2021 Programs


Scary Technology, Cybersecurity, and Thrillers

February 17, 2021
7:00 – 8:30PM

Author and attorney Reece Hirsch discusses how he turns cutting-edge privacy and cybersecurity issues into thrillers.  In addition to being the author of six thrillers, Reece is the co-head of the privacy and cybersecurity practice of an international law firm.  Reece discusses how he draws upon some scary and surprising real-world issues from his legal practice in crafting page-turning thrillers, the latest of which is Dark Tomorrow.  Reece will be in conversation with Terry Shames, the author of the Samuel Craddock mystery series. 

Reece’s first book, The Insider, was a finalist for the International Thriller Writers Award for Best First Novel.  His latest series, which includes Black Nowhere and Dark Tomorrow, features FBI cybercrime investigator Lisa Tanchik.  His three prior books, The Adversary, Intrusion and Surveillance, all feature former Department of Justice cybercrime prosecutor Chris Bruen.  Reece is a partner of an international law firm and co-chair of its privacy and cybersecurity practice.  He is also a member of the board of directors of the Valentino Achak Deng Foundation.  He lives in Walnut Creek with his wife and an Ewok-like Brussels Griffon. His website is www.reecehirsch.com.

Terry Shames is the author of the award-winning, best-selling Samuel Craddock mystery novels. Her recent book is A Risky Undertaking for Loretta Singletary and she is currently putting the finishing touches on the 9th book in the series. Visit Terry’s website at www.terryshames.com.

Through a special partnership with Walnut Creek’s Flashlight Books (flashlightbooks.com), autographed bookplates will be included with every book purchase from either author. Books can be ordered by emailing contact@flashlightbooks.com or by calling 925-278-1797.

Live! From the Library, produced by the Walnut Creek Library Foundation, features free public lectures, literary events, and cultural programs for the Walnut Creek and Ygnacio Valley libraries. 


2021 Past Events 

SUCCESSFUL AGING: The Power and Potential of Our Lives
NYT Bestselling author Dr. Daniel Levitin in conversation with musician and founding Grateful Dead member Bob Weir

January 13, 2021


2020 Past Events 

Classical Guitar Performance, 16th-20th Centuries

December 9, 2020

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

PART ONE: October 21, 2020 

PART TWO: October 22, 2020 




Summer Fun with Historical Fiction

July 20, 2020 



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 


Mount Diablo Book Launch with Stephen Joseph

November 16, 2019



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.

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