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Kepler's Books

1010 El Camino Real
Menlo Park, California 94025

United States

(650) 324-4321; bookskeplers.com

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Web site: http://www.keplers.com/

Events: http://www.keplers.com/event

Description: Located in Menlo Center, downtown Menlo Park, Kepler’s Books has 10,000 square feet of books and space for author signings and events. With an expansive layout of books, an extensive selection of magazines, a thoughtful collection of gifts, an award winning children’s department, and comfortable seating, you can spends hours leisurely browsing or engaging in lively conversations.



We are located on El Camino Real between Santa Cruz Avenue and Ravenswood, one mile north of Stanford University in Menlo Park. An underground parking garage off Santa Cruz Avenue provides free parking. The Menlo Park Cal Train station is located behind the bookstore, making for convenient, green travel.

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Mar
4
IRVIN D. YALOM in conversation with BARRY HUGHES (Wednesday, March 4 at 7:30pm)
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Irvin D. Yalom in conversation with Barry Hughes

Wednesday, March 4, 7:30 p.m.

Creatures of a Day: And Other Tales of Psychotherapy

The newest from eminent psychotherapist and leading author of late-20th century writing on psychotherapy, Irvin D. Yalom, is an absorbing collection of ten tales of psychotherapy that uncover the mysteries, frustrations, pathos, and humor at the heart not only of the therapeutic encounter but of life itself. Yalom grapples with two of the biggest challenges everyone faces: how to live a life worth living, and how to deal with its inevitable end.

Never maudlin or cheap, Yalom's writing is funny, earthy, and often shocking, an act of radical honesty about the facts and ultimate destiny of human life that most of us spend too much time trying to avoid recognizing.

Irvin D. Yalom is an emeritus professor of psychiatry at Stanford and a psychiatrist in private practice in San Francisco. He is the author of many books, including Love's Executioner, Theory and Practice in Group Psychotherapy, and When Nietzsche Wept.

Barry Hughes is a clinical psychologist who has practiced as a psychotherapist and clinical administrator for the last thirty years. Most of his career was spent in the Southwest, where he was in private practice, then directed the clinical services for Southwest Counseling Center, a community mental health center. He is currently the Clinical Administrative Director for the inpatient Psychiatric Health Facility at Kaiser Permanente in Santa Clara, California. He serves on the Board of Directors for JW House, a healthcare hospitality house also located in Santa Clara.

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Mar
6
First Friday Book Club (Friday, March 6 at 7:30pm)
Friday, March 6, 2015, 7:30 p.m.

In the Heart of the Sea by Nathaniel Philbrick

In 1819, the Essex left Nantucket for the South Pacific. In the middle of the South Pacific the ship was rammed and sunk by an angry sperm whale. The crew drifted for more than 90 days in three tiny whaleboats, succumbing to weather, hunger, disease, and ultimately turning to drastic measures in the fight for survival.

Nathaniel Philbrick uses little-known documents-including a long-lost account written by the ship's cabin boy-and penetrating details about whaling and the Nantucket community to reveal the chilling events surrounding this epic maritime disaster. An intense and mesmerizing read.

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Mar
7
Book Swap featuring ELIZABETH ROSNER (Saturday, March 7 at 6:30pm)
EAT, DRINK, TALK AND SWAP BOOKS: An Evening at Kepler's

Saturday, March 7, 6:30 - 9:00 p.m.

If you're interested in spending an evening with fun, smart, creative and lit-minded souls, Kepler's has put together an event for you: a Book Swap. If not tempted by the good company and great atmosphere, be tempted by delicious food and free-flowing wine. Bring a book you love, one you can talk about all night and are willing to part with at the end of the evening.

You'll go home with a book highly recommended by another BookSwapper, a free Advanced Reader's Edition of a book from Kepler's, and some great suggestions to add to your never-ending 'Must Read' list. There are also rumors of surprise giveaways.

AND THAT'S NOT ALL! Because we're featuring ELIZABETH ROSNER with her novel Electric City. Yes, Elizabeth will be joining us to discuss her book about which Booklist said "Rosner's richly imagined historical novel richly conveys an abiding sense of time and place. A deeply evocative paean to the wonders of science, the perils of technology, and the sacrifices of people in thrall to their power."

Come at 6:30 to mingle over drinks and munchies. We'll start the book discussions at 7pm and we'll wrap up the Book Swap festivities around 9pm.

Tickets are $25 and are now on sale in the store or from Brown Paper Tickets. "Think cocktail party, with a bookish twist." - Litquake

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Mar
9
Spanish Book Club (Monday, March 9 at 7pm)
Monday, March 9, 7:00 p.m.

Sangre en el ojo by Lina Meruane

At a party, Lucina leans down to pick up her insulin syringe when she notices a thin thread of blood invading her eye. These hemorrhages will leave her blind, permanently or temporarily it is not known. She will be faced with darkness, helplesness and a return to Chile from New York and to her parents house, to everything she had fled, and this will lead her down the path of cruelty, and finally hatred.

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Mar
10
PREMIER EVENT: DAVE BARRY (Tuesday, March 10 at 7:30pm)
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Premier Event: Dave Barry

Tuesday, March 10, 7:30 p.m.

Live Right and Find Happiness (Although Beer is Much Faster): Life Lessons from Dave Barry Sorry, this event is sold out.

Ready to laugh so loud you'll fall out of your chair?

During the course of living (mumble, mumble) years, Dave Barry has learned much of wisdom,* (*actual wisdom not guaranteed) and he is eager to pass it on—to the next generation, the generation after that, and, you get the idea...

In brilliant, brand-new, never-before-published pieces, Dave passes on home truths to his new grandson and to his daughter Sophie, who will be getting her learner’s permit in 2015. (“So you’re about to start driving! How exciting! I’m going to kill myself”). He explores the hometown of his youth, where the grown-ups were supposed to be uptight 50s' conformists but seemed to have a lot of un–Mad Men–like fun—unlike Dave’s own Baby Boomer generation, which was supposed to be wild and crazy, but somehow turned into neurotic hover-parents.

He dives into everything from the inanity of cable news and the benefits of Google Glass (“You will look like a douchebag”) to the loneliness of high school nerds (“You will never hear a high school girl say about a boy, in a dreamy voice, ‘He’s so sarcastic!’”), from the perils of home repair to firsthand accounts of the soccer craziness of Brazil and the just plain crazy craziness of Vladimir Putin’s Russia (“He stares at the camera with the expression of a man who relaxes by strangling small furry animals”), and a lot more besides.

Dave Barry has been a professional humorist ever since he discovered that professional humor was a lot easier than working. He has won the Pulitzer Prize for commentary (one of Barry's columns was largely responsible for the movement to observe International Talk Like a Pirate Day every year on September 19). In addition, he has written more than 30 books, including the novels Big Trouble, Lunatics, Tricky Business and, most recently, Insane City. He has also written a number of books with titles like I'll Mature When I'm Dead, which are technically classified as nonfiction, although they contain numerous lies.

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Mar
11
Bay Area Cancer Connections' Spring Benefit with LU ANN CAHN (Wednesday, March 11 at 07:30am)
Bay Area Cancers Connections' Spring Benefit featuring Lu Ann Cahn

Wednesday, March 11, 7:30 a.m.

I Dare Me

Sharon Heights Golf & Country Club Ballroom, 2900 Sand Hill Road, Menlo Park Tickets are available online at Bay Area Cancer Connections

Ready to reboot and recharge your life? Lu Ann will help you design your own personal I Dare Me adventure. Be prepared to play, share, and “wear your dare” in this workshop limited to 50 people. Signed book included.

Lu Ann Cahn is an 8-time Emmy award-winning journalist, breast cancer survivor and author. Her memoir, I Dare Me, is an entertaining look back on a year that changed everything for her. The book grew out of a blog called "Year of Firsts", which chronicled her daily adventures as she pushed herself to try something new for every single day – an effort to get her life “unstuck,” as her daughter put it.

Complimentary valet parking.

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Mar
12
Untitled event (Thursday, March 12 at 7:30pm)
Mar
14
Big Ideas Reading Group (Saturday, March 14 at 4pm)
Saturday, March 14, 4:00 p.m.

The Improbability Principle: Why Coincidences, Miracles, and Rare Events Happen Every Day by David J. Hand

In The Improbability Principle, the renowned statistician David J. Hand argues that extraordinarily rare events are anything but. In fact, they’re commonplace. Not only that, we should all expect to experience a miracle roughly once every month.

But Hand is no believer in superstitions, prophecies, or the paranormal. His definition of “miracle” is thoroughly rational. All we need, Hand argues, is a firm grounding in a powerful set of laws: the laws of inevitability, of truly large numbers, of selection, of the probability lever, and of near enough.

“In my experience, it is very rare to find a book that is both erudite and entertaining. Yet The Improbability Principle is such a book. Surely this cannot be due to chance alone!” —Hal R. Varian, chief economist at Google and professor emeritus at the University of California, Berkeley

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Mar
14
Lauren Oliver will be promoting Panic (Saturday, March 14 at 7pm)
Lauren Oliver will be promoting Panic (added from HarperCollins)
Mar
16
Fiction Book Club (Monday, March 16 at 7pm)
Monday, March 16, 7:00 p.m.

At night we walk in circles by Daniel Alarcón

Set in an unnamed South American country years after a protracted civil war has ended, At night we walk in circles chronicles the life and dark fate of Nelson, a bright and promising young man who joins a small guerrilla theatre group.

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Mar
18
PREMIER EVENT: MICHAEL GAZZANIGA in conversation with ANGIE COIRO (Wednesday, March 18 at 7:30pm)
PREMIER EVENT: Michael Gazzaniga in conversation with Angie Coiro

Wednesday, March 18, 7:30pm

Tales from Both Sides of the Brain: A Life in Neuroscience Tickets are available at Kepler's and online at Brown Paper Tickets

"The story of how science works interwoven with the life of a brilliant scientist who not only created an entire new field of inquiry but just happened to live in the Animal House at Dartmouth. A marvelous, exciting adventure, elegantly written." -Daniel J. Levitin, author of This Is Your Brain on Music and The Organized Mind.

Join us for an exploration into the intersection of Michael Gazzaniga's scientific achievements and his reflections on the challenges and thrills of working as a scientist. In the mid-twentieth century, Gazzaniga, "the father of cognitive neuroscience," was part of a team of pioneering neuroscientists who developed the now foundational split-brain brain theory: the notion that the right and left hemispheres of the brain can act independently from one another and have different strengths.

Including a foreword by Steven Pinker, Tales from Both Sides of the Brain tells the impassioned story of Gazzaniga's life in science and his decades-long journey to understand how the separate spheres of our brains communicate and miscommunicate with their separate agendas.

Gazzaniga is internationally recognized in the field of neuroscience and a pioneer in cognitive research. He is the director of the SAGE Center for the Study of the Mind at UC Santa Barbara and the author of many popular science books. He is a prominent adviser to various institutes involved in brain research, a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, and a past president of the American Psychological Society. He is featured regularly on public television and his research has been presented on NBC Nightly News and the Today show.

Angie Coiro is an award-winning journalist and interviewer, host of the syndicated In Deep radio show. Her work has aired nationally on Mother Jones Radio on Air America, and on public radio. Bay Area audiences know her from Live From the Left Coast/The Angie Coiro Show; KCSM-TV’s “Spotlight!”; KQED's Friday Forum; KGO radio; and for many years of news and traffic reporting around the dial. Angie co-founded the Tech Connects interview series at The Tech Museum of San Jose, currently in its second year.

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Mar
21
Mad Science Saturday with JON SCIESZKA (Saturday, March 21 at 2pm)
Mad Science Saturday with Jon Scieszka

Saturday, March 21, 2:00 p.m.

Frank Einstein and the Electro-Finger

Join us for an afternoon of science and fun with Jon Scieszka when he'll tell us about this second book in the Frank Einstein series.

Frank Einstein (kid-genius scientist and inventor) and his best friend, Watson, along with Klink (a self-assembled artificial-intelligence entity) and Klank (a mostly self-assembled artificial almost intelligence entity), once again find themselves in competition with T. Edison, their classmate and archrival—this time in the quest to unlock the power behind the science of energy.

Frank is working on a revamped version of one of Nikola Tesla’s inventions, the “Electro-Finger,” a device that can tap into energy anywhere and allow all of Midville to live off the grid, with free wireless and solar energy. But this puts Frank in direct conflict with Edison’s quest to control all the power and light in Midville, monopolize its energy resources, and get “rich rich rich.” Time is running out, and only Frank, Watson, Klink, and Klank can stop Edison and his sentient ape, Mr. Chimp!

And there will be prizes for the best costumes.

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Mar
22
Daytime Fiction Book Club (Sunday, March 22 at 2pm)
Sunday, March 22, 2:00 p.m.

The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry by Rachel Joyce

Meet Harold Fry, recently retired. He lives in a small English village with his wife, Maureen, who seems irritated by almost everything he does.

"A story of present-day courage. . . . . about how easily a mousy, domesticated man can get lost and how joyously he can be refound.”—Janet Maslin, New York Times

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Mar
24
Youth: JENNIFER A. NIELSEN (Tuesday, March 24 at 7pm)
Youth: Jennifer A. Nielsen

Tuesday, March 24, 7:00 p.m.

Mark of the Thief - Book 1 of Praetor War

Jennifer A. Nielsen, author of the NYT and USA TODAY bestselling Ascendance Trilogy (The False Prince, The Runaway King, and The Shadow Throne), has woven an electrifying tale of greed and power, magic and destiny, and one boy's courage at the heart of it all.

When Nic, a slave in the mines outside of Rome, is forced to enter a sealed cavern containing the lost treasures of Julius Caesar, he finds much more than gold and gemstones: He discovers an ancient bulla, an amulet that belonged to the great Caesar and is filled with a magic once reserved for the Gods -- magic some Romans would kill for. Now, with the deadly power of the bulla pulsing through his veins, Nic is determined to become free. But instead, he finds himself at the center of a ruthless conspiracy to overthrow the emperor and spark the Praetor War, a battle to destroy Rome from within. Traitors and spies lurk at every turn, each more desperate than the next to use Nic's newfound powers for their own dark purposes.

In a quest to stop the rebellion, save Rome, and secure his own freedom, Nic must harness the magic within himself and defeat the empire's most powerful and savage leaders.

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Mar
25
PREMIER EVENT: JOYCE CAROL OATES in conversation with MICHELLE RICHMOND (Wednesday, March 25 at 7:30pm)
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PREMIER EVENT: Joyce Carol Oates in conversation with Michelle Richmond

Wednesday, March 25, 7:30pm

The Sacrifice Tickets are available at Kepler's and online at Brown Paper Tickets

Student tickets are available!

Don't miss an evening with one of our most revered literary masters, New York Times bestselling author Joyce Carol Oates and her new incendiary novel, The Sacrifice. This major work of fiction illuminates the tragic impact of sexual violence, racism, brutality, and power on innocent lives and probes the persistence of stereotypes, the nature of revenge, the complexities of truth, and our insatiable hunger for sensationalism.

When a 14-year-old girl is the alleged victim of a terrible act of racial violence, the incident shocks and galvanizes her community, exacerbating the racial tension that has been simmering in this New Jersey town for decades. Oates explores the uneasy fault lines in a racially troubled society. In such a tense, charged atmosphere, Oates reveals that there must always be a sacrifice—of innocence, truth, trust, and, ultimately, of lives. Unfolding in a succession of multiracial voices, in a community transfixed by this alleged crime and the spectacle unfolding around it, this profound novel exposes what—and who—the “sacrifice” actually is, and what consequences these kind of events hold for us all.

As the chorus of its voices—from the police to the media to the victim and her family—reaches a crescendo, The Sacrifice offers a shocking new understanding of power and oppression, innocence and guilt, truth and sensationalism, justice and retribution.

Joyce Carol Oates is the author of more than 70 books, including novels, short story collections, poetry volumes, plays, essays, and criticism, including the national bestseller We Were the Mulvaneys. Among her many honors are the PEN/Malamud Award for Excellence in Short Fiction and the National Book Award. Oates is the Roger S. Berlind Distinguished Professor of the Humanities at Princeton University, and has been a member of the American Academy of Arts and Letters since 1978.

Michelle Richmond is the New York Times bestselling author of four novels, including Golden state and The Year of Fog, and two story collections, including Hum, winner of the Catherine Doctorow Innovative Fiction Prize. She is the founder and publisher of Fiction Attic Press.

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Mar
26
ROBBIE KELLMAN BAXTER (Thursday, March 26 at 7:30pm)
Robbie Kellman Baxter

Thursday, March 26, 7:30 p.m.

The Membership Economy: Find Your Super Users, Master the Forever Transaction, and Build Recurring Revenue

What is a membership economy and how can you move your company from fee-based to access-based profits? If you've ever used ZipCar, Amazon Prime, Spotify, Netflix, Groupon, Weight Watchers, United Mileage Plus, Pinterest or Twitter, you are a participant in The Membership Economy. Even Kepler's is using principles of The Membership Economy to power its Literary Circle. It's the inevitable result of a transformative moment which delivers online access, appeals to a human urge for connection, and more.

But it takes more than a website to stay competitive. The smartest, most successful companies are using radically new membership models, subscription-based formats, and freemium pricing structures to grow their customer base—and explode their market valuation—in the most disruptive shift in business since the Industrial Revolution.

Join us for a presentation and Q&A session with expert consultant, Robbie Kellman Baxter, and learn how to turn ordinary customers into members for life in the following ways: Turn digital subscriptions into forever sales Build an online community your customers will love Develop new loyalty programs that really pay off Transform freemium users into superusers Create a self-generating revenue stream Keep memberships and profits growing for years to come

Whether you’re a small business with limited resources, an established company using a traditional business model, or a hungry start-up who wants a bigger bang for your buck, this comprehensive guide provides a wealth of membership-building options to suit every need.

Robbie is the founder of Peninsula Strategies LLC, a consulting firm founded in 2001 that helps companies excel in the Membership Economy. Her clients have included large organizations like Netflix, SurveyMonkey and Yahoo!, as well as smaller venture-backed startups. Before starting Peninsula Strategies, Robbie served as a New York City Urban Fellow, a consultant at Booz Allen & Hamilton, and a Silicon Valley product marketer. She has an AB from Harvard College and an MBA from the Stanford Graduate School of Business.

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Mar
27
Craig Nelson (Friday, March 27 at 7pm)
Craig Nelson is the author of the New York Times bestseller, Rocket Men, as well as several previous books, including The First Heroes, Thomas Paine (winner of the Henry Adams Prize), and Let’s Get Lost (shortlisted for W.H. Smith’s Book of the Year). His writing has appeared in Vanity Fair, The Wall Street Journal, Salon, National Geographic, The New England Review, Popular Science, Reader’s Digest, and a host of other publications; he has been profiled in Variety, Interview, Publishers Weekly, and Time Out. Besides working at a zoo, in Hollywood, and being an Eagle Scout and a Fuller Brush Man, he was a vice president and executive editor of Harper & Row, Hyperion, and Random House, where he oversaw the publishing of twenty national bestsellers. He lives in Greenwich Village. (added from Simon & Schuster)… (more)
Mar
31
Jane Hirshfield (Tuesday, March 31 at 7:30pm)
Jane Hirshfield (The Ink Dark Moon, Come, thief, Ten Windows, The Beauty)

Jane Hirshfield is the author of seven previous collections of poetry, two books of essays, and four books collecting and co-translating the work of poets from the past. A current chancellor of the Academy of American Poets, Hirshfield has received many prizes and awards including fellowships from the Guggenheim and Rockefeller foundations and the National Endowment for the Arts, the California Book Award, the Poetry Center Book Award, and finalist selection for the National Book Critics Circle Award and England's T.S. Eliot Prize. Her work appears in The New Yorker, The Atlantic, The Times Literary Supplement, The Nation, The New Republic, Harper's, Orion, The American Poetry Review, Poetry, Slate, McSweeney's, and seven editions of The Best American Poetry. She has been featured in two Bill Moyers PBS television specials and her work appears frequently on Garrison Keillor's Writer's Almanac and other public radio programs. (added from Random House)… (more)
Apr
1
PREMIER EVENT: BARNEY FRANK (Wednesday, April 1 at 7:30pm)
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PREMIER EVENT: Barney Frank

Wednesday, April 1, 7:30pm

Frank: A Life in Politics from the Great Society to Same-Sex Marriage

Fox Theatre, 2215 Broadway Street, Redwood City Tickets are available at Kepler's and online at Fox Theatre Box Office

Join us for an unforgettable evening with America's smartest, feistiest, and funniest politician, Barney Frank. In Frank's candid and witty political memoir, Frank: A Life in Politics from the Great Society to Same-Sex Marriage, we find out how a disheveled, intellectually combative gay Jew with a trademark New Jersey-Massachusetts accent, became one of the most powerful and effective members of Congress.

In Frank, he chronicles his lifelong struggle against inequality, which culminated in co-writing the most significant Wall Street regulations since the Great Depression. Barney Frank continues to be an important voice for economic fairness at a time when many of the regulations he authored are being challenged.

With his trademark directness and insight, Frank explores the emotional toll of living in the closet and how he became the first member of Congress to voluntarily disclose his homosexuality. He also details the favors, grudges, and fears that shape a legislator's career.

We can't wait to hear Frank's legendary rhetorical skills in action and to spend an evening with the person who led the debate on some of the most significant issues of our time.

Barney Frank represented the Fourth Congressional District of Massachusetts for nearly five decades, and chaired the House Financial Services Committee from 2007 to 2013. He is the first member of congress to enter a same-sex marriage while serving in office.

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Apr
2
Kazuo Ishiguro (Thursday, April 2 at 7pm)
Kazuo Ishiguro (An Artist of the Floating World, A pale view of hills, Never let me go, Nocturnes, The Remains of the Day, The Unconsoled, The Buried Giant, When We Were Orphans, Nunca Me Abandones)

Kazuo Ishiguro's seven previous books have won him wide renown and numerous honors. His work has been translated into more than forty languages. Both The Remains of the Day and Never let me go have more than 1,000,000 copies in print across platforms, and both were adapted into highly acclaimed films. (added from Random House)… (more)
Apr
2
PREMIER EVENT: KAZUO ISHIGURO in conversation with TOM BARBASH (Thursday, April 2 at 7:30pm)
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PREMIER EVENT: Kazuo Ishiguro in conversation with Tom Barbash

Thursday, April 2, 7:30 p.m.

The buried giant

Menlo-Atherton High School Center for Performing Arts, 555 Middlefield Rd., Atherton Tickets are available at Kepler's and online at Brown Paper Tickets Student tickets are available!

Join us for a very special evening with Kazuo Ishiguro, one of the most celebrated contemporary fiction writers in the English-speaking world. We’ll be celebrating the release of The buried giant, Kazuo Ishiguro's first novel in nearly a decade, following international bestsellers Never let me go and The Remains of the Day.

We were lucky enough to receive some Advanced Reader Copies of the novel, and we have to say that we love the book, and so much of our enjoyment of it stemmed from the less you know the better. Meaning, we don't want to give anything away here. Not yet. Not until you've had a chance to read it yourself. All the publisher will say about the book is that it is "sometimes savage, often intensely moving," and is about "lost memories, love, revenge and war."

We can tell you that this new novel is like nothing he has ever written. It is an adventure fable that integrates a familiar ancient British civilization tale with a fantastical element. And all of the familiar trademarks of Ishiguro are present: his expert prose, his characters' search for meaning, an exploration of the limitations of memory, and Ishiguro's incredibly vast imagination.

Called an original and remarkable genius by the New York Times, Kazuo Ishiguro is the author of Never let me go and The Remains of the Day, both of which were adapted into highly acclaimed films. He has received four Man Booker Prize nominations, was ranked 32nd on the New York Times list of "The 50 greatest British writers since 1945," was awarded the Giuseppe Tomasi di Lampedusa International Literary Prize, and received an OBE for Services to Literary and in 1998 the French decoration of Chevalier de L'Orde des Arts et des Lettres. Born in Nagasaki, Japan in 1954, Ishiguro moved to Britain at the age of 5.

Tom Barbash is the author of the award-winning novel The Last Good Chance and the non-fiction book On Top of the World: Cantor Fitzgerald, Howard Lutnick, and 9/11; A Story of Loss and Renewal, which was a New York Times bestseller. His stories and articles have been published in Tin House, McSweeney's, Virginia Quarterly Review, and other publications, and have been performed on National Public Radio's Selected Shorts series. He currently teaches in the MFA program at California College of the Arts.

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Apr
3
First Friday Book Club (Friday, April 3 at 7:30pm)
Friday, April 3, 2015, 7:30 p.m.

A Jane Austen education by William Deresiewicz

This intelligent, lively look at the beloved author's novels and what they offered in life lessons to one graduate student will resonate with all Austen fans - and others as well. Like many of us, Deresiewicz, an Austen scholar, found deep lessons on life, love, friendship, and marriage in the pages and parlors of dear Jane's books.

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Apr
6
PREMIER EVENT: JACQUELINE WINSPEAR (Monday, April 6 at 7:30pm)
PREMIER EVENT: Jacqueline Winspear Monday, April 6, 7:30pm

A Dangerous Place: A Maisie Dobbs Novel Tickets are available at Kepler's and online at Brown Paper Tickets

When Jacqueline visited us in July of 2014, she announced the upcoming publication of the newest book in the Maisie Dobbs series. We are so pleased to announce that we will be celebrating the release of it with a reading by Jacqueline only two days after the publication date.

Spring 1937. In the four years since she left England, Maisie Dobbs has experienced love, contentment, stability and the deepest tragedy a woman can endure. Now, all she wants is the peace she believes she might find by returning to India. But her sojourn is cut short when her stepmother summons her home to England; her aging father Frankie Dobbs is not getting any younger.

But on a ship bound for England, Maisie realizes she isn't ready to return, so she disembarks in Gibraltar. Days after Maisie's arrival, a photographer and member of Gibraltar's Sephardic Jewish community, Sebastian Babayoff, is murdered, and Maisie becomes entangled in the case, drawing the attention of the British Secret Service. Under the suspicious eye of a British agent, Maisie is pulled deeper into political intrigue and renews an uneasy acquaintance in the process. At a crossroads between her past and her future, Maisie must choose a direction, knowing that England is, for her, an equally dangerous place, but in quite a different way.

Jacqueline has won numerous awards, including the Agatha Award for Best Novel, and since An Incomplete Revenge was published in 2008, each of her novels has been an instant New York Times and National Bestseller.

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LAUNCH: ANN PACKER in conversation with ANTHONY MARRA (Tuesday, April 7 at 7:30pm)
Credit: Elena Seibert

Launch: Ann Packer in conversation with Anthony Marra

Tuesday, April 7, 7:30 p.m.

The Children's Crusade From the New York Times bestselling, award-winning author of The Dive from Clausen’s Pier comes a masterful new novel that explores the secrets and desires, the remnant wounds and saving graces of one California family over the course of five decades. Ann Packer has an incredible eye for detail and is genius at evoking an era with such faithfulness. In addition, you will identify with and deeply care for her characters in her most deeply affecting book yet. Bill Blair finds the land by accident, three wooded acres south of San Francisco. The year is 1954, long before anyone will call this area Silicon Valley. Struck by a vision of the family he might create there, Bill buys the property and proposes to Penny Greenway, a woman whose yearning attitude toward life appeals to him. In less than a decade, they have four children. Yet Penny is a mercurial housewife, overwhelmed and under-satisfied at a time when women chafed at the conventions confining them. And Penny will sacrifice anything – her marriage, her children – to become an artist. Years later, the three oldest Blair children, adults now and still living near the family home, are disrupted by the return of the youngest, whose sudden presence and troubles force a reckoning with their history and set off a struggle over the future. Ann Packer is the acclaimed author of two collections of short fiction and two bestselling novels, Songs Without Words and The Dive from Clausen’s Pier, which received the Kate Chopin Literary Award, among many other prizes and honors.

Anthony Marra is the winner of a Whiting Award, Pushcart Prize, and the Narrative Prize. A Constellation of Vital Phenomena won the National Book Critics Circle's inaugural John Leonard Prize and the Anisfield-Wolf Book Award in fiction, as well as the inaugural Carla Furstenberg Cohen Fiction Award. He received an MFA from the Iowa Writers' Workshop and was a Stegner Fellow at Stanford, where he is the Jones Lecturer in Fiction.

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BRUCE HENDERSON (Thursday, April 9 at 7:30pm)
Bruce Henderson

Thursday, April 9, 7:30 p.m.

Rescue at Los Baños: The Most Daring Prison Camp Raid of World War II

From the bestselling author of Hero found comes the incredible true story of one of the greatest military rescues of all time, the 1945 World War II prison camp raid at Los Baños in the Philippines. Combining personal interviews, diaries, correspondence, memoirs, and archival research, Rescue at Los Baños tells the story of a remarkable group of prisoners—whose courage and fortitude helped them overcome hardship, deprivation, and cruelty—and of the young American soldiers and Filipino guerrillas who risked their lives to save them.

In February 1945, as the U.S. victory in the Pacific drew nearer, the Japanese army grew desperate, and its soldiers guarding U.S. and Allied POWs more sadistic. Starved, shot and beaten, many of the 2,146 prisoners of the Los Baños prison camp in the Philippines—most of them American men, women and children—would not survive much longer unless rescued soon.

Deeply concerned about the half-starved and ill-treated prisoners, General Douglas MacArthur assigned to the 11th Airborne Division a dangerous rescue mission deep behind enemy lines that became a deadly race against the clock. The Los Baños raid would become one of the greatest triumphs of that war or any war; hailed years later by Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, General Colin Powell: “I doubt that any airborne unit in the world will ever be able to rival the Los Baños prison raid. It is the textbook operation for all ages and all armies.”

Bruce Henderson is the author or coauthor of more than twenty nonfiction books, including the #1 New York Times bestseller And the Sea Will Tell (with Vincent Bugliosi) and Down to the sea. A former newspaper and magazine writer, Henderson has taught nonfiction writing at several major universities.

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