Mary Pipher: This is Now with Angie Coiro
Jessie Sima’s debut picture book, Not Quite Narwhal, was one of our favorites of 2017. Join us for a special story time with author/illustrator Jessie Sima as she introduces her adorable new book, Love, Z, the story of a young robot trying to find the meaning of “love.”
When a small robot named Z discovers a message in a bottle signed “Love, Beatrice,” they decide to find out what “love” means. Unable to get an answer from the other robots, they leave to embark on an adventure that will lead them to Beatrice—and back home again, where love was hiding all along.
Jessie Sima is the author of Not Quite Narwhal; Harriet Gets Carried Away; Love, Z; and Spencer’s New Pet. She lives and works in New York City
Join us and discover a new favorite.
"America does not negotiate with terrorists." But are we sure we should keep it that way? Last year there were nearly nine thousand international terrorist abductions. The US refuses to pay ransoms, holding that it would only fuel more kidnappings. Other countries pay-up to free their citizens taken hostage. Statistics tell the grim result: according to New America, "since 2001, American hostages taken captive by terrorist, militant, and pirate groups have been more than twice as likely to remain in captivity, die in captivity, or be murdered by their captors as the average Western hostage."
Joel Simon has spent nearly two decades with the Committee to Protect Journalists, working on dozens of hostage cases. His new book We Want to Negotiate is an exploration of the ethical, legal, and strategic considerations of a bedeviling question: should governments pay ransom to terrorists?
Join KLF's journalist in residence Angie Coiro as she hosts Joel Simon for this important conversation, in another installment of our This Is Now news and culture conversation series.
Join award winning author and teacher Yogacharya O’Brian for a 90 minute workshop exploring transformative insights into the links between ancient Vedic tradition, the philosophy of yoga, and prosperity in today’s rigorously fast-paced society.
Author of the newly released book The Jewel of Abundance: Finding Prosperity through the Ancient Wisdom of Yoga, Yogacharya O'Brian explores what the four universal aims of life drawn from the Vedas can offer us today as we seek not only a prosperous life but one that has heart and meaning. The four aims of life—to live with higher purpose, to prosper, to enjoy life, and to realize true freedom—provide a brilliant context for living with dynamic balance, prosperity, and the joy that accompanies it. Learn how to cultivate equanimity as you embrace your inherent tendency to thrive.
Yogacharya Ellen Grace O’Brian is a spiritual teacher, poet, writer, founding acharya and spiritual director of Center for Spiritual Enlightenment—a Kriya Yoga Meditation Center in San Jose, California. Her recently published works include Living for the Sake of the Soul, inspiration for spiritual practice and The Moon Reminded Me an award-winning poetry collection. Ordained to teach in 1982 by Roy Eugene Davis, a direct disciple of Paramahansa Yogananda, her message is “engaged enlightenment” – an invitation to live an awakened, creatively inspired, and fulfilled life, now. This workshop is drawn from her latest book, The Jewel Abundance: Finding Prosperity through the Ancient Wisdom of Yoga, recently published by New World Library. www.ellengraceobrian.com and www.csecenter.org
Leigh Bardugo is hitting the road in support of her next adventure in the Grishaverse, King of Scars, and Kepler’s Literary Foundation is lucky enough to be one of the hosts! We could not be more thrilled.
Exciting news: we’re partnering with Macmillan to host a Grishaverse fan meet-up an hour before Leigh arrives! The fan meet-up will include trivia/games, a themed King of Scars photo backdrop (so come in costume!), exclusive fan-meet-up-only moments, and more!
Once Leigh arrives, she’ll host a 30 minute Q&A followed by a book signing. Leigh will personalize copies of King of Scars purchased from Kepler’s and also sign up to two additional titles. You’ll also be able to grab a quick photo with her, so have your cameras ready to go!
Fan meet-up will start at 6.00 PM
Q&A and signing will start at 7.00 PM
Leigh Bardugo is a #1 New York Times–bestselling author of fantasy novels and the creator of the Grishaverse. With over two million copies sold, her Grishaverse spans the Shadow and Bone Trilogy, the Six of Crows Duology, The Language of Thorns, and now, King of Scars—with more to come. Her other works include Wonder Woman: Warbringer and coming later this year, Ninth House. Leigh was born in Jerusalem, grew up in Los Angeles, graduated from Yale University, and has worked in advertising, journalism, and even makeup and special effects. These days, she lives and writes in Hollywood, where she can occasionally be heard singing with her band.
We are counting down the days.
Future Forward and the Remarkable Life of Patrick J. McGovern
Join us for a momentous evening of reunion and celebration at the West Coast launch of Glenn Rifkin’s book, Future Forward, an homage to the late Patrick J. McGovern (1937-2014). This special event features a biographical exploration and panel moderated by celebrated journalist John Markoff, formerly of the New York Times and a current affiliate researcher at Stanford's Center for Advanced Study in Behavioral Sciences.
Our panel takes a closer look at the impact of a visionary entrepreneur who forever changed the face of Valley, ushering in a monumental shift towards data during those early days of tech.
In 1964, in a small grey house in Massachusetts, the MIT graduate founded the International Data Group, which would spawn a revolution in understanding around information technology. The ripple effects of McGovern’s life and passions extend well past IDG—from the publications and institutions that followed (CIO, Computerworld, PCWorld, Macworld, the Dummies series), to the prodigious patronage of neuroscience research at MIT, Peking University, and others.
McGovern moved with an incredible force of presence, vibrancy, unprecedented insight, generosity and remarkable kindness. We’re excited to come together honoring his contribution in this one-of-a-kind evening.
Reserve early—seats are limited. This special Literary Foundation evening includes an in-depth conversation, signing, and post-event reception. We will hear from Patrick J. McGovern III, director of the McGovern Foundation, and Glenn Rifkin, author of the recent book Future Forward, who can speak to the private person and public figure.
Don’t miss this chance to dive into the story of that transformative era.
Barry Eisler served three years with the CIA’s Directorate of Operations. He worked as a technology lawyer. He has been at various times a startup executive in Silicon Valley and Japan. In his instantly bestselling John Rain series, a lifetime of experience came to a crossroads. He followed with the un-put-downable stories of sharp-shooting assassin Dox; and sex-crimes detective, turned martial arts expert, Livia Lone.
In his new book THE KILLER COLLECTIVE, Barry Eisler offers a true magnum opus. In this long-awaited novel, Eisler assembles the most dangerous team yet: John Rain, Livia Lone, Dox, and a cast of his most volatile characters travel across Seattle, Paris, and Japan to confront their most treacherous enemy yet … one who could sit at the highest levels of the U.S. Government.
Eisler’s thrillers have earned a range of awards from the Barry Award to the Gumshoe Award for Best Thriller. His work is included in numerous “Best of” lists and has been translated into nearly twenty languages. Don't miss your chance to meet one of the Bay Area's most exciting writers.
We are thrilled to welcome Alexandra Bracken and Tamara Ireland Stone, two of our favorite authors, back to Kepler’s to celebrate their fabulous middle grade sequels: The Last Life of Prince Alastor, and Swap’d
Alexandra Bracken is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of the Darkest Minds series, (the movie was released in August of this year and starred Amandla Stenberg), Passenger, and Wayfarer. Her middle grade Prosper Redding series balances magic, humor, and heart and is about a modern New England boy who must rid himself of the ancient demon inhabiting his body and break his family’s curse. She sold her first book, Brightly Woven, as a senior in college, worked in children's book publishing as an editorial assistant and then in marketing, and now writes full time.
Tamara Ireland Stone is the author of Time and Time Again, a collection of her two novels Time Between Us and Time After Time, as well as the New York Times bestseller Every Last Word. Her middle grade Click’d series features Allie Navarro's explorations in computer programming and weaves together middle school friendship, first crushes, and serious coding skills that will have readers cheering Allie on from the first page to the last. She is a Silicon Valley native and has worked in the technology industry all her life, first testing Atari game boards in her parents’ garage, and later, co-founding a woman-owned marketing strategy firm where she worked with some of the world's largest software companies. She’s passionate about promoting STEM education for girls.
Don't miss this chance to hear two amazing authors showcase their wonderful middle grade sequels.
The warnings are coming from inside the house.
Mark Zuckerberg, Sheryl Sandberg, and Roger McNamee are denizens of the same enchanted world: Silicon Valley's inner circle. And they used to all be on the same page, each playing their part growing Facebook into an internet phenomenon— until it hit unprecedented reach and influence. Then they weren't on the same page any more.
McNamee was an early and enthusiastic adopter of Facebook, as both a musician and an investor. But he grew disenchanted as he watched the negatives pile up: privacy issues. Screen addiction. Disinformation and political manipulation. Even spying. Digging into the technology and psychology involved, he grew more alarmed at "business models that drive companies to maximize attention at all costs".
Now Roger McNamee has teamed with others from the tech world to challenge our new normal - to persuade us that internet titans Facebook and Google present an urgent existential threat to users and society. Does his new book Zucked make a persuasive case?
Join us for an evening of This Is Now with Angie Coiro to find out.
We're excited to welcome fan favorite Susan Dennard back to Kepler's with Bloodwitch, her newest story in the New York Times bestselling epic fantasy Witchlands series that Victoria Aveyard (Red Queen) says has “Worldbuilding after my own heart. It’s so good it’s intimidating.” This is fantasy at its very best.
The Bloodwitch Aeduan has teamed up with the Threadwitch Iseult and the magical girl Owl to stop a bloodthirsty horde of raiders preparing to destroy a monastery that holds more than just faith. But to do so, he must confront his own father, and his past.
Susan Dennard traveled 6 of 7 continents working in marine biology before settling down as a full time novelist and writing instructor. She is the author of the Something Strange and Deadly series and the New York Times-bestselling Witchlands series (Truthwitch, and Windwitch).
Robin LaFevers’ wonderful His Fair Assassins series tells the story of assassin nuns in Medieval France and is a store favorite. We are thrilled to welcome Robin to Kepler’s to celebrate her fabulous new book Courting Darkness, the greatly anticipated highly praised return to the world of the bestselling His Fair Assassin series
Told in alternating perspectives, when Sybella discovers there is another trained assassin deep undercover in the French court, she must use every skill in her arsenal to navigate the deadly royal politics and find her sister in arms before her time—and that of the newly crowned queen—runs out. When Sybella accompanies the Duchess to France, she expects trouble, but she isn’t expecting a deadly trap. Surrounded by enemies both known and unknown, Sybella searches for the undercover assassins from St. Mortain’s convent who were placed in the French court years ago. Genevieve has been undercover for so many years, she no longer knows who she is or what she’s supposed to be fighting for. When she discovers a hidden prisoner who may be of importance, she takes matters into her own hands. As these two worlds collide, the fate of the Duchess, Brittany, and everything Sybella and Genevieve have come to love hangs in the balance.
Robin LaFevers is the author of the New York Times bestselling Grave Mercy, Dark Triumph, and Mortal Heart. She’ll be chatting with Sabaa Tahir, author of An Ember in the Ashes, A Torch Against the Night, and A Reaper at the Gates. Come join the party
It was a simple test. Yet, the course of her life changed forever.
Dani Shapiro, the award-winning author of bestselling novels like Hourglass, Devotion, and more, grappled with the self-shattering results of a simple DNA test.
On TLC and in heart-warming ads, DNA testing is nothing more than a high-tech family tree for the digital age, an over-the-counter science experiment to deepen our own personal understanding ourselves. But millions of Americans are finding a different experience.
In this intimate and heart-wrenching new memoir from one of the great writers of our time, comes the true story of how Dani Shapiro discovered that her father was not truly her biological father. Her Jewish identity, relationship to her family and to herself—they all underwent seismic change in a heartbeat. Upending a lifetime of secrets and untold stories, this innocuous decision left Shapiro grappling with results no one could have ever prepared her for. Inheritance is a tour de force of what family truly means, raw and emotionally realized.
Join us for a powerful and peerless evening, as Dani opens this profound chapter of her life in conversation with fellow writer and family historian Elizabeth Rosner of Survivor Café.
These two stunning Jewish-American authors describe a selfhood built against the backdrop of history, secrets, and the often-unknown stories of those who came before us.
"The universe is made of stories, not of atoms." -Muriel Rukeyser
Reading starts at 7:30 pm.
Light refreshments and conversation at 7:00 pm.
Join us for our quarterly reading series, Story is the Thing, where stunning, emerging voices can be heard alongside works from contemporary local masters.
Reading starts at 7:30 pm. Light refreshments and conversation at 7:00 pm.
Flash fiction by Jeanne Althouse has appeared in numerous literary journals. Her most recent flash story collection, Boys in the Bank, published by Red Bird Chapbooks, came out in November 2018. Her story “Big Lies” was a finalist in the Glimmer Train Very Short Fiction contest and “Goran Holds his Breath” was nominated by Shenandoah for the Pushcart Prize.
Jamel Brinkley is the author of A Lucky Man: Stories (Graywolf Press/A Public Space Books), a finalist for the 2018 National Book Award in fiction and recipient of the 2019 Ernest J. Gaines Award for Literary Excellence. His writing has appeared, or is forthcoming, in The Best American Short Stories 2018, A Public Space, Ploughshares, Gulf Coast, The Threepenny Review, Glimmer Train, American Short Fiction, Tin House, and other places. A graduate of the Iowa Writers’ Workshop, he's currently a Wallace Stegner Fellow in Fiction at Stanford University.
Tsun Yuan Chen
Tsun Yuan Chen is a retired Head and Neck Surgeon, born in Mainland China, studied in Taiwan and Tokyo, before arriving on these shores. He now divides his time between San Francisco, Umbria and Provence with his life partner, at home everywhere and nowhere, making alienation a fine art of his life, while maintaining an esprit from the East.
Andrea Donderi grew up in Montreal and arrived in California via Toronto, Chicago, and Bloomington, Indiana. She recently moved from a ramshackle backyard cottage on the peninsula to a house with chickens in Oakland. Andrea writes manuals for the guts of the Internet as well as essays and fiction.
David Wystan Owen
D. Wystan Owen is the author of Other People's Love Affairs: Stories (Algonquin Books), an Amazon "Best Fiction & Literature of 2018" selection. His work has appeared in A Public Space, LitHub, The Threepenny Review, The American Scholar, and elsewhere. A graduate of the Iowa Writers' Workshop, he now lives in Northern California where he serves as publisher of The Bare Life Review.
Kathy Wang grew up in Northern California and is a graduate of UC Berkeley and Harvard Business School. She lives in the Bay Area with her husband and two children.
The Hugo, Nebula and Locus awards all agree on Charlie Jane Anders, as do the devotees of her stunning 2016 achievement in literary science fiction, All the Birds in the Sky. This author is a Kepler’s favorite!
Vivid, charming, quick-witted and ever-curious, Anders’ professional work ranges from captivating short stories and novels to a spoken-word variety show of over ten years, the lauded Writers With Drinks in San Francisco. Her vibrant speaking presence and dauntless intellectual curiosity have made this author an invaluable jewel in the Bay Area writing community for decades. She’s not only someone whose work you want to read, but someone you want to meet.
Now you have the chance!
The Literary Foundation is so excited to welcome Charlie Jane back to the stage for a talk and book-signing based around her latest novel, The City in the Middle of the Night. This story is set in January, a dying planet, half lit by endless sun and half-plunged into icy night, where our protagonist Sophie has recently been exiled to the darkness. Left for dead, Sophie crafts unusual friendships which help her to survive night … and with the help of a ragtag supporting crew, this student revolutionary is poised to change the world.
Attend with a friend, bask in the glow of a rising literary star, and get your book signed!
One of the news media's most qualified voices examines critical information battlegrounds: old media vs. new, documented veracity vs. clickbait.
Jill Abramson follows four companies— The New York Times, The Washington Post, BuzzFeed, and VICE— over a decade of disruption and radical adjustment. The two venerable newspapers wrestle the challenge of an aging readership; the two upstarts confront a ballooning but fickle audience of millennials.
She profiles the defenders of the legacy presses and the larger-than-life characters behind the new speed-driven media competitors. Those players include Jeff Bezos and Marty Baron (The Washington Post), Arthur Sulzberger and Dean Baquet (The New York Times), Jonah Peretti (BuzzFeed), and Shane Smith (VICE) as well as their reporters and anxious readers.
What does all this portend for the discriminating news consumer? Join us for a This Is Now conversation featuring former Executive Editor of the New York Times and Harvard lecturer, Jill Abramson.
From the creator of the New York Times bestsellers The Word Collector and I Am Human comes an empowering story about finding your voice and using it to make the world a better place. In Say Something! beloved artist and author Peter H. Reynolds explores the many ways that a single voice can make a difference. Each of us, each and every day, have the chance to say something: with our actions, our words, and our voices.
The world needs your voice.
If you have a brilliant idea... say something!
If you see an injustice... say something!
Perfect for kid activists everywhere, Reynolds reminds readers of the undeniable importance and power of their voices. There are so many ways to tell the world who you are, what you are thinking, and how you'll make it better. The time is now: Say Something!
Peter H. Reynolds is a New York Times bestselling author and illustrator of many books for children, including The Dot, Ish, Happy Dreamer, The Word Collector, and I Am Human. His books have been translated into over twenty-five languages around the globe and are celebrated worldwide. In 1996, he founded FableVision with his brother, Paul, as a social change agency to help create "stories that matter, stories that move."
Say Something! is a perfect way to start a conversation about how kids can make a difference in their world. Join us.
A veritable icon of Silicon Valley, Kawasaki is the author of 14 books, including staples in the entrepreneur's library like The Art of the Start. After working with some of the biggest tech companies in the world, including a stint at Apple in the 1980s, this guru of guerilla marketing went on to become the poster of reinvention, solo-prenuership, and a champion of self-branding. Today, he’s a chief evangelist for Canva, an online graphic-design tool, a brand ambassador for Mercedes-Benz, and an executive fellow of the Haas School of Business at UC Berkeley.
In his most revealing book yet, Guy shares personal stories from his childhood in Hawaii, his education at Stanford and UCLA, the ups and downs of working for Steve Jobs, and taking up surfing at 60 -- proving that you are never too old to learn something new.
Wise Guy is an utterly original and profoundly intimate look at the power of self-reflection. Always the clear-eyed mentor, Guy invites us all to find the deeper truth in the smallest moments of our life. Join one of Silicon Valley’s biggest stars as he returns to Kepler's to share the pivotal lessons he’s learned in his 30+ years in the valley -- you might just learn a thing or two about surfing along the way!
In Another, his eagerly anticipated debut as author-illustrator, Caldecott and Coretta Scott King honoree and store favorite Christian Robinson brings young readers on a playful, imaginative journey into another world.
A wordless picture book, Another recounts the dream journey of a little girl and her cat, a thought-provoking celebration of imagination and wonder that is wide open to interpretation and a joy to read. What if you saw yourself in a book – literally? What might happen?
What if you…
Encountered another perspective?
Discovered another world?
Met another you?
What might you do?
Christian Robinson is a 2016 Caldecott Honoree, a Newbery Medalist, and also received a Coretta Scott King Illustrator Honor for his art in Last Stop on Market Street, a #1 New York Times bestseller. His picture books include the Gaston and Friends series; Carmela Full of Wishes; Leo: A Ghost Story; School’s First Day of School; The Smallest Girl in the Smallest Grade; Josephine: The Dazzling Life of Josephine Baker; and many more. Robinson is also an animator and has worked with The Sesame Street Workshop and Pixar Animation Studios.
Don’t miss this chance to meet Christian Robinson and fall in love with Another
Join us to celebrate the launch of Lisa Ramee’s highly anticipate, funny and big-hearted debut middle grade novel A Good Kind of Trouble, about friendship, family, and standing up for what’s right – a book that Angie Thomas (The Hate U Give) calls “full of heart and truth”
“Ramée effectively portrays the importance of the Black Lives Matter movement and the difficulty of navigating complex social situations while conveying universal middle school questions about friendship, first crushes, and identity. Shay’s journey is an authentic and engaging political and personal awakening.” (Publishers Weekly (starred review))
Twelve-year-old Shayla is allergic to trouble. All she wants to do is to follow the rules. But in junior high, it’s like all the rules have changed. Now she’s suddenly questioning who her best friends are and some people at school are saying she’s not black enough. Wait, what? Shay’s sister, Hana, is involved in Black Lives Matter, but Shay doesn't think that's for her. After experiencing a powerful protest, though, Shay decides some rules are worth breaking. She starts wearing an armband to school in support of the Black Lives movement. Soon everyone is taking sides. And she is given an ultimatum. Shay is scared to do the wrong thing (and even more scared to do the right thing), but if she doesn't face her fear, she'll be forever tripping over the next hurdle. Now that’s trouble, for real.
Lisa will be in conversation with Sabaa Tahir, author of An Ember in the Ashes, A Torch Against the Night, and A Reaper at the Gates. This is a book we are sure to keep talking about, a book I am evangelizing for. Come celebrate with us.
For science-loving, world-exploring young adventurers...
National Geographic presents Explorer Academy with the help of actual National Geographic Explorer Erika Bergman — scientist, submersible pilot, and steamship engineer!
Erika will share her adventures and open up a world of wonder with this new book series that J.J. Abrams, director and screenwriter of Star Wars: The Force Awakens, and Lost, calls "A fun, exciting, and action-packed ride that kids will love." and LeVar Burton, host of Reading Rainbow says "is sure to awaken readers' inner adventurer and curiosity about the world around them!
You will get the chance to meet Bergman-- a virtual reality engineer and an enthusiastic ocean explorer who received a National Geographic grant in 2013 for her "Classrooms Under the Sea" expedition to live stream video from submersibles. Erika will join author Trudi Trueit, who has written more than 100 books for young readers. Trudi has been a TV news reporter and weather forecaster, but knew her calling was in writing.
Come find out about life as an explorer and about National Geographic’s buzzworthy newest series based on the research and adventures of National Geographic’s leading scientists, photographers and journalists, focusing on geography, history, space, STEM, exploration and world cultures. Steeped in fact and real-world investigation, this series embodies National Geographic’s explorers and how they interact with the world.
Join the National Geographic adventure!
We are thrilled to welcome New York Times bestselling, award-winning author Laurie Halse Anderson for her new book, SHOUT, a memoir and call to action for the #MeToo era.
Laurie Halse Anderson is known for the unflinching way she writes about, and advocates for, survivors of sexual assault. In 1999, her groundbreaking, award-winning novel Speak opened the door for a national dialogue about rape culture and consent. Now, twenty years later, she reveals her personal history as a rape survivor in a searing new poetic memoir, SHOUT.
In free verse, Anderson shares reflections, rants, and calls to action woven between deeply personal stories from her life that she’s never written about before. Searing and soul-searching, devastating and triumphant, Shout is a denouncement of our society’s failures and a love letter to all the people with the courage to say #MeToo and #TimesUp, whether aloud, online, or only in their own hearts.
PLEASE NOTE: This event is for mature audiences only. Children under 13 will not be admitted.
★ “A captivating, powerful read about clawing your way out of trauma, reclaiming your body, and undoing lifetimes of lessons in order to use your voice as the weapon it is. Fervent and deafening.”—Booklist, starred review
Laurie Halse Anderson is a New York Times bestselling author whose writing spans young readers, teens, and new adults. Combined, her books have sold more than 8 million copies. She has been nominated for the Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award three times. Two of her books, Speak and Chains, were National Book Award finalists, and Chains was short-listed for the Carnegie Medal in the UK. Laurie was selected by the American Library Association for the 2009 Margaret A. Edwards Award and has been honored for her battles for intellectual freedom by the National Coalition Against Censorship and the National Council of Teachers of English. In addition to combating censorship, Laurie regularly speaks about the need for diversity in publishing and is a member of RAINN’s National Leadership Council.
Purchase of Shout is mandatory for entry to the signing line.
You know Evelyn Skye from the wonderful New York Times bestselling The Crown’s Game and The Crown’s Fate, a historical fantasy duology set in Imperial Russia.
The wait for her next book is finally over! We are thrilled to invite you to the launch party of Circle of Shadows, her thrilling new fantasy series full of magic, adventure, and betrayal.
Sora can move as silently as a ghost and hurl throwing stars with lethal accuracy. Her gemina, Daemon, can win any physical fight blindfolded and with an arm tied around his back. They are apprentice warriors of the Society of Taigas—marked by the gods to be trained in magic and the fighting arts to protect the kingdom of Kichona. As their graduation approaches, Sora and Daemon look forward to proving themselves worthy of belonging in the elite group—but in a kingdom free of violence since the Blood Rift Rebellion many years ago, it’s been difficult to make their mark. So when Sora and Daemon encounter a strange camp of mysterious soldiers while on a standard scouting mission, they decide the only thing to do to help their kingdom is to infiltrate the group. Taking this risk will change Sora’s life forever—and lead her on a mission of deception that may fool everyone she’s ever loved.
Evelyn will be in conversation with Dana Elmendorf, author of South of Sunshine
We're thrilled to invite you to celebrate the launch of Firestarter, Tara Sim’s epic conclusion to the Timekeeper trilogy, a steampunk adventure set in an alternate Victorian world controlled by clock towers, where a damaged clock can fracture time―and a destroyed one can stop it completely.
The crew of the Prometheus is intent on taking down the world’s clock towers so that time can run freely. Now captives, Colton, Daphne, and the others have a stark choice: join the Prometheus’s cause or fight back in any small way they can and face the consequences. But Zavier, leader of the terrorists, has a bigger plan—to bring back the lost god of time. As new threats emerge, loyalties must shift. No matter where the Prometheus goes—Prague, Austria, India—nowhere is safe, and every second ticks closer toward the eleventh hour. Walking the line between villainy and heroism, each will have to choose what's most important: saving those you love at the expense of the many, or making impossible sacrifices for the sake of a better world.
Firestarter challenges the definitions of hero and villain in a searing testament to the power of love and grief, and how the golden threads of time bind them together
Tara will be in conversation with E.K. Johnston, author of That Inevitable Victorian Thing, Exit, Pursued by a Bear, A Thousand Nights and Star Wars: Ahsoka
Stanford's Rob Reich (not Berkeley's Robert Reich, former Secretary of Labor), speaks to colleague and former Stanford Dean Larry Kramer in a discerning look at the real impact of charitable giving.
Both men have incredible experience, with Reich co-directing the Stanford Center on Philanthropy and Civil Society, and law lecturer Kramer offering his insight as a board member for multiple nonprofit groups throughout his career. Their conclusions may change your outlook and giving practices permanently.
Largely unaccountable and alluringly tax-deductible, charity can sometimes act as an exercise of power which does surprisingly little to help those in need, worsening inequality while bypassing the democratic process. We have seen individual instances of charity gone wrong throughout the years—scandals around percent-of-dollar impacts at various nonprofits.
What approach can we take to bend philanthropic giving more towards the moral arc of justice? In a strong liberal democracy, how does philanthropy best operate? Join two experts as they discuss this issue on the merits, and resolve to take a new approach to giving in the New Year.
For the generous and for anyone concerned about money in politics comes this talk on the incisive book, Just Giving: Why Philanthropy is Failing Democracy and How It Can Do Better.
Join us for a special story time with author and photographer Maddie Johnson as she introduces her charming new book, How Tickles Saved Pickles. Learn the true story about one extraordinary pig and his savior in this inspiring photographic picture book.
Maddie will be joined by her pot-bellied pig, Pickles, who is an Instagram star (@LivingwithPickles) with over 60,000 followers and has been featured on The Dodo, Inside Edition, and People.
How Tickles Saved Pickles tells the story of the time when Pickles the Pig became very sick early in his life. Luckily, there was a large sow named Tickles, who lived on a faraway farm that was willing to help Pickles and save the day. Her act of kindness caused the two pigs — one big, one small — to forge a special friendship that is sure to inspire.
We're thrilled to invite you to celebrate the launch of The Storyteller, Traci Chee's much anticipated conclusion to the epic adventure that began with the New York Times bestselling fantasy The Reader. Think swashbuckling pirates, merciless assassins, and the magic of the written word
“With an assurance that equals her sorcerer protagonist's, Chee constantly interrogates her central question: "who controls the story." …Thoroughly immersive, thoroughly satisfying.”—Kirkus, starred review
Sefia is determined to keep Archer out of the Guard's clutches and their plans for war between the Five Kingdoms. The Book tells of a prophecy that will plunge Kelanna in a bloody war, but it requires a boy--Archer--and Sefia will stop at nothing to ensure his safety. The Guard has already stolen her mother, her father, and her Aunt Nin. Sefia would sooner die than let them take anymore from her--especially the boy she loves.
But escaping the Guard and the Book's prophecy is no easy task. After all, what is written always comes to pass. As Sefia and Archer watch Kelanna start to crumble to the Guard's will, they will have to choose between their love and joining a war that just might tear them apart. Full of magic, suspense, and mystery, Traci Chee brings her Sea of Ink and Gold trilogy to a close in this spellbinding final installment.
Traci will be in conversation with Erin Summerill, award-winning author of Ever the Hunted and Ever the Brave
Join us and celebrate the launch of Gordon Jack's highly satirical novel Your Own Worst Enemy, that features the highs and (very low) lows of the electoral process, proving that the popular vote is the one that matters
“Sharply observed…this is satire at its best. “ Kirkus Review, starred review
Gordon is a high school librarian and author of the hilarious novel The Boomerang Effect. He will be reading scenes and answering questions about the book with a group of students. It will be just like being back in English class, only with a live studio audience, and fun prizes – and giveaways for the audience.
We are delighted to welcome Shannon Messenger back with Flashback, the unforgettable seventh book in the New York Times and USA Today bestselling Keeper of the Lost Cities series, in which Sophie must let the past and present blur together, because the deadliest secrets are always the ones that get erased.
Sophie Foster doesn’t know what—or whom—to believe. And in a game with this many players, the worst mistake can be focusing on the wrong threat. But when the Neverseen prove that Sophie’s far more vulnerable than she ever imagined, she realizes it’s time to change the rules. Her powerful abilities can only protect her so far. To face down ruthless enemies, she must learn to fight. Unfortunately, battle training can’t help a beloved friend who’s facing a whole different danger—where the only solution involves one of the biggest risks Sophie and her friends have ever taken. And the distraction might be exactly what the villains have been waiting for.
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.
Shannon will be in conversation with Tamara Ireland Stone, New York Times bestselling author of Click'd, Every Last Word, Time Between Us, and Time After Time.
We could not be more excited.
Please note: You must have copy of Flashback purchased from Kepler’s to enter the signing line.
Shannon will sign and personalize all copies of Flashback purchased as part of a Premier ticket or purchased onsite the night of the event. These attendees will be allowed to bring one backlist title from home for signing.
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 Flashback from Kepler's to enter the signing line.
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!
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
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.
Please note that Jennifer will be giving away a TDS inspired exclusive Book Beau, FREE, with the purchase of a hard cover copy of The Darkest Star bought from Kepler’s at the event.
Everybody dies. And we all know that - at least, intellectually. But how realistically do we approach our own ends?
Statistically, it's a mixed bag. More elderly and hospitalized people have Do Not Resuscitate orders in place than ever before. But most American adults don't have a will ready. A third don't carry life insurance. Only one in five has told their friends and family how they'd like their own death dealt with.
Our next This Is Now evening event is all about death in America. What does a "good death" look like? How helpful can we expect the medical profession to be when the time comes - for example, respecting that DNR order, or talking frankly with us about what's ahead? What can hospice offer a client and their family - and who's lucky enough to have access to that?
Joining Angie to probe that ever-intimidating topic are: Dr. Ruchika Mishra, Senior Bioethicist with the Program in Medicine and Human Values at Sutter Health Bay Area, and Chris Taich, Director of Bereavement Services at Pathways Home Health and Hospice.
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.
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.
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.
Mountain View Center for the Performing Arts
500 Castro Street, Mountain View, CA 94041
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.
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."
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
"The universe is made of stories, not of atoms." -Muriel Rukeyser
Reading starts at 7:30 pm.
Light refreshments and conversation at 7:00 pm.
Join us for our quarterly reading series, Story is the Thing, where stunning, emerging voices can be heard alongside works from contemporary local literary
Reading starts at 7:30 pm. Light refreshments and conversation at 7:00 pm.
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 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'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 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.
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 Books, Electric Literature, Guernica, 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 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.
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.