Read Contra Costa

Read Contra Costa

Read Contra Costa is an annual event that encourages all county residents and library users to share in the experience of reading and discussing the same book. The program runs from October 3 through November 18, 2023. 

This year, patrons had the opportunity to vote for the book they wanted to read, and the winner is The Bandit Queens, by Parini Shroff. The book is filled with clever criminals, second chances, and wry and witty women. Parini Shroff received her MFA from the University of Texas at Austin and is a practicing attorney currently living in the San Francisco Bay Area. 

Programs planned around the novel include multiple discussions with Parini, mystery writer workshops, henna programs, and film presentations of Bollywood movies. Programs will take place around the County. Find a program near you by searching the library’s events page. 

The book is available in hardback, eBook and eAudiobook formats. 


Mystery author panel

Into the Shadows: Secrets of Writing a Mystery

Oct 13th | 3:00pm - Oct 23rd | 7:45pm
Multiple locations
Join authors Karen A. Phillips and George Cramer as they speak on how to write a mystery, giving examples from classic to contemporary works

Henna Art

Henna Art with Rachel

Nov 4th | 11:00am - Nov 18th | 4:00pm
Multiple Locations
Learn about the ancient art of henna with Oakland-based artist Rachel Palacios. Everyone will practice and receive their own Henna Tattoo.

Bollywood Night

Read Contra Costa - Bollywood Movie Night

Nov 7th | 5:00pm - 7:00pm
Join us at the Walnut Creek Library for Bollywood Movie Night. This program is part of Read Contra Costa 2023.

Author talk

Author Talk with Parini Shroff: Read Contra Costa 2023

Nov 4th | 2:00pm - Nov 18th | 12:00pm
Multiple locations
Join us for an in-person discussion with Parini Shroff, author of the novel "The Bandit Queens".

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Submit your questions for the opportunity for them to be asked during one of our author talks.

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Read Contra Costa Blog

Read Contra Costa 2023

Learn about the Read Contra Costa program as well as programming around the County for this year's annual community read program.

Read Contra Costa Booklist

The Bandit Queens

These titles feature more women working together for love, justice, and revenge.

Staff List for Younger Readers

Read Contra Costa 2023: Books for Younger Readers

Read Contra Costa pick for 2023 is The Bandit Queens by Parini Shroff. Titles feature Southeast Asian characters for younger readers.
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