Saturday, May 16, 2015

Author Events Future and Past - + A Really Cool WWII Book

Let me be the 1st (or at least one of the 1st) to tell you about an upcoming novel and author event.  Meg Waite Clayton, national bestselling author, and one of our most well-known Bay Area authors, is coming out with her 5th book on August 11.  It's called The Race for Paris, and here is the plot straight from Meg's website (

Two journalists, denied access to press camps and the front, join forces with a military photographer and race toward Paris, to record its liberation from the Nazis and thereby make history. Inspired by women who defied military regulations and gender barriers, and indeed risked their lives to report from the Normandy front, this novel was more than 15 years in the making—a labor of passion, love, and pure literary stubbornness. I cannot wait to share it with you!

Doesn't that sound interesting?  Well, if you live in the Bay Area, you're going to want to come to Kepler's on the night of August 11 for the official launch.  I'm giving you almost 3 months notice.  Get it on the calendar.  If you haven't seen Meg in person before, I can guarantee that you will enjoy it.  She's a very accomplished and thoughtful speaker - and one heckuva an author.  Now you have no excuse for claiming you didn't know about it!

How cool is this cover?

Last Tuesday night, the RBC met John Billheimer, author of Dismal Mountain.  We had a good crowd, and I think everybody enjoyed John.  Besides that, we had 4 1st-timers(!), including our June RBC author, Betty Auchard.  On Wednesday, June 24, at 7:00PM, Betty will be answering questions about her childhood memoir, The Home for the Friendless. This was one of my favorite books of 2014 (3.5/4).  And heeeeeeeere's John.

Betty is on the right side, 2nd from the door

Okay, so far I've given you author events future and past.  Now I'm giving you a picture of a very neat WWII book.  This is 1 of 40 that the government sent to overseas soldiers.  And they're all unabridged.  I got this from my cousin Richard last weekend.  He thought I would like it.  He was right.



  1. 3 months advanced notice! Wow. I'll really have to have my faithful Google calendar send me an alert. I can't remember what I'm doing in the next ten minutes. Loved the picture of your cozy book club. Very nice.

  2. Our book club certainly enjoyed having you there!