"Cyberwar"— or cyber-anything, for that matter— has always carried a whiff of science fiction about it. But it's not fiction, it's certainly not entertainment, and - as terrorism expert Richard A. Clarke warns us— multiple cyberwars are underway already. The battlefronts range from simple identity theft to the disruption of nuclear programs and medical care. The Pentagon even has a word for this new front line: the fifth domain. That's where ongoing skirmishes for our security as individuals and as citizens are being fought.
Richard Clark has long experience in American security matters. He's served as a key advisor on intelligence and counterterrorism to three US presidents. In 1998 President Bill Clinton appointed him as the National Coordinator for Security, Infrastructure Protection, and Counterterrorism for the U.S. National Security Council. His latest book, The Fifth Domain: Defending our Country, Companies, and Ourselves in the Age of Cyber Threats, calls on that long experience to tackle one of the most pivotal battlegrounds in modern security.
Join us at Kepler's as he shares deep research from boardrooms, government conference rooms, and quantum computing labs— all in pursuit of "cyber resilience", a position of strength against web hacking, election interference, and other boogeymen of the digital realm that are all too real.
For kids and families, Youtube star baker Rachel Fong will join us for a party celebrating her Kawaii Sweet World Cookbook: 75 Yummy Recipes for Baking That’s (Almost) Too Cute To Eat.
One of the youngest entrepreneurs ever to shine in Silicon Valley, Rachel’s creative and playful cooking channel launched her to stardom at just age 12. Now a Stanford sophomore, she shares this FUN, CUTE baking book full of activities for chefs of every size.
Want to master the Narwhal Cake Pop, roll a California Roll layer cake, or Koal-ify your cupcakes? Don’t miss the chance to celebrate with crafts, yummy treats, activities and a cookbook presentation from Rachel herself!
The summer will eventually end, but the fun never has to be over with Kawaii Sweet World cooking. Perfect for imaginative young people with just a slight sweet tooth.
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.
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.
Join us to celebrate the launch of Stacey Lee’s powerful, compelling, and critically acclaimed new novel, The Downstairs Girl, about family, community, and the importance of writing your own history.
*"Though society may try to push aside those it sees as different, Jo demonstrates that everyone has a place and a story to be told. Unflinching in its portrayals of racism yet ultimately hopeful and heartfelt, this narrative places voices frequently left out of historical fiction center stage." —School Library Journal, starred review
By day, seventeen-year-old Jo Kuan works as a lady's maid for the cruel daughter of one of the wealthiest men in Atlanta. But by night, Jo moonlights as the pseudonymous author of a newspaper advice column for the genteel Southern lady, "Dear Miss Sweetie." When her column becomes wildly popular, she uses the power of the pen to address some of society's ills, but she's not prepared for the backlash that follows when her column challenges fixed ideas about race and gender. While her opponents clamor to uncover the secret identity of Miss Sweetie, a mysterious letter sets Jo off on a search for her own past and the parents who abandoned her as a baby. But when her efforts put her in the crosshairs of Atlanta's most notorious criminal, Jo must decide whether she is ready to step into the light.
Stacey Lee is the author of Under a Painted Sky, Outrun the Moon, and Secret of a Heart Note and is a founding member of We Need Diverse Books. Stephanie Garber, author of Caraval, Legendary, and Finale, will be joining Stacey on stage.
Celebrated neuroscientist and talented writer David Eagleman introduce friend and novelist Chris Cander to readers at Kepler’s Books for her gorgeously executed new book, The Weight of a Piano. A summer literary read, ideal for book groups.
Cander’s first novel, 11 Stories, won the IPPY Gold Medal for Popular Fiction, and the sophomore piece Whisper Hollow was long-listed for the Great Santini Fiction Prize. Her latest, The Weight of a Piano, traces the transitory nature of beloved artifacts: how treasured items may become burdens in the shifting context of time.
Piano follows two gifts, two women. In 1962, a young Russian woman named Katya emerges in her own identity and selfhood when the gift of an upright piano allows the 8-year-old girls’ talents to grow and flourish. In 2012 Bakersfield, California, an orphaned twenty-six-year-old woman moving house contends with the physical burden of a piano she has never known how to play, gifted by long-deceased parents many years ago.
For the modern woman, this hefty thing causes an injury that puts her out of work and necessitates selling the treasured piano. For the 1960’s virtuoso, the same beloved gift from her own parents is lost during emigration to the United States. And on the day of its sale in 2012, an upright piano highlights the losses, joys, and music of these two lives as they intersect for the first time.
“Deftly plotted and well-written, [The Weight of a Piano is] a gentle meditation on the healing power of art—and its limitations.” – Kirkus
Haben Girma, daughter of refugees and the first Deafblind woman to graduate from Harvard Law, has been honored for her activist work by President Obama, Canadian PM Justin Trudeau, German Chancellor Angela Merkel, and more. In August, she shares her life story as part of our This Is Now with Angie Coiro series.
Riddled with laughter, warmth, inspiring perspective, and hair-raising incidents of world-travel, don’t miss this discussion of her brilliant book Haben: The Deafblind Women Who Conquered Harvard Law.
Raised by two Eritrean refugee parents who survived a 30-year war, Haben learned to value courage and community early. In her lifetime so far, she has traveled the globe, mastered non-visual techniques for navigating both salsa and the electric saw, climbed an iceberg and faced a bull, and attained the prestigious degree that helps her advocate for increased access and equity for disabled persons. She does this all, joyfully, using innovations that allow her to move readily through abled spaces as a deaf and blind woman.
Haben accepts no limits to the future of herself or others. With guts, humor, and wisdom, she insists:
Disability is an opportunity for innovation. Inclusion is a choice. Can we build a stronger community and better world for everyone through these ideas? Visit Kepler's on August 21st to join in that hope.
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Loved Sky in the Deep? Counting down the days to get your hands on The Girl the Sea Gave Back? Us too!
We’re launching Adrienne Young’s highly anticipated gut-wrenching epic, The Girl the Sea Gave Back, and couldn’t be more excited.
For as long as she can remember, Tova has lived among the Svell, the people who found her washed ashore as a child and use her for her gift as a Truthtongue. Her own home and clan are long-faded memories, but the sacred symbols and staves inked over every inch of her skin mark her as one who can cast the rune stones and see into the future. She has found a fragile place among those who fear her, but when two clans to the east bury their age-old blood feud and join together as one, her world is dangerously close to collapse. For the first time in generations, the leaders of the Svell are divided. Should they maintain peace or go to war with the allied clans to protect their newfound power? And when their chieftain looks to Tova to cast the stones, she sets into motion a series of events that will not only change the landscape of the mainland forever but will give her something she believed she could never have again―a home.
Adrienne Young is the New York Times bestselling author of Sky in the Deep. She’s a born and bred Texan turned California girl. She is a foodie with a deep love of history and travel and when she’s not writing, you can find her on her yoga mat, scouring antique fairs for old books, or disappearing into her favorite art museums.
Adrienne will be chatting with Shea Ernshaw, the New York Times bestselling author of The Wicked Deep and Winterwood, who also works as a producer for a film production company
We are absolutely thrilled to be launching Katy Rose Poole’s showstopping “can’t miss” debut, There Will Come a Darkness, an epic fantasy trilogy that explores everything from ancient history to apocalyptic prophecies to fraught sibling relationships. It’s the book everyone is raving about: “Early buzz could not be louder” Entertainment Weekly
The Age of Darkness approaches. Five lives stand in its way. Who will stop it . . . or unleash it?
For generations, the Seven Prophets guided humanity. Using their visions of the future, they ended wars and united nations―until the day, one hundred years ago, when the Prophets disappeared. All they left behind was one final, secret prophecy, foretelling an Age of Darkness and the birth of a new Prophet who could be the world’s salvation . . . or the cause of its destruction. With chaos on the horizon, five souls are set on a collision course: A prince exiled from his kingdom. A ruthless killer known as the Pale Hand. A once-faithful leader torn between his duty and his heart. A reckless gambler with the power to find anything or anyone. And a dying girl on the verge of giving up. One of them―or all of them―could break the world. Will they be savior or destroyer?
After graduating from UC Berkeley with a degree in history, Katy Rose Pool spent a few years building websites by day and dreaming up prophecies by night. There Will Come a Darkness is her first novel. She will be chatting with Tara Sim, author of the author of the Timekeeper series.
Come celebrate with us.
“Esther Wojcicki is leading a revolution not only in how we prepare our children to succeed, but how we nurture the health and well-being of parents across the world.” – Arianna Huffington
How To Raise Successful People opens a doorway parental peace and adolescent success using a simple TRICK: the Trust, Respect, Independence, Cooperation and Kindness method. “Godmother” to the incredibly driven Silicon Valley in her role as an educator and advocate, Wojcicki is parent to not one but three incredibly successful adults (two prominent CEOs and UCSF medical researcher). Pair this with four decades of teaching, as the founder of both the Palo Alto High School Media Arts program and Google Teachers Academy, and Wojcicki stands out as the clear expert when she says what so few other parenting experts are saying:
Parenting can be much easier. Even in the digital age.
During an in-conversation interview with award-winning New York Times journalist John Markoff, Esther shares her personal experience, knowledge, and Woj-tested parenting approach based on key principles, rather than helicoptering. Reserve your seats early, and bring your best parenting questions for the author Q&A.
You know Kerri Maniscalco from the wonderfully engaging historical thrillers: Stalking Jack the Ripper, Hunting Prince Dracula, and Escaping From Houdini.
We are delighted to welcome Kerri to Kepler’s for Capturing the Devil, the shocking finale to her bestselling series in which Audrey Rose and Thomas are on the hunt for the depraved, elusive killer known as the White City Devil. A deadly game of cat-and-mouse has them fighting to stay one step ahead of the brilliant serial killer---or see their fateful romance cut short by unspeakable tragedy.
“Combining historical fiction, romance, forensics, a feisty heroine, a swiftpaced plot, gobs of murders, and historical illustrations, Maniscalco pulls in the reader for a wonderfully bloody romantic romp.”―Booklist
Audrey Rose Wadsworth and Thomas Cresswell have landed in America. When they attend the spectacular World's Fair, they find it tainted with reports of missing people and unsolved murders. Determined to help, they start to investigate only to find themselves facing a serial killer unlike any they've encountered before. Identifying him is one thing, but capturing him---and getting dangerously lost in the infamous Murder Hotel he constructed as a terrifying torture device---is another. Will they see their last mystery to the end---together and in love---or will their fortunes finally run out when their most depraved adversary makes one final, devastating kill?
Kerri Maniscalco grew up in a semi-haunted house outside NYC where her fascination with gothic settings began. She is the #1 New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of the Stalking Jack the Ripper quartet.
Kerri 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.
We are overjoyed to welcome Rebecca Kim Wells who will introduce her captivating fantasy debut novel, Shatter the Sky, about a determined young woman who sets out to rescue her kidnapped girlfriend by stealing a dragon from the corrupt emperor.
"In Shatter the Sky, Rebecca Kim Wells has created a fierce, brave, stalwart protagonist and a full-realized fantasy world reminiscent of writers like Tamora Pierce and Robin McKinley, all infused with intersectionality, feminism, and, of course, dragons. This is a fairytale for people who have never seen themselves in fairytales before. Anne McCaffrey for the next generation, and I absolutely devoured it." Mackenzi Lee, bestselling author of The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue
She’ll be chatting with Megan Whalen Turner. author of short stories and novels that include The Thief, The Queen of Attolia, The King of Attolia, A Conspiracy of Kings, and Thick as Thieves She has won the LA Times Book Award for Young Adult LIterature, a Boston Globe/ Horn Book Honor and a Newbery Honor. She won the Mythopoeic Award and was twice shortlisted for the Andre Norton Award.
Elizabeth Fama, author of Monstrous Beauty, Overboard, and Plus One, will be moderating this one of a kind conversation.
Join us to hear this powerful and oh so talented panel of authors.
We couldn’t be more excited to welcome #1 New York Times bestselling author Victoria Schwab as she returns to the spooky and heart-pounding world of City of Ghosts, delivering thrilling new adventures and an unforgettable spin on friendship in Tunnel of Bones. (Because sometimes, even psychic ghost best friends have secrets. . .)
Trouble is haunting Cassidy Blake . . . even more than usual. She (plus her ghost best friend, Jacob) are in Paris, where Cass's parents are filming their TV show about the world's most haunted cities. Sure, it's fun eating croissants and seeing the Eiffel Tower, but there's true ghostly danger lurking beneath Paris, in the creepy underground Catacombs. When Cass accidentally awakens a frighteningly strong spirit, she must rely on her still-growing skills as a ghosthunter -- and turn to friends both old and new to help her unravel a mystery. But time is running out, and the spirit is only growing stronger. And if Cass fails, the force she's unleashed could haunt the city forever.
Victoria Schwab is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of more than a dozen novels for readers of all ages, including City of Ghosts, the Shades of Magic trilogy, The Near Witch, Vicious, Vengeful, This Savage Song, and Our Dark Duet. The Independent calls Schwab "the natural successor to Diana Wynne Jones" and someone who has "an enviable, almost Gaiman-esque ability to switch between styles, genres, and tones." and Publishers Weekly said, "This is how fantasy should be done.”
GREAT NEWS! Rick Riordan is returning to the Bay Area to talk about THE TYRANT’S TOMB, Book Four in The Trials of Apollo series and we couldn’t be more excited.
It's not easy being Apollo, especially when you've been turned into a human and banished from Olympus. On his path to restoring five ancient oracles and reclaiming his godly powers, Apollo (aka Lester Papadopoulos) has faced both triumphs and tragedies. Now his journey takes him to Camp Jupiter in the San Francisco Bay Area, where the Roman demigods are preparing for a desperate last stand against the evil Triumvirate of Roman emperors. Hazel, Reyna, Frank, Tyson, Ella, and many other old friends will need Apollo's aid to survive the onslaught. Unfortunately, the answer to their salvation lies in the forgotten tomb of a Roman ruler . . . someone even worse than the emperors Apollo has already faced.
PLEASE NOTE: Mr. Riordan will be speaking and answering patrons’ questions during the event, therefore no signing line will be held. Additional pre-signed copies of his books will be available for purchase at the event.
$29.00 - Ticket + Book - Includes signed copy of Tyrants Tomb
$15.00 - Ticket - No Book
The Perks of Being a Wallflower author returns after a 20-year publishing hiatus with the new novel Imaginary Friend. A departure from that YA classic, Chbosky’s new adult debut offers a little horror, a little mystery, "a lot of fun scares," and a compelling story that the renowned author has said "haunted" him for over nine years.
Christopher is a kind little boy whose single mother, Kate, moves him to a small town to help them both escape an abusive man. Their story takes flight in a Mill Grove, Pennsylvania, where the resilient young Christopher—whose creativity and intellect are as unfettered as any child's— develops an "imaginary friend" with very real consequences. When this "friend" tells Christopher to build a treehouse in the woods by Christmas, or else risk dire consequences for Kate and all of Mill Grove, Christopher begins to build.
What if your childhood imaginary friend talked back?
Would you trust the voice?
Chbosky visits Kepler's on October 11th to discuss his first book in twenty years, a satisfying work of literary horror whose ending "creeps up on you. Until you’re inside it, you didn’t even know it was a trap." In conversation with EM Markoff, Latinx horror writer and dark fantasy author of the Ellderet series.
Photo of Stephen Chbosky by Meredith Morris.
San Mateo Performing Arts Center
600 North Delaware Street, San Mateo, CA 94401
Mundane Monday no more! Join the hilarious duo—Dave Barry and Adam Mansbach—for a wild night of side-stitching Jewish humor. This is a don’t-miss event for Jews and the people who love them, or really anyone who can’t resist a good laugh. Besides, you have something better to do on a Monday?
Pultizer Prize-winning humor writer, Dave Barry, and #1 New York Times bestselling author of Go the F**k to Sleep, Adam Mansbach, unravel the religion’s long and complicated history. Sure, most of the history and tough questions they’ll address during this very special evening can be Googled, but why would you when two of the funniest people God ever created can tell us instead? Find out why yarmulkes are round, how to find a steady-handed mohel, who was the first Jewish comedian, how to make perfect Matzah Balls every time, and the real difference between Orthodox and Ultra-Orthodox Jews.
Don’t miss what’s sure to be a miraculous evening and, in the words of W. Kamau Bell (sort of*), come laugh till you plotz.
*Kamau Bell’s actual words - “Everything I read from these three gives me Jewish envy. I laughed til I plotzed. Did I use that correctly?” —W. Kamau Bell, goyish comedian
Doors open at 6:30 pm.
There are two seating areas:
Premier Seating Area for Premier ticket holders in the first several rows.
General Seating Area behind the Premier section and in the balcony for general and student ticket holders.
Seating within each section is not assigned— seating is first come, first served in both sections.
Books will be for sale at the event.
Jerry Rice is coming to Kepler's to sign his new book America’s Game: The NFL at 100. Please note that this is a book signing only.
Celebrating 100 years of the National Football League, Rice and Williams have compiled his list of football’s fiercest rivalries, most iconic games and towering heroes—including personalized lists of “all-star” players and teams from each quarter-century.
Offering fans “The Goat’s” MVP-insider knowledge, blended with Williams’ interviews, this is the definitive tribute to NFL Football. America’s Game takes us on the journey from ragtag early league games to the multi-billion-dollar franchise that captivates families across the nation. Get your copy signed before Thanksgiving Day, and surprise the football fan in your life over the holidays.
JERRY RICE is widely considered the greatest wide receiver to play in the NFL. During his 20-year career he won three Super Bowl rings with the San Francisco 49ers and an AFC Championship with the Oakland Raiders. Rice was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2010.
RANDY O. WILLIAMS has written on sports and entertainment for major publications and websites such as Sports Illustrated, the Los Angeles Times, the Washington Post, NFL.com, and ESPN.com. He is the author of the acclaimed book Sports Cinema- 100 Movies: The Best of Hollywood's Athletic Heroes, Losers, Myths, and Misfts.
IMPORTANT SIGNING LINE INFORMATION:
ONE TICKET = ONE BOOK
Every person in the signing line needs to purchase a ticket (which includes the book). No groups per ticket.
Purchase a ticket for every book you want— for example, purchase 2 tickets in order to have 2 books signed.
Books will be available to pick up at Will Call on the day of the signing, beginning at 3:00 pm
-No posed photographs or selfies.
-Please do not bring any memorabilia for signing.
-No personalization— Jerry will be signing his name only.
Tickets to Kepler’s Literary Foundation events are not tax-deductible. Tax deductible donations can be made online at keplers.org/donate
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.
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.
“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
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.
"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.
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'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 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 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 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 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 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.
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?
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..
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.
“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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 Weekly, The 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.
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.
Counting down the days to get your hands on Finale and War of the Bastards? Us too!
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.
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
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.
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!
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.
“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.
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.
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.
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.
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.