- Book Club: LIFEL1K3 by Jay Kristoff
On a floating junkyard beneath a radiation sky, a deadly secret lies buried in the scrap. Eve isn’t looking for secrets—she’s too busy looking over her shoulder. The robot gladiator she’s just spent six months building has been reduced to a smoking wreck, and the only thing keeping her Grandpa from the grave was the fistful of credits she just lost to the bookies. To top it off, she’s discovered she can destroy electronics with the power of her mind, and the puritanical Brotherhood are building a coffin her size. If she’s ever had a worse day, Eve can’t remember it. But when Eve discovers the ruins of an android boy named Ezekiel in the scrap pile she calls home, her entire world comes crashing down. With her best friend Lemon Fresh and her robotic conscience, Cricket, in tow, she and Ezekiel will trek across deserts of irradiated glass, infiltrate towering megacities and scour the graveyard of humanity’s greatest folly to save the ones Eve loves, and learn the dark secrets of her past. Even if those secrets were better off staying buried.
- Author Event: Laure Eve w/ Sabaa Tahir
From Kepler's website: We are thrilled to welcome Laure Eve to celebrate The Curses, the riveting sequel to the critically-acclaimed YA novel The Graces that is saturated with magic, the destructive cost of power, and the nature of forgiveness. Sexier and scarier, Laure Eve has upped the stakes, atmosphere, and glitz to create a bewitching sequel. Picking up the pieces after the chilling events of the previous year isn’t easy, but the Grace siblings are determined. Wolf is back after a mysterious disappearance, and everyone’s eager to return to normal. Except Summer, the youngest Grace. Summer has a knack for discovering the truth—and something is troubling her. But exposing secrets is a dangerous game, and it’s not one Summer can win alone. At Summer’s behest, the coven comes back together, drawing their erstwhile friend River back into the fold. But as the coven’s powers magnify, Wolf’s behavior becomes unpredictable, and Summer questions the nature of the friend she so loves. Laure will be chatting with Sabaa Tahir, author of An Ember in the Ashes, A Torch Against the Night, and A Reaper at the Gates.
- March Book Club: The Wicked King by Holly Black
*NOTE: This is the 2nd Book in The Folk of the Air series.* You must be strong enough to strike and strike and strike again without tiring. The first lesson is to make yourself strong. After the jaw-dropping revelation that Oak is the heir to Faerie, Jude must keep her younger brother safe. To do so, she has bound the wicked king, Cardan, to her, and made herself the power behind the throne. Navigating the constantly shifting political alliances of Faerie would be difficult enough if Cardan were easy to control. But he does everything in his power to humiliate and undermine her even as his fascination with her remains undiminished. When it becomes all too clear that someone close to Jude means to betray her, threatening her own life and the lives of everyone she loves, Jude must uncover the traitor and fight her own complicated feelings for Cardan to maintain control as a mortal in a Faerie world.
- Book Club: To All the Boys I've Loved Before
To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before is the story of Lara Jean, who has never openly admitted her crushes, but instead wrote each boy a letter about how she felt, sealed it, and hid it in a box under her bed. But one day Lara Jean discovers that somehow her secret box of letters has been mailed, causing all her crushes from her past to confront her about the letters: her first kiss, the boy from summer camp, even her sister's ex-boyfriend, Josh. As she learns to deal with her past loves face to face, Lara Jean discovers that something good may come out of these letters after all. We'll be discussing the book while relaxing with coloring pages and gel pens that will be provided.
- Author Event: Leigh Bardugo @ Kepler's
*NOTE: This IS a ticketed event. Each ticket is $25 and admits one person and includes a copy of King of Scars book.* Leigh Bardugo is hitting the road in support of her next adventure in the Grishaverse, King of Scars, and Kepler’s Literary Foundation is lucky enough to be one of the hosts! We could not be more thrilled. Exciting news: we’re partnering with Macmillan to host a Grishaverse fan meet-up an hour before Leigh arrives! The fan meet-up will include trivia/games, a themed King of Scars photo backdrop (so come in costume!), exclusive fan-meet-up-only moments, and more! Once Leigh arrives, she’ll host a 30 minute Q&A followed by a book signing. Leigh will personalize copies of King of Scars purchased from Kepler’s and also sign up to two additional titles. You’ll also be able to grab a quick photo with her, so have your cameras ready to go! Fan meet-up will start at 6.00 PM Q&A and signing will start at 7.00 PM Leigh Bardugo is a #1 New York Times–bestselling author of fantasy novels and the creator of the Grishaverse. With over two million copies sold, her Grishaverse spans the Shadow and Bone Trilogy, the Six of Crows Duology, The Language of Thorns, and now, King of Scars—with more to come. Her other works include Wonder Woman: Warbringer and coming later this year, Ninth House. Leigh was born in Jerusalem, grew up in Los Angeles, graduated from Yale University, and has worked in advertising, journalism, and even makeup and special effects. These days, she lives and writes in Hollywood, where she can occasionally be heard singing with her band. Tickets can be bought below: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/leigh-bardugo-tickets-52020515763
- Author Event: Evelyn Skye w/ Dana Elmendorf
The wait for Evelyn Skye's next book is finally over! Kepler's is thrilled to invite you to the launch party of Circle of Shadows, her thrilling new fantasy series full of magic, adventure, and betrayal. Sora can move as silently as a ghost and hurl throwing stars with lethal accuracy. Her gemina, Daemon, can win any physical fight blindfolded and with an arm tied around his back. They are apprentice warriors of the Society of Taigas—marked by the gods to be trained in magic and the fighting arts to protect the kingdom of Kichona. As their graduation approaches, Sora and Daemon look forward to proving themselves worthy of belonging in the elite group—but in a kingdom free of violence since the Blood Rift Rebellion many years ago, it’s been difficult to make their mark. So when Sora and Daemon encounter a strange camp of mysterious soldiers while on a standard scouting mission, they decide the only thing to do to help their kingdom is to infiltrate the group. Taking this risk will change Sora’s life forever—and lead her on a mission of deception that may fool everyone she’s ever loved. Evelyn will be in conversation with Dana Elmendorf, author of South of Sunshine. RSVP at the link below: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/evelyn-skye-in-conversation-with-dana-elmendorf-tickets-53276532543?aff=web
- Author Event: Tara Sims w/ E.K. Johnston
Kepler's is thrilled to invite you to celebrate the launch of Firestarter, Tara Sim’s epic conclusion to the Timekeeper trilogy, a steampunk adventure set in an alternate Victorian world controlled by clock towers, where a damaged clock can fracture time―and a destroyed one can stop it completely. The crew of the Prometheus is intent on taking down the world’s clock towers so that time can run freely. Now captives, Colton, Daphne, and the others have a stark choice: join the Prometheus’s cause or fight back in any small way they can and face the consequences. But Zavier, leader of the terrorists, has a bigger plan—to bring back the lost god of time. As new threats emerge, loyalties must shift. No matter where the Prometheus goes—Prague, Austria, India—nowhere is safe, and every second ticks closer toward the eleventh hour. Walking the line between villainy and heroism, each will have to choose what's most important: saving those you love at the expense of the many, or making impossible sacrifices for the sake of a better world. Tara will be in conversation with E.K. Johnston, author of That Inevitable Victorian Thing, Exit, Pursued by a Bear, A Thousand Nights and Star Wars: Ahsoka
- Book Club: Dread Nation by Justina Ireland
Jane McKeene was born two days before the dead began to walk the battlefields of Gettysburg and Chancellorsville—derailing the War Between the States and changing America forever. In this new nation, safety for all depends on the work of a few, and laws like the Native and Negro Reeducation Act require certain children attend combat schools to learn to put down the dead. But there are also opportunities—and Jane is studying to become an Attendant, trained in both weaponry and etiquette to protect the well-to-do. It’s a chance for a better life for Negro girls like Jane. After all, not even being the daughter of a wealthy white Southern woman could save her from society’s expectations. But that’s not a life Jane wants. Almost finished with her education at Miss Preston’s School of Combat in Baltimore, Jane is set on returning to her Kentucky home and doesn’t pay much mind to the politics of the eastern cities, with their talk of returning America to the glory of its days before the dead rose. But when families around Baltimore County begin to go missing, Jane is caught in the middle of a conspiracy, one that finds her in a desperate fight for her life against some powerful enemies. And the restless dead, it would seem, are the least of her problems.
- Author Event: Julie C. Dao with Stacey Lee
Julie C. Dao will be bringing her new installment of a gorgeously retold Snow White to Hicklebee's. Forest of a Thousand Lanterns is the sequel to Kingdom of the Blazing Phoenix, and both books have daunting female protagonists, a lush Asian-inspired setting, and abundant thrills. Julie with talk about the books with Stacey Lee, author of Outrun the Moon and others. She's also a contributor to the collection The Radical Element: 12 Stories of Daredevils, Debutantes & Other Dauntless Girls.
- October Book Club: There's Someone Inside Your House by Stephanie Perkins
Dr Martin Luther King Jr Library
Love hurts... Makani Young thought she'd left her dark past behind her in Hawaii, settling in with her grandmother in landlocked Nebraska. She's found new friends and has even started to fall for mysterious outsider Ollie Larsson. But her past isn't far behind. Then, one by one, the students of Osborne Hugh begin to die in a series of gruesome murders, each with increasingly grotesque flair. As the terror grows closer and her feelings for Ollie intensify, Makani is forced to confront her own dark secrets.