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Spring Sequels

Spring Sequels

Here’s a round up of what’s come out recently, or will be coming out soon! Come talk to a librarian if you want to put any of these on hold. Happy reading!

New Sequels

Thunderhead by Neal Stephenson
Sequel to Scythe

The Girl in the Tower by Katherine Arden
Sequel to The Bear and the Nightingale

The Skylighter by Becky Wallace
Sequel to The Story Spinner

Beneath the Sugar Sky by Seanan McGuire
Sequel to Every Heart a Doorway / third in the Wayward Children series

Whichwood by Tahereh Mafi
Sequel to Furthermore

Obsidio by Aimee Kauffman and Jay Asher
Conclusion to the Illuminae trilogy

 

 

New Comics 

Hermes: Tales of the Trickster by George O’Connor

The Legend of Korra: Turf Wars, Part Two by Michael Dante DiMartino

Wires and Nerve Volume 2: Gone Rogue by Marissa Meyer

Black Panther: World of Wakanda by Roxane Gay and Ta-Nehisi Coates

Betty and Veronica by Adam Hughes

Lumberjanes, Volume 7: A Bird’s Eye View and Volume 8: Stone Cold by Shannon Watters et al

Moon Girl and Devil Dinosaur, Volume 4: Girl-Moon by Brandon Montclare

Ms. Marvel, Volume 8: Mecca by G. Willow Wilson

New from a Favorite Author

The Cruel Prince by Holly Black

All the Crooked Saints by Maggie Steifvater

Tempests and Slaughter by Tamora Pierce

A Skin Full of Shadows by Frances Hardinge

Wishtree by Katherine Applegate

Renegades by Marissa Meyer

Artemis by Andy Weir

Odd & True by Cat Winters

Hunger by Donna Jo Napoli

 

 

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Keshav Dhir, Literary Entrepreneur and Gunn Student

Keshav Dhir, Literary Entrepreneur and Gunn Student

TA Sophia N. ’19 spoke with Keshav Dhir, a Gunn student who founded an online literary journal for teens.

Keshav Dhir, a freshman at Gunn, is no ordinary high school student. At the age of 15, he created a free online literary journal to give middle and high school students a platform to share their writing and be inspired by the writing of other students around the country.

When he was very young, he discovered his passion for reading through J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter series and from then on would spend hours each day immersed in the fictional worlds of Rick Riordan, C.S. Lewis, J.R.R. Tolkien, and many more. When he got a bit older, he grew curious about how authors managed to write so descriptively and transport others to their fictional worlds. After asking himself these questions, he gave writing a shot and found that he not only loved consuming written works but also creating them with his own two hands. Inspired by his favorite authors, he currently loves to read and write fantasy and sci-fi. He has also forged his own path in journalism and has interviewed people such as Sal Khan, the founder of Khan Academy, and Steve Rasmussen, the owner of Milk Pail Market in Mountain View.

Scribere, Winter 2017 Issue

He soon reached out to a children’s publishing company to see if his work could be published, but he never gota response as to whether they would consider publishing his work. Frustrated by his experience, Keshav made it his mission to create a platform for young writers to share their work and read short stories and poems from other talented students. He founded Scribere, an online literary journal, to promote creativity in students and give them the opportunity to submit their own work for publication and receive feedback from other student writers. Scribere is growing rapidly across the Bay Area and is now sponsored by Disney, ThinkFund, Youth Service for America, and the City of Palo Alto.

However, despite his success, Keshav is no stranger to criticism and writer’s block. When faced with writer’s block, he says, “I usually take a step back and think about what I’ve written, and see how I can improve it through description or dialogue or something else. Sometimes, I will just take a break completely and wait for something new to come to me. You can’t force the creative flow; it has to come to you.” When I asked him if he had any advice for young aspiring writers, he said “Writer’s block happens, rejection happens, criticism happens. Don’t let it get you down, just keep writing! Your writing is your own, so you decide when you’re finished or how much to add, not anyone else.”

Keshav encourages aspiring writers in the Castilleja community to submit their work to Scribere, following the guidelines outlined on their website (scribere.org). He and his editorial board, which only consists of middle and high school students, will review the submission and decide whether it should be published in their journal. If not, they’ll give the author feedback on how it can be improved and invite them to resubmit. If so, they’ll reach out to the author and let them know when their work will be published.

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March Bay Area Author and Literary Events

March Bay Area Author and Literary Events

Tomi Adeyemi, author of Children of Blood and Bone in conversation with with Sabaa Tahir, author of An Ember in the Ashes
Sunday, March 4, 2018, 3:00 PM – 5:00 PM
Kepler’s Books
1010 El Camino Real, Menlo Park
RSVP Here

 

Michio Kaku, theoretical physicist and cofounder of string field theory, speaks about what’s in store for humanity’s future
Monday, March 5, 2018, 7:30 PM – 9:00 PM
San Mateo Performing Arts Center
600 North Delaware Street, San Mateo
Tickets here

 

Tahereh Mafi introduces her new trilogy, set in the same world as the Shatter Me series
Wednesday, March 14, 2018, 7:00 PM – 8:30 PM
Kepler’s Books
1010 El Camino Real, Menlo Park
RSVP here

 

Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff Meet and Greet for the release of Obsidio, the final book in the Illuminae trilogy
Tuesday, March 20, 2018, 3:30 PM – 5:00 PM
Kepler’s Books
1010 El Camino Real, Menlo Park
RSVP here

 

Junot Díaz, New York Times bestseller and Pulitzer Prize winner, introduces his debut picture book
Wednesday, March 21, 2018, 6:00 PM – 7:30 PM
Kepler’s Books
1010 El Camino Real, Menlo Park
Tickets here

 

Jessica SpotswoodStacey Lee, and Anna-Marie McLemore present Radical Element: 12 Stories of Daredevils, Debutantes & Other Dauntless Girls, the follow up to the anthology A Tyranny of Petticoats
Thursday, March 22, 2018 – 7:00PM
Books Inc.
2712 Augustine Drive #120, Santa Clara
RSVP here

 

Katherine Applegate, author of beloved book Crenshaw, talks about her new book Wishtree
Tuesday, March 27, 2018. 6:00 PM – 7:30 PM
Kepler’s Books
1010 El Camino Real, Menlo Park
RSVP here

 

Roshani Chokshi, author of The Star-Touched Queen, presents her new book Aru Shah and the End of Time
Monday, March 26, 2018, 6:00 PM – 7:30 PM
Kepler’s Books
1010 El Camino Real, Menlo Park
RSVP here

 

 

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Books on Break? We’ve Got You Covered!

Books on Break? We’ve Got You Covered!

Stop by the library for books before you head out on February break! We have two amazing displays up, Judge a Book By Its First Line, and OMG ROMANCE.

Don't judge a book by its cover display OMG ROMANCE display

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Or, if those don’t appeal, check out our Pinterest page for recommendations, and come talk to a librarian for more ideas. And don’t forget about our ebook and audiobook collection too! We have a plethora of fabulous options.

Happy reading!

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New Periodical Alert: frankie Magazine!

New Periodical Alert: frankie Magazine!

Lexi B. ’19, our very own Aussie, takes a look at Australian magazine frankie:

cover of frankie, October 2017frankie magazine could simply be described as Australia’s answer to the Rookie Yearbook, except it’s so much more than that. The trendy magazine consists of “design, art, photography, fashion, travel, music, craft, home, and life,” as proclaimed on the front cover, and includes a writer’s piece section containing works of unknown poets and other contributors, all-inclusive beauty tips, cute craft and home life sections, and did I mention that the entire layout of the magazine is super cute? The colorful, disposable camera-like aesthetic of the entire magazine makes it just as appealing to

cover of frankie, December 2017read as the engaging content. Though some parts of the magazine aren’t necessarily applicable to our daily lives — unless you’ve somehow suddenly become Australian — the rest of the magazine contains information that is both necessary and fun! I always enjoy reading frankie and get super excited every time it comes to the library. Check out the latest issue of frankie in the library!

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February Bay Area Literary and Author Events

February Bay Area Literary and Author Events

All month long, San Mateo County Libraries will host events and authors celebrating comics during the 2018 Comic Arts Fest. Guests include Svetlana Chmakova, author of Awkward and Brave, and Mariko Tamaki, author of This One Summer, Skim, and Boundless! Click over here to see more information.

NYMBC presents Marieke Nijkamp in Alameda talking about her new novel Before I Let Go
Tuesday, February 6, 2018, 7:00pm
Books Inc.
1344 Park St, Alameda
Event details

Melissa Albert talking about her new book The Hazel Wood with Stephanie Garber, author of Caravel
Tuesday, February 6, 2018, 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Kepler’s Books
1010 El Camino Real, Menlo Park
Event details

Derek Thompson and Alexis Madrigal talk about culture, memes, and Thompson’s book Hit Makers: The Science of Popularity in an Age of Distraction
Wednesday, February 7, 2018, 7:30pm – 9:00pm
Kepler’s Books
1010 El Camino Real, Menlo Park
Event details

Dhonielle Clayton talking about her new book The Belles with Sabaa Tahir, author of the An Ember in the Ashes trilogy
Thursday, February 8, 2018, 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Kepler’s Books
1010 El Camino Real, Menlo Park
Event details

Comics legend Trina Robbins talks about her amazing life
Thursday, February 8, 2018, 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
Menlo Park City Council Chambers
701 Laurel St., Menlo Park
Event details and ticket reservations here

Menlo Park Library’s Teen Murder Mystery Party
Friday, February 9, 2018, 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Menlo Park Library
800 Alma St., Menlo Park
Event details and registration here

Small Press Comics Expo with special guest Svetlana Chmakova, author of Awkward and Brave
Sunday, February 10, 2018, 12:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Oak Room in the San Mateo Main Library
55 W. Third Avenue, San Mateo
Event details

NYMBC Presents Neal Shusterman and his new book Thunderhead, the sequel to Scythe
Tuesday, February 13, 2018, 7:00pm
Books Inc.
601 Van Ness Avenue, San Francisco
Event details

Terese Marie Mailhot and Greg Sarris on what it means to be a Native American author today
Tuesday, February 13, 2018, 7:30pm – 9:00pm
Kepler’s Books
1010 El Camino Real, Menlo Park
Event details and RSVP

Tavi Gevinson, founder and editor of the for teens, by teens online magazine Rookie
Friday, February 16, 2018, 7:00pm – 8:30pm
Kepler’s Books
1010 El Camino Real, Menlo Park
Tickets and event details

Think it, Ink it: Comics workshop with comics and TV pro Carlos Nieto III
Tuesday, February 20, 2018, 2:30 pm - 4:30 pm
Menlo Park Library
800 Alma St., Menlo Park
Event details

City Arts & Lectures presents George Saunders, author of Lincoln in the Bardo
Wednesday, February 21, 2018, 7:30pm
Nourse Theatre
275 Hayes St., San Francisco
Tickets and event details

Shing Yin Khor and her dog Bug talk about her book The American Dream? A Journey on Route 66 Discovering Dinosaur Statues, Mufflier Men, and the Perfect Breakfast Burrito 
Thursday, February 22, 2018, 7:00pm – 8:00pm
Burlingame Public Library
480 Primrose Rd., Burlingame
Event details

This is Now with Angie Coiro Presents: Morgan Jerkins on Race and Misogyny
Saturday, February 24, 2018, 4:00 PM – 5:00 PM
Kepler’s Books
1010 El Camino Real, Menlo Park
Event details and RSVP here

NYMBC presents Jen Wang with her new graphic novel, The Prince and the Dressmaker
Sunday, February 25, 2018, 2:00 pm
Alameda Free Library
1550 Oak St, Alameda
Event details

City Arts & Lectures presents writer and activist Rebecca Solnit & anthropologist and Zen Buddhist priest Joan Halifax
Tuesday, February 27, 2018, 7:30pm
Nourse Theatre
275 Hayes St, San Francisco
Tickets and event details

Jennifer Nielsen talks about her new book The Traitor’s Game with Evelyn Skye, author of The Crown’s Game books
Wednesday, February 28, 2018, 7:00pm – 9:00pm
Kepler’s Books
1010 El Camino Real, Menlo Park
Event details

 

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