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April Literary Events

April Literary Events

YA authors Kelly Loy Gilbert, Emily X.R. Pan, and Anna-Marie McLemore
Sunday, April 15, 2018, 2:00pm – 3:30pm
Kepler’s Books
1010 El Camino Real Menlo Park
More information and RSVP here

 

Christopher Moore launches his new book, Noir
Monday, April 16, 2018 – 7:00pm
Opera Plaza Books Inc.
601 Van Ness Avenue, San Francisco
More information here

 

Bonnie J. Morris, award-winning author and Gender and Women’s Studies Department lecturer at UC-Berkeley discusses her essay collection The Feminist Revolution: The Struggle for Women’s Liberation.
Wednesday, April 18, 2018 – 7:00pm
Books Inc.
317 Castro St. Mountain View
More information here

 

Books Inc. Book Trivia Night! All ages welcome.
Friday, April 20, 2018 – 6:00pm
Books Inc.
2712 Augustine Drive #120, Santa Clara
More information here

 

Writer and trans activist Janet Mock in conversation with Mia Birdsong about her new book Surpassing Certainty: What My Twenties Taught Me.
Monday, April 30, 2018 – 7:30pm
Nourse Theater
275 Hayes Street, San Francisco
More information and tickets here

 

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Four to Read More: Sweet Treats!

Four to Read More: Sweet Treats!

Edible Book Festival is coming up soon! To get us in the mood, Sophia N. put together a Four to Read More all about those sweets we crave.

 

cover of Bittersweet by Sarah Ockler

Bittersweet by Sarah Ockler

When she was younger, Hudson knew she was going to become a professional figure skater. However, her parents’ divorce when she was fourteen forced her to abandon the life she dreamed of and spend the rest of her life in sadness over what she could have achieved. After baking cupcakes for her mom’s diner for a few years, Hudson gets the opportunity of a lifetime to pursue her dream. She is excited but also terrified, and it’s up to her to decide how much she badly she wants her dream and how much she is willing to sacrifice for it.

Penny and her mother move from the bustling New York city to a small, quiet town called Hog’s Hollow. The worst part? Penny’s father doesn’t come with them and Penny is also tasked with balancing work at her mom’s new cupcake shop, making new friends, and avoiding Charity, the meanest girl in Hog’s Hollow who seems to have something against Penny. Just when Penny is starting to settle in and feel at home in her new town, her parents ask her to make a decision that will change her life forever.

cover of The Cupcake Queen by Heather Hepler

The Cupcake Queen by Heather Hepler

cover of Beneath the Sugar Sky by Seanan McGuire

Beneath the Sugar Sky by Seanan McGuire

The third book in the Wayward Children series gives us new characters and old friends. Rini drops from a land called Confectionary into a pond at the home for Wayward Children, looking for her mother Sumi. But in this world, Sumi died years before Rini was even born. Rini must somehow find a way to bring Sumi back, so Sumi can fulfill her destiny to defeat the Queen of Cakes. Despite their rule of “No quests,” a few Wayward Children join Rini on a cross-dimension trip to Confectionary, where the sea is strawberry soda and candy corn grows in fields, to resurrect their old classmate.

Twelve year old Foster has a passion for baking and hopes to someday have her own baking show. After moving into the town of Culpepper with her mom, she is invited to bake for the local coffee shop and is able to receive help to overcome one of her weaknesses: learning how to read. However, just when she and her mother begin to feel at home in their new town, their tumultuous past catches up to them and it becomes difficult for Foster to imagine pursuing her dream. Will she be able to rise above and follow her dreams?

cover of Close to Famous by Joan Bauer

Close to Famous by Joan Bauer

 

Come celebrate Edible Book Festival with the library on Monday, March 26th! We’ll have trivia, games, puzzles, a raffle with an amazing prize, and most importantly, CAKE! Click on over here for more information.

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The Fifth Annual Edible Book Festival!

The Fifth Annual Edible Book Festival!

Edible Book Flyer with an illustration of an alligator about to eat a sandwich

Join the library on Monday, March 26th from 3:30 to 6:00pm to celebrate the 5th Annual Edible Book Festival!

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

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.

 

a picture of cupcakes with different smiley faces on themAs always, we will vote on entries for our prizes.

Prize categories are:

  • Most Shakespeare-licous
  • Healthiest
  • Funniest/Punniest
  • Best Food Eaten in a Book
  • Technical Mastery
  • Best Simple Idea
  • People’s Choice

 

a picture of a goldfish cracker on top of a broccoli crown, a pun on the book title Fish in a Tree

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, andbring in the book that inspired your creation, or a printout of the cover.

We can’t wait to see you all there!

 

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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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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
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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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2018 Comic Arts Fest

2018 Comic Arts Fest

Comic Arts Fest logoSan Mateo County Libraries is having their annual Comic Arts Fest in February! From their website:

“We’re celebrating the importance of comics, both as an art form and as valid literature, and enabling aspiring artists and readers of all ages through author visits, workshops, and comics-related programs.

This year, the Fest is expanding to include Burlingame Library, Daly City LibraryMenlo Park LibraryRedwood City LibrarySan Bruno LibrarySan Mateo Library, and South San Francisco Library.

We’re also adding a one-day Small Press Comics Expo to the Fest. This will be an opportunity to meet local artists, purchase comics and original artwork, and attend quality comics workshops.”

Click here to see their announcement, and look below to see confirmed events at various libraries!

Comics legend Trina Robbins talks about her amazing life at the Menlo Park City Council Chambers
February 8, 2018, 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
Details and ticket reservations here

Small Press Comics Expo at San Mateo Public Library, with special guests Svetlana Chmakova, author of Awkward and Brave and Paul Madonna
February 10, 2018, 12:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Event details

Award winning author/illustrator Paul Madonna and his new book Close Enough for the Angels at Burlingame Public Library
Thursday, February 15, 2018, 7:00pm – 8:00pm
Event details

Comics and TV pro Carlos Nieto III leads this teen only comics workshop at the Menlo Park Library
February 20, 2018, 2:30 pm - 4:30 pm
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 at Burlingame Public Library
Thursday, February 22, 2018, 7:00pm – 8:00pm
Event details

 

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