Tuesday, September 19, 2017

A Whole Lotta Stuff

Here is a bunch of news bites:

1.  Books, Inc. Mt. View moved a couple of doors down to 317 Castro St. as of Sept. 1.

2.  Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet is being made into a movie with George Takei as executive director.  In the meantime, Jamie Ford's 3rd novel has just hit the stores.  It's called Love and Other Consolation Prizes.  I'm 60 pages into it.  I'm a big fan of his books.

3.  Walter Isaacson of Steve Jobs fame is coming to Kepler's on 10/25 at 7:30 to talk about his new book on Da Vinci.

4.  Andy Weir, author of The Martian, has a new book called Artemis.  He will be coming to Kepler's on 11/20, also at 7:30.

5.  Season 3 of Queen Sugar on the OWN begins this month.

6.  C. Lee McKenzie's 'Double Negative' is listed in the Readers Choice Awards for YA and Middle Grade Books! Show her some book luv by casting YOUR vote (scroll to page 12/16)!

7.  Harlan Coben's 10-episode British TV show The Five is now on Netflix.

8.  On the front page of the Mercury News today, September 19, is a great article about independent book stores and the brick-and-mortar Amazon threat.

9.  A whole bunch of authors have recently lined up for the RBC, including 3 who are coming late afternoon on weekends.  And who will also join any RBC members who are interested in having dinner with them.  If you want to see the whole list, email me at lloydrrussell@gmail.com.

10.  Interfaith Event About A Story of Courage
and Compassion
With Speaker and Author Marty Brounstein
Saturday evening, October 7, 2017 - 7:00
Sr. Pastors Rajiv Pathik and Jennifer Murdock and their respective congregations of Good Samaritan United Methodist Church in Cupertino and Los Gatos United Methodist Church are pleased to co-host this special event with Marty Brounstein, author of Two Among the Righteous Few: A Story of Courage in the Holocaust. He brings a true interfaith story of courage, compassion, and rescue about a Christian couple in the Netherlands named Frans and Mien Wijnakker who, despite much risk and danger, saved the lives of over two dozen Jews during the Holocaust and World War II. Marty also has a meaningful personal connection to this story and its heroes, which he reveals in his engaging storytelling presentation.
Now into its 7th year, Marty has been on an unexpected journey of sharing this special story in a variety of venues in his home base of the Bay Area plus in over a dozen other cities around the country.
Book signing follows the presentation. The event is open to the community.
Come hear this inspirational story!
Los Gatos United Methodist Church 111 Church Street
Los Gatos, CA 95030
(408) 354-4730


  1. I'm kind of embarrassed to admit that I haven't read any of Jamie Ford's books because I'm sure I'll love them. I met him at BEA this year and he was super nice.

    1. They are pretty hard not to like. I would start with Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet.

  2. One correction - Season 3 of Queen Sugar starts on October 3.

  3. Thanks for the shout out about Double Negative! And look at all that's going on. When I return from my trip, I want to come down to RBR again. This year got away from me with too many writing projects and a huge landscaping thing that I said, "I can do that." I did, but--good grief-- it gobbled up weeks of time.