A local book publisher has been acquired by a bigger East Coast house. Turner Publishing Company of Nashville, Tennessee, has bought the assets of Park Street-based Hunter House Publishers.

The publisher was founded in 1978 in Southern California and has been located on Park Street in Alameda since 1991.

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.

Alameda writer Annette Sandoval’s latest book, Spitfire, is a witty, irreverent murder mystery with an unusual protagonist: sassy 28-year-old receptionist/documentary filmmaker, Tomasita “Tomi” Reyes. Set largely in San Francisco, with forays to Oakland and Alameda, it’s a breezy beach read full of local flavor. Spitfire was published this summer by the Amazon imprint Thomas & Mercer, and is available in paperback and as an e-book from