great fiction at the front of the store, and terrific booksellers
Across the bay and over the hill from me in Pleasanton is a charming little bookstore called Towne Center Books. It’s the kind of store I love to browse in, because it isn’t huge or overwhelming, they put really great fiction at the front of the store, and they have that secret ingredient that sets all wonderful bookstores apart from the rest: lovely booksellers who always have something to recommend.
I first discovered the store when Ballantine sent me on tour for The Wednesday Sisters, and I stop in now everytime I’m in that neighborhood. They have some terrific in-store book clubs – including a great books group and one for mystery readers (this month, Agatha Christie’s “A Caribbean Mystery” – one of my favorite Miss Marples, which are my favorite Christies).
And Towne Center Books hosts amazing author events. Two coming in April: Coffee and Conversation with Elizabeth Berg on April 10th, and a luncheon with Meg Wolitzer on the 12th. As luck would have it, I leave on the 9th to visit my sons, or I would be at both.
But do watch their calendar, as I understand Judy is brewing up something special for book clubs, coming soon. Happy reading! – Meg
Towne Center Books is at
555 Main Street