National Geographic Explorer Academy
Mar
22
6:00 PM18:00

National Geographic Explorer Academy

For science-loving, world-exploring young adventurers...

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National Geographic presents Explorer Academy with the help of actual National Geographic Explorer Erika Bergman — scientist, submersible pilot, and steamship engineer!

Erika will share her adventures and open up a world of wonder with this new book series that J.J. Abrams, director and screenwriter of Star Wars: The Force Awakens, and Lost, calls "A fun, exciting, and action-packed ride that kids will love." and LeVar Burton, host of Reading Rainbow says "is sure to awaken readers' inner adventurer and curiosity about the world around them!

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You will get the chance to meet Bergman-- a virtual reality engineer and an enthusiastic ocean explorer who received a National Geographic grant in 2013 for her "Classrooms Under the Sea" expedition to live stream video from submersibles. Erika will join author Trudi Trueit, who has written more than 100 books for young readers. Trudi has been a TV news reporter and weather forecaster, but knew her calling was in writing.

Come find out about life as an explorer and about National Geographic’s buzzworthy newest series based on the research and adventures of National Geographic’s leading scientists, photographers and journalists, focusing on geography, history, space, STEM, exploration and world cultures. Steeped in fact and real-world investigation, this series embodies National Geographic’s explorers and how they interact with the world.

Join the National Geographic adventure!

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Soniah Kamal’s Unmarriagable: Pride and Prejudice, Retold in Pakistan
Mar
27
7:30 PM19:30

Soniah Kamal’s Unmarriagable: Pride and Prejudice, Retold in Pakistan

Photo by Sarah Deragon, Portraits to the People.

Photo by Sarah Deragon, Portraits to the People.

For Austenites and fans of rich cultural commentary comes Soniah Kamal's effervescently charming Unmarriageable, a modern Pakistani twist on the classic Pride and Prejudice plot.

What will Mr. Darsee make of the Binats?

More than merely a playful, absolutely captivating and enjoyable retelling of the classic novel, this updated narrative, set in 2001 Lahore, also packs incredible wit and underlying power. Kamal, herself an ambassador for the Jane Austen Literacy Foundation, has been praised by for deft skill parallel to Austen’s.

 “[Y]ou’ll find a cheeky undercurrent that echoes Austen's novels' ability to work on two levels... Kamal's Unmarriageable succeeds in being both a deliciously readable romantic comedy and a commentary on class in post-colonial, post-partition Pakistan, where the effects of the British Empire still reverberate.” – Ilana Masad, NPR

Feminist, fun, richly imagined and filled with coded Urdu puns, this is a book you don't want to miss. 

Interviewing Kamal in conversation will be Stanford Austen aficionado and Stanford literary scholar, Rebecca Richardson. Since completing her Ph.D. in 2013, she has been a lecturer at Stanford University. Her published works on the Victorian era can be found in ELH [English Literary History]Dickens Studies AnnualStudies in Romanticism, and ISLE: Interdisciplinary Studies in Literature and Environment. She is currently working on a book project about the Victorian novel and self-help genre. 

Join us at Kepler’s Literary Foundation on March 27th, when Soniah Kamal unlocks the secrets hidden in her delight of a debut. 

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Laurie Halse Anderson with Jandy Nelson
Apr
1
7:00 PM19:00

Laurie Halse Anderson with Jandy Nelson

We are thrilled to welcome New York Times bestselling, award-winning author Laurie Halse Anderson for her new book, SHOUT, a memoir and call to action for the #MeToo era.

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Laurie Halse Anderson is known for the unflinching way she writes about, and advocates for, survivors of sexual assault. In 1999, her groundbreaking, award-winning novel Speak opened the door for a national dialogue about rape culture and consent. Now, twenty years later, she reveals her personal history as a rape survivor in a searing new poetic memoir, SHOUT.

In free verse, Anderson shares reflections, rants, and calls to action woven between deeply personal stories from her life that she’s never written about before. Searing and soul-searching, devastating and triumphant, Shout is a denouncement of our society’s failures and a love letter to all the people with the courage to say #MeToo and #TimesUp, whether aloud, online, or only in their own hearts.

PLEASE NOTE: This event is for mature audiences only. Children under 13 will not be admitted.

★ “A captivating, powerful read about clawing your way out of trauma, reclaiming your body, and undoing lifetimes of lessons in order to use your voice as the weapon it is. Fervent and deafening.”—Booklist, starred review

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Laurie Halse Anderson is a New York Times bestselling author whose writing spans young readers, teens, and new adults. Combined, her books have sold more than 8 million copies. She has been nominated for the Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award three times. Two of her books, Speak and Chains, were National Book Award finalists, and Chains was short-listed for the Carnegie Medal in the UK. Laurie was selected by the American Library Association for the 2009 Margaret A. Edwards Award and has been honored for her battles for intellectual freedom by the National Coalition Against Censorship and the National Council of Teachers of English. In addition to combating censorship, Laurie regularly speaks about the need for diversity in publishing and is a member of RAINN’s National Leadership Council.

Purchase of Shout is mandatory for entry to the signing line.

Laurie will be in conversation with Jandy Nelson, whose critically acclaimed, New York Times bestselling second novel, I’ll Give You the Sun, received the prestigious Printz Award and is a Stonewall Honor Book. Both Sun and her debut novel, The Sky Is Everywhere, was on multiple Best Books of the Year lists, are YALSA Best Fiction for Young Adults picks and appeared on multiple best-of-the-year lists, have earned many starred reviews, and continue to enjoy international success. 

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Clive Thompson on the Future of Coding
Apr
1
7:30 PM19:30

Clive Thompson on the Future of Coding

HanaHaus Community Workspace
456 University Avenue, Palo Alto, CA 94031

Photo by Tom Igoe.

Photo by Tom Igoe.

A comprehensive cultural portrait that Kirkus recommends for fans of John Markoff and Ari Levy, Clive Thompson offers smart, funny, necessary reporting with Coders: The Making of a New Tribe and the Remaking of the World. This tech journalist uncovers lesser-known origin stories within the field and outlines its future directions, all while casting incisive light on ethical questions of coding (what we code for, more humans do). Thompson further explores the shifting role of the profession into a blue-collar arena where labor and class distinctions impact tech-innovations and outcomes. Design-thinking, new economic engines, Kentucky coal miners being trained to code and teen feminist hacktivist sleepovers—Thompson covers it all.

Joining Thompson in conversation to explore the shifting future of coding is Wired veteran and Atlantic staff writer Alexis Madrigal.

Do you fully know the profession that fuels Silicon Valley? Maybe we know it less than we think—Thompson and Madrigal weigh whether it could be the overlooked driving force of seismic social change.

This special event will be hosted at HanaHaus, the dynamic community coworking space in downtown Palo Alto. Seating opens at 7:00 pm.

Photo credit: Tom Igoe.

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Dave Eggers
Apr
3
7:30 PM19:30

Dave Eggers

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A star at the heart of our literary constellations for decades, from the bestselling A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius to McSweeney’s, Dave Eggers returns to Kepler’s for the release of his latest fiction work, The Parade.

Eggers is a staunch supporter of independent bookstores, the founder of the literacy project 826 Valencia in San Francisco, and a writer who consistently champions humanist ideals through empathetic literature. His characters-- deeply realized, flawed, and driven by extremes-- offer readers moral complexity alongside careful critique into modernity. Distinct, meaningful, enjoyable... Eggers is, in short, the perfect read, noted for his postmodern and deeply sincere approach.

Join us on April 3rd to hear Dave Eggers speak about a powerful piece of new writing.

The Parade has already garnered positive reviews for its tight, beautiful prose: a spare portrait of two very different men attempting to lay a roadway in an unnamed country long rent by civil war, it uses specific characters in ambiguous yet familiar settings to highlight present-day concerns. For this style, Kirkus describes Eggers as “the only living American writer for whom the term Hemingway-esque meaningfully applies.”

How often do we have the opportunity to hear the living embodiment of future western canon, in person?

At least once, on April 3rd at Kepler’s Books.

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Laila Lalami with Jasmin Darznik
Apr
4
7:30 PM19:30

Laila Lalami with Jasmin Darznik

Join us at Kepler's Literary Foundation for a book discussion with author Laila Lalami! From the celebrated Pulitzer Prize finalist who swept multiple book awards with The Moor’s Account comes this lyric, fascinating new novel The Other Americans. Through nine separate narrators whose accounts effortlessly interweave, Lalami unravels both the mystery of an immigrant’s sudden death and the quiet schisms that underlie American culture.

The novel opens with Nora, a jazz composer, who sips champagne with a friend on the same night that her father dies in an apparent hit-and-run near his home in California. Maryam, Nora’s mother, narrates a following chapter; a distant neighbor, another; an undocumented witness, a friend and immigrant, and a detective all speak to the events leading up to and following Driss Guerroui’s death. These dueling narrative lines call out to secrets both within Nora’s family and throughout the town.

The Other Americans has already garnered extraordinary praise from Kirkus, Publisher’s Weekly, and talented writers of fiction like J.M. Coetzee and Viet Thanh Nguyen, who gets it exactly right when he calls Laila Lalami “a writer of uncommon conviction and tremendous insight.” Don’t miss the opportunity to meet this rising star in the literary pantheon at the height of her skill.

In conversation with Jasmin Darznik, New York Times bestselling author of Song of the Captive Bird.

RSVP now for Lalami’s visit on April 4th.


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Story Time with Chris Van Dusen
Apr
6
11:00 AM11:00

Story Time with Chris Van Dusen

A new book by Kate DiCamillo and Chris Van Dusen is a cause for celebration. And we WILL be celebrating when Chris Van Dusen, one of our favorite picture book author/illustrators, visits Kepler's on April 6.

Every porcine wonder was once a piglet - discover Mercy Watson’s delightful origin story in A Piglet Named Mercy. an endearing picture-book prequel to the beloved New York Times best-selling Mercy Watson series.

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Chris Van Dusen is the author-illustrator of many books for young readers, including The Circus Ship, If I Built a House, If I Built a Car, Down to the Sea with Mr Magee and Hattie & Hudson, and the illustrator of the Mercy Watson and Deckawoo Drive series.

Mr. Watson and Mrs. Watson live ordinary lives. Sometimes their lives feel a bit too ordinary. Sometimes they wish something different would happen. And one day it does, when someone unpredictable finds her way to their front door. In a delightful origin story for the star of the Mercy Watson series, a tiny piglet brings love (and chaos) to Deckawoo Drive — and the Watsons’ lives will never be the same.

Join us and celebrate the joy of a new arrival by a longtime favorite author.

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Roz Chast & Patricia Marx on Mothers
Apr
8
7:30 PM19:30

Roz Chast & Patricia Marx on Mothers

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Chast (c) Bill Franzen, Marx (c) Alexandra Penney.

Much beloved, utterly genius contributors to The New Yorker for decades, the inimitable cartoonist Roz Chast and wry humorist Patricia Marx have now joined forces to gently roast our very favorite human beings: moms.

Join us as we welcome both creators for a celebration of motherhood with their new collection, Why Don’t You Write My Eulogy Now So I Can Correct It?

As a writer, Marx has always had an eye for small, domestic absurdities and almost minuscule sociological rebellions—and, for years, she has been noting her own mother’s most eccentric one-liners, with great glee. She compiles them all here! Cartoonist Roz Chast, whose own mother describes her artistic work as “a conspiracy of inanimate objects,” highlights the peculiarity of each one-liner with her own wickedly sly sense of visual humor and deep love for how unique a parent’s outlook can truly be. In-conversation to share with us the best of their work, join these two remarkable women just in time to get that book personalized for Mother’s Day. Don’t miss this chance to chance to celebrate the humor, grace, and sheer oddity of moms!

ROZ CHAST has been a contributor to The New Yorker since 1978, and is the only cartoonist we’ve heard of with multiple honorary doctorates, in addition to several books and a boatload of awards under her belt. In 2012, she was awarded the NYC Literary Honor in Humor. She has a knack for revealing the entire feeling of a situation in just one sentence, as evidenced by her critically acclaimed 2014 memoir, Can’t We Talk About Something More Pleasant?

PATRICIA MARX was the first woman humorist ever elected to The Harvard Lampoon, a writer for Saturday Night Live and Rugrats, and a contributor of creative, unusual ephemera to The New Yorker since 1989. She has authored multiple books, taught at university, given a TEDxTalk, won some awards, and only occasionally feared for her own wits. She was the recipient of the 2015 Guggenheim Fellowship.

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Dave Barry
Apr
11
7:30 PM19:30

Dave Barry

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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.

Share an evening with the writer who never fails to leave us looking at the world differently while making us laugh.

NOTE: This event takes place at Aragon High School in San Mateo.

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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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Lori Gottlieb with Irvin D. Yalom
Apr
18
7:30 PM19:30

Lori Gottlieb with Irvin D. 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 the legendary Irvin D. Yalom, bestselling author of Love’s Executioner and Professor Emeritus at Stanford.

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

S.K. Ali with Ayesha Mattu

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.

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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.

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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Bill McKibben
Apr
28
4:00 PM16:00

Bill McKibben

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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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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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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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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Shaili Jain on PTSD
May
7
7:30 PM19:30

Shaili Jain on 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.

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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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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Rich Karlgaard
May
14
7:30 PM19:30

Rich Karlgaard

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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.

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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Tony Horwitz with Angie Coiro
May
16
7:30 PM19:30

Tony Horwitz with Angie Coiro

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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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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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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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.

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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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This is Now: Shannon Watts - Moms Demand Action
Jun
13
7:30 PM19:30

This is Now: Shannon Watts - 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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This is Now: Donna Zuckerberg
Mar
19
7:30 PM19:30

This is Now: Donna Zuckerberg

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Photo by Sarah Deragon, Portraits to the People.

Manosphere: whether you know the word, you’ve seen the manosphere in action on national news. It's the term for a very real, turgid, frothing (mostly white) male anger that has been organized into powerful online platforms. The Guardian’s Nosheen Iqbal defines the manosphere as “the grim alliance between pick-up artists, men’s rights activists, incels (involuntarily celibate men), the far right and the most ardent Make America Great Again advocates.”

Despite that abject calling card, the manosphere has a frightening role in nationally important incidents, including the Santa Barbara shooter, rape-culture in government office, and White Nationalist, anti-women actions on college campuses. Ranging from teens to the over-50s set, these are the online-networked body politic that bolstered Steve Bannon and fueled GamerGate. They are frightening.

And they’re doing something really weird.

Classicist Dr. Donna Zuckerberg, editor of the Greco-Roman focused online journal Eidolon, noticed high traffic to an article on stoicism and discovered an unexpected obsession with antiquity in the manosphere. Using this lens, she uncovers a culture: why are men with virulent anti-feminist sentiment suddenly quoting Marcus Aurelius? Who are these people? After a two year deep anthropological study involving at least an hour daily’s grotesque research on an online culture where rape is ok and white men feel oppressed, she shares that insight with us at Kepler’s Books.

Join Angie Coiro and Dr. Zuckerberg’s for a This Is Now discussion on Not All Dead White Men: Classics and Misogyny in the Digital Agebecause you may not want to visit these sites yourself, but it’s important to know what they’re doing.

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Lisa Moore Ramee with Sabaa Tahir
Mar
16
3:00 PM15:00

Lisa Moore Ramee with Sabaa Tahir

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Join us to celebrate the launch of Lisa Moore Ramee’s highly anticipated, funny and big-hearted debut middle grade novel A Good Kind of Trouble,  about friendship, family, and standing up for what’s right – a book that Angie Thomas (The Hate U Give) calls “full of heart and truth”

“Ramée effectively portrays the importance of the Black Lives Matter movement and the difficulty of navigating complex social situations while conveying universal middle school questions about friendship, first crushes, and identity. Shay’s journey is an authentic and engaging political and personal awakening.” (Publishers Weekly (starred review))

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Twelve-year-old Shayla is allergic to trouble. All she wants to do is to follow the rules. But in junior high, it’s like all the rules have changed. Now she’s suddenly questioning who her best friends are and some people at school are saying she’s not black enough. Wait, what? Shay’s sister, Hana, is involved in Black Lives Matter, but Shay doesn't think that's for her. After experiencing a powerful protest, though, Shay decides some rules are worth breaking. She starts wearing an armband to school in support of the Black Lives movement. Soon everyone is taking sides. And she is given an ultimatum. Shay is scared to do the wrong thing (and even more scared to do the right thing), but if she doesn't face her fear, she'll be forever tripping over the next hurdle. Now that’s trouble, for real.

 Lisa will be in conversation with Sabaa Tahir, author of An Ember in the Ashes, A Torch Against the Night, and A Reaper at the Gates. This is a book we are sure to keep talking about, a book I am evangelizing for.  Come celebrate with us.

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Story Time with Christian Robinson
Mar
14
6:00 PM18:00

Story Time with Christian Robinson

In Another, his eagerly anticipated debut as author-illustrator, Caldecott and Coretta Scott King honoree and store favorite Christian Robinson brings young readers on a playful, imaginative journey into another world.

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A wordless picture book, Another recounts the dream journey of a little girl and her cat, a thought-provoking celebration of imagination and wonder that is wide open to interpretation and a joy to read. What if you saw yourself in a book – literally? What might happen?

What if you…
Encountered another perspective?
Discovered another world?
Met another you?
What might you do?

Christian Robinson is a 2016 Caldecott Honoree, a Newbery Medalist, 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; Carmela Full of Wishes; 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 Christian Robinson and fall in love with Another

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Human Rights at the Southern Border: Lauren Markham & Human Rights Watch
Mar
11
7:30 PM19:30

Human Rights at the Southern Border: Lauren Markham & Human Rights Watch

Cages, walls, asylum and shattered dignity. What is the state of human rights at our southern border, especially for young migrants? Two powerful local investigators with decades of experience bring this conversation o Kepler’s. 

Author Lauren Markham and Senior Human Rights Researcher Clara Long will discuss rights and immigration at our Southern border. In partnership with Human Rights Watch, this conversation will be moderated by KALW’s Hana Baba of CrossCurrents.

Markham’s startlingly intimate portrait of two migrant El Salvadorian brothers, who fled to Oakland by coyote to escape gang violence at home, has been broadly praised. Rebecca Solnit calls The Far Away Brothers a “movingly written” meditation on “the caprices and brutalities of immigration policy.” It is a story of young people in our own community whose only support is each other, whose lives include the quotidian concerns of young men with teenage crushes against the backdrop of antagonistic immigration law and crushing coyote debt.

"It has some of the pleasures of a novel— but all the force of bitter truth.”

Long, a graduate of both Harvard and Stanford, contextualizes Markham’s close-lens narrative portrait with her work investigating detainee deaths, mistreatment of asylum seekers, and more at our southern border.

How do we take notice, and shape this period of international change? That story begins with firsthand accounts from those who are engaged in human rights issues on the frontlines. The next chapter will be written by those who take the time to listen.

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Produced in partnership with Human Rights Watch, the Silicon Valley Committee. HRW defends the rights of people worldwide, scrupulously investigating abuses and pressuring those with power in order to secure justice. Human Rights Watch is an independent, international organization that works as part of a vibrant movement to uphold human dignity and advance the cause of human rights for all.

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Kalpana Mohan with Vandana Kumar: Daddykins
Mar
7
7:30 PM19:30

Kalpana Mohan with Vandana Kumar: Daddykins

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Kalpana Mohan (photo by Raghu Vedant).

“Was this a birthday or a sendoff?”

Celebrating his 90th year, Kalpana Mohan’s ailing father asked her this question—and to a beloved parent whose vivacity has spanned eras of history, how could any daughter answer? The slow goodbye that happens between a parent and an adult child has to be both:

A grand celebration.

An ongoing realization of grief.

Bittersweet, funny, heartwarming and vividly realized across a powerful span of India’s history, Mohan’s Daddykins answers the call of both celebration and farewell in a stunning tribute to her late father, for whom she cared during his last two ailing years in Chennai. Deftly interwoven with the history of Daddykins from his birth in the 1920s, through poverty and partition and beyond, Mohan captures a universal feeling in this intimate story of a bold, wonderful parent, deeply loved. A tribute to her father, perhaps even a tribute to grief, unfolds across the panoramic sweep of a century.

A Story Is the Thing favorite and local talent, we are honored to host Mohan’s United States launch.

Joining Kalpana in conversation is Vandana Kumar of India Currents magazine. After founding that award-winning print publication in 1987 as a new immigrant, Kumar has stewarded India Currents to flourishing readership over decades, winning multiple awards for her cultural and business leadership.

Together, these friends in discussion will bring a gorgeously written memoir to life for its hometown debut. Don’t miss this one-of-a-kind evening.

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Guy Kawasaki
Mar
4
7:30 PM19:30

Guy Kawasaki

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A veritable icon of Silicon Valley, Kawasaki is the author of 14 books, including staples in the entrepreneur's library like The Art of the Start. After working with some of the biggest tech companies in the world, including a stint at Apple in the 1980s, this guru of guerilla marketing went on to become the poster of reinvention, solo-prenuership, and a champion of self-branding. Today, he’s a chief evangelist for Canva, an online graphic-design tool, a brand ambassador for Mercedes-Benz, and an executive fellow of the Haas School of Business at UC Berkeley.

In his most revealing book yet, Guy shares personal stories from his childhood in Hawaii, his education at Stanford and UCLA, the ups and downs of working for Steve Jobs, and taking up surfing at 60 -- proving that you are never too old to learn something new.

Wise Guy is an utterly original and profoundly intimate look at the power of self-reflection. Always the clear-eyed mentor, Guy invites us all to find the deeper truth in the smallest moments of our life. Join one of Silicon Valley’s biggest stars as he returns to Kepler's to share the pivotal lessons he’s learned in his 30+ years in the valley -- you might just learn a thing or two about surfing along the way!

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Story Time with Peter H. Reynolds
Mar
3
11:00 AM11:00

Story Time with Peter H. Reynolds

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From the creator of the New York Times bestsellers The Word Collector and I Am Human comes an empowering story about finding your voice and using it to make the world a better place. In Say Something! beloved artist and author Peter H. Reynolds explores the many ways that a single voice can make a difference. Each of us, each and every day, have the chance to say something: with our actions, our words, and our voices.

 The world needs your voice.
If you have a brilliant idea... say something!
If you see an injustice... say something!

Perfect for kid activists everywhere, Reynolds reminds readers of the undeniable importance and power of their voices. There are so many ways to tell the world who you are, what you are thinking, and how you'll make it better. The time is now: Say Something!

Peter H. Reynolds is a New York Times bestselling author and illustrator of many books for children, including The Dot, Ish, Happy Dreamer, The Word Collector, and I Am Human. His books have been translated into over twenty-five languages around the globe and are celebrated worldwide. In 1996, he founded FableVision with his brother, Paul, as a social change agency to help create "stories that matter, stories that move."

Say Something! is a perfect way to start a conversation about how kids can make a difference in their world. Join us.

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Jill Abramson: This Is Now with Angie Coiro
Feb
27
7:30 PM19:30

Jill Abramson: This Is Now with Angie Coiro

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One of the news media's most qualified voices examines critical information battlegrounds: old media vs. new, documented veracity vs. clickbait.

Jill Abramson follows four companies— The New York Times, The Washington Post, BuzzFeed, and VICE— over a decade of disruption and radical adjustment. The two venerable newspapers wrestle the challenge of an aging readership; the two upstarts confront a ballooning but fickle audience of millennials.

She profiles the defenders of the legacy presses and the larger-than-life characters behind the new speed-driven media competitors. Those players include Jeff Bezos and Marty Baron (The Washington Post), Arthur Sulzberger and Dean Baquet (The New York Times), Jonah Peretti (BuzzFeed), and Shane Smith (VICE) as well as their reporters and anxious readers.

What does all this portend for the discriminating news consumer? Join us for a This Is Now conversation featuring former Executive Editor of the New York Times and Harvard lecturer, Jill Abramson.

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Charlie Jane Anders with Meg Elison
Feb
26
7:30 PM19:30

Charlie Jane Anders with Meg Elison

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The Hugo, Nebula, and Locus awards all agree on Charlie Jane Anders, as do the devotees of her stunning 2016 achievement in literary science fiction, All the Birds in the Sky. This author is a Kepler’s favorite!

Vivid, charming, quick-witted and ever-curious, Anders’ professional work ranges from captivating short stories and novels to a spoken-word variety show of over ten years, the lauded Writers With Drinks in San Francisco. Her vibrant speaking presence and dauntless intellectual curiosity have made this author an invaluable jewel in the Bay Area writing community. She’s not only someone whose work you want to read, but someone you want to meet.

Now you have the chance!

The Literary Foundation is so excited to welcome Charlie Jane back to the stage for a talk and book-signing based around her latest novel, The City in the Middle of the Night. This story is set in January, a dying planet, half lit by endless sun and half-plunged into icy night, where our protagonist Sophie has recently been exiled to the darkness. Left for dead, Sophie crafts unusual friendships which help her to survive night … and with the help of a ragtag supporting crew, this student revolutionary is poised to change the world.

Joining Charlie Jane in conversation is Bay Area literary phenom Meg Elison, author of The Book of the Unnamed Midwife, winner of the Philip K. Dick award and multiple book of the year awards in 2016. Her latest novel in a series, The Book of Flora, publishes in 2019.

These two feminist, fierce, funny speculative fiction greats could light up even the darkest apocalypse with their wit and writing. Don't miss them in conversation on February 26th.

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Story is the Thing
Feb
21
7:00 PM19:00

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.

Jeanne Althouse
Flash fiction by Jeanne Althouse has appeared in numerous literary journals. Her most recent flash story collection, Boys in the Bank, published by Red Bird Chapbooks, came out in November 2018. Her story “Big Lies” was a finalist in the Glimmer Train Very Short Fiction contest and “Goran Holds his Breath” was nominated by Shenandoah for the Pushcart Prize.

Jamel Brinkley
Jamel Brinkley is the author of A Lucky Man: Stories (Graywolf Press/A Public Space Books), a finalist for the 2018 National Book Award in fiction and recipient of the 2019 Ernest J. Gaines Award for Literary Excellence. His writing has appeared, or is forthcoming, in The Best American Short Stories 2018, A Public Space, Ploughshares, Gulf Coast, The Threepenny Review, Glimmer Train, American Short Fiction, Tin House, and other places. A graduate of the Iowa Writers’ Workshop, he's currently a Wallace Stegner Fellow in Fiction at Stanford University.

Tsun Yuan Chen
Tsun Yuan Chen is a retired Head and Neck Surgeon, born in Mainland China, studied in Taiwan and Tokyo, before arriving on these shores. He now divides his time between San Francisco, Umbria and Provence with his life partner, at home everywhere and nowhere, making alienation a fine art of his life, while maintaining an esprit from the East.

Andrea Donderi
Andrea Donderi grew up in Montreal and arrived in California via Toronto, Chicago, and Bloomington, Indiana. She recently moved from a ramshackle backyard cottage on the peninsula to a house with chickens in Oakland. Andrea writes manuals for the guts of the Internet as well as essays and fiction.

David Wystan Owen
D. Wystan Owen is the author of Other People's Love Affairs: Stories (Algonquin Books), an Amazon "Best Fiction & Literature of 2018" selection. His work has appeared in A Public Space, LitHub, The Threepenny Review, The American Scholar, and elsewhere. A graduate of the Iowa Writers' Workshop, he now lives in Northern California where he serves as publisher of The Bare Life Review.

Kathy Wang
Kathy Wang grew up in Northern California and is a graduate of UC Berkeley and Harvard Business School. She lives in the Bay Area with her husband and two children.




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Dani Shapiro in conversation with Elizabeth Rosner
Feb
20
7:30 PM19:30

Dani Shapiro in conversation with Elizabeth Rosner

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It was a simple test. Yet, the course of her life changed forever.

Dani Shapiro, the award-winning author of bestselling novels like Hourglass, Devotion, and more, grappled with the self-shattering results of a simple DNA test.

On TLC and in heart-warming ads, DNA testing is nothing more than a high-tech family tree for the digital age, an over-the-counter science experiment to deepen our own personal understanding ourselves. But millions of Americans are finding a different experience.

In this intimate and heart-wrenching new memoir from one of the great writers of our time, comes the true story of how Dani Shapiro discovered that her father was not truly her biological father. Her Jewish identity, relationship to her family and to herself—they all underwent seismic change in a heartbeat. Upending a lifetime of secrets and untold stories, this innocuous decision left Shapiro grappling with results no one could have ever prepared her for. Inheritance is a tour de force of what family truly means, raw and emotionally realized.

Join us for a powerful and peerless evening, as Dani opens this profound chapter of her life in conversation with fellow writer and family historian Elizabeth Rosner of Survivor Café.

These two stunning Jewish-American authors describe a selfhood built against the backdrop of history, secrets, and the often-unknown stories of those who came before us.

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Robin LaFevers with Sabaa Tahir
Feb
15
7:00 PM19:00

Robin LaFevers with Sabaa Tahir

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Robin LaFevers’ wonderful His Fair Assassins series tells the story of assassin nuns in Medieval France and is a store favorite. We are thrilled to welcome Robin to Kepler’s to celebrate her fabulous new book Courting Darkness, the greatly anticipated highly praised return to the world of the bestselling His Fair Assassin series

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Told in alternating perspectives, when Sybella discovers there is another trained assassin deep undercover in the French court, she must use every skill in her arsenal to navigate the deadly royal politics and find her sister in arms before her time—and that of the newly crowned queen—runs out. When Sybella accompanies the Duchess to France, she expects trouble, but she isn’t expecting a deadly trap. Surrounded by enemies both known and unknown, Sybella searches for the undercover assassins from St. Mortain’s convent who were placed in the French court years ago. Genevieve has been undercover for so many years, she no longer knows who she is or what she’s supposed to be fighting for. When she discovers a hidden prisoner who may be of importance, she takes matters into her own hands. As these two worlds collide, the fate of the Duchess, Brittany, and everything Sybella and Genevieve have come to love hangs in the balance.

Robin LaFevers is the author of the New York Times bestselling Grave Mercy, Dark Triumph, and Mortal Heart. She’ll 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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Susan Dennard
Feb
13
7:00 PM19:00

Susan Dennard

We're excited to welcome fan favorite Susan Dennard back to Kepler's with Bloodwitch, her newest story in the New York Times bestselling epic fantasy Witchlands series that Victoria Aveyard (Red Queen) says has “Worldbuilding after my own heart. It’s so good it’s intimidating.” This is fantasy at its very best.

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The Bloodwitch Aeduan has teamed up with the Threadwitch Iseult and the magical girl Owl to stop a bloodthirsty horde of raiders preparing to destroy a monastery that holds more than just faith. But to do so, he must confront his own father, and his past.

Susan Dennard traveled 6 of 7 continents working in marine biology before settling down as a full time novelist and writing instructor. She is the author of the Something Strange and Deadly series and the New York Times-bestselling Witchlands series (Truthwitch, and Windwitch).

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Roger McNamee: This Is Now with Angie Coiro
Feb
11
7:30 PM19:30

Roger McNamee: This Is Now with Angie Coiro

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The warnings are coming from inside the house.

Mark Zuckerberg, Sheryl Sandberg, and Roger McNamee are denizens of the same enchanted world: Silicon Valley's inner circle. And they used to all be on the same page, each playing their part growing Facebook into an internet phenomenon— until it hit unprecedented reach and influence. Then they weren't on the same page any more.

McNamee was an early and enthusiastic adopter of Facebook, as both a musician and an investor. But he grew disenchanted as he watched the negatives pile up: privacy issues. Screen addiction. Disinformation and political manipulation. Even spying. Digging into the technology and psychology involved, he grew more alarmed at "business models that drive companies to maximize attention at all costs".

Now Roger McNamee has teamed with others from the tech world to challenge our new normal - to persuade us that internet titans Facebook and Google present an urgent existential threat to users and society. Does his new book Zucked make a persuasive case?

Join us for an evening of This Is Now with Angie Coiro to find out.

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Alexandra Bracken and Tamara Ireland Stone
Feb
8
7:00 PM19:00

Alexandra Bracken and Tamara Ireland Stone

We are thrilled to welcome Alexandra Bracken and Tamara Ireland Stone, two of our favorite authors, back to Kepler’s to celebrate their fabulous middle grade sequels: The Last Life of Prince Alastor, and Swap’d

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Alexandra Bracken is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of the Darkest Minds series, (the movie was released in August of this year and starred Amandla Stenberg), Passenger, and Wayfarer. Her middle grade Prosper Redding series balances magic, humor, and heart and is about a modern New England boy who must rid himself of the ancient demon inhabiting his body and break his family’s curse. She sold her first book, Brightly Woven, as a senior in college, worked in children's book publishing as an editorial assistant and then in marketing, and now writes full time.

Tamara Ireland Stone is the author of Time and Time Again, a collection of her two novels Time Between Us and Time After Time, as well as the New York Times bestseller Every Last Word. Her middle grade Click’d series features Allie Navarro's explorations in computer programming and weaves together middle school friendship, first crushes, and serious coding skills that will have readers cheering Allie on from the first page to the last. She is a Silicon Valley native and has worked in the technology industry all her life, first testing Atari game boards in her parents’ garage, and later, co-founding a woman-owned marketing strategy firm where she worked with some of the world's largest software companies. She’s passionate about promoting STEM education for girls.

Don't miss this chance to hear two amazing authors showcase their wonderful middle grade sequels.

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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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Celebrating A Legacy: Patrick J McGovern
Feb
6
7:30 PM19:30

Celebrating A Legacy: Patrick J McGovern

Glenn Rifkin, John Markoff and Patrick J. McGovern III

Glenn Rifkin, John Markoff and Patrick J. McGovern III

Future Forward and the Remarkable Life of Patrick J. McGovern 

Join us for a momentous evening of reunion and celebration at the West Coast launch of Glenn Rifkin’s book, Future Forward, an homage to the late Patrick J. McGovern (1937-2014). This special event features a biographical exploration and panel moderated by celebrated journalist John Markoff, formerly of the New York Times and a current affiliate researcher at Stanford's Center for Advanced Study in Behavioral Sciences.

Our panel takes a closer look at the impact of a visionary entrepreneur who forever changed the face of Valley, ushering in a monumental shift towards data during those early days of tech.

Patrick J. McGovern (1937-2014)

Patrick J. McGovern (1937-2014)

In 1964, in a small grey house in Massachusetts, the MIT graduate founded the International Data Group, which would spawn a revolution in understanding around information technology. The ripple effects of McGovern’s life and passions extend well past IDG—from the publications and institutions that followed (CIOComputerworldPCWorldMacworld, the Dummies series), to the prodigious patronage of neuroscience research at MIT, Peking University, and others.

McGovern moved with an incredible force of presence, vibrancy, unprecedented insight, generosity and remarkable kindness. We’re excited to come together honoring his contribution in this one-of-a-kind evening.

Reserve early—seats are limited. This special Literary Foundation evening includes an in-depth conversation, signing, and post-event reception. We will hear from Patrick J. McGovern III, director of the McGovern Foundation, and Glenn Rifkin, author of the recent book Future Forward, who can speak to the private person and public figure.

Don’t miss this chance to dive into the story of that transformative era.

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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 30 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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A Workshop with Yogacharya O'Brian - Life in Dynamic Balance
Jan
31
7:00 PM19:00

A Workshop with Yogacharya O'Brian - Life in Dynamic Balance

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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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Joel Simon: This is Now with Angie Coiro
Jan
29
7:30 PM19:30

Joel Simon: This is Now with Angie Coiro

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"America does not negotiate with terrorists." But are we sure we should keep it that way? Last year there were nearly nine thousand international terrorist abductions. The US refuses to pay ransoms, holding that it would only fuel more kidnappings. Other countries pay-up to free their citizens taken hostage. Statistics tell the grim result: according to New America, "since 2001, American hostages taken captive by terrorist, militant, and pirate groups have been more than twice as likely to remain in captivity, die in captivity, or be murdered by their captors as the average Western hostage."

Joel Simon has spent nearly two decades with the Committee to Protect Journalists, working on dozens of hostage cases. His new book We Want to Negotiate is an exploration of the ethical, legal, and strategic considerations of a bedeviling question: should governments pay ransom to terrorists?

Join KLF's journalist in residence Angie Coiro as she hosts Joel Simon for this important conversation, in another installment of our This Is Now news and culture conversation series.

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Story Time with Jessie Sima
Jan
29
5:00 PM17:00

Story Time with Jessie Sima

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Jessie Sima’s debut picture book, Not Quite Narwhal, was one of our favorites of 2017. Join us for a special story time with author/illustrator Jessie Sima as she introduces her adorable new book, Love, Z, the story of a young robot trying to find the meaning of “love.”

When a small robot named Z discovers a message in a bottle signed “Love, Beatrice,” they decide to find out what “love” means. Unable to get an answer from the other robots, they leave to embark on an adventure that will lead them to Beatrice—and back home again, where love was hiding all along.

Jessie Sima is the author of Not Quite Narwhal; Harriet Gets Carried Away; Love, Z; and Spencer’s New Pet. She lives and works in New York City

Join us and discover a new favorite.

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