Billy Gallagher Author Event

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Billy Gallagher

Author of How to Turn Down A Billion Dollars

Wednesday, February 21st at 7pm

Free Event

"If you're as confused as I was about Snapchat, whether to swipe left or right, or why the company has so captivated users and mystified Wall Street, you must read Billy Gallagher's penetrating portrait of the company's early days and the rise of its imperious founder, Evan Spiegel." --Brad Stone, author of The Everything Store and The Upstarts

The improbable and exhilarating story of the rise of Snapchat from a frat boy fantasy to a multi-billion dollar internet unicorn that has dramatically changed the way we communicate.

In 2013 Evan Spiegel, the brash CEO of the social network Snapchat, and his co-founder Bobby Murphy stunned the press when they walked away from a three-billion-dollar offer from Facebook: how could an app teenagers use to text dirty photos dream of a higher valuation? Was this hubris, or genius?

In How to Turn Down a Billion Dollars, tech journalist Billy Gallagher takes us inside the rise of one of Silicon Valley's hottest start-ups. Snapchat developed from a simple wish for disappearing pictures as Stanford junior Reggie Brown nursed regrets about photos he had sent. After an epic feud between best friends, Brown lost his stake in the company, while Spiegel has gone on to make a name for himself as a visionary--if ruthless--CEO worth billions, linked to celebrities like Taylor Swift and his wife, Miranda Kerr.

A fellow Stanford undergrad and fraternity brother of the company's founding trio, Gallagher has covered Snapchat from the start. He brings unique access to a company Bloomberg Business called "a cipher in the Silicon Valley technology community." Gallagher offers insight into challenges Snapchat faces as it transitions from a playful app to one of the tech industry's preeminent public companies. In the tradition of great business narratives, How to Turn Down a Billion Dollars offers the definitive account of a company whose goal is no less than to remake the future of entertainment.

Katie Hurley Author Event

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Katie Hurley

Author of No More Mean Girls

Thursday, February 22nd at 7pm

Katie Hurley, LCSW, is a child and adolescent psychotherapist, parenting expert, and writer. She is the founder of "Girls Can!" empowerment groups for girls between ages 5-11. Hurley is also the author of The Happy Kid Handbook, and her work can be found in The Washington Post, PBS Parents, and US News and World Report, among other places. She practices psychotherapy in the South Bay area of Los Angeles and earned her BA in psychology and women's studies from Boston College and her MSW from the University of Pennsylvania. She splits her time between Los Angeles, California and coastal Connecticut with her husband and two children. Learn more at practicalkatie.com

Advance Praise for NO MORE MEAN GIRLS:

"No More Mean Girls is a veritable treasure chest of ways to help you help girls learn to love themselves, realize their talents, get along and empathize with others, find their inner courage, and lead more successful and fulfilled lives. Katie's ideas are based on sound child development theory and proven research, and designed to be used with your daughter."
—from the foreword by Michele Borba, EdD, bestselling author of Unselfie and The Big Book of Parenting Solutions

"Hurley has real, practical experience working with girls, and their words are one of the most valuable parts of this book. Hurley’s practical advice is a boon to any parent who hopes to ease a daughter through the challenging terrain of childhood and adolescence, particularly when that childhood is lived in the harsh spotlight of social media. This book will definitely be on my list of most recommended books for parents and teachers."
—Jessica Lahey, New York Times bestselling author of The Gift of Failure


"In No More Mean Girls, Katie Hurley does the impossible—she takes the mystery and angst out of parenting a teen girl by thoughtfully illuminating her thoughts and experiences. With practical language and relatable anecdotes, Katie offers real compassion for the parent and teen that covers tough subjects, common stressors, and points of conflict. hope this book reaches the hands of every parent, teacher, coach, mentor, and individual who plays a role in helping girls grow and thrive in today’s world." 
—Rachel Macy Stafford, New York Times bestselling author of Hands Free MamaHands Free Life, and Only Love Today 

"Katie beautifully intertwines two decades of working with girls, the experience of raising a daughter, her own kind and compassionate heart, and practical solutions to affect positive change and produce one of the most important books of our time. "
—Rebecca Eanes, author of Positive Parenting

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No More Mean Girls: The Secret to Raising Strong, Confident, and Compassionate Girls Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9780143130864
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Tarcherperigee - January 30th, 2018

In this Queen Bees and Wannabes for the elementary and middle school set, child and adolescent psychotherapist Katie Hurley shows parents of young girls how to nip mean girl behavior in the bud.


The Happy Kid Handbook: How to Raise Joyful Children in a Stressful World Cover Image
$16.95
ISBN: 9780399171819
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Tarcherperigee - October 20th, 2015

With all the parenting information out there and the constant pressure to be the perfect parent, it seems as if many parents have lost track of one very important piece of the parenting puzzle: raising happy kids.