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The 6th Annual Edible Book Festival!

The 6th Annual Edible Book Festival!

This year’s Edible Book Festival will be on Monday, October 22nd from 3:30 to 6pm in the library! That’s a week and a half away, so start your planning now!

Smiling girl holding a stuffed cupcake.

All Casti community members are welcome to attend, submit an entry, and vote. This year we’ll also have a scavenger hunt, a food trivia contest, puzzles, boardgames, and a raffle with an AMAZING prize, modeled by Elizabeth L. on the right.

The rules:

  • Must be made out of edible components
  • Must either illustrate a concept from a book or be food that appears in a book.

As always, we will vote on entries for our prizes.

Prize categories are:

  • Best Moral
  • Healthiest
  • Funniest/Punniest
  • Best Food Eaten in a Book
  • Technical Mastery
  • Best Simple Idea
  • People’s Choice

Families or groups of students are welcome to collaborate on entries. They may be dropped off in the morning or just before school ends for the day. Please label all entries with creators’ first and last names, and bring in the book that inspired your creation, or a printout of the cover.

We can’t wait to see you all there!

Edible Book Festival Frequently Asked Questions:

When does the Edible Book Festival start?

The Edible Book Festival goes from 3:30pm to 6pm. However, many items will be on display starting Monday morning.

What if I cannot come in the afternoon? Can I still make an entry?

Yes. You do not have to be present at the after-school Festival to make an entry, you just have to be able to bring your entry into the library on Monday. We open a bit early to make it easier to drop entries off before school, and accept entries until 3:30.

Can I make something with my friend?

Yes, you can make an entry by yourself, with family, or with friends.

Can my family participate?

Yes. All family members are welcome to make entries together and all family members are welcome to join us at the Festival, from 3:30-6:00pm Monday afternoon.

Can I bring people from outside the school?

Family member are most welcome to join you!

When do I bring in the stuff?

The library will be open to accept entries beginning at 7:30am on Monday. Please come a bit early so that you have time to check in properly with us and still not be late to class. You are welcome to submit entries all day until 3:30.

Does everything in it have to be edible?

Yes, the whole entry should be edible. (Except the plate 😉 .)

Do I have to have a book to make an entry about it?

No. We would prefer that you bring the book, if you are able. However, we can use the library’s edition or print out the cover, if need be.

What if I have a sport?

You are still welcome to enter the competition, come in at break or lunch to view entries, and visit the library during Little C. If you get out of your sports before 6pm, please feel free to return to the library.

Can I win if I am not there?

Competition: If you enter the Edible Book Festival competition and your entry gets the most votes, you can win a coveted spatula.

Stuffy: For the raffle drawing to win the soft serve stuffy, you must be present to win.

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October Bay Area Literary and Author Events

October Bay Area Literary and Author Events

The First Looks Book Club presents author Caitlin Seal in celebration of her novel, Twice Dead: Necromancer’s Song #1.
Tuesday, October 2, 6:00pm
Books Inc.
1375 Burlingame Ave, Burlingame
More information here

 

Laini Taylor in conversation with Sabaa Tahir about Muse of Nightmares, the sequel to Strange the Dreamer
  Kepler’s Books
1010 El Camino Real, Menlo Park
RSVP here

 

David Levithan with Someday, the sequel to Everyday
Wednesday, October 3,  7:00pm
Books Inc.
1344 Park St, Alameda
More information here

 

Becky Albertalli and Adam Silvera in celebration of their new book, What If It’s Us
Thursday, October 11, 7:00pm – 9:00pm
Kepler’s Books
1010 El Camino Real, Menlo Park
Buy tickets here

 

Tahereh Mafi in celebration of her new novel, A Very Large Expanse of Sea, and Ransom Riggs with the latest Peculiar Children book, A Map of Days
Friday, October 19, 7:00pm
Books Inc.
601 Van Ness Avenue, San Francisco
Buy tickets here

 

City Arts & Lectures presents Roxane Gay, Michelle Goldberg, and others
Friday, October 19, 7:30pm
Nourse Theater, San Franciso
Buy tickets here

 

Castilleja Library’s Edible Book Festival
Monday, October 22nd, 3:30pm – 6:00pm
Espinosa Library, Castilleja School
More information here

Header picture adapted from “Squashes” by duncan under CC BY-NC 2.0

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Author Visit: Nina LaCour

Author Visit: Nina LaCour

Picture of author Nina LaCour: a brunette white woman wearing a yellow velvet shirt, looking at the camera.

Coming to the Castilleja Library in late September is Nina LaCour, author of five young adult novels! LaCour seems to charm every reader with her stories of love, grief, and friendship. Her novels are a true and candid study of her characters’ identities and emotional journey to find themselves in the world around them. Her novel We Are Okay received the Michael L. Printz Award for Best Young Adult Novel of 2017, and all of her novels have been recognized by Publishers Weekly.

 

What is most striking about LaCour’s novels to young adult readers is her beautiful writing and narrative that truly allows readers to connect with her characters. She tells stories about all forms of love, and as a member of the LGBTQ+ community herself, LaCour’s novels are a testament to all young adults and their experiences with love and friendship by centralizing their character development and emotions rather than their queer identities. LaCour’s literature stands out for this as well as her outstanding quality of writing, earning LaCour her critically-acclaimed status.

a collage of Nina LaCour's books

Nina LaCour will visit our library and campus from September 24th-26th. She will speak at an Upper School assembly on the 24th, and will visit all the tenth grade English classes. She will also have lunch with student writers, hold office hours in the library, and host a writer’s workshop in the Ace Center during late start on Wednesday.

–Meher S., ’20

 

Ms. LaCour’s Schedule:

Monday, September 24th:
Assembly for grades 8 – 12, Chapel Theater: 2:35pm – 3:15pm
Book signing and informal Q & A, Library: 3:20pm – 4:00pm

Tuesday, September 25th:
Lunch with upper school student writers, ACE Project Room: 12:10pm – 12:55pm

Wednesday, September 26th:
Writing workshop during late start, Library: 8:00am – 9:00am
Office hours, Library: 9:00am – 11:00am
Lunch with middle school student writers, Room 9: 11:15am – 11:50am

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September Bay Area Literary and Author Events

September Bay Area Literary and Author Events

Author Katharine McGee shares the final installment in her epic Thousandth Floor series, The Towering Sky.
Monday, September 10, 2018 – 7:00pm
Books Inc. 2251 Chestnut St. San FranciscoCA
More information here.

Mighty Middle Grade: an amazing panel of middle grade authors who will be talking about strong-willed girls who persist, dragons, spies, monsters, dogs and so much more.
  Kepler’s Books, 1010 El Camino Real, Menlo Park
RSVP here.

Ngozi Ukazu shares her charming debut work, Check, Please!: #Hockey.
Thursday, September 20, 2018 – 7:00pm
Books Inc. 1875 S. Bascom Avenue, Suite #600, Campbell, CA
More information here.

Lisa Margonelli and Mary Roach discuss Margonelli’s new book Underbug: An Obsessive Tale of Termites and Technology
Thursday, September 27, 2018 – 7:30pm – 9:00pm
Kepler’s Books, 1010 El Camino Real, Menlo Park, CA
RSVP here.

Drawing Workshop with Faith Erin Hicks & Book Release of The Nameless City Vol. 3! For ages 9 – 14
Saturday, September 29, 2018 – 11:00am
Linden Tree Books 265 State Street, Los Altos, CA
More information here.

Kiersten White with Stephanie Garber talk about Kiersten’s new book The Dark Descent of Elizabeth Frankenstein
  

 

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July and August Bay Area Author and Literary Events

July and August Bay Area Author and Literary Events

Ben Costa and James Parks in celebration of the second Rickety Stitch and the Gelatinous Goo book, The Middle-Route Run
Sunday, July 29, 2018 – 11:00am
Books Inc.
1875 Bascom Avenue, Suite #600
CampbellCA
More information here

Ibtihaj Muhammad, Olympic medalist fencer and first hijabi to compete for the United States in the Olympic Games and her autobiography, Proud: My Fight for an Unlikely American Dream
Kepler’s Books
1010 El Camino Real
Menlo Park, CA
Tickets here

Celebrate Harry Potter’s Birthday and 20 Years of Magic
At Laurel Village/San Francisco Books Inc.
Tuesday, July 31, 2018 – 4:00pm
3515 California Street
San FranciscoCA

At Campbell Books Inc.
Tuesday July 31, 2018 – 7:00pm

1875 S. Bascom Avenue, Suite #600
CampbellCA

Marvel Trivia Night
Friday, August 3, 2018 – 7:00pm
Palo Alto Downtown Library
270 Forest Ave.
Palo Alto, CA
The Craft of Storytelling with Bree Barton, debut author of the YA feminist fantasy Heart of Thorns, and Andrew Shvarts, critically-acclaimed author of the Royal Bastards series, and Mark Walsh, Animation Lead for Pixar’s Finding Nemo and Ratatouille
Monday, August 6, 2018 – 7:00pm
Books Inc.
74 Town & Country Village
Palo Alto, CA
More information here

Stephanie Kuehn talks with Gretchen McNeil about her new book #murdertrending
Kepler’s Books
1010 El Camino Real
Menlo Park, CA
RSVP here

 

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June Bay Area Literary and Author Events

June Bay Area Literary and Author Events

Saturday Board Games Day
Saturday, June 2, 10:00 am – 6:00 pm
Main Library, 270 Forest Ave.
Palo Alto
More information here

Not Your Mother’s Book Club presents Sara Wolf and her new book Bring Me Their Hearts
Tuesday, June 5, 7:00pm
Books Inc. 1375 Burlingame Ave.
Burlingame
More information here

The First Looks Book Club: Come read Advanced Reader’s Copies of books coming out soon!
Tuesday, June 5, 6:00pm – 7:30pm
Books Inc. 1375 Burlingame Ave.
Burlingame
More information

Teen Writing Club
Thursday, June 7, 4:00 pm – 5:30 pm
Rinconada Library, 1213 Newell Rd.
Palo Alto
Sign up here

The Art of Getting Published for Teens: Part 1
Saturday, June 9, 2018 – 11:00am
Books Inc. 601 Van Ness Avenue
San Francisco
Register here

Let’s Talk YA with Tamara Ireland Stone and Andrew Shvarts
Saturday, June 9, 6:30pm – 8:30pm
Kepler’s Books, 1010 El Camino Real
Menlo Park
RSVP here

Stephanie Garber talks with Stacey Lee about the upcoming sequel to Caraval, Legendary Wednesday, June 13, 7:00pm – 9:00pm
Kepler’s Books, 1010 El Camino Real
Menlo Park
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Sabaa Tahir presents the final book in her Ember Quartet, The Reaper at the Gates, with Renee Ahdieh
Saturday, June 16, 3:00pm – 5:00pm
Kepler’s Books, 1010 El Camino Real
Menlo Park
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Not Your Mother’s Book Club presents Morgan Matson and her new novel, Save the Date; Kim Culbertson, author The Wonder of Us; Claire Kann, author of Let’s Talk About Love; and Stacey Lee, author of The Secret Heart of a Note.
Wednesday, June 20, 2018 – 7:00pm
Books Inc. 601 Van Ness Avenue
San Francisco
RSVP here

Teen Writing Club
Thursday, June 21, 4:00 pm – 5:30 pm
Rinconada Library, 1213 Newell Rd.
Palo Alto
Sign up here

Teen Summer Book Club, 7th to 12th Grade
Friday, June 22, 4:00pm – 5:30pm
Menlo Park Library, 800 Alma Street
Menlo Park
Register here

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