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Tara Sim with E.K. Johnston
Jan
18
7:00 PM19:00

Tara Sim with E.K. Johnston

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.

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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.

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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

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Evelyn Skye and Dana Elmendorf
Jan
20
3:00 PM15:00

Evelyn Skye and Dana Elmendorf

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.

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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.

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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

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Leigh Bardugo
Feb
5
6:00 PM18:00

Leigh Bardugo

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.

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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.

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How Tickles Saved Pickles Story Time with Maddie Johnson
Dec
2
11:00 AM11:00

How Tickles Saved Pickles Story Time with Maddie Johnson

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.

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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.

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Traci Chee with Erin Summerill
Nov
16
7:00 PM19:00

Traci Chee with Erin Summerill

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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.

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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

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Gordon Jack
Nov
13
7:00 PM19:00

Gordon Jack

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

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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.

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Shannon Messenger
Nov
7
6:00 PM18:00

Shannon Messenger

  • Smithwick Theatre, Foothill College (map)
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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.

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

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.


 

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

Jennifer L. Armentrout with Evelyn Skye

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

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

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

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

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.

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

Jeffrey Brown with James Parks and Ben Costa

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

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

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

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

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

Matt de la Peña and Christian Robinson

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

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

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

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

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

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

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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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John Flanagan
Oct
4
7:00 PM19:00

John Flanagan

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

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

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

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

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

Laini Taylor with Sabaa Tahir

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

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

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

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

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

Kiersten White with Stephanie Garber

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

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

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

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

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

Story Time with Drew Daywalt and Scott Campbell

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Annie Barrows and Sophie Blackall

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

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

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

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

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

Gretchen McNeil with Stephanie Kuehn

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

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

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

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

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

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

JoAnne Wetzel and Tim McCanna

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

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

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

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Ibtihaj Muhammad
Jul
29
3:00 PM15:00

Ibtihaj Muhammad

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

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

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

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

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

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

Princess and the Pit Stop Story Time with Tom Angleberger

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

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

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

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Sabaa Tahir and Renee Ahdieh
Jun
16
3:00 PM15:00

Sabaa Tahir and Renee Ahdieh

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Two of our favorite authors. Two fabulous new books. And there is no party more fun than a YA launch party

Fans of Sabaa Tahir's beloved Ember Quartet rejoice - the wait is finally over. We are celebrating the highly anticipated The Reaper at the Gates and couldn’t be more excited.  

Booklist, in a starred review, called it, “ another compelling story that defies readers to stop turning the pages.” and MTV.com described the series  as “A setting inspired by ancient Rome; a fierce battle for freedom in the face of tyranny; and a villain who makes Cersei Lannister and Dolores Umbridge look like a pair of pathetic amateurs.”

And for fans of Renee Ahdieh's New York Times bestselling The Wrath and the Dawn, The Rose and the Dagger, and Flame in the Mist - it's time to celebrate. Her new book, Smoke in the Sun, is the eagerly awaited sequel to Flame in the Mist, a sweeping, action-packed adventure set against the backdrop of Feudal Japan where Mulan meets Throne of Glass.

“Rich in magical realism and cultural nuance of feudal Japan, Ahdieh’s series starter begins with a girl-power bang. . . . A wonderful choice for YA shelves, especially where lush fantasy is popular.”—School Library Journal

Doesn't get better than this!

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

Stephanie Garber with Stacey Lee

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If you loved Caraval then you will be as excited as we are to hear Stephanie Garber discuss her long awaited and every bit as wonderful sequel, Legendary. Welcome back to Caraval - the games have only just begun

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A heart to protect. A debt to repay. A game to win. Donatella Dragna has finally escaped her father and saved her sister Scarlett from a disastrous arranged marriage. The girls should be celebrating, but Tella made a desperate bargain with a mysterious criminal, and owes him Caraval Master Legend’s true name. The only chance of uncovering Legend’s identity is to win Caraval, so Tella throws herself into the competition once more―and into the path of the murderous heir to the throne, a doomed love story, and a web of secrets. Caraval has always demanded bravery, cunning, and sacrifice. But now the game is asking for more. If Tella can’t fulfill her bargain, she’ll lose everything she cares about―maybe even her life. But if she wins, Legend and Caraval will be destroyed forever.

Stephanie Garber is the New York Times and internationally bestselling author of Caraval and Legendary. When she’s not writing, Stephanie teaches creative writing, and dreams of her next adventure.

Stephanie will be chatting with Stacey Lee author of Under a Painted Sky, Outrun the Moon, and Secret of a Heart Note. She's a fourth generation Chinese American, a native of Southern California, who practiced law in Silicon Valley for several years before writing YA novels. 

Don't miss this legendary party.
 

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Story Time with Tom Booth
Jun
10
11:00 AM11:00

Story Time with Tom Booth

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How did you find this book?
Don't you know this book is a secret book?
Did Monkey tell? Was it Owl? Giraffe?
Maybe the animal who "told" would rather share than keep a secret. Especially when sharing a book as good as this one makes him so happy!

Don’t Blink! was one of our favorite picture books of last year. Join us for a special story time with Tom Booth as he introduces his sweet and funny, experiential  new picture book, Don’t Tell!

Tom Booth is an author, illustrator, and character designer who has worked in both animation and publishing at Macmillan, Scholastic, Simon & Schuster, Workman Publishing, and Nicktoons. 
 

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LET’S TALK YA with Tamara Ireland Stone and Andrew Shvarts
Jun
9
6:30 PM18:30

LET’S TALK YA with Tamara Ireland Stone and Andrew Shvarts

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It’s time to talk YA.   Join us as we celebrate the launch of two new books by two of our favorite local authors. Tamara Ireland Stone and Andrew Shvarts will be chatting about their new books, writing, life as an author, and more. Enjoy a panel discussion, Q&A about why we love YA, themed activities, and great company.
 
Little Do We Know: Next-door neighbors and ex-best friends Hannah and Emory haven't spoken in months. Now, Emory is trying to make the most of the months she has left with her boyfriend, Luke, before they head off to separate colleges. One night, Hannah finds Luke doubled over in his car outside her house and in the aftermath of the accident, all three struggle to understand what happened. But when a devastating secret about Hannah and Emory's argument ultimately comes to light, they must all reexamine the things they hold true. 
 
City of Bastards, the action-packed and wildly entertaining sequel to Royal Bastards, follows Tilla as she explores the royal capital of Lightspire where she uncovers a sinister conspiracy to take down the kingdom from within. With an ensemble cast that resonates as real and complex, City of Bastards is filled with humor and heart that readers will not soon forget. In fact, “Soon John Snow won’t be the only bastard whose name readers will remember” –Entertainment Weekly on Royal Bastards.

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Tamara Ireland Stone is the New York Times bestselling author of Every Last Word, Time Between Us, Time After Time; and Click'd. Before she began writing fiction full time, Tamara spent twenty years in the technology industry. She co-founded a woman-owned marketing strategy and communications firm where she worked with small startups as well as some of the world's largest software companies. 

Andrew Shvarts  works for Pixelberry Studios as a designer, making mobile games like High School Story, Choices, and is the author of the critically acclaimed Royal Bastards.
 

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Mark Oshiro with Nina LaCour
May
30
7:00 PM19:00

Mark Oshiro with Nina LaCour

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We couldn't be more excited to welcome Mark Oshiro to discuss his masterful debut, Anger Is a Gift, an explosion of fury and revolution about teens in Oakland organizing to challenge state-sanctioned violence.

Mark Oshiro is the Hugo-nominated writer of the online Mark Does Stuff universe (Mark Reads and Mark Watches), where he analyzes book and TV series. He was the nonfiction editor of Queers Destroy Science Fiction! and the co-editor of Speculative Fiction 2015, and is the President of the Con or Bust Board of Directors. When not writing/recording reviews or editing, Oshiro engages in social activism online and offline. Anger is a Gift is his powerful debut YA contemporary fiction novel.

Moss Jeffries is many things--considerate student, devoted son, loyal friend and affectionate boyfriend, enthusiastic nerd. Sometimes Moss wishes he could be someone who hadn't become a rallying point for a community because of one horrible night. Moss can’t even escape at school―he and his friends are subject to the lack of funds and crumbling infrastructure at West Oakland High, as well as constant intimidation by the resource officer stationed in their halls. When tensions hit a fever pitch and tragedy strikes again, Moss must face a difficult choice: give in to fear and hate or realize that anger can actually be a gift.

A story of resilience and loss, love and family, Mark Oshiro's Anger is a Gift testifies to the vulnerability and strength of a community living within a system of oppression. 

Mark will be chatting with Nina LaCour  (We Are Okay, You Know Me Well, Everything Leads To You)

 

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Sandhya Menon with Krystal Sutherland
May
25
7:00 PM19:00

Sandhya Menon with Krystal Sutherland

Sandhya Menon's debut novel, When Dimple Met Rishi, was a smash-hit and instant favorite. Join us to meet Sandhya and hear about an aspiring teen filmmaker finding her voice in From Twinkle, With Love.

Twinkle Mehra has stories she wants to tell, if only the world would listen. So when fellow film geek Sahil Roy approaches her to direct a movie for the upcoming Summer Festival, Twinkle is all over it. The chance to publicly showcase her voice as a director? Dream come true. The fact that it gets her closer to her longtime crush, Neil Roy—a.k.a. Sahil’s twin brother? Dream come true x 2. When mystery man “N” begins emailing her, Twinkle is sure it’s Neil, finally ready to begin their happily-ever-after. The only slightly inconvenient problem is that, in the course of movie-making, she’s fallen in love with the irresistibly adorkable Sahil. Twinkle soon realizes that resistance is futile: The romance she’s got is not the one she’s scripted. But will it be enough?

Told through the letters Twinkle writes to her favorite female filmmakers, From Twinkle, with Love navigates big truths about friendship, family, and the unexpected places love can find you.

Sandhya Menon is the New York Times bestselling author of When Dimple Met Rishi. She was born and raised in India on a steady diet of Bollywood movies and street food, and blames this upbringing for her obsession with happily-ever-afters, bad dance moves, and pani puri.  Sandhya will be chatting with Krystal Sutherland, author of Our Chemical Hearts and A Semi-Definitive List of Worst Nightmares.
 

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Kids Love Science with Jack Challoner
May
16
6:00 PM18:00

Kids Love Science with Jack Challoner

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Calling all young scientists curious about their surroundings and all makers, crafters, and those who enjoy exploring the outdoors. Meet science educator Jack Challoner as he discusses Maker Lab Outdoors, which focuses on projects that can be done outside, or that emphasize the earth and environment. 

Jack will  lead a series of experiments for attendees and answer science questions. 

Produced in conjunction with the Smithsonian, Maker Lab: Outdoors features 25 projects that will spark kids’ creativity, help develop science skills through hands-on learning., and brings big and complex science concepts right into your backyard.  Each project features a time estimate, difficulty level, and safety recommendations, as well as sections that explain how the science works and offer real-world examples.

Jack Challoner has written more than 40 books on science and technology including DK’s award-winning Make Lab, and acts as a science consultant on books, magazines, and television programs. 


 

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Adrienne Young with Traci Chee
May
2
7:00 PM19:00

Adrienne Young with Traci Chee

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Join us to celebrate local author Adrienne Young’s highly anticipated debut, Sky In the Deep , an action-packed Viking adventure that masterfully explores identity, family, and friendship

Raised to be a warrior, seventeen-year-old Eelyn fights alongside her Aska clansmen in an ancient, rivalry against the Riki clan. Her life is brutal but simple: fight and survive. Until the day she sees the impossible on the battlefield―her brother, fighting with the enemy―the brother she watched die five years ago. Faced with her brother's betrayal, she must survive the winter in the mountains with the Riki, in a village where every neighbor is an enemy, every battle scar possibly one she delivered. But when the Riki village is raided by a ruthless clan thought to be a legend, Eelyn is  desperate to get back to her family. She is given no choice but to trust Fiske, her brother’s friend, who sees her as a threat. They must do the impossible: unite the clans to fight together, or risk being slaughtered one by one. 

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Adrienne Young is a born and bred Texan turned California girl. She is a foodie with a deep love of history and travel and when she’s not writing, you can find her on her yoga mat, scouring antique fairs for old books, or disappearing into her favorite art museums.

Adrienne will be chatting with Traci Chee, author of The Reader and The Speaker

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Dude! Story Time with Aaron Reynolds and Dan Santat
Apr
29
11:00 AM11:00

Dude! Story Time with Aaron Reynolds and Dan Santat

Aaron Reynolds has teamed up with Dan Santat to create the hilarious, gnarly summer adventure picture book, Dude! And we can’t wait!

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Dude! You have to read this book. It's totally about this platypus and this beaver who are friends. They want to go surfing but dude, there's this shark who's in the ocean, too. But don't worry. This shark approaches and you'll never guess what happens.

Aaron Reynolds is the New York Times–bestselling author of many hilarious books for kids, including Carnivores; Chicks and Salsa; Joey Fly, Private Eye; President Squid, the Caldecott Honor book Creepy Carrots!; Nerdy Birdy; and its follow-up, Nerdy Birdy Tweets.

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Dan Santat is the New York Times bestselling author and Caldecott-winning illustrator of The Adventures of Beekle: The Unimaginary Friend, Are We There Yet?, and After the Fall (How Humpty Dumpty Got Back Up Again). His artwork is also featured in numerous picture books, chapter books, and middle grade novels, including Dav Pilkey's Ricky Ricotta series. 

 “Surprises, mayhem, sharks, and ice cream: What's not to like?  - Kirkus Reviews.
We couldn’t agree more. Dude! Don’t miss this opportunity to discover a new favorite read

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Kelly Loy Gilbert, Emily X.R. Pan, and Anna-Marie McLemore
Apr
15
2:00 PM14:00

Kelly Loy Gilbert, Emily X.R. Pan, and Anna-Marie McLemore

Three wonderful authors. Three extraordinary YA reads.  One special afternoon. 

Come celebrate with us as we launch Kelly Loy Gilbert’s new book Picture Us in the Light, west coast launch Emily X.R. Pan’s The Astonishing Color of After, and continue to fangirl over Anna-Marie McLemore’s Wild Beauty.

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Picture Us in the Light by Kelly Loy Gilbert, author of the William C. Morris Debut Award finalist Conviction, is a profound love story with epic scope that will break readers’ hearts and put them back together again. Told through the eyes of eighteen-year-old Danny Cheng, this urgent and hauntingly beautiful novel delves into critical and timely issues of deportation, systemic racism, and sexual identity. "This urgent, achingly beautiful story shines a light on those living in the shadows. A beacon of hope and resistance." - Melissa de la Cruz

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Emily X.R. Pan  is a co-creator of Foreshadow: A Serial YA Anthology and  the founding editor-in-chief of Bodega Magazine.  The Astonishing Color of After is a stunning and heartbreaking novel about finding oneself through family history, art, grief, and love. It alternates between real and magic, past and present, friendship and romance, hope and despair, of which John Green says "Emily X.R. Pan's brilliantly crafted, harrowing first novel portrays the vast spectrum of love and grief with heart-wrenching beauty and candor. This is a very special book."

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Anna-Marie McLemore is the author of William C. Morris Debut Award Finalist The Weight of Feathers, Stonewall Honor Book When the Moon Was Ours, and Wild Beauty. A stunning exploration of love, loss, and family of which  Kirkus says “Part mystery, part love story, this evocative, lush novel is a delight for sophisticated readers."

 
 

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Kiley Roache with Misa Sugiura
Apr
3
7:00 PM19:00

Kiley Roache with Misa Sugiura

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Join us to celebrate the launch of Kiley Roache’s debut novel, Frat Girl, that centers around fraternity life, feminism, and finding your own truth

With one shot at a scholarship to attend the university of her dreams, Cassandra Davis pitches a research project: to pledge Delta Tau Chi, a house on probation and on the verge of being thrown off campus, and provide proof of their misogynistic behavior.  But the boys of Delta Tau Chi have their own agenda and Cassie is forced to realize that the F-word (fraternity) might not be as simple as she thought after all

Kiley Roache is a Stanford student who has worked for the Chicago Tribune's teen publication, the San Francisco Chronicle, and Huffington Post Teen. She'll be chatting with Misa Sugiura (It's Not Like It's A Secret) and Christy Hayes, who blogs for Tales of a Ravenous Reader
 

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