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This Saturday, the Dublin Library and the California Writers Club, Tri-Valley Branch, are co-sponsoring our first local author showcase! The public is invited to this free event, which will be held in the Dublin Library’s Community Room on Saturday, June 9th from 1-3 pm. 15 local authors will be here to mingle and talk about their book(s) with our community members. This event is appropriate for all age levels, as the authors write on a variety of topics, cover many different genres and audience ranges (from children – adults).

Many of the authors will be selling copies of their book(s) during the showcase, should anyone wish to purchase a copy of a particular title. Payment will be made directly to the individual authors (not the library). The California Writers Club will also have a table for anyone interested in learning more about the group. We hope that you will join us and come meet some of our local authors!

 

The following authors will be at the showcase this Saturday:

Christine Volker

John Bluck

Eloise Hamann

Steve Minniear

Mary Anderson Parks

Moyra Rasheed

B. Lynn Goodwin

Sheryl Bize-Boutte

Ophelia Sexton

Yvonne Carder

Shannon Brown

Jordan Bernal

Constance Handstedt

Maya Poghosyan

Judy Lussie

 

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Try on a new perspective! Do you tend to read books written by people surprisingly similar to yourself? Well now’s as good a time as any to expand your circle. One of the challenges we set out for you during our 2018 Reading Challenge was to read a “Memoir by an author of a different race or ethnicity than you.” If you haven’t yet marked this challenge off your list, we’ve got you covered.

Here are a few diverse memoirs to try:

What recent memoirs would you recommend? Here are a few that made our list…

The best we could do: an illustrated memoir, by Thi Bui
In this powerful graphic novel, author/artist Bui describes her experiences as a young Vietnamese immigrant, highlighting her family’s move from their war-torn home to the United States. 

Born a crime: stories from a South African childhood, by Trevor Noah
The host of The Daily Show With Trevor Noah traces his wild coming of age during the twilight of apartheid in South Africa and the tumultuous days of freedom that followed. (Especially good as an audiobook, narrated by Trevor Noah!)

In the country we love: my family divided, by Diane Guerrero with Michelle Burford
Guerrero, an actress from Orange is the New Black, was just fourteen years old on the day her parents and brother were arrested and deported to Colombia. Born in the U.S., Guerrero was able to remain in the country and continue her education, depending on the kindness of family friends who took her in.

Give a diverse memoir a try and tell us what you think. Find our list here. Be aware that there may be more than one format for each title, so if you prefer eBook or audiobook, search again for the title to see the library’s full holdings. Did your favorite memoir not make our list? Let us know in the comments.

If you don’t know about our 2018 Reading Challenge: Read Outside the Box, then download our challenge list and get started now. The year’s not yet half over, so there’s still plenty of time to try and finish the challenge!

 

 

Here are the last of the Blind Date with a Book reviews for this year. The winners of our prize drawing have been notified. Over 90 wrapped books were checked out, but only 16 reviews were submitted. We had three Nothing Bundt Cake gift cards to give away. Your chances were way better than the odds in the lottery; so next year, don’t forget to fill out a review!

Even if you weren’t lucky enough to win one of our gift certificates, we hope you all had fun choosing a wrapped up book and reading it. If the book you chose didn’t tickle your fancy, try one of these books enjoyed by other Dublin residents, or come by and ask a librarian for a suggestion!

 

Here’s JonMichelle’s review:

 

Finding Casey, by Jo-Ann Mapson

I give this book: 4 stars

What did you like/not like about it?
I enjoyed how much the setting was like another character.

Three adjectives that describe this book are:
heart-tugging
emotional
satistying

 

 

Monica shared this review:


Countdown City, by Ben H. Winters
(book 2 in the Last Policeman series)

I give this book: 4 stars

What did you like/not like about it?
I liked how descriptive and detailed the writer is. He wasn’t too wordy but got to the point. I was able to picture the scenes very easily, and the people. Can’t wait the read the other books by this author.

Three adjectives that describe this book are:
intriguing
touching
original

 

 

 

Dublin readers found all types of books when they went on a Blind Date with a Book this year. Here are a few of them.

This Wednesday, March 7, is the last day to turn in your Rate-the-Date book review to be eligible for our prize drawing. So don’t dally any longer!

Alyssa’s review is for…
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The Autobiography of Mrs. Tom Thumb,
by Melanie Benjamin

What did you like/not like about the book?
I liked that it was from the perspective of a little person, which is rare even today.

Three adjectives that describe the book are:
Thoughtful
Pensive
Determined

 

 

 

Xiaoyu sent in a Rate-the-Date for…

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The Spinoza Problem, by Irvin D. Yalom

What did you like/not like about the book?
Psychiatrist wrote about philosopher in novel format, combining the two fields that have always interested me. Better yet, the writing is very good. I want to read other novels by the author.

Three adjectives that describe the book are:
Inspirational
Enlightening
Thought-provoking

 

 

 

Amy picked up this mystery novel…

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Died in the Wool
, by Rett MacPherson

What did you like/not like about the book?
I enjoyed the historical information and the sense of community established with all the longtime residents. It was a quick and enjoyable mystery.

Three adjectives that describe the book are:

Clever
Heart-warming
Unexpected

 

 

Ushaben found the following memoir…

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Glitter and Glue, by Kelly Corrigan

What did you like/not like about the book?
“Things happen when you leave the house!” and “Be awake to the possibilities,” are two quotes that sum up the book and what I liked about it.

Three adjectives that describe the book are:
Endearing
Memorable
Uplifting

 

 

 

Thanks for your reviews everyone!  Want to see more reader reviews? Look back at our past Adult and Teen book review blog posts.

We all know that the book is better than the film, in most cases. But sometimes the powers that be get it right. Here are some books that were made into Oscar-nominated, or even Oscar-winning, Best Picture movies! Go back and read the originals, or watch the films on DVD.

Here’s a sampling of some of the Oscar Picture titles available at the Dublin Library…

Rebecca, by Daphne Du Maurier (Best Picture winner, 1940)

Double Indemnity, by James Cain (Best Picture nominee, 1944)

Doctor Zhivago, by Boris Pasternak (Best Picture nominee, 1965)

One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest, by Ken Kesey (Best Picture winner, 1975)

A Room with a View, by E. M. Forster (Best Picture nominee, 1984)

The Accidental Tourist, by Anne Tyler (Best Picture nominee, 1988)

The English Patient, by Michael (Best Picture winner, 1996)

Seabiscuit, by Laura Hillenbrand (Best Picture nominee, 2003)

Atonement, by Ian McEwan (Best Picture nominee, 2007)

Moneyball, by Michael Lewis (Best Picture nominee, 2011)

Life of Pi, by Yann Martel (Best Picture nominee, 2012)

Bridge of Spies, by Giles Whittell (Best Picture nominee, 2015)

Brooklyn, by Colm Toibin (Best Picture nominee, 2015)

The Martian, by Andy Weir (Best Picture nominee, 2015)

Room, by Emma Donoghue (Best Picture nominee, 2015)

Arrival, by Ted Chiang (Best Picture nominee, 2016)

Are you playing along with our 2018 Reading Challenge? There’s a category for “Book made into a film or television show,” so you can get one book closer to finishing!

Need help finding a book? Drop by the library and ask us. We’re always happy to help you find your next great read.

Are you a local author living in the Bay Area? Have you published a book? If you answered yes to both questions, you can apply for the Local Author’s Showcase! Co-sponsored by the Dublin Library and the California Writer’s Club, Tri-Valley Branch, the local author showcase will take place on Saturday, June 9, 2018 at 1 pm in the Community Room of the Dublin Library.

Authors may apply for a table at the showcase beginning March 1st and through April 5th. Applications are available at the Dublin Library or can be found here: Application

We have space for 12 local authors at this first showcase. Applicants will be chosen based on location (Tri-Valley residents will be be given first priority), and the intended audience of their book. We would like a good mix of audience appeal so that all ages can come to meet the authors. All applicants will be notified of their status for the showcase by mid-April. Authors are responsible for bringing copies of their book(s) to sell at the showcase, as well as any promotional material they wish to hand out. This will be a mixer style event, where each author has a table, and is free to speak to as many people as they wish at the event. The library and California Writer’s Club will handle publicity for the event.

For more information, please look at pages 3 and 4 of the application. If you have any further questions, please contact Mary Ayers-Hughes at mcayers@aclibrary.org or call (510) 608-1108.

 

Tomorrow, February 14 is the last day to pick up a Blind Date with a Book! Don’t forget to turn in your reviews by March 7. Even if the date was a dud, you can still win a tasty treat (courtesy of Nothing Bundt Cakes). Luckily, our first two submitted blind dates were rave reviews. Come by the library to pick up these books or for help in finding your next 5-star read.

Jeanne’s review:

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Dancing Fish and Ammonites, by Penelope Lively
I give this book: 5+ stars

What did you like/not like about it?
I liked everything about this book. I can relate to reminiscing about the past (I am 71 – Penelope was 80 when she wrote the book). We both appreciate passions of childhood — the love of literature, gardening. There is an awareness of how times have changed in the last 50 years.  This book was pure pleasure to read. I can’t give it enough kudos.

Three adjectives that describe this book are:
sentimental, historic, attitude – reflection, age/metamorphosis

 

Tiffany’s review:
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Agnes and the Hitman, by Jennifer Crusie and Bob Mayer
I give this book: 5 stars

What did you like/not like about it?
I love the pace of the story & the dynamic between the two main characters. The writing is very engaging & the story full of humor. ♥ this book! What a romp!

Three adjectives that describe this book are:
quirky, fun, good

 

Thanks Jeanne and Tiffany for your reviews! They are now eligible for our prize drawing, and you can be to, if you turn in your Rate-the-Date review card by Wednesday, March 7, 2018.

 

 

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