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Sacramento, CA 95811 // USA
phone: 916-447-5696
email: info@timetestedbooks.net

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Wednesday, March 18, 2020

Time to catch up on that to-read pile...

It is with major regret (but also serious consideration) that we announce this: Time Tested Books is closed to browsing--for now!--while we wait for this COVID-19 nightmare to run its course….

MEANWHILE: We'll be taking orders by phone (916-447-5696) and/or email (info@timetestedbooks.net), and we’ll be offering FREE shipping where possible. (We can also arrange delivery and/or pickup options: just ask!)

Really, folks: stay home, read books, wash your hands and take care of each other.💞

Friday, March 13, 2020

Don't panic! BUT...


Monday, January 13, 2020

Looking for a great gift..?

Time Tested Bucks make great gifts! 😉

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... (Click here to purchase online.)

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 Sacramento 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 (click here). We'll mail them directly to whomever you choose....

$5 Emily Dickinson

$2 Mark Twain


Monday, January 6, 2020

Elizabeth Varadan reading/signing 'Deadly Vintage' - January 19th

Time Tested Books 
is pleased to welcome back
Elizabeth Varadan
reading / signing / Q&A
Deadly Vintage

Sunday, January 19th, 3:00pm
Elizabeth Varadan’s latest thriller is a classic whodunit murder mystery. Carla Bass, an interior decorator and wannabe sleuth, moves to Braga, Portugal for her husband’s career. When a nervous wine seller accidentally slips a bottle of Port into Carla’s bag, she later attempts to return it to him--only to find his body slumped behind the counter. Unable to leave the country, Carla must crack the case herself before she becomes the next victim of the criminal conspiracy.

“This is a fine tale of mayhem and the setting is almost palpable, a heartfelt look at Portugal, plus the glorious tastes, including a tawny Port.  For a tense, twisty mystery and a sample of Portugal, Deadly Vintage hits all the taste buds!”
--Michele Drier, author of The Kandesky Vampire Chronicles and The Stained Glass Mysteries

“With straightforward prose and a compelling main character, Deadly Vintage is a solid mystery for anyone who enjoys good storytelling told right.”
--Mark Noce, author of the Queen Branwen series

Elizabeth Varadan is a former teacher who writes children’s fiction, poetry, and adult mysteries. She is a fan of both Sherlock Holmes and Edgar Allan Poe. (“The Raven” is one of her favorite poems.) Her previous stories and flash fiction have appeared in several literary magazines. Imogene and the Case of the Missing Pearls, a middle grade mystery featuring Sherlock Holmes, was published in 2015 by MX Publishing. Her short story, “Kidnapped” was included in the 2016 Sherlock Holmes-related story collection, Beyond Watson, by Belanger Books, and in 2018, Belanger Books published her children’s book Carnival of the Animals. A new story, “What the Raven Knew,” involving both Poe and Holmes, will be included in a forthcoming story collection by Belanger Books.

Deadly Vintage, released in November 2019 by Belanger Books, is her first cozy mystery for adults and is set in Braga, Portugal, a city she and her husband travel to frequently.

This event is FREE & all are welcome

Thursday, September 26, 2019

John Freeman & Christian Kiefer - November 26th

Time Tested Books 
is pleased to welcome back
John Freeman in conversation with Christian Kiefer

Dictionary of the Undoing

Tuesday, November 26th, 7:00pm

For John Freeman—literary critic, essayist, editor, poet, “one of the preeminent book people of our time” (Dave Eggers)—it is the rare moment when words are not enough. But in the wake of the election of 2016, words felt useless, even indulgent. Action was the only reasonable response. He took to the streets in protest, and the sense of community and collective conviction felt right. But the assaults continued—on citizens’ rights and long-held compacts, on the core principles of our culture and civilization, and on our language itself. Words seemed to be losing the meanings they once had and Freeman was compelled to return to their defense. The result is his Dictionary of the Undoing.

From A to Z, “Agitate” to “Zygote,” Freeman assembled the words that felt most essential, most potent, and began to build a case for their renewed power and authority, each word building on the last. The message that emerged was not to retreat behind books, but to emphatically engage in the public sphere, to redefine what it means to be a literary citizen.

With an afterword by Valeria Luiselli, Dictionary of the Undoing is a necessary, resounding cri de coeur in defense of language, meaning, and our ability to imagine, describe, and build a better world.

“All [of John Freeman’s] projects feel like an invitation to enter into a polyphonic, multi-voiced conversation with other minds. Dictionary of the Undoing is no different. It is a book that makes you think, then rethink. It invites you to engage with it, to refute it, to contribute to it.” —VALERIA LUISELLI

Freeman's: California
Freeman's is the brainchild of literary critic and writer John Freeman. Collecting fiction, essays, and poetry from some of the best-known writers around the world and from new voices, Freeman's is a cross between a journal and an anthology--essential for any reader of modern writing.

A stunning tribute to his home state, Freeman's: California gathers work from some of the world's best storytellers, including Tommy Orange, Rabih Alameddine, and Rachel Kushner. This issue also includes shorts by Yiyun Li and Jaime Cortez, poetry by Mai Der Vang and Maggie Millner, fiction by Karen Tei Yamashita, and nonfiction from Reyna Grande and Geoff Dyer. Like Granta's Chicago issue, California paints a vivid portrait of our most populous state, rebuilding after a series of fires and droughts and making a home for a community of writers from around the world.

John Freeman is the editor of Freeman's, a literary annual of new writing. His books include How to Read a Novelist and The Tyranny of E-mail, as well as Tales of Two Americas, an anthology of new writing about inequality in the U.S. today. Maps, his debut collection of poems, was published in 2017. His work has been translated into more than twenty languages and has appeared in The New Yorker, The Paris Review, and The New York Times. The former editor of Granta and one-time president of the National Book Critics Circle, he is currently Artist-in-Residence at New York University. (J.F. photo by Deborah Treisman)

Christian Kiefer is the author of the novels Phantoms (Liveright 2019), The Animals (Liveright 2015), and The Infinite Tides (Bloomsbury 2013), and has been an active songwriter, musician, and poet for a number of years. His work has appeared in Zyzzyva, Santa Monica Review, and Catamaran Literary Reader amongst others. 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 & all are welcome

Sunday, May 26, 2019

Comedian Nina G presents new memoir 'Stutterer Interrupted' - September 5th

Time Tested Books
is proud to present
Nina G
Stutterer Interrupted:
The Comedian Who Almost Didn't Happen
reading / signing / Q&A
Thursday, September 5th, 7:00pm

In her book Stutterer Interrupted: The Comedian Who Almost Didn’t Happen, Nina G challenges the status quo of how people who stutter are perceived onstage and off. She substitutes the negative emotions of shame, denial and isolation with pride, acceptance, and community.

As a child Nina had a dream of becoming a comedian, but never thought she’d be able to go on stage and make people laugh. Her story is about how stuttering caused her to first abandon her dreams, then to embark on a journey culminating in a career as one of the few stuttering stand-up comedians working today. Nina has learned that the issues that impact people with disabilities impact everyone. She hopes her book will not only entertain, but inform those who don’t understand the experience of people who stutter, and help those that do.

On stage she encounters the occasional heckler, but offstage she is often confronted with people's comments on her stuttering. Listeners often complete her sentences, inquiring, "Did you forget your name?" and giving unwanted advice like, "Slow down and breathe" (as if she never thought about slowing down and breathing in her over thirty years of stuttering!). Nina's brand of comedy reflects the experience of many people with disabilities: the problem isn't in the person but in a society that isn't always accessible or inclusive.

Nina G shares her book, experiences and humor at Time Tested Books. The event is co-sponsored by the Invisible Disabilities Comedy Show. Nina will be joined by Aliada and Drew Kimzey for an interview about Stutterer Interrupted.

“Whip smart, big hearted, and laugh-out-loud funny. Stutterer Interrupted is a must-read for anyone who cares about building a more equitable and inclusive world.”--Jonathan Mooney, author of Normal Sucks: How To Live, Learn and Thrive Outside the Lines

Nina G was the only woman who stuttered in the stand-up comedy world when she started nine years ago. She co-produced the Comedians with Disabilities Act, a national touring comedy show featuring exclusively comedians with disabilities. She also produced the first compilation album to feature Disabled Comedy Only. Nina’s brand of comedy reflects the experiences of many with disabilities. She tours the country as a conference keynote speaker including at a TEDx talk at San Jose State University. She has a doctorate in psychology and teaches at a Bay Area Community College. Stutterer Interrupted is her second book.

This event is FREE and everyone is invited.

Wednesday, May 15, 2019

David Kulczyk reading/signing '1926: Homicide in America' - August 8th

Time Tested Books
is proud to present
David Kulczyk
1926: Homicide in America
reading / signing / Q&A
Thursday, August 8th, 7:00pm

1926 was the year that Americans all over the country said screw it. And screw it they did... mixing too much bootleg booze, marijuana, cocaine, and heroin with fast cars, sex and jazz music can only lead to trouble. The number of allegedly normal people senselessly committing ghastly murders in 1926 is astounding. It is like a switch got turned on and some people went mad unlike any other time in American history.

Born to first-generation Americans in Bay City, Michigan, David Kulczyk (pronounced "coal-check") is a Sacramento-based crime historian, freelance writer and award-winning author of short fiction. He is the author of Forgotten Sacramento Murders: 1940-1976 (2018); California's Deadliest Women: Dangerous Dames and Murderous Moms (2016); California Fruits, Flakes and Nuts: True Tales of California Crazies, Crackpots and Creeps (2013); Death in California: The Bizarre, Freakish, and Just Curious Ways People Die in the Golden State (2009); and California Justice: Shootouts, Lynchings and Assassinations in the Golden State (2007). His freelance work has appeared in the SF Guardian, the East Bay Express, the Seattle Times, Pop Culture Press, Strange Magazine, and the Sacramento News and Review.

This event is FREE and everyone is invited.