Faded Photograph

July 10, 2017

An old black and white family photograph came to mind this week. It was taken by my dad just as we were setting off on our annual summer holiday in 1966. We are all standing next to the car, my mum, my three brothers (Ian 12, Malcolm 10, and Simon 8) my little sister Sarah who was 2 and had mumps(!), and me 6. I can picture my dad peering down into his twin lens Yashica camera with its pop up viewer. Sometimes, if there was a handy ledge on which to place the camera, he would set a timer and run to join us, but in this picture we are on the steep driveway, and no doubt very close to his ETD (expected time of departure) with no time for messing about. Dad liked his acronyms.


July 6, 2017

While you were all celebrating your independence from Dear Old Blighty on the 4th, Danny and I raised our glasses in celebration of our three years operating Orinda Books and, with a new lease signed, look forward to many more years to come. We have a brilliant set of staff who go out of their way to help keep the store running smoothly and we love hosting so many great authors, workshops, artists and bookclubs. Of course it goes without saying (but I will anyway, repeatedly) that we couldn't do it without the support and loyalty of all of you - thank you for helping us make O Books such a thriving community hot spot.

School's Out For Summer!

June 28, 2017

It has been wonderful over the last couple of weeks to see families with children come pouring into the store to choose books for their summer hols. They have come in excited and noisy and eager to read and we have been having great fun finding the right book and handing it to such appreciative and happy young customers. With school out for the summer they have time to read at last!


June 20, 2017

All of us working at the store agree that there is nothing we love more than recommending books we have read. Whether it's to give as a gift, to read on the plane, for book club or a class, we are pretty good at coming up with a wide selection of ideas.

Warriors Connection

June 13, 2017

Danny and I have just got back from dinner at friends, who when they invited us several weeks ago didn't know THE basketball game was going to be on tonight. It didn't take long for us to decide to watch the game with our plates on our laps . . .

Briefly . . .

June 5, 2017

Very brief tonight - I am desperate to finish Eleanor Oliphant Is Completley Fine  by Gail Honeyman - just a few chapters left, and such a fabulous novel, I am laughing one minute and crying the next - so brilliantly written.

Taking the Long Way

May 30, 2017

I set off for Carmel Valley on Friday afternoon at probably the worst possible time on a normal weekend but with Memorial Day too I knew I was in for a bit of a slog. What usually takes me about 2 hours turned into over 4 with my navi trying to save me five minutes here and ten minutes there by re-directing my journey. Usually I ignore it and continue on my familiar and well worn route but for some reason I blindly obeyed and ended up coming off the freeway and driving through rural backwaters and long straight roads through vast fields, and turning left and right and left again only to come back to the freeway barely 5 minutes from where I had left it.

Summer's Coming

May 23, 2017

We were so excited to get a phone call the other day asking whether we would like to host author Thrity Umrigar, bestselling author of several store favorites including The Space Between Us, If Today be Sweet, and Story Hour. Thrity will be joining us for lunch on June 27th to talk about her latest novel Everybody's Son. Make sure you sign up soon (tickets are just $10) because space will be limited! Thrity also has a lovely children's book out now (and on our shelves!) called When I Carried You in My Belly. It tells the story of a young mother explaining to her daughter how love, kindness, and a sense of fun shaped her even before her birth. Its illustrated by Ziyue Chen. 

Road Trip

May 16, 2017

Everyone enjoyed a fabulous evening with author Paula Hawkins on Saturday night at Bentley School. Pete Crooks from Diablo Magazine chatted with her about her upbringing in Zimbabwe, her early writing career, and her reaction to the enormous success of Girl on the Train. And without giving too much away they discussed her latest novel Into the Water. We have signed copies at the store if you weren't able to make it - or at least we did when I dropped them off on Sunday morning before heading off to SFO to catch a plane to Denver.

Mother's Day 2017

May 9, 2017

Grab your mum and treat her to a literary lunch this Thursday in lieu of Mother's Day! We still have some space left; Laura gives a wonderful presentation, the book is so fabulous, and lunch will be delicious! Tickets are just $10. Call the store for details.