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Character Writing Masterclass with the SF Writer’s Grotto
Sep
17
7:00 PM19:00

Character Writing Masterclass with the SF Writer’s Grotto

What good is day without night, peanut butter without jelly, or a talented writer without a well-developed character?

Kepler’s Literary Foundation hosts a writing course in collaboration with the San Francisco Writers’ Grotto this Fall to resolve that dilemma. Join us on September 17th for a 90-minute Masterclass on character writing, lead by author Constance Hale. This intensive-workshop is one of a series of Bay Area events celebrating the 25th anniversary of the Writers’ Grotto, a shared workspace and educational community in San Francisco.

Hale is best known for her books Sin and Syntax and Vex, Hex, Smash, Smooch. She has taught Harvard and UC Berkeley. She visits Kepler’s to guide a writing course based around the new Grotto book series Lit Starts. This character-writing focused course will develop your skill for observing and capturing human complexity within your creative work. A copy of Lit Starts: Writing Character comes included with the course. Bring your current character quandaries with you, or develop new character insight using this collaborative space.

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Naomi Klein
Sep
27
7:30 PM19:30

Naomi Klein

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600 N Delaware Street, San Mateo, CA 94401

Our world is on fire—under the very present peril of climate change. Award-winning journalist, #1 international and New York Times bestselling author Naomi Klein argues that only transformative, comprehensive, grassroots effort can salvage our future.

On Fire urgently calls for a Green New Deal, the first and most necessary step in the social and economic overhaul we need to avert climate disaster.

Hailed by the New Yorker as “the most influential figure on the American left,” and by leading environmentalist Bill McKibben as “The intellectual Godmother of the Green New Deal,” Klein offers this series of essays to transform how we approach the current climate crisis, both in policy and in our own minds. The Shock Doctrine and This Changes Everything author argues that with a shift in spirit, imagination, economics, and policy, humanity’s greatest threat might still become its greatest opportunity. Deeply researched, this is the must-read for environmental advocates this year.

“This could change the world.”

Photo of Naomi Klein by Kourosh Keshiri.

Our thanks to the following participating organizations:

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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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Alice Hoffman with Clara Sherley-Appel
Oct
2
7:30 PM19:30

Alice Hoffman with Clara Sherley-Appel

In what Kirkus calls “A spellbinding portrait of what it means to be human in an inhuman world,” Alice Hoffman turns a magical lens on a dark period in human history. This bestselling author of over thirty novels, including Practical Magic and The Marriage of Opposites, visits to discuss one of her most startlingly beautiful, captivating creations to date— The World That We Knew.

Hoffman opens on the eve of 1941, when a Rabbi’s daughter crafts a golem from mud and water to protect a young Jewish girl from harm.

The golem binds two lives: a child forced away from her mother’s love to stay alive, and a Rabbi’s-daughter-turned-resistance-fighter in WWII. Magic unveils this well-traversed historical period in an absolutely unique and revelatory way. Through very different storylines, these young women are flung across continents, into a convent hideout, fall in love, traverse France, and retain courage and humanity in an impossible time.

Through the eyes of young girls both real and spell-crafted, Hoffman heralds the strength of a woman's love, for both family and friends, in the ongoing struggle for a just world.

Hoffman joins us on October 2nd to discuss The World That We Knew with Clara Sherley-Appel of KSQD's Story Behind the Story, a monthly author interview radio program for 90.7 FM serving the Central Coast. Clara also produces and co-hosts Physical Kids Weekly, a Magicians podcast which follows the Syfy TV series based on Lev Grossman's novels.

“Oh, what a book this is! Hoffman’s exploration of the world of good and evil, and the constant contest between them, is unflinching; and the humanity she brings to us—it is a glorious experience […] By the end you may be weeping.” —Elizabeth Strout

Photo of Alice Hoffman by Deborah Feingold.

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Henry Winkler and Lin Oliver
Oct
5
3:00 PM15:00

Henry Winkler and Lin Oliver

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This is your chance to meet Emmy Award-winning actor Henry Winkler, best known for his roles in Happy Days and Barry, and Lin Oliver, the writing duo behind the Hank Zipzer series. They are visiting to introduce their new laugh-out-loud out-of-this-world middle-grade series, Alien Superstar, about an alien who somehow lands in Hollywood and becomes a teen sensation.

No one is shocked by the six-eyed alien strolling around the Universal back lot. The tourists just think he’s part of the show. It doesn’t take long for Buddy to land a role on a popular TV show, playing (of course) an alien. He becomes an overnight heartthrob and is suddenly faced with legions of adoring fans, rides in glamorous limos, and appearances at “all-the-shrimp-you-can-eat” red carpet parties. But can Buddy maintain his secret identity while in the spotlight?

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Henry Winkler is an Emmy- award-winning actor, writer, director, and producer who has created some of the most iconic TV roles, including the Fonz in Happy Days and Gene Cousineau in Barry.

Lin Oliver is a children’s book writer and a writer and producer for both TV and film. She is currently the executive director of the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI).

We couldn’t be more excited.

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Stephen Chbosky with EM Markoff
Oct
11
7:30 PM19:30

Stephen Chbosky with EM Markoff

The Perks of Being a Wallflower author returns after a 20-year publishing hiatus with the new novel Imaginary Friend. A departure from that YA classic, Chbosky’s new adult debut offers a little horror, a little mystery, "a lot of fun scares," and a compelling story that the renowned author has said "haunted" him for over nine years.

Christopher is a kind little boy whose single mother, Kate, moves him to a small town to help them both escape an abusive man. Their story takes flight in a Mill Grove, Pennsylvania, where the resilient young Christopher—whose creativity and intellect are as unfettered as any child's— develops an "imaginary friend" with very real consequences. When this "friend" tells Christopher to build a treehouse in the woods by Christmas, or else risk dire consequences for Kate and all of Mill Grove, Christopher begins to build.

What if your childhood imaginary friend talked back?

Would you trust the voice?

Chbosky visits Kepler's on October 11th to discuss his first book in twenty years, a satisfying work of literary horror whose ending "creeps up on you. Until you’re inside it, you didn’t even know it was a trap." In conversation with EM Markoff, Latinx horror writer and dark fantasy author of the Ellderet series.

Photo of Stephen Chbosky by Meredith Morris.

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Ijeoma Oluo with W. Kamau Bell
Oct
14
7:30 PM19:30

Ijeoma Oluo with W. Kamau Bell

An urgent topic in the hands of two witty, talented, expert commentators: Kepler’s Literary Foundation is thrilled to welcome Ijeoma Oluo and comedian W. Kamau Bell in a discussion of the bestselling book So You Want To Talk About Race.

From the introduction:

“These are very scary times for a lot of people who are just now realizing that America is not, and has never been, the melting-pot utopia that their parents and teachers have told them it was. These are very scary times for those who are just now realizing how justifiably hurt, angry, and terrified so many people of color have been all along. These are very stressful times for people of color and who have been fighting and yelling and trying to protect themselves from a world that doesn’t care, to suddenly be asked by those who have ignored them for so long, ‘What has been happening your entire life? Can you educate me?’ Now that we’re all in the room, how do we start that discussion?”

Oluo insists, based on firsthand experience: we can bridge the gap in conversations about racial oppression. Beginning in the book and then drawing from personal experience, two celebrated journalists bring the conversation home to Kepler’s. This Columbus Day, let’s find the time to talk about race.

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Ann Patchett
Oct
16
7:30 PM19:30

Ann Patchett

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In one human form, Ann Patchett offers everything a reader could want in an author.

The award-winning and bestselling talent behind over seven novels, including Bel Canto, Commonwealth, and The Patron Saint of Liars, Patchett is a rivetingly funny public speaker who writes beautiful prose on serious subjects.

Patchett opened and co-owns an independent bookstore (Parnassus) in Nashville, through which she passionately advocates for independent bookstores and the power of literature. She won the Orange Prize, PEN/Faulkner, multiple fellowships, was named one of the 100 most influential people in the world by Time, released a children’s book in 2019 in addition to a new major work of fiction—and has a beautiful little dog named Sparky.

In short: Patchett is the ultimate reader’s writer.

On October 16th, Patchett joins the Foundation to share The Dutch House, a novel about two closely bonded siblings whose past has the imprisoning quality of quicksand. Danny and Maeve were born to a poor WWII veteran who gained wealth through an empire of real estate, but the family home he purchased for his wife becomes a cornerstone of misery for the siblings when their stepmother throws them out into poverty. Over five decades, the suspenseful story of their reckoning with that old house unfolds.

Patchett brings the story to life in October at the beautiful Menlo-Atherton Center Performing Arts Center on the Menlo-Atherton High School campus. Join us for a riveting author presentation followed by a book signing. Meet this literary phenom in person with Kepler’s Literary Foundation.

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Chris McDougall with Angie Coiro
Oct
20
2:00 PM14:00

Chris McDougall with Angie Coiro

When the bestselling journalist behind Born To Run and Natural Born Heroes adopted a rescue-donkey from an animal hoarder, he didn’t realize that new partnership was headed his way. Enter Sherman: worse-for-wear from poor living conditions, Sherman the donkey was so sick he could barely move, and his morale was in worse shape.

McDougall, who relishes a challenge, had already moved to Pennsylvania Amish country with his wife, and recovered from his own injuries through the restorative power of ultra-marathoning (where others might merely take Advil). So Chris and Sherman, together, undertake a recovery program in classic McDougall style: Chris helps Sherman’s body and mind recover by giving the downhearted donkey a project, taking him on as a partner for the World Championship in burro-racing.

Sherman’s training involves a cast of loving and eccentric helpers, from humans to horses, burro racers to Amish goat farmers, and a group of irrepressible female long-haul truckers.

In conversation with award-winning in-house journalist Angie Coiro, McDougall shares this incredibly heartwarming story at Kepler’s. Attendees of all ages are welcome to this once-in-a-lifetime conversation for runners and animal lovers.

The Barron Park Donkey Project, caretakers of Palo Alto’s own beloved donkeys, will join to share about the nonprofit efforts to support local donkeys Jenny and Sherman. Visit them at Bol Park on Sundays at 10am if you’d like to stroll with the famous burro who inspired Donkey in Shrek… and visit us at Kepler’s on Sunday, October 20th at 2pm, to hear about Sherman’s heroic journey from his running partner, Chris McDougall.

For the love of mules, we hope to see you there.

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Dave Barry and Adam Mansbach: A Night of Jewish Humor
Oct
21
7:30 PM19:30

Dave Barry and Adam Mansbach: A Night of Jewish Humor

San Mateo Performing Arts Center
600 North Delaware Street, San Mateo, CA 94401

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Mundane Monday no more! Join the hilarious duo—Dave Barry and Adam Mansbach—for a wild night of side-stitching Jewish humor. This is a don’t-miss event for Jews and the people who love them, or really anyone who can’t resist a good laugh. Besides, you have something better to do on a Monday?

Pultizer Prize-winning humor writer, Dave Barry, and #1 New York Times bestselling author of Go the F**k to Sleep, Adam Mansbach, unravel the religion’s long and complicated history. Sure, most of the history and tough questions they’ll address during this very special evening can be Googled, but why would you when two of the funniest people God ever created can tell us instead? Find out why yarmulkes are round, how to find a steady-handed mohel, who was the first Jewish comedian, how to make perfect Matzah Balls every time, and the real difference between Orthodox and Ultra-Orthodox Jews.

Don’t miss what’s sure to be a miraculous evening and, in the words of W. Kamau Bell (sort of*), come laugh till you plotz.

*Kamau Bell’s actual words - “Everything I read from these three gives me Jewish envy. I laughed til I plotzed. Did I use that correctly?” —W. Kamau Bell, goyish comedian

Doors open at 6:30 pm. 

There are two seating areas: 
Premier Seating Area for Premier ticket holders in the first several rows. 
General Seating Area behind the Premier section and in the balcony for general and student ticket holders.

Seating within each section is not assigned— seating is first come, first served in both sections.

Books will be for sale at the event.

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This is Now: Cyrus Grace Dunham
Oct
23
7:30 PM19:30

This is Now: Cyrus Grace Dunham

A powerfully honest coming-of-gender story by Cyrus Grace Dunham, who joins Kepler’s Literary Foundation in conversation with Angie Coiro for a This Is Now discussion of their transition memoir, A Year Without A Name.

Back then, I knew how to stay in character as a girl. Polite, curious, the right mix of self-assured and humble. When puberty hit, I became obsessed with mirrors. I checked my reflection—four times, eight times, twelve times—to make sure that I hadn’t lost control of my performance. Twenty years later, my girlhood was dissolving, with no clear alternative in place. I felt less embodied than ever, less able to gather myself into one person.”

Without abandoning the person that Grace was—her history, her connection to family, and friends— Cyrus Grace Dunham undergoes a journey towards self-realization that navigates the place between genders, a nonbinary space habited not by societal enforcements of masculine and feminine, but by one person’s embodied experience of both. Cyrus moves towards masculinity after a long internal reckoning, but the story is more complicated than that. A Year Without A Name offers clarity, warmth, and encouragement to all those who have ever struggled to conform for the sake of love and connection. Through a nonbinary lens and against the pressure to align exclusively with femininity or masculinity, Cyrus Grace chooses their self: one person, honoring gender complexity and living out an embodied truth in disregard of how the outside world interprets a person’s body.

“Passionate and clear eyed and unputdownable. Bravo to this extraordinary new voice.” —Mary Karr

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Story is the Thing
Oct
24
7:30 PM19:30

Story is the Thing

"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 established writers.

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


Carole Bumpus
A retired family therapist, CAROLE BUMPUS began writing about food and travel when she stumbled upon the amazing stories of women and war in France. She has traveled extensively throughout France and Italy, where she has interviewed more than seventy-five families to date for her food and travel blogs. Her historical novel A Cup of Redemption was published October 2014, and her unique companion cookbook, Recipes for Redemption: A Companion Cookbook to A Cup of Redemption, was released August 2015, both by She Writes Press. She is an active member in the California Writers Club and through them has also had three short stories published in the Fault Zone anthologies: Words from the Edge, Stepping up to the Edge, and Over the Edge. Bumpus lives in the San Francisco Bay Area. Visit her website at CaroleBumpus.com.

Jerry Burger
Jerry Burger is Professor Emeritus of Psychology at Santa Clara University and an internationally recognized expert on the psychological processes that contribute to inhumane acts like atrocities and genocide. His research in this area has been featured in ABC News’ Primetime and in the Discovery Channel documentary, How Evil Are You? His fiction credits include short stories in the Bellevue Literary Review, Harpur Palate, the Briar Cliff Review, and the Potomac Review, among other literary magazines. His nonfiction book, Returning Home: Reconnecting with our Childhoods, explores the emotional attachments people develop with their childhood homes. The Shadows of 1915 is his first novel.

Chia-Chia Lin
Chia-Chia Lin is the author of The Unpassing, longlisted for the Center of Fiction's First Novel Prize and a New York Times Book Review Editor's Choice. She is a graduate of the Iowa Writer’s Workshop and a former Steinbeck Fellow. Her writing has also appeared in The Paris Review, Glimmer Train, Zyzzyva, and The New Yorker online. She lives in San Bruno.

Peg Alford Pursell
Peg Alford Pursell is the author of A Girl Goes into the Forest (Dzanc Books, July 2019). Her previous collection, Show Her a Flower, A Bird, A Shadow was the Foreword INDIES 2017 Book of the Year for Literary Fiction. She’s the founder and director of WTAW Press and of Why There Are Words, a national literary reading series and program of WTAW Press.

Anniqua Rana
Anniqua lives in California with her husband and two sons. She has taught English to immigrant and international students at community college for over twenty years. Her extended family lives in Pakistan and England, and she visits them regularly to rekindle her roots. Her debut novel, Wild Boar in the Cane Field, is a celebration of the rural women of Pakistan whose indomitable spirit keeps them struggling against all odds. She has interviewed Asma Jahangir, Human Rights Lawyer, Pakistan, and has published essays on gender and education. Her next book, Tales of Many Nations: A Summer in Pakistan, is a collection of personal essays.

Rose Whitmore
Whitmore’s stories have appeared in the Alaska Quarterly Review, Mid-American Review, and The Missouri Review. Her essays have appeared in The Sun, The Iowa Review, The Colorado Review and Fourth Genre. She is currently a Jones Lecturer at Stanford University and is at work on a novel set during Enver Hoxa's communist regime in post-World War II Albania.

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Richard Dawkins in conversation with Robert Sapolsky
Oct
26
7:30 PM19:30

Richard Dawkins in conversation with Robert Sapolsky

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600 North Delaware Street, San Mateo, CA 94401

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Please join us for a special evening with Richard Dawkins to celebrate the release of his new book Outgrowing God.

In what promises to be a wide-ranging conversation spanning science and religion, Professor Dawkins will be joined in conversation by Stanford Professor Robert Sapolsky, one of the world’s leading neuroscientists. At a time when the fundamentals of science are being denied at the highest levels of power, and “alternative facts” has entered the lexicon, this is a conversation you won't want to miss.

Richard Dawkins is the author of a number of best-selling books, including The Selfish Gene and The God Delusion. He was the inaugural holder of the Simonyi Chair for the Public Understanding of Science at Oxford University and is the recipient of numerous honors and awards, including the Royal Society of Literature Award, the Michael Faraday Award of the Royal Society, the Kistler Prize, the Shakespeare Prize, the Lewis Thomas Prize for Writing About Science, the Galaxy British Book Awards Author of the Year Award, and the International Cosmos Prize of Japan.

Robert Sapolsky is the recipient of the MacArthur Fellowship and author of A Primate’s Memoir: A Neuroscientist’s Unconventional Life Among the Baboons and Why Zebras Don’t Get Ulcers: Stress Disease and Coping and Behave: The Biology of Humans at Our Best and Worst

Event Details:

5:15pm - 6:30pm: Pre-event reception for VIP ticket holders only
6:30pm: Doors open for all ticket holders
7:30pm - 8:30pm On-stage conversation - Richard Dawkins and Robert Sapolsky

8:30pm: Book Signing

There are three seating areas:

  • VIP Seating Area for VIP ticket holders in the front rows orchestra.

  • Premier Seating Area for Premier ticket holders immediately behind the VIP section.

  • General Seating Area for general and student ticket holders behind the Premier section and in the balcony.

Note: If you wish to sit together, please purchase tickets in the same seating area. Seating within each section is not assigned— seating is first come, first served in all sections.

Additional books will be for sale at the event

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Shannon Messenger with Lisa McMann
Nov
7
6:00 PM18:00

Shannon Messenger with Lisa McMann

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We are delighted to welcome Shannon Messenger back with Legacy, the eighth book in the New York Times and USA Today bestselling Keeper of the Lost Cities series, which follows Sophie, a girl who discovers she's from another world that exists side by side with ours—and one that has given her amazing abilities.

Following on the heels of a huge cliffhanger at the end of Flashback, Legacy will bring Sophie and her friends to new revelations and new battles unlike anything they've faced before! Sophie Foster wants answers. But after a lifetime of lies, sometimes the truth is the most dangerous discovery. Even the smallest secret comes with terrifying new responsibilities. And Sophie’s not the only one with blank spots in her past, or mysteries surrounding her family. She and her friends are part of something much bigger than they imagined—and their roles have already been chosen for them. Every clue drags them deeper into the conspiracy. Every memory forces them to question everything—especially one another. And the harder they fight, the more the lines blur between friend and enemy.

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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.

Lisa McMann will be joining Shannon on stage . Lisa is the New York Times bestselling author of over two dozen books for young adults and children. So far she has written in genres including paranormal, realistic, dystopian, and fantasy. Some of her most well-known books are The Unwanteds series for middle grade readers and the Wake trilogy for young adults.

Please note: You must have copy of Legacy purchased from Kepler’s to enter the signing line.

Shannon will sign and personalize all copies of Legacy purchased as part of a Premier ticket or purchased onsite the night of the event. These attendees will be allowed to bring one (1) backlist title from home for signing. Personalizations are first name only.

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 Legacy from Kepler's to enter the signing line.

Shannon will only sign books, no fan art, shirts, etc.

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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

PLEASE NOTE: Marissa will only personalize all copies of SUPERNOVA plus one additional book of the guest’s choice. Marissa will sign all other titles, but will not personalize them.

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Karamo Brown and Jason "Rachel" Brown
Nov
9
3:00 PM15:00

Karamo Brown and Jason "Rachel" Brown

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Meet Karamo Brown, the Culture Expert of Netflix’s Emmy-winning series, Queer Eye, and his son Jason “Rachel” Brown as they introduce I AM PERFECTLY DESIGNED, their debut picture book - an exuberant celebration of loving who you are, exactly as you are. In this empowering ode to modern families, a boy and his father take a joyful walk through the city, discovering all the ways in which they are perfectly designed for each other.

A tribute to both the parent-child relationship and the process of growing up, this moving story about self-acceptance and the powerful bond between father and son reminds us that being our natural selves is perfect.

Karamo Brown is a TV personality, producer, and host who fixes hearts and minds as the Culture Expert on Netflix’s Emmy-winning series, Queer Eye. He made history in 2004 when he appeared on MTV's The Real World as the first openly gay African American reality TV star. In 2007, Karamo learned he had a nine-year-old biological son, Jason, and gained full custody. He later adopted his son's half-brother, Chris, and left the spotlight to become a social worker before making his return to TV.

Jason "Rachel" Brown is a rising young star in Hollywood who has studied dramatic and comedic acting at the University of California, Los Angeles. He often draws on his own life to entertain and inspire, including his experience connecting with his father, Karamo Brown, at the age of ten

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Jerry Rice Book Signing: America’s Game: The NFL at 100
Nov
9
4:00 PM16:00

Jerry Rice Book Signing: America’s Game: The NFL at 100

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Jerry Rice is coming to Kepler's to sign his new book America’s Game: The NFL at 100. Please note that this is a book signing only.

Celebrating 100 years of the National Football League, Rice and Williams have compiled his list of football’s fiercest rivalries, most iconic games and towering heroes—including personalized lists of “all-star” players and teams from each quarter-century.

Offering fans “The Goat’s” MVP-insider knowledge, blended with Williams’ interviews, this is the definitive tribute to NFL Football. America’s Game takes us on the journey from ragtag early league games to the multi-billion-dollar franchise that captivates families across the nation. Get your copy signed before Thanksgiving Day, and surprise the football fan in your life over the holidays.

JERRY RICE is widely considered the greatest wide receiver to play in the NFL. During his 20-year career he won three Super Bowl rings with the San Francisco 49ers and an AFC Championship with the Oakland Raiders. Rice was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2010.

RANDY O. WILLIAMS has written on sports and entertainment for major publications and websites such as Sports Illustrated, the Los Angeles Times, the Washington Post, NFL.com, and ESPN.com. He is the author of the acclaimed book Sports Cinema- 100 Movies: The Best of Hollywood's Athletic Heroes, Losers, Myths, and Misfts.

IMPORTANT SIGNING LINE INFORMATION:

ONE TICKET = ONE BOOK

Every person in the signing line needs to purchase a ticket (which includes the book). No groups per ticket.

Purchase a ticket for every book you want— for example, purchase 2 tickets in order to have 2 books signed.

Books will be available to pick up at Will Call on the day of the signing, beginning at 3:00 pm

-No posed photographs or selfies.
-Please do not bring any memorabilia for signing.
-No personalization— Jerry will be signing his name only.

Tickets to Kepler’s Literary Foundation events are not tax-deductible. Tax deductible donations can be made online at keplers.org/donate

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Madeline Miller with Donna Zuckerberg
Sep
13
7:30 PM19:30

Madeline Miller with Donna Zuckerberg

What lead the witch to isolation on the island of Aiaia, where her magical rebuke turned lost sailors into a menagerie of pigs? Who is Circe, the woman who taunted a stranded Odysseus and then took him as a lover?

In Circe, bestselling author Madeline Miller renders the mythological witch from Homer’s Odyssey human, vivid and empathetic. Cast down from Gods for being too “mortal,” with a displeasing mortal voice and mortal habits, Circe appears antagonistically in a wealth of Greek tales—but Miller builds a more realized picture of the life she may have had in that immortal landscape. A demi-Goddess turned witch, molded through romance, violence and loss, Miller’s Circe walks the divide between Gods and mortals. She remains separate from both, wary in an age where strong women earn no favors.

Circe lets the iconic spellcaster speak for herself, and Miller joins Kepler’s Literary Foundation to speak for Circe at on September 13th. A beloved staff favorite for two years running, don’t miss the chance to get your signed copy.

Miller will converse with locally grown classics scholar Donna Zuckerberg of Not All Dead White Men. Get tickets early for this one-of-a-kind discussion featuring two ardent feminists, both steeped in myth and antiquity.

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Emma Donoghue in conversation with Lucy Jane Bledsoe
Sep
11
7:30 PM19:30

Emma Donoghue in conversation with Lucy Jane Bledsoe

Internationally acclaimed novelist Emma Donoghue writes poignant, gripping fiction drawn from both history and newsprint. Don’t miss her September visit for a new book built around the bones of WWII.

Dublin-born Donoghue is perhaps best known for Room, about a kidnapped woman held captive with a young son. A runaway bestseller, Room’s feature film was nominated for four academy awards, while the novel earned consideration for Orange Prize, Man Booker Prize, won the Irish Book Award and was a New York Times Book of the Year. From Frog Music to Slammerkin, Donoghue’s work sings with talent. She offers a powerful sense of place, settings so vividly realized that readers can taste the air and hear the notes of distant music, feel the grit underfoot as characters navigate intrigue on seedy city streets.

September 10th marks the release of Akin, Donoghue’s anticipated new novel. When a retired New York professor undertakes a trip to the French Riviera to investigate his mother’s life during Nazi occupation, he ends up an unasked-for travel companion: Noah Selvaggio’s hunt for identity is disrupted by the unwanted but necessary adoption of a young, orphaned distant relative. Together, this odd couple uncovers family secrets while bickering over shared meals, the old man and young navigating shared threads of a past, present, and future.

What makes two souls kin? Get Akin signed the day after its release, and ask the writer herself.

Lucy Jane Bledsoe's fiction has won a Yaddo Fellowship, the 2013 Saturday Evening Post Fiction Award, the Arts & Letters Fiction Prize, the Sherwood Anderson Prize for Fiction, a Pushcart nomination, a California Arts Council Fellowship, an American Library Association Stonewall Award, and two National Science Foundation Artists & Writers Fellowships.

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This Is Now: Haben Girma
Aug
21
7:30 PM19:30

This Is Now: Haben Girma

Haben Girma, daughter of refugees and the first Deafblind woman to graduate from Harvard Law, has been honored for her activist work by President Obama, Canadian PM Justin Trudeau, German Chancellor Angela Merkel, and more. In August, she shares her life story as part of our This Is Now with Angie Coiro series.

Riddled with laughter, warmth, inspiring perspective, and hair-raising incidents of world-travel, don’t miss this discussion of her brilliant book Haben: The Deafblind Women Who Conquered Harvard Law.

Raised by two Eritrean refugee parents who survived a 30-year war, Haben learned to value courage and community early. In her lifetime so far, she has traveled the globe, mastered non-visual techniques for navigating both salsa and the electric saw, climbed an iceberg and faced a bull, and attained the prestigious degree that helps her advocate for increased access and equity for disabled persons. She does this all, joyfully, using innovations that allow her to move readily through abled spaces as a deaf and blind woman.

Haben accepts no limits to the future of herself or others. With guts, humor, and wisdom, she insists:

Disability is an opportunity for innovation. Inclusion is a choice. Can we build a stronger community and better world for everyone through these ideas? Visit Kepler's on August 21st to join in that hope.

If you are a guest attending this event and need disability accommodations, please contact events@keplers.org at your earliest possible convenience. Please include the name and section in which tickets were purchased, the number of guests attending, and complete information about the accommodations needed, along with a contact number at which you can be reached.

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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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 This is Now: Richard A. Clarke on Cyber Threat
Jul
24
7:30 PM19:30

This is Now: Richard A. Clarke on Cyber Threat

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"Cyberwar"— or cyber-anything, for that matter— has always carried a whiff of science fiction about it. But it's not fiction, it's certainly not entertainment, and - as terrorism expert Richard A. Clarke warns us— multiple cyberwars are underway already. The battlefronts range from simple identity theft to the disruption of nuclear programs and medical care. The Pentagon even has a word for this new front line: the fifth domain. That's where ongoing skirmishes for our security as individuals and as citizens are being fought.


Richard Clark has long experience in American security matters. He's served as a key advisor on intelligence and counterterrorism to three US presidents. In 1998 President Bill Clinton appointed him as the National Coordinator for Security, Infrastructure Protection, and Counterterrorism for the U.S. National Security Council. His latest book, The Fifth Domain: Defending our Country, Companies, and Ourselves in the Age of Cyber Threats, calls on that long experience to tackle one of the most pivotal battlegrounds in modern security. 

Join us at Kepler's as he shares deep research from boardrooms, government conference rooms, and quantum computing labs—  all in pursuit of "cyber resilience", a position of strength against web hacking, election interference, and other boogeymen of the digital realm that are all too real.

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Peter S. Beagle with Meg Elison
Jun
25
7:30 PM19:30

Peter S. Beagle with Meg Elison

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At summer’s start, unicorns arrive to Kepler's Literary Foundation! One of fantasy’s most lauded authors, Peter S. Beagle of The Last Unicorn, visits Kepler’s Books in June for a celebration of his lifetime achievements.

Beagle’s many beloved works include Tamsin, Summerlong, The Overneath, and more, alongside edited collections like The Urban Fantasy Anthology and The Secret History of Fantasy. The acclaimed author's effortless fantasy writing first entered print with the novel A Fine & Private Place, when he was just nineteen years old. In a discussion around his latest edited collection, The Unicorn Anthology, Beagle will sign books and share about his career in the five decades since The Last Unicorn was published.

This writer’s words have graced print, stage, and screen in a countless array of imagined worlds, from Middle Earth to outer space, from Hagsgate to a unicorn-laden Calabria. Endlessly imaginative, Beagle weaves unexpected magic into literary landscapes which most need hope. Beagle's latest published anthology honors a recurring figure of optimism from over half a century of his writing: unicorns at their finest.

Joining in conversation is local science fiction treasure and Kepler's favorite, Meg Elison, author of The Book of the Unnamed Midwife, which won the Philip K. Dick award and multiple book-of-the-year awards in 2016. Her final novel in that Road To Nowhere trilogy, The Book of Flora, published on April 23rd. Elison will stay to sign books after the discussion concludes.

Calling all magical creatures: come celebrate this once-in-a-generation talent, as Peter S. Beagle offers a lifetime's worth of unicorn expertise.

Photo of Meg Elison by Debbie Reynolds at Libre Imagery.

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 Story is the Thing
Jun
20
7:30 PM19:30

Story is the Thing

"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. www.sarahstoneauthor.com.



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End Gun Violence: Moms Demand Action
Jun
13
7:30 PM19:30

End Gun Violence: Moms Demand Action

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The “NRA’s Worst Nightmare” is an army of moms led by former stay-at-home mother of five Shannon Watts from Indiana, who ignited a grassroots advocacy movement against gun violence which now touches every single one of the 50 states.

Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America began as Watt’s project after the tragic news of the Sandy Hook Elementary school shooting broke. With her youngest in elementary, Watts felt compelled to act, but quickly realized that the epidemic of gun violence which wrought tragedy on so many families was primarily being legislated by large groups of men. Looking for the voice of other women protecting their families, she found nothing—so she started something profound.

Can 80 million moms make a difference? From blocking legislative hallways with strollers and electing gun-sense candidates, to getting “open-carry” out of Starbucks and running for office themselves, the large-scale impact of Moms Demand Action suggests that they can.

In a comprehensive This is Now conversation with journalist Angie Coiro for the new book Fight Like a Mother, Watts shares exactly how to have that kind of impact for our future, even if you have no previous experience advocating for a cause. Watts’ story of taking back public policy from the gun lobby is one that began with sudden initiation and continues to yield powerful change. We are all just one good reason away from fighting for what we believe in.

Watts had five.

What are your reasons?

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This is Now: Louise Aronson
Jun
11
7:30 PM19:30

This is Now: Louise Aronson

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Elderhood, old age. Many of us can expect to live more years as “elders” than in either childhood or adulthood, a span of up to 40 years, yet that era of our lives has long been treated as more a symptom and burden—elderhood outright ignored or demonized.

In an extraordinary new title already praised by readers like Mary Pipher and Abraham Verghese, Harvard-trained geriatrician Louise Aronson offers an honest and full-hearted re-examination of the later decades, with all of their joys and frustrations. Drawn in part from her medical practice and expertise, in part from personal experience, history and popular culture, Elderhood exalts the worth of life’s third stage, inviting readers into a new relationship with the so-called “twilight” years of life. What does the future hold?

Hopefully, a ripe old age.

In discussion with Angie Coiro for This Is Now, Louise Aronson shows us the possibilities of elderhood.

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This is Now: Jamil Zaki on Empathy
Jun
6
7:30 PM19:30

This is Now: Jamil Zaki on Empathy

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Can you teach a police officer better empathy? A doctor, a politician? From a neuroscientist’s perspective, Doctor Jamil Zaki tackles the power of empathy in the mind and all around us. In conversation with award-winning journalist Angie Coiro for This Is Now, Zaki speaks out as a passionate researcher studying this neurochemical gold, kindness, just as the national supply looks scarce.

In the literal processes of the brain, we see less empathetic responses now than ever previous. However, The War For Kindness reassures us that empathy isn’t a neurologically fixed trait, but a specialized muscle that can be grown by practices like compassionate meditation. Nurses who consciously grow empathy can prevent burnout over the long-term. Former neo-Nazis can become community leaders, and kindness itself can be contagious.

Empathy may start in the mind, but the golden rule can nurture global change. Join this incredible researcher from the Stanford Social Science Laboratory for an uplifting, effective re-imagining of our social interactions— where our most effective weapon may be kindness after all.

Photo of Jamil Zaki by Sarah Deragon.

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Graeme Simsion - The Rosie Result
Jun
3
7:30 PM19:30

Graeme Simsion - The Rosie Result

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An international bestseller beloved by men and women worldwide, Graeme Simsion’s The Rosie Project will delight your soul.

Don Tillman is a quirky yet brilliant genetics professor with some social limitations. One day, Don boldly decides to seek a wife by undertaking the very scientific, structured, and goal-oriented “Wife Project.”

While seeking his perfect mate—ideally an equally structured, goal-oriented nonsmoker, who never arrives late— Don runs headfirst into the wily and unpredictable Rosie. The love story that unfolds offers so much more than your average romcom.

The Rosie trilogy, in its portrayal of a relationship between an Asperger’s-identified man and his whirlwind partner, will have you laughing, crying, and thinking. “Read-out-loud” funny by page two (Publisher’s Weekly), these books are the perfect summer indulgence. Now’s your chance to fall in love with the series all over again! Published on May 28th , the triumphant final saga in Don and Rosie’s tale will explore the parenting quandary they undergo as their son, who takes after his dad, struggles to adapt socially in school. Readable as a standalone, this new book has been reviewed as the charming and pitch-perfect conclusion to a phenomenal trilogy.

In a rare visit from Australia, author Graeme Simsion visits Kepler’s on June 3rd for the release of The Rosie Result!

Purchase tickets to reserve your copy of the new book early, hear Simsion in person, and get your Rosie series signed just in time for summer.

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Pico Iyer
May
17
7:30 PM19:30

Pico Iyer

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“For more and more of us, home has really less to do with a piece of soil, than you could say, with a piece of soul.” - Pico Iyer

As a self-described multinational soul on a multinational globe, Iyer is one of the finest travel writers of far-flung places. In his latest, Autumn Light: Season of Fire and Farewells, he embraces the impermanence of life. Iyer uses the season of autumn to deftly illustrate “how to hold on to the things we love even though we know that we and they are dying.”

Iyer leads us through the year following his father-in-law's death, introducing us to the people who populate his days: his ailing mother-in-law, who often forgets that her husband has died; his absent brother-in-law, who severed ties with his family years ago but to whom Hiroko still writes letters; and the men and women in his ping-pong club, who, many years his senior, traverse their autumn years in different ways.

This very special evening on May 17th will move you to take nothing for granted and view death as an affirmation of life.

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Rich Karlgaard with Robin Hindery Enan
May
14
7:30 PM19:30

Rich Karlgaard with Robin Hindery Enan

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As a Bay Area parent, you have first-hand experience just how obsessed our society is with early achievement, whether that means getting into Ivy League colleges, creating the next big startup, or becoming millionaires by 30.

But Rich Karlgaard, publisher of Forbes magazine, celebrates the value of the late bloomer, which he himself was until later in life. And he’s found that most of us take awhile to find our way.

While we all want our children to succeed, Karlgaard has written a must-read for parents and business executives: it’s the insight that comes with age and experience that leads to genuine achievement, and in Late Bloomers: The Power of Patience in a World Obsessed with Early Achievement we can find the roadmap to long-term accomplishment and happiness.

Karlgaard will be in conversation with Menlo Park parent Robin Hindery Enan. Hindery Enan has been a Senior Editor at Gentry Magazine since 2011, in addition to working as a freelance writer and mom-blogger. She received her master's from Columbia Journalism School and spent the early part of her career as a political reporter for The Associated Press.

Join us on May 14th for an evening on the overlooked and underestimated with a writer whose inspiring anecdotes, well-researched science, and own personal journey are lauded by Adam Grant, Daniel Pink, Roger McNamee, Dave Evans, Arianna Huffington, John Ortberg and more.

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Bill McKibben in conversation with Michael Closson
Apr
28
4:00 PM16:00

Bill McKibben in conversation with Michael Closson

Thirty years ago, Bill McKibben offered one of the earliest warnings about climate change. Now he’s broadening that warning: the entire human game has begun to play itself out.

Join us for an event with one of America’s most outspoken climate activists. Since authoring his landmark 1989 book on climate change, The End of Nature, McKibben’s work continues to provoke authority. In 2007, Deep Economy predicted the "shop local” movement while criticizing the too-rapid growth of multi-national corporations as they bleached away main streets across America. He founded Step It Up, 350.org, was outspoken against the building of the Keystone XL Pipeline, and offered a frequent voice of dissent in the 2016 election.

In his new book, Falter, McKibben looks beyond the threat of climate change — to artificial technology, robotics, and a rampant onslaught of new technologies, threatening the variety of human experience. At the core of McKibben’s most recent work is an essential question: What do we want our future to be?

Photo credit: Nancie Battaglia.

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Lori Gottlieb with Victor Yalom
Apr
18
7:30 PM19:30

Lori Gottlieb with Victor Yalom

Lori Gottlieb is the bestselling author, therapist and speaker behind the Dear Therapist advice column at The Atlantic. In Maybe You Should Talk to Someone, Gottlieb offers a bird’s eye-view into the therapist’s office in a book that is part clinician’s journal, part memoir, part reckoning with the experience of living. Literary with a spot of self-help, Kirkus calls Gottlieb’s latest “an irresistibly addictive tour of the human condition,” while Susan Cain goes even further: “Wise, warm, smart, and funny… if you have even an ounce of interest in the conundrum of being human, you must read this book.

With a degree from Stanford, a successful writing career, kids, and years of experience in private practice under her belt, Gottlieb most prizes her credentials as “a card-carrying member of the human race.” She advocates healing and a healthy life through the revision of our own well-worn personal stories.

Join this brilliant, down-to-earth and talented human being as she visits Kepler’s for a conversation with conversation with Victor Yalom, psychologist and founder of Psychotherapy.net. ***Note, Victor’s father Irvin Yalom was originally scheduled, but unfortunately is unable to attend. We are so pleased to have Victor in his stead!

Together, these two great minds will explore Gottlieb’s book, therapeutic practice, and what it means to grow in connection with others.

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Dave Barry
Apr
11
7:30 PM19:30

Dave Barry

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

Not a chance.

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

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

Share an evening with the writer who never fails to leave us looking at the world differently while making us laugh.

NOTE: This event takes place at the Aragon High School Theater in San Mateo. Doors open at 6:30pm. Additional books will be available for sale at the event.

Tickets to Kepler’s Literary Foundation events are not tax-deductible. Tax deductible donations can be made online at keplers.org/donate

Update: Joining us during the Will Call hour to share more about their rescue shelter program, Pets In Need will be on-hand in the lobby to talk about their lifesaving work with shelter animals who have additional needs before adoption. Stop by the Pets in Need to learn more, and visit them at www.PetsInNeed.org.  

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Roz Chast & Patricia Marx on Mothers
Apr
8
7:30 PM19:30

Roz Chast & Patricia Marx on Mothers

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Much beloved, utterly genius contributors to The New Yorker for decades, the inimitable cartoonist Roz Chast and wry humorist Patricia Marx have now joined forces to gently roast our very favorite human beings: moms.

Join us as we welcome both creators for a celebration of motherhood with their new collection, Why Don’t You Write My Eulogy Now So I Can Correct It?

As a writer, Marx has always had an eye for small, domestic absurdities and almost minuscule sociological rebellions—and, for years, she has been noting her own mother’s most eccentric one-liners, with great glee. She compiles them all here! Cartoonist Roz Chast, whose own mother describes her artistic work as “a conspiracy of inanimate objects,” highlights the peculiarity of each one-liner with her own wickedly sly sense of visual humor and deep love for how unique a parent’s outlook can truly be. In-conversation to share with us the best of their work, join these two remarkable women just in time to get that book personalized for Mother’s Day. Don’t miss this chance to chance to celebrate the humor, grace, and sheer oddity of moms!

ROZ CHAST has been a contributor to The New Yorker since 1978, and is the only cartoonist we’ve heard of with multiple honorary doctorates, in addition to several books and a boatload of awards under her belt. In 2012, she was awarded the NYC Literary Honor in Humor. She has a knack for revealing the entire feeling of a situation in just one sentence, as evidenced by her critically acclaimed 2014 memoir, Can’t We Talk About Something More Pleasant?

PATRICIA MARX was the first woman humorist ever elected to The Harvard Lampoon, a writer for Saturday Night Live and Rugrats, and a contributor of creative, unusual ephemera to The New Yorker since 1989. She has authored multiple books, taught at university, given a TEDxTalk, won some awards, and only occasionally feared for her own wits. She was the recipient of the 2015 Guggenheim Fellowship.

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Dave Eggers
Apr
3
7:30 PM19:30

Dave Eggers

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A star at the heart of our literary constellations for decades, from the bestselling A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius to McSweeney’s, Dave Eggers returns to Kepler’s for the release of his latest fiction work, The Parade.

Eggers is a staunch supporter of independent bookstores, the founder of the literacy project 826 Valencia in San Francisco, and a writer who consistently champions humanist ideals through empathetic literature. His characters-- deeply realized, flawed, and driven by extremes-- offer readers moral complexity alongside careful critique into modernity. Distinct, meaningful, enjoyable... Eggers is, in short, the perfect read, noted for his postmodern and deeply sincere approach.

Join us on April 3rd to hear Dave Eggers speak about a powerful piece of new writing.

The Parade has already garnered positive reviews for its tight, beautiful prose: a spare portrait of two very different men attempting to lay a roadway in an unnamed country long rent by civil war, it uses specific characters in ambiguous yet familiar settings to highlight present-day concerns. For this style, Kirkus describes Eggers as “the only living American writer for whom the term Hemingway-esque meaningfully applies.”

How often do we have the opportunity to hear the living embodiment of future western canon, in person?

At least once, on April 3rd at Kepler’s Books.

UPDATE: Joining Dave Eggers in conversation will be Pushcart-Prize winning poet Sally Wen Mao.

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Clive Thompson on the Future of Coding
Apr
1
7:30 PM19:30

Clive Thompson on the Future of Coding

HanaHaus Community Workspace
456 University Avenue, Palo Alto, CA 94031

Photo by Tom Igoe.

Photo by Tom Igoe.

A comprehensive cultural portrait that Kirkus recommends for fans of John Markoff and Ari Levy, Clive Thompson offers smart, funny, necessary reporting with Coders: The Making of a New Tribe and the Remaking of the World. This tech journalist uncovers lesser-known origin stories within the field and outlines its future directions, all while casting incisive light on ethical questions of coding (what we code for, more humans do). Thompson further explores the shifting role of the profession into a blue-collar arena where labor and class distinctions impact tech-innovations and outcomes. Design-thinking, new economic engines, Kentucky coal miners being trained to code and teen feminist hacktivist sleepovers—Thompson covers it all.

Joining Thompson in conversation to explore the shifting future of coding is Wired veteran and Atlantic staff writer Alexis Madrigal.

Do you fully know the profession that fuels Silicon Valley? Maybe we know it less than we think—Thompson and Madrigal weigh whether it could be the overlooked driving force of seismic social change.

This special event will be hosted at HanaHaus, the dynamic community coworking space in downtown Palo Alto. Seating opens at 7:00 pm.

Photo credit: Tom Igoe.

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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.

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Human Rights at the Southern Border: Lauren Markham & Human Rights Watch
Mar
11
7:30 PM19:30

Human Rights at the Southern Border: Lauren Markham & Human Rights Watch

Cages, walls, asylum and shattered dignity. What is the state of human rights at our southern border, especially for young migrants? Two powerful local investigators with decades of experience bring this conversation o Kepler’s. 

Author Lauren Markham and Senior Human Rights Researcher Clara Long will discuss rights and immigration at our Southern border. In partnership with Human Rights Watch, this conversation will be moderated by KALW’s Hana Baba of CrossCurrents.

Markham’s startlingly intimate portrait of two migrant El Salvadorian brothers, who fled to Oakland by coyote to escape gang violence at home, has been broadly praised. Rebecca Solnit calls The Far Away Brothers a “movingly written” meditation on “the caprices and brutalities of immigration policy.” It is a story of young people in our own community whose only support is each other, whose lives include the quotidian concerns of young men with teenage crushes against the backdrop of antagonistic immigration law and crushing coyote debt.

"It has some of the pleasures of a novel— but all the force of bitter truth.”

Long, a graduate of both Harvard and Stanford, contextualizes Markham’s close-lens narrative portrait with her work investigating detainee deaths, mistreatment of asylum seekers, and more at our southern border.

How do we take notice, and shape this period of international change? That story begins with firsthand accounts from those who are engaged in human rights issues on the frontlines. The next chapter will be written by those who take the time to listen.

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Produced in partnership with Human Rights Watch, the Silicon Valley Committee. HRW defends the rights of people worldwide, scrupulously investigating abuses and pressuring those with power in order to secure justice. Human Rights Watch is an independent, international organization that works as part of a vibrant movement to uphold human dignity and advance the cause of human rights for all.

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Jill Abramson: This Is Now with Angie Coiro
Feb
27
7:30 PM19:30

Jill Abramson: This Is Now with Angie Coiro

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One of the news media's most qualified voices examines critical information battlegrounds: old media vs. new, documented veracity vs. clickbait.

Jill Abramson follows four companies— The New York Times, The Washington Post, BuzzFeed, and VICE— over a decade of disruption and radical adjustment. The two venerable newspapers wrestle the challenge of an aging readership; the two upstarts confront a ballooning but fickle audience of millennials.

She profiles the defenders of the legacy presses and the larger-than-life characters behind the new speed-driven media competitors. Those players include Jeff Bezos and Marty Baron (The Washington Post), Arthur Sulzberger and Dean Baquet (The New York Times), Jonah Peretti (BuzzFeed), and Shane Smith (VICE) as well as their reporters and anxious readers.

What does all this portend for the discriminating news consumer? Join us for a This Is Now conversation featuring former Executive Editor of the New York Times and Harvard lecturer, Jill Abramson.

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Story is the Thing
Feb
21
7:00 PM19:00

Story is the Thing

"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.

Jeanne Althouse
Flash fiction by Jeanne Althouse has appeared in numerous literary journals. Her most recent flash story collection, Boys in the Bank, published by Red Bird Chapbooks, came out in November 2018. Her story “Big Lies” was a finalist in the Glimmer Train Very Short Fiction contest and “Goran Holds his Breath” was nominated by Shenandoah for the Pushcart Prize.

Jamel Brinkley
Jamel Brinkley is the author of A Lucky Man: Stories (Graywolf Press/A Public Space Books), a finalist for the 2018 National Book Award in fiction and recipient of the 2019 Ernest J. Gaines Award for Literary Excellence. His writing has appeared, or is forthcoming, in The Best American Short Stories 2018, A Public Space, Ploughshares, Gulf Coast, The Threepenny Review, Glimmer Train, American Short Fiction, Tin House, and other places. A graduate of the Iowa Writers’ Workshop, he's currently a Wallace Stegner Fellow in Fiction at Stanford University.

Tsun Yuan Chen
Tsun Yuan Chen is a retired Head and Neck Surgeon, born in Mainland China, studied in Taiwan and Tokyo, before arriving on these shores. He now divides his time between San Francisco, Umbria and Provence with his life partner, at home everywhere and nowhere, making alienation a fine art of his life, while maintaining an esprit from the East.

Andrea Donderi
Andrea Donderi grew up in Montreal and arrived in California via Toronto, Chicago, and Bloomington, Indiana. She recently moved from a ramshackle backyard cottage on the peninsula to a house with chickens in Oakland. Andrea writes manuals for the guts of the Internet as well as essays and fiction.

David Wystan Owen
D. Wystan Owen is the author of Other People's Love Affairs: Stories (Algonquin Books), an Amazon "Best Fiction & Literature of 2018" selection. His work has appeared in A Public Space, LitHub, The Threepenny Review, The American Scholar, and elsewhere. A graduate of the Iowa Writers' Workshop, he now lives in Northern California where he serves as publisher of The Bare Life Review.

Kathy Wang
Kathy Wang grew up in Northern California and is a graduate of UC Berkeley and Harvard Business School. She lives in the Bay Area with her husband and two children.




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Dani Shapiro in conversation with Elizabeth Rosner
Feb
20
7:30 PM19:30

Dani Shapiro in conversation with Elizabeth Rosner

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It was a simple test. Yet, the course of her life changed forever.

Dani Shapiro, the award-winning author of bestselling novels like Hourglass, Devotion, and more, grappled with the self-shattering results of a simple DNA test.

On TLC and in heart-warming ads, DNA testing is nothing more than a high-tech family tree for the digital age, an over-the-counter science experiment to deepen our own personal understanding ourselves. But millions of Americans are finding a different experience.

In this intimate and heart-wrenching new memoir from one of the great writers of our time, comes the true story of how Dani Shapiro discovered that her father was not truly her biological father. Her Jewish identity, relationship to her family and to herself—they all underwent seismic change in a heartbeat. Upending a lifetime of secrets and untold stories, this innocuous decision left Shapiro grappling with results no one could have ever prepared her for. Inheritance is a tour de force of what family truly means, raw and emotionally realized.

Join us for a powerful and peerless evening, as Dani opens this profound chapter of her life in conversation with fellow writer and family historian Elizabeth Rosner of Survivor Café.

These two stunning Jewish-American authors describe a selfhood built against the backdrop of history, secrets, and the often-unknown stories of those who came before us.

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Roger McNamee: This Is Now with Angie Coiro
Feb
11
7:30 PM19:30

Roger McNamee: This Is Now with Angie Coiro

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The warnings are coming from inside the house.

Mark Zuckerberg, Sheryl Sandberg, and Roger McNamee are denizens of the same enchanted world: Silicon Valley's inner circle. And they used to all be on the same page, each playing their part growing Facebook into an internet phenomenon— until it hit unprecedented reach and influence. Then they weren't on the same page any more.

McNamee was an early and enthusiastic adopter of Facebook, as both a musician and an investor. But he grew disenchanted as he watched the negatives pile up: privacy issues. Screen addiction. Disinformation and political manipulation. Even spying. Digging into the technology and psychology involved, he grew more alarmed at "business models that drive companies to maximize attention at all costs".

Now Roger McNamee has teamed with others from the tech world to challenge our new normal - to persuade us that internet titans Facebook and Google present an urgent existential threat to users and society. Does his new book Zucked make a persuasive case?

Join us for an evening of This Is Now with Angie Coiro to find out.

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Celebrating A Legacy: Patrick J McGovern
Feb
6
7:30 PM19:30

Celebrating A Legacy: Patrick J McGovern

Glenn Rifkin, John Markoff and Patrick J. McGovern III

Glenn Rifkin, John Markoff and Patrick J. McGovern III

Future Forward and the Remarkable Life of Patrick J. McGovern 

Join us for a momentous evening of reunion and celebration at the West Coast launch of Glenn Rifkin’s book, Future Forward, an homage to the late Patrick J. McGovern (1937-2014). This special event features a biographical exploration and panel moderated by celebrated journalist John Markoff, formerly of the New York Times and a current affiliate researcher at Stanford's Center for Advanced Study in Behavioral Sciences.

Our panel takes a closer look at the impact of a visionary entrepreneur who forever changed the face of Valley, ushering in a monumental shift towards data during those early days of tech.

Patrick J. McGovern (1937-2014)

Patrick J. McGovern (1937-2014)

In 1964, in a small grey house in Massachusetts, the MIT graduate founded the International Data Group, which would spawn a revolution in understanding around information technology. The ripple effects of McGovern’s life and passions extend well past IDG—from the publications and institutions that followed (CIOComputerworldPCWorldMacworld, the Dummies series), to the prodigious patronage of neuroscience research at MIT, Peking University, and others.

McGovern moved with an incredible force of presence, vibrancy, unprecedented insight, generosity and remarkable kindness. We’re excited to come together honoring his contribution in this one-of-a-kind evening.

Reserve early—seats are limited. This special Literary Foundation evening includes an in-depth conversation, signing, and post-event reception. We will hear from Patrick J. McGovern III, director of the McGovern Foundation, and Glenn Rifkin, author of the recent book Future Forward, who can speak to the private person and public figure.

Don’t miss this chance to dive into the story of that transformative era.

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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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A Workshop with Yogacharya O'Brian - Life in Dynamic Balance
Jan
31
7:00 PM19:00

A Workshop with Yogacharya O'Brian - Life in Dynamic Balance

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Join award winning author and teacher Yogacharya O’Brian for a 90 minute workshop exploring transformative insights into the links between ancient Vedic tradition, the philosophy of yoga, and prosperity in today’s rigorously fast-paced society.

Author of the newly released book The Jewel of Abundance: Finding Prosperity through the Ancient Wisdom of Yoga, Yogacharya O'Brian explores what the four universal aims of life drawn from the Vedas can offer us today as we seek not only a prosperous life but one that has heart and meaning. The four aims of life—to live with higher purpose, to prosper, to enjoy life, and to realize true freedom—provide a brilliant context for living with dynamic balance, prosperity, and the joy that accompanies it. Learn how to cultivate equanimity as you embrace your inherent tendency to thrive.

Yogacharya Ellen Grace O’Brian is a spiritual teacher, poet, writer, founding acharya and spiritual director of Center for Spiritual Enlightenment—a Kriya Yoga Meditation Center in San Jose, California. Her recently published works include Living for the Sake of the Soul, inspiration for spiritual practice and The Moon Reminded Me an award-winning poetry collection. Ordained to teach in 1982 by Roy Eugene Davis, a direct disciple of Paramahansa Yogananda, her message is “engaged enlightenment” – an invitation to live an awakened, creatively inspired, and fulfilled life, now. This workshop is drawn from her latest book, The Jewel Abundance: Finding Prosperity through the Ancient Wisdom of Yoga, recently published by New World Library. www.ellengraceobrian.com and www.csecenter.org

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