Book Signing Event in Danville

Today was the Author Book Signing portion of Danville’s Storybooks by the Bay exhibit that began today and goes through December 17. The curator asked if she could include   four of my books and four illustrations from them are among those to be featured. I wrote the stories and conceived the characters, and Josh McGill illustrated them adding additional ideas and suggestions for each.

I always enjoy interacting with the children and their parents. There was one little boy who no matter which book the mother suggested always immediately said “no” (and there were probably about sixty books on display from various authors and illustrators.) The mother asked if she could borrow my book titled “Clyde and Hoozy Whatzadingle” and try to read it to him. They went to a bench and she read it to him. I was delighted to see one of my books being read by a mommy to a young child. The child loved it and stayed focused on it from the first page through the ending. When they left, he tightly clutched his new book that had a note I wrote to him, and he wore a big smile on his face.

With Love,


About russtowne

My wife and I have been married since 1979. We have 3 adult children and 4 young grandsons. I manage a wealth management firm I founded in 2003. My Beloved is a Special Education teacher for Kindergartners and First Graders. I'm a published author of 23 books in a variety of genres for grownups and children. In addition to my family, friends, investing, and writing, my passions include reading, watching classic movies, experiencing waves crashing on rocky shores, hiking in ancient redwood forests, and enjoying our small redwood grove and fern garden.
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3 Responses to Book Signing Event in Danville

  1. utesmile says:

    Good mum for trying hard and reading to him with success. Love your t-shirt Russ. Enjoy the time, I can imagine it is lively to see and interact with the public. For me it was always amazing to meet an author- it was special. It is still special to me and knowing you is very special to me and I treasure my signed books.

    • russtowne says:

      Thank you, Ute. I agree with your comment about the mum and her actions. I wear a shirt with a friendly character on it because I’m tall, male, have a deep voice, and am a stranger. Each of those things can be intimidating to small children, and together they could be terrifying. I smile, speak softly in a friendly voice, wear the shirt, and sometimes kneel to talk with youngsters. I watch for their smiles, and know that if they smile they’re probably not afraid. I love those smiles.


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