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Barbara Kingsolver
Oct
23
7:30 PM19:30

Barbara Kingsolver

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

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

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

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

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

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

Dave Barry - CANCELLED

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

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

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

Not a chance.

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

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

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

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Dan Lyons
Nov
1
7:30 PM19:30

Dan Lyons

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

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

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

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

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

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Shannon Messenger
Nov
7
6:00 PM18:00

Shannon Messenger

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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.

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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. 

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.


 

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A Workshop with Yogacharya O'Brian
Jan
31
7:00 PM19:00

A Workshop with Yogacharya O'Brian

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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

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

Leading Matters: Dr. John Hennessy and Ruth Porat

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

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

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

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

Becky Albertalli and Adam Silvera

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

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

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

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

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

Jose Antonio Vargas with Sabaa Tahir

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Mary Robinson: This is Now with Angie Coiro

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

This is Now with Angie Coiro presents: Chris Hedges

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

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

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

Philosophy Talk Live with Guest Steven Pinker

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CAN REASON SAVE US?

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

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

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

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

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

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

Dr. Dan Siegel

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

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

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

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

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

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Ibtihaj Muhammad
Jul
29
3:00 PM15:00

Ibtihaj Muhammad

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

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

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

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

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

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Terry Brooks with Tad Williams
Jun
30
4:00 PM16:00

Terry Brooks with Tad Williams

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With 23 New York Times bestsellers and 21 million copies of his books in print, Terry Brooks is one of America’s most celebrated authors. Join us, as we welcome the distinguished author of Shannara in conversation with Tad Williams!

Adapted for TV, a well of inspiration to countless fantasy and science-fiction authors ranging from Patrick Rothfuss to Karen Russell, the Four Lands remain one of the most enduring and beloved worlds in literature. Today, over forty years after the release of The Sword of Shannara, mega-bestselling author Terry Brooks returns to the iconic series. The Fall of Shannara, a four-part, standalone new series, introduces an unforgettable coda to his iconic saga.

Celebrate the release of volume two of this hotly-anticipated series: The Skaar Invasion as he takes to the Kepler's stage alongside Tad Williams.

“The Sword of Shannara is an unforgettable and wildly entertaining epic, animated by Terry Brooks’s cosmically generative imagination and storytelling joy.”—Karen Russell, New York Times bestselling author of Swamplandia!

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Simon Winchester
May
21
7:30 PM19:30

Simon Winchester

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Simon Winchester is the acclaimed author of The Professor and the Madman, The Men Who United the States, The Map That Changed the World, The Man Who Loved China, A Crack in the Edge of the World, and Krakatoa, all of which were New York Times bestsellers. In 2006, Winchester was made an officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) by Her Majesty the Queen. He resides in western Massachusetts.

Precisions, that abstract idea of exact measurement – the thing that makes our ball point pens work and space shuttles to launch into the stratosphere – the keystone of the industrial age and the magic of the digital age, had an exact date of birth. Simon Winchester who has written biographies of oceans, geological forces, and the world’s great scientists, returns to the Kepler’s stage for an evening on the engineers who created the modern world. A blend of history, science, and graceful personal narrative, join Winchester as he discusses his new book, The Perfectionists.

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Christopher Moore
May
9
7:30 PM19:30

Christopher Moore

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This absurdly outrageous, sarcastically satiric, and always entertaining New York Times bestselling author and Bay Area local presents his newest novel Noir. The perfect night out for anyone who is craving A LOT of laughter.

Join one of the Bay Area’s biggest, most wisecracking fiction writers - author of Lamb, Fluke, The Stupidest Angel, A Dirty Job, You Suck, and Fool (among numerous others) - as he takes readers from the peaks of Mount Ranier, through the deserts of New Mexico, and all the way to the bustling, braggadocious streets of 1947 San Francisco on an outrageous detective story you will never forget.

Zany, hilarious, and everything we have come to expect from one of the Bay Area's biggest stars, this might just be the finest, most gut-busting night of mystery you'll attend this year.

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Carlo Rovelli with Kishore Hari
May
7
7:30 PM19:30

Carlo Rovelli with Kishore Hari

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Kishore Hari, Director of the Bay Area Science Festival, and Carlo Rovelli, internationally bestselling author of Seven Brief Lessons on Physics and Reality is Not What it Seems, blur the lines between science and humanity with an exciting evening discussing what continues to puzzle physicists and philosophers alike: our perceptions of the flow of time.

Join us for an evening exploration of time. We are used to thinking of time as something that passes in a one way flow. But what exactly is time? Did you know that time passes faster in the mountains than it does at sea level. That In a physics laboratory, a clock on a table and another on the ground run at different speeds. Which one tells the correct time? In his newest book, The Order of Time, Rovelli claims that this question is meaningless and there is no one correct time. He says that times are legion: that there is a different time for every point in space. But how can that be? And what does that mean for our sense of history and future?

This scientific study of time by Rovelli was plotted in part while he was rereading Proust. Thanks to Stephen Hawking (among others) who have ushered in new metaphors for space and the perception of time, the way regular people interact with the culture of science has been altered forever. Hawking came about in an era when physics was used for bomb building and spaceship launches, and ushered us to an era where physics could be used for philosophy and poetry, all three of which Rovelli is a master of.

Known for his generous open nature, you won't want to miss an event with the man who says about himself: “I’m Italian"... "you can ask me whatever you want.”

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Anna Yen and Jon M. Chu with Michael Whalen
Apr
26
7:30 PM19:30

Anna Yen and Jon M. Chu with Michael Whalen

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Kepler's Literary Foundation is proud to introduce the Bay Area literary world's newest star: Anna Yen, author of Sophia of Silicon Valley. Yen's vibrant, witty, and electrifying prose bursts with all the makings of a bestseller. Based on her experiences working for Silicon Valley's top maestros, this exciting debut, exudes the frenetic, 'move fast and break things' essence of the real life day-to-day for the Valley's most ambitious while balancing a delightful avidity for finding the moments of subtle humor and self-effacing candor that only someone who has lived a life among the Valley's ultra-determined can portray.

Documentary filmmaker, Michael Whalen moderates an exclusive conversation between Yen and director of Crazy Rich Asians (the movie adaptation of the bestselling book which is due to release August 17, 2018) Jon M. Chu on the cut-throat and furiously inventive cultures of the technology and entertainment industries.

Get your tickets now for one the most anticipated books of the summer!

**Tickets include complimentary wine and hors-d'oeuvres**

Anna Yen has worked at a wide range of tech companies. She spearheaded investor relations for industry leaders such as Tesla Motors, Market Watch, and Pixar Animations Studios, and reported directly to some of Silicon Valley's most respected leaders (including Steve Jobs, Elon Musk, and Larry Kramer.) She has co-founded several tech start-ups and is currently Managing Director at Ellipsis, an investor relations firm. She lives in San Francisco.

Jon M. Chu is known for his visually stunning work in projects across genre, medium and budget. Whether telling a story through the language of dance in the Step Up films, music in the Justin Bieber documentaries, action in the G.I. JOE film, magic in Now You See Me 2 or culture in his latest film Crazy Rich Asians, Chu’s signature style is bursting with energy and the definition of fun, pop culture entertainment.

Michael Whalen has produced over 100 hours of documentary programming for television since 1994. His writing, producing and directing credits include work for A&E, The Discovery Channel, MTV, NBC, TLC, and more. His independent documentary films include: “Another first Step” (winner of the CINE Golden Eagle Award) “A Question of Habit” (PBS) and “Gringos at the Gate” (ESPN), “The Farm & The Chef.”

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This is Now with Angie Coiro presents: Sally Kohn
Apr
25
7:30 PM19:30

This is Now with Angie Coiro presents: Sally Kohn

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Admit it: in this new world of bilious political warfare, you've said at least one thing you regret. Incivility is catching.

Long-time political commentator Sally Kohn found herself doing the same thing. She stopped to wonder: where does civic ugliness come from - and what does it cost? When we're all emotionally invested in our points of view, can it be stemmed?

She took on a worldwide trek to find out. She's talked to scientists and researches, terrorists, trolls, and hate groups. She has success stories of people who walked away from hate. From all those avenues, she derives workable steps to getting ahead of the damage incivility can wreak.

Sally Kohn is a familiar face from Fox and CNN. Her work has appeared in the Washington Post, New York Times, New York Magazine, USA Today, and Time. She also works as a communications consultant and was previously a campaign strategist for the Center for Community Change, a fellow at the Ford Foundation, and a strategic advisor to the Social Justice Infrastructure Funders, as well as a fellow at the National Gay and Lesbian task Force Policy Institute. She joins our in-house journalist for an evening installment of This Is Now with Angie Coiro.

“Sick of the anger, division and hate in our world? Sally Kohn’s book is uplifting, funny, and full of inspiring solutions.” —Van Jones

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Jacqueline Winspear
Apr
18
7:30 PM19:30

Jacqueline Winspear

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Jacqueline Winspear is the author of the New York Timesbestselling Maisie Dobbs series, which includes In This Grave Hour, Journey to Munich, A Dangerous Place, Leaving Everything Most Loved, Elegy for Eddie, and eight other novels. Her standalone novel, The Care and Management of Lies, was also a New York Times bestseller and a Dayton Literary Peace Prize finalist. Originally from the United Kingdom, she now lives in California.

In To Die But Once, Jacqueline Winspear, the creators of one of the most memorable characters in all of literature, Maisie Dobbs, leads her assiduous heroine from the countryside of rural Hampshire to the web of wartime. As she crosses paths with powerful men and precarious environs, Maisie unravels a daunting new case with a final confrontation readers will hardly believe!

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William Vollmann
Apr
16
7:30 PM19:30

William Vollmann

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We've talked a lot about climate change at Kepler's, but never quite like this. After one of the most devastating nuclear meltdowns in human history rippled through Fukushima, William Vollmann decided to pay a visit.

Armed with a notebook and a radiation meter, Vollmann braved the ghost towns surrounding the devastated remains of what was once a crown jewel for supporters of nuclear energy.

In No Immediate Danger, Vollmann records the first-hand accounts of the survivors who endured the Tohoku earthquake and the meltdown that will forever haunt Northern Coastal Japan. He also records the interviews he conducted both at home in the United States, where we have only narrowly avoided a number of nuclear disasters, and in Japan, with those who turn a blind-eye to the ecological damage of Fukushima and continue to support a nuclear future.

Get down to the nitty-gritty of climate change and energy generation, as Vollmann takes on the consequences of nuclear power production.

‟Vollmann’s books tower over the work of his contemporaries by virtue of their enormous range, huge ambition, stylistic daring, wide learning, audacious innovation and sardonic wit.ˮ —The Washington Post

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Michael Gazzaniga with Kara Platoni
Apr
4
7:30 PM19:30

Michael Gazzaniga with Kara Platoni

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Michael S. Gazzaniga is the director of the SAGE Center for the Study of the Mind at the University of California, Santa Barbara. He is the president of the Cognitive Neuroscience Institute, the founding director of the MacArthur Foundation’s Law and Neuroscience Project, and a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, the National Academy of Medicine, and the National Academy of Sciences. He is the author of many popular science books, including Tales from Both Sides of the Brain. He lives in California.

Kara Platoni is a science journalist. She teaches UC-Berkeley and has interviewed notable authors such as Yuval Noah Harari, Steven Johnson, and more for the Kepler's Literary Foundation.

From one of the leading Cognitive Neuroscientists in the field today, comes one of the most insightful new works in years on human consciousness. Looking broadly, from the writings of the Ancient Greeks to the cutting-edge research happening in labs around the world, Michael Gazzaniga sets the course for what the future of neuroscience will be. His conclusion: Brains make machines; they cannot be reduced to one. The result of such bold thinking could reshape our future. Join us for an exciting evening inside the human mind with Michael Gazzaniga and Kara Platoni.

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Roshani Chokshi with Shannon Messenger
Mar
26
6:00 PM18:00

Roshani Chokshi with Shannon Messenger

Rick Riordan is launching his imprint, Rick Riordan Presents (dedicated to providing entertaining middle grade fiction based on various world mythologies) with Aru Shah and the End of Time, written by best-selling author Roshani Chokshi. It delves into Hindu mythology and is described as a mix of Riordan’s own Percy Jackson series and the Sailor Moon franchise. It’s an imaginative novel that puts girl power and diverse protagonists front and center.

That was part of the appeal for Riordan, who was involved in the selection and editing of the book. “Have you ever read a book and thought, Wow, I wish I’d written that!? For me, Aru Shah and the End of Time is one of those books,” he writes in the foreword. “It has everything I like: humor, action, great characters, and, of course, awesome mythology!.” 

Roshani Chokshi is the author of the New York Times bestselling novel, The Star-Touched Queen, and its companion, A Crown of Wishes. She studied fairy tales in college, and she has a pet luck dragon that looks suspiciously like a Great Pyrenees dog. Aru Shah and the End of Time was inspired by the stories her grandmother told her as well as Roshani's all-consuming love for Sailor Moon. 

Roshani will be chatting with Shannon Messenger, author of the bestselling Keeper of the Lost Cities series.
 

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Leonard Mlodinow with Michael Shermer
Mar
22
7:30 PM19:30

Leonard Mlodinow with Michael Shermer

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Leonard Mlodinow received his Ph.D. in theoretical physics from the University of California, Berkeley, was an Alexander von Humboldt Fellow at the Max Planck Institute, and was on the faculty of the California Institute of Technology. His previous books include the best sellers SubliminalWar of the Worldviews (with Deepak Chopra), The Grand Design (with Stephen Hawking), and The Drunkard's Walk, as well as The Upright Thinkers, Feynman's Rainbow, and Euclid's Window. He also wrote for the television series MacGyver and Star Trek: The Next Generation.

Michael Shermer is the Founding Publisher and Editor-in-Chief of Skeptic magazine. He is the author of Why People Believe Weird Things: PseudoscienceSuperstition, and Other Confusions of Our TimeHow We Believe: The Search for God in an Age of Science, and more. 

Out of the exploratory instincts that allowed our ancestors to prosper hundreds of thousands of years ago, humans developed a cognitive style that Mlodinow terms elastic thinking, a collection of traits and abilities that include neophilia (an affinity for novelty), schizotypy (a tendency toward unusual perception), imagination and idea generation, pattern recognition, mental fluency, divergent thinking, and integrative thinking. Join us to learn the essential tools to harness the power of elastic thinking in an endlessly dynamic world.

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Junot Diaz
Mar
21
6:00 PM18:00

Junot Diaz

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From New York Times bestseller and Pulitzer Prize winner Junot Diaz comes a debut picture book about the magic of memory and the infinite power of the imagination.

Every kid in Lola's school was from somewhere else. 
Hers was a school of faraway places.

When Lola's teacher asks the students to draw a picture of where their families immigrated from, all the kids are excited. Except Lola. She can't remember The Island--she left when she was just a baby. But with the help of her family and friends, and their memories - joyous, fantastical, heartbreaking, and frightening - Lola's imagination takes her on an extraordinary journey back to The Island. As she draws closer to the heart of her family's story, Lola comes to understand the truth of her abuela's words: "Just because you don't remember a place doesn't mean it's not in you."

Gloriously illustrated and lyrically written, Islandborn is a celebration of creativity, diversity, and our imagination's boundless ability to connect us –t o our families, to our past and to ourselves.

 "With his tenacious, curious heroine and a voice that’s chatty, passionate, wise, and loving, Díaz entices readers to think about a fundamental human question: what does it mean to belong?"–Publishers Weekly, starred review

Junot Diaz was born in the Dominican Republic and raised in New Jersey. He is the author of the critically acclaimed Drown; The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao, which won the 2008 Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Critics Circle Award; and This Is How You Lose Her, a New York Times bestseller and National Book Award finalist. A graduate of Rutgers University, Diaz is currently the fiction editor at Boston Review and the Rudge and Nancy Allen Professor of Writing at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Join us to meet Junot Diaz and celebrate the publication of Islandborn.  Bring the kids!

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Michio Kaku
Mar
5
7:30 PM19:30

Michio Kaku

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Michio Kaku is the cofounder of string field theory, science advisor to CBS This Morning, and the author of several widely acclaimed science books, including The Future of the Mind, Physics of the Future, and more.

From our world today plagued by Climate Change and a depletion of finite resources, world-renowned physicist and futurist Michio Kaku explores what lies ahead for humankind. Nanoships, Martian colonies, and outer-space civilizations are just the beginning of a wide breadth of opportunities the acclaimed physicist believes await us in the next century. Join Dr. Kaku as he leads us on an intimate journey from the robotics and cutting-edge developments of today to the stars and heights we once thought unattainable.

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Tavi Gevinson
Feb
16
7:00 PM19:00

Tavi Gevinson

Meet Tavi Gevinson, editor-in-chief of and founder of Rookie, an online magazine for teenage girls. 

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Tavi's career in media began when she created the blog Style Rookie in 2008 at age eleven. She launched Rookie at age fifteen which has paved the way for a new era of teen media as an online magazine made by and for teenagers (and their cohorts of any age). It has inspired millions of readers by honestly addressing the adolescent experience and empowering young people to tell their own stories. 

Tavi has since spoken at many places including TEDxTeen, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Sydney Opera House, and The New Yorker Festival. She’s written for Elle, The Chicago Tribune, and NPR, posed for Annie Liebovitz and the iconic Pirelli calendar, voiced a character on the Simpsons, and owns a pair of gloves once owned by Audrey Hepburn and Winona Ryder 

Tavi is also an actress, having starred in Kenneth Lonergan's Tony-nominated This Is Our Youth, Ivo van Hove's revival of The Crucible as Mary Warren, and most recently Stephen Karam's revival of Chekhov's The Cherry Orchard on Broadway and the Sundance darling Human People. 

She’ll be chatting about her new book Rookie on Love an anthology about the heart’s most powerful emotion. Featuring exclusive, never-before-seen essays, poems, comics, and interviews from beloved voices like John Green, Rainbow Rowell, Hilton Als, Alessia Cara, Durga Chew-Bose, Etgar Keret, Margo Jefferson, Janet Mock, Gabourey Sidibe, Emma Straub, Jenny Zhang and many more, this collection is the perfect reflection on love in its many forms. 

Join us to meet the multitalented star as she talks about Rookie on Love

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Kelly Corrigan
Feb
5
7:30 PM19:30

Kelly Corrigan

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Kelly Corrigan is a staple of the Bay Area literary scene, the host of The Forward and the author of three New York Times bestselling books. Corrigan’s signature technique of transforming the seemingly mundane into hilarious and heart-breaking prose has captivated millions and won her countless fans.

Don’t miss “the poet laureate of the ordinary.” as she takes to the Kepler’s stage to share her most candid and enchanting work yet, Tell Me More. With this new book, Corrigan reveals the magic in the prosaic, the beauty in the normal, and the hope that fuels her marriage and her love for her family. Be there for this exciting event!

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Niall Ferguson with David M. Kennedy
Jan
29
7:30 PM19:30

Niall Ferguson with David M. Kennedy

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Niall Ferguson is the author of Paper and IronThe Ascent of MoneyCivilization, and The Square and the Tower. He is Senior Fellow at the Hoover Institution, Stanford University.

David Kennedy is Donald J. McLachlan Professor of History Emeritus at Stanford University and co-director of the Bill Lane Center for the American West. His volume in the series, Freedom From Fear: The American People in Depression and War, 1929-1945, won the Pulitzer Prize for History.

In his most sweeping and ambitious work to date, Niall Ferguson, tells the story of human history, from the Middle Ages to Facebook, through the lens of the networks that have sustained us. A monumental work from one of the worlds most renowned historians, The Square and the Tower, is a tapestry of history delineated by two key network formations that have ruled humankind. Join the great historian as he sits down with Pulitzer Prize-winner and fellow historian, David M. Kennedy.

"Brilliantly illuminates the great power struggle between networks and hierarchies that is raging around the world today...Silicon Valley needed a history lesson and Ferguson has provided it." -Eric Schmidt

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This is Now with Angie Coiro Presents: Michael Shermer
Jan
24
7:30 PM19:30

This is Now with Angie Coiro Presents: Michael Shermer

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“Natural selection wants to kill us all - all the time; ultimately, you can’t defeat it.” - Michael Shermer.

Legendary skeptic Michael Shermer takes us on a historic and futuristic tour of our obsession with mortality from Dante to singularists, transhumanists, cryonicists, and extropians.

He'll take us into the labs and hallways where minds are frozen, preserved and uploaded; he takes us through the alleyways of history where the afterlife has defined epochs and cultures across the globe; and he unravels the psychological web of how and why humankind has always been obsessed with mortality.

His new book Heavens on Earth: The Scientific Search for the Afterlife, Immortality, and Utopia details the lifelong skeptic's thoughtful, wide-ranging probe into what happens after we die, with respect and humor. Acknowledging the intuitive human rejection of nothingness, Heavens on Earth explores the natural efforts to fill in that blank - with religion, science, and personal impressions.

Join us for this latest installment of This Is Now, as Angie explores life, the universe, and everything - including new strains of American atheist culture - with the man Neil DeGrasse Tyson calls "a beacon of reason in an ocean of irrationality.”

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Barry Eisler
Jan
23
7:30 PM19:30

Barry Eisler

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Barry Eisler spent three years in a covert position with the CIA’s Directorate of Operations, then worked as a technology lawyer and startup executive in Silicon Valley and Japan. Eisler’s bestselling thrillers have won the Barry Award and the Gumshoe Award for Best Thriller, have been included in numerous “Best of” lists, have been translated into nearly twenty languages. 

Now is your chance to join Barry Eisler’s most darkly complex heroines, Livia Lone, as she returns with one of his most popular characters of all-time: the vigilante, Marine sniper, Dox. In the eagerly-awaited follow-up to Eisler’s critically-acclaimed new series, Livia Lone (called by the New York Times, “an absolutely first-rate thriller”), the master spy novelist weaves a thrilling inter-continental story of law and order and those who brave the underworld to bring evil to justice.

*Photo by Scott R. Kline  taken for InMenlo.com 

Doors open at 6:30pm.

Books will be available for pick up, and for sale, at the event.

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Matthew Zapruder with Louise Glück
Jan
17
7:30 PM19:30

Matthew Zapruder with Louise Glück

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Matthew Zapruder is the author of four poetry collections including American Linden, The Pajamaist, Sun Bear, and Come on all You Ghosts. His most recent work is Why Poetry, a book of prose about poetry.

Louise Glück has won the Pulitzer Prize, the National Book Critics Circle Award, and the Bollingen Prize, and is the former Poet Laureate of the United States. She teaches at Yale University and lives in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

Join two of America’s leading poets for an evening of why poetry matters. Matthew Zapruder’s work has appeared everywhere from the New Yorker to the Paris Review. Louise Gluck has won a Pulitzer Prize, National Book Award, and countless more accolades. They will read from some of their favorite works, read from the original prose on the importance of poetry, and share just why it is we come back to poetry generation after generation. 

Doors open at 6:30pm.

Books will be available for pick up, and for sale, at the event.

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Former Vice President Al Gore
Dec
7
7:30 PM19:30

Former Vice President Al Gore

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SORRY - THS EVENT IS SOLD OUT!

With An Inconvenient Truth, former Vice President Al Gore brought the climate crisis into the living rooms of nearly every American. Over ten years later, the Nobel Laureate returns with An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth To Power, an uplifting narrative of what change in action looks like across the globe and how every person can play their part.

From hurricanes to forest fires to a rapidly melting Arctic, Gores reinvigorated call to action has been heralded for its important role in the movement to stabilize our climate and rescue our planet for our children and generations to come.

Join one of the worlds greatest environmental heroes as he connects the dots between natural disasters, flooding, and health risks like infectious diseases. Listen as he tells the stories of change-makers across the globe and presents the alarming facts and conclusive evidence that demonstrate the real effects the climate crisis is having and will continue to have on our planet.

Join us for this extraordinary evening with former Vice President Al Gore.

NOTE: THERE WILL BE NO SIGNING LINE

A limited number of signed books will be available for purchase on first come first serve basis to all ticket holders. 


Ticket Information: 

$50.00 -- Admit one includes pre-signed copy of "An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth To Power"
$25.00 -- Admit one; does not include book
$15.00 -- Admit one; no book; must show student ID

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Andy Weir with Kara Platoni -- Artemis Launch
Nov
20
7:30 PM19:30

Andy Weir with Kara Platoni -- Artemis Launch

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The author of the instant classic, The Martian, is back with a novel that will have you on the edge of your seat! Celebrate the release of the most-anticipated book of the year. 

Andy Weir presents: Artemis

Artemis is the first only city on the moon. If you aren't a tourist or an eccentric billionaire, life in this fledgling new territory is tough. Providence and imperial dreams have been nickel-and-dimed from those who have called the moon their home. That's why Jazz doesn't rely on her day-job. She moonlights, instead, as a smuggler, and gets along okay with small-time contraband that is, until the chance to commit the perfect crime presents itself. 

Join Kepler's Literary Foundation for the literary event of the year!

Andy Weir built a career as a software engineer until the runaway success of his debut novel, The Martian, allowed him to pursue writing full-time. He is a lifelong space nerd and a devoted hobbyist of subjects such as relativistic physics, orbital mechanics, and the history of manned spaceflight. He lives in California.

Kara Platoni is a science journalist. She teaches UC-Berkeley and has interviewed notable authors such as Yuval Noah Harari, Steven Johnson, and more for the Kepler's Literary Foundation.

Ticket Information: 
$50.00 -- Premier ticket with hardcover copy of "Artemis"
$25.00 -- General seating; does not include book
$15.00 -- Student seating; no book; must show student ID

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