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SOLD OUT! Ed Catmull in conversation with CHM's JOHN HOLLARThursday, 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.
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YA Event: Jennifer DonnellyThursday, 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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The Mid-peninsula Community Media Center, Palo Alto Library, and Kepler's present NoViolet BulawayoThursday, May 8, 7:00 p.m. We Need New Names Lucie Stern Community Center, 1305 Middlefield Rd., Palo Alto A remarkable literary debut, We Need New Names tells the unflinching and powerful story of a young girl's journey out of Zimbabwe and to America. The novel won the 2014 PEN / Hemingway Award for Debut Fiction and was shortlisted for the 2013 Man Booker Prize. It was also selected as a New York Times Notable Book of the Year and one of NPR Radio's Great Reads of 2013. In Bulawayo’s engaging and often disturbing semiautobiographical novel, 10-year-old Darling describes, with childlike candor and a penetrating grasp of language, first, her life in Zimbabwe during its so-called Lost Decade and then her life as a teenager in present-day America. What is at once delightful and disturbing is the fact that young Darling and her friends are so resilient amidst chaos. NoViolet Bulawayo was born in Tsholotsho. She earned her MFA at Cornell University, where she was also awarded a Truman Capote Fellowship, and she is currently a Stegner Fellow at Stanford.This event is free but you must register...