Monday, June 15, 2015

2 Upcoming Bookstore Events

In the next 30 days, there are 2 very cool bookstore events coming up.  The 1st one is at Kepler's in Menlo Park, and the 2nd one is at Rakestraw Books in Danville.  Take a look.

Mystery-Thriller Saturday: An Afternoon of Chaos, Killing, Crime, and Kidnapping @Kepler’s 
Saturday, June 27, 1:00 - 5:00 p.m.
Sponsored by Peninsula Arts & Letters, Kepler’s Books, Mystery Writers of America (NorCal Chapter) and Sisters in Crime (NorCal Chapter)
Our first Mystery Thriller Saturday was such a good time we’re doing it again. Two great panels and a chance to prove you know more about mysteries than our participating authors. Now that’s a challenge you can’t pass up!
Order tickets online at Brown Paper Tickets. 
Click HERE to read more about the mystery writers who will participate! 

1:00 p.m.: Face-off -- Plotters Versus Pantsers
Do you outline before you start writing your book or do you just plunge in and write by the seat of your pants?
Outliners Paul Draker and Steve Hockensmith will face off against Cara Black and Catriona McPherson in crime fictions’s version of the Ultimate Fighting Championship. This panel will be refereed byJanet Rudolph aka The Mistress of Mystery.

2:30 p.m. - It's Not Me, Babe 
Writing about a character way different than you
Can you successfully walk in someone else’s shoes? David CorbettSeth HarwoodTerry Shames, and Laurie R. King will discuss the pleasures and pitfalls of writing characters who are very different to themselves. This panel will be moderated by Kepler's favorite Keith Raffel.
4:00 p.m. -  Mystery Trivia
Join us in teams of two to four and put your knowledge of mysteries to the test! There will be prizes. There will be snacks. There will be much raucous laughter. There might even be a trophy!
Click HERE to find out more about the mystery/thriller writers who are participating. And don't forget to order your tickets HERE.
Event date: 
Saturday, June 27, 2015 - 1:00pm to 5:00pm
Event address: 
1010 El Camino Real
Menlo ParkCA 94025-4349

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What: Rakestraw Books celebrates the publication of Go Set a Watchman, the long-awaited new book by the beloved Harper Lee, with a special party.

When: Friday, 17 July 2015 at 7 PM. Note: The book publishes on Tuesday, 14 July 2015. Party guests will be able to pick up books from Tuesday on (we understand, we can't wait either!).

How much: $75/person. Limit of four tickets per household. Only 100 tickets will be sold for this very special event. Call the shop (or, better still, visit!) at (925) 837-7337.

Why you should care: An historic literary event: the publication of a newly discovered novel, the earliest known work from Harper Lee, the beloved, bestselling author of the Pulitzer Prize-winning classic, To Kill a Mockingbird.

Originally written in the mid-1950s, Go Set a Watchman was the novel Harper Lee first submitted to her publishers before To Kill a Mockingbird. Assumed to have been lost, the manuscript was discovered in late 2014.

Go Set a Watchman features many of the characters from To Kill a Mockingbird some twenty years later. Returning home to Maycomb to visit her father, Jean Louise Finch Scout struggles with issues both personal and political, involving Atticus, society, and the small Alabama town that shaped her.

Exploring how the characters from To Kill a Mockingbird are adjusting to the turbulent events transforming mid-1950s America, Go Set a Watchman casts a fascinating new light on Harper Lee's enduring classic. Moving, funny and compelling, it stands as a magnificent novel in its own right.

For this very special party: We will serving some snazzy hors d'oeuvres and presenting a special screening of the Academy Award-winning film To Kill a Mockingbird (starring Gregory Peck). Each ticket admits one person and includes one copy of Go Set a Watchman by Harper Lee. Each ticket also includes the chance to win a 35th Anniversary edition of To Kill a Mockingbird signed by Harper Lee. This extraordinary edition is valued at $1200. This event is a benefit for the Friends of the Danville Library. You need not be present to win.

We hope you will help us celebrate this historic occasion!


  1. Living in the Boston area, with its many hallowed halls of academia, you'd think we have tons of indie bookstores doing cool things like this, but we don't. I'd love to participate in a day of mystery book fun.

  2. You know, I'm in contact with lots of bloggers throughout the country. It doesn't appear that many other areas have quite as much author activity as the Bay Area does. But, then again, I'm a homer!
    Speaking of Boston, our daughter went to school at BU. We probably visited Boston 8-10 times - and loved it every time. What a great city.

  3. Such fun events. I saw To Kill a Mockingbird the last time it came to theaters and it is outstanding.

  4. I'm a little embarrassed to say that it's possible I've never seen it. I started watching movies in earnest in the mid- to late-60s, when I started dating my wife. But I was never much interested in seeing movies that came out prior to that time. Now we see 60-65 movies every year!