Sunday, May 26, 2013

Check Out Coming Attractions for "California Apricots: the Lost Orchards of Silicon Valley"

The cover, by the History Press graphics department, is drawing raves. I like it a lot.

As an author with a new book just published by the History Press, I've been successful in using Facebook as one way of keeping friends, family, and former television viewers of my programs, up to date on book signings and book events. The schedule has been growing quickly!

But, though it is difficult for some to believe--not everyone in the world has joined up with Facebook.
So for those of you who would rather check this blog for updates, I'm posting the list of upcoming book events here, for California Apricots: the Lost Orchards of Silicon Valley. Most of the events will not involve a talk about the book, but I've indicated those that will include a talk by starring those events like *this.

We hope to schedule at least one more and possibly more than that with the Los Altos History Museum/Los Altos Library, since we actually had to turn people away on Wednesday, 5/22, because the room was filled beyond capacity. I will keep you posted on that.

Here is the latest list of scheduled events. Hope to see you there!

Saturday, June 22: Barnes and Noble, Gilroy, 2-4 p.m: Book signing. 6825 Camino Arroyo, Gilroy Crossing, Gilroy, CA 95020. 408-846-5777.

Saturday, July 6: Andy's Orchard, 10:00 a.m: book signing. 1615 Half Road, Morgan Hill, CA 95037, 408 782-7600. Andy will be holding an apricot tasting and will be giving tours of his apricot orchards that wrap up with a U-pick-it apricot fest! There is a fee for his tours. Check his web site for details.

*Sunday, July 7: Los Altos Hills City Hall, 2:00 p.m.  26379 Fremont Road, Los Altos Hills, CA, 94022  (650) 941-7222. Talk by the author, with reception and book signing to follow.

Sunday, July 14: Sunnyvale Author's Day, 12 to 4 p.m: book sale and signing.  Heritage Park Museum, 570 East Remington Drive, Sunnyvale, CA 94087 408-749-0220.

*Tuesday, July 16: Los Altos Kiwanis Club, author presentation, 12 to 1:30 p.m. Village Court  Shopping Center, State Farm Conference Room, near El Camino Real and San Antonio Road, Los Altos, California. No books for sale, but buy them at the Los Altos History Museum and I'll sign them!

Saturday, July 20: Barnes and Noble, Eastridge, 2-4 p.m: book signing. 2200 Eastridge Loop, San Jose, CA 95122. 408-270-9470.

Saturday, July 27: Barnes and Noble, Stevens Creek, 2-4 p.m:  Book signing. 3600 Stevens Creek Blvd, San Jose, CA, 95117, 408-984-3495.

*Tuesday, July 30: Kepler's Books, 7:30 p.m: Author presentation followed by book sale and signing. 1010 El Camino Real, Menlo Park, CA 95020 650-324-4321

*Thursday, August 8: Saratoga Library, 2 p.m. Author presentation and book signing: 13650 Saratoga Avenue, Saratoga, CA 95070 408-867-6126

*Wednesday, August 14: Capitola Book Cafe, 7:30 p.m. Author presentation and book signing with special "apricot menu" at the Cafe. 475 41st Ave.,  Capitola, CA 95010, (831) 462-4415.

Wednesday, September 4: Martin Luther King Library, San Jose, CA. 7:30 p.m. Author presentation: 150 E San Fernando St., San Jose, CA 95112, (408) 808-2000

*Monday, October 28: Santa Clara City Library, 6:30 p.m. Author presentation: 2635 Homestead Road, Santa Clara, CA, 9505. 408-615-2900.

Still in the works:  event with B and R Farms, Hollister, California, which specializes in dried apricots, and a November holiday event at the Los Altos History Museum!

We're also working to get book signings in the following areas: near Yuba City, California (Barnes and Noble has a store near Roseville, so we may be able to get something going there); Patterson, California (as that is the present center of apricot production in the state); and we'd like to get something set up in Portland, Oregon, where the author worked at KGW-TV and spent a lot of her income at Powell's Books! And, we'll see if there is a possibility of an event in the Orlando, Florida region too, as that was another place the author worked. Ask for the book in your town, and let us know how that goes.

At present it is being carried by: Barnes and Noble in the SF Bay Area stores; Draeger's Market in Los Altos; Village Stationers in Los Altos, Menlo Park, and Palo Alto; Bell's Books in Palo Alto; Kepler's Books in Menlo Park; Andy's Orchard in Morgan Hill, CA;  CJ Olson's Cherries in Sunnyvale, CA,  Chaucer's Books in Santa Barbara, and Pine Cone Lumber in Sunnyvale. If you would like to carry it in your store, contact Frank Travell at or contact me at and I can put you in touch with the History Press.
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