Author’s Luncheon

Author’s Luncheon

Dan Hanel, author of historical mystery series, In the Shadow of Diablo.

He will discuss his newest book, Beneath the Tangled Vines.

Dan has been an educator for over 35 years – as an award winning science teacher when he received the Eukel Teacher Trust award for outstanding teachers of Contra Costa County and was named the Distinguished High School Science Teacher for the State of California, and as an award winning school administrator serving at the high school, district, and county office levels. He grew up in Richmond, CA and received a degree in Biology from U.C., Berkeley and a Masters in Education from Cal State University, Hayward. Dan, his wife, and their dog, Luna, currently live in Brentwood, CA . . . in the shadow of Diablo.

Author Lunch Ticket

Your ticket will be available at will call.

Brentwood Literary Stroll Was a Huge Success

Brentwood Literary Stroll Was a Huge Success

 More than 200 book lovers gathered in Downtown Brentwood May 7 for the Friends of the Brentwood Library Literary Stroll. The stroll was funded with a grant from the City of Brentwood and supported by the Downtown Coalition. People visited 10 businesses to hear presentations from 10 authors.

Photos left to right:

  1. Top photo: Event organizer Kim Giuliano (left) and Friends volunteer Lauren Kavaleff
  2. Olga Vidriales (right) and Lori Avon at Corcoran Icon Properties, Team Olga Sells;
  3. From left: Lauren Du Pont, author Diana Mentink, and Lindsay Du Pont, Brentwood Children’s Librarian
  4. Strollers looking for their next stop;
  5. Stephanie Moore at the Emporium
  6. Dorothy J. Wilson at Co Co’s Wine Bar.

Meet the Authors – Brentwood Literary Stroll

Meet the Authors – Brentwood Literary Stroll

The Brentwood Literary Stroll will take place on Sunday, May 7 from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m. in downtown Brentwood. There will be 10 authors located in 10 businesses/restaurants. Tickets are $5 and are on sale online at For more information contact Kim Giuliano at

We are very excited about this year’s lineup of authors who are listed below.


An Exciting Group of Authors for 2023 Friends of the Brentwood Library Literary Stroll

Rosie Bank – She is a health coach who has published four books about creating a healthier life in spite of your family history.

Michael Barrington – His experiences traveling the world as a missionary priest and then member of Rotary International have enriched his variety of books.

T.L. Bequette – He is a criminal defense attorney who has written two Joe Turner Mysteries, and the first one received numerous awards.

Mark Clifford – His experiences in the Marine infantry and over 25 years as a Police Officer have enriched his writing as a journalist and fiction author, and he helps survivors of trauma through his podcast.

Jim Hamilton – He is a writer of non-fiction, a memoir, and relationship self-help who strives to help people enhance their lives by improving the way they connect with others.

Carol Jensen – She has taught classes and written several books on the history of Eastern Contra Costa County.

Josephine Mele – Her sense of humor, travel experience, and love of food make her fiction and non-fiction an enjoyable read.

Dana Mentink – She is a national and Publishers Weekly bestselling author of more than 40 mystery and romance novels.

Dorothy J. Wilson – Her autobiography, Look! I Can Fly, is inspiring as she tells of overcoming the difficulties of growing up in the segregated South to lead a successful life.

Stephanie Moore – Gallup-certified strengths coach Stephanie Moore brings her proven method for finding,and living, a path of true joy and fulfillment in The Gifted Journey: Five Transformative Steps to Uncovering Your Unique Path.