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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
RSVP here

 

 

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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Dress Like A Time Traveler Day!

Dress Like A Time Traveler Day!

Did you know that there is a day devoted to dressing and acting like a time traveler? On Thursday, December 8th, dress like your favorite kind of time traveler, whether it’s literary, or from movies or TV. Sign up here, and then follow these three easy steps to join the chrononauts of the library!

  1. Pick your origin story.
    Ideas include:
    From a dystopian future
    Sent by magic
    From a utopian future (Star Trek)
    Doctor Who
    Victorian mad science 
  2. Dress up.
    The costume bank will be open the afternoon of Wednesday, 12/7, from 3:30 to 4PM and Thursday morning at 7:30 AM to help you. It’s pretty easy to put together a costume from stuff you have at home though, so if you need any ideas, come see the librarians! 
  3. Embrace the madness!
    Be amazed and confused by technology!
    Demand to be taken to the King.
    Ask people what the year is and yell “THERE’S STILL TIME!”

Make sure to stop by the library for a photo opportunity featuring everyone’s favorite blue police box!

 

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Bluefire 1000 Word Story Contest!

Bluefire 1000 Word Story Contest!

Bluefire, an annual literary journal published by the Leyla Beban Young Authors Foundation, is now accepting entries into their $1000 for 1000 Words contest! Prizes are $1000 for first place and seven $100 prizes for runners up. The deadline to submit a story is February 1st.

From their website:

“We’re looking for an outstanding piece of short fiction that consists of exactly 1000 words. While there are no specific guidelines beyond that, we encourage you to tell a story that matters. Write something you believe in. Tell a story that only you can tell.”

Check out the contest page and the rules to learn more!

 

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November Author and Literary Events

November Author and Literary Events

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Tara Sim in conversation with Sabaa Tahir: Timekeeper
Wednesday, November 2, 2016 – 7:00pm
Kepler’s Books
1010 El Camino Real
Menlo Park, CA 94025
RSVP here, steampunk costumes encouraged!
Gordon Jack, The Boomerang Effect 
Wednesday, November 9, 2016 – 7:00pm
Kepler’s Books
1010 El Camino Real
Menlo Park, CA 94025
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Kristen-Paige Madonia and Tamara Ireland Stone
Wednesday, November 9, 2016 – 7:00pm
Books Inc.
74 Town & Country Village
Palo Alto, CA
Jason Porath, Rejected Princesses Signing
Thursday, November 3 – 6 PM – 8 PM
Borderlands Books
866 Valencia St.
San Francisco, CA 94110
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Cover picture: Adapted version of  Autmn Leaves by Erman Akdogan licensed under CC BY-NC 2.0

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Author Stephanie Kuehn Visited For Banned Books Week

Author Stephanie Kuehn Visited For Banned Books Week

Stephanie Kuehn, author of Charm and Strange, Complicit and other books beloved by Casti students, visited last week during Banned Books Week. Elle G. and Supriya L. wrote a recap of her visit.

Stephanie Kuehn is a young adult author who visited Castilleja on September 26, 2016 for Banned Books Week. Some of her books have been challenged, and she talked to the eighth graders about her views on censorship. Ms. Kuehn believes that many young adult authors’ intentions are misunderstood, often being blamed by adults and parents as being “too dark” when these authors are just being honest. She thinks that YA authors should be able to express their ideas about dark subjects without feeling the need to sugarcoat, and therefore shield shield the message from readers.

She talked about the ways that YA authors give stories the positive overlay that some adults feel that they need. One of the main ways that they do this is by incorporating hope. She said that stories with hope either have a character finding their voice or their identity, the character’s life has meaning, or it shows that the characters can be themselves (or learn to be themselves). However, the main point that she stresses about these themes is, is it true? Do we really live in this idealistic world? Of course not! So why should we tell our YA readers that we do? After all, aren’t most of them going to be looking after themselves in the real world soon enough? Now this begs the question, why should we hide this from them? Well, Ms. Kuehn said that it sometimes has to do with control. She said that if you’re a parent and are used to regulating what your children read, it may be hard to let them read about dark ideas, such as suicide, and violence, unless there is a way “back up” from the dark place. Nonetheless, readers should be able to understand their own development, and choose books which correspond to this development.

In conclusion, Ms. Kuehn’s visit enlightened us about Banned Books Week, and told us a lot about herself as well. She grew up in the Bay Area, and went to boarding school in the East Coast, which partly inspired the setting of her first book, Charm and Strange. In addition, she started writing at a young age, particularly being influenced by her father, who was a writer, journalist, as well as editor. We are so glad that Ms. Kuehn came here to talk about censorship during Banned Books Week, and be sure to check out all of her books, especially her new book, The Smaller Evil, in celebration of Banned Books Week!

Written by Elle G. ‘21, and Supriya L. ’21

 

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October Bay Area Literary and Author Events

October Bay Area Literary and Author Events

locke & keyRidley Pearson, author of Lock and Key: The Initiation
Saturday, October 1, 2016 – 2:00pm
Kepler’s Books
1010 El Camino Real
Menlo Park, CA 94025
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Dylan Thuras, one of the authors of Atlas Obscura, in conversation with Mary Roach
Wednesday, October 5, 2016 – 7:30 p.m.
Kepler’s Books
1010 El Camino Real
Menlo Park CA 94025
More information and tickets here.
cruzMelissa de la Cruz  and her new book Something in Between
Wednesday, October 5, 2016 – 7:00pm
Redwood Shores Library
399 Marine Parkway @ Bridge Parkway
Redwood City, CA
Amy-Kurzweil-Books-Inc.-Palo-AltoAmy Kurzweil in conversation with Malena Watrous
Wednesday, October 5, 2016 – 7:00pm
Books Inc.
74 Town & Country Village
Palo Alto, CA
summerlongPeter S. Beagle, author of The Last Unicorn and Summerlong, in conversation with Tad Williams
Thursday, October 6, 2016 – 7:00pm (seating opens at 6:00)
Kepler’s Books
1010 El Camino Real
Menlo Park, CA 94025
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Michael DiMartino, author of Rebel Genius, in conversation with Castilleja friend Gene Luen Yang
Monday, October 10, 2016 – 7:00 p.m.
Kepler’s Books
1010 El Camino Real
Menlo Park, CA 94025
RSVP here.

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Alton Brown Book Signing: EveryDayCook
Wednesday, October 12, 2016 – 7:30 p.m.
Kepler’s Books
1010 El Camino Real
Menlo Park CA 94025
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Margaret Stohl and the People of Marvel, Black Widow: Red Vengeance
Friday, October 14, 2016 – 7:00pm
Kepler’s Books
1010 El Camino Real
Menlo Park, CA 94025
picoultJodi Picoult in conversation with Natalie Baszile about her new book, Small Great Things
7:30 PM
Fox Theatre Redwood City, CA
Steven-Nightingale-Books-Inc-Palo-AltoSteven Nightingale, father of Gabriella ’19, The Hot Climate of Promises and Grace: 64 Stories
Thursday, October 20, 2016 – 7:00pm
Books Inc.
74 Town & Country Village
Palo Alto, CA
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Tuesday, October 25, 2016 – 7:00pm
Books Inc.
3515 California St
San Francisco, CA
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Wednesday, October 26, 2016 – 7:00pm
JCCSF
3200 California St
San Francisco, CA

 

Header picture: “Pumpkin Texture” by Holly Kuchera, licensed under CC BY 2.0

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