Kepler's Events Coming Soon

Kepler's events are FREE to the public unless otherwise noted. 

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YA Event: Sarah J. Maas in conversation with Veronica Rossi

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

Two of our favorite authors together for an unforgettable conversation - we couldn't be more excited!

Heir of Fire

Sarah J. Maas’ New York Times and USA Today bestselling Throne of Glass series has captured readers all over the world. Now, the bestselling series reaches new heights in this third installment. 

 

Into the Still Blue

Into the Still Blue is the earth-shattering conclusion to Veronica Rossi's epic Under the Never Sky trilogy, and sequel to the New York Times and USA Today bestselling Through the Ever Night.

   

 


 

Credit Jonathan Sprague

 

 

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




 

Dan Jurafsky

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.



 

 

 

He Said, She Said YA Tour: Wendelin van Draanen and Mark Huntley Parsons

Wednesday, September 17, 7:00 p.m.

 

Have you watched the movie Flipped? Have you read the Sammy Keyes series? Do you like mysteries? Are you a drummer? Do you work with your partner and want to strangle them? If you said yes to any of these questions, then you must come and hear Wendelin van Draanen, the author of over 30 novels for young readers, with the next installment of her Edgar Allan Poe Award-winning Sammy Keyes mystery series.

Joining her is her husband, Mark Huntley Parsons, with his debut novel about a teenage drummer who finds out what life is really like on tour with a rock band. This writing couple will discuss their books, the writing process, and how they've managed to share the same office for 20 years without bloodshed! It's going to be a blast!

 


 

Sarah Granger in conversation with Lisen Stromberg

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

The Digital Mystique: How the Culture of Connectivity Can Empower Your Life--Online and Off


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




 

Deborah Rhode

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.


OCTOBER EVENTS

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Lauren Oliver in conversation with Jandy Nelson

Thursday, October 2, 7:00 p.m.

Rooms

I'll Give You the Sun


The New York Times bestselling author of Before I Fall and the Delirium trilogy makes her brilliant adult debut with this mesmerizing story in the tradition of The Lovely Bones, Her Fearful Symmetry, and The Ocean at the End of the Lane—a tale of family, ghosts, secrets, and mystery, in which the lives of the living and the dead intersect in shocking, surprising, and moving ways.

Wealthy Richard Walker has just died, leaving behind his country house full of rooms packed with the detritus of a lifetime. His estranged family—bitter ex-wife Caroline, troubled teenage son Trenton, and unforgiving daughter Minna—have arrived for their inheritance. But the Walkers are not alone. Prim Alice and the cynical Sandra, long dead former residents bound to the house, linger within its claustrophobic walls .

“A chilling ghost story, and much, much more: Rooms is a magnificent gothic fugue on the themes of longing and buried secrets.”-Lev Grossman, bestselling author of The Magicians Trilogy



Credit: Melanie Abrams

 

Vikram Chandra

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

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


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.

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


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.

Heroes of Olympus: Book 5 - The Blood of Olympus

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. 


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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 


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.

The New Annotated H. P. Lovecraft


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)




 
 

 

 

Fireside Chat with Garth Nix and Michael Grant

Thursday, October 23, 7:00 p.m.

Fantasy readers and action junkies rejoice! Garth Nix, one of the most beloved names in fantasy, is back with the long-awaited fourth book in the New York Times bestselling Old Kingdom series.

And he will be chatting with Michael Grant, New York Times bestselling author of the Gone Series. Two store favorites, two huge talents, two great new books. Don't miss this conversation between fan favorites.

Clariel

Garth Nix returns to the Old Kingdom with a thrilling prequel complete with dark magic, royalty, dangerous action, a strong heroine, and flawless world-building. This epic fantasy adventure is destined to be a classic, and is perfect for fans of Game of Thrones

 

Messenger of Fear

Michael Grant’s Messenger of Fear is a haunting narrative that examines the nature of good and evil in every human. Fans of Michelle Hodkin’s Mara Dyer trilogy and Stephen King will love this satisfyingly twisted series.

   

 



 

 

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


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.