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Great Upcoming Events for Kids




Fri, Jan 10th - 7:00pm

Bookshop Santa Cruz welcomes bestselling author Kiersten White who will share her new book, Chosen. Nina continues to learn how to use her slayer powers against enemies old and new in this second novel in the New York Times bestselling series set in the world of Buffy the Vampire Slayer.

Now that Nina has turned the Watcher's Castle into a utopia for hurt and lonely demons, she's still waiting for the utopia part to kick in. With her sister Artemis gone and only a few people remaining at the castle--including her still-distant mother--Nina has her hands full. Plus, though she gained back her Slayer powers from Leo, they're not feeling quite right after being held by the seriously evil succubus Eve, a.k.a. fake Watcher's Council member and Leo's mom.

And while Nina is dealing with the darkness inside, there's also a new threat on the outside, portended by an odd triangle symbol that seems to be popping up everywhere, in connection with Sean's demon drug ring as well as someone a bit closer to home. Because one near-apocalypse just isn't enough, right?

The darkness always finds you. And once again, it's coming for the Slayer.

Kiersten White is the New York Times bestselling author of many books for teens and young readers, including And I Darken, Now I Rise, Bright We Burn, The Dark Descent of Elizabeth Frankenstein, and Slayer. She lives with her family near the ocean in San Diego, where she perpetually lurks in the shadows. Visit Kiersten online at KierstenWhite.com and follow @KierstenWhite on Twitter.

This free event will take place at Bookshop Santa Cruz. Chairs for open seating are usually set up about an hour before the event begins.

If you have any ADA accommodation requests, please email info@bookshopsantacruz.com by January 8th.




Mon, Feb 3rd - 4:00pm

Bookshop is delighted to welcome back author and illustrator Nick Bruel, who will join us to share Bad Kitty Joins the Team, the newest book in his hilarious and bestseling series.

See Kitty as you've never seen her before: EXERCISING (reluctantly) in the latest installment of the phenomenally successful New York Times–bestelling series. Kitty is terribly out of shape—she can barely torment Puppy without needing a break to huff and puff! When Kitty's owner catches her wheezing, Kitty is told it's time to EXERCISE.

It takes some serious convincing, a high-stakes competition, and a little bit of trickery but eventually Kitty gets into the competitive spirit . . . albeit reluctantly. What did you expect?

Will our favorite feline friend learn what it means to be a good sport? Find out in this hilarious addition to the Bad Kitty series.

Nick Bruel is the author and illustrator of New York Times bestseller BoingBad KittyBad Kitty Gets a Bath and Bad Kitty Meets the Baby, among others. Nick is a freelance illustrator and cartoonist, and during his down time, he collects PEZ dispensers and grows tomatoes in the backyard. He lives in Tarrytown, NY with his wife Carina and their lovely cat Esmerelda.

 

This free kids event will take place at Bookshop Santa Cruz. Open seating is usually set up by about an hour before the event begins. If you have any ADA accommodation requests, please email info@bookshopsantacruz.com by February 1st.




Thu, Feb 6th - 6:00pm

On Thursday, February 6, 2020, more than 12 students from our county will participate in the Poetry Out Loud contest at Bookshop Santa Cruz. The winner of this competition will advance to the California Poetry Out Loud contest. The California champion will advance to the Poetry Out Loud national finals on April 28-29, 2020 in Washington, DC, where $50,000 in awards and school stipends will be distributed. The contest will be judged by:

  • Danusha Laméris, Poet Laureate Santa Cruz County

  • Armando Alcaraz, Singer, Songwriter and Mindfulness Educator

  • Julia Chiapella, Director Young Writers Program

  • Nancy Gomez, Santa Cruz Poetry Project

  • Billy Butler, Writer and Educator

This event will also feature Faris Sabbah, Superintendent Santa Cruz County Schools.

Poetry Out Loud, presented in partnership with the Santa Cruz County Office of Education, the Arts Council Santa Cruz County, the National Endowment for the Arts, and the Poetry Foundation, is a national program that encourages high school students to learn about great poetry— both classic and contemporary—through memorization, performance, and competition. Since the program began in 2005, more than 3.8 million students and 60,000 teachers from 16,000 schools across the country have participated in Poetry Out Loud.




Tue, Mar 31st - 7:00pm

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This free event will take place at Bookshop Santa Cruz. Chairs for open seating are usually set up about an hour before the event begins. If you have ADA Accommodation Requests, pelase email info@bookshopsantacruz.com by March 29th.

The ultimate writing guide for teens from the editor of Ink Knows No Borders: Poems of the Immigrant and Refugee Experience

Ever had an emotion or experience you wanted to express, but didn't know how? This guide encourages teens to find their voices, step up and speak their truths, and articulate what matters to them most--both personally and politically--whether it be boldly to an outside audience or just privately for themselves.

Young adults are reading and writing and performing poetry more than ever before, and yet it's the most difficult form for schools to teach. Written in short, easy-to-digest chapters, My Shouting, Shattered, Whispering Voice includes prompts and inspiration, writing suggestions and instruction, brief interviews with some current popular poets such as Kim Addonizio, Safia Elhillo, and others, and poem excerpts scattered throughout the book.

My Shouting, Shattered Whispering Voice offers ways to express rage, frustration, joy, and sorrow, and to substitute apathy with creativity, usurp fear with daring, counteract anxiety with the joy of writing one word down and then another to express vital, but previously unarticulated, thoughts. Most importantly, here you can discover the value of your own voice and come to believe that what you have to say matters.

Patrice Vecchione is a poet, nonfiction writer and teacher who discovered poetry when she needed it most--as a teenager. She has edited several highly acclaimed anthologies for young adults including most recently, Ink Knows No Borders: Poems of the Immigrant and Refugee Experience, which Newbery Award winning author, Matt de la Peña, called "the most important book we will read this year," Truth & Lies, which was named one of the best children's books by School Library Journal, Revenge & Forgiveness, and Faith & Doubt, named a best book of the year for young adults by the American Library Association. She's the author of Writing and the Spiritual Life and Step into Nature: Nurturing Imagination and Spirit in Everyday Life, as well as two collections of poetry. For many years, Patrice has taught poetry and creative writing to young people (often working with migrant children) through her program, "The Heart of the Word: Poetry and the Imagination." She is also a columnist for her local daily paper, The Monterey Herald, and has published essays on children and poetry for several outlets including the California Library Association Journal. patricevecchione.com.

"My Shouting, Shattering, Whispering Voice: A Guide to Writing Poetry and Speaking your Truth should be required reading for beginning writers as well as those who have been writing for decades. It gives us endless ways to access our creative selves and shows us how to shape our experiences into poetry...This book reassured me that we all have the capacity to create something beautiful and that our words need not be 'hollow almosts.'" --Marcelo Hernandez Castillo, author of Children of the Land

"Patrice Vecchione's My Shouting, Shattered, Whispering Voice is more than a guide to writing poetry. It is an act of generosity and empathy, a helping hand to anyone who dreams of telling their truth through words on a page. Vecchione offers inspiration, wisdom and down-to-earth advice, covering everything from writer's block to adjectives and stanzas. My Shouting, Shattered, Whispering Voice is an invaluable resource, a book that honors and fosters what Adrienne Rich called "the necessity of poetry." --Ellen Bass, author of Indigo




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