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February Bay Area Literary and Author Events

February Bay Area Literary and Author Events

Leigh Bardugo and her latest Grishaverse book, The King of Scars
Kepler’s Books, 1010 El Camino Real, Menlo Park
Fan meet-up will start at 6.00 PM
Q&A and signing will start at 7.00 PM
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A Night at Hogwarts: themed games, crafts & treats.
Thursday, February 7, 4:00pm – 7:00pm
Books Inc. 3515 California Street, San Francisco
Costumes are encouraged, all ages welcome.
More information here

Alexandra Bracken and Tamara Ireland Stone celebrate their middle grade book sequels: The Last Life of Prince Alastor, and Swap’d
Friday, February 8, 7:00pm – 9:00pm
Kepler’s Books, 1010 El Camino Real, Menlo Park
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Susan Dennard releases the third Witchlands novel, Bloodwitch
Wednesday, February 13, 7:00pm – 9:00pm
Kepler’s Books, 1010 El Camino Real, Menlo Park
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Robin LaFevers talks with Sabaa Tahir about LaFevers new book in the His Fair Assassin universe, Courting Darkness
Friday, February 15,  Kepler’s Books, 1010 El Camino Real, Menlo Park
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Not Your Mother’s Book Club presents Sara Holland with book two in the Everless series, Evermore; Laura Sebastian discussing her new work, Lady Smoke: Ash Princess #2; and Tara Sim with book three of her Timekeeper trilogy, Firestarter.
Monday, February 18 – 7:00pm
Books Inc. 601 Van Ness Avenue, San Francisco
More information here

Christopher Paolini with his new anthology of stories set in the world of the Inheritance Cycle: The Fork, the Witch, and the Worm: Tales from Alagaësia
Monday, February 25, 2019 – 7:00pm
Books Inc. 74 Town & Country Village, Palo Alto
More information here

Charlie Jane Anders talks about her latest novel, The City in the Middle of the Night
Tuesday, February 26, 7:30pm – 8:30pm
Kepler’s Books, 1010 El Camino Real, Menlo Park
RSVP here


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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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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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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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Welcome Back!

Welcome Back!

Your librarians are so excited for school to start up again! Come on in and check out our amazing array of brand new books and magazines we got over the summer.

Picture of a hand holding up books in front of a sign reading "What did you read this summer?"We would also love to hear about your summer! Stop by and tell us all about it, especially if you read anything you loved.

Ms. Huyck-Aufdermaur’s favorite summer read was Spinning Silver by Naomi Novik.

Ms. Seroff’s was Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi.

Ms. Bergson-Michelson’s was Out of Left Field by Ellen Klages.

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a picture of a pineapple on a blue background with yellow text that says Books On BreakAs we start the summer, don’t forget that the library is here for you! We have an amazing selection of ebooks and audiobooks on our Overdrive, for all your vacation reading needs. Check out our Pinterest page and our newly updated Recommended Pleasure Reading List.

Happy reading!

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