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Friday, October 17, 2014

Thursday, Nov.13 - Reading/signing with Yon Walls & Cori Martinez

Time Tested Books
is pleased to present
Yon Walls
reading & signing her new book
Seeing Colette
Thursday, November 13th, at 7:00pm
 with special guest Cori Martinez

It’s 1912. After a fatal epidemic, a young woman named Colette Stonethrower flees her village to a life as an orphanage guardian, until another tragedy changes everything. As she leaves again on faith migrating far from the place of her birth, she meets a talented, idealistic stranger and makes a friend from a foreign land that becomes her trusted confidant.

While her new life reveals her purpose--fighting for the working poor and the destitute, exposing corruption and advocating for the arts--she encounters the merciless genesis of urban industrialization that marks the American era of mass consumption and machination. She also witnesses the beginnings of an artistic renaissance, forbidden love, the outbreak of World War I, and encounters the blossoming of a love like no other.

Yet despite her struggles and some good fortune, she’s also inheritor of something that will endure the generations. Set during the beginning of the last century, written lyrically—in prose sometimes like a delicate poem or an impressionist narrative, with surprising characters that enter and exit as in a dream, Seeing Colette is a novella to sense and savor.

Yon Walls was born in Owensboro, Kentucky and has been a resident of California since 1972. Her poems have appeared in the Walrus Literary Review, Syllogism, The Santa Clara Review, Parkway Journal of Hiroshima, Japan and the on-line publication, Niedergasse. In 2000, she earned her MFA in English & Creative Writing from Mills College and has attended craft workshops with Chana Bloch, Elmaz Abinader, Quincy Troupe, Elizebeth Willis and Toi Derricotte.  She has performed public readings with Deborah Major, Jose Montoya, Kathryn Holwein, Charles Blackwell and others. She can be found online at SPICYLETTER 

A beautiful and relatable debut memoir of a woman who-while vehemently avoiding the idea of God under all circumstances-finds herself passionately inspired by the higher power she discovers on a yoga mat. As she keeps digging- through marriage, new motherhood, business ownership, plus practicing and teaching yoga herself-she is surprised to find a deep affection and experience of God...as a thread that gracefully connects all aspects of her life and allows her to trust in its unfolding. In beautiful prose, Plus One explores the possibility we all have of finding connection and peace in the lives we are living.
Cori Martinez teaches groups and coaches individuals in self-inquiry, yoga  practices, meditation, personal growth and she is the owner of Asha Yoga in Sacramento, CA. Her overall intention is to support people in living real life with wisdom, skill and Grace. For her, this looks like learning to breathe consciously, to question beliefs that argue with reality and are unkind to you or someone else. It looks like being honest, vulnerable, authentic, and keeping an open mind and an open heart while the joys and tribulations of life unfold. She writes for prominent yoga and wellness websites such as MindBodyGreen, elephant journal, and Yoganonymus, and also writes her own successful blog: Memo's From Your Highest Self.

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This event is FREE & all are welcome.

Saturday, September 20, 2014

Barbara Rhine reading & signing new novel 'Tell No Lies' - October 23

Time Tested Books
is pleased to present
Barbara Rhine
reading & signing her new book
Tell No Lies

Thursday, October 23rd, at 7:00pm

Tell No Lies is the story of three radical activists--a black militant on the run, a farm worker organizer, and a Berkeley feminist--who get caught in a love triangle during a huge United Farm Workers (UFW) march led by Cesar Chavez. During the largest agricultural strike in California history, author Barbara Rhine served as staff attorney for the UFW. She opened law offices in Stockton, Merced, Fresno and Delano, CA. Throughout the Second Wave of the feminist movement, she participated in a consciousness-raising group and other feminist activities in Berkeley. And from her college days to the present, the author has participated in civil rights causes. It is from these various milieus that Tell No Lies springs.

"Tell No Lies is a vivid account of the 1970s United Farmworkers Union. Read this novel to understand the dangers faced by organizers and all who worked with them."
--Dolores Huerta, UFW co-founder and Vice President

"In Barbara Rhine's finely-wrought Tell No Lies, she illuminates life on the run, with astonishing consequences for people of conscience and commitment when hope and history rhyme. With everything on the line, she shows us the edgy and intense spaces where love might best be proved."
--Bill Ayers, a leader of the Weather Underground; author of Public Enemy: Confessions of an American Dissident

"If you want to know what it's like to be a fugitive through no fault of your own--lonely, scared and then in love--read this book."
--Danny Glover, actor/activist

Barbara Rhine is a lawyer, activist and writer. She blogs on books and politics and is the author of the novella The Lowest Form of Animal Life. Her articles have appeared in the San Francisco Chronicle, Oakland Tribune, Contra Costa Times, and online at Counterpunch. She is a contributor to the poetry anthology From The Well of Living Waters (2011). During her college years she tutored in Woodlawn, got arrested with Marlon Brando in a CORE demonstration against segregated housing in Los Angeles, participated in Martin Luther King’s demonstrations in Skokie, and led a hunger strike to protest the War in Vietnam.

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This event is FREE & all are welcome.

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

William Burg on new book 'Midtown Sacramento: Creative Soul of the City' - August 28th

Time Tested Books
is pleased to present
William Burg
reading & signing his new book
Midtown Sacramento: Creative Soul of the City
Thursday, August 28th, at 7:00pm

Though once scheduled for demolition, Midtown Sacramento battled back to become the city’s geographic and cultural center--a beacon for offbeat artists, progressive thinkers and independent spirits. This eclectic neighborhood made history through social progress and artistic innovation. Through the hippie counterculture of the 1960s, the irreverent power of punk rock in the 1970s and ’80s and the social and political consciousness of Generation X in the 1990s and beyond, Midtown always led the way. Now Sacramento historian and Midtown resident William Burg tells the story of the diverse generations of Sacramentans who shaped this trailblazing neighborhood.

William Burg is the author of several books on Sacramento history, including Sacramento's Southside Park, Sacramento's K Street and Sacramento Renaissance. He has served as President of the Sacramento County Historical Society and the Sacramento Old City Association. He received an MA in Public History from California State University, Sacramento, and works as a historian for the State of California.

This event is FREE & all are welcome.

Friday, August 1, 2014

Josh Mathe on 'In the Footsteps of Greatness' - August 21st

We are pleased to present

Josh Mathe
reading & discussing 
his new book
In the Footsteps of Greatness

Thursday, August 21st, at 7:00pm

 "Josh set out on an epic run along the John Muir Trail, and has written a vivid, thoughtful, and moving account of what he went through.  Good days, bad days, beauty and pain, Josh brings the experience of a long-distance athlete to life with a personal touch that made me want to pull out my old maps and hiking boots and head for the hills."

Rob Lilwall
National Geographic adventurer and author of Cycling Home from Siberia

 Speaker, author, fitness expert, nutritionist, ultra endurance athlete, and life adventurer - Josh Mathe is passionate about squeezing every last drop from life, and helping others do the same.  Josh owns One10 Performance & Nutrition and serves at the Executive Director for the Sustainable Health Institute.  

This event is FREE and everyone is invited!

Monday, July 7, 2014

Cheryl Anne Stapp on 'The Stagecoach in Northern California' - August 14th

 We are pleased to present

Cheryl Anne Stapp

 Reading & Discussing her new book

 The Stagecoach in Northern California: 

Rough Rides, Gold Camps & Daring Drivers

Thursday, August 14th, at 7:00pm 


New England stagemen followed thousands of bedazzled gold rushers out west in 1849, carving out the first public overland transportation routes in California. Daring drivers like Hank Monk navigated treacherous terrain, while entrepreneurs such as James Birch, Jared Crandall and Louis McLane founded stagecoach companies traveling from Stockton to the Oregon border and over the formidable Sierra Nevada. Stagecoaches hauling gold from isolated mines to big-city safes were easy targets for highwaymen like Black Bart. Road accidents could end in disaster--coaches even tumbled down mountainsides. Journey back with author Cheryl Anne Stapp to an era before the railroad and automobile arrived and discover the wild history of stagecoach travel in California.

Cheryl Anne Stapp is the author of the award-winning Disaster & Triumph: Sacramento Women, Gold Rush Through the Civil War, and Sacramento Chronicles: A Golden Past. A graduate of California State University, Northridge, she is a member of the Sacramento and Elk Grove Historical Societies, volunteers as a docent at Sutter's Fort State Historic Park and maintains a website devoted to California history, "California's Olden Golden Days" at cherylannestapp.com.


This event is FREE and everyone is invited!


Sunday, July 6, 2014

Susan Moon on 'The Hidden Lamp: Stories from 25 Centuries of Awakened Women' - August 3rd

 We are pleased to present
Susan Moon
reading & discussing her new book

 The Hidden Lamp: 
Stories from Twenty-Five Centuries of Awakened Women
Sunday, August 3rd, at 3:30pm

The Hidden Lamp is a collection of one hundred koans and stories of Buddhist women from the time of the Buddha to the present day. This revolutionary book brings together many teaching stories that were hidden for centuries, unknown until this volume. These stories are extraordinary expressions of freedom and fearlessness, relevant for men and women of any time or place. In these pages we meet nuns, laywomen practicing with their families, famous teachers honored by emperors, and old women selling tea on the side of the road.

Each story is accompanied by a reflection by a contemporary woman teacher--personal responses that help bring the old stories alive for readers today--and concluded by a final meditation for the reader, a question from the editors meant to spark further rumination and inquiry. These are the voices of the women ancestors of every contemporary Buddhist.

Susan Moon is a writer, editor, and lay teacher in the Soto Zen tradition.  She is the author of a number of books about Buddhism, including the humor book The Life and Letters of Tofu Roshi and This Is Getting Old: Zen Thoughts on Aging with Humor and Dignity. For many years she was the editor of Turning Wheel, the journal of socially engaged Buddhism. Her short stories and essays have been published widely.

Sue has been a Zen student since 1976, practicing in the lineage of Suzuki Roshi at Berkeley Zen Center, Tassajara Zen Mountain Monastery, Green Gulch Farm, and now with Zoketsu Norman Fischer’s Everyday Zen sangha. She received “entrustment” as a lay teacher in 2005.
She is a serious student of photography and the mother of two grown sons and the grandmother of three granddaughters. She lives in Berkeley, California.

This event is FREE and everyone is invited!  

Thursday, July 3, 2014

Annette Kassis on 'Prohibition in Sacramento' - July 24th

We are pleased to present
Annette Kassis
reading & discussing her new book
Prohibition in Sacramento: Moralizers & Bootleggers
in the Wettest City in the Nation

Thursday, July 24th, at 7:00pm

We are pleased to present Annette Kassis for a reading, signing and discussion of her brand-new book Prohibition in Sacramento: Moralizers & Bootleggers in the Wettest City in the Nation (History Press). 

Sacramento's open opposition to Prohibition and ties to rumrunning up and down the California coast caused some to label the capital the "wettest city in the nation." The era from World War I until the repeal of the Eighteenth Amendment brought Sacramento storied institutions like Mather Field and delightful surprises like a thriving film industry--but it wasn't all pretty. The Ku Klux Klan, ethnic immigrant hatred and open hostility toward Catholics and Jews were dark chapters in the Prohibition era as Sacramento began to shape its modern identity. Join historian Annette Kassis for an exploration of this wet-and-dry snapshot of the River City.

Annette Kassis is an independent historian in the Sacramento area and author of Weinstock's: Sacramento's Finest Department Store (History Press, 2012). Formerly co-owner of the Sacramento-based advertising agency K&H Marketing, LLC, Annette currently works as the manager of consumer communications for the California Beef Council and serves on the board of the Sacramento History Foundation. She holds a master's degree in history from California State University, Sacramento.

This event is FREE & open to the public