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Frances Dinkelspiel at Copperfield's in Calistoga

Frances Dinkelspiel, who wrote “Tangled Vines,” will appear at Copperfield’s in Calistoga on April 30 as part of Independent Bookstore Day.

Copperfield’s Bookstore is celebrating the second annual Independent Bookstore Day with a party, at least one author appearance and other fun activities on April 30.

The event, which celebrates what some say is a resurgence of support for independent bookstores, started in the North Bay and is now celebrated nationwide.

Author Frances Dinkelspiel will appear at Copperfield’s at 2 p.m. on April 30 to talk about her book, “Tangled Vines: Greed, Murder, Obsession and an Arsonist in the Vineyards of California.” A 10 percent discount on the book is available to those who RSVP at

“Tangled Vines” chronicles the 2005 fire of the Wines Central warehouse on Mare Island in Vallejo where between 4.5 million and 6 million bottles of wine were destroyed. The arson, which Dinkelspiel uses as the centerpiece of her book, which includes other narratives, was part of a large-scale wine embezzlement scheme.

The story includes tales of counterfeiting, contested vineyards, more fires and a bloody history of Rancho Cucamonga.

To celebrate Independent Bookstore Day, there are a dozen exclusive items available for purchase at including “Anthony Bourdain’s Perfect Burger Print,” which is an illustrated guide to making the perfect burger, signed by Bourdain, for $20.

There is also an adult coloring book, the Neil Gaiman Coloring Book with illustrations by Chris Riddell. It includes 20 pieces of Riddell’s black-and-white art with quotes from Gaiman’s books “Coraline,” “The Graveyard Book” and “Fortunately, the Milk,” which Riddell has illustrated. The coloring book is offered at $14.99 on the IBD website.

Other offerings include a Curious George plush doll with an IBD logo on his shirt, a vinyl record to accompany Rad American Women A–Z, and IBD’s signature item: a Bad Citizen stencil featuring a quote from Fran Lebowitz.

Additional author meet-and-greets this month at Copperfield’s include Deer Park-born author Geo Gosling, who penned “VD: Vintage Death” and will be there on Sunday, April 10, from 1 to 3 p.m. for a book signing.

Gosling attended University of California at Davis where he earned a degree in fermentation science. He nabbed his first laboratory job at Grgich Hills in Rutherford and then became the cellar master at Flora Springs.

He suffered a traumatic brain injury at 25 while riding his bicycle on Howell Mountain and has written two books about brain injuries.

His new book is a mystery novel full of dead harvest workers, drug cartels, love and sarcasm.

Another author appearance at Copperfield’s celebrates Earth Day. David Sibley, an ornithologist, will be at the store on Thursday, April 14, at 7 p.m. to talk about his field book, “Sibley Birds West,” an accompanying book to “Sibley Birds East.”

The books are portable editions of his best-selling “Sibley Guide to Birds,” an illustrated book that combines the West and East editions.


The Weekly Calistogan Editor

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