Books, books and more books…  this Saturday is California Independent Bookstore Day and if you’ve got time you can stop by The Book Seller for any one of their events, prizes or snacks, costumes encouraged for the Captain Underpants visit (first 20 kids get a free cape).

“We’re so lucky to have so many resources for books– from the library to all the used and independent bookstores.  This Saturday is actually independent bookstore day if you want to support the fabulous work they do in our community– buy a book!” says the local author Kim Culbertson, who will be a part of the Sierra Poetry Festival at Sierra College.   Activities for the 2nd annual event by Nevada County Arts include a keynote address by Los Angeles Poet Laureate Robin Coste Lewis, readings and workshops.  The line up includes: Kim Shuck, Indigo Moor, Marcelo Hernandez Castillo, Judy Halebsky, V.S. Chochezi and Staajabu as Straight Out Scribes, Neeli Cherkovski, Bill Gainer, Molly Fisk, Charles Entrekin, Gail Entrekin, Sands Hall, Mel Pryor, Kirsten Casey and more…

Nevada County Library has a lot of great events.  “We have a book club for every interest. Our newest is the Forever Young Book Club where adults read and discuss Young Adult books. There’s also Wine & Read, which meets at the Smith Tasting Room — soon to be Cork 49. Then there’s the Bear River Bookworms who have quite the popular collection they’re discussing. Plus, Penn Valley has their Page Turners. Between all those choices, there’s sure to be a group you’d love to join,” explained Mellisa Hannum.  Storywalk in downtown Nevada City, starts on Monday, April 30th, pages of Maggie Tokuda-Hall’s book “Also An Octopus” will be posted in 16 different businesses, starting point is Harmony Books in Robinson Plaza, click here for a map.  To meet the author stop by the Madelyn Helling Library from 5-6pm on April 30th.

Friends of the Nevada County Libraries are holding their monthly used book sale at the Doris Foley Library in downtown Nevada City, if you can’t make it on Saturday between 10am-3pm, just remember the event is the first Saturday of the month.

Other local book options include Harmony Books, Booktown Books, The Open Book, Jenny’s Paper & Ink Books and Toad Hall Book Shop.

And don’t forget the upcoming Reader’s Theatre (4pm, Sunday, April 29th) and Theatre by the Book (7pm, Wednesday, May 16th) at the Miners Foundry.

And because we know that I love giveaways, many thanks to our friends at The Book Seller for putting together a prize package.  The giveaway includes Educated by Tara Westover, notebook, greeting cards, stickers, a California Bookstore Day tote and more!  Post a comment here on why you love books and pass on a suggestion of something to read and I’ll draw the winner on Wednesday, May 2nd.  Edited to say the winner is: Marjorie, congrats.

© 2018 InnSide Nevada City, Photos by Erin Thiem

13 replies
  1. Roseann
    Roseann says:

    I love books because they let me escape the contents of my own brain and learn about different perspectives. I’m currently reading “Homegoing” by Yaa Gyasi, which starts out in Africa in the 18th century and follows one woman’s descendants to America and spans hundreds of years.

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  2. Ingrid Knox
    Ingrid Knox says:

    Nothing takes you away from what’s going on right now like a book. There are also used book sales at all of the library branches, if you can’t get to the Friends of the Library sale on the 1st Saturday of the month.

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  3. Jenn Palmer
    Jenn Palmer says:

    I love books for their power to change and encourage and inspire. They give us windows into places, times, and lives different from our own, expanding our minds and our hearts. We are all storytellers at heart. “When Breath Becomes Air,” the memoir by Paul Kalanithi, is powerful and heartbreaking – highly recommended!

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  4. Syd Brown
    Syd Brown says:

    Books: convenient passport to any place, any time. I love turning real, paper pages. Just finished The Emerald Mile by Kevin Fedarko about 3 crazy guys who set the speed record through the Grand Canyon in wooden dories in 1983. An exhilarating and richly informative volume. And I love re-cycling my personal used books to the Friends of the library.

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  5. kat
    kat says:

    I love the calm mental break i get reading
    escaping in to characters portrayed, but I get to fill in the blanks .. see the color of the trees or house or face of the person however it appears
    and .. it just plain helps me sleep.
    PS .. Kiana doing 2 poems today at poetry fest!!

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  6. Karen Chizek
    Karen Chizek says:

    We read books to take us to places we aren’t able to visit, except in our imaginations.
    A favorite book is Epitaph for a Peach by David Mas Matsumoto.

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  7. Marjorie
    Marjorie says:

    Of all the things in Nevada County, after the river, I love books best of all. Recently enjoyed A Gentleman from Moscow by Amor Towles.

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  8. Denise Bryant
    Denise Bryant says:

    I spent many an afternoon absorbed in reading mysteries when I was growing up. Nancy Drew was my hero! It was a great way to spend the day and a nice break from doing homework!

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