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Monday, March 9, 2015

Thursday, April 2nd: Christian Kiefer on brand-new novel 'The Animals'

Time Tested Books
Christian Kiefer
reading & signing his brand-new novel
The Animals
Thursday, April 2nd, at 7:00pm

Christian Kiefer's taut new novel calls to mind the propulsive and atmospheric fiction of Smith Henderson in Fourth of July Creek or Richard Ford in Canada. A gripping exploration of violence and betrayal set against the repercussions of a toxic childhood friendship, The Animals examines the possibility--or impossibility--of escaping one's natural instinct.

Bill Reed is by all appearances a caretaker: in particular to a menagerie of misfit animals (wolf, bear, and raptors) in a wildlife sanctuary he manages in remote northern Idaho. It's a quiet life, carefully cultivated. But when his childhood friend--and former partner in crime--is released from prison, ready to burn Bill's second chance to the ground in revenge, his tranquil present is suddenly threatened by the years that came before.

In chiseled prose beautifully at odds with the harsh, volatile world he evokes, Kiefer explores his subjects--the animals, men, and their secluded environment--with tender and unflinching empathy. Bill's animals, like these men, are wild but caged, unnerving in their brute strength but still worthy of love. A compulsive read, The Animals traces the stories of these wounded men alongside the precarious fate of the animal refuge until the two crash together in a shimmering, vicious conclusion--finally mirroring one another to perfection.

Join us for an evening with one of our favorite novelists!

Christian Kiefer lives in the foothills of the Sierra Nevada with his family and teaches writing at American River College in Sacramento. A musician and poet, he is also the author of the novel The Infinite Tides.

 This event is FREE and everyone is invited.

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Thursday, February 12, 2015

Daniel Arnold's 'Snowblind: Stories of Alpine Obsession' - March 19th

Time Tested Books
is pleased to present author
Daniel Arnold
reading & signing his new book
Snowblind: Stories of Alpine Obsession
Thursday, March 19th, at 7:00pm

In this powerful collection, veteran travel writer and adventurer Daniel Arnold brings to life the stories of the men and women whose lives are defined by the call of the mountain. From varied backgrounds with diverse perspectives, the characters that populate Snowblind don’t feel quite whole until they’ve reached the summit of some of the world’s most dangerous peaks--an obsession that most of us just can’t fathom.

A young climber walks a hotel hallway passing rooms filled with things but no people--rucksacks, jackets, sleeping bags, crampons, and ice screws strewn across the beds and floors. Later he will explain to his fellow climbers what it’s like to take off his harness and leave his fallen partner to die alone in a blizzard. Another climber, isolated and alone in the mountains, calculates the risks of walking back to civilization after her pilot doesn’t arrive for their scheduled pickup. It’s the seemingly quiet moments like these in Arnold’s retellings that create such a satisfying tension.

Snowblind is a dose of old-world adventure writing made modern for a new generation fascinated by the mystique of climbing. For both serious climbers and those who may never use a pair of crampons, the thrill of these stories, complete with triumphs and tragedies, makes for incredible vicarious experience.

Daniel Arnold is the author of the nonfiction books From Salt to Summit and Early Days in the Range of Light. His work has appeared in Rock and Ice, Zyzzyva, The Mountain Gazette, and elsewhere. He lives in Sonora, California, with his wife and son.
 This event is FREE and everyone is invited.

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Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Jared Paul Live! - February 6th

 Time Tested Books 
is pleased to welcome back
 renowned performance poet, activist and educator
Jared Paul 
Friday, February 6th, 2015 at 7:00pm

Jared Paul is 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. Having toured throughout the U.S., Canada, and Europe, playing alongside acclaimed poets, musicians, journalists, and speakers such as Amy Goodman, Saul Williams, Sage Francis, Our Lady Peace, Paul Hawken, Immortal Technique, Anti-Flag, and Atmosphere, Jared is widely recognized as one of the premiere performance poets in the world. His work appears in poetry collections and alternative teaching guides such as Write Bloody’s forthcoming Learn Then Burn anthology, and, UnCommon Core, on Red Beard Press, as well as in the Providence Journal, Socialist Worker, The Agenda, 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.

Jerry Levy's 'The Third Coming: Marx Returns' - February 4th

Time Tested Books
is pleased to present
playwright Jerry Levy
performing his new sequel to
Howard Zinn's one-man play Marx in Soho,
The Third Coming: Marx Returns

Wednesday, February 4th, at 7:00pm

Embodying the persona of Karl Marx is an easy leap for Levy, a recently retired sociology professor at Marlboro College. The likeness between the two is uncanny, especially when Levy is in costume. Levy explains that performing Marx In Soho (Howard Zinn's one-man, one-act play) more than 250 times in the last decade has given him special insight into the iconic social and political thinker: “In the process I probably learned more about Karl Marx than in the over 40 years I taught his work as a sociologist.”

Continuing on the themes Zinn raised about Marx’s relationship between his ideas, life, and character, Levy recently completed The Third Coming: Marx Returns. The play imagines Marx convincing “the Committee” to send him back to Earth again, but now to modern-day Brattleboro, Vermont. “A lot has happened in 23 years. What might Marx have to say about Vermont?” Levy asked.

Join us for a special performance of the play (Levy's only scheduled appearance in the Sacramento area), followed by a discussion and Q&A. Donations will be accepted.

Jerry Levy has been acting in and occasionally directing productions with Acting On Impulse Theatre Company, The Actor’s Theatre Playhouse, Vermont Theater Company, Elm City Players and productions at Marlboro College (where he taught sociology) since moving to Vermont in 1975. Among his favorite productions are Death of a Salesman, 12 Angry Men and The Philanderer. For many years he has been touring Howard Zinn’s Marx in Soho in North America and Europe. In 2011, after much dedication, Jerry Levy added another solo show to his tour: Wallace Shawn’s THE FEVER. Most recently he co-directed a staged reading of Ibsen’s Rosmersholm with Rupa Cousins.

This event is FREE & all are welcome.

Saturday, November 29, 2014

Need easy gifts for all the book lovers in your life?

Time Tested Books is proud to present our unique take on the gift certificate. We call them Time Tested Bucks, and you can put different denominations together in any amount for a clever, individualized gift suitable for any occasion.

Time Tested Bucks can be used to purchase new or used books and records, and can be applied to special orders. They are available in $50, $20, $10, $5, $2, and $1 denominations, each featuring an original drawing of a literary legend rendered by local artist Miriam Davis.

Stuff a stocking, tuck some into a birthday card, or slip them into books when you pass them along... Good book karma :)

$50 James Joyce

Gift certificates are good for the purchase of 

new or used books and records, and they can be

applied to special orders.

$20 Joan Didion

$10 Toni Morrison

You can make your gift certificate purchase in the store, or call us and we can process your order over the phone.

You can also purchase gift certificates using Paypal (see below). We'll mail them directly to whomever you choose....

$5 Emily Dickinson

$2 Mark Twain

$1 Leo Tolstoy


Friday, November 28, 2014

Reading/signing with Kristian Williams - December 15th

Time Tested Books 
is pleased to present

Kristian Williams

Reading & Signing his latest book

Fire the Cops!
Monday, December 15th, at 7:00pm

Kristian Williams has written extensively about policing and state
violence, most recently in the collection Fire the Cops!  His other works
include Our Enemies in Blue: Police and Power in America, American
Methods: Torture and the Logic of Domination, and Hurt: Notes on Torture in a Modern Democracy

 This event is FREE and everyone is invited.

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Thursday, October 9, 2014

Reading/signing with Yon Walls & Cori Martinez - November 13

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: Memos From Your Highest Self.

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This event is FREE & all are welcome.