California Bookstore Day Author Schedule


Following the runaway success of last year’s California Bookstore Day, bookstores across the nation are now preparing for Independent Bookstore Day, a country-wide celebration of books and independent bookstores on May 2. From Bend to Brooklyn, book lovers should mark their calendars for this special day of literary parties.

Village House of Books will bring local authors from throughout the South Bay to the store to celebrate our rich literary heritage and local sports teams. 


11:00 AM – FICTION: Ann Gelder, Jennifer Ryan, and Mike Lynch

12:00 PM – CHILDREN’S BOOKS: Jenn Castro, Kim Yen Nguyen, Jan Pitcher

12:00 PM – The Book Fairy’s Storytime for Children of All Ages

1:00 PM – FICTION: Steve Sporleder

2:00 PM – YOUNG ADULT: A. R. Silverberry, C. Lee McKenzie, Robin Woods

3:00 PM – POETRY/MEMOIRS: Erica Goss, Kathleen Ann Gonzalez, Shelley Buck

7:00 PM – Brian Murphy and Brad Mangin present Championship Blood: The 2014 World Series Champion San Francisco Giants

Sixteen exclusive books and art pieces for California Bookstore Day 2015 will be available only on May 2. Items include a signed, original Chris Ware print; a signed chapbook of original essays by the bestselling author of Bad Feminist, Roxane Gay; a Margaret Atwood stencil, a literary map of the seas; a color broadside from Stephen King’s forthcoming novel Finders Keepers; an original signed, Captain Underpants print and much more. More than 65 authors have demonstrated their support for independent bookstores by donating work for this fantastic event.

Throughout the rest of the month of April, we’ll be giving you sneak peeks at the limited edition merchandise.  We’ll also be sharing blogs by our guest authors who will be appearing on California Bookstore Day.  This will be one of our biggest events in 2015 – don’t miss a moment of it!


Guest Post: Victoria M. Johnson, publisher of ‘(After)life’

Why stories about the dead?  Creating (After)Life

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Purple Passion Press is thrilled to announce the release of our first anthology based on a theme that fascinates me. The title is (AFTER)life: Poems and Stories of the Dead. I grew up believing in ghosts and spirits but it wasn’t until I lost dear ones that I became riveted by the afterlife. I wondered not only where have my loved ones gone, but also, what are they doing and who are they with? As I mentioned my questions to poets and writers they told me that they, too, were intrigued by the subject and had addressed those questions in their poetry and writings. Before I knew it, I was compiling an anthology of 38 amazing authors who take us into their hearts, minds, and imaginations as they visualize and express how the dead communicate with others, and how the living connect to those no longer here. These writings reveal deep emotions, take us to interesting places, and explore surprising possibilities. Come to our launch event and meet some of the authors.

Village House of Books will be hosting the launch party for (AFTER)life at 6:00 pm on Wednesday, April 22nd. Join us in celebrating the authors who contributed to the book, with confirmed appearances by Victoria M. Johnson and editor Renée M. Schell.

RSVP on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/events/802704129779011/
Or call or e-mail the store!


Upcoming Event: Disney Book Club

APRIL 1ST, 2015, 6:30 PM

Village House of Books is proud to launch our first themed book club. Our new Disney Book Club will meet quarterly and will focus on books written about the history of Walt Disney’s contributions to animation, live action film, theme parks, and other forms of entertainment.disneybook

For our first book, we will be reading “Walt Disney and the Promise of Progress City”. Disney historian and urban planner Sam Gennawey traces the evolution of the EPCOT we didn’t get and the Epcot we did, in a tour-de-force analysis of Walt’s vision for city-building and how his City of Tomorrow might have turned out had he lived.

Beginning with Walt’s earliest conceptions for “Progress City”, a centrally planned, centrally run community where people could work, live, and play, Gennawey weaves urban planning concepts into a meticulously researched historical narrative that culminates in Walt’s death and his brother Roy’s decision to focus on building a new theme park in Florida, not an Experimental Prototype Community of Tomorrow.

We will also be screening Walt’s last film, “EPCOT,” in which he reveals his concepts and plans for the Disney World and EPCOT project. After the show, we’ll be talking to Sam Gennawey via Skype, and he’ll be able to answer your questions about his research.  It will be a fun-filled evening for Disney fans, theme park buffs, and anyone interested in architecture and urban planning.



Upcoming Event: The Book Fairy’s Story Time

MARCH 22ND, 2015, 1:OO PM

Starting this month, the Book Fairy, a magical creature that loves sharing reading and storytelling, will be visiting our store and sharing her favorite books with kids of all ages. She will appear once a month on Saturdays or Sundays with a special theme each time.

For her March appearance, the Book Fairy will be picking books based on famous fairy tales and folklore. Bring your kids at 1:00 to hear her read several tales from around the world. We will have snacks and drinks for the kids, too.

Join us for a fun story time!


Does that bookstore seem familiar?

Yesterday, Photon Harvest Productions released their newest video, “Patricia”.  This short film about an aspiring writer struggles to finish a story due to the interference of Boris, its male lead.  Parts of the film were shot here at Village House of Books, and we must admit that the store has never looked better.

Patricia from Photon Harvest on Vimeo.

“Patricia” is Photon Harvest’s second project, following “Niels”, a short film about an introverted genius whose brother is determined to drag him out of his comfort zone and into the real world.  Check the videos out and support these independent filmmakers!




September 22nd is the birthday of both Frodo and Bilbo Baggins, and Village House of Books celebrated J. R. R. Tolkien’s famous characters with HOBBIT DAY! Visiting artist Kelly Morgen shared her knowledge of Middle Earth fashion with the help of a beautiful collection of costumes.



In the back of the store, a vicious red dragon threatened the store, and visitors had to smite Smaug by hitting his vulnerable spot with a dart. There was also a scavenger hunt and snacks to satisfy the hungriest hobbit.