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Hometown Authors & Artists: Gift Guide For Cards & Books With Local Hooks

Funny book by Danville dad, a Livermore mystery, pop-up custom holiday cards by Dublin artist, a Pleasanton Kosher cookbook and more regional offerings.

Do people read anymore?

Of course, they do. And books make great holiday gifts. Books by East Bay authors? Even better.

We've compiled a list of books written by regional authors -- possibilities for readers on your gift list.

Also included, local designers of one-of-a-kind cards and calendars.

  • In My Mind, Dublin: Custom greeting cards by artist Trent Barrett, designer of unique holiday cards, announcements, party invitations with pull-outs, pop-ups, spinning/moving details or puzzle formats. For his 2012 holiday line, Barrett plans a card with a fireplace and flat-screen TV image above (that is actually a photo of the family), with a 3-D, pop-up mantel and Christmas stockings bearing family members' names. For info, email tbarrett210@aol.com 
  • "The Brotherhood: The Dante Chronicles." Author: Deborah Rae Cota, Castro Valley. [Paperback, E-version, Kindle, Nook]  (CreateSpace Independent Publishing - 2012] $11.25. Second in a fictional series of angels, demons and family values set in the Bay area. was released in 2010. Author's website with ordering information here.
  • Triple Gift, Pleasanton: money-holder cards for kids with three slots for "spend," "save," "share," created by local grandma Barbara Lewis, who wanted to give cash gifts plus instill financial sense and charitable awareness to her grandsons. Available online at www.triplegift.net or at Draeger's Market, Danville, and Towne Center Books and Berry Patch in Pleasanton.
  • "Chloe Diggins and The Eternal Emperor." Author: Jennifer Amiel, Pleasanton. [Paperback and Kindle] (2 Muses Publishing - 2012.) $9.99. Adventure story for middle-schoolers. Read more about Amiel here or visit her website here.

For history buffs on your gift list, consider the regional "Images of America" paperback series by Arcadia Publishing. Among the titles:

For more regional guides from around the U.S., visit Arcadia Publishing's website at www.arcadiapublishing.com.

Have we missed good local reads, authors or artists?  Let us know in the comments section.

Autumn Johnson (Editor) November 24, 2012 at 04:11 PM
One of our readers said the Museum of the SRV has some great local history gift books too -- SP railroad, Electric trains, Vintage Danville, SRV photo book from Arcadia 's Images of America series and much more.
Dan Perez November 25, 2012 at 08:15 AM
I stopped by Saturday evening by chance. It is a charming display that small children will love, complete with model train. Even has a scary stuffed mountain lion hanging from the ceiling. And of course, picture with Santa. The historical artifacts are interesting, too.
Maureen November 26, 2012 at 03:43 AM
Yes you have missed another Author. Her book is "The Butternut Tree".It is a novel Based on a TRUE story of an unspeakable crime. The author's name is Maureen Kostalnick, her web site is www.thebutternuttree.com . Check it out on Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Kindle, Google, etc. (great reviews)
Michael Night November 27, 2012 at 12:39 AM
AT&T in San Ramon employs this short white woman named Teresa that is dating this guy named Migel who is from Oakland and a tow truck driver/pediphile/meth user who is wanted for unpaid drug debts. Teressa is a receptionist at AT&T. If you need tows or drugs contact her or tow company called Mickeys. They are listed in Oakland.
Steve December 05, 2012 at 08:43 PM
SRV Museum has some great local gifts.

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