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Upcoming Events       September 2012


Tuesday    September 11     7pm
Phil Cousineau author of The Painted Word
Location:   Towne Center Books

PHIL COUSINEAU is a writer, teacher, editor, independent scholar, documentary filmmaker, travel leader, and storyteller. His life-long fascination with the art, literature, and history of culture has taken him on many journeys around the world, and he lectures frequently on a wide range of topics--from mythology, film, and writing, to beauty, travel, sports, and creativity. He has more than 25 non-fiction books and 15 scriptwriting credits to his name.

Phil says, "I grew up in a house filled with books and dictionaries, with prints of the world’s great on every wall in the house. So I was destined to bring together the two world of writing and painting into one work, which was Wordcatcher (2010), a marvelous collaboration with artist Gregg Chadwick. Two years later, the adrenaline was still flowing, so we have teamed up once again and daubed a book for the walls of every bookstore, The Painted Word.”

Whether old-fangled or brand new, all the words included in The Painted Word reveal the deep history and mystery of words and language.

This is a free event, but reservations are always appreciated.


Thursday, September 13   7:00pm
Murder in the Valley---an evening with 4 Mystery Writers!

Location:   Towne Center Books

Calling all Mystery buffs!! Four of your favorite mystery writers are coming to town --Ann Parker, Carole Price, Penny Warner,, and Staci McLaughlin!

Ann Parker, does scientific and technical writing by day and creates mystery fiction at night; Carol Price's newest book is Twisted Vines; Penny Warner writes the Conner Westphal series as well as nearly 50 other books; and Staci McLaughlin's books includer her latest titled Going Organic Can Kill You.

Join us for a great evening---it's free, too!


Saturday    September 15    11:00am
Artist Hilda Robinson and Jeff Kunkel
Location:   Towne Center Books

Hilda Robinson, grandmother and artist, will share her pictures of growing up in a closely knit family......BEFORE television. Jeff Kunkel wrote the text based on Hilda's stories. HIlda studied art at Temple University and earned her Masters of Art from UC Berkeley when she was 50. Jeff, a United Methodist Minister, is an accomplished artist and author of several books.Hear about their collaboration and Hilda's inspiring stories. Reservations are always helpful.


Wednesday    September 19     4:00pm
Sue Fliess author of Tons of Trucks
Location:   Towne Center Books

Sue Fliess introduces her book Tons of Trucks. Big trucks, small trucks, dump trucks, tow trucks, and all kinds of other trucks can be found in her playful touch-and-move book.

Everyone is welcome, but this event is most appropriate for ages 2-5 and siblings. Bring a truck for extended play. Reservations are always helpful.


Friday    September 28   11:30 Social, 12 Noon Lunch
Read It and Eat Lunch
with Wendy Pearl our favorite publishers rep!
Location:   Towne Center Books

This one is a little different. One of our favorite publishers reps, Wendy Pearl, will give a preview of some of her favorite recently published and forthcoming books. Wendy has great "street cred" with the Towne Center Staff as she has alerted us to such staff favorites as City of Thieves, the Chaperone,on Canaan's Side, and the Keeper of Lost Causes, all published by the Penguin Group.

A simple but yummy lunch will be $5.00, and we'll have a nice discount for purchases and pre-orders. Get a start on your holiday shopping, bookclub ideas, or pleasure reading.

11:30 social time. Program and lunch at noon. Don't miss out.......Sign up now! Reservations are required! 925-846-8826


Presenting our Latest Promotion
Read Around the World

who: All ages
why: Learn about different cultures...read interesting books...save money! Think of it as a vacation in your armchair.

How it works:
1-Purchase a book set in a location on planet earth.
2-Receive a passport and $1.00 in Towne Center Book Bucks for every $5.00 you spend on your books for the program.
3-Get your passport stamped for each country you visit by book. Visit a country as often as you like but only receive TCB Bucks for the first visit.
4-Redeem your Towne Center Book Bucks on any purchase! Remember....you only earn them when purchasing a new country.
5-Read Around the World til October 31.


Now or Anytime!       

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Location:  Towne Center Books    

Here's why we think you should shop with us
at Towne Center Books:

  • Money stays in the community
  • Hand picked inventory selection
  • Individual gift suggestions
  • Free gift wrapping
  • Speedy special orders - usually just 1-2 days
  • Easy parking behind the store
  • Convenient hours - 10-9 weekdays, 10-10 Fri & Sat, 11-6 Sunday
  • Free shipping over $25.00 to one location
  • Free coffee or tea while you shop or relax

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    Local Library Events


    Here are links to our local libraries so you can keep up with their events.

    Our own Pleasanton Library has a great series called Books into Film. Read the book, see the movie, then come to the library and discuss which version was better! Mention the film series when buying the book and receive the 15% bookclub discount.

    Livermore Library continues many great programs.

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    TV 30 Link


    Since Towne Center Books is one of the sponsors of local TV 30 Program
    In A Word,
    follow this link to the web page where you can check out their monthly book discussions amd author interviews.

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    Book Groups at Towne Center


    Have you been looking for a book club? Look no further... We have numerous book groups that either meet at the store or are affiliated with us. They are all free and open to the public; all you have to do is read the book, come on down to Towne Center Books and join the discussion!

    Store bookclub selections are always 15% off. If you're already in a book group you can register at Towne Center Books and receive 15% off your current selections too! Ask our staff for more details.

    Give us a call at 925-846-8826 for details on the following groups:

    Bookclubs - open to all!



    Towne Center Book Club for Adults

    Towne Center Books 555 Main Street, Pleasanton
    7:00pm--second Wednesday of each month

    next meeting: September 12
    to discuss Wolf Hall by Hilary Mantel
    New Members are Welcome!



    Great Books

    Towne Center Books 555 Main Street, Pleasanton
    7:30pm--fourth Monday of every month

    Continuing discussions are from the Great Works Anthology

    next meeting: Monday September 24
    to discuss a selection from the Conversations
    New Members are Welcome!



    Mystery Bookclub

    facilitated by mystery authors Ann Parker and Camille Minichino

    Towne Center Books 555 Main Street, Pleasanton
    7:00pm--third Tuesday of each month

    next meeting: Tuesday September 18
    to discuss Place of Hiding by Elizabeth George
    New Members are Welcome!



    Remember!
    Convenient parking behind the store. We're open 6 nights (Sunday 6:00 closing). Save $10.00 on every 10th visit with our Free Loyalty Program. Special orders are usually received in the store within 24-48 hours.

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