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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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Upcoming events

Oct
26
Story Time with ERIC LITWIN (Sunday, October 26 at 11am)
Story Time with Eric Litwin

Sunday, October 26, 11:00 a.m.

The Nuts: Bedtime at the Nut House

Redwood Shores Branch Library, 399 Marine Parkway @ Bridge Parkway Love the Pete The Cat picture books? We certainly do and are thrilled that Eric Litwin is visiting with his new book, The Nuts: Bedtime at the Nut House. Eric will do a full performance of his Bedtime at the Nut House song, as well as several additional songs. He's an exceptional performer - we can't wait. In this catchy bedtime adventure, it's bedtime at the Nut House, but Hazel and Wally Nut aren't ready to settle down just yet. Instead they're bouncing, wiggling, and howling at the moon, and it's up to Mama Nut to guide and wrangle her lovable and rambunctious little ones into bed. Litwin's expert use of repetition, call-and-response, and clever rhyme offers an unforgettable interactive reading experience inviting readers young and old to join in the nutty fun.

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Oct
27
YA: SARA RAASCH, KASIE WEST, and CORRINE JACKSON (Monday, October 27 at 7pm)
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Sara Raasch, Kasie West, and Corrine Jackson

Monday, October 27, 7:00 p.m.

Snow Like Ashes by Sara Raasch

Game of Thrones meets Graceling in this striking fantasy tale of dark magic, dangerous politics, and discovering your true self. Sara Raasch’s debut fantasy is a lightning-fast story of loyalty, love, and controlling one’s destiny.

On The Fence by Kasie West

She's a tomboy. He's the boy next door. With three older brothers, Charlotte Reynolds, aka Charlie, has always been more comfortable calling the shots on a basketball court than flirting with the opposite sex. So when her police officer dad demands she get a summer job to pay for the latest in a long line of speeding tickets, she's more than a little surprised to find herself working at a chichi boutique and going out with a boy who has never seen her tear it up in a pickup game.

Ignited by Corrine Jackson

Ever since Remy O'Malley discovered her dual identity as a Healer and a Protector, she's kept alive by staying one step ahead of both sides in this centuries-old war. Now someone's trying to draw her out of hiding, using her kidnapped father as bait.

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Oct
28
Café Scientifique presents JOHN BRANCH (Tuesday, October 28 at 6:30pm)
John Branch, Pulitzer Prize-winning sports reporter for The New York Times

Tuesday, October 28, 6:30 p.m.

SRI Menlo Park, Middlefield Road at Ringwood, Menlo Park

A Co-Production of the Bay Area Science Festival and Café Scientifique Silicon Valley @SRI

Widely regarded as the toughest man in the NHL, Derek Boogaard was a gentle man off the ice but a merciless fighter on it. We'll explore Boogaard's unlikely journey from lumbering kid playing pond-hockey; to his junior hockey days, when one brutal outburst of violence brought Boogaard to the attention of professional scouts; to his days and nights as a star enforcer with the Minnesota Wild and the storied New York Rangers.

Boogaard's story raises deep and disturbing questions about the systemic brutality of contact sports—and the damage that reaches far beyond the game and does so more quickly and at younger ages than has ever been suspected. We'll discuss the current science and technology being used to diagnose and detect these injuries and what that may mean to the future of these sports.

Speakers: John Branch, Pulitzer Prize-winning sports reporter for The New York Times Dr. Joel Kramer, Professor of Neuropsychology in Neurology and Director of the Memory and Aging Center Neuropsychology Program, UC San Francisco Dr. David Camarillo, Assistant Professor of Bioengineering and Mechanical Engineering, Stanford University Moderator, Katie Baker, Grantland

For directions and more information, click HERE.

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Oct
28
YA: YouTube Star MICHELLE PHAN (Tuesday, October 28 at 7pm)
Meet & Greet: YouTube Star Michelle Phan

Tuesday, October 28, 7:00 p.m. Make Up: Your Life Guide to Beauty, Style, and Success--Online and Off

Michelle Phan has believed in makeup since the first time she was allowed to try eyeliner. When she looked in the mirror and saw a transformed version of herself looking back, she fell in love with the sense of confidence that makeup could give her. Ever since she posted her first makeup tutorial on YouTube, she has dedicated herself to inspire millions by using makeup as a tool for transformation and self expression.

Now, Michelle has compiled all of her best wisdom into Make Up: Your Life Guide to Beauty, Style, and Success--Online and Off. From creating a gorgeous smoky eye to understanding contouring to developing an online persona, Michelle has advice to help you transform every facet of your life. Make Up is packed with Michelle’s trademark beauty and style tutorials, stories and pictures from her own life, and advice on the topics she is asked about most, including etiquette, career, entrepreneurship, and creativity. From the everyday (such as how to get glowing skin) to the big picture (such as how to turn your passion into a profession), Make Up is a practical and empowering resource to help anyone put their best face forward.

Michelle Phan is a digital pioneer, entrepreneur, and award-winning content creator who is the driving force behind multiple businesses in the beauty and entertainment industry. With a focus on empowering the next generation, Michelle encourages her community to use makeup as a tool for transformation and confidence building. She splits her time between Los Angeles and New York City. Note: You must purchase a ticket to enter the signing line. Each ticket includes one copy of Make Up. Tickets are available at Kepler's or click HERE to purchase online.

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Oct
29
HERANT KATCHADOURIAN in conversation with RICHARD EVANS (Wednesday, October 29 at 7:30pm)
Herant Katchadourian in conversation with Richard Evans

Wednesday, October 29, 7:30 p.m.

The Way It Turned Out: A Memoir

Spanning seven decades, this memoir moves the reader across The Middle East, Europe, and the United States. Herant explores the role of chance in his own life, but his findings will resonate with your own experiences. As he reconstructs past events in the light of the present, he is able to contextualize personal events within historical time periods.

Herant Katchadourian is perhaps best known as a gifted teacher who was nominated seven times as Outstanding Professor and Class Day Speaker during his long career at Stanford, but he also revels in the joys of storytelling. This immensely readable and instructive memoir takes the reader through the unlikely, moving, and often hilarious turns in Katchadourian’s life, showing how The Way It Turned Out is hardly the way anyone would have guessed it to be.

Richard Evans is an international businessman and traveler who has served in senior leadership positions for several Fortune 500 companies. He has been a frequent speaker at the World Economic Forum in Davos, the Global Economic Symposium and the Global Summit for Women. He and his wife Gretchen live in San Francisco - where he has published a photography book on Haight Ashbury and San Francisco. He met Herant Katchadourian on a Stanford Travel/Study trip on a ship off the coast of Spain in 2012.

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Oct
30
TERRY SHAMES in conversation with KEITH RAFFEL (Thursday, October 30 at 7:30pm)
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Terry Shames in conversation with Keith Raffel

Thursday, October 30, 7:30pm

Dead Broke in Jarrett Creek: A Samuel Craddock Mystery

Spend Halloween Eve with two of our favorite local mystery writers. Terry Shames and Keith Raffel will discuss murder, intrigue, secrets, and kickbacks, in celebration of Shames' new novel, Dead Broke in Jarrett Creek: A Samuel Craddock Mystery.

Jarrett Creek is bankrupt. Gary Dellmore, heir apparent to the main bank, is dead, apparently murdered. Samuel Craddock thought he was retired but now he's been asked to return as police chief. Dellmore supposedly had a roving eye, although his wife says he was never serious about dallying. Still, Craddock wonders: Did the husbands and fathers of women he flirted with think he was harmless? What about his current lover, who insists that Dellmore was going to leave his wife for her? Craddock discovers that Dellmore had a record of bad business investments. Even worse, he took a kickback from a loan he procured, which ultimately drove the town into bankruptcy. Many people had motive to want Dellmore dead. Then the investigation turns up another crime. As Craddock digs down to the root of this mess, many in Jarrett Creek are left wondering what happened to the innocence of their close-knit community.

Terry Shames is the author of the Samuel Craddock mysteries A Killing at Cotton Hill and The Last Death of Jack Harbin. She is the coeditor of Fire in the Hills, a book of stories, poems, and photographs about the 1991 Oakland Hills Fire. She grew up in Texas and continues to be fascinated by the convoluted loyalties and betrayals of the small town where her grandfather was the mayor. Terry is a member of the Mystery Writers of America and Sisters in Crime.

Keith Raffel began his lifelong patronage of Kepler’s when it was in a series of connected, ramshackle buildings on the other side of El Camino. Before turning to writing full-time, he watched over the CIA, supported himself at the racetrack, founded a software company, taught writing to Harvard freshmen, ran for Congress, and sold DNA sequencing. Keith’s latest novel, A Fine and Dangerous Season, is a bestselling thriller set during the Cuban Missile Crisis of 1962.

Co-sponored by Mystery Writers of America:

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Nov
1
Launch: CAROLE BUMPUS (Saturday, November 1 at 6pm)
Launch: Carole Bumpus

Saturday, November 1, Reception: 6:00 p.m. - Event: 7:00 p.m.

A Cup of Redemption

We're so pleased to welcome local author, Carole Bumpus, on the release of her first novel.

This historical novel is based on three women’s compelling stories of love and loss during times of war. By searching old letters and diaries to obtain clues ranging from World War I to 9/11, two of the women journey through the French countryside to honor the third woman’s dying wish to find her father—and in their quest to redeem her name, they both discover answers to their own family secrets Carole Bumpus, a retired family therapist, writes a food/travel blog taken from excerpts of her interviews with French and Italian families, known as Savoring the Olde Ways. She has been published in both the U.S. and France for her articles on WWII veterans and has also been published in three short-story anthologies.

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Nov
2
LAUNCH PARTY: KEITH RAFFEL in conversation with ELLEN SUSSMAN (Sunday, November 2 at 5pm)
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Keith Raffel in conversation with Ellen Sussman

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

Temple Mount

Come help us celebrate the launch of Keith Raffel's fifth novel, Temple Mount! Former high tech exec Alex Kalman sets off on a quest that takes him from Washington's corridors of power to ancient passages under Jerusalem's Temple Mount. Finally, Americans, Arabs, and Israelis can agree on something -- the need to stop Alex Kalman.

The New York Times called Keith Raffel’s first novel Dot Dead, "worthy of a Steve Jobs keynote presentation."

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.

Co-sponsored by Mystery Writers of America:

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Nov
3
Simon Winchester will be promoting The Men Who United the States (Monday, November 3 at 7:30pm)
Simon Winchester will be promoting The Men Who United the States (added from HarperCollins)
Nov
4
LAUNCH: LALITA TADEMY (Tuesday, November 4 at 7:30pm)
Launch: Lalita Tademy

Tuesday, November 4, 7:30 p.m.

Citizen's Creek

Please join us to celebrate the long-awaited release of Lalita Tademy's new novel!

Cow Tom, born into slavery in Alabama in 1810 and sold to a Creek Indian chief before his tenth birthday, possessed an extraordinary gift: the ability to master languages. As the new country developed westward, and Indians, settlers, and blacks came into constant contact, Cow Tom became a key translator for his Creek master and was hired out to US military generals. His talent earned him money—but would it also grant him freedom? And what would become of him and his family in the aftermath of the Civil War and the Indian Removal westward? Lalita Tademy is the New York Times Bestselling author of two historical novels. Her debut, Cane River, was Oprah’s summer Book Pick in 2001 and was translated into 11 languages, and her second novel, Red River, was selected as San Francisco’s One City, One Book in 2007.

Before writing full-time, Lalita was Vice President and General Manager of several high technology companies in Silicon Valley, spending over a decade running business units within large corporations. Featured in Fortune’s “People on the Rise” list, as well as Black Enterprise and Ebony, in 1998 she was named an African-American Innovator in the New Millennium at the Silicon Valley Tech Museum of Innovation.

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Nov
5
BILL OETINGER (Wednesday, November 5 at 7:30pm)
Bill Oetinger

Wednesday, November 5, 7:30 p.m.

75 Classic Rides Northern California: The Best Road Biking Routes

Cyclists of all skill levels and interests should check out 75 Classic Rides!

75 Classic Rides is pure cyclist's nirvana. A full-color guide of easy to epic bike rides across the Bay Area, Central Valley, Gold Country, Sierra and more. Oetinger includes everything from wine country jaunts to steep thigh-burners in this detailed information guide. He also provides route variations, prep and road safety advice, a handy rides-at-a-glance chart, easy-to-use mileage logs and downloadable cue sheets, and elevation profiles and route maps.

Bill Oetinger is an avid cyclist, the ride director and newsletter editor for the Santa Rosa Cycling Club for more than twenty years, and has planned and coordinated thousands of rides in the Bay Area.

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Nov
6
PREMIER EVENT: BRYAN STEVENSON (Thursday, November 6 at 7:30pm)
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Premier Event: Bryan Stevenson

Thursday, November 6, 7:30 p.m.

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

Peninsula Arts & Letters is very excited to host Bryan Stevenson, winner of the MacArthur Foundation "Genius" Grant, who has won relief for dozens of condemned prisoners, argued five times before the Supreme Court, and won national acclaim for his work challenging bias against the poor and people of color.

Just Mercy is a true account of an idealistic young lawyer's coming of age, a moving window into the lives of those he has defended, and a clarion call to fix our broken system of justicefrom one of the most brilliant and influential lawyers of our time.

A 1985 graduate of Harvard, with both a Masters in Public Policy from the Kennedy School of Government and a J.D. from the School of Law, Bryan Stevenson joined the clinical faculty at New York University School of Law in 1998.

Stevenson has been representing capital defendants and death row prisoners in the deep south since 1985 when he was a staff attorney with the Southern Center for Human Rights in Atlanta. Since 1989, he has been Executive Director of the Equal Justice Initiative (EJI), a private, nonprofit law organization he founded that focuses on social justice and human rights in the context of criminal justice reform in the United States.

Click HERE to listen to his TED talks.

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Nov
7
Friday Night Book Club (Friday, November 7 at 7:30pm)
Friday, November 7, 7:30 p.m.

The unwinding: An Inner History of the New America by George Packer

American democracy is beset by a sense of crisis. Seismic shifts during a single generation have created a country of winners and losers, allowing unprecedented freedom while rending the social contract, driving the political system to the verge of breakdown, and setting citizens adrift to find new paths forward. In The unwinding, George Packer tells the story of the past three decades by journeying through the lives of several Americans, including a son of tobacco farmers who becomes an evangelist for a new economy in the rural South, a factory worker in the Rust Belt trying to survive the collapse of her city, a Washington insider oscillating between political idealism and the lure of organized money, and a Silicon Valley billionaire who arrives at a radical vision of the future. Packer interweaves these stories with sketches of public figures, from Newt Gingrich to Jay-Z, and collages made from newspaper headlines, advertising slogans, and song lyrics. Packer’s novelistic and kaleidoscopic history of the new America is his most ambitious work to date.

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Nov
8
BookSwap (Saturday, November 8 at 6:30pm)
Credit: Anne Knudsen EAT, DRINK, TALK AND SWAP BOOKS: An Evening at Kepler's

Saturday, November 8, 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 ALICE LAPLANTE with her novel A Circle of Wives. Yes, Alice will be joining us to discuss her book about which The San Francisco Chronicle said "Exhilarating and smart, A Circle of Wives is a wild ride of love, loss, marriage and murder, with a finale that's provocative, thrilling and grand. It all shows that while some deaths are a mystery, so, too, are some loves."

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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Nov
10
Spanish Book Club (Monday, November 10 at 7pm)
Monday, November 10, 7:00 p.m.

La Muerte De Artemio Cruz by Carlos Fuentes

Los ultimos momentos de la vida de un hombre poderoso, un soldado revolucionario, un amante sin amor, un padre sin familia un hombre que traiciono a sus companeros, pero que no pudo soportar las heridas que le infligio el destino.

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Nov
11
PREMIER EVENT: FRANCIS FUKUYAMA (Tuesday, November 11 at 7:30pm)
Premier Event: Francis Fukuyama

Tuesday, November 11, 7:30 p.m.

Political order and political decay Tickets are available at Kepler's and online at Brown Paper Tickets

Political order and political decay is the completion of the most important work of political thought in at least a generation. Compared to such seminal thinkers as Jean-Jacques Rosseau, John Locke, John Rawls, and Amartya Sen, Fukuyama boldly reckons with the future of democracy in the face of entrenched political paralysis in the West.

Fukuyama argues that economic growth produces middle classes that in turn demand accountable institutions, the kind that make democracies healthy. But powerful elites can end up controlling those very levers of democracy, leading to the political paralysis evident in some Western societies.

Join the conversation today by submitting your questions for Fukuyama through Google Moderator. The site will be active through November 11th -- you'll be able to view other questions and vote up/down for the questions you want to see asked during the live event. You can check back in at any time.

Broken into sections on "The State", "Foreign Institution", "Democracy", and "Political Decay", Fukuyama gives an account of how state, law, and democracy developed over the last two centuries; how they interacted with one another and with the other economic and social dimensions of development; and, finally, how they have shown signs of decay in the United States and in other developed democracies. Political order and political decay has been called the companion volume to Fukuyama's The Origins of Political Order. Fukuyama writes with intelligence, eloquence, and erudition, making for an enjoyable read and a painless study.

Francis Fukuyama is the Olivier Nomellini Senior Fellow at Stanford's Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies. He was a researcher at the RAND Corporation and served as the deputy director for the State Department's policy planning staff.

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Nov
15
Sci Fi/Fantasy Day: An Afternoon of Aliens, Dragons, Magic and Other Worlds (Saturday, November 15 at 1pm)
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Click HERE to read more about the authors who will participate!

Sci Fi/Fantasy Day: An Afternoon of Aliens, Dragons, Magic and Other Worlds @Kepler’s

Saturday, November 15, 1:00 - 6:00 p.m.

Tickets are available at Brown Paper Tickets.

1:00 p.m.: Other Worlds Andy Weir (The Martian) in conversation with Matthew Jobin (The Nethergrim).

2:15 p.m.: A Class in Dothraki with David Peterson Are you a fan of Game of Thrones® (and aren’t we all)? Dream of joining Daenerys in her march toward King’s Landing to claim the Iron Throne? Then join us in a class to master Dothraki with David Peterson, author of Living Language Dothraki and language consultant for the HBO® series. 3:30 p.m.: Face-off: Sci Fi Versus Fantasy. (What’s the Difference and Which Is Better?) Writers Marie Brennan, Chaz Brenchley, Ellen Klages, and Pat Murphy will debate the differences between science fiction and fantasy – and which is better. And yes, you’ll get to vote! 5:00 p.m.: Steven Erikson in conversation with Tad Williams 5:00 p.m.: Steven Erikson in conversation with Tad Williams Meet the man behind the Malazan Book of the Fallen series talking to the man behind the Otherland series. All the authors will be around talking about writing and their books. They probably can even be convinced to sign a copy of one of their brilliant novels for you! And finally, announcing the Kepler's Science Fiction/ Fantasy Fiction Prize!

For an unpublished science fiction or fantasy fiction novel by an unpublished (fiction) author. The story must have a science fiction or fantasy element. Submit the first 25 pages to angelam@keplers.com (please put Kepler's Science Fiction/Fantasy Fiction Prize in the subject line) or via mail to Angela Mann, Kepler's Books, 1010 El Camino Real, Menlo Park CA 94025. Judging will be done by Kepler's staff. The winner will have his/her book - once published - featured in the window of the store for at least a week.

Submissions must be received by November 1st.

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Nov
17
REBECCA ALEXANDER (Monday, November 17 at 7:30pm)
Rebecca Alexander

Monday, November 17, 7:30 p.m.

Not fade away: A Memoir of Senses Lost and Found

Born with a rare genetic mutation called Usher Syndrome type III, Rebecca Alexander has been simultaneously losing both her sight and hearing since she was a child, and was told that she would likely be completely blind and deaf by age 30. Then, at 18, a fall from a window left her athletic body completely shattered.

None of us know what we would do in the face of such devastation. What Rebecca did was rise to every challenge she faced. She was losing her vision and hearing and her body was broken, but she refused to lose her drive, her zest for life and – maybe most importantly – her sense of humor. Now, at 35, with only a sliver of sight and significantly deteriorated hearing, she is a psychotherapist with two masters’ degrees from Columbia University, and an athlete who teaches spin classes and regularly competes in extreme endurance races. She greets every day as if it were a gift, with boundless energy, innate curiosity, and a strength of spirit that have led her to places we can't imagine.

In Not fade away, Rebecca tells her extraordinary story, by turns harrowing, funny and inspiring. She meditates on what she’s lost—from the sound of a whisper to seeing a sky full of stars, and what she’s found in return—an exquisite sense of intimacy with those she is closest to, a love of silence, a profound gratitude for everything she still has, and a joy in simple pleasures that most of us forget to notice.

Not fade away is both a memoir of the senses and a unique look at the obstacles we all face—physical, psychological, and philosophical—exploring the extraordinary powers of memory, love, and perseverance. It is a gripping story, an offering of hope and motivation, and an exquisite reminder to live each day to its fullest.

"A remarkable story of resilience and heart, Not fade away follows Rebecca Alexander as she must navigate the world cursed with a rare genetic disorder that will one day rob her of both sight and hearing. Bereft of self-pity, funny, and bursting with honesty, Not fade away will get its hooks in you. I promise that by the end of her story, you will fall just as in love with Rebecca as I have." —Susannah Cahalan, New York Times bestselling author of Brain on Fire

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Nov
18
SHANE HARRIS (Tuesday, November 18 at 7:30pm)
Shane Harris

Tuesday, November 18, 7:30 p.m.

@War: The Rise of the Military-Internet Complex

Harris delves into the frontlines of America's new cyber war. The United States military currently views cyberspace as the “fifth domain” of warfare (alongside land, air, sea, and space), and the Department of Defense, the National Security Agency, and the CIA all field teams of hackers who can, and do, launch computer virus strikes against enemy targets. In fact, as @WAR shows, U.S. hackers were crucial to our victory in Iraq. The military has formed a new alliance with tech and finance companies to patrol cyberspace, and Harris offers a deeper glimpse into this partnership than we have ever seen before. Finally, Harris explains what the new cybersecurity regime means for all of us, who spend our daily lives bound to the Internet — and are vulnerable to its dangers.

Shane Harris is the author of The Watchers: The Rise of America's Surveillance State, which won the New York Public Library's Helen Bernstein Book Award for Excellence in Journalism and was named one of the best books of 2010 by the Economist. Harris won the 2010 Gerald R. Ford Prize for Distinguished Reporting on National Defense. He is currently senior writer at Foreign Policy magazine and an ASU fellow at New America, where he researches the future of war. He has provided analysis and commentary for CNN, NPR, the BBC, and many other media organizations and radio stations.

The wars of the future are already being fought today.

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Nov
20
MINAL HAJRATWALA (Thursday, November 20 at 7:30pm)
An evening of poetry and enlightenment with Minal Hajratwala

Thursday, November 20, 7:30 p.m. Bountiful Instructions for Enlightenment

Join us for an evening of poetry and enlightenment with Minal Hajratwala and soon-to-be-announced special guests from The (Great) Indian Poetry Collective. From the award winning author of Leaving India comes a "stunning" debut poetry collection called Bountiful Instruction for Enlightenment.

As an actor, poet, and writer, Minal's readings are particularly engaging and moving. She is an artist at the boundaries of theater, cult ritual and poetry. She has incarnated herself as original and fearless.

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.

Along with poets Shikha Malaviya and Ellen Kombiyil, Hajratwala is a founding member of The (Great) Indian Poetry Collective, a not-for-profit literary publisher specializing in new poetry from India. Under a peer mentorship model, the poets will publish several books by a range of poets each year, discovering and bringing forth new voices that are innovative and diverse. The Collective’s first title, Geography of Tongues by Shikha Malaviya, was published in 2013 to critical acclaim.

Minal Hajratwala is author of the award-winning epic Leaving India: My Family’s Journey from Five Villages to Five Continents, which was called “incomparable” by Alice Walker and “searingly honest” by the Washington Post, and editor of Out! Stories from the New Queer India. She graduated from Stanford, was a fellow at Columbia University, and was a 2011 Fulbright-Nehru Senior Scholar.

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Nov
20
Lalita Tademy (Thursday, November 20 at 8pm)
Lalita Tademy is the author Cane River, a New York Times bestselling novel and the 2001 Oprah Book Club Summer Selection, and its critically acclaimed sequel Red River. She lives in Northern California. (added from Simon & Schuster)
Nov
24
Fiction Book Club (Monday, November 24 at 7pm)
Monday, November 24, 7:00 p.m.

Where'd You Go, Bernadette? by Maria Semple

Bernadette Fox is notorious. To her Microsoft-guru husband, she's a fearlessly opinionated partner; to fellow private-school mothers in Seattle, she's a disgrace; to design mavens, she's a revolutionary architect, and to 15-year-old Bee, she is a best friend and, simply, Mom.

Then Bernadette disappears. To find her mother, Bee compiles email messages, official documents, secret correspondence--creating a compulsively readable and touching novel about misplaced genius and a mother and daughter's role in an absurd world.

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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Dec
3
PREMIER EVENT: TIM SHRIVER (Wednesday, December 3 at 7:30pm)
Premier Event: Tim Shriver

Wednesday, December 3, 7:30 p.m.

Fully Alive: Discovering What Matters Most Tickets are available at Kepler's and online at Brown Paper Tickets

Remember when you believed you could actually change the world? Perhaps you imagined, as Timothy Shriver did, that the world could be changed “into a place of love and mystery and eternity.” The son of Eunice Kennedy and Sargent Shriver, founder of the Special Olympics, and nephew of John, Robert and Ted Kennedy, Timothy was born to families who have spent their lives advocating for people on the margins, inspired largely by Tim’s aunt Rosemary who was born with intellectual disabilities. Join us for an evening with Tim as he reveals how his meetings with world icons and cultural leaders such as Nelson Mandela, and through his own work with the Special Olympics, he changed his life from one focused on power, to a life of humility and vulnerability.

Tim Shriver’s new book, Fully Alive: Discovering What Matters Most, is at once a memoir and a roadmap for a life that is radically different and inspiring. This new life is inspired by the time he has dedicated to people with intellectual disabilities as chairman of the Special Olympics and co-founder of the Collaborative for Academic, Social, and Emotional Learning (CASEL), the leading research organization in the United States in the field of social and emotional learning. Is disability to be feared or welcomed, pitied or purged? Shriver argues that we all have different abilities and challenges we should embrace. Here we see how those who appear powerless have turned this seeming shortcoming into a power of their own, and we learn that we are all totally vulnerable and valuable at the same time.

Support the Special Olympics by buying a Premier Ticket; Tim is donating all of his proceeds from the book to the organization.

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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Dec
5
RICHARD FORD (Friday, December 5 at 7:30pm)
Richard Ford

Friday, December 5, 7:30 p.m.

Let Me Be Frank With You

A brilliant new work that returns Richard Ford to the hallowed territory that sealed his reputation as an American master: the world of Frank Bascombe, and the landscape of his celebrated novels The Sportswriter, the Pulitzer Prize and PEN/Faulkner winning Independence Day, and The Lay of the Land.

In his trio of world-acclaimed novels portraying the life of an entire American generation, Richard Ford has imagined one of the most indelible and widely discussed characters in modern literature, Frank Bascombe. Through Bascombe—protean, funny, profane, wise, often inappropriate—we’ve witnessed the aspirations, sorrows, longings, achievements and failings of an American life in the twilight of the twentieth century.

Now, in Let Me Be Frank With You, Ford reinvents Bascombe in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy. In four richly luminous narratives, Bascombe (and Ford) attempts to reconcile, interpret and console a world undone by calamity. It is a moving and wondrous and extremely funny odyssey through the America we live in at this moment. Ford is here again working with the maturity and brilliance of a writer at the absolute height of his powers.

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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Dec
6
Big Ideas Reading Group (Saturday, December 6 at 4pm)
Saturday, December 6, 4:00 p.m.

Time reborn: From the Crisis in Physics to the Future of the Universe by Lee Smolin

"If you are looking for a bracing alternative vision of physics built from the ground up, Smolin's "Time reborn" will take you to the mountaintop." -- NPR.

Smolin's groundbreaking theory postulates that physical laws can evolve over time and the future is not yet determined. Newton's fundamental laws may not remain so fundamental." Time reborn" serves as a popular primer and investigation of time, both what it is and how the true nature of it impacts our world.

"One of the essential books of the twenty-first century . . . Smolin provides a much-needed dose of clarity about time, with implications that go far beyond physics to economics, politics, and personal philosophy." -- Jaron Lanier, author of You Are Not a Gadget.

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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