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‘Hello, Goodbye’: The Beatles’ Last Public Performance

August 31, 2016   Wednesday, 7:00-8:30 p.m.
Oak View Room, Walnut Creek Library – Sold Out!
dulais rhys 2Beatles-photoProfessional musician Dulais Rhys commemorates the 50th anniversary of the Beatles’ last public concert on their 1966 tour at Candlestick Park in San Francisco. Rhys will revisit the sights and sounds from that night at Candlestick Park. Songs the Beatles performed will be heard and discussed along with details about the opening acts and insight into the Beatles’ decision to stop touring. Rhys will also share a brief overview of the band’s formation and explain the enduring popularity of the Beatles’ music. 

This is Rhys’s second visit to the Walnut Creek Library. Last December he delighted attendees with his presentation on the music and era of Downton Abbey. Rhys is a professional musician based in San Francisco and holds multiple degrees from the University of Wales. He also studied at the Peabody Conservatory of Music in Baltimore, MD, specializing in composition and conducting. 

Poetry Live! with Tess Taylor and Rachel Richardson

October 19, 2016   Wednesday, 7:00-8:30 p.m.
Oak View Room, Walnut Creek Library – Registration opens Sept. 7
Tess Taylor web cropAn evening with Tess Taylor on her new book of poetry, Work & Days, and Rachel Richardson on her new book, Hundred-Year Wave

Tess Taylor is the author of The Misremembered World, The Forage House and Work & Days. Her work has appeared in the New Yorker, The Academy of American Poets and The New York Times. Her first book, The Forage House, was a finalist for the Believer Poetry Award. She serves on the board of the National Book Critics Circle and as on-air poetry reviewer for NPR’s All Things Considered. Taylor grew up in El Cerrito.

richardson2Rachel Richardson is the author of two books of poetry, Copperhead and Hundred-Year Wave. A former NEA and Stegner Fellow, her work appears in the New York Times Magazine, Kenyon Review, and at the Poetry Foundation. She has taught at Stanford, USF, and San Quentin State Penitentiary, and she coordinates poetry programming for the Bay Area Book Festival. She lives in Berkeley. 

The evening will be moderated by Cheryl Dumesnil , whose books include In Praise of Falling (winner of the Agnes Lynch Starrett Prize and the Golden Crown Literary Society Prize for Poetry) and Love Song for Baby X: How I Stayed (Almost) Sane on the Rocky Road to Parenthood. Dumesnil is a regular contributor to the Huffington Post and VillageQ and for over twenty years has taught writers of all ages.

Bruce Farrell Rosen, Author of “Bombed in His Bed: The Confessions of Jewish Gangster Myer Rush”

November 9, 2016   Wednesday, 7:00-8:30 p.m.
Oak View Room, Walnut Creek Library – Registration opens Sept. 28

Bruce-Rosen-150x150bombed in his bed book coverIn his new book, Bombed in his Bed, Bruce Farrell Rosen recounts the fascinating story of his uncle, international Jewish gangster Myer Rush, who died twice but survived to exclusively tell his tale to his nephew.

Bruce Farrell Rosen, a financial investment officer as well as an award-winning writer, is also the author of If You Ever Need Me, I Won’t Be Far Away, a spellbinding memoir of growing up, coming of age, learning to understand the decisions we make in life, and finding joy amidst the hardships and challenges. The father of two sons, he lives and works in San Francisco.

Past Events 2015-16


A Conversation with T.J. Stiles, author of “Custer’s Trials: A Life on the Frontier of a New America”

November 16, 2015  Monday, 7:00-9:00 pm Oak View Room, Walnut Creek Library



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