Kepler's Events Coming Soon
Kepler's events are FREE to the public unless otherwise noted.
To request a signed copy of the book from any in-store event, please click HERE
Audrey Kalman, Dorcas Cheng Tozun, and other contributors from the San Francisco and Peninsula Branch of the California Writers Club
Saturday, January 18, 2:00 p.m.
Fault Zone: Shift
Fault Zone: Over the EdgePlease join us to celebrate the launch of Fault Zone: Shift, the fourth edition of the annual anthology published by the SF-Peninsula branch of the California Writers Club, a delightful series of short stories and poems that reflect the Bay Area.
Published novelists who will be participating include the editors Audrey Kalman and Dorcas Cheng-Tozun.
Audrey Kalman has been writing fiction, poetry, and non-fiction for more than 35 years. She published the novel Dance of Souls in 2011. Her short fiction and poetry have appeared in two previous Fault Zone anthologies as well as in “The Sand Hill Review,” “Punchnels,” and “Every Day Fiction.” Kalman is a two-time first-place winner in the San Mateo County Fair’s Literary Arts competition.
Dorcas Cheng-Tozun is a writer and editor whose personal essays and short stories have been published in Hong Kong, the U.K., and the U.S. She loves working with individual authors to make their short stories, essays, and books as compelling as possible. Previously she oversaw program management, public relations, and corporate communications for various nonprofits, government agencies, and social enterprises in the U.S. and abroad. She is currently writing a full-length memoir about her experience as a Chinese American living in Shenzhen, China.
Credit: Todd Rafalovich
Youth Event: Jennifer Holm
Tuesday, January 21, 7:00 p.m.Babymouse #17: Extreme Babymouse
Join us to hear local favorite and three time Newbery Honor winner Jenni Holm talk about the 17th installment of the popular award-winning graphic novel series, Babymouse.
Grab your board!
The powder's fresh and Babymouse is hitting the slopes (uh, snowboarding, Babymouse? Is that really a good idea? You don't exactly have a good history with . . . er, being outside). Will Babymouse make it off the bunny slope? Will this winter be extreme—or just extremely lame? And does locker really have a cousin? Find out in Extreme Babymouse—the 17th hilarious, action-packed installment of the beloved Babymouse graphic novel series!
Wednesday, January 22, 7:30 p.m.
Author and speech scientist, Howard Steven Pines, has taken language research to a whole new realm with his debut science fiction novel, The Whale Song Translation. In the spirit of Carl Sagan’s Contact and Stephen Spielberg’s Close Encounters of the Third Kind, this fast-paced thriller is about sound—the sounds of language, sounds of songs, and the sounds that kill.
When the Navy’s sonar experiments begin killing humpback whales in the Auau Channel near Maui, acoustics professor David Dmitri’s scientific expedition to decode the language of whale songs goes into high gear. His race to detect intelligence in the sounds of the big-brained beings becomes dangerous when others threaten to stop him—whatever the cost. In pursuit of a breakthrough in interspecies communication, Dmitri makes an astonishing discovery.
Howard Steven Pines has spent 25 years as a Silicon Valley software engineer and has five patents in wireless voice technology. In the adaptation of voice and modem algorithms for communication devices, he became fascinated by the theoretical and physical foundations of speech. The realization that human speech evolved into a process of shape-writing and shape-matching was the inspiration for the interspecies communication experiments featured in this first book of a fictional trilogy-in-progress, The Torch of Prometheus.
Credit: Dave Cross Photography
Thursday, January 23, 7:30 p.m.
In the spirit of her blockbuster #1 New York Times bestseller The Happiness Project, Gretchen Rubin embarks on a new project to make home a happier place.
“Of all the elements of a happy life,” Gretchen thought, “my home is the most important.” In a flash, she decided to undertake a new happiness project, and this time, to focus on home.
In The Happiness Project, she worked out general theories of happiness. Here she goes deeper on factors that matter for home, such as possessions, marriage, time, and parenthood.
Each month, Rubin tackles a different theme as she experiments with concrete, manageable resolutions—and this time, she coaxes her family to try some resolutions, as well.
Saturday, January 25, 2:00 p.m.
Introduction by Harriet Scott Chessman
An Appalachian Childhood is a remarkable memoir about growing up on a small, hardscrabble farm in the mountains of Georgia. Unusual in her Appalachian community, the young Deany Brady yearns not only to complete her high school education but to find a way to better her own life, and that of her family’s, by moving to the big city of Atlanta and hoping to gain a college education. An Appalachian Childhood is the first half of a two-part memoir.
Dean Brady is a beloved fixture at Laurel Elementary School in Menlo Park, where she volunteers many hours in the classroom and serves hot lunch to the students. Deany's daughter has taught at Laurel for many years.
Society of Young Inklings: Sophia Nesamoney and Megan White
Sunday, January 26, 2:00 p.m.
The Other Side of Carroll by Sophia Nesamoney
Oliver and Shirley Tark were about eight years old one summer, and their father sent Oliver to get some bread. But then something happened that changes the course of all their lives...
Together by Megan White
When Madison discovered that she was a shapeshifter with the power to turn herself into absolutely anything, she left home to go to a special camp where everyone has powers.
Your Name in Ink Program: Every writer dreams of holding a book in their hands, published, with his or her name on the spine. But why should young writers wait until they grow up for their dream to come true? Sophia Nesamoney and Megan White prove that young people have the passion, dedication and skill to create novels worthy of a reader’s nightstand.
Chinese New Year Story Time with Oliver Chin
Thursday, January 30, 10:30 a.m.
2014 is the Year of the Horse. Celebrate with us and hear Oliver Chin read from The Year of the Horse and tell us all about Hannah, a foal with a wonderfully talented family who befriends a boy called Tom. When Tom offers to take his art teacher's newest painting to the governor in a far off capital, Hannah jumps at the chance to show that a little horse can have a lot of courage.
Credit: Thomas Sayers Ellis
Youth Event: Tony Abbott
Friday, February 7, 7:00 p.m.The Copernicus Legacy: The Forbidden Stone
Tony Abbott, bestselling author of the Secrets of Droon series, is back with an epic new middle-grade series, The Copernicus Legacy, which begins with The Forbidden Stone, a thrilling adventure packed with puzzles, intrigue, and action.
Wade, Lily, Darrell, and Becca fly from Texas to Germany for the funeral of an old family friend. But instead of just paying their respects, they wind up on a dangerous, mind-blowing quest to unlock an ancient, guarded secret that could destroy the fate of the world.
Fans of Rick Riordan and Ridley Pearson will love this first book in an exciting series that takes the reader all over the globe in a race to find pieces of a mysterious hidden past—before it's too late.
With word games and rebus puzzles to spare, this has everything: international intrigue, fast-paced action, entertaining characters, and a healthy helping of science history. And it supports the Common Core State Standards.