Freedom Readers August Pick: No-No Boy by John Okada
Aug
20
5:30 PM17:30

Freedom Readers August Pick: No-No Boy by John Okada

We are excited to announce that the next Freedom Readers book club is scheduled for Monday, August 20th from 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm. This book club is open to the public and will concentrate on fiction and non-fiction titles based around political or current cultural themes.

This month we will be discussing No-No Boy by John Okada.

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Surviving Agent Orange: And Other Things I Learned from Being Thrown Under the Partridge Family Bus - Book Signing/Q&A Author Event with Gretchen Bonaduce
Aug
29
6:30 PM18:30

Surviving Agent Orange: And Other Things I Learned from Being Thrown Under the Partridge Family Bus - Book Signing/Q&A Author Event with Gretchen Bonaduce

Join us for a live Q & A with author, producer and reality star, Gretchen Bonaduce on Wednesday, August 29th at 7:00 pm for the release of her new book, Surviving Agent Orange and Other Things I Learned From Being Thrown Under the Partridge Family Bus. Seating will open at 6:30 pm. Tickets must be pre-purchased as seating is limited. Ticket price includes book and a ticket for (1) free beverage of your choice. To purchase, please click book link below to order and reserve your seat. Seating will begin at 6:30 pm

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Banned Books Week 2018 - Receive 25% OFF on any Banned Books Titles this week only!
Sep
23
to Sep 29

Banned Books Week 2018 - Receive 25% OFF on any Banned Books Titles this week only!

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The Banned Books Week Coalition is a national alliance of diverse organizations joined by a commitment to increase awareness of the annual celebration of the freedom to read. The Coalition seeks to engage various communities and inspire participation in Banned Books Week through education, advocacy, and the creation of programming about the problem of book censorship. The 2018 celebration will be held September 23 - September 29!

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16th Annual Sierra Art Trails featuring Christian Mueller
Oct
6
to Oct 7

16th Annual Sierra Art Trails featuring Christian Mueller

Purchase your catalog at Branches Books & Gifts!

CELEBRATING 16 YEARS SUPPORTING
THE ARTS IN THE YOSEMITE FOOTHILLS!

We are very pleased to announce Sierra Art Trails 2018,
our 16th Anniversary Open Studio Tour.

Friday, Saturday and Sunday, October 5th through October 7th, 2018.

Sierra Art Trails gives art enthusiasts the chance to see fine art and fine crafts in the making, and to purchase works directly from the people who create them. The show takes place in homes, studios, galleries, and businesses in more than a dozen communities in Eastern Madera and Mariposa Counties.  The show features artists and artisans working in a wide range of media including painting, photography, jewelry, sculpture, fiber arts, woodcarving, ceramics, glass, and more!

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Where's Waldo Shop Local & Summer Reading Finale Party
Jul
31
9:00 AM09:00

Where's Waldo Shop Local & Summer Reading Finale Party

Join us at Branches Books to celebrate the end of the Where's Waldo Local search & summer reading program!

Rapunzel & Flynn Rider will be here to celebrate with us!

We will have prizes galore for Where's Waldo hunters who've completed their passports! The party begins at 9:00 am so don't be late!!!! Story Time will begin immediately after the last prize is given.

Cal (559) 641-2019 for more information!

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Branches Book Club July Pick
Jul
25
2:00 PM14:00

Branches Book Club July Pick

Please join us on Wednesday, July 25th at 2:00 PM for our next Branches Book Club meeting. This month we will be reading The All Girl Filling Stations Last Reunion, by Fanny Flagg.

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 2:00 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!

The one and only Fannie Flagg, beloved author of Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Cafe, Can't Wait to Get to Heaven, and I Still Dream About You, is at her hilarious and superb best in this new comic mystery novel about two women who are forced to reimagine who they are.

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Freedom Readers July Pick Fascism: A Warning
Jul
23
5:30 PM17:30

Freedom Readers July Pick Fascism: A Warning

We are excited to announce that the next Freedom Readers book club is scheduled for Monday, July 23rd from 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm. This book club is open to the public and will concentrate on fiction and non-fiction titles based around political or current cultural themes.

This month we will be discussing Fascism: A Warning by Madeline Albright. The former U.S. secretary of state presents a timely, considered, and personal look at the history and current resurgence of fascism and the virulent threat it poses to international freedom, prosperity, and peace.

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Where's Waldo Shop Local July 1st-31st
Jul
1
to Jul 31

Where's Waldo Shop Local July 1st-31st

The famous children’s book character in the striped shirt and black-rimmed specs is visiting 25 different local businesses throughout our community this July for the 6th annual Where's Waldo? scavenger hunt! Pick up a “Find Waldo Local” passport at Branches Books & Gifts and collect stamps when you find the well-hidden Waldo at any of the participating businesses. Those who spot him can win prizes, including stickers, book coupons, and more.

“Find Waldo Local” is a great summer vacation activity, and a wonderful way for residents to support local business and the Shop Local movement.

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Freedom Readers June Pick - Between the World & Me
Jun
18
5:30 PM17:30

Freedom Readers June Pick - Between the World & Me

Freedom Readers June Pick - Between the World & Me

We are excited to announce that the next Freedom Readers book club is scheduled for Monday, June 18th from 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm. This book club is open to the public and will concentrate on fiction and non-fiction titles based around political or current cultural themes. We invite healthy debate and discussion!

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Summer Author Event
Jun
9
12:00 PM12:00

Summer Author Event

Join Branches Books & Gifts in welcoming three very talented local authors Saturday, June 9th from 12-4 pm. Vicki Thomas, Sunny Marie Baker and Sandra Masters will be in the store to sign copies of their books & discuss the art of writing and becoming a published author.

Books will be available for purchase the day of the event. Questions? Please call Branches Books & Gifts at (559) 641-2019.

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Freedom Readers Book Club - May Selection!
May
21
5:30 PM17:30

Freedom Readers Book Club - May Selection!

We are excited to announce that the next Freedom Readers book club is scheduled for Monday, May 21st from 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm. This book club is open to the public and will concentrate on fiction and non-fiction titles based around political or current cultural themes. We will be reading Hillbilly Elegy this month.

We invite healthy debate and discussion!

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Author Event & Talk: Grief Sucks ... But Love Bears All Things: How Grief Tore Me Apart and Put Me Back Together
May
6
1:00 PM13:00

Author Event & Talk: Grief Sucks ... But Love Bears All Things: How Grief Tore Me Apart and Put Me Back Together

Join us on Sunday, May 6th from 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm for an author talk & book signing featuring Gayle Taylor Davis. A brutally honest and intimate portrayal of raw grief in all its pain and ugliness, “Grief Sucks” rejects 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. Please call (559) 641-2019 with questions or to reserve your book. 

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Story Time Triple Author Event!!!
Apr
28
10:00 AM10:00

Story Time Triple Author Event!!!

We are thrilled to host these talented authors as we celebrate Independent Bookstore Day here at Branches Books & GIfts! Join us Saturday, April 28th at 10:00 am as we welcome Gayle Taylor Davis, author of Wild and Curious Atticus James at the Gnu Petting Zoo, Kathleen Gorman, author of Twisty Green Monster and Karen Moore, author of Pen the Tale, Oogie and A Story for CleoCatra. Please call Branches Books & Gifts at (559) 641-2019 if you have any questions.

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Author Event: Sharon Giacomazzi, Trail Guide Books
Apr
27
5:00 PM17:00

Author Event: Sharon Giacomazzi, Trail Guide Books

One-of-a-kind guide leads you to more than 60 of the best walks and hikes among the spectacular scenery of Yosemite Park and the surrounding Sierra, an area larger than Maryland and Delaware combined. This comprehensive book features the less traveled trails as well as some popular classics. This guide takes you to the best Sequoia groves, hidden waterfalls, most gorgeous canyons, and wildflower blooms, most rewarding peaks to climb and other superb adventures. Whether you're an avid hiker or casual walker, you'll find the trails coming to live as Sharon Giacomazzi interweaves them with their historical context. She spins enthralling tales of native peoples, early explorers, Gold Rush mining, pioneer lumbering, early railroads, John Muri's adventures and more.

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Freedom Readers Book Club
Apr
16
5:30 PM17:30

Freedom Readers Book Club

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, April 16th from 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm. 

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.
Please join us for lively discussion and great company! The Freedom Readers Book Club is lead by Tamara Tackett Dent.

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Alphabet Trot Story Time with Jennifer Fosgate
Apr
7
10:00 AM10:00

Alphabet Trot Story Time with Jennifer Fosgate

"Many a mangy mare from Mongolia mused of a marriage with Man o' War"... This is a sample of the melodious words in this delightful ABC romp that trots along with the horses on each page. Young children will enjoy listening to these tongue twisters, while older children and adults will find them fun to read. Presented in a unique artistic style with illustrations by the author, equine artist Jennifer Fosgate.

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