Elizabeth Koehler-Pentacoff, Author of The Missing Kennedy: Rosemary Kennedy and the Secret Bonds of Four Women

May 4, 2016   Wednesday, 7:00-8:30 pm
Oak View Room, Walnut Creek Library – Register Now
  Koehler Headshot (2)missing kennedyIn her new best-selling memoir, The Missing Kennedy, Elizabeth Koehler-Pentacoff shines new light on the life of President Kennedy’s sister, Rosemary “Rosie” Kennedy. Through her own recollection of personal visits with Rosie as well as never-before-seen-photographs and private notes from Rosie’s longtime caregiver (who happened to the author’s beloved aunt), Koehler-Pentacoff reveals the story of a woman who spent much of her life hidden away. The Missing Kennedy: Rosemary Kennedy and the Secret Bonds of Four Women is Koehler-Pentacoff’s tenth book. Her other books include Jackson and Bud’s Bumpy Ride, a Grand Canyon Reader Nominee, and The ABCs of Writing for Children, a Writer’s Digest Book Club Selection. She lives in Contra Costa County with her husband and a nineteen-year-old Yorkshire Terrier.

Commemorating Shakespeare

June 29, 2016   Wednesday, 7:00-8:30 p.m.
Oak View Room, Walnut Creek Library – Registration Opens May 21, 2016

Mark Jordanshakespeare portrait Shakespearean expert Mark Jordan will commemorate the life and legacy of William Shakespeare with a performance and illustrated presentation. 2016 is the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s death and people around the world are marking the occasion with activities honoring the prolific playwright. Jordan’s presentation will include photos and documents highlighting Shakespeare’s life in London and Stratford-Upon-Avon. Jordan will also perform selected sonnets and speeches from several of Shakespeare’s most popular works.

A long-time Walnut Creek resident, Jordan is an experienced actor, teacher and playwright. He trained at several leading arts institutions, including the Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts and the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, which are both located in London. Jordan has portrayed more than two dozen different Shakespeare characters on stage. He teaches Shakespeare at the Osher Life Long Learning Institute at Cal State East Bay and is working on the book for “Shakespeare, the Musical.”

National Park Service Centennial with NPS Superintendent Tom Leatherman

July 18, 2016   Monday, 7:00-8:30 p.m.
Oak View Room, Walnut Creek Library

Tom Leatherman crop nps centennialThe National Park Service is celebrating its 100th birthday! Join us for this presentation on the NPS and the centennial given by Tom Leatherman, who is the Superintendent at four National Park Service historic sites in the East Bay – Eugene O’Neill National Historic Site, John Muir National Historic Site, Port Chicago Naval Magazine National Memorial and Rosie the Riveter/WWII Home Front National Historical Park.

Leatherman started his NPS career in 1989 as an intern at Pinnacles National Monument and went on to work in several parks, monuments and historic sites before ending up back in the bay area. He was selected as the Superintendent of these sites in January of 2011. Tom lives in San Ramon and while not at work he enjoys spending time with his family, hiking and cooking.

Poetry Live!

October 19, 2016   Wednesday, 7:00-8:30 p.m.
Oak View Room, Walnut Creek Library

Details to follow!

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

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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