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Four to Read More: AI and Technology

Four to Read More: AI and Technology

Did you love this year’s Global Week topic? If you want to explore more about AI, technology, and the human imagination, try one of these books!


The cover of the book Soonish. It depicts a cartoon illustration of a person in a space suit on the surface of the moon. The moon is tethered by a long metal cable to the earth in the distance. The person is watching a spaceship holding scissors about to cut the cable.

Soonish: Ten Emerging Technologies That’ll Improve and/or Ruin Everything by Kelly and Zach Weinersmith

Noted scientist Kelly and her cartoonist husband Zach explore ten up and coming technologies in this engaging illustrated book.

 The cover of the book Scythe. It shows a minimalist illustration of a figure in a red cloak holding a black scythe.

The Arc of a Scythe series by Neal Schusterman

In a world where death is conquered, you only die if you’re chosen. Who chooses? An AI called Thunderhead.


The cover of a book titled Stronger, Faster, and More Beautiful. It depicts the face of a young, Caucasian woman with light brown eyes and brown hair. Her face is being held by white robotic hands, one on the top of her head and one on her chin.

Faster, Stronger, and More Beautiful by Arwen Elys Dayton

Six interconnected stories spanning from the near to distant future explore the potential of human advancement in medicine and technology.

The cover of the book The Scorpion Rules. It shows a red and black throne covered in a pattern of scorpions against a grey background.

The Scorpion Rules by Erin Bow

The children of royals in this world are hostages for peace in a prison ruled by an amoral and sadistic AI.



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January Bay Area Literary and Author Events

January Bay Area Literary and Author Events

NYMBC presents Kiersten White, author of Slayer (book one in her brand-new series set in the world of Buffy the Vampire Slayer) in conversation with Adrienne Young, author of Sky in the Deep
Thursday, January 10, 7:00pm
Books Inc. 74 Town & Country Village
Palo Alto
More information here


Celebrate the launch of Firestarter, the epic conclusion to the Timekeeper trilogy, with author Tara Sim and E.K. Johnston, author of Exit, Pursued by a Bear
Friday, January 18, 7:00pm – 9:00pm
Kepler’s Books, 1010 El Camino Real
Menlo Park
RSVP here


Evelyn Skye and Dana Elmendorf introduce Skye’s new book, Circle of Shadows
Sunday, January 20, 3:00pm – 5:00pm
Kepler’s Books, 1010 El Camino Real
Menlo Park
RSVP here


A flyer for YANovCon 2019. Small pictures of authors over a yellow background. The text reads: Your Local Libraries Present YANovCon. Young Adult Novelist Convention. Panel discussions, breakout sessions, book signings, author hangouts, and more!

YANovCon at the Millbrae Library: your exclusive connection to some of today’s top authors of books for middle and high school youth
Guests include: Nina LaCour; Erin Entrada Kelly; Mitali Perkins; Mark Oshiro; Dashka Slater; Akemi Dawn Bowman; Meg Medina, and so many more!
Saturday, January 26, 12:00pm
Millbrae Library, 1 Library Avenue
More information here


NYMBC Presents the Bloomsbury YA Fantasy Panel at Opera Plaza with authors Brigid Kemmerer, A.C. Gaughen, and Mimi Yu
Thursday, January 31, 7:00pm
Books Inc., 601 Van Ness Avenue
San Francisco
More information here

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The Asian American Writers’ Workshop

The Asian American Writers’ Workshop

Picture shows poet Emily Jungmin Yoon, a young Korean woman wearing a white sweater, standing at a podium. She is speaking into a microphone, and behind her is a projected image of her book "A Cruelty Special to Our Species."

Emily Jungmin Yoon at speaking at Castilleja Library

This past Tuesday, the Class of 2019 was fortunate to hear poet and PhD candidate Emily Jungmin Yoon read some of her recent work. Yoon’s first full-length collection of poems, A Cruelty Special to Our Species, tells the complex stories of Korean “comfort women” during World War II. She is an inspiring writer who is open about the challenges she has faced as a young Korean Canadian poet trying to find her voice.

Yoon is part of Asian American Writers’ Workshop, a national nonprofit organization with the goal of helping Asian American stories be told. They “believe Asian American literature is vital to interpret our post-multicultural but not post-racial age,” and act on this belief with devotion “to the creating, publishing, developing and disseminating of creative writing by Asian Americans.” They want to start conversations about immigration, cultural pluralism, assimilation, and complex identities. As “one of the top five Asian American groups nationally,” they have the influence to empower and assist writers like Emily Jungmin Yoon.

The Asian American Writers’ Workshop began in 1991 when a group of Asian American friends and writers decided they wanted to be hearing more representations of their stories than just The Woman Warrior or The Joy Luck Club. They began the organization together, and within eight years their membership had quickly grown to a group of 600 operating out of a basement under a Gap store in New York City. They run their own bookstore, hold workshops for high school students interested in writing, and offer grants to writers in need. Most significantly, the organization helps writers publish their works.

These publications take the form of two literary magazines, The Margins and Open City. The Margins, their first magazine, is “dedicated to inventing the Asian American creative culture of tomorrow” and bringing Asian Americans out of the sidekick role and into the spotlight. Their literature includes essays, fiction, poetry, interviews, and more. Open City “takes the real-time pulse of metropolitan Asian America as it’s being lived on the streets of New York right now,” telling the stories “of the Asian and immigrant neighborhoods that comprise one million New Yorkers and 13 percent of the city, but that rarely find their way to mainstream media.” Both of these magazines are published on their website and are open for writing submissions. You can find The Margins here, and Open City here.

As America’s “melting pot” culture develops further, it becomes even more important to hear a variety of diverse voices represented. The Asian American Writers’ Workshop is working to make this true for Asian Americans pursuing literature. Although Asian American can mean a number of various identities, there’s a certain power in bringing them together in a community that has something in common: writing. Andrea Louie, a Chinese-American writer who is a part of the organization, is quoted in the New York Times: “I’ve enjoyed the diasporic experience of different groups. Even though it’s different, we’re very much the same.”


-Lia S. ’18

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New Sequels and Favorites!

New Sequels and Favorites!

A photo of several books



 New Sequels New from Favorite Authors
 Arch-Enemies by Marissa Meyer, the sequel to Renegades

Crown of Thunder by Tochi Onyebuchi, sequel to Beasts Made of Night

Kingdom of the Blazing Phoenix by Julie C. Dao, sequel to Forest of a Thousand Lanterns

West by Edith Pattou, sequel to East

Spill Zone, Vol. 2 by Scott Westerfeld






And the Ocean Was Our Sky by Patrick Ness

The Assassination of Brangwain Spurge by M.T. Anderson

Bridge of Clay by Markus Zusak

Pulp by Robin Talley, author of What We Left Behind

Dry by Neal Shusterman

G’Morning, G’Night by Lin-Manuel Miranda and Jonny Sun

Killing Commendatore by Haruki Murakami

Little White Lies by Jennifer Lynn Barnes, author of The Naturals series

What If It’s Us by Becky Albertalli, author of Simon vs. The Homo Sapiens Agenda, and Adam Silvera





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