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Archived News Release from 2010

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Redwood City Community Invited to be Part of San Mateo County-Wide “One Book – One Community” Program

Redwood City, CA - October 4, 2010 - One Book, One Community” is an exciting community activity that invites everyone in Redwood City and throughout San Mateo County to read the same great book, at the same time! Readers can then gather for book discussions, literary presentations, film, music and dance performances, and related family programs and cultural events at our libraries in Redwood City and at other locations in San Mateo County throughout October.

This year, the selected book is the Pulitzer Prize-winning Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay, by Michael Chabon. This novel follows the lives of the title characters, a Czech artist named Joe Kavalier and a Brooklyn-born writer named Sam Clay - both Jewish - before, during, and after World War II. Kavalier and Clay become major figures in the nascent comics industry during its Golden Age.

To kick off the month-long County-wide program, Kavalier & Clay‘s author Michael Chabon will appear FREE in conversation on Thursday, October 7th at 7 pm, at the San Mateo Performing Arts Center (600 N. Delaware Street, San Mateo). A question-and-answer session for participants and a book signing will follow the interview.

In Redwood City, events related to this great County-wide book reading program include:

  • “Wham! Pow! Zowee! I'm a Comic Book Super Hero!” - Friday, October 8, 3 pm - Fair Oaks Library; Saturday, October 9, 11 am - Redwood Shores Library; Saturday, October 9, 2 pm - Downtown Library; Tuesday, October 26, 3:30 pm - Schaberg Library. Kids can make their own comic book with themselves as the super hero! It’s for elementary school-aged kids, and they just need to bring their imagination.

  • The Supergirls: A Slide Lecture by Author Mike Madrid - Thursday, October 14 at 7 pm - Downtown Library Community Room. Madrid is the author of The Supergirls: Fashion, Feminism, Fantasy, and the History of Comic Book Heroines, a cultural history of female superheroes in American comic books. In a one-hour presentation participants will learn about the evolution of these fantasy characters from the 1930’s to the present day, and how their roles and personas often reflected the lives of real life American women.

  • Free Film: Childsaver - United Nations Association Film Festival Program - with Jasmina Bojic  Tuesday, October 19 at 7 pm - Downtown Library Community Room. Portrait of a Lutheran minister who saved more than a thousand Jewish children during the war. After the liberation of Budapest, he searched among the ruins of the city for wandering, lost children, creating a Children's Republic, facing together the poverty, hunger, and the shadows of hatred from the cruelty of war. Unrated; 60 minutes.

  • Jazz of the Times - Guitarists John Schott and Michael Dionne - Saturday, October 23, 3:30 pm - Downtown Library Fireplace Room. This event features some of the more popular jazz tunes of the ‘40s and ‘50s, the time frame of the featured book. John Schott is a Grammy-nominated guitarist and composer. Michael Dionne has been playing guitar for more than 20 years.

  • The Amazing Adventures of Aaron Zonka, Artist - Tuesday, October 26, 6 pm - Downtown Library Teen Area. How do artists come up with comic book characters? This is a chance to meet Aaron Zonka, and find out as he describes the process for coming up with one of his amazing illustrations. Participants can learn how to create their own characters and maybe draw a simple comic. Aaron is a Redwood City native, now making a living in San Francisco as a freelance artist and illustrator. For teens, ages
    12 - 18.

More information on the County-wide “One Book – One Community” program is available at This year’s featured book is available at any Redwood City library.

The Redwood City Public Library offers many free programs for children, adults, and families, and is the learning center of our community. More information about library events and services is available on the library’s home page at or by calling 780-7026.

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Rosalind Kutler
Redwood City Library
(650) 780-7058             


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