Tara Sim with Jessica Cluess
Jan
5
7:00 PM19:00

Tara Sim with Jessica Cluess

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We're thrilled to invite you to celebrate the launch of Chainbreaker, Tara Sim’s much anticipated sequel to Timekeeper, a steampunk adventure set in an alternate Victorian world controlled by clock towers, where a damaged clock can fracture time―and a destroyed one can stop it completely.
 
Clock mechanic Danny Hart knows he’s being watched. But by whom, or what, remains a mystery. To make matters worse, clock towers have begun falling in India, though time hasn’t Stopped yet.. After inspecting some of the fallen Indian towers, he realizes the British occupation may be sparking more than just attacks. And as Danny and Colton unravel more secrets about their past, they find themselves on a dark and dangerous path―one from which they may never return.

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“Chainbreaker is an elaborate tale of magic, gods, and the beautiful, unfortunate humans caught in an ancient titanic struggle. You’ll cheer. You’ll cry. And once you enter this world, you’ll never want to leave.” Traci Chee, author of The Reader and The Speaker
 
Tara will be in conversation with Jesicca Cluess, author of A Shadow Bright and Burning and A Poison Dark and Drowning
 

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Jan
9
7:30 PM19:30

Marilyn Yalom with Theresa Donovan Brown

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Marilyn Yalom is a senior scholar at the Clayman Institute for Gender Research at Stanford University, and the author of A History of the Wife, among other books. She lives in Palo Alto, CA, with her husband, Irvin.

Theresa Donovan Brown is an award-winning author of fiction and non-fiction. Her fictional works include the murder mystery, The Old Inn at Punta de Sangre and the environmental thriller, Summitville. Her non-fiction includes the co-authored The Social Sex: A History of Female Friendship.

The heart, that symmetrical, two-lobed, ubiquitous symbol of love that’s dotted history from candies and lattes to Shakespearean dramas and medieval iconography, is over two-thousand years. Join award-winning historian and author, Marilyn Yalom, in conversation with Therese Donovan Brown as the two women unravel the mysterious and unconventional history of love and the strange case of the heart.

Doors open at 6:30pm.

Books will be available for sale at the event.

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Amie Kaufman and Meagan Spooner
Jan
10
7:00 PM19:00

Amie Kaufman and Meagan Spooner

Fans of Amie Kaufman and Meagan Spooner’s Starbound series rejoice – they have joined forces again with Unearthed, a breathtaking action-packed archaeological thriller – think Indiana Jones meets Lara Croft in space!

Set in a distant future where Earth has been undone by environmental disaster, Unearthed is the story of Jules and Mia, a scholar and a scavenger,  who are dispatched to the planet of a now-extinct alien race. With the promise of a salve for Earth, the two must reluctantly work together to explore an ancient alien temple loaded with danger and traps, and finds its life-altering secrets. But the deeper they go, the more they discover they may not be helping their own planet but hastening its destruction.

Amie Kaufman and Meagan Spooner are longtime friends who have traveled the world, covering every continent between them. Amie is the New York Times bestselling co-author of The Illuminae Files.  Meagan is the author of the Skylark trilogy. Together they co-wrote the Starbound series and are united by their love of space opera, road trips, and second breakfasts. 

Don’t miss this chance to celebrate Unearthed with Amie Kaufman and Meagan Spooner, a book already optioned by Columbia .

These besties will be chatting with local author besties Stacey Lee and Stephanie Garber. How fun! 
 

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Beverly Daniel Tatum with Julie Lythcott Haims
Jan
11
7:30 PM19:30

Beverly Daniel Tatum with Julie Lythcott Haims

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Beverly Daniel Tatum, PhD, is president emerita of Spelman College and in 2014 received the Award for Outstanding Lifetime Contribution to Psychology, the highest honor presented by the American Psychological Association. She lives in Atlanta, Georgia.

Julie Lythtcott-Haims is the best-selling author of Real American: A Memoir, and How to Raise an Adult. She served as Dean of Freshman at Stanford University. 

There are a handful of authors and a handful of books that have brought the national conversation of race in America to the forefront. Michelle Alexander, Jonathan Kozol, Ta-Nehisi Coates … and Dr. Beverly Daniel Tatum stand out among them. In her seminal book, Why Are All the Black Kids Sitting Together in the Cafeteria?, Dr. Tatum took the psychology of racism in our country head on.

Doors open at 6:30pm

Books will be available for sale at the event.

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This is Now with Angie Coiro Presents: Gary Ferguson on Wildfires
Jan
16
7:30 PM19:30

This is Now with Angie Coiro Presents: Gary Ferguson on Wildfires

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The October fires in the North Bay yielded grim, astounding numbers: 250 blazes across 6 counties, including 21 major wildfires; 243,000 acres and 8900 buildings burned; 43 people dead. The Tubbs fire was the most destructive inferno in California history.

Dry seasons in the West are getting drier and longer, even as residential areas push further into the wilderness. Since 1985, acreage burned in Western states has doubled.

What's the science behind these growing conflagrations? Is firefighting technology ready for the challenge? What should we expect in decades to come - and how much control will we have?

Nature writer Gary Ferguson joins Angie Coiro for another installment of her This Is Now interview series. They'll touch on all these aspects of wildfire, from climate change to fuel sources and long-term challenges. Ferguson's book Land On Fire: The New Reality of Wildfire in the West is the latest of his more than twenty non-fiction books, including Decade of the Wolf: Returning the Wild to Yellowstone, The Great Divide: The Rocky Mountains in the American Mind, and most recently the memoir The Carry Home. Among his literary awards are the Montana Book of the Year kudo for Decade of the Wolf, and the Society of American Travel Writers award for The Sylvan Path.

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Matthew Zapruder with Louise Glück
Jan
17
7:30 PM19:30

Matthew Zapruder with Louise Glück

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Matthew Zapruder is the author of four poetry collections including American Linden, The Pajamaist, Sun Bear, and Come on all You Ghosts. His most recent work is Why Poetry, a book of prose about poetry.

Louise Glück has won the Pulitzer Prize, the National Book Critics Circle Award, and the Bollingen Prize, and is the former Poet Laureate of the United States. She teaches at Yale University and lives in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

Join two of America’s leading poets for an evening of why poetry matters. Matthew Zapruder’s work has appeared everywhere from the New Yorker to the Paris Review. Louise Gluck has won a Pulitzer Prize, National Book Award, and countless more accolades. They will read from some of their favorite works, read from the original prose on the importance of poetry, and share just why it is we come back to poetry generation after generation. 

Doors open at 6:30pm.

Books will be available for pick up, and for sale, at the event.

Matthew Zapruder photo by B.A. Van Sise

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Intensive Literary Seminar: Beloved by Toni Morrison - Session 2
Jan
18
7:00 PM19:00

Intensive Literary Seminar: Beloved by Toni Morrison - Session 2

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Beloved by Toni Morrison

Kimberly's seminars have been so popular that readers want to go even deeper!

Be part of the gang for all three sessions, or come for just one, as the group digs in to this masterpiece by Nobel-prize-winning Toni Morrison.

Each hour-long session, with casual conversation following, will open Beloved in new ways, making you a better reader while serving up plenty of Kimberly's illuminating, entertaining guidance.

 

 

3 Seminars included in the Series:

Monday, January 8, 2018 - 7:00-8:30pm

Thursday, January 18, 2018 - 7:00-8:30pm

Wednesday, January 31, 2018 - 7:00-8:30pm

A copy of Beloved is included in the price of the Seminar Series and should be picked up at Kepler's (and read) prior to the first meeting date.

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Barry Eisler
Jan
23
7:30 PM19:30

Barry Eisler

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Barry Eisler spent three years in a covert position with the CIA’s Directorate of Operations, then worked as a technology lawyer and startup executive in Silicon Valley and Japan. Eisler’s bestselling thrillers have won the Barry Award and the Gumshoe Award for Best Thriller, have been included in numerous “Best of” lists, have been translated into nearly twenty languages. 

Now is your chance to join Barry Eisler’s most darkly complex heroines, Livia Lone, as she returns with one of his most popular characters of all-time: the vigilante, Marine sniper, Dox. In the eagerly-awaited follow-up to Eisler’s critically-acclaimed new series, Livia Lone (called by the New York Times, “an absolutely first-rate thriller”), the master spy novelist weaves a thrilling inter-continental story of law and order and those who brave the underworld to bring evil to justice.

*Photo by Scott R. Kline  taken for InMenlo.com 

Doors open at 6:30pm.

Books will be available for pick up, and for sale, at the event.

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Michael Shermer
Jan
24
7:30 PM19:30

Michael Shermer

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Michael Shermer is the Founding Publisher and Editor-in-Chief of Skeptic magazine. He is the author of Why People Believe Weird Things: PseudoscienceSuperstition, and Other Confusions of Our TimeHow We Believe: The Search for God in an Age of Science, and more. 

Singularists, transhumanists, cryonicists, and extropians -- the afterlife is just as alive today as it was in the age of Dante and Thomas Moore. With his new work, Michael Shermer takes us into the labs and hallways where minds are frozen, preserved and uploaded; he takes us through the alleyways of history where the afterlife has defined epochs and cultures across the globe; and he unravels the psychological web of how and why humankind has always been obsessed with mortality. Join us for an evening celebrating, Heavens on Earth.

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Carrie DiRisio (Brooding YA Hero)
Jan
25
7:00 PM19:00

Carrie DiRisio (Brooding YA Hero)

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Have you ever wished you could receive a little guidance from your favorite book boyfriend? Ever dreamed of being the Chosen One in a YA novel? Want to know all the secrets of surviving the dreaded plot twist? Or maybe you're just really confused about what "opal-tinted, luminous cerulean orbs" actually are?

Well, popular Twitter personality @broodingYAhero is here to help as he tackles the final frontier in his media dominance: writing a book. Join Broody McHottiepants as he attempts to pen Brooding YA Hero: Becoming a Main Character (Almost) as Awesome as Me, a "self-help" guide  that lovingly pokes fun at the YA tropes that we roll our eyes at, but secretly love. 

As his nefarious ex, Blondie DeMeani, attempts to thwart him at every turn, Broody overcomes to detail, among other topics, how to choose your genre, his secret formula for guaranteed love triangle success, and how to make sure you secure that sequel, all while keeping his hair perfectly coiffed and never breaking a sweat.

"I smiled, I laughed, and I might have swooned! A brilliant combination of humor and clever insights. If you’re looking for entertainment or writing a young adult novel, you need to read this book." –Stephanie Garber (Caraval)

Carrie DiRisio runs multiple popular social media accounts including @BroodingYAHero, and is the social media intern for Serial Box Publishing.  Come meet Carrie as she introduces us to Brooding YA Hero, She will be in conversation with Christy Hayes.
 

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Niall Ferguson with David M. Kennedy
Jan
29
7:30 PM19:30

Niall Ferguson with David M. Kennedy

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Niall Ferguson is the author of Paper and IronThe Ascent of MoneyCivilization, and The Square and the Tower. He is Senior Fellow at the Hoover Institution, Stanford University.

David Kennedy is Donald J. McLachlan Professor of History Emeritus at Stanford University and co-director of the Bill Lane Center for the American West. His volume in the series, Freedom From Fear: The American People in Depression and War, 1929-1945, won the Pulitzer Prize for History.

In his most sweeping and ambitious work to date, Niall Ferguson, tells the story of human history, from the Middle Ages to Facebook, through the lens of the networks that have sustained us. A monumental work from one of the worlds most renowned historians, The Square and the Tower, is a tapestry of history delineated by two key network formations that have ruled humankind. Join the great historian as he sits down with Pulitzer Prize-winner and fellow historian, David M. Kennedy.

"Brilliantly illuminates the great power struggle between networks and hierarchies that is raging around the world today...Silicon Valley needed a history lesson and Ferguson has provided it." -Eric Schmidt

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Story Time with Kenneth and Sarah Jane Wright
Jan
30
5:00 PM17:00

Story Time with Kenneth and Sarah Jane Wright

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Join us for a special story time with Sarah Jane and Kenneth Wright as they introduce us to Lola Dutch, a delightful character who will show kids how to make every day grand and full of fun!

 From the best ways to serve breakfast (an elegant feast, of course) to the ideal sleeping spot (a majestic blanket fort!), Lola is inspired all day long by everything around her. Lola’s companion Bear sometimes says she can be just too much, but Lola is rich with imagination and originality, which even Bear can admit is infectious and fun.

Sarah Jane Wright opened an online shop in 2008 that has since grown into a worldwide business with art prints, fabrics, wallpaper, puppets, and illustrated children’s books. Kenneth is a full-time educator and history teacher. This is their first picture book together. 
 

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Intensive Literary Seminar: Beloved by Toni Morrison - Session 3
Jan
31
7:00 PM19:00

Intensive Literary Seminar: Beloved by Toni Morrison - Session 3

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Beloved by Toni Morrison

Kimberly's seminars have been so popular that readers want to go even deeper!

Be part of the gang for all three sessions, or come for just one, as the group digs in to this masterpiece by Nobel-prize-winning Toni Morrison.

Each hour-long session, with casual conversation following, will open Beloved in new ways, making you a better reader while serving up plenty of Kimberly's illuminating, entertaining guidance.

 

 

3 Seminars included in the Series:

Monday, January 8, 2018 - 7:00-8:30pm

Thursday, January 18, 2018 - 7:00-8:30pm

Wednesday, January 31, 2018 - 7:00-8:30pm

A copy of Beloved is included in the price of the Seminar Series and should be picked up at Kepler's (and read) prior to the first meeting date.

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Writing Master Class: Grant Faulkner and Jan Ellison
Feb
1
7:00 PM19:00

Writing Master Class: Grant Faulkner and Jan Ellison

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This is your year to write your novel!

One of the biggest obstacles any writer faces is finishing the first draft of a book. As Joyce Carol Oates said, "Getting the first draft finished is like pushing a peanut with your nose across a very dirty floor." Take this class to learn how to make writing a priority in your life, write boldly on the page, and develop the self-confidence necessary to put your work into the world. Grant Faulkner, executive director of National Novel Writing Month and author of Pep Talks for Writers: 52 Insights and Actions to Boost Your Creative Mojo, will join Jan Ellison, author of A Small Indiscretion, in a conversation about what it takes to write a novel from the first word to "the end."

Here are some takeaways:

1. Overcome self-doubt and believe in yourself as a writer.
2. Learn tips to overcome writer's block and write bravely on the page. 
2. Develop a creative mindset to nourish your writing year-round.
3. Build a plan to finish your book.

Doors open at 6:30pm.

Books will be available for pick up, and for sale, at the event.

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Judd Winnick
Feb
2
6:00 PM18:00

Judd Winnick

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Join Judd Winick on another adventure in the New York Times bestselling Hilo series that The New York Times says "can be enjoyed by the entire family." and  Gene Luen Yang, National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature, says is “high energy and hilarious.”

Has Hilo finally met his match in Book 4, Waking the Monsters? Mega Robot Monsters are suddenly waking up all over and they're too big and too strong for Hilo to fight on his own! Luckily, he doesn't have to! He has Gina and some brand new super powers on his side! Being heroes can be super fun - but it can also be super dangerous! And the closer Hilo and Gina get to saving their world from the monsters -- the closer Hilo gets to the dark secret of his past. Does he really want to know? Do we?

Judd Winick has scripted issues of bestselling comic series, including Batman, Green Lantern, Green Arrow, Justice League, and Star Wars. He created the animated TV series The Life and Times of Juniper Lee, which ran for three seasons on Cartoon Network. Judd also appeared as a cast member of MTV's The Real World: San Francisco and is the author of the highly acclaimed graphic novel Pedro and Me, about his Real World roommate and friend, AIDS activist Pedro Zamora. 
 

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This is Now with Angie Coiro Presents: Morgan Jerkins on Race and Misogyny
Feb
4
4:00 PM16:00

This is Now with Angie Coiro Presents: Morgan Jerkins on Race and Misogyny

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Blogger and essayist Morgan Jerkins boldly takes on the most incendiary of topics: the stew of racism, misogyny, and white-dominated feminism that sidelines black women from American discourse and influence. Her new book This Will Be My Undoingtallies the cost to us all of objectifying and silencing black women. Lauded by no less a voice than Roxane Gay, Jerkins' essays are a fearless tapestry of observation and personal experience. 

In an evening with Angie Coiro, host of KLF's This Is Now series, Morgan Jerkins examines what it means to walk through America as a black woman today.

Morgan Jerkins is a writer and contributing editor at Catapult.co, where she write the essay series To Be Seen and Unseen. Her work has been featured in The New Yorker, The New York Times, Elle, Rolling Stone, and BuzzFeed. This Will Be My Undoing is her first book.

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Kelly Corrigan
Feb
5
7:30 PM19:30

Kelly Corrigan

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Kelly Corrigan is a staple of the Bay Area literary scene, the host of The Forward and the author of three New York Times bestselling books. Corrigan’s signature technique of transforming the seemingly mundane into hilarious and heart-breaking prose has captivated millions and won her countless fans.

Don’t miss “the poet laureate of the ordinary.” as she takes to the Kepler’s stage to share her most candid and enchanting work yet, Tell Me More. With this new book, Corrigan reveals the magic in the prosaic, the beauty in the normal, and the hope that fuels her marriage and her love for her family. Be there for this exciting event!

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Melissa Albert with Stephanie Garber
Feb
6
7:00 PM19:00

Melissa Albert with Stephanie Garber

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We could not be more delighted to welcome Melissa Albert to Kepler’s to celebrate her fiercely stunning contemporary fantasy, The Hazel Wood, everyone is raving about:

Four starred reviews
"Thoroughly, creepily captivating." --Kristin Cashore (Graceling and Jane, Unlimited)
"Will be your next obsession." --Stephanie Garber (Caraval)
"Destined to be a classic." --Kami Garcia (The Lovely RecklessBeautiful Creatures
"Mesmerizing." --Karen McManus (One of Us Is Lying)
"One of the best books I've read in years." --Jennifer Niven (All the Bright Places)

And Columbia Pictures has already snapped up the film rights with the producers of Divergent attached to adapt it

Seventeen-year-old Alice and her mother have spent most of Alice's life on the road, always a step ahead of the uncanny bad luck biting at their heels. But when Alice's grandmother, the reclusive author of a cult-classic book of pitch-dark fairy tales, dies alone on her estate, the Hazel Wood, Alice learns how bad her luck can really get: Her mother is stolen away--by a figure who claims to come from the Hinterland, the supernatural world where her grandmother's stories are set. Alice's only lead is the message her mother left behind: "Stay away from the Hazel Wood."

Alice has long steered clear of her grandmother's cultish fans. But now she has no choice but to ally with Ellery Finch, a Hinterland superfan who may have his own reasons for wanting to help her. To retrieve her mother, Alice must venture first to the Hazel Wood, then into the world where her grandmother's tales began--and where she might find out how her own story went so wrong.

We have not stopped talking about this books since reading it in manuscript. The writing is exquisite, the characters alive and unforgettable – it’s twisty, inventive, disturbing, and kept me up late into the night until way past turning the last page. We could not love this more. 

Melissa Albert is the founding editor of the Barnes & Noble Teen Blog and the managing editor of BN.com. She has written for McSweeney’s, Time Out Chicago, MTV, and more. She will be in conversation with Stephanie Garber, author of Caraval
 

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Derek Thompson with Alexis Madrigal
Feb
7
7:30 PM19:30

Derek Thompson with Alexis Madrigal

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Derek Thompson is a senior editor at The Atlantic magazine, where he writes about economics and the media. He is a regular contributor to NPR's "Here and Now" and appears frequently on television, including CBS and MSNBC. 

Alexis Madrigal is a writer and journalist in Oakland, California. He's the editor-at-large for Fusion. Previously, he was a senior editor at The Atlantic and a staff writer at Wired.

Why do things become popular? How does culture happen? In his groundbreaking investigation, Thompson uncovers the hidden psychology of why we like what we like. Shattering the sentimental myths of hit-making that dominate pop culture and business, Thompson shows quality is insufficient for success, nobody has "good taste," and some of the most popular products in history were one bad break away from utter failure. People love a familiar surprise: a product that is bold, yet sneakily recognizable.

"Enthralling-- full of 'aha' moments about why some ideas soar and others never get off the ground. This book picks up where The Tipping Point left off." -Adam Grant, Wharton professor and New York Times bestselling author of ORIGINALS and GIVE AND TAKE

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Dhonielle Clayton with Sabaa Tahir
Feb
8
7:00 PM19:00

Dhonielle Clayton with Sabaa Tahir

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We are delighted to welcome Dhonielle Clayton to celebrate The Belles, a powerful look at the cost of beauty and what we are willing to do for it. 

Camellia Beauregard is a Belle. In Orleans, Belles can control Beauty, and Beauty is a commodity coveted above all else. In Orleans, the people are born gray and only with the help of a Belle and her talents can they transform and be made beautiful. Camellia wants to be the Favorite, in charge of the royal family’s looks, but once there the queen asks her to risk her own life to  help the princess by using Belle powers in unintended ways, With the future of Orleans and its people at stake, Camellia must decide: save herself and her sisters and the way of the Belles, or resuscitate the princess, risk her own life, and change the ways of her world forever. 

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Dhonielle Clayton is the co-author of the Tiny Pretty Things series, a former teacher and librarian, COO of the non-profit We Need Diverse Books, and co-founder of Cake Literary, a creative  kitchen whipping up decidedly  diverse literary confections for a wide array of readers.

Dhonielle will be chatting with Sabaa Tahir, author of An Ember in the Ashes and A Torch Against the Night

 

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Terese Marie Mailhot
Feb
13
7:30 PM19:30

Terese Marie Mailhot

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Terese Marie Mailhot graduated from the Institute of American Indian Arts with an M.F.A. in fiction. Mailhot’s work has appeared in The Rumpus, the Los Angeles TimesCarve MagazineThe OffingThe ToastYellow Medicine Review, and elsewhere. 

The most powerful and poetic memoir of 2018 has been written by Mailhot and raved about by some of our favorite writers, including Roxane Gay, Sherman Alexie and Lidia Yuknavitch. Mailhot will share her coming of age story; what it was like to survive a profoundly dysfunctional upbringing on the Seabird Island Indian Reservation in the Pacific Northwest. After finding herself hospitalized and facing a dual diagnosis of post traumatic stress disorder and bipolar II disorder, Terese Marie Mailhot is given a notebook and begins to write her way out of trauma. The result is triumphant and beautiful - this is an event you won't want to miss. 

"Heart Berries is an epic take―an Iliad for the indigenous. It is the story of one First Nation woman and her geographic, emotional, and theological search for meaning in a colonial world. It is disturbing and hilarious. It contains sentences of such poetry and power that you will be compelled to set the book down and walk away to recover from the tremors." ―Sherman Alexie

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Michio Kaku
Mar
5
7:30 PM19:30

Michio Kaku

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Michio Kaku is the cofounder of string field theory, science advisor to CBS This Morning, and the author of several widely acclaimed science books, including The Future of the Mind, Physics of the Future, and more.

From our world today plagued by Climate Change and a depletion of finite resources, world-renowned physicist and futurist Michio Kaku explores what lies ahead for humankind. Nanoships, Martian colonies, and outer-space civilizations are just the beginning of a wide breadth of opportunities the acclaimed physicist believes await us in the next century. Join Dr. Kaku as he leads us on an intimate journey from the robotics and cutting-edge developments of today to the stars and heights we once thought unattainable.

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Leonard Mlodinow with Michael Shermer
Mar
22
7:30 PM19:30

Leonard Mlodinow with Michael Shermer

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Leonard Mlodinow received his Ph.D. in theoretical physics from the University of California, Berkeley, was an Alexander von Humboldt Fellow at the Max Planck Institute, and was on the faculty of the California Institute of Technology. His previous books include the best sellers SubliminalWar of the Worldviews (with Deepak Chopra), The Grand Design (with Stephen Hawking), and The Drunkard's Walk, as well as The Upright Thinkers, Feynman's Rainbow, and Euclid's Window. He also wrote for the television series MacGyver and Star Trek: The Next Generation.

Michael Shermer is the Founding Publisher and Editor-in-Chief of Skeptic magazine. He is the author of Why People Believe Weird Things: PseudoscienceSuperstition, and Other Confusions of Our TimeHow We Believe: The Search for God in an Age of Science, and more. 

Out of the exploratory instincts that allowed our ancestors to prosper hundreds of thousands of years ago, humans developed a cognitive style that Mlodinow terms elastic thinking, a collection of traits and abilities that include neophilia (an affinity for novelty), schizotypy (a tendency toward unusual perception), imagination and idea generation, pattern recognition, mental fluency, divergent thinking, and integrative thinking. Join us to learn the essential tools to harness the power of elastic thinking in an endlessly dynamic world.

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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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William Vollman
Apr
16
7:30 PM19:30

William Vollman

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William T. Vollmann is the author of ten novels, including Europe Central, which won the National Book Award. He has also written Rising Up and Rising Down and Imperial, both of which were finalists for the National Book Critics Circle Award. He is the recipient of a Whiting Writers Award and the Strauss Living Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters. His journalism and fiction have been published in The New Yorker, Harpers, Esquire, Granta, and many other publications.

Encyclopedic, sardonic, and rigorously investigated. National Book Award-winning author William Vollman turns his eye to climate change. From industrial manufacturing and nuclear power in America to the no-go zones and sad ghost towns of places like Fukushima, Vollman’s signature voice rings with all the urgency and sorrow brought on by one of the greatest threats of our time.

‟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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Former Vice President Al Gore
Dec
7
7:30 PM19:30

Former Vice President Al Gore

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SORRY - THS EVENT IS SOLD OUT!

With An Inconvenient Truth, former Vice President Al Gore brought the climate crisis into the living rooms of nearly every American. Over ten years later, the Nobel Laureate returns with An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth To Power, an uplifting narrative of what change in action looks like across the globe and how every person can play their part.

From hurricanes to forest fires to a rapidly melting Arctic, Gores reinvigorated call to action has been heralded for its important role in the movement to stabilize our climate and rescue our planet for our children and generations to come.

Join one of the worlds greatest environmental heroes as he connects the dots between natural disasters, flooding, and health risks like infectious diseases. Listen as he tells the stories of change-makers across the globe and presents the alarming facts and conclusive evidence that demonstrate the real effects the climate crisis is having and will continue to have on our planet.

Join us for this extraordinary evening with former Vice President Al Gore.

NOTE: THERE WILL BE NO SIGNING LINE

A limited number of signed books will be available for purchase on first come first serve basis to all ticket holders. 


Ticket Information: 

$50.00 -- Admit one includes pre-signed copy of "An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth To Power"
$25.00 -- Admit one; does not include book
$15.00 -- Admit one; no book; must show student ID

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Deepa Thomas: Nourishing Our Communities and Ourselves
Dec
4
7:30 PM19:30

Deepa Thomas: Nourishing Our Communities and Ourselves

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Children and adults who suffer from diet-related diseases score lower on tests, miss more days of school, experience fewer career advancement opportunities, and raise children who are likely to repeat the same cycle. Worse yet, one in three American children is on track to join the already 29 million adults with diabetes. 

We can do better. 

When Deepa Thomas gave up on yet another insulin plan and medical treatment aimed at relieving her husbands struggle with diabetes, she turned to what she knew best. Versing herself in ground-breaking nutritional research and the wisdom of Ayurveda, Deepa reworked her favorite Indian cuisine, innovating timeless recipes into new dishes that were flavorful, organic, and, best of all, healthy. 

Deepa's work to address diabetes in her own home led her to Jenny Shilling Stein, chair of the board at FoodCorps. FoodCorps is a national non-profit dedicated to serving communities in need across the country, including the Bay Area. In everything they do to educate, revitalize, and encourage these communities, FoodCorps offers nourishment and compassion to people who need it most.

Join us, as Deepa Thomas and Jenny Shilling Stein discuss the basics of nutrition, the importance of a healthy, balanced lifestyle, and what we can all do to nourish ourselves and our communities. 

Deepa will donate all royalties from her stunning new cookbook, Deepa's Secrets, to FoodCorps.

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Modern Day Spies -- Daniel Golden with Angie Coiro
Nov
29
7:30 PM19:30

Modern Day Spies -- Daniel Golden with Angie Coiro

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What does a spy look like? Where would a spy even, well,  spy?

Pulitzer prize-winning journalist Daniel Golden exposes the new front-lines of the global spy-game: college campuses. 

As the worlds super-powers have pivoted toward knowledge-based economies (the production of proprietary technologies, new-age warfare, and the science of nuclear weapons), spies have learned to train their eye on a new target. Goldens extensive research reveals startling insights into how this change in focus has transformed college classrooms into breeding grounds for espionage, technological theft, and even defection. 

Award-winning journalist Angie Coiro sits down with Golden for an hour to expose what spies today really look like and what secrets countries like the United States, China, Iran, and more are desperate to keep secret.

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Mary Otto with Angie Coiro
Nov
28
7:30 PM19:30

Mary Otto with Angie Coiro

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Show me your teeth, and I will tell you who you are.
-George Cuvier

Millions of Americans, young and old, suffer from chronic toothaches they have no choice but to live with day in and day out. Veteran health journalist Mary Otto joins Angie Coiro for an evening addressing the appalling links tying dental hygiene to a person's job prospects, social mobility, and education.

Going back to the moment when dental health was first separated from mainstream medicine, Otto's groundbreaking new book, Teeth, is a much-needed polemic of a system that has profited heavily off of bleach-clean Hollywood smiles and the mass-exclusion of low-income patients and Medicaid recipients.

What Otto finds in this unprecedented look at the world of dentistry is a broken healthcare system where those with means receive the highest level of treatment while those without receive nothing sometimes at the expense of life-threatening illness. Get your seat today for this important evening.

Mary Otto will be introduced by Dr. Bonnie Jue of the nonprofit Sonrisas Dental Health (San Mateo/Half Moon Bay).

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Andy Weir with Kara Platoni -- Artemis Launch
Nov
20
7:30 PM19:30

Andy Weir with Kara Platoni -- Artemis Launch

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The author of the instant classic, The Martian, is back with a novel that will have you on the edge of your seat! Celebrate the release of the most-anticipated book of the year. 

Andy Weir presents: Artemis

Artemis is the first only city on the moon. If you aren't a tourist or an eccentric billionaire, life in this fledgling new territory is tough. Providence and imperial dreams have been nickel-and-dimed from those who have called the moon their home. That's why Jazz doesn't rely on her day-job. She moonlights, instead, as a smuggler, and gets along okay with small-time contraband that is, until the chance to commit the perfect crime presents itself. 

Join Kepler's Literary Foundation for the literary event of the year!

Andy Weir built a career as a software engineer until the runaway success of his debut novel, The Martian, allowed him to pursue writing full-time. He is a lifelong space nerd and a devoted hobbyist of subjects such as relativistic physics, orbital mechanics, and the history of manned spaceflight. He lives in California.

Kara Platoni is a science journalist. She teaches UC-Berkeley and has interviewed notable authors such as Yuval Noah Harari, Steven Johnson, and more for the Kepler's Literary Foundation.

Ticket Information: 
$50.00 -- Premier ticket with hardcover copy of "Artemis"
$25.00 -- General seating; does not include book
$15.00 -- Student seating; no book; must show student ID

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Story Time with David Shannon
Nov
18
2:00 PM14:00

Story Time with David Shannon

A new book by bestselling and award-winning author-artist David Shannon (No, David!) is a cause for celebration. And we will be celebrating when David Shannon introduces his exuberant new book Bizzy Mizz Lizzie that approaches the subject of over scheduled children (and adults) with breezy good humor while also delivering with his signature fun and heart.

Lizzie is the busiest, buzziest bee in Hivetown. Shannon’s vivid artwork and Lizzie’s endearing efforts to "do it all" will make children laugh aloud at her frantic antics as she juggles school, multiple sports, dance, violin, and art. With charm and determination, she longs to impress the Queen by winning a spelling contest, but she studies to the point of exhaustion. When she dozes off in the middle of the competition, the only solution is rest and her refreshing visit to the local Garden finally teaches Lizzie to stop and smell the flowers “which is exactly what bees are supposed to do.”

David Shannon is the internationally acclaimed creator of more than thirty picture books, including No, David!, a Caldecott Honor Book and his second New York Times Best Illustrated Book of the Year, A Bad Case of Stripes, Duck on a Bike, and Too Many Toys!

Don’t miss this opportunity to meet the ever popular David Shannon and discover a new favorite read.
 

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Story is the Thing
Nov
16
7:30 PM19:30

Story is the Thing

The universe is made of stories, not of atoms.
— -Muriel Rukeyser
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The fifth installment of the Story Is the Thing Quarterly Reading Series is only a month away! Join us on November 16th at 7:30 PM for an evening of storytelling with seven local literary stars, reading on the theme "The Unsent Letter." We'll start with light refreshments at 7:00 PM.

Readers this time will be David Denny, Joyce Kiefer, Michael David Lukas, Chiseche Salome Mibenge, Marian Palaia, Austin Smith, and Rebecca Winterer. 

David Denny's fiction has recently appeared in Narrative, Catamaran, and New Ohio Review. His short story collection, The Gill Man in Purgatory, is now available from Shanti Arts. He is also the author of three poetry collections: Man Overboard, Fool in the Attic, and Plebeian on the Front Porch. More information at daviddenny.net.

Joyce Kiefer is a lifelong Bay Area resident.  She majored in English and Journalism at San Jose State. She has had poetry published in several award winning collections including Cradle Songs: An Anthology of Poems on Motherhood, and Lavanderia: A Mixed Load of Women, Wash and Word. Joyce has also had feature pieces published in the San Jose Mercury News and was a regular contributor to The Columnists. She contributes travel pieces to Bay Area Family Travel and has had memoir pieces appeared in By the Bay and Cooking Up Stories." Joyce enjoys writing memoir, travel experience, and wry commentary on the small things in life that turn out to be bigger than we think. Read her blog: http://lifeinthepursuit.blogspot.com.

Michael David Lukas is the author of the international bestselling novel The Oracle of Stamboul, which was a finalist for the California Book Award, the NCIBA Book of the Year Award, and the Harold U. Ribalow Prize, and has been published in fifteen languages. His second novel, The Last Watchman of Old Cairo, is forthcoming from Spiegel & Grau in March 2018. He has been a Fulbright Scholar in Turkey, a student at the American University of Cairo, and a night-shift proofreader in Tel Aviv. A graduate of Brown University, he has received fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, Bread Loaf Writers Conference, and the Santa Maddalena Foundation, and his writing has appeared in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Slate, and VQR. He lives in Oakland, California.

Michael David Lukas is the author of the international bestselling novel The Oracle of Stamboul, which was a finalist for the California Book Award, the NCIBA Book of the Year Award, and the Harold U. Ribalow Prize, and has been published in fifteen languages. His second novel, The Last Watchman of Old Cairo, is forthcoming from Spiegel & Grau in March 2018. He has been a Fulbright Scholar in Turkey, a student at the American University of Cairo, and a night-shift proofreader in Tel Aviv. A graduate of Brown University, he has received fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, Bread Loaf Writers Conference, and the Santa Maddalena Foundation, and his writing has appeared in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Slate, and VQR. He lives in Oakland, California.

Chiseche Salome Mibenge is the author of Sex and International Tribunals: The Erasure of Gender From The War Narrative (UPenn Press, 2013). She studied Law in Zambia, her country of birth and received her PhD in International Human Rights Law from Utrecht University in 2010. She is a human rights educator, writer, and editor and blogs at chisechemibenge.com. Chiseche is an awardee of the Columbia Journal of Literature and Art winter 2017 contest for her short story, The Protected Party.

Marian Palaia's first novel, The Given World, (Simon and Schuster, 2015) was shortlisted for the Saroyan International Prize for Fiction, longlisted for The PEN/Bingham First Novel Prize, a finalist for the VCU/Cabell Award, and recognized by Kirkus as a Best Novel of 2015. She lives in San Francisco, California and in Missoula, Montana with her Mongolian Barking Shepherd, Tupelo. 

Austin Smith grew up on a family dairy farm in northwestern Illinois. His poems and stories have appeared in The New Yorker, Harpers, Poetry Magazine, Narrative Magazine, Threepenny Review, ZYZZYVA, Yale Review, Sewanee Review, Ploughshares and New England Review, amongst others. His first collection of poems, Almanac, was chosen for the Princeton Series of Contemporary Poets and published in 2013. A second collection, Flyover Country, will be published by Princeton in the fall of 2018. A former Wallace Stegner Fellow in fiction, Smith teaches poetry, fiction, documentary journalism and environmental literature classes at Stanford University. 

Rebecca Winterer is the author of The Singing Ship, awarded the Del Sol Press 2016 First Novel Prize and selected as a finalist for the Black Lawrence Press 2016 Big Moose Prize. Shes received fellowships at the Millay Colony, the Vermont Studio Center, Virginia Center for Creative Arts, and Yaddo; and has had a story published by Puerto del Sol.  She holds an MFA from Warren Wilson College. Raised in Queensland, Australia, she now lives in San Francisco, California with her husband.

Tickets: $10.00 per person

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The Happiness Hack: Ellen Petry Leanse with Pamela Weiss
Nov
14
7:30 PM19:30

The Happiness Hack: Ellen Petry Leanse with Pamela Weiss

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With the barrage of news alerts, retweets, and likes it can feel like our devices are hacking our brains and commanding our attention away from the people and things in our life that are truly important. It's time to learn how to hack back!

Ellen Petry Leanse has worked with some of Silicon Valleys biggest technology titans. Throughout her career she's observed the ways that the rise of tech has affected our brains and the happiness we feel in our lives. Leanse is one of Stanford Continuing Studies most popular instructors and in her new work, The Happiness Hack, she brings the lessons she has learned as an entrepreneur, teacher, coach, and researcher to provide everyone with real strategies they can use to override techs unending demands and reclaim their happiness.

Pamela Weiss, Buddhist teacher, executive coach and the Founder and Chief Wisdom Officer of Appropriate Response, a company dedicated to bringing the power of mindful awareness into the workplace, joins Ellen for an incredible conversation. Learn how to stop living your life on auto-pilot, make time for the ones you love, and create real connections in the world around you.

Ticket Information: 
$25.00 -- Premier ticket with one copy of "The Happiness Hack"
$15.00 -- General seating; does not include book
 

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Pixar's Coco StoryTime with Matt de la Peña and Ana Ramirez
Nov
11
2:00 PM14:00

Pixar's Coco StoryTime with Matt de la Peña and Ana Ramirez

If you love storytime, and are one of the many who are counting down the days to see the new highly anticipated Pixar movie Coco, then we have great news for you. 

Newbery Winner Matt de la Peña and Pixar artist Ana Ramírez will be at Kepler’s to read the story of Coco: Miguel and the Grand Harmony. A story about friendship, family, and the power of music. A celebration of a lifetime, where the discovery of a generations-old mystery leads to an extraordinary and surprising family reunion. 

Don’t miss this opportunity to  discover the story of Coco with Matt de la Peña and  Ana Ramirez before the movie opens in theatres November 22.

Matt de la Peña is the New York Times bestselling, Newbery Medal winning author of six young adult novels (including Mexican WhiteBoy, The Living and The Hunted) and two picture books (A Nation’s Hope and Last Stop on Market Street). 

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Jesse Eisinger with Angie Coiro
Nov
10
7:30 PM19:30

Jesse Eisinger with Angie Coiro

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In 2014 the New York Times in collaboration with Pro Publica reported that only one Wall Street banker went to jail for charges related to the 2008 financial collapse. Some publications have offered varying outlooks, but where there is no disagreement is on one issue: no one from any of the major financial firms was held accountable.

America’s biggest banks, it’s monolithic corporations, pharmaceutical powerhouses, even its broad-shouldered auto-industry – in short, the country’s entire economy – made fortunes at the expense of the American people, then made those same people pick up the tab. Wall Street talking heads touted and shouted the phrase “Too Big to Fail,” they won bail outs, they settled fines, and heard out stern reprimands. But no one was arrested.

Angie Coiro sits down with Pulitzer Prize winning journalist Jesse Eisinger to discuss the history of the financial collapse and his new book The Chickenshit Club. Starting from the 1970s, Eisinger talks about how the Justice Department pioneered the notion that corporate executives, not just seedy crooks, can commit heinous crimes and go to prison, and then shows how the America's watchdogs proceeded to bungle, avoid, and mismanage the fight to bring the worst corporate criminals of our time to justice.

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Nov
9
6:00 PM18:00

Shannon Messenger

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We're thrilled to welcome Shannon Messenger!

We've moved the event to a larger venue to make room for more of her fans. The event will now take place at the Performing Arts Center at Hillview Middle School in Menlo Park.

PLEASE NOTE: We are at capacity for this event and are taking no more RSVPs.  We will be checking RSVPs at the door and giving out wristbands. You will need a wristband to enter.

DOORS OPEN AT 5PM

You need to purchase a copy of Nightfall from Kepler's to get into the signing line.

 

 

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Nov
8
7:30 PM19:30

Social Media Wellness -- Angie Coiro with Ana Homayoun and Nicky Jackson Colaco

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Teenagers are asked every day to face an almost insurmountable paradox: the digital tools they need to achieve success are the same ones that cause their greatest distractions. As parents maneuver their teens through a maze of demanding schoolwork, extracurricular activities, and a healthy family life, there is often the added challenge of balancing a safe technology diet – something most parents have little guide to understanding.

Award-winning journalist and radio host Angie Coiro sits down with noted teen and millennial expert, author, speaker, and educator, Ana Homayoun and Instagram’s Director of Public Policy, Nicky Jackson Colaco, for a conversation about teens, tweens, and technology.

Homayoun, whose previous work has addressed the challenges facing both young boys and young girls in today’s complicated new world, has been featured on the issue of teens and social media today in the New York

Times, the Pacific Standard, the Los Angeles Review of Books and more. Her new book, Social Media Wellness: Helping Teens and Tweens Thrive in an Unbalanced Digital World, reveals strategies parents and students can use to better manage the tides of digital interaction.

Colaco, who has served in public policy roles at Google, Facebook, and now at Instagram, shares just some of the work that one of the world’s leading social media platforms is doing to combat the challenges of our new media environment and to provide a better, safer and more secure digital space for students and parents.

Join Kepler’s most dynamic host, Angie Coiro for an evening looking at the actions you and your teen can take today to maneuver the nascent world of social media better, safer, and more effectively.

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Traci Chee with Tara Sim
Nov
7
7:00 PM19:00

Traci Chee with Tara Sim

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We're thrilled to invite you to celebrate the launch of The Speaker, Traci Chee's much anticipated sequel to the critically acclaimed New York Times bestselling fantasy The Reader, a brilliantly told adventure set in a world where reading is unheard of. Think swashbuckling pirates, merciless assassins, and the magic of the written word

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 "Filled with even more magic and intrigue than its predecessor, this is a gripping follow-up that will leave readers speculating and wanting more."--Kirkus Reviews, starred review
 
Having barely escaped the clutches of the Guard, Sefia and Archer are back on the run, slipping into the safety of the forest to tend to their wounds and plan their next move. With Sefia’s help, Archer travels across the kingdom of Deliene rescuing boys held captive by the impressors while she continues to investigate the mysterious Book and the secrets it contains. As Sefia begins to unravel the threads that connect Archer’s fate to her parents’ betrayal of the Guard so long ago, she and Archer must figure out a way to subvert the Guard’s plans before they are ensnared in a war that will pit kingdom against kingdom, leaving their future and the safety of the entire world hanging in the balance. 

Traci will be in conversation with Tara Sim, author of Timekeeper
 

 

 

 

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David Eagleman with Anthony Brandt
Nov
3
7:30 PM19:30

David Eagleman with Anthony Brandt

Groundbreaking ideas do not appear in a flash of lightning. They’re cultivated by people and institutions who understand the implicit, human desire to innovate. 

Neuroscientist David Eagleman and composer Anthony Brandt celebrate their new collaboration, The Runaway Species, a comprehensive look at how and why we innovate. From Steve Jobs to Picasso, Eagleman and Brandt reveal the schematics of our innate creative software. What their combined look at the worlds of art and technology illustrate is a runaway species bursting with innovation, perpetually violating expectation in order to create increasingly more profound creative work.

Eagleman and Brandt go way beyond the open office. This is what creativity truly needs to thrive in our frenetic world. Kishore Hari, Director of the Bay Area Science Festival, joins these two leaders of their field on-stage for a conversation not only on how to harness our own creativity, but how businesses can (and, here in Silicon Valley at least, already have) curate environments where creativity can be encouraged and rewarded.

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SJ Kincaid, Tara Goedjen, & Krystal Sutherland
Oct
30
7:00 PM19:00

SJ Kincaid, Tara Goedjen, & Krystal Sutherland

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Three fabulous YA authors with three great new books. What could be better?

Join us to celebrate the launch of The Empress by SJ Kincaid, the much anticipated sequel to The Diabolic  (Think Game of Thrones meets The Hunger Games in space), The Breathless by Tara Goedjen, an absorbing and romantic Gothic mystery, and A Semi-Definitive List of Worst Nightmares by Krystal Sutherland, a hilarious, reality-bending tale of two outsiders facing their greatest fears about life and love—one debilitating phobia at a time.

S.J. Kincaid originally wanted to be an astronaut, but a dearth of mathematical skills turned her interest to science fiction instead. Her debut novel, Insignia, was shortlisted for the Waterstones prize. Its sequels, Vortex and Catalyst, have received starred reviews from Kirkus Reviews and Booklist. 

Tara Goedjen has a Master of Fine Arts from the University of Alabama and worked as a university creative writing lecturer and as the managing editor for a small digital imprint.  The Breathless is her debut novel.

Krystal Sutherland is the author of the highly  praised Our Chemical Hearts. She was born and raised in Australia and worked as a foreign correspondent in Amsterdam after college.

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Oct
28
7:30 PM19:30

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

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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. They will be in conversation with Annalee Newitz, the Tech Culture Editor at Ars Technica, and the founding editor of io9 and the author of Scatter, Adapt and Remember: How Humans Will Survive a Mass Extinction. Previously, she was the editor-in-chief of popular tech site Gizmodo. Her first science fiction novel, Autonomous, will be released from Tor in September 2017. Her non-fiction appears in The New Yorker, The Atlantic, Wired, The Smithsonian Magazine, The Washington Post, 2600, New Scientist, Technology Review, Popular Science, Discover and the San Francisco Bay Guardian. 

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

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Oct
25
7:30 PM19:30

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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Oct
24
7:30 PM19:30

Robin Sloan -- Sourdough

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Robin Sloan, author of the zany, hilarious, and altogether enthralling debut novel Mr. Penumbras 24-Hour bookstore is back with another infectious and triumphant new book about the wild and crazy start-up culture of the San Francisco Bay Area.

Ever had to move tables at the coffee shop just to escape someones foolhardy pitch to a VC? Ever dove into Crunchbase and found yourself baffled by the ideas people have put millions of dollars behind? 

Robin Sloan hears you! 

Sourdough from Robin Sloan is a toast to the whizzing brilliance of the Valley, a special homage to all the moofers touching base between sessions of blue sky thinking and the occasional bio-break. Join us for a fun night with one of our favorite local authors as he shares the story of Lois Clary, a software engineer who becomes obsessed with a very special and very mysterious sourdough bread.

Pencil this in, drop it on your calendar, and make a note. This will be one crazy night!

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