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Sunday, October 27, 2019

Tuesday, November 26 - John Freeman & Christian Kiefer




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

 



Friday, September 6, 2019

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... (See below to purchsase 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 (see below). We'll mail them directly to whomever you choose....


$5 Emily Dickinson

$2 Mark Twain


$1 Leo Tolstoy

Denominations

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. 

Sunday, May 5, 2019

William Burg reading/signing new book 'Wicked Sacamento' - July 25th


 Time Tested Books
is pleased to present
William Burg
reading / signing / Q&A
Wicked Sacramento
Thursday, July 25th, 7:00pm





In the early 1900s, Sacramento became a battleground in a statewide struggle. On one side were Progressive political reformers and suffragettes. Opposing them were bars, dance halls, brothels and powerful business interests. Caught in the middle was the city’s West End, a place where Grant “Skewball” Cross hosted jazz dances that often attracted police attention and Charmion performed her infamous trapeze striptease act before becoming a movie star. It was home to the “Queen of the Sacramento Tenderloin,” Cherry de Saint Maurice, who met her untimely end at the peak of her success, and Ancil Hoffman, who ingeniously got around the city’s dancing laws by renting riverboats for his soirées. In Wicked Sacramento historian William Burg shares these and many more long-hidden stories of criminals and crusaders from Sacramento’s past.

William Burg, a Sacramento resident since 1993, is a California historian whose work focuses on Sacramento history, including seven books and approximately one hundred articles about the city’s history. He holds a Master of Arts degree in public history from Sacramento State University. Burg is currently president of Preservation Sacramento and Sacramento Heritage Inc. and vice-president of Sacramento Historical Society. He was born in Skokie, Illinois, and spent his childhood in Sacramento’s suburbs, visiting Sacramento regularly and deciding to live there when he grew up.

This event is FREE and everyone is invited.

Friday, May 3, 2019

Paul Drexler reading/signing 'Notorious San Francisco' - July 10th


 Time Tested Books
is pleased to present
Paul Drexler
reading & rigning
Notorious San Francisco:
True Tales of Crime, Passion and Murder
Wednesday, July 10th, 7:00pm 




San Francisco, a city founded in part by criminals, was once one of the most dangerous cities in America. Its Barbary coast was called ”a unique criminal district that…was the scene of more viciousness and depravity but possessed more glamour than any other area…on the American continent.”

This book contains over 20 compelling tales of serial killers, deadly women, conmen, masters of escape, and unsolved mysteries.

William Thoreson, a murderous millionaire, who hid the nation’s largest private armory in his Pacific Heights mansion, Isabella Martin, the murderous “queen of grudges” who tried to poison an entire town, or Ethan McNabb and Lloyd Sampsell, the “Yacht Bandits,” who used a luxurious sloop as a getaway vehicle for their bank robberies. Most of these unusual cases are largely unknown and have never appeared in book form. Included are cases that are still mysteries today, such as the Zodiac killer, with a new analysis and an unusual new possibility.






Paul Drexler has been writing about San Francisco crime since 1984. He worked for years with the late Kevin Mullen, retired Deputy Chief of the San Francisco Police Department. Paul designed and co-produced SFPD Homicide, the interactive award-winning true crime game that has been used to teach police procedures. His column, “Notorious Crooks,” appeared regularly in the Sunday San Francisco Examiner. He has taught at San Francisco State, and appeared on the Discovery ID Network show Deadly Women as an expert on San Francisco murderesses, and on Spike TV as an expert on the Zodiac Killer. Paul also directs Crooks Tours of San Francisco, which offers walking crime tours of Chinatown and the Barbary Coast. In July 2017 Paul received the Oscar Lewis Award from the San Francisco History Association for his writing on San Francisco.


This event is FREE and everyone is invited.