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Book Release Parties October 6-7-8 “Chautauqua Days Celebrations.”

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Book Release Parties

October 5

Pre-launch for Chamber of Commerce members. More information TBA.

October 6, 7 and 8 during the “Chautauqua Days Celebrations”

Book will be available at three venues in PG. Book contributors will be on hand to sell books and answer questions.


1. In the Chautauqua Hall with the Heritage Society of Pacific Grove

2. In the Pioneer section of the PG Public Library

3. At Bookworks in PG

October 7, “Potluck Picnic for Book Contributors”

Entertainment, live music, book sales and signings, and special speakers and presentations. Bill Minor will perform his new composition about Pacific Grove. Bring a dish for 4 to 6 to share. The greater PG community is, of course, invited as well! It’s a Community Book, after all, and writers need readers!

This event will be held from 12-2 p.m. in the Little House in Jewell Park, next to the PG Library.

Creating a Snapshot in Time

We’ve collected stories from and about everyone—folks strolling the avenues, browsing in our shops, and dining in our restaurants, hiking and biking on the Rec Trail, gathering in our coffeehouses, attending Lighthouse Cinemas, and taking their children to school—stories from all the people who are enjoying life in our special corner of the world.

Our goal is to build community through the power of storytelling, and to create a snapshot in time, a comprehensive look at the rich sweep of life in Pacific Grove in 2017, a tapestry woven of the many threads that make up our community, made richer by your contribution. Contributors are all ages, ethnicities, economic status, and other diverse orientations and eccentricities!

About the Book

This book is entertaining and educational, with snatches of dialogue and repartee—replete with a walking tour, historical facts, local photos and “typically PG” illustrations by Keith Larson. It’s for family and friends—forever.

Life in Pacific Grove benefits the Pacific Grove Public Library

PG is not PG without the PGPL. The Pacific Grove Public library is a thriving institution and we consider it an irreplaceable part of our history. A community center for discovery and life-long learning, it is Monterey County’s only remaining Carnegie library that is still in use as a free public library.

All proceeds from the sale of Life in Pacific Grove will be donated to the Friends of the PG Library »

If you need any additional incentive to buy a look, consider that you’ll not only be contributing to our town’s legacy and heritage—as part of an important historical document that will live for generations—but that you’ll also be lending long term support for a beloved community institution.

Pacific Grove Public Library, California

Frequently Asked Questions

The book “Life in Pacific Grove” can’t be published without the support of our community members and visitors. Reading the following FAQs to learn more about how you can contribute and be a part of this all-inclusive community project.

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Keepers of Our Culture weekly column in the Cedar Street Times

Select stories from the book will appear in the weekly column.  Click the links below to read online on the Keepers of Our Culture Blog.


Joyce Day Meuse, Tillie Gort employee and long time PG resident was the Guest Columnist in the May 26 edition of our monthly “Keepers of Our Culture” column in the local Cedar Street Times. Welcome to Tillie Gort’s Cafe—Local Favorite … Click Article Title for full article at original site. →

‘I Have to Take Care of My People’

Richard “Dick” T. Oehrle, guest columnist in our weekly “Keepers of Our Culture” column in the 6-2-2017 issue of our local paper, Cedar Street Times, finds true Pacific Grove spirit embodied in one man, Charlie Higuera at the Grove Market. … Click Article Title for full article at original site. →

What makes PG unique, you ask?

Mayor Kampe posed that query last October when he and I spoke about possible content for “Life in Pacific Grove.” Bill wanted to know how our residents and visitors would express the essence, the magic of Pacific Grove. Since we … Click Article Title for full article at original site. →