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Thursday, August 18, 2016

David Kulczyk: "California's Deadliest Women" Sept. 8th @ 7 p.m.

 Time Tested Books 
is proud to present
David Kulczyk
Reading & Signing
California's Deadliest Women
Thursday, September 8th, 7:00pm 


We like to think of women as nurturers, not murderers, but women do kill. California’s Deadliest Women is the definitive guide to the murderesses of the Golden State, a horrifying compendium of women driven to kill by jealousy, greed, desperation, or their own inner demons. From Brynn Hartman, who killed her husband, comedian Phil Hartman, to chemist Larissa Shuster, who dissolved her husband in acid, to dominatrix Omaima Aree Nelson, who cooked and ate her husband, the 28 women profiled in California’s Deadliest Women show that the fairer sex can be as evil―and as deadly―as any man.

About the Author:  

David Kulczyk (pronounced Coal-check) is a Sacramento-based crime historian. He was born in Bay City, Michigan, in 1958, and grew up in nearby Linwood. He spent his twenties as a musician, his thirties as a bike messenger, his forties making money, and his fifties writing books. His work has appeared in The SF Guardian, The East Bay Express, Madison Magazine, Maximum Ink Music Magazine, Pop Culture Press, the Seattle Times and the Sacramento News and Review. Kulczyk has written three other books, “California Justice: Shootouts, Lynchings and Assassinations in the Golden State,” “Death In California: The Bizarre, Freakish, and Just Curious Ways People Die in the Golden State,” and “California’s Fruits, Flakes and Nuts: True Tales of California Crazies, Crackpots and Creeps.” He has a B.A. in History from California State University, Sacramento.

Illustrator Olaf Jens was born in Vlijmen, The Netherlands. He studied art at Artibus in Utrecht, and at the Koninklijke Academie voor Kunst en Vormgeving in Den Bosch. Over the years his work has graced in various magazines, newspapers, posters, and LPs from numerous record labels, including Crypt, Sellwood, Amok, Coffee Addict, Southern Routes, Trailer Park, and Slovenly Records. He currently lives in Grass Valley, California.

This event is FREE and everyone is welcome!  

Tuesday, July 5, 2016


*July* 2016

Our ever-popular HOT SALE is back for 2016!

On every day that is officially forecast at 100+ degrees, everything on our shelves is 20% off our sticker price! (All day.) That's new books, second-hand books, out-of-print books, records, rare books, kids books--everything: if it's on the shelf, it's on sale. Come brave the heat for hot deals on cool stuff!

Thursday, May 12, 2016

Kate Carroll de Gutes: 'Objects In Mirror Are Closer Than They Appear' - June 16th

 Time Tested Books 
is proud to welcome
Kate Carroll de Gutes
Reading & Signing
Thursday, June 16, 7:00pm

  Kate Carroll de Gutes is the author of Objects In Mirror Are Closer Than They Appear, winner of the 2016 Oregon Book Award in creative nonfiction and a finalist for the Lambda Literary Award.  You can learn more about Kate and signup for her critically acclaimed blog, 
“The Authenticity Experiment,” by texting the word "authentic" to 66-866.

This event is FREE and everyone is invited. 

Saturday, February 20, 2016

Shaun Griffin presents 'Anthem For a Burnished Land' - May 12th

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!

Friday, February 19, 2016

Poet & Activist Jared Paul performs LIVE - May 3rd

Time Tested Books 

 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

Jan Haag presents 'EAT PRAY LOVE MADE ME DO IT' - April 28th

Time Tested Books 
is pleased to present
Jan Haag
with Katie McCleary, Karin Erickson,
Deborah Meltvedt & Marie Reynolds
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.

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.