Adrienne visits book groups regularly, either in person or by phone, Skype, or G-Chat (gmail video phone).  (See Book Clubs page for details.) 

To celebrate the release of the Penguin paperback edition of THE DOCTOR AND THE DIVA, Adrienne's publisher sent her on another national book tour.  Events included a fabulous Author's Luncheon on Hilton Head Island, and a "Diva Dinner" in the Midwest.  The San Francisco Opera Guild sponsored two Literary/Musical performances where sopranos Aimee Puentes and Eliza O'Malley sang arias with such verve, they made the heroine's voice lift and rise from the pages of the novel. 

To listen to Adrienne being interviewed by NPR's Valerie Jackson for her radio program "Between the Lines", click the link below:


Events -- 2016

Saturday, January 30, 2016 -- Berkeley, CA 
Festival of Women Authors/ Luncheon
-- 9:00 am - 2:00 pm
sponsored by Berkeley/ Oakland YWCA
Location: Hs Lordships Restaurant, Berkeley Marina
Featuring Four Women Authors:  Renee Swindle,
Adrienne McDonnell, Gail Tsukiyama, and
Julia Flynn Siler.  (Adrienne will speak for 45 minutes.
Her talk begins at 12:30.)

Registration required.  $85 per person
More info:


Events -- 2013

Friday, April 19, 2013 -- Danville, CA
Authors for the Arts -- 6:30 pm
Danville Library Endowment Fund Gala
Author Reception/ Program
420 Front Street
Danville, CA  94526

Saturday, May 18, 2013 - (Los Angeles area)
Books & Breakfast/ Author Speaker Series
Danish Cultural Center -- 10 am-12:00 noon
16881 Bastanchury Road 
Yorba Linda, CA  92886
Talk/ Q&A/ Signing


Events -- 2012

Friday, January 27, 2012 -- Pleasanton, CA
Author Luncheon --
11:30 - 1:00 pm
Towne Center Books
555 Main St.
Pleasanton, CA  94566
Talk/ Q&A/ Signing
Lunch will include dishes from THE DOCTOR AND THE DIVA. 

Tuesday, February 21, 2012 -- Cape Cod, MA
Book Club Discussion with the Author -- 7:00 pm
(Note: The book club will gather at the store and talk with the author via speaker phone or Skype.)
Titcomb's Book Shop
432 Route 6A
East Sandwich, MA  02537

Tuesday, March 17, 2012 -- San Ramon, CA
Book Club Discussion with the Author (in person)
Bay Books -- 7:00 pm
2415 San Ramon Valley Blvd.
San Ramon, CA  94583

Saturday, November 3, 2012 -- Lafayette, CA
A Literary Feast Authors' Dinner --
6:00-10:00 p.m.
Lafayette Library and Learning Center
3491 Mount Diablo Blvd.
Lafayette, CA

Monday, November 26, 2012 -- Corte Madera, CA
Meet the Author: Book Group (led by Pam Feinsilber)
Book Passage --
7:00-9:00 p.m.
51 Tamal Vista Blvd.
Corte Madera, CA  94925
Registration and fee required.  Part three in a series of four book club meetings.

Saturday, May 18, 2013 -- (Los Angeles area)
Books & Breakfast/ Author Speaker Series
Danish Cultural Center
-- 10 am - 12:00 noon
16881 Bastanchury Road
Yorba Linda, CA  92886
Talk/ Q&A/ Signing


Past Events - Penguin Paperback Book Tour

Tuesday, October 11, 2011 -- (Montclair) Oakland, CA
Litquake, the Bay Area's Literary Festival
Monaghan's on the Hill -- 6:00-8:00 pm
2820 Mountain Blvd.
Oakland, CA  94602
Reading/ Q&A
I'm delighted to be sharing the stage with Sylvia Brownrigg, Carolina De Robertis, Peggy Orenstein, and April Sinclair.

Wednesday, October 26, 2011 -- Oakland, CA
A Great Good Place for Books-- 7:00 pm
6120 LaSalle Ave.
Oakland, CA  94611
Talk/ Q&A / Signing

Thursday, October 27, 2011 -- Walnut Creek, CA (Rossmoor)
Opera and Ballet Club -- 11:00 am
Fireside Room, Gateway Clubhouse
1000 Golden Rain Road
Walnut Creek, CA  94595
Talk/ Q&A/ Signing
open to the public -- ask for directions at the gate

Friday, October 28, 2011-- Oakland, CA
NCIBA/Northern California Independent Booksellers Association
Trade Show -- Booth Signing -- 11:00 to 11:30 am
Oakland Convention Center
City Center Marriott
1001 Broadway
Oakland, CA  94607
Author Signing

Tuesday, November 1, 2011 -- Houston, TX
Blue Willow Bookshop -- 7:00 pm
14532 Memorial Drive
Houston, TX  77079
Talk/ Q&A/ Signing

Wednesday, November 2, 2011 -- Atlanta, GA (area)
Georgia Center for the Book -- 7:15 pm
DeKalb County Public Library
215 Sycamore Street
Decatur, GA  30030
Talk/ Q&A / Signing

Thursday, November 3, 2011 -- Hilton Head, SC
USCB Continuing Education -- Luncheon -- 12:00 noon
Moss Creek Clubhouse
1523 Fording Island Rd
Hilton Head, SC  29928
Talk/ Q&A / Signing
USCB Luncheon with the Author Series
This is a ticketed luncheon open to the public.  Reservations required.
Call 843-521-4147 for reservations.

Friday, November 4, 2011 -- Miami, FL (Coral Gables)
Books & Books -- 8:00 pm
265 Aragon Ave.
Coral Gables, FL  33134-5008
Talk/ Q&A / Signing

Saturday, November 5, 2011--New Orleans, LA
Manic Mommies "Escape" Weekend
Book Club/ Author Chat -- 3:30 pm
Book Discussion/ Q&A -- The Doctor and the Diva
Marriott New Orleans
555 Canal Street
New Orleans, LA  70130
The Manic Mommies host an "escape" the first weekend in November every year with two hundred women from across the country.  Registration is required.  Check their website for details.

Sunday, November 6, 2011 -- Dayton, Ohio
Books & Company at the Greene -- 4:00 pm
The Greene
4453 Walnut St.
Dayton (Beavercreek), OH  45440
(937) 429-2169
Talk/ Q&A / Signing

"Diva Dinner" -- 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm
sponsored by the Dayton Opera Guild
Brio Tuscan Grille
4459 Cedar Park Drive
Dayton, OH  45440
Talk/ Q&A/ Signing 

Monday, November 7, 2011 -- Chicago, IL (area)
The Bookstall -- 7:00 pm
811 Elm Street
Winnetka, IL  60093
Talk/ Q&A/ Signing

Tuesday, November 29, 2011 -- Berkeley, CA
The Doctor and the Diva -- A Literary/Musical Salon
The Berkeley City Club -- 7:30 pm
2315 Durant Ave.
Berkeley, CA  94704
Dramatic scenes read by the author
Arias performed by soprano favorite Aimee Puentes
and master accompanist Hadley McCarroll
The ticket price ($30 in advance, $35 at the door) will include a copy of the novel.  Reservation deadline: Nov. 22, 2011.
To order tickets online:
To order tickets by phone: call 1-800-838-3006.  Ask about THE DOCTOR AND THE DIVA event.
Open to the public.  No-host bar.
Co-sponsored by the Berkeley City Club and the San Francisco Opera Guild, East Bay chapter. 
All proceeds to benefit the SF Opera and its programs.

Saturday, December 3, 2011 -- Atherton, CA
The Doctor and the Diva - A Literary/Musical Salon
- 2:30-4:30 pm
Dramatic scenes read by the author
Arias performed by soprano favorite Eliza O'Malley
and master accompanist Galina Umanskaya
Location: An elegant private residence in Atherton situated on two acres in a park-like setting with wide sweeps of shade and lawn.
Includes Wine and hors d'oeuvres reception
Cost: $40 for SF Opera Guild, Peninsula chapter members, $50 for non-members, which includes an autographed copy of the novel.
Reservations required.  Space is limited.
Contact: Andrea Smith ASAP at or by phone at 650-322-0607 or Judy Kahn at or call (650) 948-8881.
Open to the public.  Sponsored by the San Francisco Opera Guild, Peninsula chapter. 
All proceeds to benefit the SF Opera Guild's Music-in-the-Schools programs.


Other Past Events - Hardcover Book Tour, etc.

Monday, June 27, 2011-- New Orleans, LA
American Library Association (ALA) Convention
Panel Discussion: Isn't It Romantic -- 8:00 to 10 am
Convention Center Room 339
Signing: 10:30 am
Booth Signing/ Penguin booth, 1422 -- 11:15 am to 12:15 pm
Ernest N. Morial Convention Center
900 Convention Center Boulevard
New Orleans, LA  70130-1799

Saturday, April 23, 2011 -- Santa Rosa, CA
Sonoma County Public Library Foundation
3rd Annual "Chew On This" Dinner
Authors' Reception -- 5:15 pm
Wine & hors d'oeuvres, silent auction, book signing -- 6:15 pm
Dinner with Authors -- 7:45 pm
Central Santa Rosa Library, 211 East St., Santa Rosa, CA
This is a fundraiser to support Sonoma County Public Libraries.

Sunday, October 10, 2010— Portland, Oregon
Wordstock: Portland's Book & Literary Festival — 2 PM
Oregon Convention Center
777 NE MLK Jr. Blvd.
Portland, OR

(I will be appearing on the Wieden+Kennedy Stage with Thea Cooper, author of BREAKTHROUGH.)

Saturday, September 11, 2010 — Connecticut
The Doctor And The Diva — A Literary/Musical Salon
Wilton or New Canaan, CT (venue tba) — 2-5 pm
Scenes Read by the author
Featuring Dana Mack Prinz, piano
Caroline Chanin, mezzo-soprano
(This is a private event.  All other events, unless otherwise noted, are open to the public.)

Friday, September 10, 2010 — New Canaan, CT
Elm Street Books At New Canaan Library — 7:30 Pm
151 Main Street
New Canaan, CT 06840
(203) 966-4545


Thursday, September 9, 2010, Washington, DC Area
Borders (Near Washington, DC) — 7:30 Pm
5871 Crossroads Center Way
Baileys Crossroads, VA  22041

Friday, August 6, 2010 — San Francisco, CA
Books, Inc. In The Marina — 7:30 pm
2251 Chestnut Street
San Francisco, CA  94123
(415) 931-3633

Thursday,  August 5, 2010 — San Diego Area, CA
Warwick’s — 6:00 Pm
Offsite ticketed event
@ Burgundy Grill & Wine Bar
830 Kline Street
La Jolla, CA
This will be a joint event with Robin Oliveira.  The ticket price of $40.00 will include wine, hors d’oeuvres and your choice of one autographed book.  For details, call Warwick’s Books at (858) 454-9325 or visit

Wednesday, August 4, 2010 — (Seattle Area)
Third Place Books — 7:00 pm
17171 Bothell Way  NE
Lake Forest Park, WA  98155
(206) 366-3316
This will be a joint event with Robin Oliveira.

Tuesday, August 3, 2010 — San Mateo, CA
M Is For Mystery — 7:00 pm
86 E. 3rd Avenue
San Mateo, CA  94401
(650) 401-8077


Monday, August 2, 2010 — Menlo Park, CA
Kepler’s — 7:30 pm
1010 El Camino Real
Menlo Park, CA  94025
(650) 324-4321


Friday, July 30, 2010 — St. Helena, CA
Napa Valley Writers’ Conference — 9:00-10 Am- First Books Panel
Napa Valley College
1088 College Avenue
St. Helena, CA  94574
(707) 967-2900 x1611

Friday, July 30, 2010 — Marin County, CA
Book Passage – 12:00 pm — Literary Luncheon
51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA  94925
This will be a joint event with Robin Oliveira.  The ticket price of $55 includes lunch & choice of one signed book.  Call (415) 927-0960 ext. 1 to reserve.

Thursday, July 29, 2010 — Berkeley, CA
Mrs. Dalloway's — 7:30 Pm
2904 College Ave
Berkeley, CA  94705
(510) 704-8222

Wednesday, July 28, 2010 —‚ Branford, CT
R.J. Julia Booksellers — 12:00 To 3:00 Pm (Luncheon/ Author Panel)
Offsite event to be held at Pine Orchard Country Club
2 Club Parkway
Branford, CT 06405
(203) 488 2575
This will be a literary luncheon with Adrienne McDonnell, author of The Doctor and the Diva; Carey Wallace, author of The BlindContessa’s New Machine; and Robin Oliveira, author of My Name is Mary Sutter.  Tickets are $50 each, and include lunch and one book of your choice.

Wednesday, July 28, 2010 — New York City, NY
Barnes & Noble — 7:30 Pm
Lincoln Center
1972 Broadway, at 66th Street
New York, NY  10023
(212) 595-6859
Talk-reading/Q & A/ Signing

Tuesday,  July 27, 2010 — Boston, MA
Boston Public Library — 6:00 pm
700 Boylston St
Boston, MA  02116
(617) 536-5400
Talk-reading/ Q & A/ Signing
(Author events usually take place in the Abbey Room, which is located on the second floor of the beautiful old 1895 building.)

Sunday, April 18, 2010 — San Francisco, CA
NCIBA/Northern California Independent Booksellers Association
Spring Gathering/Author Reception/Galley Signing — 4-5 PM
Presidio National Park
Thoreau Center Building
San Francisco, CA 94129