Award-winning local mystery writer to talk about her craft on June 25

Event to kick off EC mystery book club, short FECL business meeting on agenda

Learn how Gigi Pandian, an Agatha Award-winning and USA Today bestselling author,  combines magic, mystery and history in her books in a special event at the library starting at 6:30 p.m. on Monday, June 25.

A resident of El Cerrito, Pandian is the author of the Jaya Jones Treasure Hunt Mystery Series, the Accidental Alchemist mysteries and locked-room “impossible crime” short stories. Her locked-room novella, “The Library Ghost of  Tanglewood Inn,” won the 2017 Agatha Award for best short story.

Pandian is the child of cultural anthropologists from New Mexico and the southern tip of India. After spending her childhood being dragged around the world, she now lives in El Cerrito with her husband and garden gargoyle. Learn more about her at

At the June 25 event, Librarian Alison Peters will officially convene the El Cerrito Mystery Book Club, where the inaugural book will be chosen. The gathering will start wtih a short business meeting of the Friends of the El Cerrito Library. Refreshments will be served.

Special June 16, 2018 Paperback Book Sale!

Mostly Sci-Fi and Fantasy, but Plenty of Fiction and Romance too!

10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, June 16
In front of the El Cerrito Library, 6510 Stockton Ave., El Cerrito

The Friends of the El Cerrito Library recently received a huge donation of science fiction and fantasy paperbacks–16 boxes of them! We have so many that we’re holding a special sale, with lots of romance novels and fiction paperbacks, too.

All books are 50 cents each or three for $1.


Speaking of sales, the spring book sale brought in more than $700 — an all-time record!

We are also selling selected books online and doing quite nicely. FECL Board Member Ann Goolsby reported that 69 books were mailed out to new homes in April. 

The FECL welcomes donations of good used books, CDs, DVDs, record albums and sheet music. Donations up to one shopping bag or box can be left at the main desk of the library whenever the library is open. If you have a larger donation, please bring them to the rear of the library from noon to 4 p.m. on Mondays or 2-4 p.m. on Saturdays. Please do not leave donations outside the door or in the book drop.