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Premier Event: Vikram Chandra in conversation with Nick Taylor
Friday, October 3, 7:30 p.m.
Tickets are available at Kepler's and online at Brown Paper Tickets.
Calling all engineers! Calling all artists! Can the effects of language escape language itself? It would not be an exaggeration to call Geek Sublime the only book of its kind, regardless of the long history of equating art and programming. Its pages move eloquently and intelligently between poetry and mathematical figures. Chandra carefully breaks down the assumptions "geeks" possess of artists and vice versa, specifically that all artists have an irresistibly sexy swagger and all programmers are famous, rich, and influential.
Come see Vikram Chandra in conversation with Nick Taylor as they discuss everything from logic gates, literary modernism, tech geek machismo, the Silicon Valley's "Indian Mafia," and the writings of the eleventh-century Kashmiri thinker Abhinavagupta.
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.
Nick Taylor is the author of the historical novels The Disagreement and Father Junípero's Confessor. He has also published a thriller, The Setup Man, under the pseudonym T.T. Monday.
Bessel van der Kolk, M.D.
Sunday, October 5, 2:00 p.m.
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.
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Tuesday, October 7, 7:30 p.m.
As the world moves toward making more and more polluters pay to emit carbon, a financial mystery unfolds: What are the costs? Who has the responsibility to pay for them? Who do you pay? How do you pay? And what are the potential impacts? These are the questions veteran journalist Mark Schapiro attempts to answer as he illuminates the struggle to pinpoint carbon’s true costs and allocate them fairly—all while bumping up against the vagaries of the free market, the lobbying power of corporations, the political maneuverings of countries, and the tolerance of everyday consumers buying a cup of coffee, a tank of gas, or an airplane ticket.
Schapiro explores the intersection of the environment, economics, and political power, most recently as a correspondent at the Center for Investigative Reporting. His work has been published in Harpers, The Atlantic, Yale 360, and other publications. He has reported stories for the PBS newsmagazine Frontline/World, NOW with Bill Moyers, and public radio's Marketplace, and is the author of Exposed: The Toxic Chemistry of Everyday Products and What’s at Stake for American Power. Schapiro lives in the San Francisco Bay Area.
Pathways Hospice: Annual One from the Heart Awards Breakfast
Featured speaker: Roz Chast
Thursday, October 9, 7:30 - 9:30 a.m.
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.
James Frey in conversation with John Hanke, VP of Google’s Niantic Lab
Saturday, October 11, 6:00 p.m.
Join us to celebrate the release of ENDGAME: The Calling, the book at the center of an immersive media project conceived by international bestselling author James Frey. Frey will be joined by John Hanke, VP of Google’s Niantic Labs, as they discuss the Endgame universe.
Endgame goes beyond the pages of a book; each book in the series will feature an interactive puzzle comprised of clues that will lead to the location of a hidden key. The first eligible reader to solve the puzzle for the first book and find the key will win $500,000 dollars’ worth of gold.
20th Century Fox has picked up the theatrical rights and Google’s Niantic Labs is developing a location-based augmented reality game that will bring the Endgame books to life in the real world.
Twelve ancient cultures were chosen millennia ago to represent humanity in Endgame, a global game that will decide the fate of humankind. Endgame has always been a possibility, but never a reality...until now. Twelve meteorites have just struck Earth, each meteorite containing a message for a Player who has been trained for this moment. At stake for the Players: saving their bloodline, as well as the fate of the world. And only one can win. Endgame is real. Endgame is now. Endgame has begun.
James Frey is the author of A Million Little Pieces and My Friend Leonard. After battling with alcohol addiction and spending time in rehab, he wrote A Million Little Pieces to critical acclaim. My Friend Leonard is about life after rehab. He is also the voice behind the I Am Number 4 series.
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YA: Becca Fitzpatrick, Christina Lauren, and Kiersten White
Sunday, October 12, 3:00 p.m.
Looking for new reads? Then join us to hear three awesome new reads: Black Ice, Sublime, and Illusions of Fate
Black Ice by Becca Fitzpatrick
New York Times bestselling author, Becca Fitzpatrick, author of the wonderful Hush, Hush series, brings us her first standalone contemporary thriller set against the treacherous backdrop of the mountains of Wyoming.
Sublime by Christina Lauren
Lucy and Colin are in love...the only problem is that Lucy’s a ghost. With each passing day their lives intertwine more deeply, and even as Lucy begins to remember the details of her life—and her death—neither of them is willing to give up what they have, no matter how impossible it seems.
Christina Hobbs and Lauren Billings, together known as Christina Lauren, are co-authors of Beautiful Bastard.
Illusions of Fate by Kiersten White
Dive into a world of enchantment and romance in this lush fantasy, which Stephanie Perkins (Anna and the French Kiss) called "an absolute delight—a magical, sparkling, dangerous world with witty repartee and a romance that will light your heart on fire." Fans of Libba Bray and Cassandra Clare will fall in love with this captivating stand-alone novel from Kiersten White, New York Times bestselling author of the Paranormalcy trilogy.
YA: S. S. Taylor
Monday, October 13, 6:30 p.m.
We are happy to welcome back S. S. Taylor with the second volume in her fabulous Expeditioners series. If you love steampunk, nifty gadgets, maps, and adventure then The Expeditioners is for you.
Kit, Zander, and M. K. West are settling into their new lives as students at the Academy for the Exploratory Sciences when Kit finds another mysterious map left for him by their father, the brilliant, famous — and presumed dead — explorer Alexander West. Why did Alexander leave the maps behind, and why are government agents so determined to seize them? What is really going on in a mysterious and unknown stretch of the Caribbean, famous for its violent storms and shipwrecks? And what is the huge contraption M. K. is building in her workshop? As two world powers come to the brink of war, Kit must find a deadly hidden island and unlock its secrets, hoping he has the courage to follow the trail of maps, wherever it may lead.
"Full of kid power......adventure served with heaping helpings of cleverness" - Kirkus Reviews
"...At its core, this is a novel of resilience, with the war serving as both a life-changing event and no more than the background noise of an impoverished existence. Full of intriguing characters and lots of surprises…readers of literary fiction and 20th-century historical, as well as fans of wacky humor, will find it an excellent choice.” —*STARRED REVIEW* Library Journal
S. S. Taylor has been fascinated by maps ever since the age of 10, when she discovered an error on a map of her neighborhood and wondered if it was really a mistake. She has a strong interest in books of all kinds, expeditions, old libraries, mysterious situations, long-hidden secrets, missing explorers, and traveling to known and unknown places. Visit The Expeditioners online, www.SSTaylorBooks.com.
Premier Event: Rick Riordan
Wednesday, October 15, 7:00 p.m.
Fox Theatre, 2215 Broadway St., Redwood City
Tickets will be available at Kepler's soon and are on sale now online at Fox Theatre.
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
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Premier Event: Leon Panetta in conversation with Jim Newton
Friday, October 17, 7:30 p.m.
Fox Theatre, 2215 Broadway St., Redwood City
Tickets will be available at Kepler's soon and are on sale now online at Fox Theatre.
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.
Leslie S. Klinger
Tuesday, October 21, 7:30 p.m.
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 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.
Story Time with Eric Litwin
Sunday, October 26, 11:00 a.m.
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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YA: 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.
YA: 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.
Herant Katchadourian in conversation with Richard Evans
Wednesday, October 29, 7:30 p.m.
Spanning seven decades, this memoir moves the reader across three continents: 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 University, but he also revels in the joys of storytelling. His talent for pedagogy and his gift for the well-crafted anecdote infuse the book with the breadth of cultural dimensions and the depth of psychological insights. 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.
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Terry Shames in conversation with Keith Raffel
Thursday, October 30, 7:30pm
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.
Launch: Carole Bumpus
Saturday, November 1, Reception: 6:00 p.m. - Event: 7:00 p.m.
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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Keith Raffel in conversation with Ellen Sussman
Sunday, November 2, 5:00 p.m.
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.
Launch: Lalita Tademy
Tuesday, November 4, 7:30 p.m.
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.
Wednesday, November 5, 7:30 p.m.
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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Premier Event: Bryan Stevenson
Thursday, November 6, 7:30 p.m.
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.
Tuesday, November 11, 7:30 p.m.
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.”
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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 online 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
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.
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
Meet the man behind the Malazan Book of the Fallen 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!
For an unpublished science fiction or fantasy fiction novel by an unpublished (fiction) author. The story must have a science fiction or fantasy element.
Monday, November 17, 7:30 p.m.
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
Tuesday, November 18, 7:30 p.m.
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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Friday, December 5, 7:30 p.m.
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.