1114 21st Street (between L & K streets)
Sacramento, CA 95811 // USA
Phone: 916-447-5696
Email: info@timetestedbooks.net

Store Hours:
11 a.m.- 7 p.m. Mon- Sat.
11 a.m.- 3 p.m. Sun
(We're usually open late for 2nd Saturday)

Monday, February 1, 2016

Wednesday 2/17: Former Capitol staffer Jimmy Lewis presents new memoir 'Listening to the Jar Flies'

Time Tested Books 
is pleased to welcome
Jimmy R. Lewis
reading & signing his new memoir
Listening to the Jar Flies:
Growing Up in Wheaton and Rocky Comfort
 Wednesday, February 17th, 7:00pm

During his 33 years as a Sacramento Bee reporter, staffer for Assembly Speaker Willie Brown, the state treasurer's office and the State Building & Construction Trades Council, Jimmy Lewis often regaled his friends and associates with tales of the characters he knew as a country boy in the Missouri Ozarks. Now in retirement, Lewis has brought these "country-smart" individuals to life with a fascinating book of short stories that chronicles the lives of the colorful folk who lived in or near Wheaton and Rocky Comfort, Missouri.

Those two little towns may have appeared to be sleepy villages in the mid-twentieth century, but they were home to an aging former cowboy who years earlier had bested Old West legend Tom Horn in a knife fight; a faith-healing preacher who sought converts as a four-foot bullsnake slithered around his shoulders, and an air force fighter pilot who narrowly averted firing a missile that could have started World War III.

BlueInk Review comments: "In this delightful memoir, Jimmy R. Lewis does for the Ozarks what Garrison Keillor does for Lake Wobegon. Lewis has compiled an appealing and enduring love letter to Midwestern small town life of yesterday."

Clarion Review, which gave Jar Flies five out of five stars, caught the flavor of Lewis's book when it stated: "Lewis is a talented storyteller. Reading these accounts is like being at a family reunion, hearing lively tales--preferably told outdoors in late summer, with the...jar flies, or cicadas, buzzing in the trees."

Jimmy R. Lewis earned a journalism degree from the University of Missouri. He worked as a newspaper reporter and was a staffer for the U.S. Senate and the California Legislature. Lewis and his wife Jan live in Fair Oaks.

This event is *FREE* and all are welcome. 
(Light refreshments will be served)

Wednesday 3/16: Christian Kiefer reading/signing 'One Day Soon Time Will Have No Place Left to Hide'

Time Tested Books 
is proud to present
Christian Kiefer
for a reading & signing of his new novella
 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.

Tuesday, December 22, 2015

Sacramento Poetry Center presents: 'Tule Review' poets - January 28th

Time Tested Books & Sacramento Poetry Center
Tule Review Poets
Thursday, January 28th, 7:00pm

Women have not only staffed Tule Review, but they also make up a huge part of the creative output of Tule's twenty plus year history, having written many of the poems contained within the publication's pages. A female touch is also often clear in the artwork, layout, or design.

Featured readers at this event include TR founders Julia Connor and Mary Zeppa (Patrick Grizzell was the third founder). Other readers include women published in the latest issue, including prize winning poets Nanci Woody, Sibilla Hershey, and Judith Chibante. Past and present staff members, such as long time editor Linda Jackson Collins and Jack Kerouac prize finalist Laura Martin will join in with a reading of their own work. Some of the best work of TR past issues will be read by poets and contributing writers Sue Staats and Carlena Wike.

The event is FREE. There will be light refreshments provided before the reading, which commences at 7:00pm. No ticket is required for admission.

Pick up your copy of Tule Review at this event for only $10.00.

More info on facebook

Harvey Schwartz presents 'Building the Golden Gate Bridge' - January 21st

Time Tested Books 
is pleased to welcome back
Harvey Schwartz
reading/signing/discussing his new book
Building the Golden Gate Bridge:
A Workers' Oral History
 Thursday, January 21st, 7:00pm

Moving beyond the familiar accounts of politics and the achievements of celebrity engineers and designers, Building the Golden Gate Bridge is the first book to primarily feature the voices of the workers themselves. This is the story of survivors who vividly recall the hardships, hazards, and victories of constructing the landmark span during the Great Depression.

Labor historian Harvey Schwartz has compiled oral histories of nine workers who helped build the celebrated bridge. Their powerful recollections chronicle the technical details of construction, the grueling physical conditions they endured, the small pleasures they enjoyed, and the gruesome accidents some workers suffered. The result is an evocation of working-class life and culture in a bygone era.

Most of the bridge builders were men of European descent, many of them the sons of immigrants. Schwartz also interviewed women: two nurses who cared for the injured and tolerated their antics, the wife of one 1930s builder, and an African-American ironworker who toiled on the bridge in later years. These powerful stories are accompanied by stunning photographs of the bridge under construction.

An homage to both the American worker and the quintessential San Francisco landmark, Building the Golden Gate Bridge expands our understanding of Depression-era labor and California history and makes a unique contribution to the literature of this iconic span.

HARVEY SCHWARTZ is curator of the Oral History Collection, International Longshore and Warehouse Union Library, San Francisco. He is the author of Solidarity Stories: An Oral History of the ILWU.

This event is FREE & everyone is invited.

Monday, December 21, 2015

Simon Read's 'Winston Churchill Reporting: Adventures of a Young War Correspondent' - January 14th

Time Tested Books 
is pleased to present 
Simon Read
reading/signing/discussing his new book
Winston Churchill Reporting:
Adventures of a Young War Correspondent
Thursday, January 14th, 7:00pm

His World War II reputation is legendary—resolute, dogged and optimistic. His wartime image is iconic—scowling, cigar-chomping, and whisky fortified. But the Churchill we know in his 60s was forged in his 20s, when he went to war as a correspondent—and ended up in the fight.

Based on his private letters and wartime dispatches, Winston Churchill Reporting: Adventures of a Young War Correspondent reveals Churchill as an ambitious young journalist in the center of ferocious combat where he established his reputation—not only as a talented reporter, but also as a daring, brave, and fearsome soldier. In this edge-of-your-seat, slice-of-life biography, author Simon Read skillfully weaves Churchill’s earliest wartime adventures with his lively reporting from the battlefield. Here Churchill gets his taste for war and hones his talent for language.

Between 1895 and 1900, Churchill covered the wars of the British colonial empire, from the jungles of Cuba to the mountain passes in India’s North-West frontier, from the desert valley of the Sudan to the veld of South Africa. With an enthusiasm for soldiering, the young reporter always found his way to the battle front.

Winston Churchill Reporting details an often-ignored, but vastly formative time in Churchill’s life. It was during this time that the man who would soon become an emblematic global figure mastered his command of the English language, developed his steady character, and solidified himself as one of our most tenacious statesmen.

Simon Read is an award-winning reporter and the author of seven previous books. He has written for the San Francisco Chronicle and Publishers Weekly. He lives in Northern California.

This event is FREE & everyone is invited.

Monday, November 30, 2015

Gift Certificates? No... TIME TESTED BUCKS!!

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


Wednesday, November 11, 2015

Abe J. Sass reading & signing poetry collection 'We're All in this Together' - November 12th

Time Tested Books
is pleased to present
Abe J. Sass
reading/signing/discussing his new book 
We're All in This Together
Thursday, November 12th, 7:00pm

Abe Sass grew up in New York City’s Chelsea neighborhood before it was cool. The son of an immigrant garment worker Abe learned about social justice, equal rights and the struggles of the working poor through her militancy and the actions of her friends.

Abe has a Master’s degree in Social Work from Columbia University and before going into private practice worked for many years with patients in mental health settings and substance-abuse treatment centers.

After moving to Sacramento with his wife Rivkah, Abe began writing poetry. Abe’s poems travel through time, capturing his childhood, his involvement with the civil rights movement, his work as a clinical social worker and his day-to-day experiences. 

This event is FREE and everyone is invited.