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2020 Programs

In Conversation with Mary Ladd, Author of The Wig Diaries

Wednesday, June 24 | 7:00 – 8:30 PM
Walnut Creek Library, Oak View Room

The Wig Diaries is Mary Ladd’s debut disrespectful cancer book. Delivered with bold gallows humor, Mary delivers honest and hilarious anecdotes from her battle with cancer and hopes it encourages others still fighting the battle. Janine Kovac, author of Spinning: Choreography for Coming Home, will moderate the program with Mary.

Mary’s writing has appeared in Playboy, Time, the San Francisco Chronicle and five anthologies. She is a Writers Grotto member who collaborated with Anthony Bourdain on his Bay Area episodes of No Reservations. The Wig Diaries is illustrated by San Francisco Chronicle cartoonist Don Asmussen, who has cancer for the second time. Janine Kovac is the author of SPINNING: Choreography for Coming Home, and the recipient of the Elizabeth George Foundation Fellowship from Hedgebrook. She is hard at work on a collection of essays about the Nutcracker.  

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2020 Past Events 

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

March 2, 2020 – Video coming soon.

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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