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Local author Denby Montana – a.k.a. Owen Mould – is a man of adventure. Having “hitchhiked north to south in this country,” gathered experiences in a slew of different odd jobs and earned a masters degree in creative writing, he seeks to “restore a sense of humanity” in his work. In his new novel, Mule Sonata, Montana writes about the history of Alta California, intertwining the stories of three families from the beginning of time. He recently answered questions from The Alamedan about what prompted him to write the book; an edited Q&A is below. Meanwhile, Montana’s new book is available online.

Local author Eric Johnson just released his debut novel, Summer School Zombocalypse. A former chef turned stay-at-home-dad, Johnson claims he was inspired to pursue his long-forgotten dream to write after opening a fortune cookie that read, "You have a charming way with words and should write a book."

Published by Second Wind Publishing, the book is available at local bookstores and online through Barnes & Noble and Amazon.com. In the meantime, Johnson offered up this Q&A to introduce readers to his work.

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San Francisco-based author Daniel Handler, better known as Lemony Snicket, stopped by the Alameda Free Library on Tuesday for some April Fool's day fun.