Graeme Simsion - The Rosie Result
Jun
3
7:30 PM19:30

Graeme Simsion - The Rosie Result

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An international bestseller beloved by men and women worldwide, Graeme Simsion’s The Rosie Project will delight your soul.

Don Tillman is a quirky yet brilliant genetics professor with some social limitations. One day, Don boldly decides to seek a wife by undertaking the very scientific, structured, and goal-oriented “Wife Project.”

While seeking his perfect mate—ideally an equally structured, goal-oriented nonsmoker, who never arrives late— Don runs headfirst into the wily and unpredictable Rosie. The love story that unfolds offers so much more than your average romcom.

The Rosie trilogy, in its portrayal of a relationship between an Asperger’s-identified man and his whirlwind partner, will have you laughing, crying, and thinking. “Read-out-loud” funny by page two (Publisher’s Weekly), these books are the perfect summer indulgence. Now’s your chance to fall in love with the series all over again! Published on May 28th , the triumphant final saga in Don and Rosie’s tale will explore the parenting quandary they undergo as their son, who takes after his dad, struggles to adapt socially in school. Readable as a standalone, this new book has been reviewed as the charming and pitch-perfect conclusion to a phenomenal trilogy.

In a rare visit from Australia, author Graeme Simsion visits Kepler’s on June 3rd for the release of The Rosie Result!

Purchase tickets to reserve your copy of the new book early, hear Simsion in person, and get your Rosie series signed just in time for summer.

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Stephanie Garber and Andrew Shvarts
Jun
5
7:00 PM19:00

Stephanie Garber and Andrew Shvarts

Counting down the days to get your hands on Finale and War of the Bastards? Us too!

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Two of our favorite authors. Two of our favorite series. We couldn’t be more excited to welcome Stephanie Garber and Andrew Shvarts back to Kepler’s to celebrate their long awaited highly anticipated third and final books in their fabulous bestselling Caraval and Royal Bastards series.

Finale: With lives, empires, and hearts hanging in the balance, Tella must decide if she’s going to trust Legend or a former enemy. After uncovering a secret that upends her life, Scarlett will need to do the impossible. And Legend has a choice to make that will forever change and define him. Caraval is over, but perhaps the greatest game of all has begun. There are no spectators this time: only those who will win, and those who will lose everything. Welcome, welcome to Finale. All games must come to an end.

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War of the Bastards: In the epic conclusion to the Royal Bastards trilogy, Tilla faces an impossible choice: unthinkable destruction in the name of peace or an uncertain future that means confronting a terrible past.

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

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

We couldn’t be more excited

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This is Now: Jamil Zaki on Empathy
Jun
6
7:30 PM19:30

This is Now: Jamil Zaki on Empathy

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Can you teach a police officer better empathy? A doctor, a politician? From a neuroscientist’s perspective, Doctor Jamil Zaki tackles the power of empathy in the mind and all around us. In conversation with award-winning journalist Angie Coiro for This Is Now, Zaki speaks out as a passionate researcher studying this neurochemical gold, kindness, just as the national supply looks scarce.

In the literal processes of the brain, we see less empathetic responses now than ever previous. However, The War For Kindness reassures us that empathy isn’t a neurologically fixed trait, but a specialized muscle that can be grown by practices like compassionate meditation. Nurses who consciously grow empathy can prevent burnout over the long-term. Former neo-Nazis can become community leaders, and kindness itself can be contagious.

Empathy may start in the mind, but the golden rule can nurture global change. Join this incredible researcher from the Stanford Social Science Laboratory for an uplifting, effective re-imagining of our social interactions— where our most effective weapon may be kindness after all.

Photo of Jamil Zaki by Sarah Deragon.

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Julia Phillips
Jun
7
7:30 PM19:30

Julia Phillips

The women of Kamchatka, a remote Russian peninsula and the setting of breakaway debut novelist Julia Phillips’ Disappearing Earth, are unsettled. Ostensibly they are shaken by the disappearance and potential kidnapping of two young women in their tight-knit community, who vanish by the Bay suddenly while playing on a bright summer’s day. But beyond the crime that potentially may have taken place, the lives of Phillips’ narrators unfold in a slow weaving of tragedy and interlinked experiences that leave the reader with a haunting sense of having lived in Kamchatka, through the eyes of a dozen people, and lost something important there.

Julia Phillips joins Kepler’s Books on Friday, June 7th at 7:30 pm for a discussion and signing of the glittering debut novel that has stunned readers at Kirkus¸ The New York Times, Entertainment WeeklyThe New Yorker and more. RSVP now to see this talented author at the very start of a long and powerful writing career.

Photo of Julia Phillips by Nina Subin. 

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Misa Sugiura with Stacey Lee
Jun
8
3:00 PM15:00

Misa Sugiura with Stacey Lee

Join us to celebrate the launch of Misa Sugiura's richly crafted, critically acclaimed contemporary coming-of-age novel, This Time Will Be Different, about family, community, and the importance of writing your own history.

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 Katsuyamas never quit—but seventeen-year-old CJ doesn’t even know where to start. She’s never lived up to her mom’s type A ambition, and she’s perfectly happy just helping her aunt, Hannah, at their family’s flower shop. She doesn’t buy into Hannah’s romantic ideas about flowers and their hidden meanings, but when it comes to arranging the perfect bouquet, CJ discovers a knack she never knew she had. A skill she might even be proud of. Then her mom decides to sell the shop—to the family who swindled CJ’s grandparents when thousands of Japanese Americans were sent to internment camps during WWII. Soon a rift threatens to splinter CJ’s family, friends, and their entire Northern California community; and for the first time, CJ has found something she wants to fight for.

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Misa Sugiura's ancestors include a poet, a priestess, a samurai, and a stowaway. She lived in Japan for three years before moving to Silicon Valley and becoming a high school English teacher. She is the author of the Asian Pacific American Award-winning It's Not Like It's a Secret.

Misa will be chatting with Stacey Lee, author of Under a Painted Sky, Outrun the Moon, The Secret of a Heart Note, and the upcoming The Downstairs Girl.

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Pout Pout Fish Story Time with Deborah Diesen
Jun
10
4:30 PM16:30

Pout Pout Fish Story Time with Deborah Diesen

Meet Deborah Diesen, author of the New York Times bestselling Pout Pout Fish books, in a special story time introducing her new book The Pout-Pout Fish Cleans Up the Ocean.

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Mr. Fish and his friends have noticed something strange in their ocean―a big, big mess! How did it get there? What can they do about it? The closer they look, the more they see where the mess came from . . . and they'll have to work together to get rid of it. This newest story in the wonderful Pout-Pout Fish series teaches little guppies how to take responsibility for their actions and for the environment.

Deborah Diesen currently works for a small nonprofit organization and has also worked as a reference librarian, bookkeeper, and a bookseller.

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Rick Atkinson on the Revolutionary War
Jun
10
7:30 PM19:30

Rick Atkinson on the Revolutionary War

Pulitzer Prize-winning author and Kepler’s favorite Rick Atkinson has been an iconic figure in history writing for years. His World War II Liberation Trilogy (Army at Dawn, The Day of Battle and Guns at Last Light) defied gravity: a comprehensive nonfiction project that built on the research of over a decade, these multi-hundred-page tomes read like suspense fiction. Through gripping details and untold microhistories, Atkinson effortlessly reveals the human underpinnings behind the most fraught periods in international history—writing deceptively familiar stories with new clarity.

And he does it again in the first volume of his next great achievement, The Revolution Trilogy. Just in time to get the book signed for Father’s Day, don’t miss this auspicious series beginning about the Revolutionary War and founding of our nation.

Atkinson joins Kepler’s Literary Foundation on June 10th for the long-anticipated start of an intrepid new series to celebrate the publication of its first volume, The British Are Coming. Covering the early period of war 1775-1777, this remarkable book has all of Atkinson’s storytelling elegance, conveying in fast-paced detail the story of the United States: who we were then, what we believed, and how it has made us. History begins again on June 10th.

Photo of Rick Atkinson by Elliott O’Donovan.

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This is Now: Louise Aronson
Jun
11
7:30 PM19:30

This is Now: Louise Aronson

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Elderhood, old age. Many of us can expect to live more years as “elders” than in either childhood or adulthood, a span of up to 40 years, yet that era of our lives has long been treated as more a symptom and burden—elderhood outright ignored or demonized.

In an extraordinary new title already praised by readers like Mary Pipher and Abraham Verghese, Harvard-trained geriatrician Louise Aronson offers an honest and full-hearted re-examination of the later decades, with all of their joys and frustrations. Drawn in part from her medical practice and expertise, in part from personal experience, history and popular culture, Elderhood exalts the worth of life’s third stage, inviting readers into a new relationship with the so-called “twilight” years of life. What does the future hold?

Hopefully, a ripe old age.

In discussion with Angie Coiro for This Is Now, Louise Aronson shows us the possibilities of elderhood.

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Randy Ribay with Mitali Perkins
Jun
12
7:00 PM19:00

Randy Ribay with Mitali Perkins

We're thrilled to invite you to celebrate the launch of Patron Saints of Nothing, Randy Ribay’s powerful coming-of-age story about grief, guilt, and the risks a Filipino-American teenager takes to uncover the truth about his cousin's murder..

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Jay Reguero plans to spend the last semester of his senior year playing video games before heading to the college in the fall. But when he discovers that his Filipino cousin Jun was murdered as part of President Duterte's war on drugs, and no one in the family wants to talk about what happened, Jay travels to the Philippines to find out the real story. Hoping to uncover more about Jun and the events that led to his death, Jay is forced to reckon with the many sides of his cousin before he can face the whole horrible truth -- and the part he played in it. As gripping as it is lyrical, Patron Saints of Nothing is a page-turning portrayal of the struggle to reconcile faith, family, and immigrant identity.

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“Brilliant, honest, and equal parts heart-breaking and soul-healing. I’ll give this astounding book to all the teens and adults in my life. I suspect you will, too. I’d give it 50 stars if I could.” Laurie Halse Anderson, New York Times bestselling author of Speak and SHOUT

Randy Ribay was born in the Philippines and raised in the Midwest. His previous titles include An Infinite Number of Parallel Universes and the highly acclaimed  After the Shot Drops. A graduate of the University of Colorado and the Harvard Graduate School of Education, Ribay taught English on the East Coast for a decade but now teaches in the San Francisco Bay Area.

Mitali Perkins will be joining Randy on stage. She has written 12 books for young readers including Forward Me Back to You, You Bring the Distant Near, Rickshaw Girl, and Between Us and Abuela, all of which explore crossing different kinds of borders.

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End Gun Violence: Moms Demand Action
Jun
13
7:30 PM19:30

End Gun Violence: Moms Demand Action

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The “NRA’s Worst Nightmare” is an army of moms led by former stay-at-home mother of five Shannon Watts from Indiana, who ignited a grassroots advocacy movement against gun violence which now touches every single one of the 50 states.

Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America began as Watt’s project after the tragic news of the Sandy Hook Elementary school shooting broke. With her youngest in elementary, Watts felt compelled to act, but quickly realized that the epidemic of gun violence which wrought tragedy on so many families was primarily being legislated by large groups of men. Looking for the voice of other women protecting their families, she found nothing—so she started something profound.

Can 80 million moms make a difference? From blocking legislative hallways with strollers and electing gun-sense candidates, to getting “open-carry” out of Starbucks and running for office themselves, the large-scale impact of Moms Demand Action suggests that they can.

In a comprehensive This is Now conversation with journalist Angie Coiro for the new book Fight Like a Mother, Watts shares exactly how to have that kind of impact for our future, even if you have no previous experience advocating for a cause. Watts’ story of taking back public policy from the gun lobby is one that began with sudden initiation and continues to yield powerful change. We are all just one good reason away from fighting for what we believe in.

Watts had five.

What are your reasons?

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 Story is the Thing
Jun
20
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 masters.

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

Kate Folk
Kate Folk's writing has appeared most recently in McSweeney's Quarterly, Zyzzyva, The New York Times Magazine, Prairie Schooner, and One Story. She's received support from the MacDowell Colony, the Vermont Studio Center, and the Headlands Center for the Arts, and was recently named a 2019-2021 Stegner Fellow in fiction. She recently completed a novel about artificial limbs and emotional unavailability.

Julie Lythcott-Haims

Julie Lythcott-Haims roots for humans. Humans need agency in order to make their way forward; Julie is deeply interested in what impedes us. She is the New York Times bestselling author of How to Raise an Adult, an anti-helicopter parenting manifesto which gave rise to one of the top TED Talks of 2016, and now has over 4 million views. Her second book is the critically-acclaimed prose poetry memoir Real American, which illustrates her experience with racism and her journey toward self-acceptance. A third book on how to be an adult, for young adults, is forthcoming. She is a former corporate lawyer and Stanford dean, and she holds a BA from Stanford, a JD from Harvard, and an MFA in Writing from California College of the Arts. She lives in the San Francisco Bay Area with her partner of thirty years, their teenagers, and her mother.

Jaya Padmanabhan

Jaya Padmanabhan is a journalist, essayist and fiction writer. She writes an immigration column for the San Francisco Examiner and contributes frequently to India Currents, where she was previously the editor. Additionally her work can be found in The Bold Italic, The New Fillmore, and in many ethnic/community publications. Jaya has consistently won awards for her essays: SF Press Club Awards 2014 to 2108. She is the author of “Transactions of Belonging,” a collection of short stories published in 2014. She is a member of the SF Writers’ Grotto.

Ari Rosenschein
Ari Rosenschein is a Seattle-based writer whose essays and fiction appear in Entropy, Noisey, Drunk Monkeys, P.S. I Love You, Observer, The Big Takeover, The Bookends Review, and elsewhere. He holds an MFA in creative writing from Antioch Los Angeles. A lifelong musician, Ari currently records and performs with his bands The Royal Oui and STAHV. He lives with his wife and dog and enjoys the woods, the rain, and the coffee of his chosen region.

Michael Shewmaker

Michael Shewmaker is the author of Penumbra (Ohio UP, 2017), which won the Hollis Summers Poetry Prize. His poems recently appeared in Best American Poetry, Missouri Review, Oxford American, Virginia Quarterly Review, Yale Review, and elsewhere. A former Wallace Stegner Fellow, he is a Jones Lecturer in poetry at Stanford University.

Sarah Stone

Sarah Stone is the author of the novels Hungry Ghost Theater and The True Sources of the Nile and coauthor, with her spouse Ron Nyren, of Deepening Fiction: A Practical Guide for Intermediate and Advanced Writers. Her stories, essays, and reviews have appeared in Scoundrel Time, The Millions, Ploughshares, StoryQuarterly, The Believer, and The Writer’s Chronicle, among other places. She’s written for and taught on Korean television, reported on human rights in Burundi, and looked after orphan chimpanzees at the Jane Goodall Institute. She teaches creative writing for Stanford Continuing Studies and in the MFA Program for Writers at Warren Wilson College. www.sarahstoneauthor.com.



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Peter S. Beagle with Meg Elison
Jun
25
7:30 PM19:30

Peter S. Beagle with Meg Elison

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At summer’s start, unicorns arrive to Kepler's Literary Foundation! One of fantasy’s most lauded authors, Peter S. Beagle of The Last Unicorn, visits Kepler’s Books in June for a celebration of his lifetime achievements.

Beagle’s many beloved works include Tamsin, Summerlong, The Overneath, and more, alongside edited collections like The Urban Fantasy Anthology and The Secret History of Fantasy. The acclaimed author's effortless fantasy writing first entered print with the novel A Fine & Private Place, when he was just nineteen years old. In a discussion around his latest edited collection, The Unicorn Anthology, Beagle will sign books and share about his career in the five decades since The Last Unicorn was published.

This writer’s words have graced print, stage, and screen in a countless array of imagined worlds, from Middle Earth to outer space, from Hagsgate to a unicorn-laden Calabria. Endlessly imaginative, Beagle weaves unexpected magic into literary landscapes which most need hope. Beagle's latest published anthology honors a recurring figure of optimism from over half a century of his writing: unicorns at their finest.

Joining in conversation is local science fiction treasure and Kepler's favorite, Meg Elison, author of The Book of the Unnamed Midwife, which won the Philip K. Dick award and multiple book-of-the-year awards in 2016. Her final novel in that Road To Nowhere trilogy, The Book of Flora, published on April 23rd. Elison will stay to sign books after the discussion concludes.

Calling all magical creatures: come celebrate this once-in-a-generation talent, as Peter S. Beagle offers a lifetime's worth of unicorn expertise.

Photo of Meg Elison by Debbie Reynolds at Libre Imagery.

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Kalyn Josephson with Tara Sim
Jul
13
3:00 PM15:00

Kalyn Josephson with Tara Sim

We’re launching Kalyn Josephson's debut novel, The Storm Crow a thrilling new fantasy that follows a fallen princess as she ignites a rebellion to bring back the magical elemental crows that were taken from her people.

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In the tropical kingdom of Rhodaire, magical, elemental Crows are part of every aspect of life until the Illucian empire invades, destroying everything. That terrible night throws Princess Anthia into a deep depression. Her sister Caliza is busy running the kingdom after their mother's death, but all Thia can do is think of all she has lost. But when Caliza is forced to agree to a marriage between Thia and the crown prince of Illucia, Thia is finally spurred into action. And after stumbling upon a hidden Crow egg in the rubble of a rookery, she and her sister devise a dangerous plan to hatch the egg in secret and get back what was taken from them.

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“The Storm Crow is everything we love about YA fantasy, with an enchanting world and original magic that keeps the story fresh. Clashing kingdoms, thrilling action, and an imperfect heroine makes this book a must-read” Adrienne Young (Sky in the Deep)

Kalyn will be chatting with Tara Sim, author of the Timekeeper series and we couldn’t be more excited

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Mary Pearson with Stephanie Garber
Aug
9
7:00 PM19:00

Mary Pearson with Stephanie Garber

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Join us to meet Mary Pearson and celebrate Vow of Thieves, the thrilling sequel to Dance of Thieves, set in the same world as her New York Times-bestselling Remnant Chronicles.

Kazi and Jase have survived, stronger and more in love than ever. Their new life now lies before them―the Ballengers will be outlaws no longer, Tor's Watch will be a kingdom, and Kazi and Jase will meet all challenges side by side, together at last. But an ominous warning mars their journey back, and they soon find themselves captured in a tangled web of deceit woven by their greatest enemies and unlikeliest allies, a place where betrayals run deeper and more deadly than either had thought possible, and where timeless ambitions threaten to destroy them both.

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Mary E. Pearson is the New York Times Bestselling author of The Remnant Chronicles - The Kiss of Deception, The Heart of Betrayal, and The Beauty of Darkness - and many award winning books for teens, including the best-selling Jenna Fox Chronicles. Her awards and honors include the YALSA Top Ten Teen Picks, Golden Kite Award, ALA Best Books for Young Adults, the Andre Norton Honor, South Carolina and Arkansas Young Adult Book Awards, IRA Teen Choice, Booklist Top Ten Love Story, SLJ, Kirkus, Voya Best YA Books, and many more.

Mary will be in conversation with Stephanie Garber, #1 New York Times and internationally bestselling author of Caraval, Legendary, and Finale.

We are counting down the days.

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Peter Blinston - The Painted Dogs of Zimbabwe
May
23
7:30 PM19:30

Peter Blinston - The Painted Dogs of Zimbabwe

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Photo Credit: Nick Dyer

Wildlife conservationist Peter Blinston will discuss his lifelong mission to save the highly endangered painted wolves (also known as painted dogs) of Zimbabwe. Peter’s work was recently the subject of the BBC Earth television series, “Dynasties” with David Attenborough.

While working with the BBC on the Dynasties documentary, Peter was inspired to write Painted Wolves, A Wild Dog’s Life with friend and photographer, Nick Dyer. This stunning book captures his work designing some of the world’s most successful conservation techniques and innovative community engagement programs.

Born and raised in England, Peter became fascinated with the painted dogs at age eight while watching a Jane Goodall documentary on the BBC. He eventually moved to Zimbabwe determined to save this highly endangered species.

Peter realized that the only way to protect the painted wolves was to convince the local people that if they honored and respected the painted dogs, their own lives would improve as a result. He founded the Painted Dog Conservation which now has 60 employees from the local villages and programs including:

  • The Iganyana Children’s Bush Camp which teaches students to respect and appreciate their local eco-systems and wildlife

  • Numerous health clinics that combat the high incidence of HIV/AIDS in the area

  • Community organic gardens which provide healthy meals

  • Wells that deliver clean water

  • Anti-poaching units that collect deadly snare wire from the bush

  • The Iganyana Arts and Crafts Center that employs local artists to turn captured snare wire into beautifully sculpted art pieces with the proceeds going back to the project to help the painted dogs (several pieces have been auctioned at Christie’s in London).

  • A rehabilitation center for injured and sick wildlife

Through PDC’s efforts, painted dog populations are slowly increasing after hitting an all-time low of only 6,500 dogs worldwide.

As you can imagine, Peter has many stories to tell – join us for an unforgettable evening on May 23rd!

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Julia Flynn Siler with Leslie Berlin
May
21
7:30 PM19:30

Julia Flynn Siler with Leslie Berlin

From New York Times best-selling author and journalist Julia Flynn Siler, comes the moving story of San Francisco’s Occidental Mission Home, known in 1874 as the gateway to freedom for thousands of enslaved and vulnerable young Chinese women and girls. Siler tells the story of the courageous group of female abolitionists who ran the Mission and the young women daring to flee the slave trade.

Women reaching across racial and class barriers to fight the enslavement of other women in the 1800s still resonates strongly today - from #MeToo to the proposed Muslim immigration ban, this true story of women, immigration, and racism offers valuable insight into caring for our fellow humans.

On May 21st, Siler will be in conversation with Stanford Historian Leslie Berlin to pull back the curtain on a remarkable chapter of Chinatown’s history and celebrate the larger stories of women’s empowerment in her revealing new book: The White Devil's Daughters: The Fight Against Slavery in San Francisco's Chinatown.

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Pico Iyer
May
17
7:30 PM19:30

Pico Iyer

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“For more and more of us, home has really less to do with a piece of soil, than you could say, with a piece of soul.” - Pico Iyer

As a self-described multinational soul on a multinational globe, Iyer is one of the finest travel writers of far-flung places. In his latest, Autumn Light: Season of Fire and Farewells, he embraces the impermanence of life. Iyer uses the season of autumn to deftly illustrate “how to hold on to the things we love even though we know that we and they are dying.”

Iyer leads us through the year following his father-in-law's death, introducing us to the people who populate his days: his ailing mother-in-law, who often forgets that her husband has died; his absent brother-in-law, who severed ties with his family years ago but to whom Hiroko still writes letters; and the men and women in his ping-pong club, who, many years his senior, traverse their autumn years in different ways.

This very special evening on May 17th will move you to take nothing for granted and view death as an affirmation of life.

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This Is Now: Tony Horwitz
May
16
7:30 PM19:30

This Is Now: Tony Horwitz

Photo by Sarah Deragon, Portraits to the People.

Photo by Sarah Deragon, Portraits to the People.

It has been twenty years since Tony Horwitz's bestselling Confederates in the Attic brought America's modern North-South divide into the light, inviting readers on a trek through Civil War country.

Now Horwitz retraces the footsteps of a New York Times correspondent who went South as a "spy" for the paper, a full decade before the War. Horwitz traces the route of sleuthing correspondent Frederick Law Olmsted; like Olmsted, collecting as he goes the voices and impressions that informed spectrums of race, money, politics, and power in the pre-war era. Olmsted was driven by what he learned to create spaces welcoming to all, culminating in his landscape design for Central Park.

Horwitz, in his turn, has written Spying on the South: An Odyssey Across the American Divide. He probes Olmsted's travels and dispatches looking for lessons for today's brutally divided America. Join us for this conversation about two journeys more than a century apart, with Tony Horwitz and Foundation journalist in residence, Angie Coiro.

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Sandhya Menon with Misa Sugiura
May
15
7:00 PM19:00

Sandhya Menon with Misa Sugiura

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Sandhya Menon's debut novel, When Dimple Met Rishi, was a smash-hit and instant favorite. We loved From Twinkle With Love as much if not more. Join us to meet Sandhya with her irresistible new novel, There’s Something About Sweetie, which follows Rishi’s brother, Ashish, and a confident, self-proclaimed fat athlete named Sweetie as they both discover what love means to them.

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After being dumped by his ex-girlfriend, Ashish Patel’s mojo goes AWOL. Even worse, his parents are annoyingly confident they could find him a better match. So, in a moment of weakness, Ash challenges them to set him up. The Patels insist that Ashish date an Indian-American girl and take her on “fun” excursions like visiting the Hindu temple and his eccentric Gita Auntie. Kill him now. How is this ever going to work?

Sweetie Nair is many things: a formidable track athlete who can outrun most people in California, a loyal friend, a shower-singing champion. Oh, and she’s also fat. To Sweetie’s traditional parents, this last detail is the kiss of death. Sweetie loves her parents, but she’s so tired of being told she’s lacking because she’s fat. She decides it’s time to kick off the Sassy Sweetie Project, where she’ll show the world (and herself) what she’s really made of.

Ashish and Sweetie both have something to prove. But with each date they realize there’s an unexpected magic growing between them. Can they find their true selves without losing each other?.

“There's something about the way Sandhya Menon writes love stories. I'm head-over-heels for this charming, funny, romantic life-affirming book.” Becky Albertalli (Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda)

Sandhya Menon is the New York Times bestselling author of When Dimple Met Rishi and From Twinkle With Love. She will be chatting with Misa Sugiura, author of It’s Not Like It’s a Secret and the upcoming This Time Will Be Different.

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Rich Karlgaard with Robin Hindery Enan
May
14
7:30 PM19:30

Rich Karlgaard with Robin Hindery Enan

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As a Bay Area parent, you have first-hand experience just how obsessed our society is with early achievement, whether that means getting into Ivy League colleges, creating the next big startup, or becoming millionaires by 30.

But Rich Karlgaard, publisher of Forbes magazine, celebrates the value of the late bloomer, which he himself was until later in life. And he’s found that most of us take awhile to find our way.

While we all want our children to succeed, Karlgaard has written a must-read for parents and business executives: it’s the insight that comes with age and experience that leads to genuine achievement, and in Late Bloomers: The Power of Patience in a World Obsessed with Early Achievement we can find the roadmap to long-term accomplishment and happiness.

Karlgaard will be in conversation with Menlo Park parent Robin Hindery Enan. Hindery Enan has been a Senior Editor at Gentry Magazine since 2011, in addition to working as a freelance writer and mom-blogger. She received her master's from Columbia Journalism School and spent the early part of her career as a political reporter for The Associated Press.

Join us on May 14th for an evening on the overlooked and underestimated with a writer whose inspiring anecdotes, well-researched science, and own personal journey are lauded by Adam Grant, Daniel Pink, Roger McNamee, Dave Evans, Arianna Huffington, John Ortberg and more.

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Elizabeth Cobbs in conversation with Angie Coiro
May
8
7:30 PM19:30

Elizabeth Cobbs in conversation with Angie Coiro

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History writers have a choice: relaying a story bound by fact and record to produce a non-fiction account, or bring the people and times alive with a narrative arc. Acclaimed author Elizabeth Cobbs has succeeded in both.

Her best-selling historical novel The Hamilton Affair gave life and depth to Treasury Secretary Alexander Hamilton and his wife, Eliza. Her nonfiction account of World War I telephone operators, The Hello Girls, became an off-Broadway musical.

Now she's turned her deft hand to American hero Harriet Tubman in her new book The Tubman Command. This "Moses" of the Underground Railroad risked her life regularly to conduct escaped slaves to freedom. Cobbs fleshes out the facts of record into a fully-rounded tale of a strong woman, her times, and her love.

Join Elizabeth Cobbs and Kepler's Literary Foundation journalist in residence Angie Coiro for an evening of fact, fiction, and writerly prowess.

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Shaili Jain with Daniel Mason: PTSD
May
7
7:30 PM19:30

Shaili Jain with Daniel Mason: PTSD

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Dr. Shaili Jain distills decades of specialization and expertise in the field of PTSD treatment with her debut nonfiction work, The Unspeakable Mind: Stories of Trauma and Healing from the Frontlines of PTSD Science. Colleagues in medicine from Irvin D. Yalom to Sandeep Jauhar have already praised the title as a must-read. Jain’s research and expertise covers trauma pathways and a map to healing for patients, alongside a comprehensive overview of how trauma interweaves through our society, affecting on a broad-level not only the life of individuals, but the state of national culture as well.

A researcher published in some of the most prestigious medical journals of our time, Jain has written this book to open a doorway of understanding for a broader audience. She brings to the Kepler’s stage her years of experience—as Medical Director for Integrated Care at the VA Palo Alto Healthcare System here in our own backyard, to scientific work in affiliation with the National Center for Postraumatic Stress Disorder.

With elements of memoir, guide, and cultural reckoning, The Unspeakable Mind offers the fullest possible picture of the diagnosis today. Joining Shaili Jain in conversation will be talented Bay Area author and Stanford psychiatrist Daniel Mason, author of the critically acclaimed 2018 novel The Winter Soldier.

Join this widely renowned expert for her talk at Kepler’s books. The unspeakable mind of PTSD is definitely at play in our Bay Area home: Jain offers knowledge and support that helps communities navigate it together.

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Laure Eve with Sabaa Tahir
May
6
7:00 PM19:00

Laure Eve with Sabaa Tahir

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We are thrilled to welcome Laure Eve to celebrate The Curses, the riveting sequel to the critically-acclaimed YA novel The Graces that is saturated with magic, the destructive cost of power, and the nature of forgiveness. Sexier and scarier, Laure Eve has upped the stakes, atmosphere, and glitz to create a bewitching sequel.

Picking up the pieces after the chilling events of the previous year isn’t easy, but the Grace siblings are determined. Wolf is back after a mysterious disappearance, and everyone’s eager to return to normal. Except Summer, the youngest Grace. Summer has a knack for discovering the truth—and something is troubling her. But exposing secrets is a dangerous game, and it’s not one Summer can win alone. At Summer’s behest, the coven comes back together, drawing their erstwhile friend River back into the fold. But as the coven’s powers magnify, Wolf’s behavior becomes unpredictable, and Summer questions the nature of the friend she so loves.

“The Graces demands to be read twice.” — The New York Times Book Review

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“An equally fun and stunning paranormal pageturner.” — Buzzfeed

“Part-The Craft and part-Practical Magic with a wild twist, The Graces will put some powerful magic on the reader.” — Bustle

Laure Eve was born in Paris and currently lives in London, where she works in book publishing. She is the author of The Graces as well as Fearsome Dreamer and The Illusionists (both published in the UK

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

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Story Time Celebrating National Children's Book Week
May
4
11:00 AM11:00

Story Time Celebrating National Children's Book Week

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National Children’s Book Week is April 29 - May 5 and we'll be joining hundreds of participating indie bookstores, libraries and schools to celebrate our commitment to inspiring the next generation of young readers.


Please join us for a special story time on May 4th at 11am hosted by Caitlin Jordan, the enthusiastic children's buyer for Kepler’s Books.

Caitlin will read from a few of her favorite picture books including:

  • Daska Slater's Escargot

  • Mac Barnett's Guess Again

  • Barnett & Klassen's The Wolf the Duck & the Mouse

  • Mo Willem's A Busy Creature's Day Eating


Please RSVP to join us for a wild & silly time with the young ones in your life.

The first 50 people to RSVP for this free event will get a complimentary copy of the 2019 Official Children’s Book Week poster illustrated by the beloved author Yuyi Morales.

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Michele Filgate and Nayomi Munaweera
May
3
7:30 PM19:30

Michele Filgate and Nayomi Munaweera

Photo by Sarah Deragon, Portraits to the People.

Photo by Sarah Deragon, Portraits to the People.

Join us at Kepler’s Literary Foundation for an evening on what we don’t talk to our mothers about, and how it affects us, for better or for worse. Editor of this collection Michele Filgate and contributor Nayomi Munaweera offer us a candid look at our relationship with our mothers.

The idea for What My Mother and I Don’t Talk About: Fifteen Writers Break the Silence came to Michele after an essay she wrote about how being abused by her stepfather affected her relationship with her mother went viral, shared on social media by Anne Lamott, Rebecca Solnit, and many others.

This highly-anticipated collection of essays has already garnered high praise from Elizabeth Gilbert and Lidia Yuknavitch. And the best part is, if you have a mother, this raw, honest, and poignant evening will resonate with you.

RSVP now for this May 3rd evening you won’t want to miss and pick up a copy of the book everyone will be talking about.

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Gareth Hinds
May
2
7:00 PM19:00

Gareth Hinds

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Gareth Hinds is well-known for his critically-acclaimed graphic novel adaptations of classic literature, including Beowulf (a “mixed-media gem”), King Lear (one of Booklist’s top 10 graphic novels for teens), The Merchant of Venice (“the standard that all others will strive to meet” for Shakespeare adaptation, Kirkus), The Odyssey (four starred reviews and a spot on ten “best of 2010” lists), Romeo and Juliet ( “spellbinding”) and Macbeth (which the New York Times called “stellar” and “a remarkably faithful rendering”).

In his latest graphic novel adaptation, Hinds delves into Homer’s epic The Iliad –reimagining this ancient tale of love, loss, war and glory. More than three thousand years ago, two armies faced each other in an epic battle that rewrote history and came to be known as the Trojan War. The Iliad is not just the greatest war story of all time but an epic, an immortal clash, governed by the hubris of man and god alike.

In this stunning graphic novel adaptation, renowned illustrator Gareth Hinds breathes new life into Homer's epic. Dynamic illustrations take readers directly to the plains of Troy, into the battle itself, and lay bare the complex emotions of the men, women, and gods whose struggles fueled the war and determined its outcome.

This companion volume to Hinds’s award-winning adaptation of The Odyssey is thoroughly researched and artfully rendered, complete with notes, maps, and a character key that makes the story more easily understandable to modern readers, creating what National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature Gene Luen Yang called “a Herculean effort worthy of the original.”

Don’t miss this opportunity to hear from a master about the challenges and opportunities of adapting and illustrating The Iliad

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Youth Reflections on Housing Crisis
Apr
29
6:30 PM18:30

Youth Reflections on Housing Crisis

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We are so pleased to welcome five exceptional students from local High Schools to share their reflections on the impact of the housing crisis on young people in our community.

The Housing Leadership Council of San Mateo County partnered with local teachers and High Schools asking students to share how they experience and view the issue of housing in Silicon Valley through their writing and their art.

The event will kick off at 6:30pm with refreshments. At 7:00pm each student will take to the stage to share their work and receive an award from Cecilia Taylor, Vice Mayor of Menlo Park.

Student Awardees:

Max Villalobos, East Palo Alto

Lucia Amieva-Wang, Palo Alto

Marc Lenzi, Menlo Park

Jenny Tseng, Palo Alto

Clara Reinhold, Menlo Park

Please join us for this special evening celebrating the the powerful and moving perspectives of our local youth.

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Bill McKibben in conversation with Michael Closson
Apr
28
4:00 PM16:00

Bill McKibben in conversation with Michael Closson

Thirty years ago, Bill McKibben offered one of the earliest warnings about climate change. Now he’s broadening that warning: the entire human game has begun to play itself out.

Join us for an event with one of America’s most outspoken climate activists. Since authoring his landmark 1989 book on climate change, The End of Nature, McKibben’s work continues to provoke authority. In 2007, Deep Economy predicted the "shop local” movement while criticizing the too-rapid growth of multi-national corporations as they bleached away main streets across America. He founded Step It Up, 350.org, was outspoken against the building of the Keystone XL Pipeline, and offered a frequent voice of dissent in the 2016 election.

In his new book, Falter, McKibben looks beyond the threat of climate change — to artificial technology, robotics, and a rampant onslaught of new technologies, threatening the variety of human experience. At the core of McKibben’s most recent work is an essential question: What do we want our future to be?

Photo credit: Nancie Battaglia.

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S.K. Ali with Ayesha Mattu
Apr
26
7:00 PM19:00

S.K. Ali with Ayesha Mattu

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We are delighted  to welcome William C Morris finalist SK Ali to celebrate Love From A To Z, which Bustle called “an essential read about growing up as a Muslim in America, about life with multiple sclerosis, and about the redeeming power of love.” It’s an unforgettable romance that is part The Sun is Also a Star mixed with Anna and the French Kiss, following two Muslim teens who meet during a spring break trip.

After Zayneb gets suspended for calling out an Islamophobic teacher, her parents decide to send her to her aunt's house in Doha, Qatar for an early start to spring break. But on her journey, her path crosses with Adam, a college student who stopped going to classes two months ago, after he was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis. These days, he's simply focused on keeping the memory of his mom alive for his younger sister and hiding his disease from his grieving father. Both Zayneb and Adam keep their true thoughts and pains hidden from everyone, locked away in their journals of marvels and oddities. Until they meet each other.

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S. K. Ali is the author of Saints and Misfits and is a teacher whose writing on Muslim culture and life has appeared in the Toronto Star. Her family of Muslim scholars is consistently listed in the The 500 Most Influential Muslims in the World, and her insight into Muslim culture is both personal and far-reaching.

S.K. Ali will be in conversation with Ayesha Mattu, author of Love, InshAllah: The Secret Love Lives of American Muslim Women

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Cherrie Moraga
Apr
25
7:30 PM19:30

Cherrie Moraga

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Internationally acclaimed artist, Cherríe Moraga delivers a poetic, heart-wrenching reflection on her mother’s complex relationship to America and the pioneering, queer Latina feminist daughter who continues down the path of identity forged by her battle-tested matriarch.

As a child, Elvira was hired out as a child by her own father to pick cotton in California’s Imperial Valley. Leaving California in the late-1920s, she became a cigarette girl in Jazz-age Tijuana, meeting a wealthy white man who taught her life lesson of power, sex, and opportunity. In her old age, she suffered under the yoke of Alzheimer’s. In relief against the extraordinary story of Elvira’s life, is Cherríe’s own journey. Through Native Country of the Heart and her mother’s trials, Moraga traces her own self-discovery of her gender-queer body and Lesbian identity, as well as her passion for activism and the history of the pueblo.

Meet Cherríe Moraga – co-editor of This Bridge Called My Back and cofounder of Kitchen Table: Women of Color Press – one of the most influential artist activists working today.

Photo Credit: Daniella Rossell.

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Lori Gottlieb with Victor Yalom
Apr
18
7:30 PM19:30

Lori Gottlieb with Victor Yalom

Lori Gottlieb is the bestselling author, therapist and speaker behind the Dear Therapist advice column at The Atlantic. In Maybe You Should Talk to Someone, Gottlieb offers a bird’s eye-view into the therapist’s office in a book that is part clinician’s journal, part memoir, part reckoning with the experience of living. Literary with a spot of self-help, Kirkus calls Gottlieb’s latest “an irresistibly addictive tour of the human condition,” while Susan Cain goes even further: “Wise, warm, smart, and funny… if you have even an ounce of interest in the conundrum of being human, you must read this book.

With a degree from Stanford, a successful writing career, kids, and years of experience in private practice under her belt, Gottlieb most prizes her credentials as “a card-carrying member of the human race.” She advocates healing and a healthy life through the revision of our own well-worn personal stories.

Join this brilliant, down-to-earth and talented human being as she visits Kepler’s for a conversation with conversation with Victor Yalom, psychologist and founder of Psychotherapy.net. ***Note, Victor’s father Irvin Yalom was originally scheduled, but unfortunately is unable to attend. We are so pleased to have Victor in his stead!

Together, these two great minds will explore Gottlieb’s book, therapeutic practice, and what it means to grow in connection with others.

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Dr. Seema Yasmin: The End of HIV?
Apr
16
7:30 PM19:30

Dr. Seema Yasmin: The End of HIV?

Photo by Sarah Deragon, Portraits to the People.

Photo by Sarah Deragon, Portraits to the People.

The End of HIV? A discussion with Emmy Award-winning journalist, Dr. Seema Yasmin.

In London this spring an HIV patient was “functionally cured” of HIV, one of two case studies which suggest the beginnings of a breakthrough. Does this mark the end of the HIV epidemic? Here in the United States, infections are on the rise in some communities, while doctors in Venezuela, Zimbabwe, Kenya and South Africa struggle to provide HIV patients with medication. What is the future of HIV? How close are we to a cure, and have we come this close before?

On April 16th, Dr. Seema Yasmin, a Stanford professor, visits Kepler’s Literary Foundation to offer insights about the trajectory of the HIV pandemic. Yasmin’s most recent book, The Impatient Dr. Lange, is a stunning account of the last-best effort to cure HIV/AIDS by a doctor who was killed on Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 when the plane was shot out of the sky by pro-Russian rebels in 2014. Dr. Lange died before his work to cure HIV was completed:

The Impatient Dr. Lange is two things. It is first of all a thrilling history of the investigation of one of the greatest plagues in human history, written by a scientist who intimately understands the challenge that the HIV epidemic posed to humanity. It is also a eulogy for a great scientist, written by his younger protégé. These two strands combine for wonderful reading.”— Lawrence Wright, The New Yorker

Dr. Yasmin will be joined in discussion by San Francisco Chronicle health reporter Erin Allday, who has decades of reporting experience with particular expertise regarding HIV/AIDs in San Francisco. Allday's comprehensive reporting project of 50 longtime survivors, The Last Men Standing, has been made into a feature film available for public viewing through the Chronicle.

Join this award-winning journalist, poet, doctor and author whose experience has kept her on the frontlines of one of the biggest medical questions of this year: Is a cure for HIV in sight?

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