Kepler's Books

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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Upcoming events

Youth Event: MATTHEW JOBIN (Friday, April 18 at 7pm)
Youth Event: Matthew Jobin

Friday, April 18, 7:00 p.m.

The Nethergrim

Everyone in Moorvale believes the legend: The brave knight Tristan and the famed wizard Vithric, in an epic battle decades ago, had defeated the evil Nethergrim and his minions. To this day, songs are sung and festivals held in the heroes' honor. Yet now something dark has crept over the village. First animals disappear, their only remains a pile of bones licked clean. Then something worse: children disappear. The whispers begin quietly yet soon turn into a shout: The Nethergrim has returned!

Edmund’s brother is one of the missing, and Edmund knows he must do something to save his life. But what? Though a student of magic, he struggles to cast even the simplest spell. Still, he and his friends swallow their fear and set out to battle an ancient evil whose powers none of them can imagine. They will need to come together--and work apart--in ways that will test every ounce of resolve.

In a story reminiscent of the Ranger’s Apprentice epic and the Chronicles of Narnia, Matthew Jobin weaves reality, magic, and adventure into the next great fantasy phenomenon.

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Story Time with EMILY JIANG and APRIL CHU (Saturday, April 19 at 2pm)
Story Time with Emily Jiang and April Chu

Saturday, April 19, 2:00 p.m.

Summoning the Phoenix: Poems and Prose about Chinese Musical Instruments

Join us for a special story time launch party celebrating Emily Jiang's collaboration with April Chu: Summoning the Phoenix: Poems and Prose about Chinese Musical Instruments.

Every musician knows that learning to play an instrument has its challenges and its rewards. There's the embarrassing first day of rehearsal, but also the joy of making friends in the orchestra. There's dealing with slippery concert dress, or simply getting swept up in the music. The twelve children in this book are just like any other musicians practicing their instruments and preparing for a concert.

But what sets these music lovers apart is that they all play traditional Chinese musical instruments in a Chinese orchestra. Including both flights of fancy and practical considerations, lively poems capture each child's musical experience with a different Chinese instrument, while sidebars provide more information about each one. This collection of poetry, full of gorgeous illustrations, depicts each fascinating instrument and takes readers on a delightful musical journey.

Join us to celebrate this joint debut with an afternoon full of Chinese food, musical activities based on their book, and giveaways. And come prepared to learn a Chinese folksong.

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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Fiction Book Club (Monday, April 21 at 7pm)
Monday, April 21, 7:00 p.m.

Three Strong Women by Marie NDiaye

From Marie NDiaye, the first black woman to win the Prix Goncourt, a harrowing and beautiful novel of the travails of West African immigrants in France.

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Justin Go (Tuesday, April 22 at 7:30pm)
Justin Go attended the University of California at Berkeley, where he graduated with a BA in history and art history. He also holds an MA in English from University College London. He has lived in Tokyo, Paris, London, New York City, and Berlin. He is currently at work on his second novel. (added from Simon & Schuster)
YA: ANDREA CREMER (Wednesday, April 23 at 7pm)
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YA Event: Andrea Cremer

Wednesday, April 23, 7:00 p.m. The Inventor's Secret

New from Andrea Cremer, the New York Times bestselling author of the Nightshade novels, comes an action-packed alternate-history steampunk adventure.

THE INVENTOR’S SECRET asks the question: What if the British had won the American Revolution?

In this alternate history, a band of teens—children of the revolutionaries—live deep in hiding on the edges of Britain's industrial empire. But when an exile with no memory seeks shelter in their camp, he brings with him new dangers and horrible secrets about the future that awaits them all. His presence compels the teens to seek answers in Britannia's exquisite Floating City, but navigating a world of high society and political intrigue turns out to be more treacherous than the revolution itself.

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ALBERT ROTHENBERG (Thursday, April 24 at 7:30pm)
Albert Rothenberg

Thursday, April 24, 7:30 p.m. Madness and Glory

Madness and Glory is a novel based on the true story of Dr. Philippe Pinel, the doctor who struck the shackles and the chains from the mentally ill during the French Revolution and became the father of modern psychiatry. It is told from the point of view of a patient of Dr. Pinel’s, Guillaume Lalladiere.

Albert Rothenberg M.D., a Professor of Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School, is currently a Fellow at the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences at Stanford University. He has previously written a novel, Living Color, which is part of the York Press distinguished series of Innovative and Modern Fiction. He is the Principal Investigator of the research project "Studies in the Creative Process" and has written numerous articles and books on his investigations of creativity in art, literature, psychotherapy, and science.

Dr. Rothenberg has been awarded Guggenheim and Kovler Awards, is a graduate of Harvard College cum laude, Tufts Medical School, and was trained in psychiatry at Yale Medical School where he later spent many years on the faculty.

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PREMIER EVENT: BARBARA EHRENREICH in conversation with ANGIE COIRO (Friday, April 25 at 7:30pm)
Barbara Ehrenreich in conversation with Angie Coiro

Friday, April 25, 7:30 p.m.

Living with a Wild God: A Nonbeliever's Search for the Truth about Everything Please join us for what's sure to be a fascinating evening with Barbara Ehrenreich in conversation with Angie Coiro. Barbara Ehrenreich is the bestselling author of Nickel and Dimed, Brightsided and Bait and Switch. In middle age, Ehrenreich came across the journal she had kept during her tumultuous adolescence and set out to reconstruct that quest, which had taken her to the study of science and through a cataclysmic series of uncanny-or as she later learned to call them, "mystical"-experiences. A staunch atheist and rationalist, she is profoundly shaken by the implications of her life-long search. Part memoir, part philosophical and spiritual inquiry, LIVING WITH A WILD GOD brings an older woman's wry and erudite perspective to a young girl's uninhibited musings on the questions that, at one point or another, torment us all. Angie Coiro is an award-winning journalist and interviewer, host of the syndicated In Deep radio show. 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. She has a parallel career as a voiceover talent, represented by JETalent in San Francisco.

Tickets: $10 ($15 at the door.)

They will be available soon at Kepler's. To purchase them online, click HERE.

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Story Time with SALINA YOON (Sunday, April 27 at 10:30am)
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Story Time with Salina Yoon

Sunday, April 27, 10:30 a.m.

Found Bring your favorite stuffed animal and join us for this special story time with author/illustrator Salina Yoon. She will be reading Found, her new endearing story that celebrates love and friendship - a book that reminds us that nothing is lost that is not meant to be Found. When Bear finds a lost stuffed toy bunny in the forest, he begins to worry. After all, the stuffed bunny must feel lonely and want to return safely to its owner and home! But as Bear diligently searches for the bunny’s owner, posting notices high and low, he begins to grow attached to his newFound friend. What will happen when the bunny’s owner finally comes forward? Was Bear meant to find Bunny all along? You'll go home with a signed drawing of your stuffed animal in a special Found poster. How awesome is that?

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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Daytime Fiction Book Club (Sunday, April 27 at 2pm)
Sunday, April 27, 2:00 p.m.

Invention of Wings by Sue Monk Kidd

Hetty “Handful” Grimke, an urban slave in early nineteenth century Charleston, yearns for life beyond the suffocating walls that enclose her within the wealthy Grimke household. The Grimke’s daughter, Sarah, has known from an early age she is meant to do something large in the world, but she is hemmed in by the limits imposed on women.

Kidd’s sweeping novel is set in motion on Sarah’s eleventh birthday, when she is given ownership of ten year old Handful, who is to be her handmaid. We follow their remarkable journeys over the next thirty five years, as both strive for a life of their own.

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EDGAR H. SCHEIN (Tuesday, April 29 at 7pm)
Edgar H. Schein

Tuesday, April 29, 7:00 p.m. Helping: How to Offer, Give, and Receive Help Humble Inquiry: The Gentle Art of Asking Instead of Telling

Channing House, 850 Webster St, Palo Alto

Helping is a fundamental human activity, but it can also be a frustrating one. All too often our sincere offers of help are resented, resisted, or refused--and we often react the same way when people try to help us. In this seminal book on the topic--named one of the top five leadership books of 2009 by strategy+business magazine--Edgar Schein analyzes the social and psychological dynamics common to all types of Helping relationships, explains why help is often not helpful, and shows what any would-be helpers must do to ensure that their assistance is both welcomed and genuinely useful.

Edgar H. Schein, a former professor at the MIT Sloan School of Management, has made a notable mark on the field of organizational development in many areas, including career development, group process consultation, and organizational culture.

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JOHN EVANS and JUSTIN ST. GERMAIN (Thursday, May 1 at 7:30pm)
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Launch: John Evans and Justin St. Germain

Thursday, May 1, 7:30 p.m. Young Widower: A Memoir

John W. Evans was twenty-nine years old and his wife, Katie, was thirty. They had met in the Peace Corps in Bangladesh, taught in Chicago, studied in Miami, and were working for a year in Romania when they set off with friends to hike into the Carpathian Mountains. In an instant their life together was shattered. Katie became separated from the group. When Evans finally found her, he could only watch helplessly as she was mauled to death by a brown bear.

John W. Evans was born in Kansas and grew up in New York and Chicago. His work has appeared in Slate, The Missouri Review, Boston Review, ZYZZYVA, The Rumpus, Poetry Daily, and elsewhere. After completing a Wallace Stegner Fellowship in poetry, John was a Jones Lecturer at Stanford University, where he continues to teach creative writing today.

Son of a gun: A Memoir


Tombstone, Arizona, September 2001. Debbie St. Germain’s death, apparently at the hands of her fifth husband, is a passing curiosity. “A real-life old West murder mystery,” the local TV announcers intone, while barroom gossips snicker cruelly. But for her twenty-year-old son, Justin St. Germain, the tragedy marks the line that separates his world into before and after.

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Friday Night Book Club (Friday, May 2 at 7:30pm)
Friday, May 2, 7:30 p.m.

The Monuments Men: Allied Heroes, Nazi Thieves and the Greatest Treasure Hunt in History by Robert M. Edsel

At the same time Adolf Hitler was attempting to take over the western world, his armies were methodically seeking and hoarding the finest art treasures in Europe. The Fuehrer had begun cataloguing the art he planned to collect as well as the art he would destroy: "degenerate" works he despised.

Focusing on the eleven-month period between D-Day and V-E Day, this fascinating account follows six Monuments Men and their impossible mission to save the world's great art from the Nazis.

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BOOK SWAP with TRACY GUZEMAN (Saturday, May 3 at 6:30pm)
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EAT, DRINK, TALK AND SWAP BOOKS: An Evening at Kepler's

Saturday, May 3, 6:30 - 9:00 p.m.

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.

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 TRACY GUZEMAN and her debut novel The Gravity of Birds. Yes, Tracy will be joining us to discuss her book about which the San Francisco Chronicle said, "With its deft interweaving of psychological complexity and riveting narrative momentum, with its gorgeous prose and poetic justice, Guzeman's book is about sibling rivalry, tragedies and resurrections. And it's irresistibly exquisite." The Gravity of Birds was selected by independent booksellers as an Indie Next pick for August 2013.

Tickets are available now at Kepler's or online at Brown Paper Tickets Online "Think cocktail party, with a bookish twist." - Litquake

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Spanish Book Club (Monday, May 5 at 7pm)
Monday, May 5, 7:00 PM

Niebla by Miguel de Unamuno

Miguel de Unamuno nos legó en "Niebla" un monumento de la novela filosófica y una obra maestra de ficción experimental moderna.

Prescindiendo de las convenciones de la acción, tiempo y lugar, y el análisis del carácter, "Niebla" procede enteramente de la fuerza del diálogo que revela la lucha de lo que Unamuno llamó sus "agonistas". Éstos incluyen a Augusto Pérez, el hijo mimado de una madre recién fallecida, la engañosa y maquinadora Eugenia, a quien Augusto obsesivamente idealiza, y Orfeo, el perro de Augusto.

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Computer History Museum presents ED CATMULL (Thursday, May 8 at 6pm)
Ed Catmull in conversation with CHM's JOHN HOLLAR

Thursday, May 8, 6:00 p.m.

Creativity, Inc.: Overcoming the Unseen Forces That Stand in the Way of True Inspiration Computer History Museum, 1401 N Shoreline Blvd, Mountain View

As a young man, Ed Catmull had a dream: to be an animator and an artist. When he learned that he lacked the natural talent for hand-drawn animation, he turned to his other passion: physics, and then computing. That pivot eventually drove a desire within Catmull to make the first computer-animated movie. He nurtured that dream as a Ph.D student at the University of Utah, where many computer graphics pioneers got their start. He eventually forged a partnership with George Lucas—an alliance that led, indirectly, to his founding Pixar Annimation Studios with Steve Jobs and John Lasseter in 1986. Nine years later, Pixar released Toy Story, the first feature-length film created entirely on computers. It changed animation forever.

Pixar has gone on, as of early 2014, to win 27 Academy Awards® for animated filmmaking. When The Walt Disney Company bought Pixar in 2006 for $7.4 billion, Catmull became the President and CEO of the combined Walt Disney Animation Studios. Thus, through his chosen route of physics, mathematics and computing, Ed Catmull realized his dream to be a Disney animator.

In his new book, Creativity, Inc., Catmull reveals some of the secrets of Pixar's success and describes his own approach to inspiring excellence in a very large organization over the long term. This event is free but you must register...

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YA: JENNIFER DONNELLY (Thursday, May 8 at 7pm)
YA Event: Jennifer Donnelly

Thursday, May 8, 7:00 p.m. Deep Blue

We're excited to welcome Jennifer Donnelly, the award-winning author of A Northern Light and Revolution, with Deep Blue, the first book in the Waterfire Saga.

Deep in the ocean, in a world not so different from our own, live the merpeople. Their communities are spread throughout the oceans, seas, and freshwaters all over the globe.

When Serafina, a mermaid of the Mediterranean Sea, awakens on the morning of her betrothal, her biggest worry should be winning the love of handsome Prince Mahdi. And yet Sera finds herself haunted by strange dreams that foretell the return of an ancient evil. Her dark premonitions are confirmed when an assassin's arrow poisons Sera's mother. Now, Serafina must embark on a quest to find the assassin's master and prevent a war between the Mer nations. Led only by her shadowy dreams, Sera searches for five other mermaid heroines who are scattered across the six seas. Together, they will form an unbreakable bond of sisterhood and uncover a conspiracy that threatens their world's very existence.

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Julia Glass (Friday, May 9 at 7:30pm)
Julia Glass (The Widower's Tale, I See You Everywhere, The Whole World Over, Three Junes, And the Dark Sacred Night)

Julia Glass latest novel, And the Dark Sacred Night, is being published by Pantheon in April. She is the author of Three Junes, winner of the 2002 National Book Award for Fiction; The Whole World Over; I See You Everywhere, winner of the 2009 Binghamton University John Gardner Book Award; and The Widower’s Tale. Her essays have been widely anthologized. A recipient of fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, the New York Foundation for the Arts, and the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, Glass also teaches fiction writing, most frequently at the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown. She lives with her family in Marblehead, Massachusetts. (added from Random House)… (more)
Big Ideas Reading Group (Saturday, May 10 at 4pm)
Saturday, May 10, 4:00 p.m.

Naked statistics: Stripping the Dread from the Data by Charles Wheelan For those who slept through Stats 101, this book is a lifesaver. Wheelan strips away the arcane and technical details and focuses on the underlying intuition that drives statistical analysis. He clarifies key concepts such as inference, correlation, and regression analysis, reveals how biased or careless parties can manipulate or misrepresent data, and shows us how brilliant and creative researchers are exploiting the valuable data from natural experiments to tackle thorny questions.

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Mark Leibovich (Monday, May 12 at 7:30pm)
Mark Leibovich, This Town

author event. bookstore.

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FRANCINE PROSE (Tuesday, May 13 at 7:30pm)
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Francine Prose

Tuesday, May 13, 7:30 p.m. Lovers at the Chameleon Club, Paris 1932: A Novel

Paris in the 1920s shimmers with excitement, dissipation, and freedom. It is a place of intoxicating ambition, passion, art, and discontent, where louche jazz venues like the Chameleon Club draw expats, artists, libertines, and parvenus looking to indulge their true selves. It is at the Chameleon where the striking Lou Villars, an extraordinary athlete and scandalous cross-dressing lesbian, finds refuge among the club’s loyal denizens, including the rising Hungarian photographer Gabor Tsenyi.

“Brilliant and wicked and funny and right on-never has Europe been done with such savage precision…Every bit funny and appalling, at the end especially, of course. There’s not a French affectation, hypocrisy or depravity left untouched. I love it!” (Diane Johnson, author of LE MARIAGE and L'AFFAIRE)

Francine Prose is the author of twenty works of fiction. Her novel A Changed Man won the Dayton Literary Peace Prize, and Blue Angel was a finalist for the National Book Award. Her most recent works of nonfiction include the highly acclaimed Anne Frank: The Book, The Life, The Afterlife, and the New York Times bestseller Reading Like a Writer. She's recipient of numerous grants and honors, including a Guggenheim and a Fulbright.

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CHRISTOPHER MOORE (Wednesday, May 14 at 7:30pm)
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Christopher Moore

Wednesday, May 14, 7:30 p.m. The Serpent of Venice

New York Times bestselling author Christopher Moore channels William Shakespeare and Edgar Allan Poe in this satiric Venetian gothic that brings back the Pocket of Dog Snogging, the eponymous hero of Fool, along with his sidekick, Drool, and pet monkey, Jeff.

Venice, a long time ago. A trio of cunning plotters-the merchant, Antonio; the senator, Montressor Brabantio; and the naval officer, Iago-have lured the rascal-Fool Pocket, the erstwhile envoy of Britain and France, and widower of the murdered Queen Cordelia, to a dark dungeon, promising an evening of spirits and debauchery with a rare Amontillado sherry and Brabantio's beautiful daughter, Portia.

But their invitation is, of course, bogus. The wine is drugged. The girl isn't even in the city limits. Desperate to rid themselves once and for all of the man who has consistently foiled their grand quest for power and wealth, they have lured him to his death. (How can such a small man, be such a huge obstacle?). But this Fool is no Fool . . . and he's got more than a few tricks (and hand gestures) up his sleeve.

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STEVEN PRESSMAN (Thursday, May 15 at 7pm)
Steven Pressman Thursday, May 15, 7:30 p.m. 50 Children: One Ordinary American Couple's Extraordinary Rescue Mission Into the Heart of Nazi Germany In early 1939, few Americans were thinking about the darkening storm clouds over Europe. Nor did they have much sympathy for the growing number of Jewish families that were increasingly threatened and brutalized by Adolf Hitler's policies in Germany and Austria. But one ordinary American couple decided that something had to be done. Despite overwhelming obstacles--both in Europe and in the United States--Gilbert and Eleanor Kraus made a bold and unprecedented decision to travel into Nazi Germany in an effort to save a group of Jewish children. Drawing from Eleanor Kraus's unpublished memoir, rare historical documents, and interviews with more than a dozen of the surviving children, and illustrated with period photographs, archival materials, and memorabilia, 50 Children is a remarkable tale of personal courage and triumphant heroism.

Steven Pressman was a magazine and newspaper journalist for more than thirty years. He is the author of Outrageous Betrayal: The Dark Journey of Werner Erhard from est to Exile, and the writer, director, and producer of the HBO documentary film "50 Children: The Rescue Mission of Mr. and Mrs. Kraus".

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Fiction Book Club (Monday, May 19 at 7pm)
Monday, May 19, 7:00 p.m.

The long valley by John Steinbeck

First published in 1938, this volume of stories collected with the encouragement of his longtime editor Pascal Covici serves as a wonderful introduction to the work of Nobel Prize winner John Steinbeck. Set in the beautiful Salinas Valley of California, where simple people farm the land and struggle to find a place for themselves in the world.

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MONA SIMPSON (Tuesday, May 20 at 7:30pm)
Mona Simpson Tuesday, May 20, 7:30 p.m. Casebook

From the acclaimed and award-winning author of Anywhere But Here and My Hollywood, a powerful new novel about a young boy’s quest to uncover the mysteries of his unraveling family. What he discovers turns out to be what he least wants to know: the inner workings of his parents’ lives. And even then he can’t stop searching.

“Ensnaring, witty, and perceptive . . . This exceptionally incisive, fine–tuned and charming novel unfolds gracefully as Simpson brings fresh understanding and keen humor to the complexities intrinsic to each stage of life and love.”––Donna Seaman, Booklist (starred review)

“This is a story about a son’s love for his mother, and Simpson’s portrayal of utter loyalty is infectious.”––Publishers Weekly (starred review)

Mona Simpson studied poetry at Berkeley and attended graduate school in Columbia's MFA program. She has also written The Lost Father, A Regular Guy and Off Keck Road. Her work has been awarded several prizes: a Whiting Prize, a Guggenheim, a grant from the NEA, a Hodder Fellowship from Princeton University, a Lila Wallace Readers Digest Prize, a Chicago Tribune Heartland Prize, a Pen Faulkner finalist, and most recently a Literature Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters.

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TOM BARBASH (Wednesday, May 21 at 7:30pm)
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Tom Barbash

Wednesday, May 21, 7:30 p.m.

Stay Up With Me: Stories

The stories in Tom Barbash's wondrous and evocative collection explore the myriad ways we try to connect with one another and with the sometimes cruel world around us. The newly single mother in "The Break" interferes in her son's love life over his Christmas vacation from college. The anxious young man in "Balloon Night" persists in hosting his and his wife's annual watch-the-Macy's-Thanksgiving-Day-Parade-floats-be-inflated party while trying to keep the myth of his marriage equally afloat. "Somebody's Son" tells the story of a young man guiltily conning an elderly couple out of their home in the Adirondacks, and the narrator in "The Women" watches his widowed father become the toast of Manhattan's midlife dating scene, as he struggles to find his own footing in life.

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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