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Kepler's Books

1010 El Camino Real
Menlo Park, California 94025

United States

(650) 324-4321; bookskeplers.com

Type: Bookstore — Not set

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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Aug
24
MELISSA HART (Sunday, August 24 at 2pm)
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Melissa Hart

Sunday, August 24, 2:00 p.m.

Wild Within: How Rescuing Owls Inspired a Family

Melissa Hart, a desperately lonely young divorcée and L.A. transplant, finds herself stranded in rainy Eugene, Oregon, working from home in the company of her two cats and two large mutts. At the local dog park, she meets a fellow dog owner named Jonathan. When he invites her to accompany him on a drive to Portland to retrieve six hundred pounds of frozen rats and a fledgling barred owl, sparks fly!

Wild Within is a delight, an uncommon braiding of family, heartbreak, romance, redemption, and—of course—raptors.” —Lyanda Lynn Haupt, author of Crow Planet and The Urban Bestiary

Melissa Hart grew up in Southern California and earned her B.A. in Literature from the College of Creative Studies at U.C. Santa Barbara. She earned her M.F.A. in Creative Writing at Goddard College in Vermont. She is a nature and travel writer and the author of Gringa: A Contradictory Girlhood. She teaches feature and travel writing at the University of Oregon.

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Sep
8
LAN CAO (Monday, September 8 at 7:30pm)
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Lan Cao

Monday, September 8, 7:30 p.m.

The Lotus and the Storm

Half a century after it began, the Vietnam War still has a hold on our national psyche. Lan Cao’s now-classic debut, Monkey Bridge, won her wide renown for “connecting . . . the opposite realities of Vietnam and America” (Isabel Allende). In her triumphant new novel, Cao transports readers back to the war, illuminating events central to twentieth-century history through the lives of one Vietnamese American family.

The Lotus and the Storm is part beautiful family saga, part coming-of-age story, part love story, but above all a searing indictment of the American campaign in Vietnam and its incalculable toll on generations past and future. A powerful read from start to end.” —Khaled Hosseini, author of The Kite Runner

Lan Cao is a novelist and a renowned expert in international law, trade, and economic development. A professor at the Dale E. Fowler School of Law at Chapman University, she lives in southern California.

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Sep
9
JONATHAN COE (Tuesday, September 9 at 7:30pm)
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Jonathan Coe

Tuesday, September 9, 7:30 p.m.

Expo 58

A comic spy caper and international love story, set in Europe in the middle of the last century, Expo 58 is the latest sublime creation by Jonathan Coe, hailed by Nick Hornby as “probably the best English novelist of his generation.”

“Handsome, unassuming Thomas Foley is an employee at the Central Office of Information whose particular biography (Belgian mother, pub-owning father) makes him just the man to oversee the “authentic British pub” that will be erected at the 1958 Brussels World’s Fair. It’s the first major expo after World War II, meant to signify unity, but there’s inevitable intrigue involving the U.S. and Soviet delegations.

Jonathan Coe is the author of The Winshaw Legacy and nine other novels. His many prizes include the Everyman Wodehouse Prize and the Samuel Johnson Prize.

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Sep
10
NEAL STEPHENSON and friends (Wednesday, September 10 at 7:30pm)
Techno-optimism: Neal Stephenson and friends

Wednesday, September 10, 7:30 p.m. Hieroglyph: Stories and Visions for a Better Future Tickets are available at Kepler's and online at Brown Paper Tickets. Panelists include Neal Stephenson, Annalee Newitz, Rudy Rucker, Keith Hjelmstad, *Charlie Jane Anders and editors Ed Finn and Kathryn Cramer *newly added panelist! Find out more about Charlie Jane HERE!

Is this the new Golden Age of science fiction? Good science fiction has the potential to act as a powerful social force as it did in the late 1930s and early 1940s. It has the power to inspire collaboration with professionals in science and engineering and opens up space for innovation and big ideas without the constriction of data and practicality. Join Neal Stephenson, best-selling science and speculative fiction writer and game designer, and five of today’s leading thinkers, writers, and visionaries for a discussion of the intersection of world-changing art and technology.

Hieroglyph: Stories and Visions for a Better Future is an anthology of stories that push the limits of our recognizable reality while avoiding the classic science fiction formula, namely a dystopia or technology that has advanced far beyond any recognizable relationship to our world. Hieroglyph aims to inspire production of new technologies to help solve the problems just beyond our current landscape.

Panelists Neal Stephenson, Annalee Newitz, Rudy Rucker, Keith Hjelmstad, Charlie Jane Anders and editors Ed Finn and Kathryn Cramer will discuss Hieroglyph and exciting real-world applications of the science fiction genre.

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Sep
11
YA: ALAN GRATZ (Thursday, September 11 at 7pm)
YA: Alan Gratz

Thursday, September 11, 7:00 p.m. The League of Seven

The League of Seven is the first book in an action-packed, steampunk series by the acclaimed author of Samurai Shortstop, Alan Gratz.

In an alternate 1875 America electricity is forbidden, Native Americans and Yankees are united, and eldritch evil lurks in the shadows. Young Archie Dent knows there really are monsters in the world. His parents are members of the Septemberist Society, whose job it is to protect humanity from hideous giants called the Mangleborn.

Trapped in underground prisons for a thousand years, the giant monsters have been all but forgotten—but now they are rising again as the steam-driven America of 1875 rediscovers electricity, the lifeblood of the Mangleborn. When his parents and the rest of the Septemberists are brainwashed by one of the evil creatures, Archie must assemble a team of seven young heroes to save the world.

"Action, banter and steampunk-style tech aplenty...make this an appealingly fast-paced trilogy opener."—Kirkus Reviews

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Sep
12
SARAH J. MAAS in conversation with VERONICA ROSSI (Friday, September 12 at 7pm)
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YA Event: Sarah J. Maas in conversation with Veronica Rossi

Friday, September 12, 7:00 p.m.

Two of our favorite authors together for an unforgettable conversation - we couldn't be more excited!

Heir of Fire

Sarah J. Maas’ New York Times and USA Today bestselling Throne of Glass series has captured readers all over the world. Now, the bestselling series reaches new heights in this third installment.

Into The Still Blue

Into The Still Blue is the earth-shattering conclusion to Veronica Rossi's epic Under The Never Sky trilogy, and sequel to the New York Times and USA Today bestselling Through The Ever Night.

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Sep
13
BookSwap featuring NATALIE BASZILE (Saturday, September 13 at 6:30pm)
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EAT, DRINK, TALK AND SWAP BOOKS: An Evening at Kepler's

Saturday, September 13, 6:30 - 9:00 p.m.

We're back after a long summer break, we've read a ton of books and can't wait to get together to talk about them.

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 Natalie Baszile and her debut novel Queen sugar. Yes, Natalie will be joining us to discuss her book about which O Magazine said, "In Queen sugar, two bulwarks of American literature Southern fiction and the transformational journeyare given a fresh take by talented first time novelist Natalie Baszile . . . the novel is a sensory experience, a tableau vivant that Baszile skillfully paints in a palette simultaneously subtle and bold. Queen sugar is a bright and enticing reminder that, sometimes, you can go home."

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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Sep
15
Spanish Book Club (Monday, September 15 at 7pm)
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Monday, September 15, 7:00 PM

Los Detectives Salvajes by Roberto Bolaño

Arturo Belano y Ulises Lima, dos quijotes modernos, salen tras las huellas de Cesárea Tinajero, la misteriosa escritora desaparecida en México en los años posteriores a la revolución. Esa búsqueda —el viaje y sus consecuencias— se prolonga durante veinte años, bifurcándose a través de numerosos personajes y continentes.

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Sep
16
DAN JURAFSKY (Tuesday, September 16 at 7:30pm)
Dan Jurafsky

Tuesday, September 16, 7:30 p.m. The Language of Food: A Linguist Reads the Menu

Did you know that ketchup, America’s national condiment, began as a fermented fish sauce from China’s Fujian province, and its linguistic origins are “ke” for fermented fish and “tchup” for sauce? Did you ever wonder why we eat toast for breakfast, but “toast” good health at dinner?

Dan Jurafsky introduces us to the origins of some of our most beloved foods and culinary customs, shedding light on little-known facts and serving up the sort of trivia that is guaranteed to tickle the taste buds of foodies far and wide. Jurafsky’s delightful stories, delivered in the form of a menu, uncover an atlas of pre-modern culinary influence.

Dan Jurafsky is Professor of Linguistics and Professor of Computer Science at Stanford University. He is the recipient of a 2002 MacArthur Fellowship, is the co-author with Jim Martin of the widely-used textbook "Speech and Language Processing", and co-created with Chris Manning one of the first massively open online courses, Stanford's course in Natural Language Processing.

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Sep
17
YA: He Said, She Said: WENDELIN VAN DRAANEN and MARK HUNTLEY PARSONS (Wednesday, September 17 at 7pm)
He Said, She Said YA Tour: Wendelin van Draanen and Mark Huntley Parsons

Wednesday, September 17, 7:00 p.m. Sammy Keyes and the Kiss Goodbye #18 Road Rash

Have you watched the movie Flipped? Have you read the Sammy Keyes series? Do you like mysteries? Are you a drummer? Do you work with your partner and want to strangle them? If you said yes to any of these questions, then you must come and hear Wendelin van Draanen, the author of over 30 novels for young readers, with the next installment of her Edgar Allan Poe Award-winning Sammy Keyes mystery series.

Joining her is her husband, Mark Huntley Parsons, with his debut novel about a teenage drummer who finds out what life is really like on tour with a rock band. This writing couple will discuss their books, the writing process, and how they've managed to share the same office for 20 years without bloodshed! It's going to be a blast!

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Sep
18
POETRY FOR THE PEOPLE featuring ELLEN BASS, SALLY ASHTON, DEAN RADER and more! (Thursday, September 18 at 7:30pm)
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Poetry for the People featuring Ellen Bass, Dean Rader, Sally Ashton and more

Thursday, September 18, 7:30 p.m.

99 Poems for the 99 Percent

99 Poems is #2 on the Small Press Distribution Poetry Bestseller List!

Come celebrate poems written for the people with contributors to the new collection, 99 Poems for the 99 Percent.

Poetry is not an inaccessible and irrelevant art form, and the newest collection edited by Dean Rader proves that today's poetry continues the rich tradition of taking on important political and social events. American poetry is about democracy, and the poems in this collection reach you on issues you care about in a voice you can recognize. These are poems full of anger, love, protest, humor, contemplation, hope, frustration, and beauty.

The collection started as a project that posted 99 original poems over 99 days by major American poets, emerging writers, students, and ordinary Americans. The project encompasses a plurality of voices, approaches, and visions, and is now available in book form.

The event will feature poets Ellen Bass, Sally Ashton, Dean Rader, J.P. Dancing Bear, C.J. Sage, Rachelle Escamilla, Dan Bellm and Dennis Richardson.

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Sep
20
RUTH OZEKI in conversation with Joan Bigwood (Saturday, September 20 at 4pm)
Ruth Ozeki in conversation with Joan Bigwood

Saturday, September 20, 4:00 p.m.

A Tale for the Time Being

A brilliant, unforgettable novel from bestselling author Ruth Ozeki—shortlisted for the Booker Prize and the National Book Critics Circle Award

In Tokyo, sixteen-year-old Nao has decided there’s only one escape from her aching loneliness and her classmates’ bullying. But before she ends it all, Nao first plans to document the life of her great grandmother, a Buddhist nun who’s lived more than a century. Across the Pacific, we meet Ruth, a novelist living on a remote island who discovers a collection of artifacts washed ashore in a Hello Kitty lunchbox—possibly debris from the devastating 2011 tsunami. As the mystery of its contents unfolds, Ruth is pulled into the past, into Nao’s drama and her unknown fate, and forward into her own future. Full of Ozeki’s signature humor and deeply engaged with the relationship between writer and reader, past and present, fact and fiction, quantum physics, history, and myth, A Tale for the Time Being is a brilliantly inventive, beguiling story of our shared humanity and the search for home.

“A delightful yet sometimes harrowing novel . . . Many of the elements of Nao’s story—schoolgirl bullying, unemployed suicidal ‘salarymen,’ kamikaze pilots—are among a Western reader’s most familiar images of Japan, but in Nao’s telling, refracted through Ruth’s musings, they become fresh and immediate, occasionally searingly painful. Ozeki takes on big themes . . . all drawn into the stories of two ‘time beings,’ Ruth and Nao, whose own fates are inextricably bound.” —The New York Times Book Review

Ruth Ozeki is a novelist, filmmaker, and Zen Buddhist priest. Her first two novels, My Year of Meats (1998) and All Over Creation (2003), have been translated into 11 languages and published in 14 countries. Her most recent work, A Tale for the Time-Being (2013), was shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize and will be published in over thirty countries.

Joan Bigwood, like Ruth, is a graduate of Smith College. She has spent the past twenty-five years earning her keep as a writer, primarily in marketing communications. Her comic novel, Co-opted, won an Indie Reader award and her new play, Or Current Resident, is under development locally. Through social media channels, Joan has reached out to readers of Ruth's latest novel, A Tale for the Time Being, and has collected the questions on everybody's lips, covering topics ranging from Zen Buddhist practices to Japanese-style bullying, environmental activism and writer's block.

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Sep
23
SARAH GRANGER in conversation with LISEN STROMBERG (Tuesday, September 23 at 7:30pm)
Sarah Granger in conversation with Lisen Stromberg

Tuesday, September 23, 7:30 p.m.

The Digital Mystique: How the Culture of Connectivity Can Empower Your Life--Online and Off

While the Internet era is one that is frequently criticized as undermining our health, privacy, concentration, and ability to sustain real-world relationships, Granger takes a more optimistic and empowering view. She shares real-life stories and surprising facts about our lives—both online and off—to shed new and fascinating light on the positive effects of the digital media revolution, showing us how we can personally learn, grow, and thrive by engaging in our digitized world.

“A much-needed, comprehensive guide to defining our lives in the context of today’s digital age. With personal anecdotes and detailed tips, Sarah Granger sheds a beautiful light on many of the issues that have been on my mind, both personally and professionally.” (Randi Zuckerberg, New York Times bestselling author of Dot Complicated)

Sarah Granger is an award-winning digital media innovator who writes and speaks on how information technology impacts our lives and our world. A first-generation digital native, Granger has spent more than 25 years launching, building, and advising Internet and social media ventures. She has been featured on Good Morning America, CBS News, RT, and NPR. In 2012, she was recognized as a “40 Under 40” rising star by The Silicon Valley Business Journal.

Lisen Stromberg is an award-winning writer and journalist with a focus on women, economic development, and issues relevant to families and culture.

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Sep
24
Youth Event: OBERT SKYE (Wednesday, September 24 at 6:30pm)
Youth Event: Obert Skye

Wednesday, September 24, 6:30 p.m. Katfish

Rob Burnside’s life is in ruins. After his escapades with Pinocula and his resulting outrageous lies, everyone is fed up with him. In this Creature from My Closet book by Obert Skye, Rob needs help. And his science laboratory closet is there to give him a hand. Meet Katfish, a mashup of Katniss from the Hunger Games and the Little Mermaid. This girl is strong as nails and sports a tail.

Everyone at Rob's school is excited about an upcoming riff on the Hunger Games created by Principal Smelt: the Fun-ger Games. Rob is less excited because the principal and his mom have roped him into participating. But Katfish is sticking around to help Rob out with girl advice, Fun-ger Games tips, and how to get people to stop hating him. What could go wrong?

"Rob’s dry commentary on his family, school, and social life is sure to provoke laughs." —Publishers Weekly

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Sep
25
PREMIER EVENT: GAIL SHEEHY IN CONVERSATION WITH ANGIE COIRO (Thursday, September 25 at 7:30pm)
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Premier Event: Gail Sheehy in conversation with Angie Coiro

Thursday, September 25, 7:30 p.m.

Daring: My Passages

Tickets are available at Kepler's and online at Brown Paper Tickets.

Come meet the first female journalist to break through the glass ceiling! She is a trailblazer for some of today's most important high profile women, including Katie Couric and Arianna Huffington.

We are so excited to welcome Gail Sheehy, author of the classic New York Times bestseller Passages, the book that taught us all how to use our 20s, 30s, and beyond life crises as opportunities for change, on the release of her new memoir, Daring. Gail Sheehy and talk radio host, Angie Coiro will discuss Sheehy’s trials and triumphs as a groundbreaking “girl” journalist in the 1960s, to iconic guide for women and men seeking to have it all, to one of the premier political profilers of modern times.

Sheehy’s Daring is the result of following her own advice from Passages. This fascinating, no-holds-barred story is a testament to guts, resilience, smarts, and daring, and offers a bold perspective on all of life's passages.

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Sep
30
DEBORAH RHODE (Tuesday, September 30 at 7:30pm)
Deborah Rhode

Tuesday, September 30, 7:30 p.m. What Women Want: An Agenda for the Women's Movement

What Women Want focuses on the policy agenda for women and explores virtually all of the major policy issues confronting women. Deborah L. Rhode brings to the discussion a broad array of interdisciplinary research as well as interviews with heads of leading women's organizations. Topics include employment and appearance discrimination, the gender gap in pay and leadership opportunities, work/family policies, childcare, divorce, same-sex marriage, sexual harassment, domestic violence, rape, trafficking, abortion, poverty, and political representation. Discussion focuses on the capacities and limits of law as a strategy for social change.

In an age where many women are reluctant to identify as feminists and the "war on women" is a potent political weapon, this path-breaking book explores how women can and should act on what they want.

Deborah L. Rhode is the Ernest W. McFarland Professor of Law and Director of the Stanford Center on the Legal Profession. She is the former director of Stanford's Institute for Research on Women and Gender. Her books on women include Justice and Gender, Speaking of Sex, Gender and Law, Women and Leadership, and The Beauty Bias.

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Oct
2
LAUREN OLIVER in conversation with JANDY NELSON (Thursday, October 2 at 7pm)
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Lauren Oliver in conversation with Jandy Nelson

Thursday, October 2, 7:00 p.m.

Two great talents with fabulous new books come together for this one-off powerhouse conversation.

Rooms Lauren Oliver, the New York Times bestselling author of Before I Fall and the Delirium trilogy makes her brilliant adult debut with this mesmerizing story in the tradition of The Lovely Bones, Her Fearful Symmetry, and The Ocean at the End of the Lane—a tale of family, ghosts, secrets, and mystery, in which the lives of the living and the dead intersect in shocking, surprising, and moving ways.

“A chilling ghost story, and much, much more: Rooms is a magnificent gothic fugue on the themes of longing and buried secrets.”-Lev Grossman, bestselling author of The Magicians Trilogy

I'll Give You the Sun Jandy Nelson, the acclaimed, award-winning author of The Sky Is Everywhere delivers a radiant novel of first love, family, loss, and betrayal that will leave you breathless and teary and laughing—often all at once.

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Oct
3
PREMIUM EVENT: VIKRAM CHANDRA in conversation with NICK TAYLOR (Friday, October 3 at 7:30pm)
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Premier Event: Vikram Chandra in conversation with Nick Taylor

Friday, October 3, 7:30 p.m.

Geek Sublime: The Beauty of Code, the Code of Beauty Tickets are available at Kepler's and online at Brown Paper Tickets.

Calling all engineers! Calling all artists! Can the effects of language escape language itself?

It would not be an exaggeration to call Geek Sublime the only book of its kind, regardless of the long history of equating art and programming. Its pages move eloquently and intelligently between poetry and mathematical figures. Chandra carefully breaks down the assumptions “geeks” possess of artists and vice versa, specifically that all artists have an irresistibly sexy swagger and all programmers are famous, rich, and influential.

Come meet Vikram Chandra as he discusses everything from logic gates, literary modernism, tech geek machismo, the Silicon Valley’s “Indian Mafia,” and the writings of the eleventh-century Kashmiri thinker Abhinavagupta.

Vikram Chandra is the author of three highly acclaimed works of fiction, most recently Sacred Games, which won the 2006 Hutch Crossword Award. Chandra lives in Oakland and teaches at UC Berkeley.

Nick Taylor is the author of the historical novels The Disagreement and Father Junípero's Confessor. He has also published a thriller, The Setup Man, under the pseudonym T.T. Monday.

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Oct
5
BESSEL VAN DER KOLK, M.D. (Sunday, October 5 at 2pm)
Bessel van der Kolk, M.D.

Sunday, October 5, 2:00 p.m.

The Body Keeps the Score: Brain, Mind, and Body in the Healing of Trauma

Renowned trauma expert Bessel van der Kolk has spent over three decades working with survivors. In The Body Keeps the Score, he transforms our understanding of traumatic stress, revealing how it literally rearranges the brain’s wiring—and how these areas can be reactivated through innovative treatments including neurofeedback, mindfulness techniques, play, yoga, and other therapies. Based on Dr. van der Kolk’s own research and that of other leading specialists, The Body Keeps the Score offers proven alternatives to drugs and talk therapy—and a way to reclaim lives.

Bessel A. van der Kolk, M.D. has been active as a clinician, researcher and teacher in the area of posttraumatic stress and related phenomena since the 1970s. He is the founder and medical director of the Trauma Center in Brookline, Massachusetts, and director of the National Complex Trauma Treatment Network.

Click HERE to read a New York Times interview.

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Oct
7
MARK SCHAPIRO (Tuesday, October 7 at 7:30pm)
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Mark Schapiro

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

Carbon Shock: A Tale of Risk and Calculus on the Front Lines of the Disrupted Global Economy

As the world moves toward making more and more polluters pay to emit carbon, a financial mystery unfolds: What are the costs? Who has the responsibility to pay for them? Who do you pay? How do you pay? And what are the potential impacts? These are the questions veteran journalist Mark Schapiro attempts to answer as he illuminates the struggle to pinpoint carbon’s true costs and allocate them fairly—all while bumping up against the vagaries of the free market, the lobbying power of corporations, the political maneuverings of countries, and the tolerance of everyday consumers buying a cup of coffee, a tank of gas, or an airplane ticket.

Schapiro explores the intersection of the environment, economics, and political power, most recently as a correspondent at the Center for Investigative Reporting. His work has been published in Harpers, The Atlantic, Yale 360, and other publications. He has reported stories for the PBS newsmagazine Frontline/World, NOW with Bill Moyers, and public radio's Marketplace, and is the author of Exposed: The Toxic Chemistry of Everyday Products and What’s at Stake for American Power. Schapiro lives in San Francisco, California.

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Oct
9
Pathways Hospice: Annual One from the Heart Awards Breakfast featuring ROZ CHAST (Thursday, October 9 at 07:30am)
Pathways Hospice: Annual One from the Heart Awards Breakfast

Featured speaker: Roz Chast

Thursday, October 9, 7:30 - 9:30 a.m.

Can't We Talk About Something more Pleasant

Crowne Plaza Cabana, 4290 El Camino Real, Palo Alto

New Yorker cartoonist Roz Chast will talk about her remarkable career as a cartoonist and her new graphic memoir, Can’t We Talk about Something More Pleasant, about how she, an only child, helped her aging parents through their final years. If you only attend one event this fall, it should definitely be One from the Heart!

Over the past 23 years, the One from the Heart Awards Breakfasts have raised over $4.5 million for Pathways to ensure extraordinary hospice and home health care for the Bay Area. For more information about the One from the Heart Awards Breakfast and to register, please click HERE.

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Oct
15
PREMIER Youth Event: RICK RIORDAN (Wednesday, October 15 at 7pm)
Youth Event: Rick Riordan

Wednesday, October 15, 7:00 p.m.

Heroes of Olympus: Book 5 - The Blood of Olympus

Fox Theatre, 2215 Broadway St., Redwood City

Tickets are available at Kepler's and online at Fox Theatre.

GREAT NEWS! Rick Riordan is returning to the Bay Area to talk about The Blood of Olympus, the finale in his Heroes of Olympus series. We are SOOOO excited.

Though the Greek and Roman crewmembers of the Argo II have made progress in their many quests, they still seem no closer to defeating the earth mother, Gaea. Her giants have risen-all of them-and they're stronger than ever. They must be stopped before the Feast of Spes, when Gaea plans to have two demigods sacrificed in Athens. She needs their blood-The Blood of Olympus-in order to wake.

The demigods are having more frequent visions of a terrible battle at Camp Half-Blood. The Roman legion from Camp Jupiter, led by Octavian, is almost within striking distance. Though it is tempting to take the Athena Parthenos to Athens to use as a secret weapon, the friends know that the huge statue belongs back on Long Island, where it might be able to stop a war between the two camps.

The Athena Parthenos will go west; the Argo II will go east. The gods, still suffering from multiple personality disorder, are useless. How can a handful of young demigods hope to persevere against Gaea's army of powerful giants? As dangerous as it is to head to Athens, they have no other option. They have sacrificed too much already. And if Gaea wakes, it is game over.

PLEASE NOTE: Mr. Riordan will only be speaking and answering patrons’ questions during the event, therefore no signing line will be held. Pre-signed copies of The Heroes of Olympus series, and the Percy Jackson and the Olympians series, and The Kane Chronicles series, will be available for purchase at the Fox Theatre the evening of the event.

Location: Street: Fox Theatre Additional: 2215 Broadway St. City: Redwood City, Province: California Postal Code: 94063 Country: United States (added from IndieBound)
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Oct
17
PREMIER EVENT: LEON PANETTA in conversation with JIM NEWTON (Friday, October 17 at 7:30pm)
Leon Panetta in conversation with Jim Newton

Friday, October 17, 7:30 p.m.

Worthy Fights: A Memoir of Leadership in War and Peace

Fox Theatre, 2215 Broadway St., Redwood City

Tickets are available at Kepler's and online at Fox Theatre.

It could be said that Leon Panetta has had two of the most consequential careers of any American public servant in the past fifty years. His first career, beginning as an army intelligence officer and including a distinguished run as one of Congress’s most powerful and respected members, lasted thirty-five years and culminated in his transformational role as Clinton’s budget czar and White House chief of staff. He then “retired” to establish the Panetta Institute with his wife of fifty years, Sylvia; to serve on the Iraq Study Group; and to protect his beloved California coastline.

But in 2009, he accepted what many said was a thankless task: returning to public office as the director of the CIA, taking it from a state of turmoil after the Bush-era torture debates and moving it back to the vital center of America’s war against Al Qaeda, including the campaign that led to the killing of Osama bin Laden. And then, in the wake of bin Laden’s death, Panetta became the U.S. secretary of defense, inheriting two troubled wars in a time of austerity and painful choices.

Location: Street: 1010 El Camino Real City: Menlo Park, Province: California Postal Code: 94025-4349 Country: United States (added from IndieBound)
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Oct
21
LESLIE S. KLINGER (Annotated H.P. Lovecraft) (Tuesday, October 21 at 7:30pm)
Leslie S. Klinger

Tuesday, October 21, 7:30 p.m.

The New Annotated H. P. Lovecraft

Despite this nearly unprecedented posthumous trajectory, at the time of his death at the age of forty-six, Howard Phillip Lovecraft's work had appeared only in dime-store magazines, ignored by the public and maligned by critics. Now well over a century after his birth, Lovecraft is increasingly being recognized as the foundation for American horror and science fiction, the source of "incalculable influence on succeeding generations of writers of horror fiction" (Joyce Carol Oates).

Weaving together a broad base of existing scholarship with his own original insights, Klinger appends Lovecraft's uncanny oeuvre and Kafkaesque life story in a way that provides context and unlocks many of the secrets of his often cryptic body of work.

“Annotator Les Klinger is the man you want to have by your side, as you explore the Lovecraftian Darkness.” (Neil Gaiman)

Location: Street: 1010 El Camino Real City: Menlo Park, Province: California Postal Code: 94025-4349 Country: United States (added from IndieBound)
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Oct
22
BORIS FISHMAN in conversation with ELLEN SUSSMAN (Wednesday, October 22 at 7:30pm)
Credit: Rob Liguori Credit: Chris Hardy

Boris Fishman in conversation with Ellen Sussman

Wednesday, October 22, 7:30 p.m.

A replacement life

A singularly talented writer makes his literary debut with this provocative, soulful, and sometimes hilarious story of a failed journalist asked to do the unthinkable: forge Holocaust-restitution claims for old Russian Jews in Brooklyn, New York. A replacement life is a dark, moving, and beautifully written novel about family, honor, and justice. Read the glowing New York Times review HERE.

Boris Fishman was born in Minsk, in the former Soviet Union, in 1979, and emigrated to the United States in 1988. His journalism, essays, and criticism have appeared in The New Yorker, The New York Times Magazine and Book Review, The New Republic, The Nation, Harper’s, Vogue, The London Review of Books, The Wall Street Journal and other publications.

Ellen Sussman is the author of four national bestselling novels: A Wedding in Provence, The Paradise Guest House, French Lessons and On a Night Like This.

Location: Street: 1010 El Camino Real City: Menlo Park, Province: California Postal Code: 94025-4349 Country: United States (added from IndieBound)
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