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Tuesday, March 22, 2016

Thursday 4/28: Jan Haag presents 'EAT PRAY LOVE MADE ME DO IT'

Time Tested Books 
is pleased to present
Jan Haag
with Katie McCleary, Karin Erickson,
Deborah Meltvedt & Marie Reynolds
EAT PRAY LOVE MADE ME DO IT:
Life Journeys Inspired by the Bestselling Memoir
 Thursday, April 28th, 7:00pm
 
In the ten years since its electrifying debut, Elizabeth Gilbert's Eat Pray Love has become a worldwide phenomenon, empowering millions of readers to set out on paths they never thought possible. To celebrate the tenth anniversary of Eat Pray Love--and to answer her own burning question, “why was Eat Pray Love such a success?”--Gilbert invited her fans to share short essays about the role her story has played in their lives. Riverhead Books is proud to publish an anthology of the best of these true stories in EAT PRAY LOVE MADE ME DO IT: Life Journeys Inspired by the Bestselling Memoir. Curated from nearly 2,000 submissions, and featuring an introduction written by Elizabeth Gilbert, this candid and captivating collection highlights the adventures of nearly fifty readers--people as diverse in their experiences as they are in age and background.

Eat Pray Love helped one writer to embrace motherhood, another to come to terms with the loss of her mother, and yet another to find peace with not wanting to become a mother at all. One writer, reeling from a difficult divorce, finds new love overseas; another, a lifelong caregiver, is inspired to take an annual road trip, solo. A man leaves seminary, embraces his sexual identity, and forges a new relationship with God. One writer's search for the perfect pizza leads her to New Zealand and off-the-grid homesteading, while another, in overcoming an eating disorder, redefines her relationship not only with food but with herself. The journeys these writers recount are transformative--sometimes hilarious, sometimes heartbreaking, but always deeply inspiring. EAT PRAY LOVE MADE ME DO IT is a celebration for fans old and new, and a reminder of what has made Eat Pray Love such an enduring success.
 
JAN HAAG is a professor of journalism and English at Sacramento City College in the capital of California, where she also leads weekly writing groups encouraging people to trust their voices on the page. She is the author of Companion Spirit, a book of poetry about her late husband, and she has written two novels—one set in British Columbia and one in Sacramento.

This event is *FREE* and all are welcome.

Friday, February 19, 2016

Tuesday, May 3: Poet & Activist Jared Paul performs LIVE

Time Tested Books 
presents

 Internationally acclaimed poet and activist
Jared Paul
performing live

Tuesday, May 3rd at 7:00pm



Jared Paul is a writer, performance artist, and community organizer from Providence, RI. He is a two time Individual World Poetry Slam Finalist and an eight time coach of the Providence National Youth Slam Team, which placed second in the nation at Brave New Voices 2007.

Jared has toured throughout the U.S., Canada, and Europe, playing alongside acclaimed poets, musicians, journalists, and speakers such as Amy Goodman, Saul Williams, Our Lady Peace, Paul Hawken, Immortal Technique, Anti-Flag, and Atmosphere. His work appears in poetry collections and alternative teaching guides such as Write Bloody’s Learn Then Burn 2 and We Will Be Shelter, and UnCommon Core on Red Beard Press, as well as in the Providence Journal, Socialist Worker, Motif Magazine, Driftwood, The Agenda, and more.

He is a Tedx presenter, and has been a featured poet at South By Southwest music festival, the Greenbuild World Expo, Netroots Nation, Post Secret, and more. In January 2014, Jared was part of the largest protest-related class action settlement in U.S. history, Schiller v. City of New York, whereby after a decade of fighting, plaintiffs and the New York Civil Liberties Union defeated the NYPD and set precedent in Federal Court against the constitutionality of “Group Probable Cause.”

Suggested Donation = $5-7$
Everyone is invited.

Thursday, February 18, 2016

Thursday, May 12: Shaun Griffin presents 'Anthem For a Burnished Land'

Time Tested Books 
is pleased to present
Shaun Griffin
Thursday, May 12th, 7:00pm
Reading & Signing 
Anthem for a Burnished Land
 


Anthem for a Burnished Land is an engaging account of life in one of America’s most storied places, full of powerful insights into the town’s past and present and often moving stories about its varied residents. Griffin is one of the West’s highly admired poets, and his memoir reveals his brilliance as a memoirist and reporter of life on the rim of the Great Basin, one of the continent’s emptiest, most beautiful, and most threatened places.


Shaun T. Griffin is the co-founder and director of Community Chest, a rural social justice agency serving northwestern Nevada since 1991. Limberlost Press released Driving the Tender Desert Home (chapbook—poems) in 2014. He edited From Sorrow’s Well—The Poetry of Hayden Carruth, published by the University of Michigan Press in 2013. This Is What the Desert Surrenders: New and Selected Poems, came out from Black Rock Press in 2012. For over three decades, he and his wife Debby have lived in Virginia City.


This event is FREE and everyone is invited!





Rob Spillman in conversation with Jodi Angel on new memoir 'All Tomorrow's Parties' - April 8th

Time Tested Books 
is pleased to present
Rob Spillman
(founder of Tin House magazine)
in conversation with Jodi Angel
All Tomorrow's Parties
 Friday, April 8th, 7:00pm
 

From Rob Spillman, the award-winning, esteemed co-founder of Tin House magazine, comes ALL TOMORROW’S PARTIES, an intimate, spirited memoir of a rebellious young man's fierce pursuit of an artistic life and a portrait of a shifting Berlin in the midst of a cultural renaissance.

“If you’ve ever been young, in love, and desperate to live an authentic life, this book is for you: a ravishing memoir about a young man’s quest for art, meaning, and a place to call home.” 
Anthony Doerr, Pulitzer Prize-winning author of All the Light We Cannot See

Rob Spillman has devoted his life to the restless pursuit of artistic authenticity. Born in Germany to two driven musicians, his childhood was spent among the West Berlin cognoscenti, in a city two hundred miles behind the Iron Curtain. There, the Berlin Wall stood as a stark reminder of the split between East and West, suppressed dreams and freedom of expression.

After an unsettled youth moving between divorced parents in disparate cities, Spillman’s formative years as a teenager were shaped by reading Hunter S. Thompson and Ken Kesey and listening to everything from punk to the classical concert halls and festivals where his father was a well-respected pianist and composer. Spillman would eventually find his way into the literary world of New York City, only to abandon it to return to Berlin just months after the Wall came down. Twenty-five and newly married, Spillman and his wife moved to the anarchic streets of East Berlin in search of the bohemian lifestyle of their idols. But Spillman soon discovered he was chasing the one thing that had always eluded him: a place, or person, to call home.

The beginning of each chapter of ALL TOMORROW’S PARTIES is framed with a song—a literary mixtape ranging from Beethoven to Sonic Youth and back again—that provides a soundtrack to the action on the page. (We have created a Spotify playlist where readers can listen along at www.tinyurl.com/ATPspillman.) In his intimate, entertaining, and heartfelt memoir, Spillman narrates a colorful coming-of-age portrait of an artist’s life that is simultaneously a cultural exploration of Berlin in the throes of transformation, but drawn to human scale.

“The lively debut memoir by a Tin House magazine co-founding editor about growing up in West Berlin then returning as an adult to post-Soviet-era East Berlin to find artistic purpose.…Musically and culturally astute, this well-structured book is a delightful coming-of-age story couched within a travel narrative that deftly evokes one of the major historical moments of the 20th century. A richly detailed and always engaging memoir on artistic discovery.”
–Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

“Carefully wrought....a quest of roots and writerly authenticity—and his evocation of East Berlin’s last days is exquisite and revealing.” 
–Publishers Weekly (starred review)

“Rob Spillman's story of rarefied opera culture as a child, and East German nightlife an adult, is limpid and lively in its telling, and it covers fascinating ground. Spillman is endearing and frank in his various adventures in a way that kept reminding me of Griffin Dunne in the movie After Hours, except instead of winding up in Club Berlin, he finds himself in the real one.”
—Rachel Kushner, author of The Flamethrowers

*Rob will appear in conversation with Jodi Angel!

ROB SPILLMAN is editor of Tin House magazine and editorial advisor at Tin House Books. He was previously the monthly book columnist for Details magazine and contributes book reviews and essays to Salon and Bookforum. He has written for the Boston Review, GQ, Details, the New York Times Book Review, Rolling Stone, Spin, Sports Illustrated, Vanity Fair, and Vogue, among other magazines, newspapers, and online publications. He has also worked for Random House, Vanity Fair, and The New Yorker, and taught at various MFA programs, including Columbia University.

JODI ANGEL’s work has appeared in Tin House, Zoetrope: All-Story, and the Sycamore Review, among other publications and anthologies. Her collection You Only Get Letters From Jail was published by Tin House Books in 2013.




This event is *FREE* and all are welcome.

Tuesday, February 16, 2016

Steven M. Avella on 'Charles K. McClatchy and the Golden Era of American Journalism' - March 23rd

Time Tested Books 
is pleased to present
Steven M. Avella
for a reading & signing of his new book
CHARLES K. McCLATCHY AND THE
GOLDEN ERA OF AMERICAN JOURNALISM
 Wednesday, March 23rd, 7:00pm
 

Charles K. McClatchy was twenty-five when he inherited the Sacramento Bee from his father, and his ensuing career as the paper’s editor extended well beyond the newsroom. Until his death in 1936, McClatchy was a consistent advocate for progressive politics, a crusader for urban reform, a staunch isolationist, and a voice for Northern California. This biography explores his career as the long-time editor of the Bee in a work that weaves the history of Northern California with that of American newspapers.

"An original work that combines scholarly acumen with shrewd analysis. It will become the ‘go to’ book for anyone interested in the role of the press in California history from the late 19th century to the mid-20th century.”
—Bill Issel, San Francisco State University

“Avella’s research is first-rate. Certainly newspaper publishing has radically changed in the last decade, and it is fascinating to read what a single publisher could accomplish and the remarkable influence wielded by a newspaper when few alternatives existed.”
—Gary F. Kurutz, California State Library Foundation

Steven Avella is a professor of American history at Marquette University. A Sacramento native, he is the author of several works on the city, including Sacramento: Indomitable City; The Good Life: Sacramento’s Consumer Culture; and Sacramento and the Catholic Church: Shaping a Capital City.



This event is *FREE* and all are welcome.

Monday, February 15, 2016

Christian Kiefer reading/signing 'One Day Soon Time Will Have No Place Left to Hide' - March 16th

Time Tested Books 
is pleased to welcome back
Christian Kiefer
for a reading & signing of his new novella
ONE DAY SOON TIME WILL HAVE NO PLACE LEFT TO HIDE
 Wednesday, March 16th, 7:00pm
Renowned installation artist Frank Poole has embarked on his most ambitious project to date: an entire housing subdivision in the desert of Nevada, with every element painted stark white. By his side is his young wife Caitlin, his manager and confidante who keeps the volatile artist functioning from day to day. But as Frank grows increasingly anxious about his undertaking, Caitlin learns she is pregnant and begins to wonder what the future might hold for them both.

At turns funny, tragic, triumphant and harrowing, One Day Soon Time Will Have No Place Left to Hide is a documentary film in prose. Structured as a “kinoroman”--a novella-as-film-script-as-novella--the text explores the nature of art, of watching and of being watched, of life put on display, all the while focusing on the day-to-day existence of one couple as they work through the incendiary materials of their lives together.

Christian Kiefer is the author of the novels The Infinite Tides and The Animals and has been an active songwriter, musician and poet for a number of years. His work has recently appeared in Zyzzyva, Santa Monica Review, and Catamaran Literary Reader. He serves on the faculty of American River College in Sacramento and lives in the foothills of the Sierra Nevada with his family.



This event is *FREE* and all are welcome.

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Shawna Yang Ryan reading/signing new novel 'Green Island' - February 29th

Time Tested Books 
is proud to present
Shawna Yang Ryan
for a reading & signing of her new novel
GREEN ISLAND
 Monday, February 29th, 7:00pm
 
 
A stunning story of love, betrayal, and family, set against the backdrop of a changing Taiwan over the course of the twentieth century. . . .

February 28, 1947: Trapped inside the family home amid an uprising that has rocked Taipei, Dr. Tsai delivers his youngest daughter, the unnamed narrator of Green Island, just after midnight as the city is plunged into martial law. In the following weeks, as the Chinese Nationalists act to crush the opposition, Dr. Tsai becomes one of the many thousands of people dragged away from their families and thrown into prison. His return, after more than a decade, is marked by alienation from his loved ones and paranoia among his community—conflicts that loom over the growing bond he forms with his youngest daughter. Years later, this troubled past follows her to the United States, where, as a mother and a wife, she too is forced to decide between what is right and what might save her family—the same choice she witnessed her father make many years before.

As the novel sweeps across six decades and two continents, the life of the narrator shadows the course of Taiwan’s history from the end of Japanese colonial rule to the decades under martial law and, finally, to Taiwan’s transformation into a democracy. But, above all, Green Island is a lush and lyrical story of a family and a nation grappling with the nuances of complicity and survival, raising the question: how far would you be willing to go for the ones you love?

“[An] engrossing epic. . . Absorbing and affecting, this powerful tale explores the bond between a father and daughter, the compromises they are forced to make, and the prices they pay in their quest for freedom.” —Kristine Huntley, Booklist (starred)

 
SHAWNA YANG RYAN is a former Fulbright scholar and the author of one previous novel, Water Ghosts (originally published as Locke 1928)she teaches in the Creative Writing Program at the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa. Her short fiction has appeared in ZYZZYVA, The Asian American Literary Review, Kartika Review, and Berkeley Fiction Review. She lives in Honolulu.



This event is *FREE* and all are welcome.