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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.

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

S.K. Ali with Ayesha Mattu

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.

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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.

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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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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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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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

  • Smithwick Theatre, Foothill College (map)
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We are delighted to welcome Shannon Messenger back with Flashback, the unforgettable seventh book in the New York Times and USA Today bestselling Keeper of the Lost Cities series, in which Sophie must let the past and present blur together, because the deadliest secrets are always the ones that get erased.

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Sophie Foster doesn’t know what—or whom—to believe. And in a game with this many players, the worst mistake can be focusing on the wrong threat. But when the Neverseen prove that Sophie’s far more vulnerable than she ever imagined, she realizes it’s time to change the rules. Her powerful abilities can only protect her so far. To face down ruthless enemies, she must learn to fight. Unfortunately, battle training can’t help a beloved friend who’s facing a whole different danger—where the only solution involves one of the biggest risks Sophie and her friends have ever taken. And the distraction might be exactly what the villains have been waiting for.

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

Shannon will be in conversation with Tamara Ireland Stone, New York Times bestselling author of Click'd, Every Last Word, Time Between Us, and Time After Time.

We could not be more excited.

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

Shannon will sign and personalize all copies of Flashback purchased as part of a Premier ticket or purchased onsite the night of the event. These attendees will be allowed to bring one backlist title from home for signing.

Shannon will also sign copies of backlist titles purchased onsite from Kepler’s the night of the event, but remember you must have purchased a copy of Flashback from Kepler's to enter the signing line.


 

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

Jennifer L. Armentrout with Evelyn Skye

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

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

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

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

Please note that Jennifer will be giving away a TDS inspired exclusive Book Beau, FREE, with the purchase of a hard cover copy of The Darkest Star bought from Kepler’s at the event.

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

Jeffrey Brown with James Parks and Ben Costa

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

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

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

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

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

Matt de la Peña and Christian Robinson

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Becky Albertalli and Adam Silvera

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

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

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

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

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John Flanagan
Oct
4
7:00 PM19:00

John Flanagan

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

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

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

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

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

Laini Taylor with Sabaa Tahir

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

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

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

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

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

Kiersten White with Stephanie Garber

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

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

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

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

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

Story Time with Drew Daywalt and Scott Campbell

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Annie Barrows and Sophie Blackall

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

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

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

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

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

Gretchen McNeil with Stephanie Kuehn

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

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

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

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

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

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

JoAnne Wetzel and Tim McCanna

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

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

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

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Ibtihaj Muhammad
Jul
29
3:00 PM15:00

Ibtihaj Muhammad

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

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

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

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

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

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

Princess and the Pit Stop Story Time with Tom Angleberger

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

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

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

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

Sabaa Tahir and Renee Ahdieh

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

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

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

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

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

Doesn't get better than this!

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