Author Robin Chapman will discuss her new book, “California Apricots: The Lost Orchards of Silicon Valley,” at 2 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 1, at the Sonoma Valley Regional Library, 755 W. Napa St.

Chapman, a KRON TV reporter-turned-author, chronicles the fruit’s local history. She takes readers from the days of the Spanish padres to the time when the Santa Clara Valley ranked as the world’s largest apricot producer to the years when housing subdivisions ate up the orchards. Sonoma Valley’s similar rural history makes this book especially interesting for the residents of Sonoma Valley.

For those who can remember those years, or for those who can only imagine what they were like, “California Apricots” is a fragrant look at one aspect of the history of a constantly changing region.

This author talk is free open to the public. The talk is sponsored by the Friends of the Sonoma Valley Library.

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