr
11
7:30 PM19:30

This is Now with Angie Coiro Presents: Leslie Jamison on Alcoholism

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Leslie Jamison is the author of the essay collection The Empathy Exams, a New York Times bestseller. Her work has appeared in the New York Times Magazine and Harper's, among others, and she is a columnist for the New York Times Book Review.

With comparisons to Joan Didion and Susan Sontag, Jamison has turned the traditional addiction narrative on its head in this deeply personal and seamless blend of memoir, cultural history, literary criticism, and journalistic reportage. Join us for an evening on addiction and learn more about the writers whose work was shaped by alcohlism and substance dependence, including Raymond Carver, David Foster Wallace, and others. 

"Leslie Jamison has written an honest and important book. It will be important to recovering alcoholics who wonder if there really is life after booze, and I think it will be important to writers and critics, because she weaves her story of recovery into those of other artists"... "The most important thematic thread may be its insistence that the talented artist who needs booze or drugs to support his work and withstand his own vision does not, in fact, exist. All in all, vivid writing and required reading." ―Stephen King

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