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Book Trends: Reality TV

Book Trends: Reality TV

Whether or you love it or love to hate it, reality television has become a huge part of our culture. So much so it’s seeped into the publishing world. Here’s four books that take involve reality shows, but take the idea in very different directions.

Life in a Fishbowl

Life in a Fishbowl by Len Vlahos

When Jackie’s dad is diagnosed with a terminal brain tumor, he auctions his life on eBay to the highest bidder–a sociopathic reality show producer. Jackie finds her own ways to rebel in this darkly comic novel.

Hunter

Hunter by Mercedes Lackey

Joyeaux Charmand leaves her community of Hunters, who fight the terrifying monsters that have overrun their world, to guard the elite in Apex City. But the elite are more interested in watching the Hunters, and Joy uncovers a disturbing conspiracy.

Spin the Sky

Spin the Sky by Jill MacKenzie

Magnolia and her half-sister Rose want out of their small town with its residents who judge them because of their addict mother. Mags’ best friend convinces her a reality TV dance competition is the best way, but after he betrays her on TV, she must reach out to the other competitors to succeed.

The Continuous Katherine Mortenhoe

The Continuous Katherine Mortenhoe by D.G. Compton

Humanity has conquered death, pain, and disease. Or so they think, until Katherine is diagnosed with a terminal brain disease brought on by sensory input overload. She refuses to play to the fascinated public, but little does she know there are cameras on anyway…

 

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February Literary and Author Events

February Literary and Author Events

The Refugees by Viet Thanh Nguyen
Viet Thanh Nguyen discussing his Pulitzer Prize-winning novel, The Sympathizer and his new short story collection, The Refugees
Thursday, February 2, 2017 – 7:30pm
Nourse Theatre, 275 Hayes St.
San Francisco, CA
Tickets here.

 

Three new voices in YA literature–Simon Curtis, SJ Kincaid, and Erin Summerill–in conversation with Evelyn Skye.
Friday, February 3, 2017 – 7:00 p.m.
Kepler’s Books
1010 El Camino Real
Menlo Park, CA 94025
RSVP here.
Boy Robot by Simon CurtisThe Diabolic by S.J. Kincaid Ever the Hunted by Erin Summerill

 

The Meaning of Michelle, edited by Veronica Chambers Reporter Julie Makinen and Senior Director of Content Partnerships at Getty Images Elodie Mailliet join Veronica Chambers to discuss her book The Meaning of Michelle: 16 Writers on the Iconic First Lady and How Her Journey Inspires Our Own.
Tuesday, February 7, 2017 – 7:00pm
Books Inc.
74 Town & Country Village
Palo Alto, CA
More information here.

 

The Nature of Reality: B. Alan Wallace, a world-renowned author and Buddhist scholar, and Sean Carroll, a theoretical physicist and best-selling author, discuss the nature of reality from both spiritual and scientific viewpoints. Mediated by theoretical physicist and author Marcelo Gleiser, director of Dartmouth’s Institute for Cross-Disciplinary Engagement.
Thursday, February 9, 2017 – 7:30 pm
Nourse Theater, 275 Hayes St
San Francisco, CA
Tickets and more information.
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 The Burning World by Isaac Marion Isaac Marion, author of Warm Bodies celebrates the release of the new sequel The Burning World with S.G. Browne, author of BreathersLess Than Hero, and more.
Thursday, February 9, 2017 –  RSVP here.

 

Kristin Elizabeth Clark, Tim Floreen, MG Hennessey, and Brie Spangler talk LGBTQ Titles
Friday, February 10, 2017 – 7:00 p.m.
Kepler’s Books
1010 El Camino Real
Menlo Park, CA
RSVP here.
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 The Playbook by Kwame Alexander
Kwame Alexander, The Playbook: 52 Rules to Aim, Shoot, and Score in This Game Called Life
Friday, February 17, 2017 – 7:00 p.m.
Kepler’s Books
1010 El Camino Real
Menlo Park, CA
RSVP here.

 

Roxanne Gay, author of Difficult Women, in conversation with Anna Sale
Tuesday, February 21, 2017 – 7:30pm
Nourse Theatre
275 Hayes St
San Francisco, CA
Difficult Women by Roxanne Gay

 

A Conjuring of Light by V.E. Schwab V.E. Schwab in conversation with Tara Sim about the final Shades of Magic book, A Conjuring of Light.
Friday, February 24, 2017 – 7:30pm
Kepler’s Books
1010 El Camino Real
Menlo Park, CA
RSVP here.

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Got paperbacks? Donate them to a good cause!

Got paperbacks? Donate them to a good cause!

Your library is collecting books to donate to prisoners! Please bring paperback books to the library from now until February 17th, and the library will donate them to people in prisons. Both fiction and nonfiction books of all reading levels are accepted, but no technical manuals or law books please. We can only accept paperbacks.

According to the Prison Literature Project, books in high demand are:

  • dictionaries of all kinds (including ASL sign language); thesauruses, almanacs, GED test prep materials, and other paperback reference books
  • how-to books: drawing, origami, chess, construction, gardening, etc.
  • books on African-American, Latino, and Native American history and culture
  • books on politics, sociology, psychology, philosophy, science, mathematics
  • fiction by or about people of color
  • classic literature (in English or Spanish)
  • books on meditation, yoga, and bodyweight exercises

 

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Attention Middle Schoolers: Inklings Book Contest

Attention Middle Schoolers: Inklings Book Contest

Do you love to write? Submit your story or poem to the Society of Young Inklings Book Contest!

This contest is only open to students in 8th grade or below, and it closes on March 15th. Contest winners will receive two sessions with a professional writer and a copy of the Inklings Book 2017 with their story published in it.

Click here to learn more and submit your work!

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Readers Without Borders: International Literature Reading Challenge

Readers Without Borders: International Literature Reading Challenge

Introducing the 2017 Castilleja Library reading challenge!

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This year, we’re broadening our collection and your reading experience even more by challenging you to read books published outside the United States. Read a book from each continent!

If you read three books from three different continents, you get a prize! If you read books from six different continents, plus one book from a First Nations author, you get another prize!

Books must be new to you, and must be originally published outside the US or written by an international author. They can be read in the original language, or in translation.

Castilleja Library has over 200 internationally published books for you to choose from, so you’ll have no problem finding things to read. A short list of books we think are awesome can be found here, and a Pinterest board is here. A complete list of relevant books in the collection is available here as a sortable spreadsheet.

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January Author and Literary Events

January Author and Literary Events

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Susan Dennard and Alexandra Bracken
Come see the authors of Truthwitch and Passenger at the release of their sequels! Windwitch is the sequel to the exciting high fantasy Truthwitch, and Wayfarer is the sequel to the time travel adventure Passenger.

Friday, January 13, 2017 – 7:00 p.m.
Kepler’s Books
1010 El Camino Real
Menlo Park, CA 94025
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Will Schwalbe, Books for Living
“Why is it that we read? Is it to pass time? To learn something new? To escape from reality? For Will Schwalbe, reading is a way to entertain himself but also to make sense of the world, to become a better person, and to find the answers to the big (and small) questions about how to live his life.”
Tuesday, January 24, 2017 – 7:30 p.m.
Kepler’s Books
1010 El Camino Real
Menlo Park, CA 94025

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Colson Whitehead, author of The Underground Railroad, in conversation with Alexis Madrigal
Wednesday, January 25, 2017 – 7:30 pm
Nourse Theater
275 Hayes Street
San Francisco, CA 94102

 

 

YANovCon Kickoff Party at Opera Plaza Books Inc!
“Not Your Mother’s Book Club proudly presents a star-studded panel as a kick-off event for YANovCon! Joining us for this fun event will be Gretchen McNeil, author of I’m Not Your Manic Pixie Dream Girl; Jessica Brody, author of A Week of Mondays; B.T. Gottfred, author of The Nerdy and the Dirty; and Martha Brockenbrough, author of The Game of Love and Death.”
Friday, January 27, 2017 – 7:00pm
Books Inc.
601 Van Ness
San Francisco, CA
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YANovCon at the Milbrae Library
“This free half-day celebration includes panel discussions, author hangouts, and book signings with the following YA novelists (and more!): Neal Shusterman, Andrew Smith, Jessica Brody, Mariko Tamaki, Alexis Bass, Martha Brockenbrough, I.W. Gregorio, Ann Jacobus, Stephanie Kuehn, and Gretchen McNeil.
YANovCon also has a Teen Short Story Contest: “This year, we are asking teens to write a short story (500 words or less) that deals with ‘mental health awareness’ and helps readers empathize with a character who has a mental illness.” Submit short story entries here by Tuesday, January 17, 2017. Stay in touch with us and receive the latest author updates by following #YANovCon on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.”
Saturday, January 28, 2017 – 1:00pm
Millbrae Library
1 Library Avenue
Millbrae, CA

 

 

Stephanie Garber, author of Caraval, in conversation with Stacey Lee, author of The Secret of a Heart Note
Tuesday, January 31, 2017 – 7:00 p.m.
Kepler’s Books
1010 El Camino Real
Menlo Park, CA 94025
RSVP here
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 Header picture: “Frost” by Tara Schmidt, licensed under CC BY 2.o

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