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Author Visit: Lily Williams and Kate Schneemann

Author Visit: Lily Williams and Kate Schneemann

This week we hosted an exceptional author visit at our library. The Class of 2025 heard from Lily Williams and Karen Schneemann about their brand new book Go With the Flow, which focuses on menstruation, equity, activism, and friendship. In preparation for the visit, our 7th graders had the opportunity to read Williams and Schneemann’s critically-acclaimed graphic novel. For more context, they watched the Oscar-winning short documentary Period. End of Sentence. which covers a group of women in Hapur, India working to make affordable feminine hygiene products available in their community. They also read about how this issue plays out closer to home, including the challenges inherent in managing menstruation for individuals faced with poverty or homelessness. Opening these conversations undermines taboos that result in harm to women and girls. An emphasis on awareness and solidarity left us all feeling energized.

Go With the Flow is available for check out at Casti Library!

 

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Save the Date: YANovCon is January 25

Save the Date: YANovCon is January 25

San Mateo County Library’s 5th annual Young Adult Novelist Convention (YANovCon) is coming up soon! Saturday January 25, 12:00-6:00pm to be exact. This year’s YANovCon will be held at Millbrae Library and will feature panel discussions, hangouts, and signings with about 20 YA authors, including Gloria Chao, Anna-Marie McLemore, CB Lee, and others. And the event is free!

Click here for more information about the schedule, a list of participating authors, and to RSVP.

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January Bay Area Literary and Author Events

January Bay Area Literary and Author Events

Abigail Hing Wen with Sabaa Tahir in celebration of Abigail’s debut novel, Loveboat, Taipei.
Monday January 6, 7:00-9:00pm
Kepler’s Books
1010 El Camino Real, Menlo Park
More information here

Tara Sim with Kat Cho for the launch of Tara’s novel, Scavenge the Stars.
Tuesday January 7, 7:00-9:00pm
Kepler’s Books
1010 El Camino Real, Menlo Park
More information here

Amy Spalding in conversation with Jasmine Guillory about Amy’s new novel, We Used to Be Friends.
Tuesday January 7, 7:00pm
Books Inc. Opera Plaza
601 Van Ness Avenue, San Francisco
More information here

Kiersten White with Katy Rose Pool celebrating Chosen, sequel to Slayer.
Saturday January 11, 3:00-5:00pm
Kepler’s Books
1010 El Camino Real, Menlo Park
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Emery Lord in conversation with Chirsty Jane to discuss Emery’s new book, The Map from Here to There.
Tuesday January 14, 7:00pm
Books Inc. Palo Alto
74 Town & Country Village, Palo Alto
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Mathangi Subramanian discusses her novel, A People’s History of Heaven.
Tuesday January 14, 7:00pm
Books Inc. Campbell
1875 S. Bascom Avenue, Campbell
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Rebecca Roanhorse celebrates her new novel, Race to the Sun.
Saturday January 18, 3:00pm
Books Inc. Palo Alto
74 Town & Country Village, Palo Alto
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Lilly Williams, Karen Schneemann, Kate Schatz, and Mariko Tamaki in conversation for Lily and Karen’s new graphic novel, Go with the Flow.
Saturday January 18, 3:00pm
Books Inc. Laurel Village
3515 California Street, San Francisco
More information here

Parker Peevyhouse launches her new novel, Strange Exit.
Saturday January 18, 6:00-8:00pm
Hicklebee’s
1378 Lincoln Avenue, San Jose
More information here

Echo Brown celebrates her debut novel, Black Girl Unlimited.
Tuesday January 21, 7:00pm
Books Inc. Alameda
1344 Park Street, Alameda
More information here

Jerry Craft in celebration of his graphic novel, New Kid.
Wednesday January 22, 7:00pm
Books Inc. in the Marina
2251 Chestnut Street, San Francisco
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Anna Wiener discusses her new memior, Uncanny Valley, with Mike Isaac.
Monday January 27, 7:30pm
Green Apple Books
1231 9th Street, San Francisco
More information here

Diana Kapp discusses her book, Girls Who Run the World: 31 CEOs Who Mean Business, with Emily Núñez Cavness.
Tuesday January 28, 7:00pm
Book Inc. Palo Alto
74 Town & Country Village, Palo Alto
More information here

 

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2019 Award Winners

2019 Award Winners

Check out some of the books that won awards in 2019… available at Casti Library!

Stonewall Book Award

Lambda Literary Award

Morris Award

Coretta Scott King Award

Booker Prize

National Book Award: Fiction

Pulitzer Prize: Poetry

National Book Award: Poetry

National Book Award: Young Adult

Alex Award

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Book review: Salt in My Soul

Book review: Salt in My Soul

Mallory Smith inspired many people through her passionate advocacy for those living with cystic fibrosis. Salt in My Soul reveals another facet of her story: her own internal struggles with her illness. Mallory grew up in Los Angeles (but had connections to the Silicon Valley as an alumna of Stanford University, and through cousins who attended Castilleja) and was diagnosed with cystic fibrosis at the age of three. Salt in My Soul is a collection of over ten years of diary entries written by Mallory up until her untimely passing at age 25. She left instructions for her mother to publish her diaries after her death so that others could have an intimate view of her internal thoughts. Some themes that recur throughout her memoir are body image, access to healthcare, depression and anxiety, and pain medication management. What is perhaps most impactful about Mallory’s story, however, is that she never let her illness define her, despite knowing that it would lead to an early death. Her writing is eloquent and captivating, making her book personal and powerful to readers. Salt in My Soul was recently listed as a top book for millenials (in good company with memoirs by Joan Didion and Toni Morrison), and selected as a featured book for college students by Penguin Random House. Check it out at Casti Library.

-Lishan C. ’21

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ICYMI: New in November

ICYMI: New in November

In case you missed it, here are some of the new books from November that we’re excited about. Check them out now in the library or online with Sora!

The Starless Sea by Erin Morgenstern
eBook and audiobook available

The Fountains of Silence by Ruta Sepetys
eBook available

The Stars and the Blackness Between by Junauda Petrus

The Toll by Neal Shusterman
eBook available

The Black Mage by Daniel Barnes

The Midwinter Witch by Molly Knox Ostertag

You Look Like a Thing and I Love You by Janelle Shane

Call Down the Hawk by Maggie Stiefvater
eBook available

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