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Story is the Thing

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

"The universe is made of stories, not of atoms." -Muriel Rukeyser

Reading starts at 7:30 pm.
Light refreshments and conversation at 7:00 pm.

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Join us for our quarterly reading series, Story is the Thing, where stunning, emerging voices can be heard alongside works from contemporary local masters.

Reading starts at 7:30 pm. Light refreshments and conversation at 7:00 pm.

Kate Folk
Kate Folk's writing has appeared most recently in McSweeney's Quarterly, Zyzzyva, The New York Times Magazine, Prairie Schooner, and One Story. She's received support from the MacDowell Colony, the Vermont Studio Center, and the Headlands Center for the Arts, and was recently named a 2019-2021 Stegner Fellow in fiction. She recently completed a novel about artificial limbs and emotional unavailability.

Julie Lythcott-Haims

Julie Lythcott-Haims roots for humans. Humans need agency in order to make their way forward; Julie is deeply interested in what impedes us. She is the New York Times bestselling author of How to Raise an Adult, an anti-helicopter parenting manifesto which gave rise to one of the top TED Talks of 2016, and now has over 4 million views. Her second book is the critically-acclaimed prose poetry memoir Real American, which illustrates her experience with racism and her journey toward self-acceptance. A third book on how to be an adult, for young adults, is forthcoming. She is a former corporate lawyer and Stanford dean, and she holds a BA from Stanford, a JD from Harvard, and an MFA in Writing from California College of the Arts. She lives in the San Francisco Bay Area with her partner of thirty years, their teenagers, and her mother.

Jaya Padmanabhan

Jaya Padmanabhan is a journalist, essayist and fiction writer. She writes an immigration column for the San Francisco Examiner and contributes frequently to India Currents, where she was previously the editor. Additionally her work can be found in The Bold Italic, The New Fillmore, and in many ethnic/community publications. Jaya has consistently won awards for her essays: SF Press Club Awards 2014 to 2108. She is the author of “Transactions of Belonging,” a collection of short stories published in 2014. She is a member of the SF Writers’ Grotto.

Ari Rosenschein
Ari Rosenschein is a Seattle-based writer whose essays and fiction appear in Entropy, Noisey, Drunk Monkeys, P.S. I Love You, Observer, The Big Takeover, The Bookends Review, and elsewhere. He holds an MFA in creative writing from Antioch Los Angeles. A lifelong musician, Ari currently records and performs with his bands The Royal Oui and STAHV. He lives with his wife and dog and enjoys the woods, the rain, and the coffee of his chosen region.

Michael Shewmaker

Michael Shewmaker is the author of Penumbra (Ohio UP, 2017), which won the Hollis Summers Poetry Prize. His poems recently appeared in Best American Poetry, Missouri Review, Oxford American, Virginia Quarterly Review, Yale Review, and elsewhere. A former Wallace Stegner Fellow, he is a Jones Lecturer in poetry at Stanford University.

Sarah Stone

Sarah Stone is the author of the novels Hungry Ghost Theater and The True Sources of the Nile and coauthor, with her spouse Ron Nyren, of Deepening Fiction: A Practical Guide for Intermediate and Advanced Writers. Her stories, essays, and reviews have appeared in Scoundrel Time, The Millions, Ploughshares, StoryQuarterly, The Believer, and The Writer’s Chronicle, among other places. She’s written for and taught on Korean television, reported on human rights in Burundi, and looked after orphan chimpanzees at the Jane Goodall Institute. She teaches creative writing for Stanford Continuing Studies and in the MFA Program for Writers at Warren Wilson College.