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February 2018

This is Now with Angie Coiro Presents: Morgan Jerkins on Race and Misogyny

February 24 @ 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Kepler’s Books, 1010 El Camino Real
Menlo Park , CA 94025 United States
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Blogger and essayist Morgan Jerkins boldly takes on the most incendiary of topics: the stew of racism, misogyny, and white-dominated feminism that sidelines black women from American discourse and influence. Her new book This Will Be My Undoing tallies the cost to us all of objectifying and silencing black women. Lauded by no less a voice than Roxane Gay, Jerkins' essays are a fearless tapestry of observation and personal experience. In an evening with Angie Coiro, host of KLF's This Is Now…

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March 2018

Flash Fiction Forum

March 14 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Works Gallery, 364 S. Market St.
San Jose, CA 95113 United States
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Works Gallery –  364 S. Market St. (street edge of the Convention Center), San José, California.

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Don George

March 20 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
SJSU MLK Library, 150 E San Fernando St
San Jose, CA 95112 United States
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National Geographic has called Don George “a legendary travel writer and editor.” Don’s new book is The Way of Wanderlust: The Best Travel Writing of Don George. He also wrote the book on travel writing, Lonely Planet’s Guide to Travel Writing, which is the bestselling travel writing guide in the world. In addition, Don has edited ten award-winning literary travel anthologies, including An Innocent Abroad, Better Than Fiction, and The Kindness of Strangers. Don has been Travel Editor at the San Francisco Chronicle, founder and editor of Salon.com’s Wanderlust travel site,…

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Junot Diaz

March 21 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Kepler’s Books, 1010 El Camino Real
Menlo Park , CA 94025 United States
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$5 - $25

From New York Times bestseller and Pulitzer Prize winner Junot Diaz comes a debut picture book about the magic of memory and the infinite power of the imagination. Every kid in Lola's school was from somewhere else. Hers was a school of faraway places. When Lola's teacher asks the students to draw a picture of where their families immigrated from, all the kids are excited. Except Lola. She can't remember The Island--she left when she was just a baby. But…

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Leonard Mlodinow with Michael Shermer

March 22 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Kepler’s Books, 1010 El Camino Real
Menlo Park , CA 94025 United States
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$15 - $50

Out of the exploratory instincts that allowed our ancestors to prosper hundreds of thousands of years ago, humans developed a cognitive style that Mlodinow terms elastic thinking, a collection of traits and abilities that include neophilia (an affinity for novelty), schizotypy (a tendency toward unusual perception), imagination and idea generation, pattern recognition, mental fluency, divergent thinking, and integrative thinking.

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Luis Alberto Urrea

March 26 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Bookshop Santa Cruz, 1520 Pacific Ave
Santa Cruz , CA 95060 United States
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Bookshop welcomes award winning author Luis Alberto Urrea for a book discussion and signing of The House of Broken Angels. In his final days, beloved and ailing patriarch Miguel Angel De La Cruz, known affectionately as Big Angel, has summoned his entire clan for one last legendary birthday party. But as the party approaches, his mother, nearly one hundred, dies herself, leading to a farewell doubleheader. Across one bittersweet weekend in their San Diego neighborhood, the revelers mingle among the palm…

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Katherine Applegate

March 27 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Kepler’s Books, 1010 El Camino Real
Menlo Park , CA 94025 United States
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Meet beloved author Katherine Applegate  and fall in love with Wishtree, a heartwarming story that reveals the powers of love, healing, and community Red is an oak tree who is many rings old. Red is the neighborhood "wishtree"―people write their wishes on pieces of cloth and tie them to Red's branches. Along with a crow named Bongo and other animals who seek refuge in Red's hollows, this wishtree watches over the neighborhood. You might say Red has seen it all.  Until…

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April 2018

Michael Gazzaniga with Kara Platoni

April 4 @ 7:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Kepler’s Books, 1010 El Camino Real
Menlo Park , CA 94025 United States
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$15 - $50

Michael S. Gazzaniga is the director of the SAGE Center for the Study of the Mind at the University of California, Santa Barbara. He is the president of the Cognitive Neuroscience Institute, the founding director of the MacArthur Foundation’s Law and Neuroscience Project, and a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, the National Academy of Medicine, and the National Academy of Sciences. He is the author of many popular science books, including Tales from Both Sides of the Brain.…

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This is Now with Angie Coiro Presents: Leslie Jamison on Alcoholism

April 11 @ 7:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Kepler’s Books, 1010 El Camino Real
Menlo Park , CA 94025 United States
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Leslie Jamison is the author of the essay collection The Empathy Exams, a New York Times bestseller. Her work has appeared in the New York Times Magazine and Harper's, among others, and she is a columnist for the New York Times Book Review. With comparisons to Joan Didion and Susan Sontag, Jamison has turned the traditional addiction narrative on its head in this deeply personal and seamless blend of memoir, cultural history, literary criticism, and journalistic reportage. Join us for an evening on addiction and learn more about the writers…

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Peter Balakian

April 12 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Hammer Theater Center, 101 Paseo De San Antonio Walk
San Jose, CA 95113 United States
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Lewandowski Poet In conjunction with Legacy of Poetry Day.

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Lewandowski Poet: Peter Balakian

April 12 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Hammer Theater Center, 101 Paseo De San Antonio Walk
San Jose, CA 95113 United States
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$10 - $50

Winner of the Pulitzer Prize for Poetry for Ozone Journal, Peter Balakian shares a reading and conversation with San José State University President Mary Papazian. This event is in conjunction with Legacy of Poetry Day! VIP Reception to follow.

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William Vollmann

April 16 @ 7:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Kepler’s Books, 1010 El Camino Real
Menlo Park , CA 94025 United States
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$15 - $55

William T. Vollmann is the author of ten novels, including Europe Central, which won the National Book Award. He has also written Rising Up and Rising Down and Imperial, both of which were finalists for the National Book Critics Circle Award. He is the recipient of a Whiting Writers Award and the Strauss Living Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters. His journalism and fiction have been published in The New Yorker, Harpers, Esquire, Granta, and many other publications. Encyclopedic, sardonic, and rigorously investigated.…

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This is Now with Angie Coiro presents: Sally Kohn

April 25 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Kepler’s Books, 1010 El Camino Real
Menlo Park , CA 94025 United States
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Sally Kohn is currently a CNN political commentator and a columnist for The Daily Beast. Kohn was previously a Fox News contributor, and she has been a frequent guest on MSNBC. She writes regularly for media outlets including the Washington Post, the New York Times, New York Magazine, Refinery29, Marie Claire, Cosmopolitan, Yahoo, Salon, Time and many more. She also works as a communications consultant and was previously a campaign strategist for the Center for Community Change, a fellow at the Ford Foundation, and a strategic…

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Anna Yen

April 26 @ 7:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Kepler’s Books, 1010 El Camino Real
Menlo Park , CA 94025 United States
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$15 - $50

Anna Yen has worked at a wide range of tech companies. She spearheaded investor relations for industry leaders such as Tesla Motors, Market Watch, and Pixar Animations Studios, and reported directly to some of Silicon Valley's most respected leaders (including Steve Jobs, Elon Musk, and Larry Kramer.) She has co-founded several tech start-ups and is currently Managing Director at Ellipsis, an investor relations firm. She lives in San Francisco. Kepler's Literary Foundation is proud to introduce the Bay Area literary world's…

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May 2018

Carlo Rovelli

May 7 @ 7:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Burlingame Theater, 1 Mangini Way
Burlingame, CA 94010 United States
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$15 - $50

Italian physicist Carlo Rovelli is the head of the Quantum Gravity group at the Centre de Physique Théorique of Aix-Marseille University and one of the founders of the loop quantum gravity theory. His previous books include Seven Brief Lessons on Physics--an international bestseller translated into more than forty languages--and Reality Is Not What It Seems. Why do we remember the past and not the future? The bestselling author of Seven Brief Lessons on Physics, takes to the Burlingame stage for a meditation on time.…

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Christopher Moore

May 9 @ 7:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Kepler’s Books, 1010 El Camino Real
Menlo Park , CA 94025 United States
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$15 - $50

Christopher Moore is the author of fifteen previous novels: Practical Demonkeeping, Coyote Blue, Bloodsucking Fiends, Island of the Sequined Love Nun, The Lust Lizard of Melancholy Cove, Lamb, Fluke, The Stupidest Angel, A Dirty Job, You Suck, and Fool. He lives in San Francisco. Join one of the Bay Area’s biggest, most wisecracking fiction writers as he takes readers from the peaks of Mount Ranier, through the deserts of New Mexico, and all the way to the bustling, braggadocious streets of 1947 San Francisco on…

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Claudia Rankine at Stanford Live

May 16 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Bing Concert Hall, 327 Lasuen St.
Stanford, CA 94305 United States
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$20

African American poet Claudia Rankine speaks to the human condition in all its many manifestations. A winner of the 2016 MacArthur Fellowship and author of five poetry collections, Rankine candidly and critcally uses poetry and prose to explore what it means to be an American citizen in a "post-racial" society.

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Simon Winchester

May 21 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Kepler’s Books, 1010 El Camino Real
Menlo Park , CA 94025 United States
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$15 - $50

Simon Winchester is the acclaimed author of The Professor and the Madman, The Men Who United the States, The Map That Changed the World, The Man Who Loved China, A Crack in the Edge of the World, and Krakatoa, all of which were New York Times bestsellers. In 2006, Winchester was made an officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) by Her Majesty the Queen. He resides in western Massachusetts. Precisions, that abstract idea of exact measurement – the thing that makes our…

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This is Now with Angie Coiro presents James Hatch on Combat Recovery

May 22 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Kepler’s Books, 1010 El Camino Real
Menlo Park , CA 94025 United States
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James Hatch served with the Navy SEALs, where he rose to the rank of special ops Senior Chief. He fought in 150 missions, including service in Iraq and Afghanistan. He earned four Bronze Stars with Valor. But it was when he broke into tears over the death of a service dog by enemy fire that he came to national attention. Hatch was testifying in the trial of Bowe Bergdahl, who abandoned his post in Afghanistan, then was captured by the…

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