2022 Programs



Rachel Howzell Hall: A Woman of Mysteries

Tuesday, February 8, 2022 | 7:00 – 8:00 PM | Zoom

Join us as we host award-winning mystery writer Rachel Howzell Hall, a prolific author of mystery novels that include a series featuring Detective Elouise “Lou” Norton, an African-American homicide detective, and her latest thriller, These Toxic Things. Mystery writer and host David Corbett will engage Howzell Hall in a conversation about her writings and experiences as a Los Angeles-area mystery writer.

A native of Los Angeles, Howzell Hall is a graduate of UC Santa Cruz with a degree in English and American literature. In 2002, her debut novel, A Quiet Storm, was chosen as a “Gilmore Book Club” selection, the must-read book list of fictional character Rory Gilmore of The Gilmore Girls. She is best known for writing the bestselling They All Fall Down and as the creator and writer of the Lou Norton series of mysteries. In addition to writing, Howzell Hall is on the board of directors for the Southern California chapter of Mystery Writers of America and was a featured writer on NPR’s acclaimed ‘Crime in the City’ series and the National Endowment for the Arts weekly podcast.

David Corbett is the author of six novels, including The Long-Lost Love Letters of Doc Holliday, nominated for the Lefty Award for Best Historical Mystery. Corbett’s short fiction has twice been selected for Best American Mystery Stories. He has also written two writing guides, The Art of Character and The Compass of Character; and has taught at UCLA’s LitReactor Writer’s Program and writing conferences across North America.

Program sponsors are East Bay Times and Minuteman Press Lafayette.


2022 Past Events 

Arrested DevelopmentCANCELED

Tuesday, January 11 

2021 Past Events 

The Bounty

Wednesday, November 10 

Broadway’s Golden Age: The Making of an American Art Form, 1927-1964

October 6, 2021

Why We Swim with author Bonnie Tsui

June 9, 2021 



Showing Up Boldly: The Political and Organizing History of Black Women

May 12, 2021


Art & Algae: Journey Into The Curious World of Seaweed

April 14, 2021

California: Of Peril and Stewardship

March 17, 2021

SUCCESSFUL AGING: The Power and Potential of Our Lives
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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

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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