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About Kepler's Books
When peace activist Roy Kepler opened Kepler’s Books In 1955, he could have only imagined the greatness the store would achieve today. Located at the heart of Menlo Park, it’s the intellectual and cultural hub for the Peninsula, hosting outstanding literary events, like Q&As with famous authors such as Louise Erdrich and Walter Mosley. Kepler’s has always been a cultural epicenter, attracting a loyal following first among Beat intellectuals, pacifists and students and faculty of Stanford University, and still today among a diverse crowd. The Grateful Dead performed at Kepler’s early in their career, and the group, along with folk singer Joan Baez, often held impromptu salons with local community leaders to discuss ideas, political action and music. Today, Kepler’s still brings people together around ideas and books to foster intellectual discourse and civic engagement in the community. Kepler’s has won multiple awards nationally and locally and continues to foster deep ties to the community.