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2020 Programs

Summer Fun with Historical Fiction

Monday, July 20 | 3:00-4:00 PM

Author Elise Hooper will moderate a special panel with bestselling authors Sara Ackerman, Yangsze Choo, Kate Quinn, and Noelle Salazar as they discuss historical fiction, the writing process, their favorite summer reads, and more. At this virtual program, they’ll share behind-the-scenes tidbits on what it’s like to be an author, while also leaving plenty of time for Q&A.

Through a special partnership with Orinda Books, a book purchase will include a signed bookplate and an opportunity for a virtual chat with the authors immediately following the program. Please mention “WCLF Program” when making a purchase online,, or by phone, 925-254-7606.

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Elise Hooper, the author of Fast Girls, is a native New Englander. She spent several years writing for television and online news outlets before earing an MA and teaching high school history and  literature. Hooper now lives in Seattle with her husband and two daughters.

Sara Ackerman is the author of Red Sky Over Hawaii, among other published books. Born and raised in Hawaii, she studied journalism and earned graduate degrees in psychology and Chinese medicine. She currently lives on the Big Island with her boyfriend and a houseful of animals.

Yangsze Choo is the bestselling author of The Night Tiger. She loves to eat and read, and often does both at the same time. Neither of her two published books would have been possible without large quantities of dark chocolate.


Kate Quinn is the bestselling author of several works of historical fiction, including The Huntress. She lives in San Diego with her two rescue dogs.


Noelle Salazar is the bestselling author of The Flight Girls, her debut novel. She is a lifelong resident of the Pacific Northwest and lives with her husband, two children, and old man cat in Washington State.


The Great Escape: Shackleton’s Antarctic Adventure with Mark Jordan

Part One: Wednesday, October 21 | 7:00 – 8:00 PM
Part Two: Thursday, October 22 | 7:00 – 8:00 PM


Ernest Shackleton set out with 27 men to cross the Antarctic Continent, but before landing, his ship was locked into the ice and eventually crushed.  The men were stranded on the Weddell Sea ice pack, and only barely managed to escape.  Landing on the extremely remote Elephant Island, Shackleton left 21 of the men to survive while he and five others made an incredible small boat journey.  Learn one of the greatest rescue stories of all time, with original photographs and photographs from Mark Jordan’s recent trip to the area.

Mark Jordan is an intrepid adventurer and lecturer with an abiding interest in exploration, especially Polar exploration.  He recently adventured to Antarctica, South Georgia and the Falkland Islands, tracing much of the route taken by Sir Ernest Shackleton in his Endurance Expedition.  Mr. Jordan, a retired attorney, teaches and lectures on the Lewis and Clark Expedition and Shakespeare at various venues including the Walnut Creek Library, the Blackhawk Museum and Cal Sate University East Bay.

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2020 Past Events 

In Conversation with Mary Ladd, Author of The Wig Diaries

June 24, 2020 



Race Against Time: A Reporter Reopens the Unsolved Murder Cases of the Civil Rights Era, 

March 2, 2020 –


The Life of Robert Noble Burgess

February 12, 2020


Part of Our Lives: A People’s History of the American Public Library

January 15, 2020

2019 Past Events 

D. Leah Steinberg, Author of “Raised in the Shadow of the Bomb: Children of the Manhattan Project”

October 16, 2019

1969: One Giant Year

June 12, 2019


Adventures in Produce: The Rewards of Growing and Cooking Weird Fruit and Veggies with authors Emily Murphy and Laura McLively

March 13, 2019

Elise Hooper, Author of “Learning to See: A Novel of Dorothea Lange, The Woman Who Revealed the Real America”

February 13, 2019

Brave Little Nell—The Eleanor Roosevelt Story

January 16, 2019

Live from the Library

Live! from the Library, produced by the Walnut Creek Library Foundation, features free public lectures, literary events, and cultural programs at the Walnut Creek and Ygnacio Valley libraries. Program sponsors are the East Bay Times, Friends of the Walnut Creek Library, and Minuteman Press, Lafayette. Programming is also made possible by donations to the Foundation’s Annual Fund. View past programs on our Video page.  Contra Costa TV airs past programs Sundays at 8 p.m. Visit their website for channel info.

The views and opinions expressed in any program are those of the speaker/persons and do not reflect the views of the Walnut Creek Library Foundation.

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