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March Bay Area Literary and Author Events

March Bay Area Literary and Author Events

cover of Enter Title Here Rahul Kanakia discussing his debut novel, Enter Title Here.
Saturday, March 4, 2017 – 2:00pm
Books Inc.
2712 Augustine Drive
Santa Clara, CA
More information here.

 

Girl Code: Gaming, Going Viral and Getting it Done by Andrea Gonzales and Sophie Houser, creators of the viral game Tampon Run.
Monday, March 13, 2017 – 7:00 p.m.
Kepler’s Books
1010 El Camino Real
Menlo Park, CA 94025
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Rebecca Solnit, author of Men Explain Things to Me, talks about her new book The Mother of All Questions with Angie Coiro.
Tuesday, March 14, 2017 – 7:30pm – Seating opens at 6:30pm
Kepler’s Books
1010 El Camino Real
Menlo Park, CA 94025
Katherine Webber shares her debut book for young adults, The Heartbeats of Wing Jones.
Thursday, March 23, 2017 – 7:00pm
Books Inc.
601 Van Ness Ave.
San Francisco, CA
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W. Kamau Bell: Live show of Kamau Right Now! featuring political comedy, cultural conversation and special guests.

Nourse Theater
 275 Hayes Street
San Francisco, CA 94102
Notorious RBG Day at Books Inc!
Saturday, March 25, 2017 – 3:00pm
Books Inc.
301 Castro St
Mountain View, CA
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Laini Taylor, author of the Daughter of Smoke and Bone trilogy, talks about her new book, Strange the Dreamer, with Jandy Nelson.
Thursday, March 30, 2017 – 7:00 p.m.
Kepler’s Books
1010 El Camino Real
Menlo Park, CA 94025

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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
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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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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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