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Community Novel: “Ashes in a Teardrop”
Official Book Launch and Signing Nov. 1

The official release of Stanislaus County’s first Community Novel, “Ashes in a Teardrop,”is scheduled for Saturday, Nov. 1, 4 to 6 p.m. at the McHenry Museum Auditorium. This project is the collaborative work of 15 local authors, most of whom will be on hand to sign books.  The Stanislaus Library Foundation will offer books at a discounted price of $11.00 for the launch party.

“Ashes in a Teardrop” is a mystery, set in present day Stanislaus County. The story begins when a young couple, biking along the Tuolumne River, discovers an abandoned teardrop trailer, visible only because of the low river level produced by the severe drought. In it, they find an urn, a diary and other items that lead them on an adventure to piece together the history of this trailer. Area readers will enjoy the suspenseful mystery, as the story unwinds in familiar landmark locations.

The Stanislaus County Community Novel is believed to be the first of its kind in this part of the country. The project was modeled after a community novel in Topeka, KS. The local effort, however, became a much more collaborative effort, with each author writing his or her chapter independently, but collaborating with others on ideas for the story line. This local mystery was written for Stanislaus County by Stanislaus County.

For more information on the community novel or the Nov. 1 book launch event, please call, 209-558-7801.


All the Right Questions Contest at the Stanislaus County Library

What would YOU ask Lemony Snicket? The Stanislaus Library Foundation is sponsoring the “All the Right Questions” contest between October 18 and November 1, taking place at each branch of the Stanislaus County Library.

Children ages 8 to 18 are invited to submit a question they would like to ask Lemony Snicket. A winner from each library branch will be randomly selected to receive a copy of one Lemony Snicket’s books from the All the Wrong Questions series. From the selected winners, one grand prize winner will receive two VIP tickets to see Daniel Handler (A.K.A. Lemony Snicket) at the Gallo Center for the Arts on Sunday, November 16, 2014.


The Gallo Center for the Arts and Stanislaus Library Foundation present
A Program with Daniel Handler (A.K.A. Lemony Snicket)
Why is Lemony Snicket Following Me?

Sunday, November 16, 2014 at 2:00 p.m.

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Jasbinder Kaur Atwal, the winner of the Stanislaus Reads and Writes Cover Art Contest, was born and raised in England, in the southern part of London, where she discovered her passion for art. As a child, drawing became a favorite hobby, and soon she was taking every art class in school, and entering many art competitions. At the age of 19, Jasbinder moved to the United States. She is self-employed and attends Art Instruction Schools. After earning her art degree, she hopes to pursue her dream of becoming a great artist. She was motivated to enter the cover art contest in the hope that her love of drawing would translate into a picture that strongly represented the interesting plot of Ashes in a Teardrop. Since her artwork was selected as the cover art for the Community Novel, Jasbinder has been further inspired to become a professional artist. Jasbinder resides in Waterford with her husband and two sons.

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