Francis Fukuyama: This is Now with Angie Coiro
Sep
25
7:30 PM19:30

Francis Fukuyama: This is Now with Angie Coiro

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Populism. Nationalism. Identity politics. What links these phenomena, and why have they moved to the fore in our fractious cultural conversations?

Political scientist Francis Fukuyama sees them as natural needs gone haywire: the human demand for respect, weaponized to pit one insular group against another. In this shattered landscape Fukuyama sees the undermining of democracy itself. The populist cry isn't a demand for solely economic solutions, but for identity, Fukuyama says; we must begin to shape identity in a way that supports democracy.

Francis Fukuyama made his mark with his 1992 book The End of History and the Last Man. Since then he's undergone his own identity transition. No longer a supporter of neoconservativism, he supported Barack Obama for President. His conversation with Angie Coiro for This is Now will interweave his own journey with the changes he's urging for America and the world.

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Lisa Margonelli and Mary Roach
Sep
27
7:30 PM19:30

Lisa Margonelli and Mary Roach

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Natural history might just be the biggest indicator of our unnatural future.

Award-winning author, Lisa Margonelli reveals the ingenious brilliance behind termites. From Namibian termite mounds to the Valley’s cutting-edge labs and military think tanks, the leading biologists, tech entrepreneurs, and military scientists in America are devoting a countless amount of research and funding into understanding more about these unique insects.

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In her new book, Underbug: An Obsessive Tale of Termites and Technology, the national bestselling author burrows into complex questions that will make you see why.

For example:
Can we harness the termites’ properties to change the world? 
Is a termite a unit or a superorganism? 
Is it possible to think without having a mind?

Discover the hidden secrets of one of the world’s most underrate insects. Join Margonelli and bestselling author Mary Roach for a mind-expanding evening.

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

Jose Antonio Vargas with Sabaa Tahir

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Kiersten White with Stephanie Garber

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

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

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

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

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

Soraya Chemaly: This is Now with Angie Coiro

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

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

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

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Ge Wang
Oct
2
7:30 PM19:30

Ge Wang

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What we make, makes us.

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

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

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

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

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

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

Laini Taylor with Sabaa Tahir

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

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

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

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

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John Flanagan
Oct
4
7:00 PM19:00

John Flanagan

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

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

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

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

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

Micah Perks with Tobias Woolf and Molly Antopol

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

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

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

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

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

Becky Albertalli and Adam Silvera

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

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

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

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

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

Leading Matters: Dr. John Hennessy and Ruth Porat

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

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

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

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Ben Fountain
Oct
16
7:30 AM07:30

Ben Fountain

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

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

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

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

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

Wesley Yang: This is Now with Angie Coiro

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

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

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

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

Story is the Thing

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Matt de la Peña and Christian Robinson

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Barbara Kingsolver
Oct
23
7:30 PM19:30

Barbara Kingsolver

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

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

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

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

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

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

Jeffrey Brown with James Parks and Ben Costa

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

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

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

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

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

Dave Barry - CANCELLED

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

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

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

Not a chance.

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

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

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

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

Jennifer L. Armentrout with Evelyn Skye

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

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

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

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

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Dan Lyons
Nov
1
7:30 PM19:30

Dan Lyons

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

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

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

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

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

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Story Time with Drew Daywalt and Scott Campbell
Sep
22
11:00 AM11:00

Story Time with Drew Daywalt and Scott Campbell

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We couldn’t be more thrilled to welcome back Drew Daywalt, (The Day the Crayons Quit), one of our all-time favorite picture book authors, with  acclaimed artist Scott Campbell (Hug Machine) with Sleepy: The Good Night Buddy, their laugh-out-loud twist on the classic bedtime story.

Roderick hates going to bed and has has become quite resourceful in coming up with ways to delay the dreaded hour when the lights must go out. Roderick's loving parents—fed up with the distractions and demands that have become his anti-bedtime ritual—decide to get him a stuffed animal to cuddle with and help wind him down. However, Sleepy quickly proves to be a bit high-maintenance. Just when he fears the night may never end, Sleepy's antics become too exhausting for Roderick to bear. How will a boy who routinely refuses to go to bed get a talkative stuffed animal to go to sleep?

Drew Daywalt is the much loved, incredibly funny New York Times best-selling author, best known for writing The Day the Crayons Quit and its sequel, The Day the Crayons Came Home, both illustrated by Oliver Jeffers.  Drew is also the author of The Legend of Rock, Paper, Scissors, illustrated by Adam Rex, and Star Wars: BB-8 On the Run, illustrated by Matt Myers. Drew is also a Hollywood screenwriter.

Scott Campbell draws pictures for all kinds of children's books, including Zombie in Love; East Dragon, West Dragon; and XO, OX, A Love Story. He is the author/illustrator of the very popular Hug Machine 

It’s impossible not to crack up while reading Sleepy: The Good Night Buddy. Join us and discover a new favorite. 
 

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Daniel Mason
Sep
17
7:30 PM19:30

Daniel Mason

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In the vein of Abraham Verghese and Anthony Doer, comes an utterly entrancing new novel from International bestselling author, Daniel Mason.

A professor of Psychiatry at Stanford University, Mason’s novels The Piano Tuner and A Far Country have been translated into 28 languages, adapted for the opera and theater, and marked bestseller lists across the world.

Set in 1914, in the gilded splendor of Imperial Vienna, Mason’s new novel, The Winter Soldier, transports readers into the beguiling and beautiful winter that dawned a new, less innocent Europe. Arriving in a remote Valley of the Carpathian Mountains, Lucius, a twenty-two-year-old medical student, bears witness to the first casualties of World War I, bringing him face-to-face with the thundering realities of war.

Propelled by the Romantic ideals of youth into the sweeping tide of history, Mason's transcendant new novel confronts timeless questions of love, family, and the limits of medicine.

Join us for an evening with one of the great literary stars of the Bay Area.

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Mighty Middle Grade: Heidi Lang, Kati Bartkowski, Beth McMullen, and Jill Diamond
Sep
14
6:00 PM18:00

Mighty Middle Grade: Heidi Lang, Kati Bartkowski, Beth McMullen, and Jill Diamond

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We are excited to welcome Heidi Lang and Kati Bartkowski, sisters and co-authors of A Dash of Dragons (which Kirkus calls “a recipe for success”) for their sequel, A Hint of Hydra, and Beth McMullen for Power Play, the sequel to Mrs Smith’s Spy School for Girls.

Thirteen-year-old chef Lailu Loganberry must stop a war between the elves and scientists in A Hint of Hyrdra. And in Power Play, Abby Hunter and her friends embark on their first “official” mission. They tangle with the world’s most notorious hacker, get in trouble for the possible theft of the Mona Lisa, and with a little luck might just save the world.

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Jill Diamond, author of the Lou Lou and Pea books, will be moderating.

Join us to meet this amazing panel of middle grade authors who will be talking about strong-willed girls who persist, dragons, spies, monsters, dogs and so much more.
 

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Mary Robinson: This is Now with Angie Coiro
Sep
13
7:30 PM19:30

Mary Robinson: This is Now with Angie Coiro

“As advocate for the forgotten and the ignored, Mary Robinson has not only shone a light on human suffering, but illuminated a better future for our world.”

―Barack Obama
   This event was made possible in partnership with Menlo Spark, an independent nonprofit working to help Menlo Park become climate neutral by 2025. Menlo Spark collaborates with local government, businesses, residents, and top experts to accelerate proven sustainability measures through community engagement, while advancing community prosperity, economic vitality, and strong civic heritage. With the Global Climate Action Summit here in the Bay Area, we have an opportunity to come together to show local leadership on climate and embrace a carbon free, clean energy future. For more information,  click here .


This event was made possible in partnership with Menlo Spark, an independent nonprofit working to help Menlo Park become climate neutral by 2025. Menlo Spark collaborates with local government, businesses, residents, and top experts to accelerate proven sustainability measures through community engagement, while advancing community prosperity, economic vitality, and strong civic heritage. With the Global Climate Action Summit here in the Bay Area, we have an opportunity to come together to show local leadership on climate and embrace a carbon free, clean energy future. For more information, click here.

Holding the arm of her first grandchild, something occurred to Mary Robinson. Before his fiftieth birthday, nine billion people would share the planet with him. What kind of planet would it be?

In an instant, the faceless, shadowy menace of climate change became real. One of the most important voices on the International stage, Mary Robinson -- the former president of Ireland and the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights -- bound herself to a single mission: to leave her grandson the best possible world.

Her work has been transformative. She founded the Mary Robinson Foundation-Climate Justice. She served in two capacities as the United Nations Secretary-General’s Special Envoy on Climate Change. She continues today to be one of the most dynamic climate activists in the world. From Mongolia to East Biloxi, Robinson’s work has touched lives the world over, reifying the countless local and international efforts for green, sustainable energy and combatting the tangled, nefarious web of hazards to our planet's future.

Award-winning journalist and radio host, Angie Coiro, sits down for a special This is Now with Mary Robinson.

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Annie Barrows and Sophie Blackall
Sep
9
3:00 PM15:00

Annie Barrows and Sophie Blackall

Ivy & Bean are back . . . and they are funnier than ever!

It’s been five years, the wait was long, but the great news is that New York Times-bestselling author Annie Barrows and Caldecott Medal-winner Sophie Blackall are back with another hilarious Ivy and Bean adventure. Join us as we celebrate One Big Happy Family, the latest installment in the highly popular, critically acclaimed Ivy and Bean series

Ivy's worried. She's read a lot of books about only children, so she knows that they are sometimes spoiled rotten. They don't share their toys. They never do any work. They scream and cry when they don't get their way. Spoiler alert! Ivy doesn't have any brothers or sisters. That's why she's worried. How can she keep from getting spoiled? She could give away all her clothes, but she'd probably get in trouble. She could give away all her toys, but she likes her toys. There's really only one solution: she needs a baby sister, on the double! Luckily, Ivy and Bean know just where to get one.

Annie Barrows started writing books when she was nine, but they never turned out the way she wanted, so she gave up on writing for twenty-five years. Annie is the co-author of the New York Times best-selling The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Society (the movie will be released by Netflix in August for the US market) but Ivy and Bean was her first book for kids. Sophie Blackall has illustrated more than twenty books, which have won awards such as the Caldecott Medal, Ezra Jack Keats Award, and the Founders Award from the Society of Illustrators. 

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This is Now with Angie Coiro presents: Chris Hedges
Sep
8
4:00 PM16:00

This is Now with Angie Coiro presents: Chris Hedges

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Chris Hedges hasn't given up on America. That may not be the immediate impression from his reporting, nor from his books, where he describes "the opioid crisis, the retreat into gambling to cope with economic distress, the pornification of culture, the rise of magical thinking, the celebration of sadism, hate, and plagues of suicides." But grasping the unvarnished reality is essential to fixing everything that's gone wrong both nationally and worldwide. Hedges' work, from his contribution to the New York Time's 2002 Pulitzer Prize to his most recent book America: The Farewell Tour urges us not to compromise as we assess today's political and societal realities. And he says that neither mainstream political party addresses our systemic problems - nor can they, until our country's "corporate coup d’état" is reversed.

Chris Hedges served as a foreign correspondent for nearly two decades for The New York Times, The Dallas Morning News, The Christian Science Monitor and National Public Radio. His bestselling books include American Fascists: The Christian Right and the War on America, Empire of Illusion: The End of Literacyand the Triumph of Spectacle, and War Is a Force That Gives Us Meaning. Hedges is a Senior Fellow at The Nation Institute and writes an online column for the web site Truthdig.

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Philosophy Talk Live with Guest Steven Pinker
Sep
6
7:00 PM19:00

Philosophy Talk Live with Guest Steven Pinker

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CAN REASON SAVE US?

Experience a live taping of Philosophy Talk radio, and see how much fun thinking can be!

To an optimist, things are constantly getting better: disease and extreme poverty are down; life expectancy, literacy, and equality are up; and it’s all thanks to the glory of human reason. But a pessimist would point to the continuing presence of injustice, oppression, and war, and the dangers of global warming and nuclear annihilation. So who's right? Are we really living in an age of progress? And can reason really save us?

Join the live audience at Kepler's Books to record a new episode of Philosophy Talk, the nationally syndicated public radio show. Host philosophers Ken Taylor and Josh Landy will welcome renowned cognitive scientist Steven Pinker, author of Enlightenment Now: The Case for Reason, Science, Humanism, and Progress. In addition to thought-provoking conversation, audience questions, and laughter, the show will feature Roving Philosophical Reporter Liza Veale, satirist and Sixty Second Philosopher Ian Shoales, and musical guest Tiffany Austin.

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Philosophy Talk is a nationally syndicated radio show that celebrates the value of the examined life. Each week the show's philosopher-hosts invite you to join them and a guest expert in conversation on a wide variety of issues ranging from popular culture to our most deeply-held beliefs about science, morality, and the human condition. Philosophy Talk challenges listeners to identify and question their assumptions and to think about things in new ways. The program is dedicated to modeling and promoting reasoned conversation driven by human curiosity. Philosophy Talk is accessible, intellectually stimulating, and most of all, fun.

Philosophy Talk is produced by KALW on behalf of Stanford University, as part of its Humanities Outreach Initiative. You can find Philosophy Talk on the web at www.philosophytalk.org.

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The Future of Meat in America: This is Now with Angie Coiro
Sep
4
7:30 PM19:30

The Future of Meat in America: This is Now with Angie Coiro

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A strange thing is happening to the American diet: the consumption of both meat and meat alternatives is rising. Americans are more aware of the climate and environmental damage industrial meat production inflicts on the planet. That's why old, established protein sources have been joined by pea proteins, whey products, and other new alternatives. But we still keep eating meat.

KLF's This Is Now with Angie Coiro series is looking at the future of meat in America. Impossible Foods in Redwood City wants to replace animal meat in the food change by by 2035. Rancher Nicolette Hahn Niman sees new attitudes toward beef and fowl, emphasizing local, non-industrial production and seasonal consumption. Will the market support one of those visions? Both? And what else will factor into the future of meat?

Nicolette Hahn Niman and Rebekah Moses are our guests. Nicolette and her husband Bill Niman recently sold their company BN Ranch to Blue Apron. She's an in-demand speaker on the problems of industrialized food production, a writer, and - surprise! - a vegetarian.

Rebekah Moses will join us as well. She leads sustainability and agriculture at Impossible Foods, working to develop plant-based meat and dairy for a more sustainable and secure food system.

And your questions and comments, as always, will be part of the discussion. Join us at 7:30 pm - which leaves you plenty of time to have dinner first, with or without meat.

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Dr. Dan Siegel
Aug
20
7:30 PM19:30

Dr. Dan Siegel

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NB: This event will be held at the Menlo-Atherton Performing Arts Center at 555 Middlefield Rd., Atherton, CA.

Dr. Dan Siegel’s work has been nothing short of game-changing.

His books, like Mindsight, Parenting from the Inside Out, and The Whole-Brain Child, offer unprecedented insight into the complexity of our children’s minds. Shedding the unapproachable jargon of dense neuroscience, Siegel illustrates, in clear and illuminating prose, the logic of how we think and why we develop certain patterns of intuition over others. For decades, his work has made our minds and the minds of our children accessible to us as they have never been before.

Now, he turns his attention to mindfulness. Introducing, "The Wheel of Awareness", Siegel presents a potentially life-changing tool to support anyone, at any level of meditation, in cultivating more focus, presence, and peace in their day-to-day life. Endorsed by everyone from Deepak Chopra to Goldie Hawn and from Arianna Huffington to Sharon Salzberg, Siegel's most recent work promises to reshape the way we come to meditation.

One of the most engaging speaker’s on any subject, join Siegel as he presents his new book: Aware: The Science and Practice of Presence.

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Gretchen McNeil with Stephanie Kuehn
Aug
18
3:00 PM15:00

Gretchen McNeil with Stephanie Kuehn

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Discover the true horror of social media in #murdertrending by critically-acclaimed author Gretchen McNeil Think Scream Queens meets The Hunger Games, in which seventeen-year-old Dee Guerrera is wrongfully convicted and sent to a prison island where  convicts are hunted down and their deaths are streamed on social media for "spikes.” With its morbid, tongue-in-cheek sense of humor and twisty, gasp-inducing mystery, this novel has already been optioned for development by television studio ABC Signature.

Welcome to the near future, where good and honest citizens can enjoy watching the executions of society’s most infamous convicted felons, streaming live on The Postman app from the suburbanized prison island Alcatraz 2.0.  Can Dee  prove she’s innocent before she ends up wrongfully murdered for the world to see? 

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This dark, unique, and intelligent novel comments on the horrors of social media, and draws upon the fascination with today’s trend of murder in entertainment, such as Serial and Making a Murderer.

Gretchen McNeil is the author of I’m Not Your Manic Pixie Dream Girl , the Don’t Get Mad duology, and the YA horror novels Possess, 3:59, Relic, and Ten which was a 2013 YALSA Top Ten Quick Pick for Reluctant Young Adult Readers and was adapted as the Lifetime original movie Ten: Murder Island in 2017.  

Gretchen will be chatting with Stephanie Kuehn, author of the William C Morris Award winning Charm and Strange, Complicit, The Smaller Evil, Delicate Monsters, and When I Am Through With You. Booklist has praised her work as “Intelligent, compulsively readable literary fiction with a dark twist."
 

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JoAnne Wetzel and Tim McCanna
Jul
30
7:00 PM19:00

JoAnne Wetzel and Tim McCanna

Ever wondered what it takes to write a children’s picture book? Seas the day and join us as we launch JoAnne Wetzel’s picture book Mermaid School and celebrate Tim McCanna’s Bitty Bot’s Big Beach Getaway   JoAnne and Tim will discuss how to write a picture book and how they both decided to give their latest books an undersea setting.

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JoAnne Stewart Wetzel is the author of two children's books on theater, Onstage/Backstage and Playing Juliet. Her first picture book, The Christmas Box, was named a Noteworthy Book for Children by the Bank Street College of Education. She has worked in public relations, as a columnist for Gentry Magazine, taught at the elementary, high school and college levels, was a children’s librarian, and served as the Regional Advisor for SCBWI’s San Francisco/South chapter.  

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Tim McCanna is the author of Bitty Bot, Barnyard Boogie, and Watersong, which was a 2017 New York Public Library Best Book for Kids and National Council of Teachers of English Notable Poetry Book. His 2018 picture books include Jack B. Ninja, Bitty Bot’s Big Beach Getaway, So Many Sounds, and Boing!  Tim served eight years as Assistant Regional Advisor for SCBWI’s San Francisco/South chapter, and has been an actor, musician, musical theater writer, and graphic designer before becoming a children’s book author.
 

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Ibtihaj Muhammad
Jul
29
3:00 PM15:00

Ibtihaj Muhammad

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Meet Ibtihaj Muhammad, Olympic fencer, the first Muslim American woman in hijab to compete for the United States in the Olympic Games and the first female Muslim American to medal at the Olympic Games, winning bronze in the women's sabre team event. Named one of TIME magazine's 100 Most Influential People in the World, she serves as a sports ambassador for the U.S. State Department, cofounded Athletes for Impact and the clothing company Louella, and inspired the first hijabi Barbie in her likeness.

In both the youth edition (which includes advice for young readers and is abridged especially for younger readers) and adult edition of her new book Proud, Ibtihaj tells her moving all-American tale of how she overcame obstacles and racism on the way to following her dream.

Come to hear Ibtihaj share stories from her unforgettable and inspiring tale of perseverance. Raised by a police officer and an elementary school teacher in New Jersey with five siblings, Ibtihaj sought out sports as a means to fund college - and fencing was one of the only sports in which she could participate in modest dress. She was fast, hardworking, and devoted to her faith. But in a sport most popular with privileged young white people, Ibtihaj often felt out of place. Rivals and teammates (as well as coaches and officials) pointed out her differences, insisting she would never succeed. Yet Ibtihaj powered on, rising above bigotry and other struggles on the path to success.

Both editions of Proud share Muhammad’s motivating journey from a young outsider to a national hero. Her story is a relatable, memorable tale of hard work, determination, and self-reliance. 

This event is for all ages. Come and be inspired.
 

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Princess and the Pit Stop Story Time with Tom Angleberger
Jul
12
5:00 PM17:00

Princess and the Pit Stop Story Time with Tom Angleberger

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Rev those engines, buckle that seat belt, and get ready for for this high energy turbo charged tribute to girl power. Join us for a special story time with Tom Angleberger, the beloved bestselling author of Origami Yoda series, as he introduces his new picture book, The Princess and the Pit Stop that Kirkus Reviews calls “empowering and refreshing" and is illustrated by Dan Santat.

Join Her Royal Highness in the driver’s seat for a mad dash to the finish in this exciting ode to auto racing. With appearances by fairy tale favorites including the Tortoise and the Hare, the Frog Prince, and ALL of the Wicked Witches, this rollicking mash-up of race cars and royalty is a true celebration of both girl power and horsepower.

Tom Angleberger has been a newspaper reporter and columnist, a juggler, and a biology research assistant. He is the author of the New York Times, USA Today, and Wall Street Journal bestselling Origami Yoda series, as well as Fake Mustache and Horton Halfpott, both Edgar Award nominees, and the Qwikpick Papers series. He is also the author of the transportation picture book McToad Mows Tiny Island

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