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OCTOBER 2016 EVENTS



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Ridley Pearson

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

Lock and Key: The Initiation

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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 in conversation with Dr. Roger Blandford

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

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

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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.

Dr. Roger Blandford is a British theoretical astrophysicist who is currently the Luke Blossom Professor in the School of Humanities and Sciences at Stanford University and Professor of Physics at Stanford University and Stanford Linear Accelerator Center (SLAC). In 2016, Dr. Blandford was recognized along with Roy Kerr with Sweden's Crafoord Prize for fundamental work concerning rotating black holes. The prize was awarded in May by the King of Sweden.




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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.


Melissa de la Cruz
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Melissa de la Cruz

Wednesday, October 5, 2016, 7:00 p.m.

Something in Between

Redwood Shores Library, 399 Marine Pkwy. @ Bridge Pkwy., Redwood City

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We're excited to welcome #1 New York Times-bestselling author Melissa de la Cruz with her timely and powerful novel, Something in Between, that Seventeen Magazine editor-in-chief Michelle Tan says "has everything—a strong heroine, important issues and a really cute crush. I'm obsessed—and you will be too," and Marie Lu, the #1 NYT-bestselling author of The Young Elites and Legend, says it "challenges what we understand of love, law, identity, ambition, and the American Dream."
 
Jasmine de los Santos has always done what's expected of her. Pretty and popular, she's studied hard, made her Filipino immigrant parents proud and is ready to reap the rewards in the form of a full college scholarship. And then everything shatters. A national scholar award invitation compels her parents to reveal the truth: their visas expired years ago. Her entire family is illegal. That means no scholarships, maybe no college at all and the very real threat of deportation For the first time, Jasmine rebels, trying all those teen things she never had time for in the past. Even as she's trying to make sense of her new world, it's turned upside down by Royce Blakely, the charming son of a high-ranking congressman. Jasmine no longer has any idea where—or if—she fits into the American Dream. All she knows is that she's not giving up. Because when the rules you lived by no longer apply, the only thing to do is make up your own.


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PREMIER EVENT: Atlas Obscura with Dylan Thuras in conversation with Mary Roach

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.

Mary Roach is a funny and fascinating writer who first arrived in San Francisco in the early 1980s. She went on to write seven hugely popular science books including Stiff: The Curious Lives of Human CadaversBonk: The Curious Coupling of Science and Sex, Packing for Mars: The Curious Science of Life in the VoidGulp: Adventures on the Alimentary Canal, and most recently Grunt: The Curious Science of Humans at War.


 

PREMIER EVENT: Peter S. Beagle in conversation with Tad Williams

Thursday, October 6, 2016, 7:00 p.m.

Summerlong

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

 

One of science fiction and fantasy’s most celebrated creators returns when Peter S. Beagle comes to Kepler’s with his thrilling new fantasy novel, Summerlong. The award-winning, bestselling author of The Last Unicorn has written dozens of books as well as nonfiction, short stories, poetry and screenplays, including produced screenplays for Ralph Bashki’s animated 1978 adaptation of "The Lord of the Rings" and the “Sarek” episode of "Star Trek: The Next Generation."

Beagle’s most well-known novel, The Last Unicorn, has sold more than five million copies worldwide and been adapted as a stage production, an animated film and a graphic novel. The author’s first novel in more than a decade is Summerlong, a fascinating story about encroaching magic on Puget Sound that Kirkus Reviews calls, “A beautifully detailed fantasy about love, magic, and age.”

We hope you’ll join us for this marvelous celebration of one of America’s most gifted fantasy writers.

Tad Williams is a California-based fantasy superstar. He is the author of a considerable number of epic fantasy and science-fiction series, fantastical stories of all kinds, urban fantasy novels, comics, scripts, etc., which have strongly influenced a generation of writers.


 

 

 

Michael DiMartino in conversation with Gene Luen Yang

Monday, October 10, 2016, 7:00 p.m.

Rebel Genius

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If you are a fan of the award-winning animated Nickelodeon shows Avatar: The Last Airbender and The Legend of Korra, you need to come hear co-creator Michael DiMartino talk about his new adventure series, Rebel Genius, which Soman Chainani, author of The School for Good and Evil trilogy calls “a mind-blowing new series, a passionate blend of adventure, mystery, and puzzle-solving that has no end to its imagination.”
 
In twelve-year-old Giacomo's Renaissance-inspired world, art is powerful, dangerous, and outlawed. A few artists possess Geniuses, birdlike creatures that are the living embodiment of an artist's creative spirit. Those caught with one face a punishment akin to death, so when Giacomo discovers he has a Genius, he knows he's in serious trouble. Luckily, he finds safety in a secret studio where young artists and their Geniuses train in sacred geometry to channel their creative energies as weapons. But when a murderous artist goes after the three Sacred Tools--objects that would allow him to destroy the world and everyone in his path―Giacomo and his friends must risk their lives to stop him.

Michael will be in conversation with Gene Luen Yang, National Ambassador for Young People's Literature, author of American Born Chinese, Boxers and Saints, and Secret Coders and co-creator of Avatar: The Last Airbender . This is a conversation not to be missed!

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Dale Dougherty in conversation with Kara Platoni

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

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

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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.

Kara Platoni is an award-winning science journalist and the author of We Have the Technology,


 
 

 

Premier Event: Alton Brown Book Signing

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

EveryDayCook

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

 

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 and get your signed copy of his new book. 


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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.


Margaret Stohl

Kate Leth

Ryan North

Marguerite Bennett

Judy Stephens

Lorraine Clink

 

YA: Margaret Stohl and the People of Marvel

Friday, October 14, 2016, 7:00 p.m.

Black Widow: Red Vengeance

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Calling all fans of Black Widow, Patsy Walker AKA Hellcat, Squirrel Girl, A-Force, The Watcher, cosplay and all things Marvel: some of the best creators in the Marvel Universe are coming to Kepler’s and we’re throwing a party to celebrate.
 
You know her name: Natasha Romanova. You know her code name: Black Widow. You’ve seen her fight alongside Daredevil and Spider-Man in the comics and on the big screen as Scarlett Johansson firing off “widow’s stings” and fighting alongside (and sometimes against) Hawkeye, Captain America and the Winter Soldier. Margaret Stohl, the #1 New York Times-bestselling co-author of the Beautiful Creatures series, brings back Natasha for her second solo adventure in Black Widow: Red Vengeance, the action-packed sequel to the instant New York Times bestseller Black Widow: Forever Red. This time, Stohl takes readers inside the minds of Marvel's most cunning and dangerous spies—Black Widow and Ava Orlova, the equally deadly Red Widow—delving deeper into their powers revealing more than ever before about the infamous assassin and her fledgling hero-in-training. (Don’t call her a sidekick; she hates that.)
 
Bonus! Margaret is bringing some friends:
  • Kate Leth is the comic book creator of the online comic strip Kate or Die! She’s contributing writer and sometimes artist to Adventure Time: Seeing Red,  Bravest Warriors Edward ScissorhandsFraggle RockPatsy Walker, A.K.A. Hellcat!  and Vampirella . She’s also collaborated with the creators of the podcast Welcome To Night Vale and the comic Lumberjanes. She’s awesome.
  • Ryan North is the creator of Dinosaur Comics, the co-editor of the Machine of Death series, and the author of To Be or Not To Be, the choose-your-own-path version of Hamlet! He has written the Adventure Time comic and writes The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl for Marvel. Also: awesome.
  • Marguerite Bennet is the author of Marvel's A Force - an all female Avengers team and writes for Angela: Queen of Hel (a character originally created by Neil Gaiman). She writes things and wins all the points. Again: awesome.
  • Judy Stephens is a Marvel producer, blogger, photographer, and cosplay expert. She wears things and photographs things and generally dresses much better than anyone else. Awesome - right?
  • Lorraine Cink is an actor, host and writer of Marvel's The Watcher, an online comedy news program and THWIPP! The Big Marvel Show. She’s also an improviser who can be seen performing weekly at the People's Improv Theater and Magner Theater in NYC . Watch a clip of her being awesome here: https://youtu.be/O8O9Q3M91UI

 

This will be a celebration of all things Marvel. So come in costume (there WILL be prizes).


 

 

 

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

Matthew J. Kirby
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Matthew J. Kirby and an Assassin's Creed Panel

Monday, October 17, 2016, 7:00 p.m.

Assassin's Creed: Last Descendants

Redwood City Library, 1044 Middlefield Rd., Redwood City
 
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Assassins Creed Fan Day

Are you one of the 96 million people who play Assassin’s Creed? Counting down the days for the movie starring Michael Fassbender to come out? Assassin’s Creed is a thrilling adventure franchise that has inspired video games, comics, novels and now movies set in a mysterious alternate history that rockets between the near future and the far-flung past. 

These adventures feature real world events from history and follow the centuries-old struggle between the Assassins, who fight for peace with free will, and the Templars, who desire peace through control. In the games, our heroes use the “Animus,” a futuristic device developed by the Abstergo Corporation that allows them to experience the “ancestral memories” of their family’s bloodline. Starting with the Third Crusade, the games and novels have explored a wide variety of settings including the Renaissance, Colonial America, the Golden Age of Piracy, the French Revolution, Imperial China, and Russia’s October Revolution. With settings like Victoria-era London, Ottoman-era Constantinople and the slippery rooftops of Paris, the Assassin’s Creed adventures are a thrill ride not to be missed.

Come and hear Matthew Kirby talk all things Assassin's Creed with a panel of experts and tell us about his new Assassins Creed novel, Last Descendants, a historical action adventure about a group of teens caught up in the centuries-old Assassin-Templar feud. Inspired by the video game series, Last Descendants is set concurrently in the present day, 1860s New York City, and during the Spanish conquest of the Aztec Empire. This exciting novel also features real-life historical figures including William “Boss Tweed,Hernán Cortés, and renowned opera singer Adelina Patti, among others.  



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Shilpi Somaya Gowda in conversation with Shobha Rao

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

The Golden Son

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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.

This event is presented in partnership with .



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Premier Event: Jodi Picoult in conversation with Natalie Baszile

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.

Natalie Baszile is the author of the tremendously popular novel Queen Sugar, which is being adapted for television by writer/director Ava DuVernay of “Selma” fame, and co-produced by Oprah Winfrey for OWN, Oprah’s television network. Natalie has a M.A. in Afro-American Studies from UCLA, and is a graduate of Warren Wilson College’s MFA Program for Writers where she was a Holden Minority Scholar. 



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PREMIER EVENT: Ziggy Marley

Wednesday, October 19, 2016, 5:00 p.m.

Ziggy Marley and Family Cookbook: Delicious Meals Made with Whole, Organic Ingredients from the Marley Kitchen

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

 

Join us for an exclusive Bay Area appearance by Ziggy Marley to discuss his new book, Ziggy Marley and Family Cookbook. Come and listen to the oldest son of Bob and Rita Marley talk about his childhood, his favorite family recipes,and his Grammy and Emmy-award winning musical career.

 

As the oldest son of Bob and Rita Marley, Ziggy was raised with both traditional Jamaican food and the more natural and healthy “ital” food of the family’s Rastafari culture. The fifty-four recipes included in the book, inspired by Ziggy’s youth and accompanied by beautiful photos, are contributed by Ziggy, his wife Orly, his sister Karen, as well as renowned chefs Bruce Sherman (Coconut Carrot Curry), Ben Ford (Escabeche, Escovitch), and Leonie McDonald (Caribbean Salsa). Many of the recipes are vegetarian, vegan, and/or gluten-free. 

 

A seven-time Grammy winner, Emmy winner, humanitarian, singer, songwriter, and producer, Ziggy Marley has released twelve albums to much critical acclaim. His early immersion in music came at age ten when he sat in on recording sessions with his father, Bob Marley. As front man to Ziggy Marley and the Melody Makers, the group released eight albums that garnered three Grammys. Ziggy Marley Organics, a GMO-free product line including flavored coconut oils and hempseed snacks, was started in 2012. 

 

Please note that a spot in the signing line is only guaranteed for Premier ticket holders.

 



 

 

 

Marie Lu

Wednesday, October 19, 2016, 7:00 p.m.

The Midnight Star

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Marie Lu is one of the most beloved writers of YA literature. We obsessed over the blockbuster Legend series. Obsessed. Went on to enthuse over the #1 New York Times-bestselling Young Elites series, which Shelf Awareness, in a starred review, called “A Game of Thrones meets X-Men in this 14th-century fantasy...in a world where ‘fear is power.’ Need to know how it ends? So do we! We can't wait to hear Marie talk about Midnight Star, the thrilling finale to the Young Elites series.
 
There was once a time when darkness shrouded the world, and the darkness had a queen.
 
Adelina Amouteru is done suffering. She's turned her back on those who have betrayed her and achieved the ultimate revenge: victory. Her reign as the White Wolf has been a triumphant one, but with each conquest her cruelty only grows. The darkness within her has begun to spiral out of control, threatening to destroy what she's achieved. When a new danger appears, Adelina's forced to revisit old wounds, putting not only herself at risk, but every Elite. In order to preserve her empire, Adelina and her Roses must join the Daggers on a perilous quest--though this uneasy alliance may prove to be the real danger.
 
New York Times #1 bestselling author Marie Lu concludes Adelina's story with this haunting and hypnotizing final installment to the Young Elites series.

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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

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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

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Leonard David in conversation with Dr. Christopher McKay

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

Mars: Our Future on the Red Planet

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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.


 
 

 

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

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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.

 
 

 

David Bodanis

Friday, October 28, 2016, 7:30 p.m.

Einstein's Greatest Mistake

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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.

NOVEMBER 2016 EVENTS


 
 
 

 

 

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

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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.

Michal Lev-Ram, based in Silicon Valley, covers the technology and entertainment sectors for Fortune. She is also co-chair of MPW Next Gen, an extension of the Most Powerful Women community convening the preeminent rising-star women leaders in business, government, philanthropy, education, and the arts, and of Brainstorm TECH, Fortune’s annual technology conference. Before joining Fortune, Lev-Ram wrote for CNNMoneyFast CompanyPopular Science, and was a staff writer at Business 2.0. She holds a degree in journalism from San Francisco State University, and lives in Palo Alto.


 

Launch: Tara Sim in conversation with Sabaa Tahir

Wednesday, November 2, 2016, 7:00 p.m.

Timekeeper

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Join us and celebrate the launch of Tara Sim's stunning debut novel Timekeeper
 
Readers beware: There's magic in these pages!
 
Two o'clock was missing.
In an alternate Victorian world controlled by clock towers, a damaged clock can fracture time--and a destroyed one can stop it completely. It's a truth that seventeen-year-old clock mechanic Danny Hart knows all too well; his father has been trapped in a Stopped town east of London for three years. Though Danny is a prodigy who can repair not only clockwork, but the very fabric of time, his fixation with staging a rescue is quickly becoming a concern to his superiors.
 
And so they assign him to Enfield, a town where the tower seems to be forever plagued with problems. Danny's new apprentice both annoys and intrigues him, and though the boy is eager to work, he maintains a secretive distance. Danny soon discovers why: he is the tower's clock spirit, a mythical being that oversees Enfield's time. Though the boys are drawn together by their loneliness, Danny knows falling in love with a clock spirit is forbidden, and means risking everything he's fought to achieve. But when a series of bombings at nearby towers threaten to Stop more cities, Danny must race to prevent Enfield from becoming the next target or he'll not only lose his father, but the boy he loves, forever.
 
Tara will be in conversation with Sabaa Tahir,  author of An Ember in the Ashes  and A Torch Against the Night of which MTV.com says “A setting inspired by ancient Rome; a fierce battle for freedom in the face of tyranny; and a villain who makes Cersei Lannister and Dolores Umbridge look like a pair of pathetic amateurs.”
 
Steampunk/Victorian costumes are encouraged. There will be prizes!


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Richard A. Moran

Thursday, November 3, 2016, 7:30 p.m.

The Thing about Work: Showing Up and Other Important Matters [A Worker's Manual]

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The thing about work is that we love it, we hate it, we need it, we miss it, we measure ourselves by it. Work is often the characteristic that defines us and fulfills us. In this groundbreaking exploration, Dr. Richard Moran takes a common-sense survey of the working world and offers tips on how to thrive in the professional world. Through funny, prescriptive essays, Moran finds the issues and challenges that we all face every day, but that are not covered in employee training. This very contemporary look at the working world may well prove invaluable for all of us worker bees.

 

Richard A. Moran is the president of Menlo College in Atherton, California. He is the author of Never Confuse a Memo with Reality and he hosts a radio show on KCBS called In the Workplace.


Melodie Johnson Howe

 

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Keith Raffel

 

Melodie Johnson Howe in conversation with Keith Raffel

Monday, November 7, 2016, 7:30 p.m.

Hold a Scorpion: A Diana Poole Thriller

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Kepler’s is pleased to welcome the Edgar Award-nominated crime writer Melodie Howe Johnson to celebrate the publication of her new Diana Poole mystery novel, Hold a Scorpion. Melodie will be in conversation with fellow crime writer Keith Raffel and she has quite a story to tell.

 

Melodie always wanted to be a writer but first she was discovered by Hollywood. While attending the University of Southern California, she got a pair of screen tests at MGM and Universal Studios, which resulted in a seven-year contract. You can still see her today in the opening scenes of Coogan’s Bluff with Clint Eastwood, The Moonshine War, co-starring with Alan Alda in the adaptation of the Elmore Leonard novel, and in television shows like Bewitched.

 

But she did eventually become a writer after reading authors like Raymond Chandler and Ross McDonald, who made her see Los Angeles as a dangerous, seductive city. After leaving the film industry, she published her first novel, The Mother Shadow, followed by Beauty DiesShooting Hollywood, and City of Mirrors. Come join us for a fascinating peek into classic Hollywood and the intrigue of writing crime fiction.

 

Keith Raffel is, among other things, a crime novelist, former technology executive, former U.S. Senate aide, and political candidate. He is the author of the crime novels Dot Dead, Smasher, Drop By Drop, A Fine and Dangerous Season, and Temple Mount.

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Gordon Jack

Wednesday, November 9, 2016, 7:00 p.m.

The Boomerang Effect

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Join us and celebrate the launch of Gordon Jack's hilarious debut novel The Boomerang Effect, a comically subversive YA debut that explores the meaning of friendship and loyalty, and also why you should avoid being trapped in a small space with an angry chicken.
 
It all started with a harmless prank. But now high school junior Lawrence Barry is one step away from reform school unless he participates in a mentorship program. His mentee? Spencer Knudsen, a Norwegian exchange student with Spock-like intelligence but the social skills of the periodic table.
 
Then disaster strikes. Homecoming Week. When someone dressed as the school Viking mascot starts destroying the fairytale-inspired floats, all suspicion falls on Lawrence. Add to the mix a demon Goth girl, a Renaissance LARPing group, an overzealous yearbook editor, and three vindictive chickens, and Lawrence soon realizes that his situation may be a little out of control. But Spencer seems to have some answers. In fact, Spencer may be the one friend Lawrence never knew he needed.
 
Gordon is a school librarian and will be bringing his League of Librarian Dudes to challenge a team of teens in a contest that will test their knowledge of pop culture, young adults, and young adult literature. There will be prizes and giveaways for the audience as well. Maybe an appearance by JK Rowling. Who knows? Gordon’s sent her a personal invitation and is still waiting her reply.
 



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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

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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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PREMIER EVENT: Daniel J. Siegel

Monday, November 14, 2016, 7:30 p.m.

Mind: A Journey to the Heart of Being Human

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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.


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Rabih Alameddine

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

The Angel of History

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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.


DECEMBER 2016 EVENTS



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PREMIER EVENT: Warren Ellis in conversation with Robin Sloan

Tuesday, December 6, 2016, 7:30 p.m.

Normal

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“A Drop of Whiskey with Warren Ellis”

Come join us for a drink with the award-winning writer Warren Ellis to celebrate the publication of his thrilling new book, Normal. After futurist Adam Dearden has a nervous breakdown in Rotterdam, he’s brought to a secluded recovery center in rural Oregon. As someone who stares into the abyss for a living, Adam sees things that other cannot. As he finds himself caught between factions at Normal Head Research Station, strange events start to overtake even the people who job is to predict the future. This crackling horror story was originally published as four digital originals and is collected in print here for the first time. Come join us for a very rare, very limited event with one of the genre’s rarest talents.

Each ticket includes one seat at the event, one copy of Normal, one beverage, and a place in the signing line. The author will sign his prose novels, but no graphic novels or memorabilia.

Robin Sloan is the author of the best-selling novel Mr. Penumbra's 24-Hour Bookstore. He splits his time between San Francisco and the internet. 

Warren Ellis is the award-winning writer of the new novella Normal, as well as the bestselling novels Gun Machineand Crooked Little Vein and the short story “Dead Pig Collector,” which was read by Wil Wheaton for the audiobook. He publishes two very weird newsletters, Morning Computer and Orbital Operations, which give fans insight into his working process. Readers also know him from graphic novels like TransmetropolitanFellGlobal Frequency and Planetary, as well as the movies Red and Iron Man 3, which were adapted from his works. He is currently working on a non-fiction book about the future of cities. A documentary about his work, Captured Ghosts, was released in 2012. He lives on the southeast coast of England, way out on the Thames Delta.


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A Special Evening Edition of In Deep with Angie Coiro featuring Cleve Jones

Wednesday, December 7, 2016, 7:30  p.m. 

When We Rise: Coming of Age in San Francisco, AIDS, and My Life in the Movement

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From longtime activist Cleve Jones comes a sweeping, beautifully written memoir about a full and remarkable American life. Jones brings to life the magnetic spell cast by 1970's San Francisco, the drama and heartbreak of the AIDS crisis and the vibrant generation of gay men lost to it, and his activist work on labor, immigration, and gay rights, which continues today.

 

Born in 1954, Cleve Jones was among the last generation of gay Americans who grew up wondering if there were others out there like himself. There were. As did thousands of young gay people, Jones moved to San Francisco in the early ’70s, nearly penniless, finding a city electrified by progressive politics and sexual liberation. Jones met lovers, developed intense friendships, and found his calling in “the movement.”

 

Jones dove into politics and activism, taking an internship in the office of San Francisco Supervisor Harvey Milk, who became Jones’ mentor before his murder in 1978. With the advent of the AIDS crisis in the early ’80s, Jones emerged as one of the gay community’s most outspoken leaders. He co-founded the San Francisco AIDS Foundation and, later, the AIDS Memorial Quilt, one of the largest public art projects in history.