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MAY EVENTS



 

California Book Store Day Story Time with Dan Gutman

Saturday, May 2, 10:30 a.m. 

Rappy the Raptor


Join us and let Dan Gutman introduce you to Rappy the Raptor, a velociraptor who speaks in rhymes all of the time, whether it’s morning or noon, October or June. Now how did it happen that he started rappin’? Well, you’ll have to wait to read Rappy’s story in all its glory! Rappy the Raptor is sure to have you snapping your fingers and tapping your toes as you read along!

Dan Gutman is the author of the My Weird School and Baseball Card Adventures series, the Million Dollar series and The Genius Files.


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Jane Smiley

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

Early Warning

 

Pulitzer Prize winning author Jane Smiley brings us the second volume in The Last Hundred Years trilogy, which started with Some Luck, long-listed for the National Book award. Come help us celebrate the publication of Early Warning, the book that chronicles the Langdon's family journey through mid-century America.

Early Warning opens in 1953 with the Langdons at a crossroads. Without spoiling it for those of you who haven't read Some Luck, the five Langdon children are left looking to the future. One remains to work the Iowa farm, while the others scatter to Washington, DC, California, and everywhere in between.

The Langdon children then have children of their own: twin boys who are best friends and vicious rivals; a girl whose rebellious spirit takes her to the notorious Peoples Temple in San Francisco; and a golden boy who drops out of college to fight in Vietnam—leaving behind a secret legacy that will send shockwaves through the Langdon family into the next generation.

The book captures an indelible period in America - the Cold War, the social and sexual revolutions of the 1960s and '70s, and the unprecedented wealth of the early '80s - through the lens of richly drawn characters we come to know and love.

Jane Smiley is the author of numerous novels, including A Thousand Acres, which was awarded the Pulitzer Prize. A member of the American Academy of Arts and Letters, she has also received the PEN USA Lifetime Achievement Award for Literature.


 

 


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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

 

Join us for a very special evening with Drs. Robert Wachter and Abraham Verghese as they discuss Wachter's new book, The Digital Doctor, a tempered view of where the field of medicine is headed, what medicine is going to look like in an increasingly digital and technological landscape, the pitfalls and advantages of the landscape, the true hype of electronic health records, and what truly needs to be done to overhaul our healthcare system, told by a seasoned insider, not a politician.

It's a very different viewpoint from another book we held an event for earlier this year, Eric Topol's, The Patient Will See You Now. Dr. Wachter’s view is that no amount of digitization will take the place of doctors who can see beyond just data. Written with a rare combination of compelling stories and hard-hitting analysis by one of the nation’s most thoughtful physicians, The Digital Doctor examines healthcare at the dawn of its computer age. 

Robert M. Wachter, MD is Professor and Associate Chair of the Department of Medicine at UC San Francisco, where he directs the 60-physician Division of Hospital Medicine. Author of 250 articles and 6 books, he coined the term “hospitalist” in 1996 and is generally considered the “father” of the hospitalist field, the fastest growing specialty in the history of modern medicine. In 2004, he received the John M. Eisenberg Award, the nation’s top honor in patient safety. For the past seven years, Modern Healthcare magazine has named him one of the 50 most influential physician-executives in the U.S., the only academic physician to receive this recognition.

Abraham Verghese is an internationally popular author and a prominent voice in medicine with a uniquely humanistic view of the future of healthcare. His memoirs and novels on medical themes have sold millions of copies, been translated into many languages and topped bestseller lists, while his New York Times articles, making the case for greater physician focus on the patient in an era of technology advances in medicine, have made waves in the medical community. His most recent novel, Cutting for Stone, was a runaway hit, topping the New York Times bestseller list for over two years and quickly optioned for a movie. His first book, My Own Country, a memoir about treating AIDS in rural Tennessee, was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award for 1994 and was made into a movie. His second book, The Tennis Partner, was a New York Times notable book and another bestseller. His highly anticipated upcoming novel, The Maramon Convention, is currently scheduled for publication in 2015.



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

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

 

We’re hosting a Fierce Reads Spring Fling and couldn’t be more excited. Join us for bookish bingo, pizza, a raffle, and these wonderful YA authors. They will be in conversation with Evelyn Skye.

Marie Rutkoski: The Winner’s Crime
As Kestrel comes closer to uncovering a shocking secret, it might not be a dagger in the dark that cuts him open, but the truth. Lies will come undone, and Kestrel and Arin learn just how much their crimes will cost them in this second book in the breathtaking Winner's trilogy.
 
Lindsay Smith: Skandal
The dramatic sequel to SEKRET, this psychic Cold War espionage thriller follows Yulia to Washington, DC, where she fights to discover the truth about her family without losing control of her mind. 
 
After the humiliating events on the 4th of July, Gemma's trying to grapple with the fact that Hallie knew her true identity all summer, and that she was the one who stole Teddy from her. Gemma vows revenge, but things immediately get more complicated than she planned. 
 
Lynne Matson: NIL Unlocked
On the island of Nil, the rules are set. You have exactly 365 days to escape--or you die.  
 

 

 


 

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

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

 

Not sure where to go on your next vacation? Want to hear tried-and-true travel tips from the experts? Join us for the rare opportunity to hear from Arabella Bowen, the Editor in Chief of Fodor's Travel and world traveler since the age of five. She will advise you on where to go for your next vacation, how to score deals on hotels and airfare,and top tips for what to pack, when to book, and how to make the most of your trip.

She'll also share her own tales from the road (of which she has many!). And, be sure to bring your travel questions. Fodor's will be bringing fun travel goodies (leather luggage tags, travel journals, etc.) for anyone who attends the event!

Arabella Bowen has been a world traveler since the age of five and a professional travel writer for more than 15 years. A three-month solo trip through South East Asia in 1999 with nothing more than a guidebook for company inspired her to write travel guides herself when she returned home. To date, she has flown more than a million miles, visiting 60+ countries and every continent except Antarctica. Bowen utilizes her extensive travel knowledge to provide the first-hand destination expertise that is synonymous with the Fodor’s name. Fodor’s Travel offers a unique combination of insight and accurate travel information to over 7,500 worldwide destinations across all formats, from print guidebooks to mobile apps and Fodors.com.



 

 

 

 

PREMIER EVENT: Andrew Keen

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

The Internet Is Not the Answer

Tickets are available at Kepler's and online at Brown Paper Tickets

 

Called the "Christopher Hitchens of the Internet," Andrew Keen describes the ways in which an expanding circle of wealthy "monopolistic" companies like Amazon, Uber, Airbnb, Spotify and others are disrupting in ways that are hardly as noble as they want us to believe.

Watch the provocative book trailer HERE and prepare for a deluge of intellectual debate and controversy. He has been called the "conscience of the internet" and "the voice of humanity amidst the digitization of our world," and The Internet is Not the Answer is "the best and most readable critique of Silicon Valley yet."

This book traces the technological and economic history of the Internet, from its founding in the 1960s to the creation of the World Wide Web in 1989, through the waves of startups and the rise of the big data companies to the increasing attempts to monetize almost every human activity. In this sharp, witty narrative, informed by the work of other writers, reporters, and academics as well as his own research and interviews, Keen shows us the tech world, warts and all - from hoodie-wearing misfit millionaires to the NSA's all-encompassing online surveillance to the impact of the Internet on unemployment and economic inequality.

Andrew Keen is an entrepreneur who founded Audiocafe.com in 1995 and built it into a popular first generation Internet company. He is the executive director of the Silicon Valley salon FutureCast, the host of the Techonomy web series "Keen On," a columnist for CNN and has been featured in the national media, including on CNN, NPR and "Colbert Report." He has spoken at LeWeb, DLD, Disrupt, Next Web and TEDx. His books include Digital Vertigo and the Cult of the Amateur, and he lives in San Francisco.



 
 

 

Brandon R. Brown

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

Planck: Driven by Vision, Broken by War

 

Max Planck, one of the most famous physicists in the world and described by Albert Einstein as "the basis of all twentieth-century physics," is credited with being the father of quantum theory. His work laid the foundation for our modern understanding of matter and energetic processes. But, until now, Planck's story was not well known, especially in the United States. All of his personal documents were destroyed in World War II, so other than his contributions to science, what remains are handwritten letters in German shorthand and tributes from other scientists of the time.

Brandon R. Brown interweaves the voices and writings of Planck, his family, and his contemporaries to create a portrait of a groundbreaking physicist working in the midst of war. The story of a brilliant man living in a dangerous time, Brandon Brown gives Max Planck his rightful place in the history of science, and shows how war-torn Germany deeply impacted his life and work.

Brown is a Professor of Physics at the University of San Francisco. His biophysics work on the electric sense of sharks, as covered by NPR and the BBC, has appeared in Nature, The Physical Review, and other research journals. His writing for general audiences has appeared in New Scientist, SEED, the Huffington Post, and others.


JUNE EVENTS



 
 

 

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

 

Join us for a book launch party and reception with Stanford University professor and international bestselling author of inGenius to celebrate the release of Insight Out. This revolutionary guide adopts her popular course material to teach everyone how to make imaginative ideas a reality.

As a leading expert on creativity, Tina has continually explored what we can each do to unleash our entrepreneurial spirit. In Insight Out, she clearly defines the concepts of imagination, creativity, innovation, and entrepreneurism, showing how they affect each other and how we can unlock the pathway from imagination to implementation, where our ideas then gain the power to inspire the imaginations of others.

Coping with today’s constant change, everyone needs these skills to conquer challenges and seize the opportunities that arise. Seelig irrefutably demonstrates that these skills can be taught, and shows us how to mobilize our own energy and bring new ideas to life.

Dr. Tina Seelig is Professor of the Practice in the department of Management Science and Engineering at Stanford University School of Engineering, and the executive director of the Stanford Technology Ventures Program. She teaches courses on creativity, innovation, and entrepreneurship at the d.school at Stanford University. Tina earned her Ph.D. in Neuroscience from Stanford Medical School, has worked as a management consultant, a software producer, and as an entrepreneur. She has received many honors, including the SVForum Visionary Award, the Gordon Prize from the National Academy of Engineering, and the National Olympus Innovation Award. She has also written 16 books and educational games, including What I Wish I Knew When I Was 20 (2009), and inGenius: A Crash Course on Creativity (2012).



 
 

 

YA: Michelle Tea

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

Girl at the Bottom of the Sea

 

You know when your life perfectly comes together, as in you're going about your day, doing menial tasks, listening to music, and then you look up and your f***ing literary idol - très rockstar femme - is standing right there, making eye contact with you, and the music stops and you know all is going to be right in the world? This event with Michelle Tea is going to be that moment and we hope you'll join us.

The author of four memoirs, one novel, a collection of poetry and a Young Adult Fantasy series, Tea is coming to us to celebrate the release of the follow-up to Mermaid in Chelsea Creek (this book is on Jackie's staff favorites shelf - http://www.keplers.com/book/9781938073953), part of her YA series. Girl at the Bottom of the Sea is perfect for teens and adults: If I'd gotten my hands on this series at "11, 12, 13, I would have never have put it down. It would have been my bible. It speaks to teens — alienation, extreme emotions, intense friendships, relationships with your mother, the suspicion you might be magical and no one has yet recognized your potential." Eerie, heartbreaking, and fantastical, protagonist Sophie journeys with her unlikely guardian - the gruff, filthy mermaid Syrena - to save the world.

Tea is the creator and editor of Mutha Magazine, and blogs regularly about her attempts to get pregnant on xoJane.com. She is founder and Artistic Director of RADAR Productions, a literary organization that produces monthly reading series, the international Sister Spit performance tour, the Sister Spit Books imprint on City Lights, and other events.



 
 

 

Launch: YA: Virginia Boecker

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

The Witch Hunter

 

Please join us as we host a very special launch party for local author, Virginia Boecker.

"Sassy and smart, this page-turning fantasy is full of action, wit, and magic. I ate it up in one sitting and demand more...now!"—Beth Revis, New York Times bestselling author of Across the Universe

The magic and suspense of Graceling meet the political intrigue and unrest of Game of Thrones in this riveting fantasy debut.

Elizabeth Grey is one of the king's best witch hunters, devoted to rooting out witchcraft and doling out justice. But when she's accused of being a witch herself, Elizabeth is arrested and sentenced to burn at the stake.  Thrust into a magical world of witches, ghosts, pirates, and one all-too-handsome healer, Elizabeth is forced to redefine her ideas of right and wrong, of friends and enemies, and of love and hate.



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Robert Roper

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

Nabokov in America: On the Road to Lolita

 

A portrait of Nabokov published on the 75th anniversary of the Nabokovs coming to America aboard the SS Champlain and told through the lens of the years he spent in America, specifically in the West. Roper skillfully reveals Nabokov as far more complicated than the man presented by the elite taste-makers of modernism. He grounds him in American earth and reads him deeply and complexly with consideration of the American landscape in Nabokov's life and work, and his extended road trips in the West (such as when he'd drag his family all over the West pursuing his other passion, butterfly collecting).

Nabokov in America is also a love letter to U.S. literature, in Nabokov's broad embrace of it from Melville to the Beats. Reading Roper, we feel anew the mountain breezes and the miles logged, the rich learning and the Romantic mind behind some of Nabokov's most beloved books.

Robert Roper's journalism appears in the New York Times, Los Angeles Times, National Geographic, Outside, and other publications. He won the 2002 Boardman-Tasker Prize for his book Fatal Mountaineer, and his most recent book, Now the Drum of War, was an Editor's Choice pick in the New York Times Book Review. He has also published several novels.

“Heartbreaking but never sentimental, comic but never unserious, terrifying but always engrossing, The Book of Aron brings us face to face with the unimaginable, actual truth.” —Daniel Handler



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Jim Shepard

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

The Book of Aron

 

"Let's hope Shepard becomes as influential as he should be. He's the best we've got." - Dave Eggers.

From the hugely acclaimed National Book Award finalist, a novel that will join the shortlist of classics about the Holocaust and the children caught up in it, The Book of Aron by Jim Shepard.

Aron, the narrator, is an engaging if peculiar young boy whose family is driven from the countryside into the Warsaw Ghetto. As his family is slowly stripped away from him, Aron and a handful of boys and girls risk their lives, smuggling and trading things through the "quarantine walls" to keep their people alive, hunted all the while by blackmailers and by Jewish, Polish, and German police (not to mention the Gestapo). Eventually Aron is "rescued" by Janusz Korczak, a Jewish-Polish doctor and advocate of children's rights famous throughout prewar Europe who, once the Nazis swept in, was put in charge of the ghetto orphanage. In the end, of course, he and his staff and all the children are put on a train to Treblinka, but has Aron managed to escape, to spread word about the atrocities, as Korczak hoped he would?

Jim Shephard has masterfully made this child's-eye view of the Warsaw Ghetto mesmerizing, sometimes comic despite all odds, and truly heartbreaking. It is nothing less than a masterpiece.

“The story of what happened to children in the Holocaust is not for the faint-hearted... Jim Shepard has written a Holocaust novel that stands with the most powerful writing on that terrible subject.” —John Irving

“Heartbreaking but never sentimental, comic but never unserious, terrifying but always engrossing, The Book of Aron brings us face to face with the unimaginable, actual truth.” —Daniel Handler



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PREMIER EVENT: David McCullough

Tuesday, June 16, 7:30pm

The Wright Brothers

Fox Theatre, 2215 Broadway Street, Redwood City

Tickets are available at Kepler's and online at Fox Theatre Box Office

Join us for a very special evening with two-time Pulitzer Prize-winning author and historian, David McCullough. He is the author of numerous acclaimed books, including 1776, Brave Companions, The Johnstown Flood, The Great Bridge, and The Greater Journey.

We're so thrilled to celebrate McCullough's new book, The Wright Brothers, in which we'll learn the story-behind-the-story of Wilbur and Orville Wright, the brothers who inspired and taught the world to fly. We know all about their achievements and the history of flight, but who were the Wilbur brothers really?

McCullough, drawing on the immense collection of the Wright Papers - including private diaries, notebooks, scrapbooks, and more than a thousand letters from private family correspondence - shows us that Wilbur was unquestionably a genius, and Orville had rare mechanical ingenuity. Both brothers had an average public school education, very little money, and no contacts in high places to help them with their "mission" to take to the air. 

These two unknown men of exceptional courage and determination, of far-ranging intellectual interests and ceaseless curiosity, much of which they attributed to their upbringing - a house full of books if without electricity and indoor plumbing - changed history in 1903 in the Outer Banks of North Carolina.

This thrilling book tells the human side of the Wright Brothers' story, including the little-known contributions of their sister, Katharine, without whom things might have gone very differently for them.

David McCullough has twice received the Pulitzer Prize, for Truman and John Adams, and twice received the National Book Award, for The Path Between the Seas and Mornings on Horseback. He is the recipient of numerous honors and awards, including the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the nation’s highest civilian award.


JULY EVENTS



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Janis Cooke Newman in conversation with Susanne Pari

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

A Master Plan for Rescue


Set in 1942 New York and Berlin, a magical novel about the life-giving powers of storytelling, and the heroism that can be inspired by love. It's the innocent love story of a child and the family he has lost. And it is is the romantic tale of a young man who discovers the love of his life, then witnesses her decline, which changes the arc of his future forever.

Propelled by history and imagination and set against a vivid period backdrop, A Master Plan for Rescue is a beautiful, hopeful novel that suggests that people's impact ont he world doesn't necessarily end with their lives.

Peter Orner says Newman, "has a rare ability to completely inhabit totally disparate characters. Here, in this World War II-era story, two strangers come together and attempt the impossible. And once again, Newman breathes pulsing life into what we thought was history."

Janis Cooke Newman is the author of the Bay Area Bestseller, Mary, a Los Angeles Times Book Prize Finalist and USA Today's Best Historical Fiction of the Year. Newman is also the author of The Russian Word for Snow, a memoir about adopting her son from a Moscow orphanage. Newman's travel writing has been published in numerous newspapers and magazines, including the LA Times, San Francisco Chronicle, and Backpacker.

Susanne Pari is the author of The Fortune Catcher, about a young woman—Jewish and Muslim—who follows her lover to Iran where they are separated and entangled in the turbulent aftermath of the Islamic Revolution. Her work appears in The New York Times Magazine, The Christian Science Monitor, The Boston Globe, The San Francisco Chronicle, and NPR.



 
 

 

Richard Kadrey

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

Killing Pretty (Sandman Slim #7)

 

Join us to hear Richard Kadrey, creator and writer of the Vertigo comics mini-series, Accelerate, a contributing writer for Wired magazine, the SF Chronicle, Discovery Online, who has been immortalized as an action figure for the animated series Blackstar. He'll be sharing the latest installment of the ever-entertaining New York Times-bestselling Sandman Slim series,Killing Pretty.

This time, someone has tried to kill Death-- ripping the heart right out of him-- or rather the body he's inhabiting. Death needs Sandman Slim's help. He believes anyone who can beat Lucifer and the old gods at their own game is the only one who can solve his murder. Stark follows a sordid trail deep into LA's subterranean world, from vampire-infested nightclubs to Weimar Republic mystical societies. Along the way he meets a mysterious girl-- distinguished by a pair of graveyard eyes-- as badass as Slim; she happens to be the only person who ever outwitted Death. But escaping her demise has had dire consequences for the rest of the world... and a few others.