NaNoWriMo!

What is NaNoWriMo? Short answer, from their website:

National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) is a fun, seat-of-your-pants approach to creative writing. On November 1, participants begin working towards the goal of writing a 50,000-word novel by 11:59 PM on November 30.

Valuing enthusiasm, determination, and a deadline, NaNoWriMo is for anyone who has ever thought fleetingly about writing a novel.

Sound good to you? Then come join us — Berkshire Books co-owner Cheryl will once again be participating, and Berkshire Books will once again be hosting NaNoWriMo write-ins. There’s a change this year: the write-ins will be held on Saturday afternoons.

When:
Every Saturday afternoon in November
4:00 pm – 7:00 pm

Where:
Berkshire Books
3480 Clayton Road, Concord
Call (925) 685-9999 if you have questions

(Yes, we have a place to plug in your laptop. No, we don’t have WiFi)

Coffee, chocolate and cookies on the house.

For more information on this crazy program, go to nanowrimo.org

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The Crossings Book Club — November Meeting

The November meeting of the Crossings book club is Tuesday, November 18 at 6:30 p.m. at the Crossings clubhouse. (The Walnut Country HOA Clubhouse (44965 S Larwin Ave, Concord, CA 94521)

We’ll be discussing The Last Policeman by Ben H. Winters. This Edgar Award-winning mystery novel follows a police detective as he investigates a suspicious suicide — but it has an interesting twist — the case takes place as an asteroid approaches the earth. With six months before the end of the world, why bother solving one death?

Next up is Borkmann’s Point, a mystery novel by Swedish writer Hakan Nesser. First published in Sweden in 1994, it won the SwediCover -- Borkman's Pointsh Crime Writers’ Academy Prize in 2004 before being translated into English in 2006. The novel is the second of ten novels featuring Chief Inspector Van Veeteren, and follows him as he helps the police in a small town investigate two axe murders. December’s meeting date is December 16.

– Lynn

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The Crossings Book Club — October Meeting

Date Change! This month’s meeting of the Crossings book club is Tuesday, October 14 at 6:30 p.m. at the Crossings clubhouse. (The Walnut Country HOA Clubhouse (44965 S Larwin Ave, Concord, CA 94521)

Maisie Dobbs coverWe’ll be discussing Maisie Dobbs by Jacqueline Winspear. The first book in the popular mystery series, the novel introduces “psychologist and detective” Maisie Dobbs, a young woman who starts her working life as a lady’s maid in interwar England. Given a boost up first from her employer, Lady Rowan, then from an apprenticeship with master Detective Maurice Blanche, she starts her own agency.

In November, we’ll be reading The Last Policeman by Ben H. Winters. This Edgar Award-winning mystery novel follows a police detective as he investigates a suspicious suicide — but it has an interesting twist — the case takes place as an asteroid approaches the earth. With six months before the end of the world, why bother solving one death? We’ll discuss this question and more on Tuesday, November 18.

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The Crossings Book Club — September Meeting

The next meeting of the Crossings book club is Tuesday, September 16 at 6:30 p.m. at the Crossings clubhouse. (The Walnut Country HOA Clubhouse (44965 S Larwin Ave, Concord, CA 94521)

We’ll be discussing The Murder of the Century: The Gilded Age Crime That Scandalized a City & Sparked the Tabloid Wars by Paul Collins.

Murder of the Century“The grisly finds that began on the afternoon of June 26, 1897, plunged detectives headlong into the era’s most baffling murder mystery. Seized upon by battling media moguls Joseph Pulitzer and William Randolph Hearst, the case became a publicity circus. Reenactments of the murder were staged in Times Square, armed reporters lurked in the streets of Hell’s Kitchen in pursuit of suspects, and an unlikely trio—a hard-luck cop, a cub reporter, and an eccentric professor—all raced to solve the crime.” (From the jacket description)

Maisie Dobbs coverOctober’s book is Maisie Dobbs by Jacqueline Winspear. The first book in the popular mystery series, the novel introduces “psychologist and detective” Maisie Dobbs, a young woman who starts her working life as a lady’s maid in interwar England. Given a boost up first from her employer, Lady Rowan, then from an apprenticeship with master Detective Maurice Blanche, she starts her own agency. We’ll be discussing it on Tuesday, October 21.

–Lynn Kuehl

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Celebrate With Us!

Berkshire Books is 10 years old this month!

To celebrate, we’re having an informal party

Saturday, August 23
from 3:00 to 7:00 (or later!)

at Berkshire Books, 3480 Clayton Road, Concord, California
For more info, call 925-685-9999

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The Crossings Book Club — August Meeting

August’s book is The Boys in the Boat by Daniel James Brown, a nonfiction book that “celebrates the 1936 U.S. men’s Olympic eight-oar rowing team—nine working class boys who stormed the rowing world, transformed the sport, and galvanized the attention of millions of Americans.” (From the Publisher’s blurb)

The meeting to discuss the novel is Tuesday, August 19 at 6:30 p.m. at the Crossings clubhouse. (The Walnut Country HOA Clubhouse (44965 S Larwin Ave, Concord, CA 94521)   –Lynn Kuehl

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The Crossings Book Club – July Meeting

The next meeting of the Crossings book club is Tuesday, July 15 at 6:30 p.m. at the Crossings clubhouse. (The Walnut Country HOA Clubhouse (44965 S Larwin Ave, Concord, CA 94521)

We’ll be discussing Telegraph Avenue by Michael Chabon, a comic novel centering on a vinyl records shop on the cusp of Oakland and Berkeley.

–Lynn Kuehl

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The members have chosen the next three books for The Crossings Bookclub, two nonfiction titles and a novel.

In June, we’ll be reading In the Garden of Beasts by Eric Larsen, an account of William Dodd’s Ambassadorship to Germany during 1933-1937, when he and his family lived in Berlin, at first oblivious to, but quickly becoming aware of the evils of the Third Reich.

The book for July is Telegraph Avenue by Michael Chabon, a comic novel centering on a vinyl records shop on the cusp of Oakland and Berkeley.

August’s book is The Boys in the Boat by Daniel James Brown, a nonfiction book that “celebrates the 1936 U.S. men’s Olympic eight-oar rowing team—nine working class boys who stormed the rowing world, transformed the sport, and galvanized the attention of millions of Americans.” (From the Publisher’s blurb)

The next meeting, to discuss In The Garden of Beasts, is Tuesday, June 17 at 6:30 p.m. at the Crossings clubhouse. (The Walnut Country HOA Clubhouse (44965 S Larwin Ave, Concord, CA 94521)   –Lynn Kuehl

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The Crossings Bookclub – May Meeting

This month’s bookclub selection is the historical mystery novel Dissolution by C.J. Sansom.

The meeting to discus the novel is Tuesday, May 20 at 6:30 p.m. at the Crossings clubhouse. (The Walnut Country HOA Clubhouse (44965 S Larwin Ave, Concord, CA 94521)   –Lynn Kuehl

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The Crossings Bookclub – April and May Selections

For April, the members have chosen The Almond Tree by Michelle Cohen Corasanti, a very personal story of great tragedy and triumph in the setting of modern Palestine during the Israeli occupation and settlement.

Cover of the Almond Tree

For May, the book chosen was Dissolution by C.J. Sansom. This one is a historical mystery novel that may remind some readers of The Name of the Rose or the Cadfael mysteries.

The next meeting, to discuss The Almond Tree, is Tuesday, April 15 at 6:30 p.m. at the Crossings clubhouse. (The Walnut Country HOA Clubhouse (44965 S Larwin Ave, Concord, CA 94521)   –Lynn Kuehl

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