Jun
29
7:00 pm19:00

Speak Up! An evening of spoken word performance

Speak Up!

An evening of spoken word performance

 

Inviting all poets, writers, and storytellers to speak or read original work written in the first person. Each artist is allowed 5 minutes for their performance.

Featured speakers TBD. June’s theme is “Extreme!”

For more information, email Mary at storytellermcgrath@yahoo.com

Jul
1
7:00 pm19:00

"Saltwater Buddha" Film Screening + "All Our Waves Are Water" By Jaimal Yogis

Saltwater Buddha Film Screening

+

All Our Waves Are Water

By Jaimal Yogis

An evening of oceanic storytelling.

Bestselling author and surfer Jaimal Yogis (who grew up in Sacramento) will discuss and sign copies of All Our Waves Are Water, his July-release memoir that Publishers Weekly calls "captivating" and "beautiful." Afterward, there will be a screening of Saltwater Buddha, a new feature documentary based on Yogis's first hit book. The film is executive produced by Urijah Faber and directed and produced by Sacramento filmmakers Lara Popyack and Mike Madden (all of whom will be in attendance and ready to discuss the film afterward).

Watch the trailer:

https://youtu.be/p9nko7epkwE

Jul
8
5:00 pm17:00

"Arkansas Summer: Love and Terror in the Jim Crow South" by Anne Moose

Arkansas Summer

Love and Terror in the Jim Crow South

By Anne Moose

"Arkansas Summer" is a powerful novel about love and racial terror in the Jim Crow South. This page-turning indictment of racism takes readers on an emotional journey of passion and suspense, all the while shining a spotlight on the twisted ethos and violence of the segregated South.

 

Read the Kirkus review here:

https://www.kirkusreviews.com/book-reviews/anne-moose/arkansas-summer/

Jul
22
3:00 pm15:00

"TigerFish: A Memoir of a South Vietnamese Colonel’s Daughter," by Hoàng Chi Trương

TigerFish

A Memoir of a South Vietnamese Colonel’s Daughter

By Hoàng Chi Trương

ISBN: 978-1544054315 Price: $20.00

ISBN: 978-1544054315

Price: $20.00

TigerFish is a gripping and suspenseful memoir which richly chronicles Truong's childhood in Vietnam and her coming of age as she and her family grapple with the loss of national identity and acculturation as refugees in America.

In this coming of age story, readers will itness the Vietnam War, the Vietnamese diaspora, and the jarring acculturation process that ensued, all from the author's deeply personal and honest perspective. As Truong discover her inner TigerFish in America, she begins to reconcile conflicting cultural expectations – between home and at school, east and west, Confucian traditionalism and Western modernity.

TigerFish reminds us that dignity and the pursuit of survival, food, shelter, education, and freedom from persecution are fundamental human rights. It is a story of hope and a voice for those who have been displaced and disempowered, emphasizing the need for cross-cultural empathy at home and abroad.

Jul
29
3:00 pm15:00

"Pretending to Pray in French" by Elizabeth Podolinsky

Pretending to Pray in French

By Elizabeth Podolinsky

                        ISBN: 1542553482

                        ISBN: 1542553482

After her latest lover dumps her, Elizabeth decides to change her life. She quits her bureaucratic job in Santa Barbara and flies to Paris on Valentine’s Day. After two months in Paris to find a French, rich, elegant and intelligent cross between Olivier Martinez and Jacques Derrida, she meets François, a widower who turns out to be anything but. When Paris doesn’t deliver the man or happiness, Elizabeth flees to a rural convent in Southern France, even though she hasn’t been to Mass in 20 years and carries the uncomfortable weight of a checkered Catholic upbringing. Instead of contemplating life in a romantic medieval convent, she finds herself cleaning toilets, taking orders from grouchy nuns and the object of anti-American sentiment. But she also meets a group of young foreign women there – fellow guest workers -- who help her realize that happiness isn’t dependent on external factors, such as a man, but comes from within. Pretending to Pray in French blends humor with a uniquely thoughtful perspective on French culture that takes the reader on a sometimes irreverent spiritual quest.


Jun
24
1:00 pm13:00

"Completely Rainbow" by Amy Altstatt

Completely Rainbow

By Amy Altstatt

A 2016 Royal Dragonfly Award winner, this is a story about finding destiny that fulfills all the longings of childhood imagination. We follow Jewels as she embarks on a colorful adventure to discover her purpose one color at a time until she at last finds that who she is has been inside her all along. A charming story for teaching synonyms to your blooming reader.

Jun
21
11:30 am11:30

8th Annual Literary Workshop PART 1: Understanding Self-Publishing

California Lawyers for the Arts presents

8th Annual Literary Workshop PART 1: Understanding Self-Publishing

The Understanding Self-Publishing workshop covers the legal and business issues for
self-publishing books. Learn what you need to know about current and emerging
developments in print and e-book self-publishing. Learn what to expect and how to work
with self-publishing service companies. Valuable negotiating tips are discussed to
ensure you have an effective self-publishing service company contract. Learn how to
identify the common financial and performance pitfalls in these agreements so you can
choose the best self-publishing service company to help you publish your own book.

Bob Pimm is Chief Learning Officer and Director of Legal Services at California Lawyers for the Arts. Bob has more than 30+ years experience in the book industry. His private law practice is focused on literary law representing authors, agents, and publishers. Bob is also the Book Publishing Chair of the American Bar Association’s Forum on the Entertainment and Sports Industries. From 2002 until 2007 he served as Editor-in-Chief of Entertainment and Sports Lawyer, the Forum’s quarterly publication. Bob has authored books, chapters, and numerous articles on legal and business aspects of the book publishing industry.

Jun
19
5:30 pm17:30

"Crazy Horse: The Lakota Warrior’s Life & Legacy" by the Edward Clown Family, as told to William B. Matson

Crazy Horse

The Lakota Warrior’s Life & Legacy

By the Edward Clown Family, as told to William B. Matson

ISBN: 142364123X

ISBN: 142364123X

The Edward Clown family, nearest living relatives to the Lakota war leader, presents the family tales and memories told to them about their famous grandfather. In many ways the oral history differs from what has become the standard and widely accepted biography of Crazy Horse. The family clarifies the inaccuracies and shares their story about the past, including what it means to them to be Lakota, the family genealogy, the life of Crazy Horse and his motivations, his death, and why they chose to keep quiet with their knowledge for so long before finally deciding to tell the truth as they know it.

This book is a compelling addition to the body of works about Crazy Horse and the complicated and often conflicting events of that time period in American History.

Floyd Clown, Doug War Eagle, and Don Red Thunder are the sole administrators and spokesmen of the Crazy Horse estate and often speak at historical gatherings and national parks about their family's history.

William Matson has produced and directed an award-winning video, Sitting Bull's Voice, as well as the two-part video series, The Authorized Biography of Sitting Bull by His Great-Grandson, and the four-part video series, The Authorized Biography of Crazy Horse and His Family. He regularly speaks about these videos and their content at film festivals and has been working with the Crazy Horse family since 2001 to tell their story.

Jun
17
1:00 pm13:00

"Just Be Me" by Jerelyn Sneed

Just Be Me

By Jerelyn Sneed

Just Be Me is about a boy named James.

James has to move around a lot because of his father's job.

He is nervous and bashful, but he has a smile that helps him meet new challenges and make new friends.

Just Be Me is about confidence, a family's love, and making new friends.

Jun
17
11:30 am11:30

"Pretending to Pray in French" by Elizabeth Podolinsky

Pretending to Pray in French

By Elizabeth Podolinsky

ISBN: 1542553482 $12.95

ISBN: 1542553482

$12.95

After her latest lover dumps her, Elizabeth decides to change her life. She quits her bureaucratic job in Santa Barbara and flies to Paris on Valentine’s Day. After two months in Paris to find a French, rich, elegant and intelligent cross between Olivier Martinez and Jacques Derrida, she meets François, a widower who turns out to be anything but. When Paris doesn’t deliver the man or happiness, Elizabeth flees to a rural convent in Southern France, even though she hasn’t been to Mass in 20 years and carries the uncomfortable weight of a checkered Catholic upbringing. Instead of contemplating life in a romantic medieval convent, she finds herself cleaning toilets, taking orders from grouchy nuns and the object of anti-American sentiment. But she also meets a group of young foreign women there – fellow guest workers -- who help her realize that happiness isn’t dependent on external factors, such as a man, but comes from within. Pretending to Pray in French blends humor with a uniquely thoughtful perspective on French culture that takes the reader on a sometimes irreverent spiritual quest.

Jun
10
5:00 pm17:00

"Fortified Wine: The Essential Guide to American Port-Style and Fortified Wine" by Kenneth Young

Fortified Wine

The Essential Guide to American Port-Style and Fortified Wine

By Kenneth Young

                       ISBN-13: 978-1935879572

                       ISBN-13: 978-1935879572

In the years following the Gold Rush, the only late-19th-century California wine of national acclaim was a fortified wine called Angelica. Brandy and the port-style wines it fortified were the mainstay of its wine industry during the late 1800s. Today, some of America's most renowned wineries produce a port-style wine, and the popularity and quality of American fortified wines is in resurgence. This seminal handbook to US Port-style wines and winemakers not only offers the first in-depth buying guide of fortified wines but also tells this fascinating history of its rise and fall and modern comeback. Also included are sections on how to enjoy fortified wines, their different styles, and what makes American wines unique."

Stop by for a reading, discussion--and tasting!

Jun
10
3:00 pm15:00

"Tesla Metamorphosis: Heal and Evolve" by Anya Petrovic

Tesla Metamorphosis: Heal and Evolve

By Anya Petrovic

"There are no miracles. There are only phenomena that we might not be able to explain and scientifically confirm at this stage, so some people call them “miracles,” states Anya. The answers are found in pioneering scientific research, and also in ancient wisdom.

There are some unique phenomena connected to Tesla Metamorphosis®, the healing modality which attracts great interest because of the amazing healing results, and the effect of Tesla Waves on the evolution of human consciousness. The subject of this book is expanded to understanding the healing phenomena in general, merging science and spirituality.

Anya Petrovic , internationally recognized healer, teacher and author, will give presentation with live demonstration of healing. Anya is the founder of Tesla Metamorphosis® and a professor of world literature. She’s won three October Prizes for her poetry and her scientific work in literature.

Jun
3
3:00 pm15:00

"The Adventures of Spike & Jeremiah" by Magdalena Thomas

The Adventures of Spike & Jeremiah

By Magdalena Thomas

The Adventures of Spike & Jeremiah touches on the power of imagination in children. This book highlights the relationship between a young boy and his reptile as they discover the wonders of the world by incorporating art, friendship, and wonder.

Jun
3
1:00 pm13:00

"The Kreepton Chronicles" by Renee Libra

The Kreepton Chronicles:

An Unofficial Adventure Based on the World of Minecraft

By Renee Libra

ISBN: 978-0-9984316-0-4

ISBN: 978-0-9984316-0-4

In a world based on the popular game Minecraft, blocky heroes Hadrian, Augusta, and Kresstan navigate their way through mysteries and contraptions in hopes to restore a fallen kingdom. The Kreepton Chronicles is the first installment of the series.

May
27
1:00 pm13:00

"Before the Gold Rush: The Sinclairs of Rancho Del Paso 1840-1849" by Cheryl Anne Stapp

Before the Gold Rush

The Sinclairs of Rancho Del Paso 1840-1849

 By Cheryl Anne Stapp

ISBN: 1542983169 $16.99

ISBN: 1542983169

$16.99

They met by chance in Mexican-owned California, each drawn to the pastoral province in different years and for entirely different reasons. For John Sinclair, it was the continuation of a continental adventure. For Mary Eyre, it was a dramatic intervention on the Oregon Trail. They married and settled on a great Sacramento Valley rancho, the predecessors of the tide of Americans who emigrated West in covered wagons in search of a brighter future. Their ranch was just across the American River from Captain John Sutter’s famed trading post, located at a geographic crossroads that put the Sinclairs square in the middle of history-making events: the alarming, if short-lived, Bear Flag Revolt; the perilous rescue of the stranded, doomed Donner Party; the American military conquest of California; and the tumultuous California Gold Rush. They lived through it all and died long ago, yet their Rancho del Paso lives on in street and neighborhood names to the north of modern Sacramento. Told with compelling imagery, this is the true story of a couple whose lives and experiences are part of the Golden State’s pioneer past.

May
25
7:00 pm19:00

"Speak Up!" An evening of spoken word performance

Speak Up!

An evening of spoken word performance

Inviting all poets, writers, and storytellers to speak or read original work written in the first person. Each artist is allowed 5 minutes for their performance.

Featured speakers TBD.

For more information, email Mary at storytellermcgrath@yahoo.com

May
20
3:00 pm15:00

A Reading: Rebecca Woolston, Allison Harden, and Jordan Okumura

A Reading: Rebecca Woolston, Allison Harden, and Jordan Okumura

 

We will be reading from an ongoing project, tentatively titled Archeology of Ashes. This text is a collaboration between three writers who are excavating through writing. What happens when three different perspectives, histories, voices come to the same page to tell their stories? That is the question we asked ourselves when we embarked on this project two years ago. Divided into sections, and with no designated order, limit, or structure, we fell into, and along, each other’s paths. What we thought would be schizophrenic became holistic, and continues to germinate toward the connection we find in memory, love, and kinship - with our senses open to honesty and the stories that gain momentum through each other’s words. The story feels as if it is always just beginning for us. This story may always be, just a beginning.
 

May
20
1:00 pm13:00

"Pretending to Pray in French," by Elizabeth Podolinsky

Pretending to Pray in French

By Elizabeth Podolinsky

ISBN: 1542553482 $12.95

ISBN: 1542553482

$12.95

After her latest lover dumps her, Elizabeth decides to change her life. She quits her bureaucratic job in Santa Barbara and flies to Paris on Valentine’s Day. After two months in Paris to find a French, rich, elegant and intelligent cross between Olivier Martinez and Jacques Derrida, she meets François, a widower who turns out to be anything but. When Paris doesn’t deliver the man or happiness, Elizabeth flees to a rural convent in Southern France, even though she hasn’t been to Mass in 20 years and carries the uncomfortable weight of a checkered Catholic upbringing. Instead of contemplating life in a romantic medieval convent, she finds herself cleaning toilets, taking orders from grouchy nuns and the object of anti-American sentiment. But she also meets a group of young foreign women there – fellow guest workers -- who help her realize that happiness isn’t dependent on external factors, such as a man, but comes from within. Pretending to Pray in French blends humor with a uniquely thoughtful perspective on French culture that takes the reader on a sometimes irreverent spiritual quest.

May
13
1:00 pm13:00

"Living in 1984: America’s Flirtation with Fascism" by Gregg Ward Matson

Living in 1984:

America’s Flirtation with Fascism

By Gregg Ward Matson

ISBN: 1607468158                            $25.00

ISBN: 1607468158

                           $25.00

WARNING: Reading this could be an act of thoughtcrime! In Living in 1984 - America's Flirtation with Fascism, Gregg Ward Matson asks if America, defender of liberty since its founding in the Age of Enlightenment, is becoming a neo-fascist state in its power and wealth. Quoting from Orwell and founders such as Samuel Adams and John Jay, Alexis deToqueville in America's first flower of nationhood, Eugene Debs and Woodrow Wilson in the first phase of empire, and on to Eric Hoffer, Martin Luther King, Jr. and Molly Ivins in recent times, the author discusses how modern America resembles life in Orwell's dystopia, how we got here, and actions we could take to change things.

May
6
3:00 pm15:00

"The Petitation Companion: Enhance the Lives of You and Your Pet with Mindfulness Meditation" by Dr. Elisabeth Paige and Joanne Leslie

The Petitation Companion:

Enhance the Lives of You and Your Pet with Mindfulness Meditation

By Dr. Elisabeth Paige and Joanne Leslie

When we sit quietly with our pet and experience a moment of joy,  comfort, and peace, we are “Petitating.”

Have you ever thought about meditating? Do you share your life with a pet or with several pets? How do you fit everyone and everything into your busy life? You can do both at the same time as you “Petitate.”

When we Petitate, we get to improve our health, help our pets relax and form a deeper bond with us, and we no longer have to choose between paying attention to our pets and meditating.

*Book includes guided Petitations with background music*

May
6
1:00 pm13:00

"Little Miss April's Memories: Mother and Daughter Stories" by Nancy Samuelson

Little Miss April’s Memories

Mother and Daughter Stories

By Nancy Samuelson

Ideal Mother's Day gift for Mother and Child. Come out for a book signing and discover how you can add optional matching mother-daughter jewelry to your book.

 Written from the heart, the author shares charming childhood memories of tea parties, old-fashioned family traditions, and a Mother's love for her daughter. Her precious memories inspired creation of matching mother-daughter jewelry sets; the book includes photos.

May
3
6:00 pm18:00

Mosaic of Voices presents Yuyutsu Sharma

Sacramento Poetry Center's Mosaic of Voices presents

Yuyutsu Sharma

Sharma, recipient of fellowships and grants from The Rockefeller Foundation, Ireland Literature Exchange & The Institute for the Translation of Hebrew Literature, is a distinguished Himalayan poet. Currently Visiting Poet at Columbia University, Sharma has published ten poetry collections and just finished a memoir on Nepal earthquakes, “Quaking Cantos: Nepal Earthquake Poems.” Half the year, he travels and reads all over the world but goes trekking in the Himalayas when back home.

Apr
29
3:00 pm15:00

"The Secret of Bramble Hill" by Sue Owens Wright

The Secret of Bramble Hill

By Sue Owens Wright

ISBN: 1626945861                                    $13.49

ISBN: 1626945861

                                   $13.49

In April 1946, Tessa Field returns to Bramble Hill in the quaint Cornish seaside town of Covington Haven, England, after learning of her aunt Emily Maxwell’s drowning in a boating accident. The moment Tessa sets foot on the grounds of Bramble Hill, long-dormant psychic powers are stirred in her. Through a series of eerie manifestations and unexplained mishaps, she senses an entity in the house is trying to make contact and reveal dark secrets. Tessa narrowly escapes being trampled by a horse ridden by the handsome aristocrat and writer Peter Tremayne, a childhood friend. Upon their unexpected reunion, Tessa is immediately attracted to him, and he to her. Yet, despite their budding romance, she soon becomes distrustful of his true motives. Convinced that her aunt did not die in an accident but was murdered, Tessa investigates and soon becomes entangled in a web of deception, betrayal, and treachery that threatens her very life.

Apr
29
1:00 pm13:00

"Just Listen: King Speaks" by Korrie Morrow

Just Listen: King Speaks

 By Korrie Morrow

ISBN: 1515219909                                      $17.00

ISBN: 1515219909

                                     $17.00

Just Listen is an inspirational book created to inspire people in their time of need. It will help strengthen you and ultimately lead and guide you to the real, try love that you need in your life. Korrie Morrow, aka "King", was born in the city of Chicago 28 years ago, and he is the father of one son, Korrie Morrow, Jr. Being a God-fearing man, Korrie enjoys writing poetry and inspiring people to be the best that they can be just as he has decided to do for himself. His mission is to help change the world by helping as many people as possible to see their worth!

Apr
27
7:00 pm19:00

"Speak Up!" An evening of spoken word performance

Speak Up!

An evening of spoken word performance

 

Inviting all poets, writers, and storytellers to speak or read original work written in the first person. Each artist is allowed 5 minutes for their performance.

Featured speakers TBD.

 

For more information, email Mary at storytellermcgrath@yahoo.com

Apr
22
5:30 pm17:30

"Turn the Key: Unlocking Memories for Storytelling," Memoir workshop with editor Ali Shaw

Turn the Key: Unlocking Memories for Storytelling

Memoir workshop with editor Ali Shaw

When unlocked, our memories provide rich fodder for our writing. Younger versions of ourselves, our family members, our friends, our foes—all are characters waiting for their stories to be told on the page. In this ninety-minute workshop, memoir editor Ali Shaw will guide you through meditations and prompts to let loose the stories that your memories want to tell. Bring your favorite writing tools to capture the stories that come up in the timed writing sessions, and you’ll leave with the seeds for your next personal essay or memoir. This workshop is open to writers of all levels.

Ali Shaw has been editing memoirs for Indigo: Editing, Design, and More for over ten years. Her authors range from the likes of Rodney King to Olympian Carolyn Wood, and her own writing has appeared in Hippocampus Magazine and was a finalist for the Victoria A. Hudson award. You can learn more about Ali at www.indigoediting.com and www.ali-shaw.com.

Apr
22
3:00 pm15:00

"I Don’t Look Like What I’ve Been Through!" by Angela Holmes

I Don’t Look Like What I’ve Been Through!

By Angela Holmes

Danielle is sexy and ambitious. Desperate to overcome heartache, abandonment, and a near death experience, she flees to Georgia to leave her past behind her--but still searches for the perfect cookie cutter family.

 

Danielle continues through a vicious cycle of relationships in her pursuit of happiness and self-fulfillment, but somewhere along the way she begins to worry that she’s lost sight of God’s promises. Will she ever find what she’s looking for? She definitely doesn’t look like what she’s been through!

Apr
22
1:00 pm13:00

"The Princess and the Sunflowers" by Leonie Pickett and Catlyn LeGault

The Princess and the Sunflowers

By Leonie Pickett and Catlyn LeGault

Illustrated by Miakoda Plude

ISBN: 978-1631777738                                          $16.95

ISBN: 978-1631777738

                                         $16.95

Amara, a princess, thinks the world revolves around her, in part because she is an only child, in part because all kids do...but also because all of the sunflowers are staring at her every morning when she awakes.

One afternoon she looks out the window and realizes with shock that they are not staring at her. She becomes upset and she tries to do everything she can to get the sunflowers to turn around. Through her attempts she meets a friend, the son of a farmer, who teaches her a little bit about humility and the secret about why the sunflowers face different directions at different times of day. Princess Amara, thus, learns a little science, a lot of humility, and even makes her first true friend. Learn more at www.sunflowerprincess.com.

Apr
15
5:00 pm17:00

"The House of Twenty Thousand Books" by Sasha Abramsky

The House of Twenty Thousand Books

By Sasha Abramsky

ISBN: 1681371138                              $17.95

ISBN: 1681371138

                             $17.95

The House of Twenty Thousand Books is the story of Chimen Abramsky, an extraordinary polymath and bibliophile who amassed a vast collection of socialist literature and Jewish history. For more than fifty years Chimen and his wife, Miriam, hosted epic gatherings in their house of books that brought together many of the age's greatest thinkers.

The atheist son of one of the century's most important rabbis, Chimen was born in 1916 near Minsk, spent his early teenage years in Moscow while his father served time in a Siberian labor camp for religious proselytizing, and then immigrated to London, where he discovered the writings of Karl Marx and became involved in left-wing politics. When the Nazis invaded Russia in June 1941, Chimen joined the Communist Party, becoming a leading figure in the party's National Jewish Committee. He remained a member until 1958, when, shockingly late in the day, he finally acknowledged the atrocities committed by Stalin. Chimen continued to reinvent himself throughout his life as a liberal thinker, humanist, professor, and manuscripts' expert for Sotheby's auction house.

Journalist Sasha Abramsky re-creates here a lost world, bringing to life the people, the books, and the ideas that filled his grandparents' house, from gatherings that included Eric Hobsbawm and Isaiah Berlin to books with Marx's handwritten notes, William Morris manuscripts and woodcuts, an early sixteenth-century Bomberg Bible, and a first edition of Descartes's Meditations. The House of Twenty Thousand Books is a wondrous journey through our times, from the vanished worlds of Eastern European Jewry to the cacophonous politics of modernity.

Apr
8
1:00 pm13:00

"Diary of a Fast Food Worker" by Kathy Norton

Diary of a Fast Food Worker

By Kathey Norton

                        ISBN: 1483585298                                  $15.99

                        ISBN: 1483585298

                                 $15.99

Using her actual diary entries from the mid-80s, writer Kathey Norton details her life as a young writer working in the fast food industry, and the struggle to remain creative while dealing with a soul-crushing boss, an ever-changing cast of co-workers, the drama of an atypical first romance, and the frustration and self-doubt that haunt her. Brutally honest and poignant, dark yet hopeful, Diary of a Fast Food Worker provides a glimpse into the creative and, at times, tortured soul of a writer trying to survive the realities of working at Hamburger Hell, while still clinging tightly to her dreams and ambitions as a novelist and poet.