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Palo Alto Weekly Short Story Contest

Palo Alto Weekly Short Story Contest

An image advertising Palo Alto Weekly's short story contest. Shows a drawing of a girl in a pink striped shirt sitting at a a table, working on a laptop. The background is blue.

It’s time again for Palo Alto Weekly’s short story contest!

The contest is open to anyone who lives, works or attends school full-time in Palo Alto, Menlo Park, Atherton, Stanford, Portola Valley, Woodside, Mountain View, Los Altos, Los Altos Hills, and East Palo Alto. Stories should be 2,500 words or less, and entrants need to provide five hard copies for judging. The deadline is March 29th.

Categories:
Adult, 18+
Young Adult, 15-17
Teen, 12-14
There is a $20 entry fee for adult contestants, and a $10 entry fee for writers under 18.

More information can be found on the Palo Alto Weekly’s website here.

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March Author and Literary Events

March Author and Literary Events

NYMBC YA Road Trip Panel with Tricia Levenseller, author of the Viking-inspired Warrior of the Wild and Caitlin Sangster, sharing her sequel to Last Star Burning, Shatter the Suns.
Monday, March 4 – 7:00pm
Books Inc. 601 Van Ness Ave, San Francisco
More information here

 

Beloved author Katherine Applegate presents her new book, Endling: The Last.
Tuesday, March 5 – 6:30pm
Books Inc. 74 Town & Country Village, Palo Alto
More information here

 

NYMBC Presents Jennifer E. Smith, Sarah Enni & Nina LaCour At Opera Plaza
Friday, March 8 – 7:00pm
Books Inc. 601 Van Ness Avenue, San Francisco
More information here

 

Former Castilleja visiting artist, Christian Robinson with his authorial debut, Another 
Wednesday, March 13 – 5:00pm
Books Inc. 1875 S. Bascom Avenue, Suite #600, Campbell
More information here

 

Graphic Novel Book Club @ Mitchell Park Library
Thursday, March 14 – 7:00
3700 Middlefield Rd. Palo Alto
More information here 

 

Former Castilleja visiting artist, Christian Robinson with his authorial debut, Another 
Thursday, March 14 – 6:00pm
Kepler’s Books, 1010 El Camino Real, Menlo Park
More information here

 

Lisa Moore Ramee in conversation with Sabaa Tahir about Ramee’s debut middle grade novel A Good Kind of  Trouble
Saturday, March 16 – 3:00 PM
Kepler’s Books, 1010 El Camino Real, Menlo Park
More information here

 

Soman Chainani  with the fifth book in The School for Good and Evil series, A Crystal of Time.
Sunday, March 17 – 2:00pm
Books Inc. 74 Town & Country Village, Palo Alto
More information here

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Celebration of Casti Authors!

Celebration of Casti Authors!

flyer for Celebration of Casti Authors, repeating the information outlined aboveCome join us in the library this Friday, March 1st for our fourth annual Celebration of Casti Authors! We will have readings, live music, a special alumna author, and treats! We will also be sharing opportunities for student writers to showcase their work.

 

RSVP here!

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February Bay Area Literary and Author Events

February Bay Area Literary and Author Events

Leigh Bardugo and her latest Grishaverse book, The King of Scars
Kepler’s Books, 1010 El Camino Real, Menlo Park
Fan meet-up will start at 6.00 PM
Q&A and signing will start at 7.00 PM
RSVP here

A Night at Hogwarts: themed games, crafts & treats.
Thursday, February 7, 4:00pm – 7:00pm
Books Inc. 3515 California Street, San Francisco
Costumes are encouraged, all ages welcome.
More information here

Alexandra Bracken and Tamara Ireland Stone celebrate their middle grade book sequels: The Last Life of Prince Alastor, and Swap’d
Friday, February 8, 7:00pm – 9:00pm
Kepler’s Books, 1010 El Camino Real, Menlo Park
RSVP here

Susan Dennard releases the third Witchlands novel, Bloodwitch
Wednesday, February 13, 7:00pm – 9:00pm
Kepler’s Books, 1010 El Camino Real, Menlo Park
RSVP here

Robin LaFevers talks with Sabaa Tahir about LaFevers new book in the His Fair Assassin universe, Courting Darkness
Friday, February 15,  Kepler’s Books, 1010 El Camino Real, Menlo Park
RSVP here

Not Your Mother’s Book Club presents Sara Holland with book two in the Everless series, Evermore; Laura Sebastian discussing her new work, Lady Smoke: Ash Princess #2; and Tara Sim with book three of her Timekeeper trilogy, Firestarter.
Monday, February 18 – 7:00pm
Books Inc. 601 Van Ness Avenue, San Francisco
More information here

Christopher Paolini with his new anthology of stories set in the world of the Inheritance Cycle: The Fork, the Witch, and the Worm: Tales from Alagaësia
Monday, February 25, 2019 – 7:00pm
Books Inc. 74 Town & Country Village, Palo Alto
More information here

Charlie Jane Anders talks about her latest novel, The City in the Middle of the Night
Tuesday, February 26, 7:30pm – 8:30pm
Kepler’s Books, 1010 El Camino Real, Menlo Park
RSVP here

 

header picture: texture 138 by Ellen van Deelen, licensed under CC BY-NC 2.0

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New Database!

New Database!

Project MUSE logoExciting news! We are trying out Project MUSE. Project MUSE is a database from Johns Hopkins university, and has a huge amount of full-text versions of books and scholarly journals from the humanities and social science fields.

 

 

From their website:

Our Mission

Project MUSE promotes the creation and dissemination of essential humanities and social science resources through collaboration with libraries, publishers, and scholars worldwide. Forged from a partnership between a university press and a library, Project MUSE is a trusted part of the academic and scholarly community it serves.

Because we’re just trying it out, you can only access Project MUSE from on campus. But we would love for you to give it a try and tell us what you think! Visit Project MUSE here or find the link on our databases page.

 

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Four to Read More: AI and Technology

Four to Read More: AI and Technology

Did you love this year’s Global Week topic? If you want to explore more about AI, technology, and the human imagination, try one of these books!

 

The cover of the book Soonish. It depicts a cartoon illustration of a person in a space suit on the surface of the moon. The moon is tethered by a long metal cable to the earth in the distance. The person is watching a spaceship holding scissors about to cut the cable.

Soonish: Ten Emerging Technologies That’ll Improve and/or Ruin Everything by Kelly and Zach Weinersmith

Noted scientist Kelly and her cartoonist husband Zach explore ten up and coming technologies in this engaging illustrated book.

 The cover of the book Scythe. It shows a minimalist illustration of a figure in a red cloak holding a black scythe.

The Arc of a Scythe series by Neal Schusterman

In a world where death is conquered, you only die if you’re chosen. Who chooses? An AI called Thunderhead.

 

The cover of a book titled Stronger, Faster, and More Beautiful. It depicts the face of a young, Caucasian woman with light brown eyes and brown hair. Her face is being held by white robotic hands, one on the top of her head and one on her chin.

Faster, Stronger, and More Beautiful by Arwen Elys Dayton

Six interconnected stories spanning from the near to distant future explore the potential of human advancement in medicine and technology.

The cover of the book The Scorpion Rules. It shows a red and black throne covered in a pattern of scorpions against a grey background.

The Scorpion Rules by Erin Bow

The children of royals in this world are hostages for peace in a prison ruled by an amoral and sadistic AI.

 

 

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