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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
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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
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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
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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
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Teen Writing Club
Thursday, June 21, 4:00 pm – 5:30 pm
Rinconada Library, 1213 Newell Rd.
Palo Alto
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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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Masquerade Murder Mystery in the Library

Masquerade Murder Mystery in the Library

Join us on Friday 5/18 from 3:30 – 5:30 in the library for a murder mystery masquerade! Please only sign up if you are able to stay until 5:30 so you can be a full participant.

Questions? Great, asking questions is the best way to solve a mystery! Come see a librarian for more information!

CLICK HERE TO RSVP

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May Literary and Author Events

May Literary and Author Events

Adrienne Young and her new book Sky In the Deep, with Traci Chee, author of The Reader series
Wednesday, May 2, 7:00pm – 9:00pm
Kepler’s Books
1010 El Camino Real, Menlo Park
More information here

 

George O’Connor with volume 10 of his Olympians graphic novel series, Hermes: Tales of the Trickster
Tuesday, May 8, 6:00pm
Books Inc.
74 Town & Country Village, Palo Alto
More information here

 

Refugee Writers Panel: When “Home” Won’t Let You Stay: Stories of Escape and Refuge
Thursday, May 10, 7:00pm – 9:00pm
Mitchell Park Community Center
3700 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto
RSVP here

 

Not Your Mother’s Book Club presents a panel on LGBTQ+ representation in YA Science Fiction and Fantasy. Featuring local authors C.B. Lee, author of Not Your Sidekick; Tara Sim, author of the Timekeeper series, Tim Floreen, author of Anatomy of a Murderer; Gail Carriger, author of The Parasol Protectorate series; and Jenn Polish, author of Lunav.
Friday, May 11, 7:00pm
Books Inc.
601 Van Ness Avenue, San Francisco
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Spring 2018 Fierce Reads Tour with Maurene Goo, author of The Way You Make Me Feel; Mary E. Pearson, author of Dance of Thieves; Taran Matharu, author of The Outcast: Prequel to the Summoner Trilogy; and Tricia Levenseller, author of Daughter of the Siren Queen
Monday, May 14, 7:00pm
Books Inc.
601 Van Ness Avenue, San Francisco
More information here

 

Kids Love Science with Jack Challoner
Wednesday, May 16, 6:00pm – 7:30pm
Kepler’s Books
1010 El Camino, Real Menlo Park
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Local author Danielle Teller launches her book All the Ever Afters: The Untold Story of Cinderella’s Stepmother
Wednesday, May 23, 7:00pm
Books Inc.
74 Town & Country Village, Palo Alto
More information here

 

Sandhya Menon, with her new book, From Twinkle, With Love, in conversation with Krystal Sutherland, author of Our Chemical Hearts and A Semi-Definitive List of Worst Nightmares.
Friday, May 25, 2018, 7:00pm – 9:00 PM
Kepler’s Books
1010 El Camino Real Menlo Park
More information here

 

Mark Oshiro, author of Anger is a Gift, with Nina LaCour, author of We Are Ok  and Everything Leads to You
Wednesday, May 30, 7:00pm – 9:00pm
Kepler’s Books
1010 El Camino Real, Menlo Park
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