History of Past Author Events


Youth: Society of Young Inklings

Friday, November 20, 6:00 p.m. - NOTE NEW TIME



Chaos Unleashed by Jessie Karan 

Here Comes the Tiger by Sean Nesamoney

The Search by Megan White




YA: Heidi R. Kling in conversation with Ingrid Paulson

Thursday, November 19, 7:00 p.m.

Paint My Body Red




Bill Fernandez

Tuesday, November 17, 7:30 p.m.

Hawai'i in War and Peace




Elizabeth Tallent in conversation with Shannon Pufahl

Thursday, November 12, 7:30 p.m.

Mendocino Fire: Stories



Dan Olsen

Wednesday, November 11, 7:30 p.m.

The Lean Product Playbook: How to Innovate with Minimum Viable Products and Rapid Customer Feedback






Dave Newhouse and Gary Singh

Tuesday, November 10, 7:30 p.m.

Founding 49ers: The Dark Days Before the Dynasty by Dave Newhouse

The San Jose Earthquakes: A Seismic Soccer Legacy by Gary Singh




Youth: JoAnne Wetzel in conversation with Caryn Yacowitz

Monday, November 9, 7:00 p.m.

Playing Juliet





Credit: Daymion Mardel

PREMIER EVENT: Jerry Rice Book Signing

Wednesday, November 4, 6:30 p.m.

50 Years, 50 Moments: The Most Unforgettable Plays in Super Bowl History




PREMIER EVENT: Geraldine Brooks in conversation with Lalita Tademy

Monday, November 2, 7:30 p.m.

The Secret Chord






PREMIER EVENT: Sherry Turkle

Tuesday, October 27, 7:30 p.m.

Reclaiming Conversation: The Power of Talk in a Digital Age

Oshman Family Jewish Community Center, Cultural Hall, 3921 Fabian Way, Palo Alto






Kristin Schreier Lyseggen

Thursday, October 22, 7:30 p.m.

The Women of San Quentin: Soul Murder of Transgender Women in Male Prisons




Frances Dinkelspiel in conversation with Leslie Berlin

Wednesday, October 21, 7:30 p.m.

Tangled Vines: Greed, Murder, Obsession, and an Arsonist in the Vineyards of California




Youth: Soman Chainani

Tuesday, October 20, 7:00 p.m.

School for Good and Evil, Book 3: The Last Ever After




Diane Lawson in conversation with Abraham Verghese

Monday, October 19, 7:30 p.m.

A Tightly Raveled Mind






Youth: D.J. MacHale

Thursday, October 15, 7:00 p.m.

Voyagers: Project Alpha







YA: Margaret Stohl with Sabaa Tahir and the Women of Marvel

Wednesday, October 14, 7:00 p.m.

Black Widow: Forever Red

This will be a celebration of all things Marvel. So come in costume (there WILL be prizes).






PREMIER EVENT: Margaret Atwood

Monday, October 12, 7:30pm

The Heart Goes Last

Fox Theatre, 2215 Broadway Street, Redwood City


PREMIER EVENT: Brandon Sanderson

Friday, October 9, 7:30 p.m.

Shadows of Self



YA: Patrick Ness in conversation with Sabaa Tahir

Friday, October 9, 7:00 p.m.

The Rest of Us Just Live Here

Redwood Shores Library, 399 Marine Pkwy., Redwood City






Youth: Prudence Breitrose

Thursday, October 8, 7:00 p.m.

Mouse Mission

Channing House, 850 Webster St, Palo Alto




Jon Palfreman and Dr. J. William Langston in conversation

Wednesday, October 7, 7:30 p.m.

Brain Storms: The Race to Unlock the Mysteries of Parkinson's Disease

Co-hosted by the Parkinson's Institute


PREMIER EVENT: Richard Dawkins

Sunday, October 4, 9:30 a.m.

Brief Candle in the Dark: My Life in Science






Youth: Kevin Henkes

Thursday, October 1, 6:00 p.m.





PREMIER EVENT: Anita Friedman

Wednesday, September 30, 7:30 p.m.

Rywka's Diary: The Writings of a Jewish Girl from the Lodz Ghetto

Oshman Family Jewish Community Center, Cultural Hall, 3921 Fabian Way, Palo Alto

In Partnership with the Oshman Family Jewish Community Center



Catriona McPherson

Tuesday, September 29, 7:30 p.m.

The Child Garden: A Novel






Story Time with Gianna Marino

Monday, September 28, 10:30 a.m.

Night Animals




PREMIER EVENT: Christopher Moore

Saturday, September 26, 7:30 p.m.

Secondhand Souls




Joy Williams in conversation with Peter Orner

Friday, September 25, 7:30 p.m.

The Visiting Privilege



LAUNCH: Marilyn Yalom and Theresa Brown

Thursday, September 24, 7:30 p.m.

The Social Sex: A History of Female Friendship






Ann Beattie in conversation with Nick Taylor

Wednesday, September 23, 7:30 p.m.

The State We're In: Maine Stories





YA Launch: Rae Carson in conversation with Stacey Lee

Tuesday, September 22, 7:00 p.m.

Walk on Earth a Stranger





Youth: Ben Hatke in conversation with Gene Luen Yang

Monday, September 21, 7:00 p.m.

Little Robot



PREMIERE EVENT: Cassandra Clare and Holly Black

Friday, September 18, 7:00 p.m.

The Copper Gauntlet (Magisterium, Book 2)






PREMIER EVENT: John Markoff and Jerry Kaplan in conversation about the age of artificial intelligence

Thursday, September 17, 7:30 p.m.


Machines of Loving Grace: The Quest for Common Ground Between Humans and Robots by John Markoff

Humans Need Not Apply: A Guide to Wealth and Work in the Age of Artificial Intelligence by Jerry Kaplan



PREMIER EVENT: Daniel J. Siegel, M.D.

Wednesday, September 16, 7:30 p.m.

Brainstorm: The Power and Purpose of the Teenage Brain

Menlo-Atherton Center for the Performing Arts, 555 Middlefield Rd., Atherton





Stephanie Clifford

Wednesday, September 16, 7:30 p.m.

Everybody Rise





Marina Krakovsky

Tuesday, September 15, 7:30 p.m.

The Middleman Economy: How Brokers, Agents, Dealers, and Everyday Matchmakers Create Value and Profit

Introduction by Paul McHugh





Story Time with Don and Audrey Wood

Friday, September 11, 6:00 p.m.

The Full Moon at the Napping House



Comedy Night Out: Adam Mansbach and Alan Zweibel

Thursday, September 10, 7:30 p.m.

Benjamin Franklin: Huge Pain in My ...!




YA: Josephine Angelini

Friday, September 4, 7:00 p.m.








Thursday, August 27, 7:00 p.m.

The Nature of the Beast: A Chief Inspector Gamache Novel







PREMIER EVENT: John Scalzi in conversation with Tad Williams

Monday, August 24, 7:30 p.m.

The End of All Things





  PREMIER EVENT: David Shields in conversation with Karen Joy Fowler

Friday, August 21, 7:30 p.m.

That Thing You Do with Your Mouth: The Sexual Autobiography of Samantha Matthews as Told to David Shields






PREMIER EVENT: Adam Johnson in conversation with Oscar Villalon

Wednesday, August 19, 7:30 p.m.

Fortune Smiles





LAUNCH: Alice LaPlante in conversation with Tracy Guzeman

Thursday, August 13, 7:30 p.m.

Coming of Age at the End of Days






PREMIER EVENT: Meg Waite Clayton in conversation with Ellen Sussman

Tuesday, August 11, 7:30 p.m.

The Race for Paris: A Novel






PREMIER EVENT: Paula McLain in conversation with Meg Waite Clayton

Thursday, August 6, 7:30 p.m.

Circling the Sun





  Peninsula LAUNCH: Ruth Galm in conversation with Nicole Hughes

Wednesday, August 5, 7:30 p.m.

Into the Valley






Anil Ananthaswamy

Tuesday, August 4, 7:30 p.m.

The Man Who Wasn't There: Investigations into the Strange New Science of the Self





  Richard Kadrey

Tuesday, July 28, 7:30 p.m.

Killing Pretty (Sandman Slim #7)





Janis Cooke Newman in conversation with Susanne Pari

Tuesday, July 21, 7:30 p.m.

A Master Plan for Rescue





Ernest Cline

Tuesday, July 14, 7:30 p.m.






  Bernie Roth in conversation with Tina Seelig

Wednesday, July 8, 7:30 p.m. 

The Achievement Habit: Stop Wishing, Start Doing, and Take Command of Your Life






Jessica Jackley

Tuesday, July 7, 7:30 p.m.

Clay Water Brick: Finding Inspiration from Entrepreneurs Who Do the Most with the Least

Co-sponsored by Village Enterprise






Karen Joy Fowler in conversation with Meg Waite Clayton

Tuesday, June 30, 7:30 p.m.

Black Glass: Short Fiction




YA: Megan Whalen Turner, Elizabeth Fama, Stephanie Kuehn, Rebecca Hahn, Tamara Ireland Stone & Renee Ahdieh

Monday, June 29, 7:00 p.m.

Megan Whalen Turner

Plus One by Elizabeth Fama
Delicate Monsters by Stephanie Kuehn
A Creature of Moonlight by Rebecca Hahn
Every Last Word by Tamara Ireland Stone
The Wrath and the Dawn by Renee Ahdieh


Vendela Vida

Thursday, June 25, 7:30 p.m.

The Diver's Clothes Lie Empty: A Novel



PREMIER EVENT: David McCullough

Tuesday, June 16, 7:30pm

The Wright Brothers

Fox Theatre, 2215 Broadway Street, Redwood City




Jim Shepard in conversation with Tobias Wolff

Monday, June 15, 7:30 p.m.

The Book of Aron



YA: Mary Pearson

Friday, June 12, 7:00 p.m.

The Kiss of Deception





Robert Roper

Thursday, June 11, 7:30 p.m.

Nabokov in America: On the Road to Lolita





Prajwal Parajuly in conversation with Shikha Malaviya

Monday, June 8, 7:30 p.m.

Land Where I Flee





Friday, June 5, 7:30 p.m.

Wages of Rebellion: The Moral Imperative of Revolt






Launch: YA: Virginia Boecker

Thursday, June 4, 7:00 p.m.

The Witch Hunter






YA: Michelle Tea

Wednesday, June 3, 7:00 p.m.

Girl at the Bottom of the Sea





Tina Seelig

Tuesday, June 2
7:00 p.m. - Reception
7:30 p.m. - Program

Insight Out: Get Ideas Out of Your Head and Into the World




Brandon R. Brown in conversation with Paul Zeitz

Thursday, May 21, 7:30 p.m.

Planck: Driven by Vision, Broken by War






Wednesday, May 20, 7:30 p.m.

The Internet Is Not the Answer





Ask a Fodor's Travel Expert with Arabella Bowen, Editor in Chief of Fodor's Travel

Saturday, May 16, 2:00 p.m.




Martin Ford

Thursday, May 14, 7:30 p.m.

Rise of the Robots: Technology and the Threat of a Jobless Future





Fierce Reads Tour: Marie Rutkoski, Lindsay Smith, Katie Finn, and Lynn Matson

Tuesday, May 12, 6:00 p.m.


Marie Rutkoski: The Winner’s Crime
Lindsay Smith: Skandal
Lynne Matson: NIL Unlocked


Robert Wachter in conversation with Abraham Verghese

Friday, May 8, 7:30 p.m.

The Digital Doctor: Hope, Hype, and Harm at the Dawn of Medicine's Computer Age





Jane Smiley

Tuesday, May 5, 7:30 p.m.

Early Warning





California Book Store Day Story Time with Dan Gutman

Saturday, May 2, 10:30 a.m. 

Rappy the Raptor




PREMIER EVENT: Jacqueline Winspear

Wednesday, April 29, 7:30 p.m.

A Dangerous Place: A Maisie Dobbs Novel




LAUNCH: Sabaa Tahir

Tuesday, April 28, 7:00 p.m.

An Ember in the Ashes





Jennifer Jacquet

Tuesday, April 21, 7:30 p.m.

Is Shame Necessary?: New Uses for an Old Tool





Meet and Greet with Neal Shusterman

Monday, April 20, 5:00 p.m.

Challenger Deep




Beth Shapiro

Thursday, April 16, 7:30 p.m.

How to Clone a Mammoth: The Science of de-Extinction




A reading and discussion with two former Stegner Fellows, Skip Horack and Kirstin Valdez Quade

Wednesday, April 15, 7:30 p.m.

The Other Joseph

Night at the Fiestas




Francisco Jiménez

Tuesday, April 14, 7:00 p.m.

Taking Hold: From Migrant Childhood to Columbia University






Monday, April 13, 7:30 p.m.

Dead Wake: The Last Crossing of the Lusitania 




Bruce Henderson

Thursday, April 9, 7:30 p.m.

Rescue at Los Baños: The Most Daring Prison Camp Raid of World War II



  YA: Elizabeth Wein

Wednesday, April 8, 7:00 p.m.

Black Dove, White Raven


  Launch: Ann Packer in conversation with Anthony Marra

Tuesday, April 7, 7:30 p.m. 

The Children's Crusade





PREMIER EVENT: Kazuo Ishiguro in conversation with Tom Barbash

Thursday, April 2, 7:30 p.m.

The Buried Giant

Menlo-Atherton High School Center for Performing Arts, 555 Middlefield Rd., Atherton  


PREMIER EVENT: Barney Frank in conversation with Angie Coiro

Wednesday, April 1, 7:30pm

Frank: A Life in Politics from the Great Society to Same-Sex Marriage

Fox Theatre, 2215 Broadway Street, Redwood City



Jane Hirshfield in conversation with Ellen Bass

Tuesday, March 31, 7:30 p.m.

The Beauty: Poems

Ten Windows: How Great Poems Transform the World




Robbie Kellman Baxter

Thursday, March 26, 7:30 p.m.

The Membership Economy: Find Your Super Users, Master the Forever Transaction, and Build Recurring Revenue




PREMIER EVENT: Joyce Carol Oates in conversation with Michelle Richmond

Wednesday, March 25, 7:30pm

The Sacrifice



Youth: Jennifer A. Nielsen

Tuesday, March 24, 7:00 p.m.

Mark of the Thief - Book 1 of Praetor War





Mad Science Saturday with Jon Scieszka

Saturday, March 21, 2:00 p.m.

Frank Einstein and the Electro-Finger




PREMIER EVENT: Michael Gazzaniga in conversation with Angie Coiro

Wednesday, March 18, 7:30pm

Tales from Both Sides of the Brain: A Life in Neuroscience




Elliott Ackerman in conversation with Anthony Marra

Thursday, March 12, 7:30 p.m.

Green on Blue





Tuesday, March 10, 7:30 p.m.

Live Right and Find Happiness (Although Beer Is Much Faster): Life Lessons from Dave Barry!




Irvin D. Yalom in conversation with Barry Hughes

Wednesday, March 4, 7:30 p.m.

Creatures of a Day: And Other Tales of Psychotherapy




Ann Hamilton

Tuesday, March 3, 7:30 p.m.




YA: CJ Omololu, Melissa Marr, Kelley Armstrong & Kimberly Derting

Saturday, February 28, 7:00 p.m.

A Celebration of CJ Omololu's The Third Twin 



  Youth: Pam Muñoz Ryan

Thursday, February 26, 7:00 p.m. 




  Laurie R. King in conversation with Catriona McPherson

Wednesday, February 25, 7:30 p.m.

Dreaming Spies: A Novel of Suspense Featuring Mary Russell and Sherlock Holmes




LAUNCH: Elizabeth Collison

Tuesday, February 24, 7:30 p.m.

Some Other Town







Saturday, February 21, 7:30 p.m.

The Misadventures of Awkward Black Girl




T. Geronimo Johnson in conversation with Tess Taylor

Friday, February 20, 7:30 p.m.

Welcome to Braggsville





Pamela K. Gullard in conversation with Menlo College President Richard A. Moran

Thursday, February 19, 7:00 p.m. 

Through the Gates: Eighty-Five Years of Menlo College and Its Times




Chinese New Year Story Time with Oliver Chin

Thursday, February 12, 10:30 a.m. 

The Year of the Sheep 



Eric Topol, M.D.

Wednesday, February 11, 7:30 p.m.

The Patient Will See You Now





PREMIER EVENT: YA: Richelle Mead

Tuesday, February 10, 7:00 p.m.

The Ruby Circle




  YA: Lisa McMann

Friday, February 6, 7:00 p.m. 

Unwanteds 5: The Island of Shipwrecks





YA: Courtney Alameda

Thursday, February 5, 7:00 p.m.





Sandip Roy in conversation with Richard Rodriguez

Wednesday, February 4, 7:30 p.m. 

Don't Let Him Know





PREMIER EVENT: YA: Marissa Meyer

Tuesday, February 3, 7:00 p.m.

Fairest: The Lunar Chronicles: Levana's Story



PREMIER EVENT: Michael Shermer

Monday, February 2, 7:30 p.m.

The Moral ARC: How Science and Reason Lead Humanity Toward Truth, Justice, and Freedom



PREMIER EVENT: Armistead Maupin

Wednesday, January 28, 7:30pm

The Days of Anna Madrigal (Tales of the City)





LAUNCH: Jan Ellison in conversation with Ann Packer

Tuesday, January 27, 7:30 p.m.

A Small Indiscretion





Elizabeth Svoboda

Monday, January 26, 7:30 p.m.

What Makes a Hero? The Surprising Science of Selflessness




Nir Eyal

Thursday, January 22, 7:30 p.m.

Hooked: How to Build Habit-Forming Products





John McQuaid

Wednesday, January 21, 7:30 p.m.

TASTY: The Art and Science of What We Eat




Anita Diamant in conversation with Alice LaPlante

Thursday, January 15, 7:30 p.m. 

The Boston Girl




Mary Street Alinder

Wednesday, January 14, 7:30 p.m.

Group f.64: Edward Weston, Ansel Adams, Imogen Cunningham, and the Community of Artists Who Revolutionized American Photography




PREMIER EVENT: Joshua Davis in conversation with Wired magazine's Mark Robinson

Tuesday, January 13, 7:30pm

Spare Parts: Four Undocumented Teenagers, One Ugly Robot, and the Battle for the American Dream




Mandy Aftel

Thursday, January 8, 7:00 p.m.

Fragrant: The Secret Life of Scent





Story Time with Caryn Yacowitz

Saturday, December 6, 11:00 a.m. 

I Know an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Dreidel 



Richard Ford in conversation with Rachel Smith

Friday, December 5, 7:30 p.m.

Let Me Be Frank with You




Guy Kawasaki in conversation with Peg Fitzpatrick

Thursday, December 4, 7:30 p.m.

The Art of Social Media: Power Tips for Power Users




Premier Event: Tim Shriver

Wednesday, December 3, 7:30 p.m.

Fully Alive: Discovering What Matters Most



An evening of poetry and enlightenment with Minal Hajratwala

Thursday, November 20, 7:30 p.m.

Bountiful Instructions for Enlightenment


Shane Harris

Tuesday, November 18, 7:30 p.m.

@War: The Rise of the Military-Internet Complex




Rebecca Alexander

Monday, November 17, 7:30 p.m.

Not Fade Away: A Memoir of Senses Lost and Found

An ASL interpreter will be signing during the event.




Susan Woodman

Thursday, November 13, 7:30 p.m.

Gamble Garden: Landscape of Optimism




Premier Event: Francis Fukuyama

Tuesday, November 11, 7:30 p.m.

Political Order and Political Decay





Story Time with Jim LaMarche

Saturday, November 8, 10:30 a.m. 

Winter Is Coming



  Premier Event: Bryan Stevenson

Thursday, November 6, 7:30 p.m.

Just Mercy





Bill Oetinger

Wednesday, November 5, 7:30 p.m.

75 Classic Rides Northern California: The Best Road Biking Routes



  Launch: Lalita Tademy in conversation with Natalie Baszile

Tuesday, November 4, 7:30 p.m.

Citizen's Creek




Fulbright Scholar Mary O'Hara in conversation with Michael Stoll 

Monday, November 3, 7:30 p.m.

Austerity Bites: A journey to the sharp end of cuts in the UK




Keith Raffel in conversation with Ellen Sussman

Sunday, November 2, 5:00 p.m.

Temple Mount



  Launch: Carole Bumpus

Saturday, November 1, Reception: 6:00 p.m. - Event: 7:00 p.m.

A Cup of Redemption



Terry Shames in conversation with Keith Raffel

Thursday, October 30, 7:30pm

Dead Broke in Jarrett Creek: A Samuel Craddock Mystery



Herant Katchadourian in conversation with Richard Evans

Wednesday, October 29, 7:30 p.m.

The Way It Turned Out: A Memoir




Meet & Greet: YouTube Star Michelle Phan

Tuesday, October 28, 7:00 p.m.

Make Up: Your Life Guide to Beauty, Style, and Success--Online and Off 




YA: Sara Raasch, Kasie West, and Corrine Jackson

Monday, October 27, 7:00 p.m. 

Snow Like Ashes by Sara Raasch

On the Fence by Kasie West

Ignited by Corrine Jackson





Story Time with Eric Litwin

Sunday, October 26, 11:00 a.m. 

The Nuts: Bedtime at the Nut House

Redwood Shores Branch Library, 399 Marine Parkway @ Bridge Parkway



Fireside Chat with Garth Nix and Michael Grant

Thursday, October 23, 7:00 p.m. 


Messenger of Fear


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Boris Fishman in conversation with Ellen Sussman

Wednesday, October 22, 7:30 p.m.

A Replacement Life 


Read the glowing New York Times review HERE.



Leslie S. Klinger in conversation with Laurie R. King

Tuesday, October 21, 7:30 p.m.

The New Annotated H. P. Lovecraft




Leon Panetta in conversation with Jim Newton

Friday, October 17, 7:30 p.m.

Worthy Fights: A Memoir of Leadership in War and Peace

Fox Theatre, 2215 Broadway St., Redwood City 




Premier Event: Rick Riordan

Wednesday, October 15, 7:00 p.m.

Heroes of Olympus: Book 5 - The Blood of Olympus

Fox Theatre, 2215 Broadway St., Redwood City




YA: S. S. Taylor

Monday, October 13, 6:30 p.m.

The Expeditioners and King Triton's Lair



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YA: Becca Fitzpatrick, Christina Lauren, and Kiersten White

Sunday, October 12, 3:00 p.m. 

Black Ice by Becca Fitzpatrick 

Sublime by Christina Lauren 

Illusions of Fate by Kiersten White 

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James Frey in conversation with John Hanke, VP of Google’s Niantic Lab

Saturday, October 11, 6:00 p.m.

Endgame: The Calling




Mark Schapiro

Tuesday, October 7, 7:30 p.m.

Carbon Shock: A Tale of Risk and Calculus on the Front Lines of the Disrupted Global Economy 





Bessel van der Kolk, M.D.

Sunday, October 5, 2:00 p.m.

The Body Keeps the Score: Brain, Mind, and Body in the Healing of Trauma





Premier Event: Vikram Chandra in conversation with Nick Taylor

Friday, October 3, 7:30 p.m.

Geek Sublime: The Beauty of Code, the Code of Beauty