Peninsula Arts & Letters


 The literary events "are invaluable and your leadership enriches our entire community.” – Anna Eshoo, United States Congresswoman

Literary living room for Stanford and Silicon Valley intellectuals” – San Francisco Chronicle


Peninsula Arts & Letters is a new non-profit forum that offers lectures, panel discussions, on-stage interviews, and educational workshops.  It was formed in Spring 2013 by transferring the awards-winning events program from Kepler’s Books into a new non-profit organization with a goal to expand the programming activities with new revenue sources including admission tickets, memberships, tax-deductible contributions, and corporate sponsorships.  Kepler’s is the first bookstore in the US to pioneer this innovative approach of spinning off its programming into a non-profit cultural organization with a vision of growth and sustainability.

Event Programming


Our events span the breadth of arts, culture, science, technology, and current affairs.  Following is a list of major event tracks and speakers we have hosted over the last few years:

  • Business and technology leaders:  Daniel Pink, Adam M. Grant, Seth Godin, Paul Allen, Gary Vaynerchuk, Carly Fiorina, Meg Whitman, William Davidow, William Draper
  • Historians:  Ken Burns, Sarah Vowell, T.J. Stiles, David Kennedy, H.W. Brands
  • Social commentators:  Thomas Friedman, Christopher Hitchens, Richard Dawkins, Khaled Hosseini, Greg Mortenson, Barbara Kingsolver, Naomi Wolf, Marcus Zusak
  • Scientists and physicians:  Brian Greene, Mario Livio, Atul Gwandi, Siddartha Mukherjee, Timothy Ferris, Mary Roach, Leonard Mlodinow, Neil Shubin, Abraham Verghese
  • Celebrities and Public figures:  Justice Sonia Sotomayor, Jimmy Carter, Madeleine Albright, Barbara Walters, Caroline Kennedy, Jane Fonda, Amy Sedaris, David Sedaris, Andre Agassi, James Franco
  • Global scholars:  Noam Chomsky, Richard Dawkins, Steven Weinberg, Edward O Wilson, Leonard Susskind
  • Journalists and media figures:  Dave Barry, Calvin Trillin, Jose Antonio Vargas, Belva Davis, Simon Winchester, Tony Horwitz, Joshua Foer, Sebastian Junger, Michael Krasny
  • Educators Mary Pipher, Madeline Levine, Rosalind Wiseman
  • Novelists from around the world:  Barbara Kingsolver, Amy Tan, Isabel Allende, Salman Rushdie, Ann Patchett, Alexander McCall Smith, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, Michael Chabon, Carl Hiaasen, T.C. Boyle, Joyce Carol Oates
  • Science fiction writers:  William Gibson, George R.R. Martin, Neil Gaiman, Neal Stephenson, Terry Pratchett
  • Mystery writers:  Louise Penny, Sarah Paretsky, Elizabeth George, Sue Grafton
  • Young adult authors:  Sherman Alexie, Cory Doctorow, Anthony Horowitz, John Green, Rick Riordan, Suzanne Collins, Cassandra Clare, Scott Westerfeld
  • Children's authors:  Jan Brett, Jeff Kinney, Lemony Snicket, Oliver Jeffers, Gail Carson Levine, Jennifer Holm, Jeanne du Prau, Robin Preiss Glasser



Peninsula Arts & Letters is a project of Silicon Valley Community Foundation (SVCF).  SVCF is a nonprofit charity exempt from federal income tax under IRS section 501(c)(3).




Praveen Madan

Executive Director


Jean Forstner

Director of Operations & Community Relations


Pam Grange

Event Producer

Angela Mann

Event Manager


 Clayton Moore

 Event Manager