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Thursday, June 25, 2015

Summer 2015: Our HOT SALE returns!

*June* 2015

Well Sacramento, we have a good news>>bad news>>good news situation. The good news? We're bringing back last summer's wildly popular HOT SALE on 100+ degree days! The bad news is that it's already hitting 100+ degrees in Sac... Which leads to more good news: we're already activating the 2015 HOT SALE!

On every day that is officially forecasted 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!

Saturday, April 18, 2015

Elizabeth Varadan presents 'Imogene and the Case of the Missing Pearls' - April 29th

Time Tested Books presents
Elizabeth Varadan
reading & signing her brand-new novel
Imogene and the Case of the Missing Pearls
Wednesday, April 29th, at 7:00pm

In Imogene and the Case of the Missing Pearls, a day after Imogene's obnoxious step-cousins pay a visit, her mother's pearls go missing. When Sherlock Holmes is called in, Imogene, harboring a secret desire to become a detective, sees her chance to learn from the master himself.

Sherlock Holmes finds a plucky protégé in Imogene! The story is a true Victorian whodunit, our young heroine surrounded by a list of colorful suspects: her conniving cousin, a temperamental governess, the elderly butler, to name a few. Readers will love tracking down clues, collecting evidence alongside Imogene, and will cheer when the handcuffs are placed on the unlikely culprit. An engaging mystery for young readers! --Barbara Mariconda, author of The Voyage of Lucy P. Simmons, Edgar winner and National Book Award finalist

An artful blend of mystery and friendship, The Case of the Missing Pearls introduces readers to life in 19th century London and Sherlock Holmes' engaging young assistant and apprentice detective. --Marissa Moss, author of Mira's Diary: Lost in Paris, Jabberwocky and other historicals

Of all the new and interesting partners Sherlock Holmes is finding these days, a ten year-old aspiring detective named Imogene is the most charming. Elizabeth Varadan creates an inquisitive and capable Everygirl, whose adventures, when she sets out to recover her mother's purloined pearls, expand her knowledge of her family, her future, and herself. A well-etched Victorian London setting permits Imogene to confront social differences as well as danger, and Holmes himself is the icing on this tasty mystery cake of Varadan's and Imogene's construction. --Carole Nelson Douglas, New York Times Notable author of Good Night, Mr. Holmes


 This event is FREE & everyone is invited.

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Friday, April 17, 2015

Legendary producer David Singleton brings "The Vicar" to Sacramento - April 27th

Time Tested Books
is pleased to host
David Singleton:"The Vicar"
appearing, lecturing, inspiring, provoking, moving on.... 
Monday, April 27th, at 7:00pm

David Singleton, the music producer, has worked with some of the best British avant garde artists, including King CrimsonRobert Fripp & Brian EnoDavid Sylvian (Japan) and John Paul Jones (Led Zeppelin). A leading innovator, he has been at the forefront of developments in music DVD, music downloads and high resolution surround sound, as well as the field of artists’ rights, for which DGM Ltd, the label he co-founded with Robert Fripp, is rightly feted.

His latest project, The Vicar, is the convergence of all that experience. It has been described as a “groundbreaking multimedia satire on the music industry,” a heady brew encompassing novels, graphic novels, videos, social media and, of course, music.

Under the title “The Power to Believe,” Singleton gives a unique insight into what it takes to change a dream into a reality – a fascinating ten-year journey of promises from the great and the good, false dawns, disillusionment and dogged determination. Almost as much intrigue as the stories themselves. An inspiring story for any of us who aspire to realise our own dreams, in whatever field.

For more information about David, see his Wikipedia entries here:

For more information about DGM Ltd and its artists: http://dgmlive.com/

FREE event! Everyone's invited!

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Monday, March 9, 2015

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

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.
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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.