Character Writing Masterclass with the SF Writer’s Grotto
Sep
17
7:00 PM19:00

Character Writing Masterclass with the SF Writer’s Grotto

What good is day without night, peanut butter without jelly, or a talented writer without a well-developed character?

Kepler’s Literary Foundation hosts a writing course in collaboration with the San Francisco Writers’ Grotto this Fall to resolve that dilemma. Join us on September 17th for a 90-minute Masterclass on character writing, lead by author Constance Hale. This intensive-workshop is one of a series of Bay Area events celebrating the 25th anniversary of the Writers’ Grotto, a shared workspace and educational community in San Francisco.

Hale is best known for her books Sin and Syntax and Vex, Hex, Smash, Smooch. She has taught Harvard and UC Berkeley. She visits Kepler’s to guide a writing course based around the new Grotto book series Lit Starts. This character-writing focused course will develop your skill for observing and capturing human complexity within your creative work. A copy of Lit Starts: Writing Character comes included with the course. Bring your current character quandaries with you, or develop new character insight using this collaborative space.

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Rebecca Kim Wells, Megan Whalen Turner, with Elizabeth Fama
Sep
18
7:00 PM19:00

Rebecca Kim Wells, Megan Whalen Turner, with Elizabeth Fama

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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.

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"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

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She’ll be chatting with Megan Whalen Turnerauthor 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. 

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Victoria Schwab with Tara Sim
Sep
19
6:00 PM18:00

Victoria Schwab with Tara Sim

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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.”

Please note: Victoria will sign four books maximum – and will personalize one.

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Story Time with Stephanie Lucianovic
Sep
21
3:00 PM15:00

Story Time with Stephanie Lucianovic

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Join us for a special story time with Stephanie Lucianovic as we launch her debut picture book, The End of Something Wonderful, which offers earnest advice to children who need to say goodbye to a beloved pet,

Children love their pets very much—and when the animals die, that loss can be hard to process. The End of Something Wonderful helps kids handle their feelings when they’re hurting and can’t find all the right words. In a warm, understanding, sometimes funny way, it guides children as they plan a backyard funeral to say goodbye, from choosing a box and a burial spot to giving a eulogy and wiping away tears. Most of all, it reassures them that it’s not the end of everything . . . and that Something Wonderful can always happen again.

“[It] is GREAT! . . . It's funny and sardonic and it gets to be touching at the end.” —Betsy Bird, School Library Journal

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Barry Eisler
Sep
26
7:30 PM19:30

Barry Eisler

Barry Eisler served three years with the CIA’s Directorate of Operations. He worked as a technology lawyer. He has been at various times a startup executive in Silicon Valley and Japan. And, of course, he is an all-time Kepler’s staff favorite, the bestselling author of gripping espionage fiction.

When Eisler made the transition into authorhood by putting pen to paper, he immediately began to specialize in edge-of-your seat plotlines with iconic and now beloved vigilante characters: John Rain, ex-CIA freelance assassin; Dox, ex-Marine freelance assassin; and Livia Lone, the sex-crimes detective with a personal grudge, who will put predators underground if she can’t find a way to legally put them behind bars.

Join us as Eisler launches a new Livia Lone detective novel, All The Devils.

Number three in the series, this is a perfect introduction to the powerhouse protector that is Livia Lone. When powerful people in high places prevent agent B.D. Little from getting closer to the predators in his daughter’s missing person case, he turns to Detective Lone. And when hunting serial predators, Livia Lone lets neither money nor political privilege subvert justice.

Get a little justice with us on Thursday the 26th, and get your book signed.

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Naomi Klein
Sep
27
7:30 PM19:30

Naomi Klein

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Our world is on fire—under the very present peril of climate change. Award-winning journalist, #1 international and New York Times bestselling author Naomi Klein argues that only transformative, comprehensive, grassroots effort can salvage our future.

On Fire urgently calls for a Green New Deal, the first and most necessary step in the social and economic overhaul we need to avert climate disaster.

Hailed by the New Yorker as “the most influential figure on the American left,” and by leading environmentalist Bill McKibben as “The intellectual Godmother of the Green New Deal,” Klein offers this series of essays to transform how we approach the current climate crisis, both in policy and in our own minds. The Shock Doctrine and This Changes Everything author argues that with a shift in spirit, imagination, economics, and policy, humanity’s greatest threat might still become its greatest opportunity. Deeply researched, this is the must-read for environmental advocates this year.

“This could change the world.”

Photo of Naomi Klein by Kourosh Keshiri.

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Rick Riordan
Sep
29
3:00 PM15:00

Rick Riordan

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SORRY - THIS EVENT IS SOLD OUT!

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.

Tickets:

$29.00 - Ticket + Book - Includes signed copy of Tyrants Tomb

$15.00 - Ticket - No Book

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Alice Hoffman with Clara Sherley-Appel
Oct
2
7:30 PM19:30

Alice Hoffman with Clara Sherley-Appel

In what Kirkus calls “A spellbinding portrait of what it means to be human in an inhuman world,” Alice Hoffman turns a magical lens on a dark period in human history. This bestselling author of over thirty novels, including Practical Magic and The Marriage of Opposites, visits to discuss one of her most startlingly beautiful, captivating creations to date— The World That We Knew.

Hoffman opens on the eve of 1941, when a Rabbi’s daughter crafts a golem from mud and water to protect a young Jewish girl from harm.

The golem binds two lives: a child forced away from her mother’s love to stay alive, and a Rabbi’s-daughter-turned-resistance-fighter in WWII. Magic unveils this well-traversed historical period in an absolutely unique and revelatory way. Through very different storylines, these young women are flung across continents, into a convent hideout, fall in love, traverse France, and retain courage and humanity in an impossible time.

Through the eyes of young girls both real and spell-crafted, Hoffman heralds the strength of a woman's love, for both family and friends, in the ongoing struggle for a just world.

Hoffman joins us on October 2nd to discuss The World That We Knew with Clara Sherley-Appel of KSQD's Story Behind the Story, a monthly author interview radio program for 90.7 FM serving the Central Coast. Clara also produces and co-hosts Physical Kids Weekly, a Magicians podcast which follows the Syfy TV series based on Lev Grossman's novels.

“Oh, what a book this is! Hoffman’s exploration of the world of good and evil, and the constant contest between them, is unflinching; and the humanity she brings to us—it is a glorious experience […] By the end you may be weeping.” —Elizabeth Strout

Photo of Alice Hoffman by Deborah Feingold.

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Henry Winkler and Lin Oliver
Oct
5
3:00 PM15:00

Henry Winkler and Lin Oliver

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This is your chance to meet Emmy Award-winning actor Henry Winkler, best known for his roles in Happy Days and Barry, and Lin Oliver, the writing duo behind the Hank Zipzer series. They are visiting to introduce their new laugh-out-loud out-of-this-world middle-grade series, Alien Superstar, about an alien who somehow lands in Hollywood and becomes a teen sensation.

No one is shocked by the six-eyed alien strolling around the Universal back lot. The tourists just think he’s part of the show. It doesn’t take long for Buddy to land a role on a popular TV show, playing (of course) an alien. He becomes an overnight heartthrob and is suddenly faced with legions of adoring fans, rides in glamorous limos, and appearances at “all-the-shrimp-you-can-eat” red carpet parties. But can Buddy maintain his secret identity while in the spotlight?

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Henry Winkler is an Emmy- award-winning actor, writer, director, and producer who has created some of the most iconic TV roles, including the Fonz in Happy Days and Gene Cousineau in Barry.

Lin Oliver is a children’s book writer and a writer and producer for both TV and film. She is currently the executive director of the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI).

We couldn’t be more excited.

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Stephen Chbosky with EM Markoff
Oct
11
7:30 PM19:30

Stephen Chbosky with EM Markoff

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.

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Ijeoma Oluo with W. Kamau Bell
Oct
14
7:30 PM19:30

Ijeoma Oluo with W. Kamau Bell

An urgent topic in the hands of two witty, talented, expert commentators: Kepler’s Literary Foundation is thrilled to welcome Ijeoma Oluo and comedian W. Kamau Bell in a discussion of the bestselling book So You Want To Talk About Race.

From the introduction:

“These are very scary times for a lot of people who are just now realizing that America is not, and has never been, the melting-pot utopia that their parents and teachers have told them it was. These are very scary times for those who are just now realizing how justifiably hurt, angry, and terrified so many people of color have been all along. These are very stressful times for people of color and who have been fighting and yelling and trying to protect themselves from a world that doesn’t care, to suddenly be asked by those who have ignored them for so long, ‘What has been happening your entire life? Can you educate me?’ Now that we’re all in the room, how do we start that discussion?”

Oluo insists, based on firsthand experience: we can bridge the gap in conversations about racial oppression. Beginning in the book and then drawing from personal experience, two celebrated journalists bring the conversation home to Kepler’s. This Columbus Day, let’s find the time to talk about race.

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Ann Patchett
Oct
16
7:30 PM19:30

Ann Patchett

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In one human form, Ann Patchett offers everything a reader could want in an author.

The award-winning and bestselling talent behind over seven novels, including Bel Canto, Commonwealth, and The Patron Saint of Liars, Patchett is a rivetingly funny public speaker who writes beautiful prose on serious subjects.

Patchett opened and co-owns an independent bookstore (Parnassus) in Nashville, through which she passionately advocates for independent bookstores and the power of literature. She won the Orange Prize, PEN/Faulkner, multiple fellowships, was named one of the 100 most influential people in the world by Time, released a children’s book in 2019 in addition to a new major work of fiction—and has a beautiful little dog named Sparky.

In short: Patchett is the ultimate reader’s writer.

On October 16th, Patchett joins the Foundation to share The Dutch House, a novel about two closely bonded siblings whose past has the imprisoning quality of quicksand. Danny and Maeve were born to a poor WWII veteran who gained wealth through an empire of real estate, but the family home he purchased for his wife becomes a cornerstone of misery for the siblings when their stepmother throws them out into poverty. Over five decades, the suspenseful story of their reckoning with that old house unfolds.

Patchett brings the story to life in October at the beautiful Menlo-Atherton Center Performing Arts Center on the Menlo-Atherton High School campus. Join us for a riveting author presentation followed by a book signing. Meet this literary phenom in person with Kepler’s Literary Foundation.

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Nic Stone with Dashka Slater
Oct
17
7:00 PM19:00

Nic Stone with Dashka Slater

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We’re delighted to welcome Nic Stone, author of the New York Times bestseller Dear Martin--which Angie Thomas, the bestselling author of The Hate U Give, called "a must read" -- with her new book, Jackpot, a pitch-perfect romance that examines class, privilege, and how a stroke of good luck can change an entire life.

Meet Rico: high school senior and afternoon-shift cashier at the Gas 'n' Go, who after school and work races home to take care of her younger brother. Every. Single. Day. When Rico sells a jackpot-winning lotto ticket, she thinks maybe her luck will finally change, but only if she--with some assistance from her popular and wildly rich classmate Zan--can find the ticket holder who hasn't claimed the prize. But what happens when have and have-nots collide? Will this investigative duo unite...or divide?

Nic Stone, the New York Times bestselling author of Dear Martin and Odd One Out, creates two unforgettable characters in one hard-hitting story about class, money -- both too little and too much -- and how you make your own luck in the world.

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Joining Nic Stone on stage is Dashka Slater, author of the young-adult true crime narrative The 57 Bus and the picture books The Antlered Ship, Baby Shoes, The Sea Serpent and Me, Escargot, and Dangerously Ever After. She is also an award-winning journalist whose articles have appeared in Newsweek, Salon, The New York Times Magazine, and Mother Jones.

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Chris McDougall with Angie Coiro
Oct
20
2:00 PM14:00

Chris McDougall with Angie Coiro

When the bestselling journalist behind Born To Run and Natural Born Heroes adopted a rescue-donkey from an animal hoarder, he didn’t realize that new partnership was headed his way. Enter Sherman: worse-for-wear from poor living conditions, Sherman the donkey was so sick he could barely move, and his morale was in worse shape.

McDougall, who relishes a challenge, had already moved to Pennsylvania Amish country with his wife, and recovered from his own injuries through the restorative power of ultra-marathoning (where others might merely take Advil). So Chris and Sherman, together, undertake a recovery program in classic McDougall style: Chris helps Sherman’s body and mind recover by giving the downhearted donkey a project, taking him on as a partner for the World Championship in burro-racing.

Sherman’s training involves a cast of loving and eccentric helpers, from humans to horses, burro racers to Amish goat farmers, and a group of irrepressible female long-haul truckers.

In conversation with award-winning in-house journalist Angie Coiro, McDougall shares this incredibly heartwarming story at Kepler’s. Attendees of all ages are welcome to this once-in-a-lifetime conversation for runners and animal lovers.

The Barron Park Donkey Project, caretakers of Palo Alto’s own beloved donkeys, will join to share about the nonprofit efforts to support local donkeys Jenny and Sherman. Visit them at Bol Park on Sundays at 10am if you’d like to stroll with the famous burro who inspired Donkey in Shrek… and visit us at Kepler’s on Sunday, October 20th at 2pm, to hear about Sherman’s heroic journey from his running partner, Chris McDougall.

For the love of mules, we hope to see you there.

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Tui Sutherland
Oct
21
6:00 PM18:00

Tui Sutherland

You know Tui Sutherland for the epic bestselling Wings of Fire series, set among two continents inhabited by dragons, the Menagerie trilogy, and the Pet Trouble series. But did you also know that as an editor at HarperCollins, she helped the group collectively known as “Erin Hunter” develop the long-running Warriors series, which details the conflicts and intrigues among cat clans, and took a turn writing as Erin Hunter on the Seekers series She was also a two-day champion on Jeopardy

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Join us to meet the very talented New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Tui Sutherland as she talks about her two newest books, The Poison Jungle (Wings of Fire, Book 13) and Hidden Kingdom (Wings of Fire Graphic, Book 3) 

"[A] perfect adventure for young fantasy fans to sink their teeth into." -- School Library Journal

The Poison Jungle (Wings of Fire, Book 13) : The New York Times bestselling series continues with a thrilling revelation—brand-new tribes of dragons! There are dark secrets in the jungle, though—some that Sundew is keeping, and some that she's only just beginning to discover. And now that a new war is upon them, Sundew and her friends must unearth the oldest secret in the jungle—even if what they find has the power to destroy them all.

Hidden Kingdom (Wings of Fire Graphic, Book 3) : The #1 New York Times bestselling Wings of Fire series soars to new heights in the third graphic novel adaptation. Glory knows that the dragon world is wrong about her being "a lazy RainWing." Maybe she wasn't meant to be one of the dragonets of destiny, but Glory is sharp and her venom is deadly...even if that's still a secret.

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Dave Barry and Adam Mansbach: A Night of Jewish Humor
Oct
21
7:30 PM19:30

Dave Barry and Adam Mansbach: A Night of Jewish Humor

San Mateo Performing Arts Center
600 North Delaware Street, San Mateo, CA 94401

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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.

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Andy Griffiths
Oct
22
6:00 PM18:00

Andy Griffiths

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Join New York Times-bestselling author Andy Griffiths on another wild storytelling adventure in the series Publishers Weekly describes as "Anarchic absurdity at its best." This time, come hang out with him and his friend Terry in their 117-Story Treehouse – the ninth book in the illustrated chapter book series filled with Andy and Terry’s signature slapstick humor!

“Mr. Griffiths’ work is both witty and fantastical, with a dark edge not dissimilar to Roald Dahl… The Treehouse books [are making] their way into the lives of a generation of readers.” –The New York Times

Andy and Terry live in a 117-story treehouse. (It used to be a 104-story treehouse, but it just keeps growing!) It now has a pajama-party room, a water-ski park filled with flesh-eating piranhas, an Underpants Museum, a giant-fighting-robot arena, and the Door of Doom (don’t open it or you’ll be COMPLETELY and UTTERLY DOOMED!).

For as long as Andy and Terry have been writing books together, Andy has always been the narrator and Terry has always been the illustrator. But when Terry tries to prove that he can narrate as well as draw, the story goes completely out of control and the Story Police arrive to arrest the whole treehouse team for crimes against storytelling! Andy, Terry and Jill go on the run, but how long can they evade the Story Police and stay out of Story Jail?

Andy Griffiths is one of Australia’s most popular children’s authors. He and illustrator Terry Denton have collaborated on more than 30 bestselling books since their first title, Just Tricking, including the Treehouse series, the JUST! books, Killer Koalas From Outer Space, The Big Fat Cow That Goes Kapow, The Cat on the Mat Is Flat, and The Day My Butt Went Psycho. In Australia Andy and Terry’s books have sold over 10 million copies, won 80 children’s choice awards and 10 Australian Book Industry Awards—including Book of the Year for The 91-Storey Treehouse in 2015. The Treehouse series is now published in more than 35 countries. Five of the books in the series have been adapted for the stage and have all had sell-out seasons at the Sydney Opera house, as well as highly successful seasons in the Netherlands, New Zealand, and America. Andy is a passionate advocate for literacy and in 2015 was awarded the Dromkeen Medal to honor his outstanding contribution to Australian children’s literature. He is also an ambassador for both The Indigenous Literacy and the Pyjama Foundation.

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This is Now: Cyrus Grace Dunham
Oct
23
7:30 PM19:30

This is Now: Cyrus Grace Dunham

A powerfully honest coming-of-gender story by Cyrus Grace Dunham, who joins Kepler’s Literary Foundation in conversation with Angie Coiro for a This Is Now discussion of their transition memoir, A Year Without A Name.

Back then, I knew how to stay in character as a girl. Polite, curious, the right mix of self-assured and humble. When puberty hit, I became obsessed with mirrors. I checked my reflection—four times, eight times, twelve times—to make sure that I hadn’t lost control of my performance. Twenty years later, my girlhood was dissolving, with no clear alternative in place. I felt less embodied than ever, less able to gather myself into one person.”

Without abandoning the person that Grace was—her history, her connection to family, and friends— Cyrus Grace Dunham undergoes a journey towards self-realization that navigates the place between genders, a nonbinary space habited not by societal enforcements of masculine and feminine, but by one person’s embodied experience of both. Cyrus moves towards masculinity after a long internal reckoning, but the story is more complicated than that. A Year Without A Name offers clarity, warmth, and encouragement to all those who have ever struggled to conform for the sake of love and connection. Through a nonbinary lens and against the pressure to align exclusively with femininity or masculinity, Cyrus Grace chooses their self: one person, honoring gender complexity and living out an embodied truth in disregard of how the outside world interprets a person’s body.

“Passionate and clear eyed and unputdownable. Bravo to this extraordinary new voice.” —Mary Karr

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Story is the Thing
Oct
24
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 established writers.

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


Carole Bumpus
A retired family therapist, CAROLE BUMPUS began writing about food and travel when she stumbled upon the amazing stories of women and war in France. She has traveled extensively throughout France and Italy, where she has interviewed more than seventy-five families to date for her food and travel blogs. Her historical novel A Cup of Redemption was published October 2014, and her unique companion cookbook, Recipes for Redemption: A Companion Cookbook to A Cup of Redemption, was released August 2015, both by She Writes Press. She is an active member in the California Writers Club and through them has also had three short stories published in the Fault Zone anthologies: Words from the Edge, Stepping up to the Edge, and Over the Edge. Bumpus lives in the San Francisco Bay Area. Visit her website at CaroleBumpus.com.

Jerry Burger
Jerry Burger is Professor Emeritus of Psychology at Santa Clara University and an internationally recognized expert on the psychological processes that contribute to inhumane acts like atrocities and genocide. His research in this area has been featured in ABC News’ Primetime and in the Discovery Channel documentary, How Evil Are You? His fiction credits include short stories in the Bellevue Literary Review, Harpur Palate, the Briar Cliff Review, and the Potomac Review, among other literary magazines. His nonfiction book, Returning Home: Reconnecting with our Childhoods, explores the emotional attachments people develop with their childhood homes. The Shadows of 1915 is his first novel.

Chia-Chia Lin
Chia-Chia Lin is the author of The Unpassing, longlisted for the Center of Fiction's First Novel Prize and a New York Times Book Review Editor's Choice. She is a graduate of the Iowa Writer’s Workshop and a former Steinbeck Fellow. Her writing has also appeared in The Paris Review, Glimmer Train, Zyzzyva, and The New Yorker online. She lives in San Bruno.

Peg Alford Pursell
Peg Alford Pursell is the author of A Girl Goes into the Forest (Dzanc Books, July 2019). Her previous collection, Show Her a Flower, A Bird, A Shadow was the Foreword INDIES 2017 Book of the Year for Literary Fiction. She’s the founder and director of WTAW Press and of Why There Are Words, a national literary reading series and program of WTAW Press.

Anniqua Rana
Anniqua lives in California with her husband and two sons. She has taught English to immigrant and international students at community college for over twenty years. Her extended family lives in Pakistan and England, and she visits them regularly to rekindle her roots. Her debut novel, Wild Boar in the Cane Field, is a celebration of the rural women of Pakistan whose indomitable spirit keeps them struggling against all odds. She has interviewed Asma Jahangir, Human Rights Lawyer, Pakistan, and has published essays on gender and education. Her next book, Tales of Many Nations: A Summer in Pakistan, is a collection of personal essays.

Rose Whitmore
Whitmore’s stories have appeared in the Alaska Quarterly Review, Mid-American Review, and The Missouri Review. Her essays have appeared in The Sun, The Iowa Review, The Colorado Review and Fourth Genre. She is currently a Jones Lecturer at Stanford University and is at work on a novel set during Enver Hoxa's communist regime in post-World War II Albania.

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Richard Dawkins in conversation with Robert Sapolsky
Oct
26
7:30 PM19:30

Richard Dawkins in conversation with Robert Sapolsky

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Please join us for a special evening with Richard Dawkins to celebrate the release of his new book Outgrowing God.

In what promises to be a wide-ranging conversation spanning science and religion, Professor Dawkins will be joined in conversation by Stanford Professor Robert Sapolsky, one of the world’s leading neuroscientists. At a time when the fundamentals of science are being denied at the highest levels of power, and “alternative facts” has entered the lexicon, this is a conversation you won't want to miss.

Richard Dawkins is the author of a number of best-selling books, including The Selfish Gene and The God Delusion. He was the inaugural holder of the Simonyi Chair for the Public Understanding of Science at Oxford University and is the recipient of numerous honors and awards, including the Royal Society of Literature Award, the Michael Faraday Award of the Royal Society, the Kistler Prize, the Shakespeare Prize, the Lewis Thomas Prize for Writing About Science, the Galaxy British Book Awards Author of the Year Award, and the International Cosmos Prize of Japan.

Robert Sapolsky is the recipient of the MacArthur Fellowship and author of A Primate’s Memoir: A Neuroscientist’s Unconventional Life Among the Baboons and Why Zebras Don’t Get Ulcers: Stress Disease and Coping and Behave: The Biology of Humans at Our Best and Worst

Event Details:

5:15pm - 6:30pm: Pre-event reception for VIP ticket holders only
6:30pm: Doors open for all ticket holders
7:30pm - 8:30pm On-stage conversation - Richard Dawkins and Robert Sapolsky

8:30pm: Book Signing

There are three seating areas:

  • VIP Seating Area for VIP ticket holders in the front rows orchestra.

  • Premier Seating Area for Premier ticket holders immediately behind the VIP section.

  • General Seating Area for general and student ticket holders behind the Premier section and in the balcony.

Note: If you wish to sit together, please purchase tickets in the same seating area. Seating within each section is not assigned— seating is first come, first served in all sections.

Additional books will be for sale at the event

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Alan Gratz
Oct
27
3:00 PM15:00

Alan Gratz

We’re excited to welcome long time favorite Alan Gratz, bestselling author of Refugee, to introduce his new book Allies, which weaves a stunning array of voices and stories into an epic tale of teamwork in the face of tyranny -- and how just one day can change the world.

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* "Both an excellent, inclusive narration of important historical events and a fast-paced, entertaining read." -- Kirkus Reviews, starred review

June 6, 1944: The Nazis are terrorizing Europe, on their evil quest to conquer the world. The only way to stop them? The biggest, most top-secret operation ever, with the Allied nations coming together to storm German-occupied France. Welcome to D-Day.

Dee, a young U.S. soldier, is on a boat racing toward the French coast. And Dee -- along with his brothers-in-arms -- is terrified. He feels the weight of World War II on his shoulders. But Dee is not alone. Behind enemy lines in France, a girl named Samira works as a spy, trying to sabotage the German army. Meanwhile, paratrooper James leaps from his plane to join a daring midnight raid. And in the thick of battle, Henry, a medic, searches for lives to save. In a breathtaking race against time, they all must fight to complete their high-stakes missions. But with betrayals and deadly risks at every turn, can the Allies do what it takes to win?

This is historical fiction at its best.

Alan Gratz has wanted to be a writer ever since he was a kid. He went to the University of Tennessee to study creative writing, and ten years and more than sixty-five rejections later he was finally able to get his very first book published. Now Alan is the author of fifteen books for young readers, including Grenade, Refugee, Projekt 1065, Prisoner B-3087, and Code of Honor, many of which won state awards, appeared on the New York Times bestseller list, and been voted their favorite book of the year by students and librarians.

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Shannon Messenger with Lisa McMann
Nov
7
6:00 PM18:00

Shannon Messenger with Lisa McMann

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We are delighted to welcome Shannon Messenger back with Legacy, the eighth book in the New York Times and USA Today bestselling Keeper of the Lost Cities series, which follows Sophie, a girl who discovers she's from another world that exists side by side with ours—and one that has given her amazing abilities.

Following on the heels of a huge cliffhanger at the end of Flashback, Legacy will bring Sophie and her friends to new revelations and new battles unlike anything they've faced before! Sophie Foster wants answers. But after a lifetime of lies, sometimes the truth is the most dangerous discovery. Even the smallest secret comes with terrifying new responsibilities. And Sophie’s not the only one with blank spots in her past, or mysteries surrounding her family. She and her friends are part of something much bigger than they imagined—and their roles have already been chosen for them. Every clue drags them deeper into the conspiracy. Every memory forces them to question everything—especially one another. And the harder they fight, the more the lines blur between friend and enemy.

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

Lisa McMann will be joining Shannon on stage . Lisa is the New York Times bestselling author of over two dozen books for young adults and children. So far she has written in genres including paranormal, realistic, dystopian, and fantasy. Some of her most well-known books are The Unwanteds series for middle grade readers and the Wake trilogy for young adults.

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

Shannon will sign and personalize all copies of Legacy purchased as part of a Premier ticket or purchased onsite the night of the event. These attendees will be allowed to bring one (1) backlist title from home for signing. Personalizations are first name only.

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

Shannon will only sign books, no fan art, shirts, etc.

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Marissa Meyer
Nov
8
7:00 PM19:00

Marissa Meyer

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Marissa Meyer is returning to the Bay Area for her Supernova tour and we could not be more thrilled.

Supernova, the epic conclusion to New York Times bestselling author Marissa Meyer's thrilling Renegades trilogy finds Nova and Adrian struggling to keep their secret identities concealed while the battle rages on between their alter egos, their allies, and their greatest fears come to life. Secrets, lies, and betrayals are revealed as anarchy once again threatens to reclaim Gatlon City.

Costumes are encouraged. Time to choose - hero or villain, capes or tights?

There will be giveaways (you will want them - trust me!). And games.

We are counting down the days

Marissa Meyer is a fangirl at heart, with a closet full of costumes, a Harry Potter wand on her desk, and a Tuxedo Mask doll hanging from her rear view mirror. Han and Leia are still her OTP. She may or may not be a cyborg. Marissa is also the New York Times bestselling author of a number of books for teens, including The Lunar Chronicles, the Renegades trilogy, and Heartless.

This is going to be so much fun

PLEASE NOTE: Marissa will only personalize all copies of SUPERNOVA plus one additional book of the guest’s choice. Marissa will sign all other titles, but will not personalize them.

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Karamo Brown and Jason "Rachel" Brown
Nov
9
3:00 PM15:00

Karamo Brown and Jason "Rachel" Brown

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Meet Karamo Brown, the Culture Expert of Netflix’s Emmy-winning series, Queer Eye, and his son Jason “Rachel” Brown as they introduce I AM PERFECTLY DESIGNED, their debut picture book - an exuberant celebration of loving who you are, exactly as you are. In this empowering ode to modern families, a boy and his father take a joyful walk through the city, discovering all the ways in which they are perfectly designed for each other.

A tribute to both the parent-child relationship and the process of growing up, this moving story about self-acceptance and the powerful bond between father and son reminds us that being our natural selves is perfect.

Karamo Brown is a TV personality, producer, and host who fixes hearts and minds as the Culture Expert on Netflix’s Emmy-winning series, Queer Eye. He made history in 2004 when he appeared on MTV's The Real World as the first openly gay African American reality TV star. In 2007, Karamo learned he had a nine-year-old biological son, Jason, and gained full custody. He later adopted his son's half-brother, Chris, and left the spotlight to become a social worker before making his return to TV.

Jason "Rachel" Brown is a rising young star in Hollywood who has studied dramatic and comedic acting at the University of California, Los Angeles. He often draws on his own life to entertain and inspire, including his experience connecting with his father, Karamo Brown, at the age of ten

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Jerry Rice Book Signing: America’s Game: The NFL at 100
Nov
9
4:00 PM16:00

Jerry Rice Book Signing: America’s Game: The NFL at 100

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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

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Eoin Colfer
Nov
15
7:00 PM19:00

Eoin Colfer

You know Eoin Colfer (pronounced Owen) from his New York Times bestselling blockbuster series Artemis Fowl as well as Airman, Half Moon Investigations, The Supernaturalist, and The Wish List. And he was named Ireland’s Laureate for children’s literature in 2014

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Eoin Colfer’s Artemis Fowl series gained a huge worldwide readership for its mix of hilarious mayhem and snarky humor. Artemis Fowl, the boy-genius criminal mastermind, deals with fantastical beings and megalomaniacal villains in madcap adventures over eight book. There’s a movie due for release in May 2020 directed by Kenneth Branagh and starring Judi Dench (you can see the trailer here) and a series of graphic novels.

Hearing that there will be more stories in the Artemis Fowl universe is a reason to celebrate and we couldn’t be more excited to celebrate with Eoin when he visits to introduce his new book, The Fowl Twins., which follows Artemis’ young twin brothers Myles and Beckett. They’re left alone for just one night and end up having to save a troll from a nefarious nobleman and an interrogating nun – each of whom need the magical creature for their own gain, as well as a fairy-in-training who has been assigned to protect him.

Don’t miss this opportunity to meet Eoin Colfer and rediscover the joy of falling into the Artemis Fowl universe once again.

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Lindsay Lackey with Lisa Moore Ramee
Sep
14
3:00 PM15:00

Lindsay Lackey with Lisa Moore Ramee

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A bit of magic, a sprinkling of adventure, and a whole lot of heart collide in All the Impossible Things, Lindsay Lackey's extraordinary middle-grade novel about a young girl navigating the foster care system in search of where she belongs. Join us as we launch this highly anticipated debut that Katherine Applegate (Wishtree and The One and Only Ivan) calls “Wise and wondrous, this is truly a novel to cherish”

Red’s inexplicable power over the wind comes from her mother. Whenever Ruby “Red” Byrd is scared or angry, the wind picks up. And being placed in foster care, moving from family to family, tends to keep her skies stormy. Red knows she has to learn to control it, but can’t figure out how. This time, the wind blows Red into the home of the Grooves, a quirky couple who run a petting zoo, complete with a dancing donkey and a giant tortoise. But just when Red starts to settle into her new life, a fresh storm rolls in, one she knows all too well: her mother. For so long, Red has longed to have her mom back in her life, and she’s quickly swept up in the vortex of her mother’s chaos. Now Red must discover the possible in the impossible if she wants to overcome her own tornadoes and find the family she needs.

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Lindsay Lackey has trained as an opera singer, worked in children’s and teen services at a public library, and worked for a major publishing house in publicity and marketing. Joining Lindsay on stage is Lisa Moore Ramee, author of A Good Kind of Trouble.

Come celebrate with us.

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Madeline Miller with Donna Zuckerberg
Sep
13
7:30 PM19:30

Madeline Miller with Donna Zuckerberg

What lead the witch to isolation on the island of Aiaia, where her magical rebuke turned lost sailors into a menagerie of pigs? Who is Circe, the woman who taunted a stranded Odysseus and then took him as a lover?

In Circe, bestselling author Madeline Miller renders the mythological witch from Homer’s Odyssey human, vivid and empathetic. Cast down from Gods for being too “mortal,” with a displeasing mortal voice and mortal habits, Circe appears antagonistically in a wealth of Greek tales—but Miller builds a more realized picture of the life she may have had in that immortal landscape. A demi-Goddess turned witch, molded through romance, violence and loss, Miller’s Circe walks the divide between Gods and mortals. She remains separate from both, wary in an age where strong women earn no favors.

Circe lets the iconic spellcaster speak for herself, and Miller joins Kepler’s Literary Foundation to speak for Circe at on September 13th. A beloved staff favorite for two years running, don’t miss the chance to get your signed copy.

Miller will converse with locally grown classics scholar Donna Zuckerberg of Not All Dead White Men. Get tickets early for this one-of-a-kind discussion featuring two ardent feminists, both steeped in myth and antiquity.

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Kerri Maniscalco with Stephanie Garber - CANCELLED
Sep
12
7:00 PM19:00

Kerri Maniscalco with Stephanie Garber - CANCELLED

Sadly, this event has been cancelled due to health issues.

You know Kerri Maniscalco from the wonderfully engaging historical thrillers: Stalking Jack the Ripper, Hunting Prince Dracula, and Escaping From Houdini.

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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

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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.

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Emma Donoghue in conversation with Lucy Jane Bledsoe
Sep
11
7:30 PM19:30

Emma Donoghue in conversation with Lucy Jane Bledsoe

Internationally acclaimed novelist Emma Donoghue writes poignant, gripping fiction drawn from both history and newsprint. Don’t miss her September visit for a new book built around the bones of WWII.

Dublin-born Donoghue is perhaps best known for Room, about a kidnapped woman held captive with a young son. A runaway bestseller, Room’s feature film was nominated for four academy awards, while the novel earned consideration for Orange Prize, Man Booker Prize, won the Irish Book Award and was a New York Times Book of the Year. From Frog Music to Slammerkin, Donoghue’s work sings with talent. She offers a powerful sense of place, settings so vividly realized that readers can taste the air and hear the notes of distant music, feel the grit underfoot as characters navigate intrigue on seedy city streets.

September 10th marks the release of Akin, Donoghue’s anticipated new novel. When a retired New York professor undertakes a trip to the French Riviera to investigate his mother’s life during Nazi occupation, he ends up an unasked-for travel companion: Noah Selvaggio’s hunt for identity is disrupted by the unwanted but necessary adoption of a young, orphaned distant relative. Together, this odd couple uncovers family secrets while bickering over shared meals, the old man and young navigating shared threads of a past, present, and future.

What makes two souls kin? Get Akin signed the day after its release, and ask the writer herself.

Lucy Jane Bledsoe's fiction has won a Yaddo Fellowship, the 2013 Saturday Evening Post Fiction Award, the Arts & Letters Fiction Prize, the Sherwood Anderson Prize for Fiction, a Pushcart nomination, a California Arts Council Fellowship, an American Library Association Stonewall Award, and two National Science Foundation Artists & Writers Fellowships.

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Esther Wojcicki With John Markoff
Sep
9
7:30 PM19:30

Esther Wojcicki With John Markoff

“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.

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Katy Rose Pool with Tara Sim
Sep
6
7:00 PM19:00

Katy Rose Pool with Tara Sim

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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

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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.

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Adrienne Young with Shea Ernshaw
Sep
3
7:00 PM19:00

Adrienne Young with Shea Ernshaw

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.

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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.

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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

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This Is Now: Haben Girma
Aug
21
7:30 PM19:30

This Is Now: Haben Girma

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.

If you are a guest attending this event and need disability accommodations, please contact events@keplers.org at your earliest possible convenience. Please include the name and section in which tickets were purchased, the number of guests attending, and complete information about the accommodations needed, along with a contact number at which you can be reached.

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Chris Cander with David Eagleman
Aug
16
7:30 PM19:30

Chris Cander with David Eagleman

Celebrated neuroscientist and talented writer David Eagleman introduces 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. 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 girl's 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

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Stacey Lee with Stephanie Garber
Aug
13
7:00 PM19:00

Stacey Lee with Stephanie Garber

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.

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*"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

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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.

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

Mary Pearson with Stephanie Garber

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

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

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

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

We are counting down the days.

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Kawaii Sweet World Baking Party with Rachel Fong
Aug
4
4:00 PM16:00

Kawaii Sweet World Baking Party with Rachel Fong

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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.

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 This is Now: Richard A. Clarke on Cyber Threat
Jul
24
7:30 PM19:30

This is Now: Richard A. Clarke on Cyber Threat

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"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.

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

Kalyn Josephson with Tara Sim

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

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

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

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

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

Peter S. Beagle with Meg Elison

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

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

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

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

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

Photo of Meg Elison by Debbie Reynolds at Libre Imagery.

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 Story is the Thing
Jun
20
7:30 PM19:30

Story is the Thing

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

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

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

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

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

Julie Lythcott-Haims

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

Jaya Padmanabhan

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

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

Michael Shewmaker

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

Sarah Stone

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



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