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Here’s What’s Happening At Branches Books & Gifts

OAKHURST — Anne Driscoll at Branches Books & Gifts cultivates a bountiful selection goodies for bibliophiles and beyond, and continually sponsors free community events we can get excited about.

Here’s what’s happening at Branches in the next six weeks or so. Questions? Give them a call (559) 641-2019.

Monday, Apr. 23 – Freedom Readers

The Freedom Readers Book Club meets at Branches Books & Gifts each month to discuss social and political topics and themes. The Freedom Readers next meeting is Monday, Apr. 23 from 5:30 – 7:30 p.m. This book club is open to the public and concentrates on fiction and non-fiction titles based around political or current cultural themes. Please join us for lively discussion and great company! The Freedom Readers Book Club is lead by Tamara Tackett Dent.

The Freedom Readers April Book Club pick is The 57 Bus: A True Story of Two Teenagers and the Crime That Changed Their Lives by Dashka Slater. All book club members will receive 25% off on the book club pick of the month.

Wednesday, Apr. 25 – Branches Book Club

Branches Book Club members will be discussing the book Every Note Played by Lisa Genova on Wednesday, Apr. 25 at 2 p.m. This book club is open to the public and focuses mainly on current best-selling fiction and — at times — non-fiction selections. All meetings are held at the book store on the last Wednesday of each month beginning at 2 p.m. Book Club members will enjoy special day-of meeting discounts, as well as a discount on the current month’s Branches Book Club pick. For more information or to order this month’s title, please call (559) 641-2019 or click the links below!

Friday, Apr. 27 – Author Event: Sharon Giacomazzi

Author, avid hiker and historian Sharon Giacomazzi will sign copies of her popular hiking books covering Yosemite, the Sierra National Forest and Eastern Sierra. She has trekked over 13,000 miles in the Sierra and loves talking about hiking trails. Stop in to chat with Sharon and pick her brain about any trails you may be curious about.

Saturday, Apr. 28 – Independent Book Store Day

Independent Bookstore Day is a one-day national party that takes place at indie bookstores across the country on the last Saturday in April. Every store is unique and independent, and every party is different. In addition to authors, live music, cupcakes, scavenger hunts, kids events, art tables, readings, barbecues, contests, and other fun stuff, there are exclusive books and literary items that you can only get on that day. Not before. Not after. Not online.

Join us at Branches Books Saturday, Apr. 28 as we celebrate being Indie and our love for all things books!

  • 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. Story Time Triple Author Event: Gayle Taylor Davis, Kathleen Gorman, Karen Moore
  • Branches will host Wild and Curious Atticus author Gayle Taylor Davis, James at the Gnu Petting Zoo author Kathleen Gorman, and Twisty Green Monster author Karen Moore,who also penned Pen the Tale, Oogie and A Story for CleoCatra.
  • 3 p.m. – 5 p.m. Author Event: Jennifer Moss & Kellie Flanagan
  • Local authors Jennifer Moss and Kellie Flanagan, both “transplants” from big cities, will sign books and chat with visitors about the common experience of moving to the foothills. Their book is Lucky to Live Here: Your Guide to Life in the Yosemite Mountain Area. With info you need on finding a home, careers and networking, schools, animals, wildlife, and social events, this volume covers Ahwahnee, Bass Lake, Coarsegold, Fish Camp, North Fork, Oakhurst and beyond.

Sunday, May 6 – Author Event: Gayle Taylor Davis

Sunday, May 6 from 1 – 3 p.m. for an author talk and book signing featuring Gayle Taylor Davis. Her book Grief Sucks is a brutally honest and intimate portrayal of raw grief in all its pain and ugliness, rejecting simpleminded words of comfort to address loss with simple home truths: this is the worst pain you will ever feel, and you will survive it. Light refreshments will be served.

Wednesday, May 30 — Branches Book Club

Branches Book Club will discuss the book A Little Life by Hanya Yanagihara. This book club is open to the public and focuses mainly on current best-selling fiction and (at times) non-fiction selections. All meetings are held at the book store on the last Wednesday of each month beginning at 2 p.m. Book Club Members will enjoy special day-of meeting discounts.

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