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

Adrienne Young with Shea Ernshaw

Loved Sky in the Deep? Counting down the days to get your hands on The Girl the Sea Gave Back? Us too!

We’re launching Adrienne Young’s highly anticipated gut-wrenching epic, The Girl the Sea Gave Back, and couldn’t be more excited.

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For as long as she can remember, Tova has lived among the Svell, the people who found her washed ashore as a child and use her for her gift as a Truthtongue. Her own home and clan are long-faded memories, but the sacred symbols and staves inked over every inch of her skin mark her as one who can cast the rune stones and see into the future. She has found a fragile place among those who fear her, but when two clans to the east bury their age-old blood feud and join together as one, her world is dangerously close to collapse. For the first time in generations, the leaders of the Svell are divided. Should they maintain peace or go to war with the allied clans to protect their newfound power? And when their chieftain looks to Tova to cast the stones, she sets into motion a series of events that will not only change the landscape of the mainland forever but will give her something she believed she could never have again―a home.

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

Adrienne will be chatting with Shea Ernshaw, the New York Times bestselling author of The Wicked Deep and Winterwood, who also works as a producer for a film production company

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

Katy Rose Pool with Tara Sim

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We are absolutely thrilled to be launching Katy Rose Poole’s showstopping “can’t miss” debut, There Will Come a Darkness, an epic fantasy trilogy that explores everything from ancient history to apocalyptic prophecies to fraught sibling relationships. It’s the book everyone is raving about: “Early buzz could not be louder” Entertainment Weekly

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The Age of Darkness approaches. Five lives stand in its way. Who will stop it . . . or unleash it?
For generations, the Seven Prophets guided humanity. Using their visions of the future, they ended wars and united nations―until the day, one hundred years ago, when the Prophets disappeared. All they left behind was one final, secret prophecy, foretelling an Age of Darkness and the birth of a new Prophet who could be the world’s salvation . . . or the cause of its destruction. With chaos on the horizon, five souls are set on a collision course: A prince exiled from his kingdom. A ruthless killer known as the Pale Hand. A once-faithful leader torn between his duty and his heart. A reckless gambler with the power to find anything or anyone. And a dying girl on the verge of giving up. One of them―or all of them―could break the world. Will they be savior or destroyer?

After graduating from UC Berkeley with a degree in history, Katy Rose Pool spent a few years building websites by day and dreaming up prophecies by night. There Will Come a Darkness is her first novel. She will be chatting with Tara Sim, author of the author of the Timekeeper series.

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

Kerri Maniscalco with Stephanie Garber - CANCELLED

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

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

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We are delighted to welcome Kerri to Kepler’s for Capturing the Devil, the shocking finale to her bestselling series in which Audrey Rose and Thomas are on the hunt for the depraved, elusive killer known as the White City Devil. A deadly game of cat-and-mouse has them fighting to stay one step ahead of the brilliant serial killer---or see their fateful romance cut short by unspeakable tragedy.

“Combining historical fiction, romance, forensics, a feisty heroine, a swiftpaced plot, gobs of murders, and historical illustrations, Maniscalco pulls in the reader for a wonderfully bloody romantic romp.”―Booklist

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Audrey Rose Wadsworth and Thomas Cresswell have landed in America. When they attend the spectacular World's Fair, they find it tainted with reports of missing people and unsolved murders. Determined to help, they start to investigate only to find themselves facing a serial killer unlike any they've encountered before. Identifying him is one thing, but capturing him---and getting dangerously lost in the infamous Murder Hotel he constructed as a terrifying torture device---is another. Will they see their last mystery to the end---together and in love---or will their fortunes finally run out when their most depraved adversary makes one final, devastating kill?

Kerri Maniscalco grew up in a semi-haunted house outside NYC where her fascination with gothic settings began. She is the #1 New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of the Stalking Jack the Ripper quartet.

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

We are counting down the days.

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

Lindsay Lackey with Lisa Moore Ramee

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

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

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

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

Rebecca Kim Wells, Megan Whalen Turner, with Elizabeth Fama

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We are overjoyed to welcome Rebecca Kim Wells who will introduce her captivating fantasy debut novel, Shatter the Sky, about a determined young woman who sets out to rescue her kidnapped girlfriend by stealing a dragon from the corrupt emperor.

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"In Shatter the Sky, Rebecca Kim Wells has created a fierce, brave, stalwart protagonist and a full-realized fantasy world reminiscent of writers like Tamora Pierce and Robin McKinley, all infused with intersectionality, feminism, and, of course, dragons. This is a fairytale for people who have never seen themselves in fairytales before. Anne McCaffrey for the next generation, and I absolutely devoured it." Mackenzi Lee, bestselling author of The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue

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She’ll be chatting with Megan Whalen Turnerauthor of short stories and novels that include The Thief,  The Queen of Attolia, The King of Attolia, A Conspiracy of Kings, and Thick as Thieves  She has won the LA Times Book Award for Young Adult LIterature, a Boston Globe/ Horn Book Honor and a Newbery Honor. She won the Mythopoeic Award and was twice shortlisted for the Andre Norton Award.

Elizabeth Fama, author of Monstrous Beauty, Overboard, and Plus One, will be moderating this one of a kind conversation.

Join us to hear this powerful and oh so talented panel of authors. 

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Victoria Schwab
Sep
19
6:00 PM18:00

Victoria Schwab

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We couldn’t be more excited to welcome #1 New York Times bestselling author Victoria Schwab as she returns to the spooky and heart-pounding world of City of Ghosts, delivering thrilling new adventures and an unforgettable spin on friendship in Tunnel of Bones. (Because sometimes, even psychic ghost best friends have secrets. . .)

Trouble is haunting Cassidy Blake . . . even more than usual. She (plus her ghost best friend, Jacob) are in Paris, where Cass's parents are filming their TV show about the world's most haunted cities. Sure, it's fun eating croissants and seeing the Eiffel Tower, but there's true ghostly danger lurking beneath Paris, in the creepy underground Catacombs. When Cass accidentally awakens a frighteningly strong spirit, she must rely on her still-growing skills as a ghosthunter -- and turn to friends both old and new to help her unravel a mystery. But time is running out, and the spirit is only growing stronger. And if Cass fails, the force she's unleashed could haunt the city forever.

Victoria Schwab is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of more than a dozen novels for readers of all ages, including City of Ghosts, the Shades of Magic trilogy, The Near Witch, Vicious, Vengeful, This Savage Song, and Our Dark Duet. The Independent calls Schwab "the natural successor to Diana Wynne Jones" and someone who has "an enviable, almost Gaiman-esque ability to switch between styles, genres, and tones." and Publishers Weekly said, "This is how fantasy should be done.”

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

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

Story Time with Stephanie Lucianovic

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

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

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

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Rick Riordan
Sep
29
3:00 PM15:00

Rick Riordan

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SORRY - THIS EVENT IS SOLD OUT!

GREAT NEWS! Rick Riordan is returning to the Bay Area to talk about THE TYRANT’S TOMB, Book Four in The Trials of Apollo series and we couldn’t be more excited.

It's not easy being Apollo, especially when you've been turned into a human and banished from Olympus. On his path to restoring five ancient oracles and reclaiming his godly powers, Apollo (aka Lester Papadopoulos) has faced both triumphs and tragedies. Now his journey takes him to Camp Jupiter in the San Francisco Bay Area, where the Roman demigods are preparing for a desperate last stand against the evil Triumvirate of Roman emperors. Hazel, Reyna, Frank, Tyson, Ella, and many other old friends will need Apollo's aid to survive the onslaught. Unfortunately, the answer to their salvation lies in the forgotten tomb of a Roman ruler . . . someone even worse than the emperors Apollo has already faced.

PLEASE NOTE: Mr. Riordan will be speaking and answering patrons’ questions during the event, therefore no signing line will be held. Additional pre-signed copies of his books will be available for purchase at the event.

Tickets:

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

$15.00 - Ticket - No Book

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

Nic Stone with Dashka Slater

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

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

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

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

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Tui Sutherland
Oct
21
6:00 PM18:00

Tui Sutherland

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

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

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

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

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

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Andy Griffiths
Oct
22
6:00 PM18:00

Andy Griffiths

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

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

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

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

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

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Marissa Meyer
Nov
8
7:00 PM19:00

Marissa Meyer

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

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

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

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

We are counting down the days

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

This is going to be so much fun

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

Stacey Lee with Stephanie Garber

Join us to celebrate the launch of Stacey Lee’s powerful, compelling, and critically acclaimed new novel, The Downstairs Girl, about family, community, and the importance of writing your own history.

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*"Though society may try to push aside those it sees as different, Jo demonstrates that everyone has a place and a story to be told. Unflinching in its portrayals of racism yet ultimately hopeful and heartfelt, this narrative places voices frequently left out of historical fiction center stage." —School Library Journal, starred review

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By day, seventeen-year-old Jo Kuan works as a lady's maid for the cruel daughter of one of the wealthiest men in Atlanta. But by night, Jo moonlights as the pseudonymous author of a newspaper advice column for the genteel Southern lady, "Dear Miss Sweetie." When her column becomes wildly popular, she uses the power of the pen to address some of society's ills, but she's not prepared for the backlash that follows when her column challenges fixed ideas about race and gender. While her opponents clamor to uncover the secret identity of Miss Sweetie, a mysterious letter sets Jo off on a search for her own past and the parents who abandoned her as a baby. But when her efforts put her in the crosshairs of Atlanta's most notorious criminal, Jo must decide whether she is ready to step into the light.

Stacey Lee is the author of Under a Painted Sky, Outrun the Moon, and Secret of a Heart Note and is a founding member of We Need Diverse Books. Stephanie Garber, author of Caraval, Legendary, and Finale, will be joining Stacey on stage.

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

Mary Pearson with Stephanie Garber

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

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

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

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

We are counting down the days.

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

Kawaii Sweet World Baking Party with Rachel Fong

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For kids and families, Youtube star baker Rachel Fong will join us for a party celebrating her Kawaii Sweet World Cookbook: 75 Yummy Recipes for Baking That’s (Almost) Too Cute To Eat.

One of the youngest entrepreneurs ever to shine in Silicon Valley, Rachel’s creative and playful cooking channel launched her to stardom at just age 12. Now a Stanford sophomore, she shares this FUN, CUTE baking book full of activities for chefs of every size.


Want to master the Narwhal Cake Pop, roll a California Roll layer cake, or Koal-ify your cupcakes? Don’t miss the chance to celebrate with crafts, yummy treats, activities and a cookbook presentation from Rachel herself!

The summer will eventually end, but the fun never has to be over with Kawaii Sweet World cooking. Perfect for imaginative young people with just a slight sweet tooth.

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

Kalyn Josephson with Tara Sim

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

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

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

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

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Randy Ribay with Mitali Perkins
Jun
12
7:00 PM19:00

Randy Ribay with Mitali Perkins

We're thrilled to invite you to celebrate the launch of Patron Saints of Nothing, Randy Ribay’s powerful coming-of-age story about grief, guilt, and the risks a Filipino-American teenager takes to uncover the truth about his cousin's murder..

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Jay Reguero plans to spend the last semester of his senior year playing video games before heading to the college in the fall. But when he discovers that his Filipino cousin Jun was murdered as part of President Duterte's war on drugs, and no one in the family wants to talk about what happened, Jay travels to the Philippines to find out the real story. Hoping to uncover more about Jun and the events that led to his death, Jay is forced to reckon with the many sides of his cousin before he can face the whole horrible truth -- and the part he played in it. As gripping as it is lyrical, Patron Saints of Nothing is a page-turning portrayal of the struggle to reconcile faith, family, and immigrant identity.

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“Brilliant, honest, and equal parts heart-breaking and soul-healing. I’ll give this astounding book to all the teens and adults in my life. I suspect you will, too. I’d give it 50 stars if I could.” Laurie Halse Anderson, New York Times bestselling author of Speak and SHOUT

Randy Ribay was born in the Philippines and raised in the Midwest. His previous titles include An Infinite Number of Parallel Universes and the highly acclaimed  After the Shot Drops. A graduate of the University of Colorado and the Harvard Graduate School of Education, Ribay taught English on the East Coast for a decade but now teaches in the San Francisco Bay Area.

Mitali Perkins will be joining Randy on stage. She has written 12 books for young readers including Forward Me Back to You, You Bring the Distant Near, Rickshaw Girl, and Between Us and Abuela, all of which explore crossing different kinds of borders.

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Pout Pout Fish Story Time with Deborah Diesen
Jun
10
4:30 PM16:30

Pout Pout Fish Story Time with Deborah Diesen

Meet Deborah Diesen, author of the New York Times bestselling Pout Pout Fish books, in a special story time introducing her new book The Pout-Pout Fish Cleans Up the Ocean.

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Mr. Fish and his friends have noticed something strange in their ocean―a big, big mess! How did it get there? What can they do about it? The closer they look, the more they see where the mess came from . . . and they'll have to work together to get rid of it. This newest story in the wonderful Pout-Pout Fish series teaches little guppies how to take responsibility for their actions and for the environment.

Deborah Diesen currently works for a small nonprofit organization and has also worked as a reference librarian, bookkeeper, and a bookseller.

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Misa Sugiura with Stacey Lee
Jun
8
3:00 PM15:00

Misa Sugiura with Stacey Lee

Join us to celebrate the launch of Misa Sugiura's richly crafted, critically acclaimed contemporary coming-of-age novel, This Time Will Be Different, about family, community, and the importance of writing your own history.

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 Katsuyamas never quit—but seventeen-year-old CJ doesn’t even know where to start. She’s never lived up to her mom’s type A ambition, and she’s perfectly happy just helping her aunt, Hannah, at their family’s flower shop. She doesn’t buy into Hannah’s romantic ideas about flowers and their hidden meanings, but when it comes to arranging the perfect bouquet, CJ discovers a knack she never knew she had. A skill she might even be proud of. Then her mom decides to sell the shop—to the family who swindled CJ’s grandparents when thousands of Japanese Americans were sent to internment camps during WWII. Soon a rift threatens to splinter CJ’s family, friends, and their entire Northern California community; and for the first time, CJ has found something she wants to fight for.

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Misa Sugiura's ancestors include a poet, a priestess, a samurai, and a stowaway. She lived in Japan for three years before moving to Silicon Valley and becoming a high school English teacher. She is the author of the Asian Pacific American Award-winning It's Not Like It's a Secret.

Misa will be chatting with Stacey Lee, author of Under a Painted Sky, Outrun the Moon, The Secret of a Heart Note, and the upcoming The Downstairs Girl.

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Stephanie Garber and Andrew Shvarts
Jun
5
7:00 PM19:00

Stephanie Garber and Andrew Shvarts

Counting down the days to get your hands on Finale and War of the Bastards? Us too!

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Two of our favorite authors. Two of our favorite series. We couldn’t be more excited to welcome Stephanie Garber and Andrew Shvarts back to Kepler’s to celebrate their long awaited highly anticipated third and final books in their fabulous bestselling Caraval and Royal Bastards series.

Finale: With lives, empires, and hearts hanging in the balance, Tella must decide if she’s going to trust Legend or a former enemy. After uncovering a secret that upends her life, Scarlett will need to do the impossible. And Legend has a choice to make that will forever change and define him. Caraval is over, but perhaps the greatest game of all has begun. There are no spectators this time: only those who will win, and those who will lose everything. Welcome, welcome to Finale. All games must come to an end.

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War of the Bastards: In the epic conclusion to the Royal Bastards trilogy, Tilla faces an impossible choice: unthinkable destruction in the name of peace or an uncertain future that means confronting a terrible past.

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.

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.and City of Bastards.

We couldn’t be more excited

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Sandhya Menon with Misa Sugiura
May
15
7:00 PM19:00

Sandhya Menon with Misa Sugiura

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Sandhya Menon's debut novel, When Dimple Met Rishi, was a smash-hit and instant favorite. We loved From Twinkle With Love as much if not more. Join us to meet Sandhya with her irresistible new novel, There’s Something About Sweetie, which follows Rishi’s brother, Ashish, and a confident, self-proclaimed fat athlete named Sweetie as they both discover what love means to them.

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After being dumped by his ex-girlfriend, Ashish Patel’s mojo goes AWOL. Even worse, his parents are annoyingly confident they could find him a better match. So, in a moment of weakness, Ash challenges them to set him up. The Patels insist that Ashish date an Indian-American girl and take her on “fun” excursions like visiting the Hindu temple and his eccentric Gita Auntie. Kill him now. How is this ever going to work?

Sweetie Nair is many things: a formidable track athlete who can outrun most people in California, a loyal friend, a shower-singing champion. Oh, and she’s also fat. To Sweetie’s traditional parents, this last detail is the kiss of death. Sweetie loves her parents, but she’s so tired of being told she’s lacking because she’s fat. She decides it’s time to kick off the Sassy Sweetie Project, where she’ll show the world (and herself) what she’s really made of.

Ashish and Sweetie both have something to prove. But with each date they realize there’s an unexpected magic growing between them. Can they find their true selves without losing each other?.

“There's something about the way Sandhya Menon writes love stories. I'm head-over-heels for this charming, funny, romantic life-affirming book.” Becky Albertalli (Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda)

Sandhya Menon is the New York Times bestselling author of When Dimple Met Rishi and From Twinkle With Love. She will be chatting with Misa Sugiura, author of It’s Not Like It’s a Secret and the upcoming This Time Will Be Different.

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Laure Eve with Sabaa Tahir
May
6
7:00 PM19:00

Laure Eve with Sabaa Tahir

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We are thrilled to welcome Laure Eve to celebrate The Curses, the riveting sequel to the critically-acclaimed YA novel The Graces that is saturated with magic, the destructive cost of power, and the nature of forgiveness. Sexier and scarier, Laure Eve has upped the stakes, atmosphere, and glitz to create a bewitching sequel.

Picking up the pieces after the chilling events of the previous year isn’t easy, but the Grace siblings are determined. Wolf is back after a mysterious disappearance, and everyone’s eager to return to normal. Except Summer, the youngest Grace. Summer has a knack for discovering the truth—and something is troubling her. But exposing secrets is a dangerous game, and it’s not one Summer can win alone. At Summer’s behest, the coven comes back together, drawing their erstwhile friend River back into the fold. But as the coven’s powers magnify, Wolf’s behavior becomes unpredictable, and Summer questions the nature of the friend she so loves.

“The Graces demands to be read twice.” — The New York Times Book Review

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“An equally fun and stunning paranormal pageturner.” — Buzzfeed

“Part-The Craft and part-Practical Magic with a wild twist, The Graces will put some powerful magic on the reader.” — Bustle

Laure Eve was born in Paris and currently lives in London, where she works in book publishing. She is the author of The Graces as well as Fearsome Dreamer and The Illusionists (both published in the UK

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

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Story Time Celebrating National Children's Book Week
May
4
11:00 AM11:00

Story Time Celebrating National Children's Book Week

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National Children’s Book Week is April 29 - May 5 and we'll be joining hundreds of participating indie bookstores, libraries and schools to celebrate our commitment to inspiring the next generation of young readers.


Please join us for a special story time on May 4th at 11am hosted by Caitlin Jordan, the enthusiastic children's buyer for Kepler’s Books.

Caitlin will read from a few of her favorite picture books including:

  • Daska Slater's Escargot

  • Mac Barnett's Guess Again

  • Barnett & Klassen's The Wolf the Duck & the Mouse

  • Mo Willem's A Busy Creature's Day Eating


Please RSVP to join us for a wild & silly time with the young ones in your life.

The first 50 people to RSVP for this free event will get a complimentary copy of the 2019 Official Children’s Book Week poster illustrated by the beloved author Yuyi Morales.

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Gareth Hinds
May
2
7:00 PM19:00

Gareth Hinds

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Gareth Hinds is well-known for his critically-acclaimed graphic novel adaptations of classic literature, including Beowulf (a “mixed-media gem”), King Lear (one of Booklist’s top 10 graphic novels for teens), The Merchant of Venice (“the standard that all others will strive to meet” for Shakespeare adaptation, Kirkus), The Odyssey (four starred reviews and a spot on ten “best of 2010” lists), Romeo and Juliet ( “spellbinding”) and Macbeth (which the New York Times called “stellar” and “a remarkably faithful rendering”).

In his latest graphic novel adaptation, Hinds delves into Homer’s epic The Iliad –reimagining this ancient tale of love, loss, war and glory. More than three thousand years ago, two armies faced each other in an epic battle that rewrote history and came to be known as the Trojan War. The Iliad is not just the greatest war story of all time but an epic, an immortal clash, governed by the hubris of man and god alike.

In this stunning graphic novel adaptation, renowned illustrator Gareth Hinds breathes new life into Homer's epic. Dynamic illustrations take readers directly to the plains of Troy, into the battle itself, and lay bare the complex emotions of the men, women, and gods whose struggles fueled the war and determined its outcome.

This companion volume to Hinds’s award-winning adaptation of The Odyssey is thoroughly researched and artfully rendered, complete with notes, maps, and a character key that makes the story more easily understandable to modern readers, creating what National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature Gene Luen Yang called “a Herculean effort worthy of the original.”

Don’t miss this opportunity to hear from a master about the challenges and opportunities of adapting and illustrating The Iliad

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S.K. Ali with Ayesha Mattu
Apr
26
7:00 PM19:00

S.K. Ali with Ayesha Mattu

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We are delighted  to welcome William C Morris finalist SK Ali to celebrate Love From A To Z, which Bustle called “an essential read about growing up as a Muslim in America, about life with multiple sclerosis, and about the redeeming power of love.” It’s an unforgettable romance that is part The Sun is Also a Star mixed with Anna and the French Kiss, following two Muslim teens who meet during a spring break trip.

After Zayneb gets suspended for calling out an Islamophobic teacher, her parents decide to send her to her aunt's house in Doha, Qatar for an early start to spring break. But on her journey, her path crosses with Adam, a college student who stopped going to classes two months ago, after he was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis. These days, he's simply focused on keeping the memory of his mom alive for his younger sister and hiding his disease from his grieving father. Both Zayneb and Adam keep their true thoughts and pains hidden from everyone, locked away in their journals of marvels and oddities. Until they meet each other.

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S. K. Ali is the author of Saints and Misfits and is a teacher whose writing on Muslim culture and life has appeared in the Toronto Star. Her family of Muslim scholars is consistently listed in the The 500 Most Influential Muslims in the World, and her insight into Muslim culture is both personal and far-reaching.

S.K. Ali will be in conversation with Ayesha Mattu, author of Love, InshAllah: The Secret Love Lives of American Muslim Women

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Story Time with Chris Van Dusen
Apr
6
11:00 AM11:00

Story Time with Chris Van Dusen

A new book by Kate DiCamillo and Chris Van Dusen is a cause for celebration. And we WILL be celebrating when Chris Van Dusen, one of our favorite picture book author/illustrators, visits Kepler's on April 6.

Every porcine wonder was once a piglet - discover Mercy Watson’s delightful origin story in A Piglet Named Mercy. an endearing picture-book prequel to the beloved New York Times best-selling Mercy Watson series.

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Chris Van Dusen is the author-illustrator of many books for young readers, including The Circus Ship, If I Built a House, If I Built a Car, Down to the Sea with Mr Magee and Hattie & Hudson, and the illustrator of the Mercy Watson and Deckawoo Drive series.

Mr. Watson and Mrs. Watson live ordinary lives. Sometimes their lives feel a bit too ordinary. Sometimes they wish something different would happen. And one day it does, when someone unpredictable finds her way to their front door. In a delightful origin story for the star of the Mercy Watson series, a tiny piglet brings love (and chaos) to Deckawoo Drive — and the Watsons’ lives will never be the same.

Join us and celebrate the joy of a new arrival by a longtime favorite author.

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Laurie Halse Anderson with Jandy Nelson
Apr
1
7:00 PM19:00

Laurie Halse Anderson with Jandy Nelson

We are thrilled to welcome New York Times bestselling, award-winning author Laurie Halse Anderson for her new book, SHOUT, a memoir and call to action for the #MeToo era.

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Laurie Halse Anderson is known for the unflinching way she writes about, and advocates for, survivors of sexual assault. In 1999, her groundbreaking, award-winning novel Speak opened the door for a national dialogue about rape culture and consent. Now, twenty years later, she reveals her personal history as a rape survivor in a searing new poetic memoir, SHOUT.

In free verse, Anderson shares reflections, rants, and calls to action woven between deeply personal stories from her life that she’s never written about before. Searing and soul-searching, devastating and triumphant, Shout is a denouncement of our society’s failures and a love letter to all the people with the courage to say #MeToo and #TimesUp, whether aloud, online, or only in their own hearts.

PLEASE NOTE: This event is for mature audiences only. Children under 13 will not be admitted.

★ “A captivating, powerful read about clawing your way out of trauma, reclaiming your body, and undoing lifetimes of lessons in order to use your voice as the weapon it is. Fervent and deafening.”—Booklist, starred review

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Laurie Halse Anderson is a New York Times bestselling author whose writing spans young readers, teens, and new adults. Combined, her books have sold more than 8 million copies. She has been nominated for the Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award three times. Two of her books, Speak and Chains, were National Book Award finalists, and Chains was short-listed for the Carnegie Medal in the UK. Laurie was selected by the American Library Association for the 2009 Margaret A. Edwards Award and has been honored for her battles for intellectual freedom by the National Coalition Against Censorship and the National Council of Teachers of English. In addition to combating censorship, Laurie regularly speaks about the need for diversity in publishing and is a member of RAINN’s National Leadership Council.

General admission tickets include access only to the speaking portion of the event. Purchase of Shout is mandatory for entry to the signing line.

Laurie will be in conversation with Jandy Nelson, whose critically acclaimed, New York Times bestselling second novel, I’ll Give You the Sun, received the prestigious Printz Award and is a Stonewall Honor Book. Both Sun and her debut novel, The Sky Is Everywhere, was on multiple Best Books of the Year lists, are YALSA Best Fiction for Young Adults picks and appeared on multiple best-of-the-year lists, have earned many starred reviews, and continue to enjoy international success. 

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National Geographic Explorer Academy
Mar
22
6:00 PM18:00

National Geographic Explorer Academy

For science-loving, world-exploring young adventurers...

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National Geographic presents Explorer Academy with the help of actual National Geographic Explorer Erika Bergman — scientist, submersible pilot, and steamship engineer!

Erika will share her adventures and open up a world of wonder with this new book series that J.J. Abrams, director and screenwriter of Star Wars: The Force Awakens, and Lost, calls "A fun, exciting, and action-packed ride that kids will love." and LeVar Burton, host of Reading Rainbow says "is sure to awaken readers' inner adventurer and curiosity about the world around them!

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You will get the chance to meet Bergman-- a virtual reality engineer and an enthusiastic ocean explorer who received a National Geographic grant in 2013 for her "Classrooms Under the Sea" expedition to live stream video from submersibles. Erika will join author Trudi Trueit, who has written more than 100 books for young readers. Trudi has been a TV news reporter and weather forecaster, but knew her calling was in writing.

Come find out about life as an explorer and about National Geographic’s buzzworthy newest series based on the research and adventures of National Geographic’s leading scientists, photographers and journalists, focusing on geography, history, space, STEM, exploration and world cultures. Steeped in fact and real-world investigation, this series embodies National Geographic’s explorers and how they interact with the world.

Join the National Geographic adventure!

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Lisa Moore Ramee with Sabaa Tahir
Mar
16
3:00 PM15:00

Lisa Moore Ramee with Sabaa Tahir

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Join us to celebrate the launch of Lisa Moore Ramee’s highly anticipated, funny and big-hearted debut middle grade novel A Good Kind of Trouble,  about friendship, family, and standing up for what’s right – a book that Angie Thomas (The Hate U Give) calls “full of heart and truth”

“Ramée effectively portrays the importance of the Black Lives Matter movement and the difficulty of navigating complex social situations while conveying universal middle school questions about friendship, first crushes, and identity. Shay’s journey is an authentic and engaging political and personal awakening.” (Publishers Weekly (starred review))

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Twelve-year-old Shayla is allergic to trouble. All she wants to do is to follow the rules. But in junior high, it’s like all the rules have changed. Now she’s suddenly questioning who her best friends are and some people at school are saying she’s not black enough. Wait, what? Shay’s sister, Hana, is involved in Black Lives Matter, but Shay doesn't think that's for her. After experiencing a powerful protest, though, Shay decides some rules are worth breaking. She starts wearing an armband to school in support of the Black Lives movement. Soon everyone is taking sides. And she is given an ultimatum. Shay is scared to do the wrong thing (and even more scared to do the right thing), but if she doesn't face her fear, she'll be forever tripping over the next hurdle. Now that’s trouble, for real.

 Lisa will be in conversation with Sabaa Tahir, author of An Ember in the Ashes, A Torch Against the Night, and A Reaper at the Gates. This is a book we are sure to keep talking about, a book I am evangelizing for.  Come celebrate with us.

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Story Time with Christian Robinson
Mar
14
6:00 PM18:00

Story Time with Christian Robinson

In Another, his eagerly anticipated debut as author-illustrator, Caldecott and Coretta Scott King honoree and store favorite Christian Robinson brings young readers on a playful, imaginative journey into another world.

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A wordless picture book, Another recounts the dream journey of a little girl and her cat, a thought-provoking celebration of imagination and wonder that is wide open to interpretation and a joy to read. What if you saw yourself in a book – literally? What might happen?

What if you…
Encountered another perspective?
Discovered another world?
Met another you?
What might you do?

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

Don’t miss this chance to meet Christian Robinson and fall in love with Another

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Story Time with Peter H. Reynolds
Mar
3
11:00 AM11:00

Story Time with Peter H. Reynolds

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From the creator of the New York Times bestsellers The Word Collector and I Am Human comes an empowering story about finding your voice and using it to make the world a better place. In Say Something! beloved artist and author Peter H. Reynolds explores the many ways that a single voice can make a difference. Each of us, each and every day, have the chance to say something: with our actions, our words, and our voices.

 The world needs your voice.
If you have a brilliant idea... say something!
If you see an injustice... say something!

Perfect for kid activists everywhere, Reynolds reminds readers of the undeniable importance and power of their voices. There are so many ways to tell the world who you are, what you are thinking, and how you'll make it better. The time is now: Say Something!

Peter H. Reynolds is a New York Times bestselling author and illustrator of many books for children, including The Dot, Ish, Happy Dreamer, The Word Collector, and I Am Human. His books have been translated into over twenty-five languages around the globe and are celebrated worldwide. In 1996, he founded FableVision with his brother, Paul, as a social change agency to help create "stories that matter, stories that move."

Say Something! is a perfect way to start a conversation about how kids can make a difference in their world. Join us.

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Robin LaFevers with Sabaa Tahir
Feb
15
7:00 PM19:00

Robin LaFevers with Sabaa Tahir

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Robin LaFevers’ wonderful His Fair Assassins series tells the story of assassin nuns in Medieval France and is a store favorite. We are thrilled to welcome Robin to Kepler’s to celebrate her fabulous new book Courting Darkness, the greatly anticipated highly praised return to the world of the bestselling His Fair Assassin series

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Told in alternating perspectives, when Sybella discovers there is another trained assassin deep undercover in the French court, she must use every skill in her arsenal to navigate the deadly royal politics and find her sister in arms before her time—and that of the newly crowned queen—runs out. When Sybella accompanies the Duchess to France, she expects trouble, but she isn’t expecting a deadly trap. Surrounded by enemies both known and unknown, Sybella searches for the undercover assassins from St. Mortain’s convent who were placed in the French court years ago. Genevieve has been undercover for so many years, she no longer knows who she is or what she’s supposed to be fighting for. When she discovers a hidden prisoner who may be of importance, she takes matters into her own hands. As these two worlds collide, the fate of the Duchess, Brittany, and everything Sybella and Genevieve have come to love hangs in the balance.

Robin LaFevers is the author of the New York Times bestselling Grave Mercy, Dark Triumph, and Mortal Heart. She’ll be chatting with Sabaa Tahir, author of An Ember in the Ashes, A Torch Against the Night, and A Reaper at the Gates. Come join the party

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Susan Dennard
Feb
13
7:00 PM19:00

Susan Dennard

We're excited to welcome fan favorite Susan Dennard back to Kepler's with Bloodwitch, her newest story in the New York Times bestselling epic fantasy Witchlands series that Victoria Aveyard (Red Queen) says has “Worldbuilding after my own heart. It’s so good it’s intimidating.” This is fantasy at its very best.

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The Bloodwitch Aeduan has teamed up with the Threadwitch Iseult and the magical girl Owl to stop a bloodthirsty horde of raiders preparing to destroy a monastery that holds more than just faith. But to do so, he must confront his own father, and his past.

Susan Dennard traveled 6 of 7 continents working in marine biology before settling down as a full time novelist and writing instructor. She is the author of the Something Strange and Deadly series and the New York Times-bestselling Witchlands series (Truthwitch, and Windwitch).

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Alexandra Bracken and Tamara Ireland Stone
Feb
8
7:00 PM19:00

Alexandra Bracken and Tamara Ireland Stone

We are thrilled to welcome Alexandra Bracken and Tamara Ireland Stone, two of our favorite authors, back to Kepler’s to celebrate their fabulous middle grade sequels: The Last Life of Prince Alastor, and Swap’d

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Alexandra Bracken is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of the Darkest Minds series, (the movie was released in August of this year and starred Amandla Stenberg), Passenger, and Wayfarer. Her middle grade Prosper Redding series balances magic, humor, and heart and is about a modern New England boy who must rid himself of the ancient demon inhabiting his body and break his family’s curse. She sold her first book, Brightly Woven, as a senior in college, worked in children's book publishing as an editorial assistant and then in marketing, and now writes full time.

Tamara Ireland Stone is the author of Time and Time Again, a collection of her two novels Time Between Us and Time After Time, as well as the New York Times bestseller Every Last Word. Her middle grade Click’d series features Allie Navarro's explorations in computer programming and weaves together middle school friendship, first crushes, and serious coding skills that will have readers cheering Allie on from the first page to the last. She is a Silicon Valley native and has worked in the technology industry all her life, first testing Atari game boards in her parents’ garage, and later, co-founding a woman-owned marketing strategy firm where she worked with some of the world's largest software companies. She’s passionate about promoting STEM education for girls.

Don't miss this chance to hear two amazing authors showcase their wonderful middle grade sequels.

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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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Story Time with Jessie Sima
Jan
29
5:00 PM17:00

Story Time with Jessie Sima

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Jessie Sima’s debut picture book, Not Quite Narwhal, was one of our favorites of 2017. Join us for a special story time with author/illustrator Jessie Sima as she introduces her adorable new book, Love, Z, the story of a young robot trying to find the meaning of “love.”

When a small robot named Z discovers a message in a bottle signed “Love, Beatrice,” they decide to find out what “love” means. Unable to get an answer from the other robots, they leave to embark on an adventure that will lead them to Beatrice—and back home again, where love was hiding all along.

Jessie Sima is the author of Not Quite Narwhal; Harriet Gets Carried Away; Love, Z; and Spencer’s New Pet. She lives and works in New York City

Join us and discover a new favorite.

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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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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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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

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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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