STORY IS THE THING: Kepler's Quarterly Reading Series

Melissa Cistaro
Elizabeth Percer
Edward Porter
Tony Press
Peg Alford Pursell
Shruti Swamy
Olga Zilberbourg

PREMIER EVENT: Story Is the Thing: Kepler's Quarterly Reading Series

Thursday, November 17, 2016, 7:30 p.m.

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


Kepler’s is launching a new quarterly reading series Story Is the Thing, designed to bring emerging and established writers together in celebration of storytelling. The festivities include readings by seven superb writers, conversation, wine and music!


The opening night presents stories on the theme “Who Else Lives Here,” featuring the following authors:


Melissa Cistaro, the author of the memoir PIECES OF MY MOTHER (winner of the ‘Best Nonfiction Book of 2105’ selected by The Northern California Independent Booksellers Association). Between the years of raising her children, writing, bookselling, teaching horseback riding, and curating a business in equestrian antiques, she completed her first memoir. You can learn more at and on the Huffington Post:


Elizabeth Percer, a three-time nominee for the Pushcart Prize who has twice been honored by the Dorothy Sargent Rosenberg Foundation. She received a BA in English from Wellesley and a PhD in arts education from Stanford University, and completed a postdoctoral fellowship for the National Writing Project at UC Berkeley. She lives in California with her husband and three children. All Stories Are Love Stories is her second novel.


Edward Porter, whose work has been supported by the Wisconsin Institute for Creative Writing, the MacDowell Colony, the Wallace Stegner program at Stanford University, and the Bread Loaf and Sewanee Writers’ Conferences. He has taught creative writing at Millsaps College, and is currently a Jones Lecturer in Creative Writing (Fiction) at Stanford.


Tony Press who tries to pay attention and sometimes does. His short story collection, CROSSING THE LINES, was published in January, 2016 by Big Table Publishing. About 100 of his stories and poems can be found in many fine journals. Though he lives in the Bay Area, he has no website.


Peg Alford Pursell, the author of the forthcoming book of flash and hybrid prose, SHOW HER A FLOWER, A BIRD, A SHADOW. Her work has been shortlisted for the Flannery O’Connor Award. She produces Why There Are Words, the acclaimed Bay Area reading series she founded six years ago, and is the founding editor of WTAW Press, an independent publisher of literary books.


Shruti Swamy, who lives and writes in San Francisco. Her work can be found in The O.Henry Prize Stories 2016. In 2012, she was Vassar College's 50th W.K. Rose Fellow, and has been awarded residencies at the Millay Colony for the Arts, Hedgebrook, and the Blue Mountain Center. She is a Kundiman fiction fellow.


Olga Zilberbourg, a bilingual writer. A short film based on one of her stories was a finalist in the Manhattan Short Film Festival. She co-hosts the weekly San Francisco Writers Workshop at Dog Eared Books in the Mission. Her website is

Event date: 
Thursday, November 17, 2016 - 7:30pm
Event address: 
1010 El Camino Real
Menlo Park, CA 94025-4349