Posted on 20 February 2014.
The dystopias don’t stop – check out some Divergent- and Matched-themed events coming your way. Get to know rising stars in literary novels with magical realism. Get a stomachache from laughing with Chelsea Handler, Sarah Mlynowski, and Shakespearean insults. Jump into spring by seeing your favorite authors up close or discovering some new ones!
March 1, 3pm, at Kepler’s
Dystopian author Neal Shusterman will appear with his co-author, Eric Elfman, to present their new book, Tesla’s Attic. They will be joined by Steve Hockensmith, whose novel Nick and Tesla’s High Voltage Danger Lab references the same man renowned for his pioneering inventions and advancements in the field of electricity. This literary event will celebrate two fun new books and science itself, so it’s perfect for readers and future scientists.
March 3, 8pm, at Stanford
Nikky Finney’s poetry explores connections between art, history, and activism. The winner of the National Book Award for poetry in 2011, she has published and edited many collections of poetry. She will do a reading of some of her latest work.
March 6, 7pm, at Book Passage
If you like folklore and fantasy, you might want to read Helene Wecker’s The Golem and the Jinni, which is inspired by Jewish and Arab mythology. It has been compared to Everything Is Illuminated and The Night Circus. The author, a Bay Area local, will appear to talk about her book and sign copies for fans.
March 7, 7pm, at Books, Inc – Opera Plaza
The beloved Lauren Oliver (Delirium, Liesl & Po) returns to the literary world with her next novel, Panic. At this event, moderated by author Veronica Rossi, she will talk about the book, a standalone novel about a small town and a dangerous game.
March 12, 3:30pm, at Palo Alto Children’s Library
Are you participating in the Silicon Valley Reads program? Whether you are or not, try picking up a copy of Escape from Mr. Lemoncello’s Library, a book about a group of kids and their crazy overnight stay in a library. The author, Chris Grabenstein, will make an appearance to talk about his book.
March 14, 7:30pm, at Booksmith
Readers of literary fiction who love a touch of folklore or magical realism must get acquainted with Helen Oyeyemi, who published her first book when she was just 19 years old. Her latest novel, Boy, Snow, Bird, a unique retelling of Snow White, will be released in March, and she will appear at the bookstore to promote it.
March 15, 2pm, at Burlingame Library
Are you the biggest Divergent know-it-all? With the movie about to hit theaters, now’s your chance to prove it! Get to the library, where you’ll be able to play Divergent trivia with other teens.
March 19, 7pm, at Books Inc – Palo Alto
For readers who like their YA funny, Sarah Mlynowski may be your answer. The popular author will appear at the bookstore alongside fellow YA author C.J. Omololu to talk about her new book, Don’t Even Think About It, about a group of sophomores who accidentally become telepathic.
March 21, 2pm, at Books Inc – Opera Plaza
Are you a fan of comic and E! television host Chelsea Handler? If you can’t wait to buy her latest book of funny essays, Uganda Be Kidding Me, do so at Books Inc – your receipt gets you in to an exclusive signing with the celebrity.
March 26, 7:30pm, at Kepler’s
Does race produce racism, or is racism the invention of race itself? If you’re a budding sociologist, attend this talk by Karen E. Fields, an independent scholar whose new book, Racecraft: The Soul of Inequality in American Life, explores these ideas.
March 27, 6pm, at SFPL Main
Love comics and cartoons? Want to see more girls in them? Author Trina Robbins has uncovered the history – or herstory, rather – of women cartoonists in her new book, Pretty In Ink. She will present the book, talk about it, and do a sale and signing.
March 31, 7pm, at Kepler’s
After a canceled appearance, Jonathan Stroud will finally visit the bookstore to celebrate his latest book, The Screaming Staircase, first in the new Lockwood & Co series.
March 31, 7pm, at Book Passage
Dying to be more creative? Ready to be famous? Austin Kleon has the formula for how you can do it. Watch the author as he presents his new book, Show Your Work! 10 Ways to Show Your Creativity and Get Discovered.
April 4, 2pm, at Dominican University
Famed naturalist Jane Goodall will appear to speak about her new book, Seeds of Hope: Wisdom and Wonder from the World of Plants. The chimpanzee expert will discuss how and why we are connected with nature. (This will be a ticketed event. $35 includes a signed copy of the book.)
April 4, 3:30pm, at Hicklebee’s
Dystopia fans, rejoice! Ally Condie, author of the Matched trilogy, will appear in person to talk about her books.
April 6, 4pm, at Book Passage
“Screw you” is so yesterday. Go even farther back in time and insult someone the Shakespearean way! There’s even a book to show you how. Author Barry Kraft has the book for you: Shakespeare Insult Generator: Mix and Match More than 150,000 Insults in the Bard’s Own Words.
April 11, 7pm, at Kepler’s
If you’re a fan of The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants, or if you just like thrilling stories, you won’t want to miss Ann Brashares’ appearance. She will discuss her latest novel, The Here and Now, about a girl who emigrates to the United States…from the future.
April 16, 12:30pm, at Book Passage
Popular YA writer Gabrielle Zevin (Elsewhere, All These Things I’ve Done) has written a new novel, this time for adults. She will present the book, The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry, at this event.
April 22, 7:30pm, at Mrs. Dalloway’s
In honor of World Book Night on April 23, author and foodie Michael Pollan will appear to talk about reading, food, and his book The Botany of Desire, which is one of the titles that will be handed out for World Book Night.
April 23, everywhere
World Book Night!
Please let your librarians know if you’ve gone to a literary event or if you have one to add to our list!