Tonight in Menlo Park: Hear works by local writers at Kepler's


Kepler's Books has long been a place for readers to gather, but it is now launching a program to gather writers together to share their work.

The Menlo Park independent bookshop and linked nonprofit, Peninsula Arts and Letters, will launch "Story is the Thing," a quarterly reading series for mostly local writers, at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 17.

According to Jean Forstner, director of operations at Peninsula Arts and Letters, the idea of the event is for "different authors to read from their works and celebrate what they're working on."

The selected authors for the first event are: Melissa Cistaro (Pieces of My Mother, a memoir), Elizabeth Percer (All Stories are Love Stories, a novel), Tony Press (Crossing the Lines, a short story collection), Edward Porter (short fiction writer), Peg Alford Pursell (forthcoming book: Show her a Flower, a Bird, a Shadow), Shruti Swamy (O. Henry Prize Stories 2016) and Olga Zilberbourg (short fiction writer).

There will be wine, some food and live music. In all, the event is expected to run about an hour and a half, said Ms. Forstner.

"I think it's going to be very celebratory," she said.

She credits Kepler's staffer and published writer Aggie Zivaljevic, who is well-connected with local writers' networks, with recruiting writers and developing the night's theme. This time it's "Who Else Lives Here."

Peninsula Arts and Letters, as the nonprofit is currently called, has launched a number of recurring events, such as the weekly live radio broadcasts of Angie Coiro's "In Deep Radio" show (Wednesdays at noon) and monthly literary seminars with Kimberly Ford, a former adjunct professor at Berkeley and author, Ms. Forstner said.

The event begins at 7:30 p.m. at Kepler's Books, located at 1010 El Camino Real in Menlo Park. Tickets are $10 per person.

The next event will be held Thursday, Feb. 16, 2017. Contact aggie@keplers.com for more information.

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