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CoCo Reads


Join us for CoCo Reads from September 7 through October 28. CoCo Reads is a countywide program that encourages everyone in the County to read and discuss the same book. "How Much of These Hills Is Gold," by Booker Prize-nominated author C Pam Zhang, is the story of two Chinese American children orphaned during the California Gold Rush. As they search for a place to call home, the novel examines their epic journey through the lens of the immigrant experience.

The book is available now in regular or large print formats via Front Door Service at 24 community libraries. It is also available as an eBook or eAudiobook in OverDrive or with the Libby app. Extra copies of all formats have been purchased to satisfy demand and are available in the catalog.

The author will join a virtual presentation via Zoom on October 28 at 7:00 p.m. Other virtual events include a talk about the history of immigration law in the United States with renowned University of San Francisco law professor Bill Hing, a book club discussion, an introduction to the newly released book “San Francisco’s Chinatown” by photographer Dick Evans and writer Kathy Chin Leong, and a presentation from the Asian Art Museum titled Hidden Meanings in Chinese Art. Scroll down the page for specific dates and times.

You can also broaden your experience with staff-created  booklists, including titles with a similar theme (readalikes), books and movies about the California Gold Rush for adults and kids, and a multicultural coming-of-age list for teens.


U.S. Immigration History with USF Law Professor Bill Hing

Sep 30th | 7:00pm - 8:00pm
All Contra Costa Library Locations
What was U.S. immigration policy toward Chinese Americans during this time period? Get the details from a national immigration expert.Part…

CoCO Reads Events


CoCo Reads: "How Much of These Hills is Gold" by C Pam Zhang

Join us for the community-wide read of "How Much of These Hills is Gold" by C Pam Zhang.
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