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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
Event details

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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2018 Reading Challenge: Bingo!

2018 Reading Challenge: Bingo!

This week marks the start of our annual reading challenge, and this year it’s BINGO!

How it works:

  1. Pick up a bingo card at the library. Put your name on it. (Hint: take a pic of your bingo card in case you lose it!)
  2. Start reading! Each square on the bingo board corresponds to one of the prompts on this doc. Strategize your path to a bingo. The books that you read:
    Must all be new to you in 2018 (with the exception of the center square);
    Each book can only be counted once (for one bingo square);
    Don’t have to come from Casti library, but we have plenty of recommendations;
    If you’re not sure if a book will count for a square, check with a librarian.
  3. Keep a file (digital or on paper) of all of your responses to the prompts, including the title and author of the books you’ve read. NOTE: For each item that includes a question, write no less than 3 and no more than 5 sentences.
  4. Once you completed an unbroken line (bingo!) horizontally, vertically, or diagonally on your card, bring your card and the file you’ve been keeping to the library to claim a prize!If you want to keep going, you can earn bingo multiple times on the same card. Hint: it gets easier as you fill in squares! Feeling impressive? You can go for “blackout”: complete all of the 25 squares on your bingo card to win a special prize!

Come into the library to get your card and get started!

 

 

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January Bay Area Author and Literary Events

January Bay Area Author and Literary Events

Tara Sim with Jessica Cluess, launching Chainbreaker, Tara Sim’s much anticipated sequel to Timekeeper
Friday, January 5, 2018, 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM
Kepler’s Books
1010 El Camino Real, Menlo Park
RSVP here

 

Amie Kaufman and Meagan Spooner, with Unearthed, an action-packed archaeological thriller.
Wednesday, January 10, 2018, 7:00 PM
Kepler’s Books
1010 El Camino Real, Menlo Park
RSVP here

 

Teen Advisory Board Meeting in Santa Clara
Saturday, January 13, 2018, 3:00 PM
Books Inc.
2712 Augustine Drive #120, Santa Clara
More information here

 

Launch of Michelle Oberman’s Her Body, Our Laws: On the Front Lines of the Abortion War, from El Salvador to Oklahoma.
Wednesday, January 17, 2018, 7:00 PM
Books Inc.
74 Town & Country Village, Palo Alto
More information here

 

Laura Hopper in celebration of her stunning debut novel, I Never
Thursday, January 18, 2018, 7:00 PM
Books Inc.
74 Town & Country Village, Palo Alto
More information here

 

Nidhi Chanani shares her critically-acclaimed graphic novel, Pashmina
Sunday, January 21, 2018, 2:00 PM
Books Inc.
3515 California St, San Francisco
More information here 

 

Carrie DiRisio, of twitter handle @broodingYAHero fame
Thursday, January 25, 2018, 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM
Kepler’s Books
1010 El Camino Real, Menlo Park
RSVP here

 

Sasha Alsberg and Lindsay Cummings in celebration of book one in their new sci-fi series, Zenith: Androma Saga #1.
Thursday, January 25, 2018, 7:00 PM
Books Inc.
601 Van Ness Avenue, San Francisco
More information here

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November Bay Area Literary and Author Events

November Bay Area Literary and Author Events

NYMBC presents E. Lockhart and Julie Buxbaum in conversation Jandy Nelson, author of I’ll Give You the Sun, about their new books
Wednesday, November 1, 2017 – 7:00pm
Books Inc.
601 Van Ness Avenue
San Francisco 

 

NYMBC presents MT Anderson at the SF Public Library to discuss his new book Landscape with Invisible Hand
Thursday, November 2, 2017 – 6:30pm
SF Public Library – The Mix Teen Center
100 Larkin Street
San Francisco

 

Traci Chee in conversation about the sequel to her book The Reader, with Tara Sim, author of Timekeeper
Tuesday, November 7, 2017, 7:00pm – 9:00pm
Kepler’s Books
1010 El Camino Real
Menlo Park

 

Social Media Wellness — Angie Coiro with Ana Homayoun and Nicky Jackson Colaco
Wednesday, November 8, 2017, 7:30pm – 8:30pm
Kepler’s Books
1010 El Camino Real
Menlo Park

 

Shannon Messenger with her new book Nightfall (The Keeper of the Lost Cities, Volume 6)
Thursday, November 9, 2017, 6:00pm – 8:00pm
Kepler’s Books
1010 El Camino Real
Menlo Park

 

Santa Clara Teen Advisory Board Meeting
Saturday, November 11, 2017 – 3:00pm
Books Inc.
2712 Augustine Drive #120
Santa Clara

 

Marissa Meyer, author of The Lunar Chronicles, presents her new book Renegades
Tuesday, November 14, 2017 – 7:00pm
Books Inc.
601 Van Ness Avenue
San Francisco

 

Teen Trivia Night: Rick Riordan Books Theme
Friday, November 17, 5:00pm – 7:00pm
Linden Tree Books
265 State Street
Los Altos

 

Author Matt Harry and illustrator Juliane Crump present their book Sorcery for Beginners: A Simple Help Guide to a Challenging & Arcane Art.
Saturday, November 18, 2017 – 2:00pm
Books Inc.
601 Van Ness Avenue
San Francisco

 

Bernd Brunner at Books Inc. Opera Plaza with his book Birdmania: A Remarkable Passion for Birds
Tuesday, November 21, 2017 – 7:00pm
Books Inc.
601 Van Ness Avenue
San Francisco

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October Bay Area Literary and Author Events

October Bay Area Literary and Author Events

Code-Breaking Workshop 101 with Elizabeth Singer Hunt
Sunday, October 8, 2017, 2:00pm – 3:00pm
Kepler’s Books
1010 El Camino Real
Menlo Park, CA
More information and tickets here

 

Maggie Stiefvater at Kepler’s talking about her new book All the Crooked Saints
Tuesday, October 10, 2017, 7:00pm – 9:00pm
Kepler’s Books
1010 El Camino Real
Menlo Park, CA
More information here

 

Maggie Stiefvater at Books Inc. talking about her new book All the Crooked Saints
Wednesday, October 11, 2017 – 7:00pm
Books Inc.
601 Van Ness Avenue
San Francisco, CA
More information here

 

Epic Reads Meet Up: Kendare Blake, Katherarine McGee, and Mindy McGinnis
Wednesday, October 11, 2017, 7:00pm 9:00pm
Kepler’s Books
1010 El Camino Real
Menlo Park, CA
More information here

 

Teen Advisory Board Meeting in Santa Clara
Saturday, October 14, 2017 – 3:00pm
Books Inc.
2712 Augustine Drive
Santa ClaraCA
More information here

 

Book Arts Jam 2017
Sunday, October 15, 11am – 5pm
Palo Alto Elks Lodge
4249 El Camino Real
Palo Alto, California
More information here

 

Sharon Cameron and her new book, The Knowing (companion novel to The Forgetting)
Wednesday, October 18, 2017 – 7:00pm
Books Inc.
74 Town & Country Village
Palo AltoCA
More information here

 

Robin Benway, author of Far from the Tree, in conversation with Casti favorite author Stephanie Kuehn
Saturday, October 21, 2017 – 4:00pm
Books Inc.
601 Van Ness Avenue
San FranciscoCA
More information here

 

J.L. Powers in celebration of Broken Circle, the first in a new YA series
Thursday, October 26, 2017 – 7:00pm
Books Inc.
601 Van Ness Avenue
San Francisco, CA
More information here

 

Science, Technology, Cartoons, and Comedy with Kelly and Zach Weinersmith, authors of the webcomic Saturday Morning Breakfast Cereal
Saturday, October 28, 2017, 7:30pm – 8:30pm
Kepler’s Books
1010 El Camino Real
Menlo Park, CA
More information here

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