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Launch: Jeff Chang

Tuesday, September 13, 2016, 7:30 p.m.

We Gon' Be Alright: Notes on Race and Resegregation



In these provocative, powerful essays, acclaimed writer/journalist Jeff Chang takes an incisive and wide-ranging look at the recent tragedies and widespread protests that have shaken the country. Through deep reporting with key activists and thinkers, passionately personal writing, and distinguished cultural criticism, We Gon’ Be Alright links #BlackLivesMatter to #OscarsSoWhite, Ferguson to Washington D.C., the Great Migration to resurgent nativism. Chang explores the rise and fall of the idea of “diversity,” the roots of student protest, changing ideas about Asian Americanness, and the impact of a century of racial separation in housing. Throughout these essays, Chang includes the voices of many leading activists from around the country as he charts how popular voices on the ground and in social media have been the main catalyst for protest and change.

Jeff Chang is the Executive Director of the Institute for Diversity in the Arts at Stanford University. He co-founded and ran the indie hip hop label, then known as SoleSides, but now known as Quannum Projects, and helped launch the careers of DJ Shadow, Blackalicious, Lyrics Born, and Lateef the Truth Speaker. In 2007 Chang interviewed Barack Obama, for the cover of Vibe Magazine. He's the author Who We Be and Can't Stop Won't Stop and has written for The Nation, the New York Times, the San Francisco ChronicleThe Believer, Foreign Policy, Salon, Slate, and Buzzfeed, among others.

Daniel Levitin



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PREMIER EVENT: Daniel J. Levitin

Wednesday, September 14, 2016, 7:30 p.m.

A Field Guide to Lies: Critical Thinking in the Information Age

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


The New York Times bestselling author of The Organized Mind and This Is Your Brain on Music brings us a primer to the critical thinking that is more important and necessary now than ever. There’s no more perfect time than election season to join us for an event that asks us not to passively accept statistical data and faulty arguments, not to dangerously repeat it, and certainly not to make decisions based upon it without first checking the plausibility and reasoning of the information.

Dr. Levitin is a leader in his field, Dean of Social Sciences at the Minerva Schools at KGI in San Francisco, and a faculty member at the Center for Executive Education in the Haas School of Business at UC Berkeley.

There is no question Big Data has become a dominant theme of our culture, or that there is more information available to us than ever before oftentimes used to deceive, misdirect, and obfuscate.  Dr. Levitin shows us how to sharpen our critical thinking skills so that we can critically evaluate claims that charlatans, the media, and politicians would have us swallow without a second thought.

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PREMIER EVENT: Daniel J. Siegel

Thursday, September 15, 2016, 7:30 p.m.

Mind: A Journey to the Heart of Being Human

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

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


This special evening is presented in partnership with the Menlo-Atherton Parent Education Series.

Internationally acclaimed author and UCLA psychiatrist Dr. Daniel Siegel is easily the most respected name in his field, and his new book, Mind: A Journey to the Heart of Being Human, is being praised by Deepak Chopra, Arianna Huffington, Diane Ackerman, Alanis Morissette, and more. 

Dr. Siegel has led us on thoughtful explorations of the teenage brain, personal transformation, brain development in people of all ages, and so much more.  Now he broadens his focus to try and define the essence of the mind.  Emotions, thoughts, and memories have been described and studied but more broadly: What is the mind? What is the experience of the self truly made of? How does the mind differ from the brain? No matter what is happening in the world, we’re always confronted with pressing personal and global questions about identity, connection, and the cultivation of well-being in our lives.

Join us for a deeply personal and scientific journey into consciousness, subjective experience, and information processing, uncovering the mind’s self-organizational properties that emerge from both the body and the relationships we have with one another, and with the world around us.



Launch: Traci Chee in conversation with Stacey Lee

Friday, September 16, 2016, 7:00 p.m.

The Reader



We're thrilled to invite you to celebrate the launch of Traci Chee's wonderful debut novel, The Reader, a brilliantly told adventure set in a world where reading is unheard of. Think swashbuckling pirates, merciless assassins, and the magic of the written word.
“I was spellbound from the first page. An utterly transportive tale of swashbucklers and sharpshooters, masterfully written. Traci Chee has penned a beautiful novel about the power of story, complete with a fantastic cast of characters and an expertly rendered fantasy landscape. This is a book you will not soon forget.”—Renée Ahdieh, #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Wrath and the Dawn.
After her father is brutally murdered, Sefia flees into the wilderness with her aunt Nin, who teaches her to hunt, track, and steal. But when Nin is kidnapped, none of her survival skills can help her discover where Nin’s been taken, or if she’s even alive. The only clue to both her aunt’s disappearance and her father’s murder is the odd rectangular object her father left behind, an object she comes to realize is a book—a marvelous item unheard of in her otherwise illiterate society. With the help of this book, and the aid of a stranger, Sefia sets out to rescue her aunt and find out what really happened the day her father was killed—and punish the people responsible.
Traci will be in conversation with Stacey Lee, author of Under a Painted Sky and Outrun the Moon.

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PREMIER EVENT: Joseph Fink and Jeffrey Cranor, creators of "Welcome to Night Vale," in conversation with Mallory Ortberg

Monday, September 19, 2016, 7:30 p.m.

Mostly Void, Partially Stars: Welcome to Night Vale Episodes, Volume 1

The Great Glowing Coils of the Universe: Welcome to Night Vale Episodes, Volume 2

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


All hail the mighty glow cloud! Kepler's is bringing in the fascinating creators of the #1 international podcast "Welcome to Night Vale" to celebrate the release of their brand new collections of episode scripts from Volumes One and Two of their hit podcast.

What is "Welcome to Night Vale," you ask? "Welcome to Night Vale" is a podcast that presents itself as a community radio broadcast set in the otherworldly desert town of Night Vale. Listeners may be soothed by the velvety tones of our host, Cecil Gershwin Palmer, but have no doubt that it's a very strange place. Creator Joseph Fink describes it as a place where every conspiracy theory you've ever heard is true. Our favorite description comes from artist Kate Leth, who collaborates on the podcast, who describes it this way: It's like Stephen King and Neil Gaiman started building a town in The Sims and then just left it running. For years.

Their lovingly curated script books, Mostly Void, Partially Stars and The Great Glowing Coils of the Universe, feature introductions by the authors, behind-the-scenes commentary, and original illustrations. These books are absolute must-haves whether youre a fan of the podcast or just discovering for the first time the wonderful world of Night Vale. Kepler's will also have on hand copies of Fink and Cranor's New York Times-bestselling novel Welcome to Night Vale.

Mallory Ortberg is the author of the New York Times bestseller Texts From Jane Eyre and the co-founder of the popular website "The Toast."

NOTE: the authors will be signing their novel and script books, but no memorabilia, please.


PREMIER EVENT: Jessica Bennett in conversation with Rachel Thomas

Tuesday, September 20, 2016, 7:30 p.m.

Feminist Fight Club: An Office Survival Manual for a Sexist Workplace

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


Jessica Bennett - creator of a real life Fight Club for feminists - and Rachel Thomas - President of Lean In - gather us for a special meeting of the feminist fight club, providing battle tactics to navigate gender landmines in today's workplace.


Feminist Fight Club has been praised by everyone from Sheryl Sandberg to Adam Grant to Ilana Glazer of Broad City fame as a hilarious and practical guide to smashing the patriarchy on a daily basis.


Don't think sexism exists in your workplace? The problems of today's working world are more subtle, less pronounced, harder to identify and harder to prove than those of our foremothers. Come huddle round at Kepler's to learn trade tips for battling sexism in the workplace.



Julian Guthrie

Tuesday, September 27, 2016, 7:30 p.m.

How to Make a Spaceship: A Band of Renegades, an Epic Race, and the Birth of Private Spaceflight



Kepler’s is thrilled to bring journalist Julian Guthrie and special guests to celebrate the publication of How to Make a Spaceship.

This exhilarating story chronicles the $10 million Ansari XPRISE offered by entrepreneur and visionary Peter Diamandis for the first private craft to achieve suborbital spaceflight. In the 1990s, this achievement would have been science fiction. In her book, Guthrie chronicles the teams racing against time and technology to achieve one of the greatest entrepreneurial feats of our time: privately funded and designed space flight.

At the heart of the story is the team of renegades that launched the bullet-shaped SpaceShipOne and a saga that draws in larger-than-life characters like designers Dick and Burt Rutan, test pilot Mike Melvill, aviation legacy Erik Lindbergh and mad geniuses like John Carmack and Elon Musk. If you loved Rocket Boys, The Right Stuff, The Martian and other stories of steely-eyed missile men, you won’t want to miss this high-flying event.

Julian Guthrie is an award-winning journalist who spent twenty years at the San Francisco Chronicle. In addition to How to Make a Spaceship she is the author of The Grace of Everyday Saints, based on her Pulitzer Prize-nominated series of articles, and The Billionaire and the Mechanic, a bestselling account of Oracle CEO Larry Ellison’s pursuit of the America’s Cup.


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Ridley Pearson

Saturday, October 1, 2016, 2:00 p.m.

Lock and Key: The Initiation



The New York Times-bestselling author of the Peter and the Starcatchers and Kingdom Keepers series, Ridley Pearson, brings us the riveting tale of the origins of the rivalry between literature’s most famous enemies—Sherlock Holmes and James Moriarty, told from the perspective of James’s observant little sister, Moria.
Before James grew up to be a ruthless, remorseless villain, he was a curious boy from Boston, with a penchant for trouble and an acid tongue. Sent to a boarding school against his wishes, James winds up rooming with a British know-it-all named Sherlock Holmes. They don’t get along, almost instantly, but when an heirloom Bible goes missing, and cryptic notes with disconcerting clues keep finding their way to James, the two boys decide to work together to solve a mystery so fraught with peril it will change both their lives forever!
It’s a brave new reimagining of the Sherlock Holmes series as only master of suspense Ridley Pearson could envision. As Rick Riordan, author of the Percy Jackson series, says, “This tale will change the way you see Sherlock Holmes and leave you dying to know more.”



Roger Penrose

Monday, October 3, 2016, 7:30 p.m.

Fashion, Faith, and Fantasy in the New Physics of the Universe



What can fashionable ideas, blind faith, or pure fantasy possibly have to do with the scientific quest to understand the universe? In his new book, acclaimed physicist and bestselling author Dr. Roger Penrose argues that researchers working at the extreme frontiers of physics are just as susceptible to these forces. In his provocative new book, he argues that fashion, faith and fantasy may be leading today’s scientists astray in three key areas: string theory, quantum mechanics, and cosmology.

In drawing out tangible examples from string theory, cosmology and quantum mechanics, Penrose cautions that the fashionable nature of a theory can cloud our judgement of its plausibility. He argues that most of the current fantastical ideas about the origins of the universe cannot be true but that an even wilder reality may lie behind them. Turning devil’s advocate, Dr. Penrose also describes how fashion, faith and fantasy have ironically shaped his own work. Come talk about some of the most significant developments in physics today with one of the world’s most eminent scientists.

Sir Roger Penrose is one of the world’s foremost theoretical physicists, mathematician and philosopher of science. He has won numerous prizes for his work including the Albert Einstein Medal for his contributions to general relativity and cosmology and the Wolf Prize for physics, which he shared with Stephen Hawking for their contribution to our understanding of the universe. He is the bestselling author, with Stephen Hawking, of The Nature of Space and Time. He is the Rouse Ball Professor of Mathematics Emeritus at the University of Oxford.

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PREMIER EVENT: The Best American Science Fiction & Fantasy 2016 featuring John Joseph Adams, Karen Joy Fowler, Charlie Jane Anders and Liz Ziemska

Tuesday, October 4, 2016, 7:30 p.m.

The Best American Science Fiction and Fantasy 2016

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


Come back to the future with the premier annual showcase for the country’s finest science fiction and fantasy when the editors and authors included in this year’s Best American Science Fiction and Fantasy visit Kepler’s Books.

This year’s guest editor is Karen Joy Fowler, the Nebula and World Fantasy Award-winning author of We Are All Completely Besides Ourselves. She worked with series editor John Joseph Adams to select twenty or so phenomenal pieces of science fiction and fantasy to publish. Featuring writers with deep science fiction and fantasy backgrounds alongside writers who are infusing traditional fiction with speculative elements, these stories ask big questions about the future, starting with “What if?”

Joining Karen Joy Fowler and John Joseph Adams will be popular sci-fi novelist Charlie Jane Anders, author of All The Birds in the Sky, and acclaimed short story writer Elizabeth Ziemska.

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PREMIER EVENT: Atlas Obscura with Dylan Thuras

Wednesday, October 5, 2016, 7:30 p.m.

Atlas Obscura: An Explorer's Guide to the World's Hidden Wonders

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


If you've never heard of Atlas Obscura or the Obscura Society, mega-fans Neil Gaiman, Mary Roach, Lena Dunham, and Guillermo Del Toro will be happy to tell you what you're missing.  

And you don't have to stay out of the loop for long. Join us for an evening of exploration into the strangest and most curious places in the world.  Inspiring equal parts wonder and wanderlust, the Obscura Society revels in the weird, the unexpected, the overlooked, the hidden, and the mysterious - the dazzling glowworm caves in New Zealand; the M.C. Escher-like stepwells in India; the Baby Jumping Festival in Spain; and more. 

In an age where some people believe everything has already been explored and there is nothing new to be found, celebrate a different way of looking at the world. 

Who wants to be a tourist, when you can be an explorer?  That's what we thought. We'll see you soon.

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Dale Dougherty

Tuesday, October 11, 2016, 7:30 p.m.

Free to Make: How the Maker Movement Is Changing Our Schools, Our Jobs, and Our Minds



The creator of the iconic MAKE Magazine and the Maker Faire examines the global Maker Movement and explores how making boosts our ability to learn, to thrive and to work with purpose.

In his new book, Dale Dougherty takes readers on a guided international tour of the Maker Movement, a social revolution that is changing what gets made, how things are made, where things are made, and who gets to make them. With clear language and purpose, Dougherty explains how culture is moving away from passive consumption and instead embracing our freedom to participate. Whether you’ve visited a Maker Faire, tinker with robotics, embrace 3D printing, make your own clothes, furniture or crafts or simply want to see what all the fuss is about in Maker Culture, you’ll want to attend this fun and fantastic event.

Dale Dougherty is the founder and CEO of Maker Media, Inc. in Sebastopol, California. Maker Media produces MAKE Magazine, which debuted in 2005, and the Maker Faire, which was first held in the Bay Area in 2006. In 2011, Dougherty was honored at the White House as a Champion of Change through an initiative that honors Americans who are “doing extraordinary things in their communities to out-innovate, out-educate and out-build the rest of the world.” At the 2014 White House Maker Faire, he was introduced by President Obama as an American Innovator making significant contributions to the fields of education and business.



Premier Event: Alton Brown

Wednesday, October 12, 2016, 7:30 p.m.


Fox Theatre, 2215 Broadway, Redwood City

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


After five years, Alton Brown has written a new cookbook, and this time it’s personal! Better yet, this incredible chef and TV food personality is coming to the Fox Theatre to talk about his new book, answer your burning questions, and sign books!


You know him. You love his shows, like Good Eats on the Food Network, Iron Chef America, and Cutthroat Kitchen. You’ve cheered him on shows like The Next Food Network Star alongside other fan favorites like Bobby Flay and Giada DeLaurentiis.  You’ve seen him on Mythbusters and onThe Layover with Anthony Bourdain and in his popular live shows like The Edible Inevitable Tour and Eat Your Science: Live!


For his new cookbook, Alton Brown wants to get personal. EveryDayCook is about the food he cooks and eats on a day-to-day basis, with plenty of science and humor tossed in for good measure. Come meet one of America’s most mischievous and funny culinary masterminds, live and in person. 

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PREMIER EVENT: Alexander McCall Smith

Thursday, October 13, 2016, 7:30 p.m.

Precious and Grace (No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency #17)

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


We can’t think of a better reason to celebrate than a new book in the No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency series, can you?! This is the delightful seventeenth installment of the ever-popular, perennially best-selling series that blends gentle humor, insights into human nature, and a detailed portrait of Botswana.

Don’t miss this evening with one of the most beloved writers in our community – this event will sell out quickly at 300 people so please purchase your $5 ticket today.




PREMIER EVENT: Steve Young Book Signing

Saturday, October 15, 2:00 p.m.

QB: My Life Behind the Spiral

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


We're thrilled to host San Francisco 49er legend Steve Young for a special SIGNING ONLY event.
Steve, a three-time Super Bowl–winning quarterback, began his career at Brigham Young University, then played professionally for more than fifteen years, most of that time with the 49ers. He was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2005.
In his memoir, Steve gives readers an unprecedented look at what it takes to become one of the most celebrated professional quarterbacks of all time, and he writes honestly and openly about playing in a league of giants, the pressures of living up to one of Americas most incredible sports fandoms, and his constant quest to compete.
Steve and his wife Barb are the founders and co-chairs of the Board of the Forever Young Foundation, a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization focused on passing on hope and resources for the development, strength, and education of children.
Ticketing and signing information:
  • 1 TICKET = 1 BOOK and admits TWO PEOPLE
  • Steve will only be signing copies of his book; no memorabilia, please.
  • No POSED PHOTOS but feel free to have a friend snap a picture of you getting your book signed

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Shilpi Somaya Gowda in conversation with Shobha Rao

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

The Golden Son



You may know Shilpi from her New York Times bestselling debut, Secret Daughter, which has sold more than a million copies worldwide in over 30 countries and languages and is based on her time volunteering in an Indian orphanage. An advisor on the Children’s Defense Fund and a patron of Childhaven International, Shilpi holds an MBA from Stanford University.

Her second novel, The Golden Son, is about Anil Patel, the first of his family to go to college.  It is a story of family, responsibility, love, honor, tradition, and identity, in which two childhood friends—a young doctor and a newly married bride—must balance the expectations of their culture and their families with the desires of their own hearts.

Shobha Rao is the author of the debut story collection An Unrestored Woman. Shobha moved to the U.S. from India at the age of seven. She is the winner of the 2014 Katherine Anne Porter Prize in Fiction, and her story “Kavitha and Mustafa” was chosen by T.C. Boyle for inclusion in the Best American Short Stories 2015.

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Premier Event: Jodi Picoult

Tuesday, October 18, 2016, 7:30 p.m.

Small Great Things

Fox Theatre, 2215 Broadway, Redwood City

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


Jodi Picoult needs no introduction… she’s the #1 New York Times bestselling author of twenty-three novels, including Leaving TimeThe StorytellerLone WolfBetween the LinesSing You HomeHouse RulesHandle with CareChange of HeartNineteen Minutes, and My Sister’s Keeper.

Every book Jodi writes is impeccably researched and plotted, and she appeals to everyone - the uber-literary, the dedicated book club reader, the college student, the fellow writer, and the young adult. 

Small Great Things is perhaps even more stunning than the rest, complete with her characteristic page-turning plot and gripping moral dilemma at the heart of her characters’ actions.  In the novel, Ruth Jefferson is a labor and delivery nurse with more than twenty years’ experience and during a routine shift, a newborn who she has been forbidden to touch (the newborn’s parents are white supremacists and ask the hospital to assign a nurse other than Ruth, who is African American), goes into cardiac arrest. Does Ruth obey orders or does she intervene?

In Small Great Things, Jodi Picoult tackles race, privilege, prejudice, justice, and compassion—and doesn’t offer easy answers. 

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A Special Evening Edition of In Deep with Angie Coiro featuring Peter P. Marra and Chris Santella

Thursday, October 20, 2016, 7:30  p.m. 

Cat Wars: The Devastating Consequences of a Cuddly Killer



Are you a cat owner? Do your cats roam freely outside? Does your soft heart lead you to feed stray kitties? 
Mounting scientific evidence confirms what conservationists have long suspected: in the US alone, free-ranging cats both owned and feral are killing birds and other animals by the billions. 
Angie Coiro, host of In Deep Radio, talks to scientists and bird experts Peter P. Marra and Chris Santella about the very controversial and hot topic of the threats free-ranging cats pose to biodiversity and public health throughout the world. Hear the controversies surrounding the management of the explosion of these cat populations. Join the debate and see what happens behind the scenes of a radio show, with questions and comments from you, the live audience.
As controversial as smoking and climate change, these "cat wars" pit advocates of “trap/neuter/release” programs for ferals against backers of stronger, faster measures. Even supporters of mass euthanasia battle over methodology: carbon monoxide? Lethal injections? Wisconsin lawmakers in 2005 considered legalizing the shooting of feral cats by hunters and landowners. While that measure failed, hunting has joined baiting and even poison-dispensing robots as approved eradication methods in Australia.
In Cat Wars, Chris and Peter paint an intricate picture of a complex global problem. Their proposed solutions foresee a time when wildlife and humans are no longer vulnerable to the impacts of free-ranging cats. But they will not be without controversy.
Peter P. Marra has written more than 175 scientific publications, is the coeditor of Birds of Two Worlds, and directs the Smithsonian Migratory Bird Center. Chris Santella is the author of many books, including the "Fifty Places" travel and outdoor series and The Tug Is the Drug








Leonard David in conversation with Dr. Christopher McKay

Tuesday, October 25, 2016, 7:30 p.m.

Mars: Our Future on the Red Planet



This fall, National Geographic and Imagine Entertainment are bringing us to Mars as they launch the global event series Red Planet. Kepler's is celebrating this extraordinary series by bringing Leonard David, the author of the companion book, Mars: Our Future on the Red Planet, to Kepler's.

David, who previously co-authored Buzz Aldrin's Mission to Mars, is an award-winning space journalist who has been reporting on space activities for more than 50 years. With a foreword by legendary director Ron Howard, this stunning book combines science, technology, photography, art and storytelling in a way that only National Geographic can offer.

Dr. Christopher McKay is a planetary scientist at NASA's Ames research Center, where he studies planetary atmospheres, astrobiology, and terraforming. He has worked with the Planetary Society and Mars Society and speaks frequently on space exploration and terraforming.

Come join us for an extraordinary conversation here on Earth about mankind's future among the stars.



David Bodanis

Wednesday, October 26, 2016, 7:30 p.m.

Einstein's Greatest Mistake



Our cultural fascination with Albert Einstein is endless. From his portrayals in popular culture to the reverberations of his discoveries on theoretical physics and the philosophy of science, Einstein remains one of the most influential and yet accessible geniuses of our time.
Now from David Bodanis, the New York Times-bestselling author of E=mc2, comes Einstein’s Greatest Mistake, a page-turner of a biography that reveals the genius and hubris of this titan of modern physics. Here, Bodanis reveals the private Einstein, demonstrating how the scientist’s imagination and self confidence drove him to understand the very fabric of the universe. But later, as newer revelations in the field of quantum unfolded, Einstein’s conviction in his own power of intuition proved to be both his greatest strength and his ultimate undoing. Come hear one of the world’s finest science writers discuss how much we owe Einstein today, and how much more he might have achieved if not for his all-too-human flaws.
As a futurist and business advisor, David Bodanis has modelled economic futures and advised the future planning unit at the World Economic Forum. A keen kickboxer, Bodanis is a regular at Paragon Gym in Shoreditch, London, where he trains with his champion kickboxing brothers.



Dean Karnazes

Thursday, October 27, 2016, 7:30 p.m.

The Road to Sparta: Reliving the Ancient Battle and Epic Run That Inspired the World's Greatest Footrace



Kepler's is pleased to welcome the famous ultramarathoner Dean Karnazes to celebrate the publication of his new book, The Road to Sparta. In his new book, Karnazes explores his Greek ancestry and investigates the history of the world's first marathon by recreating the 150-mile long treacherous trail run from Athens to Sparta, depicting the epic drama that inspired the birth of the marathon.
The Road to Sparta is a tremendous Greek epic told in parallel narratives from the perspective of a modern day marathoner and an ancient hemerodromoi (Greek for daylong runner). While consulting with the foremost scholars on ancient Greece, Karnazes offers readers a rare glimpse into the mindset and motivations of an extreme athlete.
Karnazes also recreates the incredible journey of Pheidippides in 490 BC, who ran more than 150 miles in 36 hours to recruit the Spartans into battle against the invading Persians, forever preserving Western culture and enduring one of the greatest physical accomplishments in the history of mankind.
Endurance athlete Dean Karnazes is the bestselling author of Ultramarathon Man: Confessions of an All-Night RunnerRun: 26.2 Stories of Blisters and Bliss and 50/50: Secrets I Learned Running 50 Marathons in 50 Days. Named by Time Magazine as one of the Top 100 Most Influential People in the World, Dean Karnazes has expanded the limits of human endurance and inspired countless others to be the best that they can be.




PREMIER EVENT: Lawrence Levy

Tuesday, November 1, 2016, 7:30 p.m.

To Pixar and Beyond: My Unlikely Journey with Steve Jobs to Make Entertainment History

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


The never-before-told story of Pixar's improbable success.

“Hi, Lawrence?” the caller asked. “This is Steve Jobs. I saw your picture in a magazine a few years ago and thought we’d work together someday.”

After Steve Jobs was unceremoniously dismissed from Apple, he turned his attention to a little-known graphics art company that he owned called Pixar. Out of the blue, he tracked down Harvard-trained Silicon Valley attorney, Lawrence Levy, to help him get Pixar on the right track. Working closely with Jobs and the entire Pixar team, Levy helped produce a highly improbably roadmap that transformed the sleepy graphic art studio into one of Hollywood’s greatest success stories and one of the most prolific and profitable entertainment studios in modern history. 

After giving a talk about his experiences at Harvard, Levy was encouraged by Lisa Brennan-Jobs (Steve Jobs’ daughter) to write this book. Come hear the inside scoop on how a tiny animation studio was transformed into an Academy Award-winning, multibillion dollar empire from a leader who witnessed the events with his own eyes.

Lawrence Levy later left corporate life to study Eastern philosophy and meditation and their relevance to modern life. He lives in Palo Alto.

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Lori Ostlund and Anne Raeff in conversation with Jan Ellison

Thursday, November 10, 2016, 7:30  p.m. 

After the Parade by Lori Ostlund

The Jungle Around Us: Stories by Anne Raeff



Join us for an evening with two Flannery O'Connor prize winners as they are interviewed by the author of one of the most popular debuts of 2015. Jan Ellison, author of A Small Indiscretion, will lead what's sure to be a deep and engaging discussion between Anne Raeff, author of the upcoming collection The Jungle Around Us, and Lori Ostlund, author of the incredibly well received After the Parade.   
Though very different, both books deal with issues and emotions important to today: embracing the world though the world contains everything we fear; displacement and private grief made public; how we grow up and move on; and how we can change our deepest wounds into our greatest strengths.  

This much talent and depth in the room - with authors loved by Richard Russo; Hanya Yanighara, bestselling author of A Little Life; Yiyun Li; Ann Packer; Emma Donoghue; and more -  guarantees nothing short of an unforgettable evening.



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Rabih Alameddine

Wednesday, November 16, 2016, 7:30 p.m.

The Angel of History



A writer loved and admired by both readers and other writers is a wonderful thing. Join us for an evening with Rabih Alameddine, a novelist loved by Amy Tan, Yiyun Li, Michael Chabon and more. And a writer loved by readers for his books: An Unnecessary Woman; I, the Divine; Koolaids; The Hakawati; and the story collection, The Perv.

“Rabih Alameddine is a writer of conscience, of self-consciousness, of subconsciousness, of the great big global unconscious.” —Amy Tan, author of The Valley of Amazement and The Joy Luck Club

Even rarer, is a novelist with a sense of humor as dry, funny, and sarcastic as Rabih's. You'll love to hear him speak about his new novel. It tells the story of Jacob, a Yemeni-born poet, as he revisits the events of his life, from his maternal upbringing in an Egyptian whorehouse to his adolescence under the aegis of his wealthy father and his life as a gay Arab man in San Francisco during the height of the AIDS plague.

Hovered over by the presence of alluring, sassy Satan who taunts Jacob to remember his painful past and dour, frigid Death who urges him to forget and give up on life, Jacob is also attended to by fourteen saints. Set over the course of one night in the waiting room of a psych clinic, The Angel of History is a hilarious and heartbreaking struggle to remember and forget the events of an astonishing life.