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Alexandra Fuller Visits Campus

Alexandra Fuller Visits Campus

During Flex, the eighth grade class had the privilege of meeting Alexandra Fuller and being able to experience and relive the life of an aspiring writer growing up in Rhodesia (now Zimbabwe) through her moving stories.

Fuller was not what I expected. She was dressed in a plum cashmere sweater and sturdy grey jeans, but despite her muted outerwear, she exuded such energy and life that our whole class was soon mesmerized with her lively facial expressions and animated hand gestures. Her accent was soft, but angular in places, and her voice had a captivating cadence. As Ms. Terkeltaub read questions, Fuller would suddenly leap up, face alight with a story on the verge of being told, take three long strides to the center of the room, and start providing us with half an answer, before going on about a tangent; sometimes it was about the time when she rode across the desert on horseback without water or food for days, or the time she almost drowned while being stuck in a coffin with a drunk ship captain. My favorite story was when she recounted the time her eight-year-old daughter and she had to face a bear in the wilderness. The audience was still; everyone bit their fingernails with baited breath until we all breathed a sigh of relief when we reached the end.


Alexandra Fuller

Particularly, I think what made Fuller’s memoir so poignant was the fact that it came straight from her heart. Fuller encouraged us to write stories that mattered to us, not to write for other people. When question time started, aspiring writers in the audience (including myself), bombarded her with one question after another: “Did you always know you were going to be a writer?”, followed by a more personal question, “Tell us about your kids,” to which she merrily proceeded to describe her lacrosse-loving son, and her horseback-almost-died-in-the-forest-with-a-bear daughter.

By the time our session with Ms. Fuller was over, there were many groans of sadness, and as we shuffled out the choral room legs numb from sitting and tensing up during the climaxes of her anecdotes, several students separated to go talk to Ms. Fuller, while murmurs of the transfixing session followed them out. Not everyone lives a life as brimming with harrowing life or death stories, nor lived a life in the midst of a revolution, bit I think there is a story within each and everyone one of us that can be brought out. If I had to narrow it down to one thing that I learned from Fuller, it is to “Carpe diem,” the English translation being “seize the day.” While Fuller acknowledges that she has regrets, my personal opinion is that she is a lady who lives with no regrets.

by Sho Sho H. ’19

We have three of Fuller’s books in the library! -Librarian

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Four to Read More – Gloucester

Four to Read More – Gloucester

Inspired by Kelly Jensen’s “Three on a YA Theme” series at Book Riot (take a lookwe’ll wait!), we present Four to Read More, mini-collections of four books that share some common theme, whether it’s the name of a character, a cover design quirk, or something else. Check back frequently for a new one, and be sure to email us if you come up with your own!

This time, the theme is Gloucester font. I noticed a bunch of books in the library that had this serif font. It looks like a mix of the fonts used on circus posters and fancy newspaper fonts of yore. Since these books are so disparate, I’m sure one of them will appeal. Enjoy!

The Madman’s Daughter by Megan Shepherd
In this take on The Island of Dr. Moreau, Juliet Moreau learns that her estranged father has been doing strange experiments on a remote island.
(available in print and on Overdrive ebooks)
Complete Poems by e. e. cummings
This unique poet was at times funny, at times lyrical, and utterly unique. This collection has every poem he ever wanted published.
(available in print)
Dreamquake by Elizabeth Knox
This sequel to Dreamhunter is another unique fantasy about The Place, a land where dreams are harvested. Laura Hame finds herself in the midst of another adventure.
(available in print)
Prisoner of Night and Fog by Anne Blankman
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It’s hard being young and in love with someone who seems unattainable. But when the man you love is a Jewish journalist and you’re Hitler’s niece, it may be even harder.
(available in print and on Overdrive ebooks)

Do you have an idea for a Four to Read More theme? Email us and let us know!

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Upcoming Bay Area Literary Events

Upcoming Bay Area Literary Events

Author visits galore are coming up through the end of the semester! Get ready to hear inside accounts of the publishing process, hear inspiring stories of rejection and success, and get your books signed!

doubtOctober 16, 6pm, at Sports Basement SF
As part of San Francisco’s weeklong event Litquake, YA superstars A.S. King and Paolo Bacigalupi will appear to present their latest books. King’s is Glory O’Brien’s History of the Future and features her signature magical realism style. Bacigalupi’s book, The Doubt Factory, is a thriller that responds to contemporary issues in society. You won’t want to miss this!

October 21, 7:30pm, @ The Booksmith
The first rule about Chuck Palahniuk is you don’t talk about Chuck Palahniuk. No, wait, that’s Fight Club. The author of Fight Club has a new book coming out, Beautiful You, and this is your chance to learn all about it.

October 22, 7pm, @ Books Inc – Opera Plaza
What better way to get into gear for NaNoWriMo than to hang out with an established, bestselling author? Scott Westerfeld (Uglies, Leviathan) will appear to present his latest book, Afteworlds, a novel-inside-a-novel starring a teen girl who is about to publish her first YA novel. Time to get inspired! (This is a ticketed event. $22 includes a copy of the book.)

clarielOctober 22, 7:30pm, @ The Booksmith
If you’re a fan of true tales of adventure and drama, you’ll want to read Alice + Freda Forever: A Murder in Memphis. The author, Alexis Coe, will appear at the bookstore in conversation with Mallory Ortberg (of to talk about this book, about two young girls who hatched a dangerous plan so that they could be together forever.

October 23, 7pm, @ Kepler’s
You loved meeting Sabriel and Abhorsen. Now the trilogy becomes a quartet with the release of Clariel, Garth Nix’s new novel. Get to the bookstore to see Nix in conversation with author Michael Grant, of the popular Gone and BZRK series, and then leave with an armload of new reads!

October 25, 2pm, @ The Reading Bug
It’s Graphic Novel Day! Your favorite graphic memoirist, Raina Telgemeier, will appear alongside superstar artist Kazu Kabuishi (you’ve seen his art in the Amulet series and on the new covers of the Harry Potter books) and talk about their latest works!

October 25, 4pm, @ Linden Tree Books
Older teens who are fans of horror writer Kendare Blake should hurry over to hear all about the second book in her Goddess War series, which started with Antigoddess (available here in the library!). This new book is titled Mortal Gods and releases on October 14.

October 27, 7pm, @ Kepler’s
YA trendsters need to get to this event to see Sara Raasch, Corrine Jackson, and Kasie West present their latest books. Raasch’s novel, Snow Like Ashes, is a fantasy for fans of Graceling. West’s latest, On the Fence, is a realistic fiction novel starring a girl who is surprised to find a different side to herself when she gets a summer job. Jackson’s book is a paranormal fiction novel called Ignited, about a world of Healers and Protectors.

Michelle-Phan-Book-CoverOctober 28, 7pm, at Kepler’s
Are you a YouTube addict? Then you probably know Michelle Phan, a self-made celebrity known for her beauty tutorials. Now Phan has penned her first book, and you can meet her and get your own copy signed, as well as hear her inspiring story. (This is a ticketed event. $25 includes a copy of the book.)

October 29, 7pm, @ JCCSF
Author-activist-journalist extraordinaire Cory Doctorow is coming to town! His latest book, Information Doesn’t Want To Be Free, is a must-read for anyone interested in copyright, intellectual property, and the digital age. Doctorow will appear alongside his partner-in-crime at his website Boing Boing, David Pescovitz. (This is a ticketed event starting at $25.)

November 6, 6pm, @ The Booksmith
And you thought Lemony Snicket had abandoned the Baudelaire orphans? Think again! Local Bay Area authors will attempt to coax Mr. Snicket out of hiding at this hilarious event. (This is a ticketed event. $10.)

Are we missing anything? Tell us! And be sure to report back on these awesome events after you attend! We want to hear all about it.

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Glass Kite Anthology

Glass Kite Anthology

Glass Kite Anthology - Submissions Flyer
Nowadays, so many amateur writers are trying to get their work out to the public…ourselves included. Websites like Figment and TeenInk offer an online platform for writers to publish stories, poems, and other written media; however, considering the amount of writing published on the platforms, being noticed is still quite a difficult feat for any piece of writing, despite how unforgettable or hard-hitting it may be.

When we joined these online communities, we stumbled upon some beautiful, touching, and truly spectacular pieces of writing that weren’t as renowned as we thought they should be. We decided then that we wanted to assist passionate, talented, and hard-working writers in being recognized. On July 9, 2014, we founded the Glass Kite Anthology in order to fulfill our goal of publishing the hidden gems and pieces that may have otherwise gone unnoticed by the public eye. We want to publish the most moving, powerful, authentic, poignant, and raw pieces by writers and are looking for original work that avoids cliché, catches the reader by surprise, and invokes a sense of wonder.

We are so incredibly excited to begin this journey, but because we are just starting out, we need all the help we can get. This help can come in the form of spreading the word around about us, promoting our anthology, liking our Facebook page, and of course: SUBMITTING. We want as many submissions as possible, regardless of content or the age of the writer. Whether you’re 5 or 95, it doesn’t matter. We don’t focus on age–just the amazing stories in your words. So send us whatever you have. Encourage others to submit: your friends, random people on the street, anyone.

And if you enjoy editing, why not apply to be a staff reader on the team? You will earn invaluable editing experience with a literary magazine and have a say in what goes in the magazine. Not to worry: you may still submit to the anthology as a staff reader.

Visual artists, you have an opportunity to publish your artwork! We accept any medium of visual art, as long as it can be viewed in a 2D format.

We are the Glass Kite Anthology. Dedicated to the awe-inspiring, thought-provoking, and completely original literary works by people of all ages. Go ahead. Look around, learn more about us. And when you feel ready, don’t forget to submit.

For more information on all of the above, visit:

Please email us at with any questions or comments! We look forward to hearing from you.

- Margaret Z. ’17 and Noel P. ’17
Glass Kite Anthology

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