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Diablo country is book country. This fall, public libraries throughout the East Bay are hosting reading programs, with free copies of books made available at participating businesses, libraries, and community centers. A variety of events, including film screenings and author readings, help bring the books to life.

Concord Library received a National Endowment for the Arts grant to run a “Big Read” program October 1–31. The featured work is Ray Bradbury’s Fahrenheit 451, depicting a future in which books are outlawed. Events include an illustration contest for teens, a lecture on censorship at Cal State East Bay on October 18, and a screening of François Truffaut’s 1966 film version of Bradbury’s novel at Brenden Theatres on October 15. Concord Library, 2900 Salvio St., (925) 646-5455.

Starting September 17, pick up a copy of mystery author Laurie R. King’s Locked Rooms at the Danville or San Ramon Library or at participating businesses. The author will appear at the Danville Village Theatre on November 8. Danville Library, 400 Front St., (925) 837-4889; San Ramon Library, 100 Montgomery St., (925) 973-2850.

Dublin readers will explore Snow Mountain Passage, James D. Houston’s historical novel about the Donner Party. The book will be available at the Dublin Library and at the City of Dublin’s Heritage Center. “Dublin Reads” kicks off at the city’s Annual Day on the Glen September 15–16. Dublin Library, 200 Civic Pl., (925) 803-7266.


Starting September 4, the Lafayette, Moraga, and Orinda libraries combine resources to present “Lamorinda Reads!”—featuring a short-story collection, Down to a Soundless Sea, by Thomas Steinbeck, son of John Steinbeck. The program includes an appearance by a scholar from the National Steinbeck Center at the Moraga Library on October 11 and by the author at the Orinda Library on October 25. Lafayette Library, 952 Moraga Rd., (925) 283-3872; Moraga Library, 1500 St. Mary’s Rd., (925) 376-6852; Orinda Library, 26 Orinda Way, (925) 254-2184.

The Pleasanton Library, also an NEA grant recipient, will feature Dashiell Hammett’s noir classic, The Maltese Falcon. Events include murder mystery dinners at the Pleasanton Hotel on October 12 and 19, and a Hammett walking tour of San Francisco. Pleasanton Library, 400 Old Bernal Ave., (925) 931-3405.

The Walnut Creek Library will feature Wallace Stegner’s All the Little Live Things. The book’s theme of human interaction with nature inspires an event at the Lindsay Wildlife Museum on September 19 and a hike in the Sugarloaf Open Space on October 6. Walnut Creek Library, 1644 N. Broadway, (925) 646-6773, www.walnutcreekreads.org.

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