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EAT, DRINK, TALK AND SWAP BOOKS: An Evening at Kepler's
Saturday, September 13, 6:30 - 9:00 p.m.
Come at 6:30 to mingle over drinks and munchies. We'll start the book discussions at 7pm and we'll wrap up the Book Swap festivities around 9pm.
If you're interested in spending an evening with fun, smart, creative and lit-minded souls, Kepler's has put together an event for you: a Book Swap. If not tempted by the good company and great atmosphere, be tempted by delicious food and free-flowing wine. Bring a book you love, one you can talk about all night and are willing to part with at the end of the evening.
You'll go home with a book highly recommended by another BookSwapper, a free Advanced Reader's Edition of a book from Kepler's, and some great suggestions to add to your never-ending 'Must Read' list. There are also rumors of surprise giveaways.
AND THAT'S NOT ALL! Because we're featuring NATALIE BASZILE and her debut novel Queen Sugar. Yes, Natalie will be joining us to discuss her book about which O Magazine said, "“In Queen Sugar, two bulwarks of American literature—Southern fiction and the transformational journey—are given a fresh take by talented first time novelist Natalie Baszile . . . [the novel] is a sensory experience, a tableau vivant that Baszile skillfully paints in a palette simultaneously subtle and bold. Queen Sugar is a bright and enticing reminder that, sometimes, you can go home.”
Tickets are $25 and are now on sale in the store or from Brown Paper Tickets.
"Think cocktail party, with a bookish twist." - Litquake
Tuesday, September 16, 7:30 p.m.
Did you know that ketchup, America’s national condiment, began as a fermented fish sauce from China’s Fujian province, and its linguistic origins are “ke” for fermented fish and “tchup” for sauce? Did you ever wonder why we eat toast for breakfast, but “toast” good health at dinner?
Dan Jurafsky introduces us to the origins of some of our most beloved foods and culinary customs, shedding light on little-known facts and serving up the sort of trivia that is guaranteed to tickle the taste buds of foodies far and wide. Jurafsky’s delightful stories, delivered in the form of a menu, uncover an atlas of pre-modern culinary influence.
Dan Jurafsky is Professor of Linguistics and Professor of Computer Science at Stanford University. He is the recipient of a 2002 MacArthur Fellowship, is the co-author with Jim Martin of the widely-used textbook "Speech and Language Processing", and co-created with Chris Manning one of the first massively open online courses, Stanford's course in Natural Language Processing.
Sarah Granger in conversation with Lisen Stromberg
Tuesday, September 23, 7:30 p.m.
While the Internet era is one that is frequently criticized as undermining our health, privacy, concentration, and ability to sustain real-world relationships, Granger takes a more optimistic and empowering view. She shares real-life stories and surprising facts about our lives—both online and off—to shed new and fascinating light on the positive effects of the digital media revolution, showing us how we can personally learn, grow, and thrive by engaging in our digitized world.
“A much-needed, comprehensive guide to defining our lives in the context of today’s digital age. With personal anecdotes and detailed tips, Sarah Granger sheds a beautiful light on many of the issues that have been on my mind, both personally and professionally.” (Randi Zuckerberg, New York Times bestselling author of Dot Complicated)
Sarah Granger is an award-winning digital media innovator who writes and speaks on how information technology impacts our lives and our world. A first-generation digital native, Granger has spent more than 25 years launching, building, and advising Internet and social media ventures. She has been featured on Good Morning America, CBS News, RT, and NPR. In 2012, she was recognized as a “40 Under 40” rising star by The Silicon Valley Business Journal.
Lisen Stromberg is an award-winning writer and journalist with a focus on women, economic development, and issues relevant to families and culture.
Youth Event: Obert Skye
Wednesday, September 24, 6:30 p.m.Katfish
Rob Burnside’s life is in ruins. After his escapades with Pinocula and his resulting outrageous lies, everyone is fed up with him. In this Creature from My Closet book by Obert Skye, Rob needs help. And his science laboratory closet is there to give him a hand. Meet Katfish, a mashup of Katniss from the Hunger Games and the Little Mermaid. This girl is strong as nails and sports a tail.
Everyone at Rob's school is excited about an upcoming riff on the Hunger Games created by Principal Smelt: the Fun-ger Games. Rob is less excited because the principal and his mom have roped him into participating. But Katfish is sticking around to help Rob out with girl advice, Fun-ger Games tips, and how to get people to stop hating him. What could go wrong?
"Rob’s dry commentary on his family, school, and social life is sure to provoke laughs." —Publishers Weekly
Tuesday, September 30, 7:30 p.m.
What Women Want focuses on the policy agenda for women and explores virtually all of the major policy issues confronting women. Deborah L. Rhode brings to the discussion a broad array of interdisciplinary research as well as interviews with heads of leading women's organizations. Topics include employment and appearance discrimination, the gender gap in pay and leadership opportunities, work/family policies, childcare, divorce, same-sex marriage, sexual harassment, domestic violence, rape, trafficking, abortion, poverty, and political representation. Discussion focuses on the capacities and limits of law as a strategy for social change.
In an age where many women are reluctant to identify as feminists and the "war on women" is a potent political weapon, this path-breaking book explores how women can and should act on what they want.
Deborah L. Rhode is the Ernest W. McFarland Professor of Law and Director of the Stanford Center on the Legal Profession. She is the former director of Stanford's Institute for Research on Women and Gender. Her books on women include Justice and Gender, Speaking of Sex, Gender and Law, Women and Leadership, and The Beauty Bias.
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Friday, October 3, 7:30 p.m.
Vikram Chandra has been a computer programmer for almost as long as he has been a novelist. In this extraordinary new book, his first work of nonfiction, he searches for the connections between the worlds of art and technology. Coders are obsessed with elegance and style, just as writers are, but do the words mean the same thing to both? Can we ascribe beauty to the craft of writing code?
Exploring such varied topics as logic gates and literary modernism, the machismo of tech geeks, the omnipresence of an “Indian Mafia” in Silicon Valley, and the writings of the eleventh-century Kashmiri thinker Abhinavagupta, Geek Sublime is both an idiosyncratic history of coding and a fascinating meditation on the writer’s art.
Vikram Chandra is the author of three highly acclaimed works of fiction, most recently Sacred Games, which won the 2006 Hutch Crossword Award. Chandra lives in Oakland and teaches at UC Berkeley.
Bessel van der Kolk, M.D.
Sunday, October 5, 2:00 p.m.
Renowned trauma expert Bessel van der Kolk has spent over three decades working with survivors. In The Body Keeps the Score, he transforms our understanding of traumatic stress, revealing how it literally rearranges the brain’s wiring—and how these areas can be reactivated through innovative treatments including neurofeedback, mindfulness techniques, play, yoga, and other therapies. Based on Dr. van der Kolk’s own research and that of other leading specialists, The Body Keeps the Score offers proven alternatives to drugs and talk therapy—and a way to reclaim lives.
Bessel A. van der Kolk, M.D. has been active as a clinician, researcher and teacher in the area of posttraumatic stress and related phenomena since the 1970s. He is the founder and medical director of the Trauma Center in Brookline, Massachusetts, and director of the National Complex Trauma Treatment Network.
Click HERE to read a New York Times interview.
YA: Rick Riordan
Wednesday, October 15, 7:00 p.m.
Fox Theatre, 2215 Broadway St., Redwood City
Though the Greek and Roman crewmembers of the Argo II have made progress in their many quests, they still seem no closer to defeating the earth mother, Gaea. Her giants have risen-all of them-and they're stronger than ever. They must be stopped before the Feast of Spes, when Gaea plans to have two demigods sacrificed in Athens. She needs their blood-the blood of Olympus-in order to wake.
The demigods are having more frequent visions of a terrible battle at Camp Half-Blood. The Roman legion from Camp Jupiter, led by Octavian, is almost within striking distance. Though it is tempting to take the Athena Parthenos to Athens to use as a secret weapon, the friends know that the huge statue belongs back on Long Island, where it might be able to stop a war between the two camps.
The Athena Parthenos will go west; the Argo II will go east. The gods, still suffering from multiple personality disorder, are useless. How can a handful of young demigods hope to persevere against Gaea's army of powerful giants? As dangerous as it is to head to Athens, they have no other option. They have sacrificed too much already. And if Gaea wakes, it is game over
Ticketing information will be available soon.
Credit: The Panetta Institute
Leon Panetta in conversation with Jim Newton
Friday, October 17, 7:30 p.m.
Fox Theatre, 2215 Broadway St., Redwood City
It could be said that Leon Panetta has had two of the most consequential careers of any American public servant in the past fifty years. His first career, beginning as an army intelligence officer and including a distinguished run as one of Congress’s most powerful and respected members, lasted thirty-five years and culminated in his transformational role as Clinton’s budget czar and White House chief of staff. He then “retired” to establish the Panetta Institute with his wife of fifty years, Sylvia; to serve on the Iraq Study Group; and to protect his beloved California coastline.
But in 2009, he accepted what many said was a thankless task: returning to public office as the director of the CIA, taking it from a state of turmoil after the Bush-era torture debates and moving it back to the vital center of America’s war against Al Qaeda, including the campaign that led to the killing of Osama bin Laden. And then, in the wake of bin Laden’s death, Panetta became the U.S. secretary of defense, inheriting two troubled wars in a time of austerity and painful choices.
Ticketing information will be available soon.
Leslie S. Klinger
Tuesday, October 21, 7:30 p.m.
Despite this nearly unprecedented posthumous trajectory, at the time of his death at the age of forty-six, Howard Phillip Lovecraft's work had appeared only in dime-store magazines, ignored by the public and maligned by critics. Now well over a century after his birth, Lovecraft is increasingly being recognized as the foundation for American horror and science fiction, the source of "incalculable influence on succeeding generations of writers of horror fiction" (Joyce Carol Oates).
Weaving together a broad base of existing scholarship with his own original insights, Klinger appends Lovecraft's uncanny oeuvre and Kafkaesque life story in a way that provides context and unlocks many of the secrets of his often cryptic body of work.
“Annotator Les Klinger is the man you want to have by your side, as you explore the Lovecraftian Darkness.” (Neil Gaiman)
Story Time with Eric Litwin
Sunday, October 26, 11:00 a.m.
Redwood Shores Branch Library, 399 Marine Parkway @ Bridge Parkway
Love the Pete the Cat picture books? We certainly do and are thrilled that Eric Litwin is visiting with his new book, The Nuts: Bedtime at the Nut House. Eric will do a full performance of his Bedtime at the Nut House song, as well as several additional songs. He's an exceptional performer - we can't wait.
In this catchy bedtime adventure, it's bedtime at the Nut House, but Hazel and Wally Nut aren't ready to settle down just yet. Instead they're bouncing, wiggling, and howling at the moon, and it's up to Mama Nut to guide and wrangle her lovable and rambunctious little ones into bed. Litwin's expert use of repetition, call-and-response, and clever rhyme offers an unforgettable interactive reading experience inviting readers young and old to join in the nutty fun.