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OCTOBER EVENTS


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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.

 

Jude and her twin brother, Noah, are incredibly close. At thirteen, isolated Noah draws constantly and is falling in love with the charismatic boy next door, while daredevil Jude cliff-dives and wears red-red lipstick and does the talking for both of them. But three years later, Jude and Noah are barely speaking. Something has happened to wreck the twins in different and dramatic ways . . . until Jude meets a cocky, broken, beautiful boy, as well as someone else—an even more unpredictable new force in her life. The early years are Noah's story to tell. The later years are Jude's. What the twins don't realize is that they each have only half the story, and if they could just find their way back to one another, they’d have a chance to remake their world.
 


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Premier Event: Vikram Chandra

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

Geek Sublime: The Beauty of Code, the Code of Beauty


Vikram Chandra has been a computer programmer for almost as long as he has been a novelist. In this extraordinary new book, his first work of nonfiction, he searches for the connections between the worlds of art and technology. Coders are obsessed with elegance and style, just as writers are, but do the words mean the same thing to both? Can we ascribe beauty to the craft of writing code?

Exploring such varied topics as logic gates and literary modernism, the machismo of tech geeks, the omnipresence of an “Indian Mafia” in Silicon Valley, and the writings of the eleventh-century Kashmiri thinker Abhinavagupta, Geek Sublime is both an idiosyncratic history of coding and a fascinating meditation on the writer’s art.

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. 

Click HERE to order tickets online.



 

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.


 

 

 

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.





 

 

Premier Event: YA: 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 


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

Ticketing information will be available soon. 


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Premier Event: 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 


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.

Ticketing information will be available soon. 


 

 

 

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)



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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.




 
 

 

 

Fireside Chat with Garth Nix and Michael Grant

Thursday, October 23, 7:00 p.m.

Fantasy readers and action junkies rejoice! Garth Nix, one of the most beloved names in fantasy, is back with the long-awaited fourth book in the New York Times bestselling Old Kingdom series.

And he will be chatting with Michael Grant, New York Times bestselling author of the Gone Series. Two store favorites, two huge talents, two great new books. Don't miss this conversation between fan favorites.

Clariel

Garth Nix returns to the Old Kingdom with a thrilling prequel complete with dark magic, royalty, dangerous action, a strong heroine, and flawless world-building. This epic fantasy adventure is destined to be a classic, and is perfect for fans of Game of Thrones

 

Messenger of Fear

Michael Grant’s Messenger of Fear is a haunting narrative that examines the nature of good and evil in every human. Fans of Michelle Hodkin’s Mara Dyer trilogy and Stephen King will love this satisfyingly twisted series.

   

 



 

 

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.


NOVEMBER EVENTS



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.



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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Premier Event: Bryan Stevenson

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

Just Mercy


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.

Click HERE to order tickets online.


 

 

 


Francis Fukuyama

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

Political Order and Political Decay


Fukuyama's Political Order and Political Decay follows the story from the French Revolution to the so-called Arab Spring and the deep dysfunctions of contemporary American politics. He examines the effects of corruption on governance, and why some societies have been successful at rooting it out. He explores the different legacies of colonialism in Latin America, Africa, and Asia, and offers a clear-eyed account of why some regions have thrived and developed more quickly than others. And he boldly reckons with the future of democracy in the face of a rising global middle class and entrenched political paralysis in the West.

Francis Fukuyama is the Olivier Nomellini Senior Fellow at Stanford University’s Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies. He has previously taught at the Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies at Johns Hopkins University and at the George Mason University School of Public Policy. Fukuyama was a researcher at the RAND Corporation and served as the deputy director for the State Department’s policy planning staff. He is the author of The Origins of Political Order, The End of History and the Last Man, Trust, and America at the Crossroads: Democracy, Power, and the Neoconservative Legacy

The Wall Street Journal's David Gress called Francis Fukuyama’s Origins of Political Order (considered the partner book to Political Order and Political Decay) “magisterial in its learning and admirably immodest in its ambition.”


 

 

 


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.


DECEMBER EVENTS


 

 

 


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.