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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

Saturday, June 21, 2014

Ad Lumen Press 3-way book launch! - July 10th

Time Tested Books 
are pleased to present
Daniel Rounds, Jason Sinclair Long,
and Lois Ann Abraham
Thursday, July 10th, 7:00pm

 American River College’s Ad Lumen Press proudly releases three new books this summer--from fiction writer Lois Ann Abraham, microfiction writer Jason Sinclair Long, and poet Daniel Rounds. Join us at Time Tested Books for the launch of these three exciting new books and literary voices. The authors will read from their work and sign books.

Lois Ann Abraham ~ Circus Girl & Other Stories 
A little girl discovers the power of the creative impulse. A woman remembers her first confusing sexual encounter. An aging flower child travels to Mexico to save her daughter. A baby is born with blue feet. A man ponders his ex-wife's last word. Those who live in the pages of CIRCUS GIRL & OTHER STORIES are seeking—wisely or foolishly, successfully or vainly—to make sense of their lives and to become more completely themselves. For some, the self-examined life leads deeper into darkness; others find the crack in their universe that lets the light in.

Jason Sinclair Long ~ Tiny Giants: 101 Stories Under 101 Words 
After the birth of his first child, dramatist, fiction writer, and former Blue Man Group member Jason Sinclair Long set out to write one piece of microfiction every day for a year. Tiny Giants collects the very best of those pieces. A genre-jumping, maniacal look at love, loneliness, joy, despair, terror, and laugh-out-loud humor, Long's work is a study in brevity and a firm claim that a perfect story can ultimately be told with a scant handful of words.

Daniel Rounds ~ some distant lateral present
Contemporary history, mathematics, and human agency. Possibility, potentiality, and human subjectivity. What makes a world real, knowableeven, in some sense, meaningful? What are the sources and limits of our ability to know and direct ourselves? Is emancipation possible? And what is desire? How does it make one feel? How does it map the transversals of our days? Poet Daniel Rounds doesn’t provide any answers to these questions, but these themes are ever-present in his work. His is a poetry of human affect subjected to measurement and quantity. Inspired by the continental philosophy and social theory of scholars like Deleuze, Badiou, and Agamben, some distant lateral present is poetry as intellectual, emotional, and phenomenological argument, challenging the reader by disturbing given categories and shared social imagery. 

The event is on Thursday, July 10th, at 7:00pm, and is FREE & open to the public.

Thursday, May 22, 2014

Jared Paul LIVE! - June 12th

 Time Tested Books 
is pleased to present
 renowned performance poet, activist and educator
Jared Paul 
Thursday, June 12th at 7 p.m.
Touring the U.S. in support of his latest release:

Jared Paul Live!
a Greatest Hits record of his best known poetry pieces
and sharing work for his upcoming book!

As a Performance Poet:

Having toured internationally in over 200 cities throughout the United States, Canada, and Europe playing alongside legendary poets, musicians, journalists, and speakers such as Amy Goodman, Saul Williams, Bill Clinton, Sage Francis, Our Lady Peace, Paul Hawken, Jello Biafra, Immortal Technique, Anti-Flag, Atmosphere, The Misfits and many others, Jared is widely recognized as one of the premiere  performance poets in the world. 

His work has been featured on the Canadian Broadcast Company program, “Zed TV,” as well as in CMJ Magazine and The Providence Journal. Jared is a two time Individual World Poetry Slam Finalist and has been a featured poet at the Greenbuild International Conference & Expo, the Post Secret national book tour, South By Southwest Music Festival, and Net Roots Nation. He was also the headlining act for the 2009 Karl Wilhelm Diefenbach grand opening at the nationally acclaimed Villa Stuck gallery in Munich, Germany.


With over a decade of anti-war/animal rights/environmental protection organizing and a storied career laden with protest arrests, Jared Paul has become somewhat of a contemporary folk hero within the underground American counter-culture. His most notable run-in with the law happened during the 2008 Republican National Convention, where Jared was the victim of a mass arbitrary arrest. Fans and supporters jumped to action via online fundraisers and live benefit shows, through which an attorney was hired and the case was eventually dropped. His Conspiracy To Riot creative non-fiction series was published by the Providence quarterly periodical The Agenda and Strange Famous Records.  As an organizer, he has been the subject of interview, story, or photo for major media outlets such as NPR, WPRO, WPRI, NBC RI, ABC RI, CBS RI, The New York Times, The Denver Post, The Minneapolis StarTribune, and many more.


Jared is an artist in residence at AS220, the award winning Rhode Island arts collective dedicated to providing unjuried spaces for local and national artists since 1985. He is the founder and an 8 time coach of the Providence National Youth Poetry Slam Team, assisting and encouraging Rhode Island youth to seize the reins of performance art since 2001. Under Jared's direction Team Providence advanced to finals stage at The Brave New Voices International Youth Poetry Festival in 2004, 2006 and 2007. Jared has facilitated performance poetry and directaction workshops at festivals, conferences, universities, prep schools, youth correctional facilities, public schools, and writer's groups across America.

Doors:  7 p.m.
Cost:  Suggested Donation of $3-$7