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The Testaments by Margaret Atwood

The Testaments by Margaret Atwood

Thirty-four years after the publication of The Handmaid’s Tale, Margaret Atwood returns to the Republic of Gilead in The Testaments. Through the narratives of three different women, Atwood explores what life would be like for young people coming of age under a theocratic dictatorship as well as the events that lead to Gilead’s downfall. The women – the daughter of an important Commander, a Canadian anti-Gilead activist, and one of Gilead’s founding enforcers – are brought together by long-buried secrets which force each of them to decide how far they will go for what they believe.

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September Bay Area Literary and Author Events

September Bay Area Literary and Author Events

Kerri Maniscalco with Stephanie Garber celebrating Kerri’s new historical thriller, Capturing the Devil
Thursday, September 12 7:00-9:00pm
Kepler’s Books
1010 El Camino Real, Menlo Park
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Lindsay Lackey with Lisa Moore Ramee discuss Lindsay’s middle grade novel, All the Impossible Things
Saturday, Septermber 14 3:00-5:00pm
Kepler’s Books
1010 El Camino Real, Menlo Park
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David Yoon in conversation with Sabaa Tahir to discuss his debut novel, Frankly in Love
Monday, September 16 6:00-8:00pm
Linden Tree Children’s Books
265 State Street, Los Altos
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Sharon Robinson (daughter of Jackie Robinson) celebrating her new memoir, Child of the Dream
Wednesday, September 18 3:30-5:00pm
Hicklebee’s
1378 Lincoln Avenue, San Jose
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Rebecca Kim Wells discusses her debut novel, Shatter the Sky, with Megan Whalen Turner and Elizabeth Fama
Wednesday, September 18 7:00-9:00pm
Kepler’s Books
1010 El Camino Real, Menlo Park
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Katy Rose Pool in conversation with Adrienne Young to celebrate Katy’s debut book, There Will Come a Darkness
Wednesday September 18 7:00pm
Books Inc. Opera Plaza
601 Van Ness Avenue, San Francisco
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Victoria Schwab talks to Tara Sims about Victoria’s new book, Tunnel of Bones
Thursday, September 19 6:00-8:00pm
Kepler’s Books
1010 El Camino Real, Menlo Park
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Raina Telgemeier in conversation with Gene Luen Yang about her new graphic novel, Guts
Sunday, September 22 1:00-4:00pm
Hicklebee’s
1378 Lincoln Avenue, San Jose
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Akwaeke Emezi in celebration of their genre-defying debut novel, Pet
Thursday, September 26 7:00pm
Books Inc. Alameda
1344 Park Street, Alameda
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Naomi Klein discusses her new book, On Fire: The (Burning) Case for a Green New Deal
Friday, September 27 7:30-9:00pm
San Mateo Performing Arts Center
600 N Delaware Street, San Mateo
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Rick Riordan discusses The Tyrant’s Bomb, book four in the Trials of Apollo series
Sunday, September 29 3:00-4:00pm
Fox Theater
2215 Broadway, Redwood City
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New Audiobooks!

New Audiobooks!

Castilleja’s e- and audiobook collection continues to grow! We’ve recently added dozens of new audiobooks that you can borrow anytime, from anywhere. Click here to access our collection through the Sora app.

Questions? Just ask a librarian!

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Remembering Toni Morrison

Remembering Toni Morrison

Toni Morrison’s contribution to the American literary canon cannot be overstated. In light of her recent passing, we’ve been reflecting on her remarkable life and work, and her profound influence on readers and writers. Morrison’s debut novel, The Bluest Eye, was published in 1970. She went on to craft ten more novels, as well as nonfiction books and children’s literature. Throughout her career, she won numerous awards, notably becoming the first Black woman to be honored with the Nobel Prize for Literature, and receiving the Presidential Medal of Freedom. In addition to writing, Morrison taught at Howard University and Princeton and was an editor at a publishing house, where she worked with Angela Davis, Huey P. Newton, and Muhammed Ali, among others. Morrison was a powerful speaker; future generations will hear her voice preserved in the many recordings of her interviews and speeches. Avid fans will want to watch the feature-length documentary on her life, The Pieces I Am, released July 2019. As a writer, teacher, and editor, her influence and impact on writers and readers everywhere is truly remarkable.
Click here for a list of books by Toni Morrison and some of the authors she influenced available for check out in our library.

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July and August Bay Area Literary and Author Events

July and August Bay Area Literary and Author Events

Mathangi Subramanian, author of A People’s History of Heaven
Wednesday, July 10 2019 7:00pm
Books Inc.
317 Castro Street, Mountain View
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Kalyn Josephson with Tara Smith launching Kalyn’s debut novel The Storm Crow
Saturday, July 13 2019 3:00-5:00pm
Kepler’s Books
1010 El Camino Real, Menlo Park
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Gaby Dunn and Allison Raskin celebrating their new book Please Send Help, the sequel to I Hate Everyone But You
Tuesday, July 16 2019 7:00pm
Books Inc. Opera Plaza
601 Van Ness Avenue, San Francisco
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Kawaii Sweet World Baking Party with Rachel Fong
Sunday, August 4 2019 4:00-5:30pm
Kepler’s Books
1010 El Camino Real, Menlo Park
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Mary Pearson with Stephanie Garber celebrating Mary’s new book Vow of Thieves, the sequel to Dance of Thieves
Friday, August 9 2019 7:00-9:00pm
Kepler’s Books
1010 El Camino Real, Menlo Park
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Stacy Lee with Stephanie Garber celebrating Stacy’s new novel The Downstairs Girl
Tuesday, August 13 2019 7:00-9:00pm
Kepler’s Books
1010 El Camino Real, Menlo Park
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Tanya Boteju and Claire Kann discuss Tanya’s new book Kings, Queens, and In-Betweens
Tuesday, August 20 2019 7:00pm
Books Inc. Opera Plaza
601 Van Ness Avenue, San Francisco
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