1. This coming Saturday, April 29, is Independent Bookstore Day. And no matter where you live, I'm sure that there will be activities and authors galore at your local bookstores. Here in the Bay Area there are a whole bunch of choices. We decided to see Kristin Hannah, she of The Nightingale fame, in Oakland. She will be at the Montclair Presbyterian Church, located at 5701 Thornhill Drive, at 7:00. She is sponsored by A Great Good Place for Books. This is Kristin's ONLY Northern California appearance. P.S. I liked The Nightingale a lot.
2. Another big name Bay Area appearance is Paula Hawkins, author of the immensely popular The Girl on the Train (which I thought was just okay). She will be at The Bentley School, 1000 Upper Happy Valley Road in Lafayette, at 7:00 on Saturday night, May 13. She will be promoting her new book, Into the Water. And she is being jointly sponsored by Rakestraw Books and Orinda Books. I won't be going to that one.
In other news:
3. Amazon Books has announced that it will be opening 2 brick and mortar bookstores in the Bay Area in 2017 - one in Walnut Creek and one in Santana Row, San Jose. These will be on top of the 6 they already have in other parts of the country. There are no specific dates yet. This will be the 1st bookstore in Santana Row since Borders closed 6 years ago.
4. In the May/June edition of Content Magazine, there is an interview by RBC author and member, Ann Bridges, of RBC author, Marina Adair. If you don't have a subscription, there are a variety of locations in the South Bay that carry the magazine. You can go on their website, content-magazine.com, to get locations and other details.
5. Just this week I have had 3 people say that Iris and Lilly, by Angela and Julie Scipioni, is their favorite book of all-time! Has anybody read it? I had never heard of it. The rating on Amazon is pretty darn good - 4.3/5. If somebody has read it and wants to weigh in, please feel free to do that. I think we are all open to hearing about a good book.
6. And, finally, don't forget that we will be having the First Annual Book Exchange (I just added caps for effect) at Recycle Books on Tuesday night, May 9. You don't have to be an RBC member to come. All you have to do is bring one of your favorite books to give away. You are also guaranteed a book to bring home. If you do decide to come, please RSVP me at email@example.com
7. We have added one author to the RBC schedule and changed the date for another. Here is the most up-to-date info:
Wednesday, May 3, RBC - Mother Daughter Me (memoir), Katie Hafner
Wednesday, May 24, RBC - Really Enough: A True Story of Tyranny, Courage and Comedy (memoir), Margaret Zhao
Wednesday, June 14, RBC - The Illuminator’s Gift, book 1 of the Voyages of the Legend (YA fantasy), Alina Sayre
Wednesday, July 19, RBC - here there be dragons (dark fiction), Jeff Rosenplot
Wednesday, August 23, RBC - Pure & Sinful, book 1 of the Pure Souls series (urban fantasy/paranormal), Killian McRae
Wednesday, September 13, RBC - Everything We Keep (contemporary fiction), Kerry Lonsdale
Sunday, October 22, RBC, 4:30 - Incriminating Evidence, book 2 of the Mike & Rosie series (legal mystery), Sheldon Siegel