Designing Your Life

April 25, 2017

The next few weeks are pretty crazy! So much going on at the store . . . kicking off this weekend with Independent Bookstore Day and no less than FIVE fantastic children's authors on hand to talk about their books, sign copies and join in all the fun activities we have planned. Local Del Rey teacher Jenny Dodd will also be here to interview our authors, and she'll have her lovely Cosmo books on hand to sign too. What's more, every book you purchase on Saturday raises money for the school of your choice. We will donate 20% of pre-tax sales!

For the Kids

April 18, 2017
On Saturday five boxes left the store en route to Lincoln Elementary School in Richmond filled with over 180 books bought by you through donations to our Blind Date With a Book program! Thank you so much. I am hoping to post pictures with the kids and their books in the next week or so.

Time Zones

April 9, 2017

I'll be back in the shop this week and can't wait to see everyone again. As usual it's been funny texting and emailing everyone when I'm on my way to bed and California is just getting going, and even funnier yesterday when I was burning in the British sunshine and Orinda was experiencing a hail storm! The forecast is for another scorcher today and sis and I are heading off to a garden centre for lavender, then to pick up Mum for brunch in the garden.


April 3, 2017

It's a beautiful spring morning. I'm sitting in the conservatory at my sister's house in Derbyshire in the north of England facing a huge flowering cherry tree that's shedding its blossom all over the terrace outside. Gritstone walls divide the fields on the hills in the distance where I can make out sheep with their lambs, grazing on the lush grass. The Archers - the world's longest running radio soap opera - is playing in the background, and though I am completely out of touch with all the characters and story line it feels so familiar and comforting. The first episode aired back in 1950 and unlike most drama series was not an adaptation of a book but created with the aim of educating farmers and thereby increasing food production after the war. Originally billed as "an everyday story of country folk," it is now described as "contemporary drama in a rural setting" and 70 years later is still going strong, with the Sunday morning omnibus edition being a bit of a ritual for millions in the UK.

While I'm Away . . .

March 27, 2017
I'm off to England again on Tuesday evening, and very sad to be missing our event with Victor Lodato on Wednesday. Genuine Goodness will be catering the lunch and I know you are going to love the book. Last time I looked we still had a few spaces available so call the store to reserve your spot.

Comings & Goings

March 21, 2017
We had a wonderful unexpected visit last Friday from Mohsin Hamid, internationally acclaimed bestselling author of  Exit West. He dropped in to sign copies of his book and spent a while browsing the Orinda Books shelves! If you haven't bought your copy yet we still have signed,first edition copies for sale, you'll find it on our Staff Favorites table. It's a beautifully written story of a couple's migration from an unnamed war-torn city in the Middle East to Greece, England, and finally Marin County here in Northern California.

Big Event

March 14, 2017

I have been bursting to tell everyone about Girl on the Train author Paula Hawkins and our joint event with Rakestraw Books in Danville, but was sworn to secrecy by the  publishers until yesterday! It's a huge deal and we had to convince the people at Penguin Random House that Orinda Books and Rakestraw Books together would do the best job in getting the biggest audience to meet Paula. We've all read Girl on the Train (if not we have copies) or at least seen the movie... and we are so excited to announce her new book coming out in May... and best of all that you can see Paula Hawkins in person, get your copy hot off the press, and have it signed here at Bentley School in Lafayette. Bentley have graciously offered up their wonderful space to accommodate the number of people, and tickets are on sale NOW on Eventbrite. Sign up ASAP as we anticipate tickets will sell out fast!

Writing Class @ O Books

March 7, 2017

Just a short note from me today but lots to absorb in our newsletter! I particularly want to point out the exciting plans for our first Children's Book Festival on Independent Bookstore Day at the end of April. Susan has been working hard to secure visits from no less than five fabulous children's authors and illustrators who will be at the store to read from their books, and join in the fun. We will have refreshments from other Orinda Indies such as Loard's Ice Cream, Republic of Cake, and Genuine Goodness . . . and lots of giveaways, discounts and games. Save the date . . . April 29th.


March 1, 2017

Over the last few days we have been organising and planning so many fabulous author lunches, local author readings and children's events, and our calendars are stuffed to the brim! Make sure you check the column to the left and go to our web page for more information - we are adding to the list constantly!


February 22, 2017

Lunch with Eleanor Burke was fabulous last week. The food was delicious -- thanks to Genuine Goodness and their wonderful selection of salads, fresh breads and cookies -- and we are looking forward to our next with Yiyun Li on March 8th. Don't forget to sign up early as these sell out fast!