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Sun, Oct 23rd - 7:00pm

Featuring Wallace Baine & Neal Coonerty

Longtime Santa Cruz Sentinel arts editor and columnist Wallace Baine authors a love song to the power of books to enrich our lives in A Light in the Midst of Darkness: The Story of a Bookshop, a Community and True Love. Baine tells the amazing and inspiring story of Neal and Candy Coonerty, who met at a Yeats conference in Ireland and went on to own Bookshop Santa Cruz, detailing how they turned the bookstore into a colorful and thriving hub of the Monterey Bay community. With their daughter now at the helm, the book chronicles Bookshop Santa Cruz’s 50 year history including surviving a devastating earthquake, the digital revolution, and the withering forces of contemporary American capitalism, ultimately standing as a beacon in the national independent bookstore movement.

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