Thursday, November 29, 2018

Upcoming Events For Historic Bay Area Visionaries

Author Robin Chapman at a book signing with author Jan Batiste Adkins at Recycle Bookstore in Campbell, California in November.

The book signings and book talks have been going well since the publication of Historic Bay Area Visionaries in October and they have been keeping me very busy. In addition to the scheduled events below I will be doing some impromptu signings at retail outlets in the region that are carrying the book. And there are quite a few. 

Wednesday, October 31, 2018

American Legion Post Has Helped Veterans for Eight Decades

Col. John J. Howard was a decorated war hero who retied to a house on 
Robledo Road in Los Altos. The local American Legion post is named after him.

Our local American Legion post has made the decision to seek Historic Landmark status for its building. These things are difficult in all-volunteer organizations, because now the group needs to organize both the paperwork and the fund-raising to gain the status and to help restore the structure. That is a lot of work for volunteers.

Yet the post as done so much good in its life. 
Click the link to read more about its story:  CLICK TO READ ABOUT THE COL. HOWARD AMERICAN LEGION POST

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Wednesday, October 17, 2018

Upcoming Events for Robin's Historic Bay Area Visionaries

Historic Bay Area Visionaries was published October 15, 2018 by The History Press.
The book is now out and for sale on The History Press web site and on Amazon.

Historic Bay Area Visionaries (History Press 2018) has now been published and we are getting lots of requests for events. I am keeping an updated list on my Author's Page on Amazon (see below for link) and I will also keep an updated list here

Wednesday, November 14: Los Altos History Museum, "Catch the Spirit," 1:30 p.m. Writer Robin Chapman will moderate a panel of local authors and the panel will be followed by a book signing. The address is: 51 S. San Antonio Road, Los Altos, CA 94022: 650-948-9427

Thursday, November 15: The Union Presbyterian Church and the Northern California Congregational Librarians' Luncheon, 12:00 to 3:00 p.m. Author talk and book signing. 858 University Avenue, Los Altos, CA 94022. Cost: $15. For reservations contact Patty Grimm at or call Carol Campbell at 408-859-7488. 

Wednesday, October 10, 2018

Thomas Foon Chew: The Man Who Made A Difference

BaySide Cannery (sometimes identified as Bayside or Bay Side) was the third largest cannery in the United States in the 1920s. It was owned by Thomas Foon Chew, a Chinese immigrant to California.

Thomas Foon Chew was born in the late 1880s in China and came to San Francisco with his mother and his father in 1897. How this was possible, following the implementation of the Chinese Exclusion Act in 1882, we don't know.

Friday, September 21, 2018

Pre-Order New Book from History Press or Amazon!

This mock-up copy of a book used to be called "the galleys" in the publishing business. 
Now it is called the "PDF version."

Even if you love to write. Even if you are good at writing and it gives you pleasure. Even if every aspect of writing is a positive experience for you. Writing is still hard work. 

So when a book is completed you have to take a little time out to say: "Hooray!"

Thursday, September 6, 2018

Robert Louis Stevenson And His Journey to Monterey

There are lots of opinions about Fanny Osbourne, with whom Robert Louis Stevenson fell in love in France in 1876. But Stevenson didn't equivocate. He traveled 6,000 miles to propose marriage to her. Both images are from Historic Bay Area Visionaries, set to be published by History Press in October.

Last week I began the true tale of the writer Robert Louis Stevenson's romance with a woman from California, Fanny Osbourne, whom he met in France in 1876. It was a complicated liaison: she was eleven years older than he and had been married for twenty years to someone else. Adding to the difficulties: he lived in Scotland and she lived 6,000 miles away in California. 

Wednesday, August 29, 2018

Robert Louis Stevenson on a Train Through Santa Clara Valley

Robert Louis Stevenson in his favorite blue velvet jacket, which is now in the Robert Louis Stevenson Museum in Monterey, along with his traveling desk, which is also in the photo. 
Photo courtesy of the California Historical Society and Historic Bay Area Visionaries.

Robert Louis Stevenson made an important visit to the San Francisco Bay Area in 1879. He was not yet the famous writer he would become and he was not on a literary errand. He was besotted with a California woman and determined to marry her.