November: NaNoWriMo Write-Ins

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. 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.

But wait! There’s More:
You can also drop in any time to write! There’s a small table and Lynn will dig out the snacks for you. We’re open Tuesday through Saturday from 10:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. (Closed Sundays and Mondays). Be warned that on Saturday mornings until about noon there’s a meeting of the Concord Curmudgeons (who discuss local politics) but otherwise the space is free.

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

Image courtesy of National Novel Writing Month

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The Crossings Book Club — October Meeting & Next 3 Books

Our next meeting is Tuesday, October 10 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 Death at La Fenice by Donna Leon, the first book in the Commissario Brunetti mystery series. The world-Renown and much-hated conductor Maestro Helmut Wellauer has been poisoned during an intermission at La Fenice, the premiere opera house in Venice, and Brunetti’s task is not to find a suspect, but to narrow the choices down to one. Donna Leon is an opera expert and the crime reviewer for the London Sunday Times. (Note: the meeting is on the second Tuesday of the month.)

In November, we’ll be reading the novel Ordinary Grace by William Kent Krueger. “In New Bremen, Minnesota, 1961. The Twins were playing their debut season, ice-cold root beers were selling out at the soda counter of Halderson’s Drugstore, and Hot Stuff comic books were a mainstay on every barbershop magazine rack. It was a time of innocence and hope for a country with a new, young president. But for thirteen-year-old Frank Drum it was a grim summer in which death visited frequently and assumed many forms. Accident. Nature. Suicide. Murder… Told from Frank’s perspective forty years after that fateful summer, Ordinary Grace is a brilliantly moving account of a boy standing at the door of his young manhood, trying to understand a world that seems to be falling apart around him.” (From the publisher’s blurb.) November’s meeting will be on Tuesday, November 14. (Note: the meeting is on the second Tuesday of the month.)

December’s book is The Little Paris Bookshop by Nina George. “Monsieur Perdu calls himself a literary apothecary. From his floating bookstore in a barge on the Seine, he prescribes novels for the hardships of life. Using his intuitive feel for the exact book a reader needs, Perdu mends broken hearts and souls. The only person he can’t seem to heal through literature is himself; he’s still haunted by heartbreak after his great love disappeared. She left him with only a letter, which he has never opened.” (From the publisher’s blurb.) The meeting to discuss the book will be on Tuesday, December 19.

–LK

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Book Signing Event – Wednesday, June 28

Berkshire Books and Umpqua Bank are hosting a book signing for the seventh anniversary of the publication of

Mount Diablo: The Extraordinary Life and Landscapes of a California Treasure

By Stephen Joseph, photographer and Linda Rimac Colberg, writer

When: Wednesday, June 28 — 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Where: Berkshire Books, 3480 Clayton Road, Concord

Also on hand will be Mount Diablo Interpretive Society authors
Rich McDrew & Rachel Haislet, authors of Mountain Lore: History and Place Names of Mount Diablo
and
Ruth Ann Kishi, author of Hiker’s Guide to Mount Diablo State Park

Linda Rimac Colberg is also the author of The Mount Diablo Guide (3rd Edition).

Light refreshments, wine and soft drinks will be served.

Come mingle, meet local entrepreneurs, and get your books signed!

Berkshire Books (925) 685-9999

umpquabank.com 1-866-4UMPQUA (1-866-486-7782)
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Closed Memorial Day Weekend

We will be CLOSED

Sunday, May 28 through Wednesday, May 31

Memorial Day Weekend

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The Crossings Book Club — June Meeting

Our next meeting is Tuesday, June 13 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 Girl Waits with Gun by Amy Stewart, a mystery novel based on the true story of one of America’s first female deputy sheriffs. This is the first book in a series based on Constance Kopp and her sisters.

July’s book is the Swedish bestselling novel A Man Called Ove by Frederik Backman. Ove is a curmudgeon, who people call “the bitter neighbor from hell.” When a chatty young couple with two chatty young daughters move in next door and accidentally flatten Ove’s mailbox with their U-Haul truck, it is the lead-in to a comical and heartwarming tale of unexpected friendship. (From the publisher’s blurb.) The meeting to discuss the book will be on Tuesday, July 18.

In August, we’ll be reading a nonfiction book, Killers of the Flower Moon by David Grann. In the 1920s, after oil was discovered beneath their land, the richest people per capita in the world were members of the Osage Indian nation in Oklahoma. When the Osage began to be murdered one by one, the FBI took up the case. It was one of the organization’s first major homicide investigations and the bureau badly bungled the case. In desperation, the young director, J. Edgar Hoover, turned to a former Texas Ranger named Tom White. White put together an undercover team, including one of the only American Indian agents in the bureau. The agents infiltrated the region, struggling to adopt the latest techniques of detection.  Together with the Osage they began to expose one of the most chilling conspiracies in American history. (From the publisher’s blurb.) August’s meeting will be on Tuesday, August 15.

In September, we’ll be reading Major Pettigrew’s Last Stand, a novel by Helen Simonson. When Major Pettigrew, a retired British army major in a small English village, embarks on an unexpected friendship with the widowed Mrs. Ali, who runs the local shop, they must struggle to understand what it means to belong and how far the obligations of family and tradition can be set aside for personal freedom. (From publisher’s blurb.) The meeting to discuss the book will be on Tuesday, September 19.

–LK

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The Crossings Book Club — May Meeting

Our next meeting is Tuesday, May 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 legal thriller Rogue Lawyer by John Grisham.

Sebastian Rudd an unconventional lawyer — “one of John Grisham’s most colorful, outrageous, and vividly drawn characters yet” — who drives a customized bulletproof van, lives in a “small but extremely safe penthouse apartment,” and has one employee, “his driver, who’s also his bodyguard, law clerk, confidant, and golf caddy.” Rudd takes on clients nobody else will touch, “because he believes everyone is entitled to a fair trial, even if he, Sebastian, has to cheat to secure one.” The blurb calls the book “gritty, witty and impossible to put down.” (All quotes from Grisham’s website.)

–LK

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The Crossings Book Club — February Meeting

Our next meeting is Tuesday, February 21 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 Roseanna, by Maj Sjöwall and Per Wahlöö (“the best writers of police procedurals in the world”). “The masterful first novel in the Martin Beck series of mysteries finds Beck hunting for the murderer of a lonely traveler” (from publisher’s blurb). The Vintage Crime/Black Lizard edition has an introduction by Henning Mankell, author of the Wallander series.

In March, we’ll be reading Me Before You, by Jojo Moyes.  ”Louisa Clark is an ordinary girl living an exceedingly ordinary life—steady boyfriend, close family—who has barely been farther afield than their tiny village. She takes a badly needed job working for ex–Master of the Universe Will Traynor, who is wheelchair bound after an accident. Will has always lived a huge life—big deals, extreme sports, worldwide travel—and now he’s pretty sure he cannot live the way he is” (publisher’s blurb).  The publisher calls the book “A Love Story for this generation and perfect for fans of John Green’s The Fault in Our Stars.” The meeting to discuss the book will be on Tuesday, March 21.

April’s book is The Terror Years: From al-Qaeda to the Islamic State, by Lawrence Wright. “With the Pulitzer Prize–winning The Looming Tower, Lawrence Wright became generally acknowledged as one of our major journalists writing on terrorism in the Middle East. Here, in ten powerful pieces first published in The New Yorker, he recalls the path that terror in the Middle East has taken, from the rise of al-Qaeda in the 1990s to the recent beheadings of reporters and aid workers by ISIS” (publisher’s blurb). April’s meeting will be on Tuesday, April 18.

–LK

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The Crossings Book Club — January Meeting

Our next meeting is Tuesday, January 17 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 Shoe Dog, by Phil Knight, a memoir by Nike founder and board chairman. “…Phil Knight shares the inside story of the company’s early days as an intrepid start-up and its evolution into one of the world’s most iconic, game-changing, and profitable brands.” (Publisher’s blurb).

We’ll also be considering books to read for upcoming months, so bring books to suggest to the group.

–LK

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NaNoWriMo Write-Ins Here!

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. 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

Image courtesy of National Novel Writing Month

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The Crossings Book Club — November Meeting

Our next meeting is Tuesday, November 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 When Books Went to War: The Stories that Helped Us Win World War II, by Molly Guptill Manning. “The inspiring story of an army of Librarians, 120 million special paperbacks, and the authors and books that lifted the spirits of our troops” (from jacket flap).” The book details the grass-roots campaign by librarians to send American troops free books — as a counterattack against the Nazis, who banned and burned books — and the joint program of the War Department and publishers to create the Armed Services Editions, small paperback books that soldiers could carry in their pockets.

December’s book is The Lost City of Z, by David Grann. “After stumbling upon a hidden trove of diaries, acclaimed New Yorker writer David Grann set out to solve “the greatest exploration mystery of the twentieth century”: What happened to the British explorer Percy Fawcett and his quest for the Lost City of Z?” (Blurb from Grann’s website.) The meeting to discuss the book will be on Tuesday, December 20.

In January we’ll be reading Shoe Dog, by Phil Knight, a memoir by Nike founder and board chairman. “…Phil Knight shares the inside story of the company’s early days as an intrepid start-up and its evolution into one of the world’s most iconic, game-changing, and profitable brands.” (Publisher’s blurb). January’s meeting is Tuesday, January 17.

–LK

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