Kepler’s

Good vibes at Kepler’s 60th anniversary celebration

There was a bit of the old — a visit by Clark Kepler (right) — along with the new — tots soon-to-be readers and current CEO Praveen Madan (above). The book buying residents of Menlo Park turned out to celebrate the town’s landmark book store Saturday, Sept. 19, on the occasion of its 60th anniversary. Among the […]

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Visiting with Nancy Salmon and Praveen Madan as Kepler’s prepares to celebrate 60 years

Kepler’s CEO Praveen Madan wants to make one thing clear: Book seller Nancy Salmon, who’s been with the store for 15 years, has the largest customer following of any staff. “I tell them what I like,” says Nancy. “But I also tell them what I don’t like!” Adds Praveen: “It’s all about building trust with the […]

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Lalita Tademy launches new novel at Kepler’s on Nov. 4

Menlo Park-based author Lalita Tademy will be in conversation with Natalie Baszile at Kepler’s on Tuesday, Nov. 4, which is the publication date of her latest novel, Citizen’s Creek. Lalita’s third book is the story of Cow Tom, born into slavery in Alabama in 1810 and sold to a Creek Indian chief before his tenth […]

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Author Lisa Kay Solomon teams with Hillview School principal to talk about designing strategic conversations

When writing her new book, Moments of Impact: How to Design Strategic Conversations That Accelerate Change, Menlo Park resident Lisa Kay Solomon didn’t know Hillview Middle School principal Erik Burmeister. Through a neighbor, she was asked to join the Design Team that Erik had formed. “The irony is that he’s exactly the kind of new leader […]

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With author hat on, James Franco comes to Menlo Park to talk about his California childhood

James Franco has been described as a “polygamist of inventiveness” a label given to him by one reviewer of Franco’s latest book,  A California Childhood, which he came to Kepler’s in Menlo Park last night to promote in conversation with his mother, Betsy, an author of children’s books who has made numerous appearances at the bookstore […]

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Actor James Franco appears at Kepler’s on May 13

Academy Award Nominated Actor James Franco will be appearing at Kepler’s in conversation with his mother,  author and actress Betsy Franco, discussing his new book A California Childhood at 7:00 pm on May 13. In the book, Franco plays with the concept of memoir through personal snapshots, sketches, paintings, poems, and stories. Franco was born […]

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With her first novel, Katie Mishra takes us inside the world of “GUKs”, published at age 12

The first thing we needed to clear up when we visited 12-year-old Katie Mishra was the meaning of “GUK”, a key term in her recently-published first novel. “I’m a GUK and so is the book’s heroine, Becka Donovan,” she explained. “We’re grown up kids (GUK), no longer children but not yet teenagers. Becka is based […]

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Spotted: Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor at Kepler’s book signing event

We received this email from M-A student Karina Torres Maldonado: “Last night a group of Menlo-Atherton High School students, including myself, attended the Associate Justice of the Supreme Court Sonia Sotomayor’s book signing event, hosted by Menlo Park bookstore Kepler’s. Many of us thought she was such an inspiring and successful woman and were extremely […]

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Kepler’s will close July 1 for remodeling

Kepler’s announced today that it’s closing on July 1 for “a major overhaul both in the front of the store (new layout, restocking of books) and in the back (new computer systems, new staff training, etc.)”. Referencing that the community had responded well to the bookstore’s recent fundraising campaign, the new management team headed by […]

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Kepler’s hosts event dedicated to Kathi Kamen Goldmark on May 31

Authors Victoria Zackheim and Ellen Sussman will be joined by their peers at Kepler’s on Thursday, May 31 at 7:00 pm, reading from Exit Laughing: How Humor Takes the Sting Out of Death. The free event is dedicated to the memory of Kathi Kamen Goldmark, the author and musician who died of breast cancer on […]

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Colt Rosensweig tells the story of beloved Michigan gymnastic coach in just-published book

Well before she graduated from Menlo-Atherton High School and went off to attend the University of Michigan, Colt Rosensweig had a passion for sports and a dream of becoming a sports writer. Topping her sports list was baseball. In fact, she decided to attend Michigan because it was close to her beloved Detroit Tigers. As […]

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