Curtis C. Chen with Ariel Waldman / Kangaroo Too at THE BINDERY

Tuesday, June 20, 2017 - 7:30pm to 9:00pm

Booksmith is excited to host Curtis C. Chen for Kangaroo Too, the anticipated follow-up to his critically acclaimed debut novel Waypoint Kangaroo. Joining Chen in conversation is Ariel Waldman!


Please note: this event will be held at the Bindery, 1727 Haight St. in San Francisco. It is free and open to the public. Join us!


On the way home from his latest mission, secret agent Kangaroo’s spacecraft is wrecked by a rogue mining robot. The agency tracks the bot back to the Moon, where a retired asteroid miner—code named “Clementine”—might have information about who’s behind the sabotage.


Clementine will only deal with Jessica Chu, Kangaroo’s personal physician and a former military doctor once deployed in the asteroid belt. Kangaroo accompanies Jessica as a courier, smuggling Clementine’s payment of solid gold in the pocket universe that only he can use.


What should be a simple infiltration is hindered by the nearly one million tourists celebrating the anniversary of the first Moon landing. And before Kangaroo and Jessica can make contact, Lunar authorities arrest Jessica for the murder of a local worker.


Jessica won’t explain why she met the victim in secret or erased security footage that could exonerate her. To make things worse, a sudden terror attack puts the whole Moon under lockdown. Now Kangaroo alone has to get Clementine to talk, clear Jessica’s name, and stop a crooked scheme which threatens to ruin approximately one million vacations.


But old secrets are buried on the Moon, and digging up the past will make Kangaroo’s future very complicated...




Curtis C. Chen graduated from Viable Paradise (instructors included NYT bestseller John Scalzi) and attended Clarion West (instructors included World Fantasy Lifetime Achievement winner John Crowley and Hugo/Nebula winner James Patrick Kelly). His short fiction has appeared in "Daily Science Fiction" and SNAFU and will be featured in Baen’s MISSION: TOMORROW. On top of all that, he’s a former software engineer and once built a cat-feeding robot. He lives in Vancouver, Washington.



Ariel Waldman sits on the council for NASA Innovative Advanced Concepts, a program that nurtures radical, science-fiction-inspired ideas that could transform future space missions. She is the co-author of a congressionally-requested National Academy of Sciences report on the future of human spaceflight and the author of the book What’s It Like in Space?: Stories from Astronauts Who’ve Been There. Ariel is the founder of, a directory of ways for anyone to participate in space exploration, and the global director of Science Hack Day, a grassroots endeavor to prototype things with science that is now in over 25 countries. In 2013, Ariel received an honor from the White House for being a Champion of Change in citizen science.


RSVP appreciated but not requiredIf you cannot attend the event, but would like to request a signed copy of Kangaroo Too (or any of the authors' books), please order below and put your request in the comments field. 

Kangaroo Too Cover Image
ISBN: 9781250081896
Availability: Out of Stock - Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Thomas Dunne Books - June 20th, 2017

Waypoint Kangaroo Cover Image
ISBN: 9781250081780
Availability: Out of Stock - Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Thomas Dunne Books - June 21st, 2016

What's It Like in Space?: Stories from Astronauts Who've Been There Cover Image
By Ariel Waldman, Brian Standeford (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9781452144764
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Chronicle Books - April 5th, 2016