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Randy Ribay

  • Kepler's Books 1010 El Camino Real Menlo Park, CA, 94025 United States (map)

Join us to celebrate the launch of After the Shot Drops by local author Randy Ribay, a powerful novel about friendship, basketball, and one teen’s mission to create a better life for his family  in the tradition of Jason Reynolds, Matt de la Pena, and Walter Dean Myers.    

"Ribay’s depictions of Bunny’s and Nasir’s lives are beautifully—if not tragically—drawn...[Ribay] painstakingly shows the state of (sometimes violent) desperation for many young men of the inner city, buoyed only by the distant chance of a better life through stardom. Despite its downbeat aspects, the story nevertheless manages to infuse humanity into the boys’ lives by showcasing the importance of family, the value of friendship, and the importance of courage in the face of difficult situations."  — Booklist

Randy Ribay was born in the Philippines and raised in the Midwest. A graduate of the University of Colorado and the Harvard Graduate School of Education, Ribay taught English on the East Coast for a decade but now teaches in the San Francisco Bay Area.

Earlier Event: March 13
Daytime Literary Seminar: Winter's Bone
Later Event: March 14
Tahereh Mafi with Sabaa Tahir