Traci Chee with Erin Summerill
Nov
16
7:00 PM19:00

Traci Chee with Erin Summerill

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We're thrilled to invite you to celebrate the launch of The Storyteller, Traci Chee's much anticipated conclusion to the epic adventure that began with the New York Times bestselling fantasy The Reader. Think swashbuckling pirates, merciless assassins, and the magic of the written word

“With an assurance that equals her sorcerer protagonist's, Chee constantly interrogates her central question: "who controls the story." …Thoroughly immersive, thoroughly satisfying.”—Kirkus, starred review

Sefia is determined to keep Archer out of the Guard's clutches and their plans for war between the Five Kingdoms. The Book tells of a prophecy that will plunge Kelanna in a bloody war, but it requires a boy--Archer--and Sefia will stop at nothing to ensure his safety. The Guard has already stolen her mother, her father, and her Aunt Nin. Sefia would sooner die than let them take anymore from her--especially the boy she loves.

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But escaping the Guard and the Book's prophecy is no easy task. After all, what is written always comes to pass. As Sefia and Archer watch Kelanna start to crumble to the Guard's will, they will have to choose between their love and joining a war that just might tear them apart. Full of magic, suspense, and mystery, Traci Chee brings her Sea of Ink and Gold trilogy to a close in this spellbinding final installment.

Traci will be in conversation with Erin Summerill, award-winning author of Ever the Hunted and Ever the Brave

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How Tickles Saved Pickles Story Time with Maddie Johnson
Dec
2
11:00 AM11:00

How Tickles Saved Pickles Story Time with Maddie Johnson

Join us for a special story time with author and photographer Maddie Johnson as she introduces her charming new book, How Tickles Saved Pickles. Learn the true story about one extraordinary pig and his savior in this inspiring photographic picture book.

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Maddie will be joined by her pot-bellied pig, Pickles, who is an Instagram star (@LivingwithPickles) with over 60,000 followers and has been featured on The Dodo, Inside Edition, and People.

How Tickles Saved Pickles tells the story of the time when Pickles the Pig became very sick early in his life. Luckily, there was a large sow named Tickles, who lived on a faraway farm that was willing to help Pickles and save the day. Her act of kindness caused the two pigs — one big, one small — to forge a special friendship that is sure to inspire.

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A Workshop with Yogacharya O'Brian
Jan
31
7:00 PM19:00

A Workshop with Yogacharya O'Brian

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Join award winning author and teacher Yogacharya O’Brian for a 90 minute workshop exploring transformative insights into the links between ancient Vedic tradition, the philosophy of yoga, and prosperity in today’s rigorously fast-paced society.

Author of the newly released book The Jewel of Abundance: Finding Prosperity through the Ancient Wisdom of Yoga, Yogacharya O'Brian explores what the four universal aims of life drawn from the Vedas can offer us today as we seek not only a prosperous life but one that has heart and meaning. The four aims of life—to live with higher purpose, to prosper, to enjoy life, and to realize true freedom—provide a brilliant context for living with dynamic balance, prosperity, and the joy that accompanies it. Learn how to cultivate equanimity as you embrace your inherent tendency to thrive.

Yogacharya Ellen Grace O’Brian is a spiritual teacher, poet, writer, founding acharya and spiritual director of Center for Spiritual Enlightenment—a Kriya Yoga Meditation Center in San Jose, California. Her recently published works include Living for the Sake of the Soul, inspiration for spiritual practice and The Moon Reminded Me an award-winning poetry collection. Ordained to teach in 1982 by Roy Eugene Davis, a direct disciple of Paramahansa Yogananda, her message is “engaged enlightenment” – an invitation to live an awakened, creatively inspired, and fulfilled life, now. This workshop is drawn from her latest book, The Jewel Abundance: Finding Prosperity through the Ancient Wisdom of Yoga, recently published by New World Library. www.ellengraceobrian.com and www.csecenter.org

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Leigh Bardugo
Feb
5
6:00 PM18:00

Leigh Bardugo

Leigh Bardugo is hitting the road in support of her next adventure in the Grishaverse, King of Scars, and Kepler’s Literary Foundation is lucky enough to be one of the hosts! We could not be more thrilled.

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Exciting news: we’re partnering with Macmillan to host a Grishaverse fan meet-up an hour before Leigh arrives! The fan meet-up will include trivia/games, a themed King of Scars photo backdrop (so come in costume!), exclusive fan-meet-up-only moments, and more!

Once Leigh arrives, she’ll host a 15-20 minute Q&A followed by a book signing. Leigh will personalize copies of King of Scars purchased from Kepler’s and also sign up to two additional titles. You’ll also be able to grab a quick photo with her, so have your cameras ready to go!

Fan meet-up will start at 6.00 PM

Q&A and signing will start at 7.00 PM

Leigh Bardugo is a #1 New York Times–bestselling author of fantasy novels and the creator of the Grishaverse. With over two million copies sold, her Grishaverse spans the Shadow and Bone Trilogy, the Six of Crows Duology, The Language of Thorns, and now, King of Scars—with more to come. Her other works include Wonder Woman: Warbringer and coming later this year, Ninth House. Leigh was born in Jerusalem, grew up in Los Angeles, graduated from Yale University, and has worked in advertising, journalism, and even makeup and special effects. These days, she lives and writes in Hollywood, where she can occasionally be heard singing with her band.

We are counting down the days.

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Barry Eisler
Feb
7
7:30 PM19:30

Barry Eisler

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Barry Eisler served three years with the CIA’s Directorate of Operations. He worked as a technology lawyer. He has been at various times a startup executive in Silicon Valley and Japan. In his instantly bestselling John Rain series, a lifetime of experience came to a crossroads. He followed with the un-put-downable stories of sharp-shooting assassin Dox; and sex-crimes detective, turned martial arts expert, Livia Lone.

In his new book THE KILLER COLLECTIVE, Barry Eisler offers a true magnum opus. In this long-awaited novel, Eisler assembles the most dangerous team yet: John Rain, Livia Lone, Dox, and a cast of his most volatile characters travel across Seattle, Paris, and Japan to confront their most treacherous enemy yet … one who could sit at the highest levels of the U.S. Government.

Eisler’s thrillers have earned a range of awards from the Barry Award to the Gumshoe Award for Best Thriller. His work is included in numerous “Best of” lists and has been translated into nearly twenty languages. Don't miss your chance to meet one of the Bay Area's most exciting writers.

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Gordon Jack
Nov
13
7:00 PM19:00

Gordon Jack

Join us and celebrate the launch of Gordon Jack's highly satirical novel Your Own Worst Enemy, that features the highs and (very low) lows of the electoral process, proving that the popular vote is the one that matters

“Sharply observed…this is satire at its best. “ Kirkus Review, starred review

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Gordon is a high school librarian and author of the hilarious novel The Boomerang Effect. He will be reading scenes and answering questions about the book with a group of students.  It will be just like being back in English class, only with a live studio audience, and fun prizes – and giveaways for the audience.

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Shannon Messenger
Nov
7
6:00 PM18:00

Shannon Messenger

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We are delighted to welcome Shannon Messenger back with Flashback, the unforgettable seventh book in the New York Times and USA Today bestselling Keeper of the Lost Cities series, in which Sophie must let the past and present blur together, because the deadliest secrets are always the ones that get erased.

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Sophie Foster doesn’t know what—or whom—to believe. And in a game with this many players, the worst mistake can be focusing on the wrong threat. But when the Neverseen prove that Sophie’s far more vulnerable than she ever imagined, she realizes it’s time to change the rules. Her powerful abilities can only protect her so far. To face down ruthless enemies, she must learn to fight. Unfortunately, battle training can’t help a beloved friend who’s facing a whole different danger—where the only solution involves one of the biggest risks Sophie and her friends have ever taken. And the distraction might be exactly what the villains have been waiting for.

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Shannon Messenger graduated from the USC School of Cinematic Arts and is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of the award-winning middle grade series, Keeper of the Lost Cities, as well as the Sky Fall series for young adults. Her books have been featured on multiple state reading lists, published in numerous countries, and translated into many different languages. 

Shannon will be in conversation with Tamara Ireland Stone, New York Times bestselling author of Click'd, Every Last Word, Time Between Us, and Time After Time.

We could not be more excited.

Please note: You must have copy of Flashback purchased from Kepler’s to enter the signing line.

Shannon will sign and personalize all copies of Flashback purchased as part of a Premier ticket or purchased onsite the night of the event. These attendees will be allowed to bring one backlist title from home for signing.

Shannon will also sign copies of backlist titles purchased onsite from Kepler’s the night of the event, but remember you must have purchased a copy of Flashback from Kepler's to enter the signing line.


 

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Dan Lyons
Nov
1
7:30 PM19:30

Dan Lyons

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Despite its unicorns, the start-up world is earning a reputation for burning-out and burning through employees.

In his new book Lab Rats: How Silicon Valley Made Work Miserable for the Rest of Us, acclaimed journalist Dan Lyons searches for answers. Someone somewhere must be doing it right.

As he documented in his New York Times bestselling book Disrupted: My Misadventure in the Start-Up Bubble, the frontier world of tech is rife with fad-chasing venture capitalists, entrepreneurs and "wantrapreneurs," bloggers and brogrammers, social climbers and sociopaths. Every year, companies churn through a new stock of big-eyed idealists, hungry for a quick buck. As the demands on employees grow increasingly more intense, the rewards grow opaquer.

Traveling to workplaces across America, Lyons finds four key factors for how the social contract between employee and employer was broken. Ultimately, the powerhouse former Forbes editor offers a vision for what the workplace could be: “an approach to work and business that puts people first, profitably [that] serves customers, and makes the world a little bit better in the process.”

Escape the grind and discover a new vision for what work can be!

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Jennifer L. Armentrout with Evelyn Skye
Nov
1
7:00 PM19:00

Jennifer L. Armentrout with Evelyn Skye

  • Redwood City Library, Downtown Branch (map)
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Join us to celebrate the Darkest Star tour with #1 New York Times, USA Today, and internationally bestselling author Jennifer L. Armentrout who brings her trademark drama and intrigue to a new romantic YA science fiction series, The Darkest Star. A girl pulled into in a world she doesn't understand finds herself confronted by long buried secrets, a betrayal that could tear her life apart...and Armentrout's most swoonworthy book boyfriend yet.

Seventeen-year-old Evie Dasher knows firsthand the devastating consequences of humanity's war with the aliens. When she's caught up in a raid at a notorious club known as one of the few places where humans and the surviving Luxen can mingle freely, she meets Luc, a guy she initially assumes is a Luxen...but he is in fact something much more powerful. Her growing attraction for Luc will lead her deeper and deeper into a world she'd only heard about, a world where everything she thought she knew will be turned on its head

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Jennifer L. Armentrout is the internationally bestselling author of the Lux series and other books for teens and adults. Her young adult novels have sold over a million copies since 2011 in the US alone, and have been finalists for the Goodreads Choice Awards and many others. She is the owner of ApollyCon and The Origin Event, the successful annual events that features over hundred bestselling authors in Young Adult, New Adult, and Adult Fiction. She is also the creator and sole financier of the annual Write Your Way To RT Book Convention, a contest that gives aspiring authors a chance to win a fully paid trip to RT Book Reviews. And her Wicked Series has been optioned by PassionFlix.

Jennifer will be in conversation with Evelyn Skye, New York Times bestselling author of The Crown's Game and The Crown's Fate.

Please note that Jennifer will be giving away a TDS inspired exclusive Book Beau, FREE, with the purchase of a hard cover copy of The Darkest Star bought from Kepler’s at the event.

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The Future of Death: This is Now with Angie Coiro
Oct
30
7:30 PM19:30

The Future of Death: This is Now with Angie Coiro

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Everybody dies. And we all know that - at least, intellectually. But how realistically do we approach our own ends?

Statistically, it's a mixed bag. More elderly and hospitalized people have Do Not Resuscitate orders in place than ever before. But most American adults don't have a will ready. A third don't carry life insurance. Only one in five has told their friends and family how they'd like their own death dealt with. 

Our next This Is Now evening event is all about death in America. What does a "good death" look like? How helpful can we expect the medical profession to be when the time comes - for example, respecting that DNR order, or talking frankly with us about what's ahead? What can hospice offer a client and their family - and who's lucky enough to have access to that? 

Joining Angie to probe that ever-intimidating topic are: Dr. Ruchika Mishra, Senior Bioethicist with the Program in Medicine and Human Values at Sutter Health Bay Area, and Chris Taich, Director of Bereavement Services at Pathways Home Health and Hospice.

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Dave Barry - CANCELLED
Oct
29
7:30 PM19:30

Dave Barry - CANCELLED

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We are so sorry to let you know that we are cancelling our event with Dave Barry on Monday, October 29 at 7:30pm. 

The publisher notified Kepler's Literary Foundation that Lessons from Lucy will now be released in the spring of 2019, pushing back Mr. Barry's travel schedule. 

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After Pulitzer Prize-winner Dave Barry turned 70, did he look to his friends for support? Did he find solace in the family around him?

Not a chance.

In his new book, Lessons from Lucy, the laugh-out-loud columnist that the New York Times once called “the funniest man in America,” looked to his dog Lucy for companionship and a model for how to grow old with grace.

From his beloved dog, Dave learns to live in the present, let go of daily grievances, and feel good in his own skin. Told with Dave’s signature humor and profound ability to find deep meaning in the everyday, Lessons from Lucy illuminates the great joys of passing 40 and still feeling great.

Bring your own beloved pup and share an evening with the writer who never fails to leave us looking at the world differently while making us laugh.

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Jeffrey Brown with James Parks and Ben Costa
Oct
26
6:00 PM18:00

Jeffrey Brown with James Parks and Ben Costa

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Meet Jeffrey Brown, author/illustrator of the New York Times bestselling Jedi Academy books.  He will be introducing Bad to the Bones, Book 3 in the laugh-out-loud graphic novel series Lucy and Andy Neanderthal, about cave kid siblings Lucy and Andy. that masterfully blends facts with funny.

"Lucy & Andy are Stone Age rock stars! I loved this book!" Lincoln Peirce (Big Nate)

Lucy and Andy have some extra space in the cave now the humans have moved out. But they do miss hanging with Sasha and Tommy. Luckily, their new friends live right around the ice block, close enough to form the first-ever explorer's club! These adventurers are on the hunt. Their first big discovery: dinosaur bones!

Jeffrey will be chatting with James Parks and Ben Costa, co-creators of Rickety Stitch and the  Gelatinous Goo graphic novels about a  walking, talking, singing skeleton minstrel.
 

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Barbara Kingsolver
Oct
23
7:30 PM19:30

Barbara Kingsolver

Mountain View Center for the Performing Arts
500 Castro Street, Mountain View, CA 94041

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Named one of the most important writers of the 20th Century by Writers Digest, Barbara Kingsolver sits solidly in the firmament of great fiction writers working today.

She won the National Humanities Medal in 2000 (the same year as Toni Morrison) and the Orange Prize in 2010. Translators have brought her work to print in more than two dozen languages. Not to be forgotten, her iconic novel, The Poisonwood Bible, was a finalist for that year’s Pulitzer Prize. A long list of accolades, from the James Beard Award to the high honor of being an Oprah Book Club pick, follow after and support the simple fact that Kingsolver is a Titan of American fiction

She isn’t done yet. With her highly-anticipated new novel, Unsheltered, Kingsolver returns to the form she knows best, telling the story of two families caught in a quest to uphold the truth while the world around them quakes beneath the shifting forces of cultural-upheaval.

Get your seats today for an evening with a literary legend as she discusses an all-too-timely story of surviving in America and the resiliency of the human spirit.

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Matt de la Peña and Christian Robinson
Oct
19
6:30 PM18:30

Matt de la Peña and Christian Robinson

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With Carmela Full of Wishes, their first collaboration since the Newbery Medal- and Caldecott Honor-winning Last Stop on Market Street, Matt de la Peña and Christian Robinson deliver a poignant and timely new picture book that's sure to be an instant classic. 

When Carmela wakes up on her birthday, her wish has already come true--she's finally old enough to join her big brother as he does the family errands. Together, they travel through their neighborhood, past the crowded bus stop, the fenced-off repair shop, and the panadería, until they arrive at the Laundromat, where Carmela finds a lone dandelion growing in the pavement. But before she can blow its white fluff away, her brother tells her she has to make a wish. If only she can think of just the right wish to make . . . 

This “powerful and beautiful” (Kirkus, starred review) picture book explores what hope looks like in a migrant community, and illuminates the experience of a mixed-status families through the lens of a heartfelt sibling story. In a starred review, Publishers Weekly says, "The award-winning team behind Last Stop on Market Street portrays Carmela's Spanish-speaking community as a vibrant place of possibility… Sensitively conceived and exuberantly executed, Carmela's story shines."

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Matt de la Peña is the #1 New York Times bestselling, Newbery Medal-winning author of five picture books
(including Last Stop on Market Street, Love, and the upcoming Carmela Full of Wishes) as well as six critically
acclaimed young adult novels. In 2016, he was awarded the NCTE Intellectual Freedom Award. 

Christian Robinson is a 2016 Caldecott Honoree and also received a Coretta Scott King Illustrator Honor for his art
in Last Stop on Market Street, a #1 New York Times bestseller. His picture books include the Gaston and Friends series; Leo: A Ghost Story; School’s First Day of School; The Smallest Girl in the Smallest Grade; Josephine: The Dazzling Life of Josephine Baker; and many more. Robinson is also an animator and has worked with The Sesame Street Workshop and Pixar Animation Studios.

Don’t miss this chance to meet Matt de la Peña and Christian Robinson and fall in love with Carmela Full of Wishes

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Story is the Thing
Oct
18
7:30 PM19:30

Story is the Thing

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

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

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Join us for our quarterly reading series, Story is the Thing, where stunning, emerging voices can be heard alongside works from contemporary local literary

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

Vibha Akkaraju
Vibha Akkaraju has been writing on and off for about 15 years, while raising her 3 daughters. She wrote for Big Apple Parent many years ago and more recently has had several pieces published in India Currents. Currently, she is working on a book of essays. Her kids and husband, once a distraction, are now her biggest cheerleaders.

Anita Felicelli
Anita Felicelli is the author of the short story collection Love Songs for a Lost Continent (Stillhouse Press), which won the 2016 Mary Roberts Rinehart Award. Her stories have appeared in The Normal School, Joyland, The Rumpus, Kweli Journal, Eckleburg, and elsewhere. Her essays, reviews, and criticism have appeared or are forthcoming in the New York Times (Modern Love), Slate, Salon, SF Chronicle, the Los Angeles Review of Books, Babble, Romper, and Electric Literature. She is a graduate of UC Berkeley and UC Berkeley School of Law, a member of the National Book Critics Circle, and a Voices of Our Nations alum. Her work has placed as a finalist in multiple Glimmer Train contests and received a Puffin Foundation grant, two Greater Bay Area Journalism awards, and Pushcart Prize nominations. She lives in the Bay Area with her family.

Meghan Flaherty
Meghan Flaherty's first book, Tango Lessons was published in June 2018 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. She received her MFA from Columbia University School of the Arts in literary nonfiction. Her essays and translations have appeared in The Iowa Review, Psychology Today, and online at The New York Times, The Rumpus, Catapult, Asymptote, and elsewhere. She lives with her husband, baby, and rescue mastiff in northern California.

Kimberly Ford
Kimberly Ford earned her Ph.D. in Spanish and French Literature and has published short fiction and essays in everything from The Believer to Redbook to Brain, Child. Her story “Generation” was published in The Threepenny Review and was shortlisted for an O. Henry Prize. She is also the author of the best-selling Hump: True Tales of Sex after Kids. Having largely turned from writing back to full-time reading, she works as an editor and runs literary seminars.

Audrey Kalman
Audrey Kalman writes literary fiction with a dark edge about what goes awry when human connection is missing from our lives. She is the author of two novels—What Remains Unsaid (2017) and Dance of Souls(2011)—as well as a book of short stories, Tiny Shoes Dancing (2018). Her story “The Bureau of Lost Earrings” was shortlisted for Pithead Chapel’s 2016 Larry Brown Short Story Award and many online and print journals have published her short fiction and poetry. She is working on another novel. Find out more at www.audreykalman.com.

Ingrid Rojas Contreras
Ingrid Rojas Contreras is the author of Fruit of the Drunken Tree(Doubleday, 2018). She was born and raised in Bogotá, Colombia. Her essays and short stories have appeared in the Los Angeles Review of BooksElectric LiteratureGuernica, and Huffington Post, among others. She received fellowships from Bread Loaf Writer's Conference, and the San Francisco Writer's Grotto. She currently teaches writing to immigrant high school students as part of a San Francisco Arts Commission initiative bringing artists into public schools. She is the book columnist for KQED.

Siamak Vossoughi
Siamak Vossoughi is an Iranian-American writer living in San Francisco. His collection, Better Than War, received a 2014 Flannery O'Connor Award for Short Fiction. He has had some stories appear in Missouri Review, Kenyon Review, Glimmer Train, and the Rumpus. He is at work on a novel. 

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Wesley Yang: This is Now with Angie Coiro
Oct
17
7:30 PM19:30

Wesley Yang: This is Now with Angie Coiro

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From the “Tiger Mother” to Take-Out Chinese, Asian-American culture is so deeply entrenched in our understanding of the American fabric, we sometimes don’t know we’re talking about it when we’re talking about.

Collecting a decade’s worth of essays, from his award-winning analysis of the Virginia Tech murderer to his cult classic looks at mandarin zombies, pickup artists, and immigrant strivers, Wesley Yang’s highly anticipated new book, The Souls of Yellow Folk is a watershed of engaging and provocative new perspectives on what it truly means to have and hold an American Dream.

Join journalist and radio host Angie Coiro as she sits down with one of the most inspiring new essayists of our time.

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Ben Fountain
Oct
16
7:30 PM19:30

Ben Fountain

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Early in 2016, Ben Fountain traveled to Iowa with a caravan of reporters set on covering an eagerly-awaited caucus to see who the next President of the United States might be. Over the course of the next year, a vision of America emerged.

Mining everything from the hollowed-out notion of the American Dream, to Nixon’s Southern Strategy, to our weaponized conception of American exceptionalism, Fountain’s reportage from the election trail illuminates a portrait of a country in the midst of an existential crisis.

Winner of the National Book Critics’ Circle for his debut novel Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk, Fountain takes to the stage to share his insight from our current American moment. Not since the Great Depression has America known the level of ideological uncertainty we have today.

Join the iconic writer as he shares his new book, Beautiful Country, Burn Again.

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Leading Matters: Dr. John Hennessy and Ruth Porat
Oct
14
4:00 PM16:00

Leading Matters: Dr. John Hennessy and Ruth Porat

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At its core, leadership is a form of service. Employing empathy, collaboration, humility, innovation, and curiosity, great leaders don’t measure success in bottom lines. They measure it by the communities they build and the people they surround themselves with.

Dr. John Hennessy, the tenth President of Stanford University, Chair of the Board of Alphabet and Director of the Knight-Hennessy Scholars Program, reflects on the lessons learned from decades leading – and in so doing, serving -- some of world’s most influential organizations.

Join Dr. Hennessy when he sits down with Alphabet CFO, Ruth Porat – named one of the 25 most powerful women in the world by Forbes Magazine – for an in depth conversation on the power and importance of leadership.

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Becky Albertalli and Adam Silvera
Oct
11
7:00 PM19:00

Becky Albertalli and Adam Silvera

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We could not be more excited: Becky Albertalli and Adam Silvera, two of our favorite authors who met-cute through their agents, are visiting with a book they have co-written in which two boys meet-cute in a New York City post office.  Join us as we celebrate their highly anticipated new novel What If It’s Us.

Becky Albertalli is the critically acclaimed and bestselling author of Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda (now the hit film Love, Simon), Leah on the Offbeat and The Upside of Unrequited. Adam Silvera is the critically acclaimed and bestselling author of They Both Die At the End. More Happy Than Not, and History Is All You Left Me. They have created a funny and heartfelt collaboration about two very different boys who can't decide if the universe is pushing them together or pulling them apart.

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Arthur is only in New York for the summer, but if Broadway has taught him anything, it's that the universe can deliver a show-stopping romance when you least expect it. Ben thinks the universe needs to mind its business. If the universe had his back, he wouldn't be on his way to the post office carrying a box of his ex-boyfriend's things. But when Arthur and Ben meet-cute at the post office, what exactly does the universe have in store for them? Maybe nothing. After all, they get separated. Maybe everything. After all, they get reunited.

It doesn’t get better than this fresh, clever love story. Don’t miss this.
 

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Micah Perks with Tobias Wolff and Molly Antopol
Oct
9
7:30 PM19:30

Micah Perks with Tobias Wolff and Molly Antopol

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Celebrate with Micah Perks, Tobias Wolff, and Molly Antopol. Three iconic local authors share the stage in toast of Perks’ much-anticipated new collection, True Love and Other Dreams of Miraculous Escape.

Micah Perks has long been a staple of the San Francisco fiction-writing community. As co-director of the Creative Writing Program at the University of California Santa Cruz, Perks’ mentorship has molded and inspired the early work of countless up-and-coming new writers.

Her fiction itself is no less influential. The author of the novels We are Gathered Here and What Becomes Us as well as the memoir, Pagan Time, Perks’ work has earned her an NEA fellowship, five Pushcart Prize nominations, and the New Guard Machigonne 2014 Fiction Prize.

Don’t miss Perks as she shares her new collection of short stories alongside legendary author, Tobias Wolff, and one of the National Book Foundation’s acclaimed 5 under 35 honorees, Molly Antopol.

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John Flanagan
Oct
4
7:00 PM19:00

John Flanagan

When internationally bestselling author John Flanagan came onto the literary scene over a decade ago, he immediately captivated readers across the globe with The Ruins of Gorlan, the first book in the Ranger’s Apprentice series that he wrote as a series of short stories to encourage his son to read. Now, the Australian author is one of the world’s foremost fantasy-adventure fiction writers, with millions of copies sold across the globe.

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The series wrapped in 2013 with book twelve, The Royal Ranger, but we have Great nNews: Flanagan is returning to the world of Ranger’s Apprentice to tell the story of Will’s young apprentice, Maddie.

Kicking off a new series arc, The Red Fox Clan picks up right where The Royal Ranger left off. After passing her third-year assessment as a ranger's apprentice, Maddie is called home to Castle Araluen. Forced to keep her ranger training a secret, Maddie feels trapped by the monotony of castle life and longs to find a way out. But there are whisperings of a new threat to the kingdom. The mysterious Red Fox Clan, a group of anarchists all donning fox masks, have threatened Castle Araluen and question Princess Cassandra and Madelyn's succession to the throne. Will they succeed in unseating Cassandra and Madelyn and take the throne for themselves?

Full of heroics, humor, and epic adventures, John Flanagan’s books are beloved by readers of all ages. The Red Fox Clan will delight longtime fans, while introducing new readers to the captivating world of Ranger’s Apprentice. Don’t miss this opportunity to meet John Flanagan and discuss the world of Ranger's Apprentice.
 

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Laini Taylor with Sabaa Tahir
Oct
3
7:00 PM19:00

Laini Taylor with Sabaa Tahir

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You know the critically-acclaimed National Book Award finalist and New York Times- and USA Today-bestselling author Laini Taylor from her from her incredible Daughter of Smoke and Bone trilogy, a beloved fantasy series that remains a perennial favorite. 

You followed her into the mythical world of dread and wonder, moths and nightmares, love and carnage that is Strange the Dreamer.  And we are so excited to welcome Laini Taylor back as she take us back to Weep for her thrilling highly anticipated sequel, Muse of Nightmares

Laini Taylor was born in Chico, California, moved around a lot, and always wanted to be a writer. Always. She's worked as a travel book editor, a bookseller, and an illustrator/designer. Her books include Blackbringer, Silksinger,  Lips Touch: Three Times,  Daughter of Smoke & Bone, Days of Blood & Starlight, Dreams of Gods & MonstersNight of Cake & Puppets, and Strange the Dreamer

Laini will be chatting with Sabaa Tahir, author of An Ember in the Ashes, A Torch Against the Night, and A Reaper at the Gates. Come join the party

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Ge Wang
Oct
2
7:30 PM19:30

Ge Wang

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What we make, makes us.

Join Ge Wang, the mastermind behind the internationally acclaimed app, Ocarina, as he takes to the Kepler’s stage for an evening you’ll have to see to believe!

In his new book, Artful Design, Wang issues a manifesto for design. Unlike anything you’ve seen before, this Musicomic treatise lays out a series of thought-provoking and insightful principles to for how to look differently at the world around you.

No matter what you do, you are always in the process of design, whether using a tool or creating something new. Discover how you can bring a new and creative spirit to the simplest and most fundamental aspects of your life and career.

An iconoclastic spirit through-and-through, you won’t want to miss this interactive and exciting evening with one of Stanford’s most inspiring designers!

Ge Wang is a Stanford University Professor of music and computer science. He is a designer of instruments, toys, and games; inventor of the ChucK programming language; and director of the Stanford Laptop Orchestra. Ge was Co-Founder of Smule, a Silicon Valley startup that explores music-making via mobile devices, and designer of Magic Piano and Ocarina, an Apple Hall of Fame App.

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Soraya Chemaly: This is Now with Angie Coiro
Oct
1
7:30 PM19:30

Soraya Chemaly: This is Now with Angie Coiro

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Women get told to smile - a lot. Research shows that a neutral expression is perceived on a man's face as neutral, but as angry or negative on a woman. And all kinds of ugly words are reserved for woman who show anger.

Where others see female anger as something to fear or reject, Soraya Chemaly sees strength, even opportunity. With the Women's Media Center Speech Project, and as organizer of the Safety and Free Speech Coalition, she's pushed for wider exposure of women's voices, and worked to curb online abuse. Now, she's encouraging women to embrace their rightful anger. In her new book Rage Becomes Her, Chemaly links patriarchy and misogyny to the traditional repression of women's full range of emotion. She goes beyond simple rejection of "Smile, honey!" to an embrace of anger as a personally and politically transformative tool.

Soraya Chemaly joins Angie Coiro on stage for This is Now, in a provocative conversation about a downright dangerous idea.

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Kiersten White with Stephanie Garber
Sep
30
3:00 PM15:00

Kiersten White with Stephanie Garber

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Fans of Kiersten White's New York Times bestselling And I Darken series rejoice - we're celebrating her fabulous new book, The Dark Descent of Elizabeth Frankenstein, a clever reimagining of Mary Shelley’s classic told from the point of view of Elizabeth, Victor Frankenstein’s adopted sister. This is the Frankenstein legend as you’ve never seen it before.

Elizabeth Lavenza hasn’t had a proper meal in weeks. Her arms are covered with bruises from her caregiver, and she is on the verge of being thrown onto the streets . . . until she is brought to the home of Victor Frankenstein, an unsmiling, solitary boy who has everything—except a friend.  She is taken in by the Frankenstein family and rewarded with a warm bed, delicious food, and dresses of the finest silk. Soon she and Victor are inseparable.  But her new life comes at a price. As the years pass, Elizabeth’s survival depends on managing Victor’s dangerous temper and entertaining his every whim, no matter how depraved. Behind her blue eyes and sweet smile lies the calculating heart of a girl determined to stay alive no matter the cost, as the world around her is consumed by darkness. 

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Two hundred years ago Mary Shelley brought us the original story. Don’t miss this opportunity to meet Kiersten White and talk about her breathtaking reimagining that is “an all around win” according to Kirkus.

Kiersten will be chatting with Stephanie Garber, New York Times bestselling author of Caraval and Legendary
 

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Jose Antonio Vargas with Sabaa Tahir
Sep
29
7:30 PM19:30

Jose Antonio Vargas with Sabaa Tahir

“This riveting, courageous memoir ought to be
mandatory reading for every American.”

Michelle Alexander, New York Times bestselling author of The New Jim Crow

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Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Jose Antonio Vargas boarded an airplane in the Philippines one summer when he was 12 years old. The next Fall, he enrolled for sixth grade in Mountain View, California.

One of a silent minority of undocumented citizens seeking harbor and a better life in the United States, Vargas has lived an American Dream. Bound between two worlds and two languages Vargas fell in love at an early age with culture and words. Ultimately, his passion and ambition landed him at the Washington Post, fueling a distinguished career in journalism. In 2008, he was a part of the Post staff awarded the Pulitzer Prize. He was 28.

As sentiment over undocumented immigrants rises from controversy to outright hostility, Vargas has not kept silent. Giving voice to millions of immigrants pursuing the dream of a better life for themselves and their children, Vargas protested the deportation of children, becoming the feature of New York Times Magazine story in 2011 and making the cover of TimeMagazine in 2012.

Join one of the most important and outspoken journalists of our time as he shares his new book: Dear America: Notes of an Undocumented Citizen with #1 New York Times bestselling author Sabaa Tahir.

“l cried reading this book, realizing more fully what my parents endured.” —Amy Tan, New York Times bestselling author of The Joy Luck Club and Where the Past Begins

“This book couldn’t be more timely and more necessary.” —Dave Eggers, New York Times bestselling author of What Is the Whatand The Monk of Mokha

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