Update from Readers’ Books, Events on Oct 2 & 4

*FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – September 20, 2007*

Information Contact:

lilla@readersbooks.com

Lilla Weinberger, co-owner

Readers’ Books

130 E. Napa Street

Sonoma, CA 95476

707-939-1779

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Tuesday, October 2, 7:30 p.m. Former Sonoma councilman and mayor *Joe Costello *is the author of “Sonoma Battlefield, “about the fight to keep developers from acquiring public property overlooking the Plaza. He will be at Readers’ Books, 130 E. Napa St., Sonoma./ /For more information, call 707-939-1779.

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Joe Costello, former councilman and mayor of Sonoma, is the author of “Sonoma Battlefield” about the 1999 battle to keep developers from acquiring public property overlooking the Plaza. He will be at Readers’ Books on Tuesday, October 2nd, at 7:30 p.m., to talk about how he got involved in and then guided the voter initiative to victory.

The battle began in January 1999 when the Sonoma Index Tribune reported that the City Council had held a closed session on September 30^th , and discussed the sale or lease of 60 acres of City-owned real property in violation of the law. Several Council members were up for re-election in November and evidently did not want the sale to become public before then. When people did find out about the proposed sale, a public meeting was held and a voter initiative begun. Throughout the year-long effort to squelch the sale, Costello, a Sonoma maritime lawyer, led the effort. This account illustrates step-by-step how the public can make a difference.

Joseph L. Costello was born in Bell, CA and schooled in Ohio, Kentucky, Sacramento, Austria, and England. He was a Sonoma Councilman from 2000 to 2004 and Mayor in 2003.

Readers’ Books is at 130 E. Napa St., Sonoma. The event is free and open to the public. For more information, call 707-939-1779.

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Thursday, October 4, 7:30 p.m. *Anne Argula*, author of “Homicide My Own “ will be at Readers’ Books, 130 E. Napa St., Sonoma to read from the new novel “Walla Walla Suite (A Room With No View).”/ /For more information, call 707-939-1779.

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Anne Argula, author of the quirky mystery “Homicide My Own”, will be at Readers’ Books on Thursday, October 4th, at 7:30 p.m., to read from her new novel “Walla Walla Suite (A Room With No View).”

Quinn, Argula’s quirky, straight-talking female detective of a certain age, takes a “safe” job with a mitigation investigator when she relocates to Seattle. A recently divorced ex-cop turning P.I., Quinn, whose regional dialect and battles with hot flashes, gets a simple missing persons case that becomes a complicated murder case. Her improvised investigation takes her to the dangerous dark corners of the human psyche, and casts suspicion where she least expects it.

Quinn has empathy, humor, and a cagey melancholic wisdom. As Sara Paretsky said, “Anne Argula brings a welcome voice to the noir novel with Quinn, who is earthy, gritty, but above all, a mature woman. We don’t have enough of those.” Packed with sharp dialogue and sheer feistiness, “Walla Walla Suite” is a sure winner in American detective fiction.

Anne Argula was born and raised in Shenandoah, PA, an anthracite coal mining town. For the past 18 years, Argula has lived in the Pacific Northwest

Readers’ Books is at 130 E. Napa St., Sonoma. The event is free and open to the public. For more information, call 707-939-1779.

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