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Wednesday, May 1, 2019

Thursday, June 6: Celebrating Pride with QSac Authors - Reading/Signing/Q&A

Time Tested Books
is pleased to present
Celebrating PRIDE with QSac Authors
reading / signing / Q&A
Thursday, June 6th, 7:00pm

Celebrate Pride Month with authors from the Queer Sacramento Authors Collective (QSac). Jeff Adams, J. Scott Coatsworth, Liz Faraim, Pat Henshaw, Amy Lane and E.S. Wynn will be reading. And if you can't join us, the event will also be live streamed....

                           ~ABOUT THE AUTHORS~

Jeff Adams has written stories since he was in middle school and became a published author in 2009 when his first short stories were published. He writes both gay romance and LGBTQ young adult fiction…and there’s usually a hockey player at the center of the story. Jeff is the co-host, along with his husband Will, of the Big Gay Fiction Podcast, a weekly show devoted to gay romance as well as pop culture. You can get more information on Jeff at JeffAdamsWrites.com or BigGayFictionPodcast.com

J. Scott Coatsworth lives with his husband Mark in a yellow bungalow in Sacramento. He was indoctrinated into fantasy and sci-fi by his mother at the tender age of nine. He devoured her library, but as he grew up, he wondered where all the people like him were. He decided that if there weren’t gay characters in his favorite genres, he would remake them to his own ends. A Rainbow Award winning author, he runs Queer Sci Fi, QueeRomance Ink, and Other Worlds Ink with Mark, sites that celebrate fiction reflecting queer reality. Find about more about Scott at jscottcoatsworth.com

 Liz Faraim is a recovering workaholic who has mastered multi-tasking, including balancing a day job, solo parenting, writing, and finding some semblance of a social life. In past lives she has been a soldier, a bartender, a shoe salesperson, an assistant museum curator, and even a driving instructor. Liz writes contemporary fiction that highlights queer characters and often includes complex polyamorous relationships. Her writing has a hefty dose of soul searching and emotional turmoil while also taking the reader on fun adventures. She loves spending time in nature and does her best to share nature with her readers. Liz is seeking a publisher for the first two books in her Vivian Chastain series. You can find more about Liz here: www.facebook.com/liz.faraim.9

Pat Henshaw has spent her life surrounded by words: teaching English composition at the junior college level; writing book reviews for newspapers, magazines, and websites; helping students find information as a librarian; and promoting PBS television programs. Pat was born and raised in Nebraska and since then has lived at various times in Texas, Colorado, Northern Virginia, and now Sacramento, California. Over the years, Pat has traveled to Mexico, Canada, Europe, Nicaragua, Thailand, and Egypt, and Stowe, Vermont, where she now has family. Remember: Every day is a good day for romance! You can learn more about Pat at pathenshaw.com

Davin Kent writes on Men in Rainbow Colors – basically that means LGBT-themed literary fiction. (At least two people have said 'literary'.) He's published a few short stories and plans to release the first episodes of his multi-season, soap opera style novel CONFESSIONS OF DAVID B* later this year. In the meantime, he responds to frequently asked questions with: "smooth", "boxers", "dogs", "neither", "average", "at least 2 out of LGBTTQQIAAP", and "yes, but the video is in a format so obscure no one can play it anymore." No, he won’t send it to you 'anyway' – but it might be fun for you to ask via his occasionally thought-provoking blog: dlkent.com

Stephanie Lake is the pen name for a husband/wife team who enjoy writing happy endings and steamy middles. We write historical M/M and M/F romance and contemporary M/F and M/M/F romance. You can learn more at sites.google.com/site/stephanielakeauthorcom

Amy Lane has two kids who are mostly grown, two kids who aren't, three cats, and two Chi-who-whats at large. She lives in a crumbling crapmansion with most of the children and a bemused spouse. She also has too damned much yarn, a penchant for action adventure movies, and a need to know that somewhere in all the pain is a story of Wuv, Twu Wuv, which she continues to believe in to this day! She writes fantasy, urban fantasy, and gay romance--and if you accidentally make eye contact, she'll bore you to tears with why those three genres go together. She'll also tell you that sacrifices, large and small, are worth the urge to write. Visit Amy’s website at greenshill.com

My name is E.S. Wynn. I am the author of over seventy books in print, as well as the chief editor of Thunderune Publishing. In my spare time, I spin stories, build board games, stitch together battle jackets, run a pair of magazines, make videos about Norse Shamanism on Youtube and encourage people to create new art constantly. I am openly transgender and do what I can to pursue acceptance and love for and within the trans community. During the last decade, I have worked with hundreds of authors and edited thousands of manuscripts for nearly a dozen different magazines. My stories and articles have been published in dozens of journals, e-zines and anthologies. I have taught classes in literature, marketing, math, spirituality, energetic healing and guided meditation. I have also worked as a voice-over artist for several different horror and sci-fi podcasts, albums and ebooks. Website: www.eswynn.com

  This event is FREE & all are welcome

Tuesday, April 30, 2019

Thursday, June 20: Akemi Johnson discussing new book 'Night in the American Village'

Time Tested Books
is pleased to present
Akemi Johnson 
in conversation with Naomi Williams
reading / signing / Q&A
Night in the American Village:
Women in the Shadow of the U.S. Military Bases in Okinawa

Thursday, June 20th, 7:00pm

Join local authors Akemi Johnson and Naomi Williams, who will be in conversation about Akemi's new book Night in the American Village: Women in the Shadow of the U.S. Military Bases in Okinawa.

At the southern end of the Japanese archipelago lies Okinawa, host to a vast complex of U.S. military bases. A legacy of World War II, these bases have been a fraught issue for decades—with tensions exacerbated by the often volatile relationship between islanders and the military, especially after the brutal rape of a 12-year-old girl by three servicemen in 1995.

But the situation is more complex than it seems. In Night in the American Village, Akemi Johnson takes readers deep into the “border towns” surrounding the bases—a world where cultural and political fault lines compel individuals, both Japanese and American, to continually renegotiate their own identities. Focusing on the women there, she follows the complex fallout of the murder of an Okinawan woman by an ex-marine in 2016 and speaks to protesters, to women who date and marry American men and groups that help them when problems arise, and to Okinawans whose family members survived World War II.

Thought-provoking and timely, Night in the American Village is a vivid look at the enduring wounds of U.S.-Japanese history and the cultural and sexual politics of the American military empire.

AKEMI JOHNSON is a former Fulbright scholar in Okinawa and has written about the island for The Nation, Travel + Leisure, Explore Parts Unknown, and other publications. She has also contributed to NPR’s "All Things Considered" and "Code Switch." A graduate of the Iowa Writers’ Workshop and Brown University, she lives in Sacramento.

NAOMI J. WILLIAMS is the author of Landfalls (2015), long-listed for the Center for Fiction First Novel Prize and the National Book Critics Circle’s John Leonard Award. Her short fiction has appeared in journals such as Zoetrope: All-Story, A Public Space, The Southern Review, and others. A five-time Pushcart Prize nominee and one-time winner, Naomi has an MA in Creative Writing from UC Davis. Naomi was born in Japan and spoke no English until she was six years old.

This event is FREE & all are welcome

Monday, April 22, 2019

Wednesday, June 26: An evening with Robert Clawson, Betsyann Duval and Kane Clawson

Time Tested Books
is pleased to present
An Evening with Poet Robert Clawson,
Artist Betsyann Duval, and Vocalist Kane Clawson
Reading / Performance / Q&A
Wednesday, June 26th, 7:00pm
A special event with New England creatives, poet Bob Clawson, artist Betsyann Duval, and vocalist Kane Clawson at Time Tested Books in Sacramento. A brief open mic period will follow the featured performers. Hosted by Leonard Germinara and Frank Graham.

Bob Clawson is a writer, a fisherman, a cook. His writing has great range: he’s been published in both The Southern Review and Yankee, in the Christian Science Monitor and The Lancet (the weekly British medical journal). He’s also been published in Beloit Poetry Journal and Poet Lore, among others. Bob's chapbook, Nightbreak, published in 1997, achieved two additional press runs. He currently offers a collection of 15 poems on a professionally produced CD. His formal education includes a two-room schoolhouse, Kenyon College, Harvard, and Yale. He has visited 32 of the United States, and has been abroad to France, The British Isles, Italy, Greece, Mexico, and to several island nations such as Jamaica, Cuba, and Nantucket.

Betsyann Duval has received awards in national exhibitions from noted jurors including a First Prize, Painting from Lisa Dennison, Deputy Director and Chief Curator, Soloman R. Guggenheim Museum, a Director's Prize from Maxwell Anderson, Director, Whitney Museum of American Art, and a Print Prize from Peter Rathbone, VP and Director of the American Paintings and Sculpture, Sotheby's. Her work has appeared in solo and group exhibitions in the U.S and Europe, and is included in the National Museum of Women in the Arts, Archives of Women Artists.

Kane Clawson is a versatile vocalist who features with the bands WildCat Creek, Country Jam, and the a cappella improv group Menage A Voix. She’ll be singing songs by Irish poets: W.B.Yeats’ Down by the Salley Gardens; Joseph Campbell’s My Lagan Love; and A Stor Mo Chroi, by Brian O' Higgins, the Irish Patriot known as Brian Na Banban. Three trips to Ireland (while still in her twenties) triggered Kane’s love of Irish traditional music, which she enriched while singing in southwestern North Carolina, in Newfoundland, and in northwestern Connecticut, where she currently lives and performs. She has sung just once in California, at a farmer’s market in Point Reyes Station. 

This event is FREE & all are welcome

Wednesday, January 23, 2019

Rachel Howard reading/signing new novel 'The Risk of Us' - April 25th

Time Tested Books
is pleased to present
Rachel Howard
reading / signing / Q&A
The Risk of Us
Thursday, April 25th, 7:00pm

Seven year-old Maresa has inch-deep dimples and a voice that can beam to the moon. When the forty-something narrator in THE RISK OF US first sees her in a foster services agency in northern California, she’s convinced Maresa is her future daughter. But does Maresa feel the same? And can she provide the care Maresa needs? As the couple navigates the bureaucratic foster care system, buried trauma and chronic health concerns threaten to crack open their marriage. With her husband, the narrator has a year—during which Maresa approaches the age at which children become nearly impossible to place—to decide to finalize the adoption, or whether what’s best for all of them is the unthinkable option: giving her up.

Drawing closely on her own experience as a foster parent, Howard writes in the tradition of Jenny Offill and Rachel Cusk about the inevitable tests children bring to a marriage, the uncertainties of family life, and the ways empathy can obliterate our defenses. Howard’s voice is a shrewd, lyrical addition to the discussion of the family separation crisis and a newly emerging genre of literature surrounding motherhood.

RACHEL HOWARD earned her MFA in fiction from Warren Wilson College and is the author of a memoir, The Lost Night. She is the recipient of a MacDowell Colony fellowship, and her fiction, essays, and dance criticism have appeared in the San Francisco Chronicle, the New York Times, the Los Angeles Review of Books, and elsewhere.

 This event is FREE & all are welcome

Tuesday, January 22, 2019

Edward Espe Brown reading/signing 'The Most Important Point' - April 19th

Time Tested Books
is pleased to present
Edward Espe Brown
reading / signing / Q&A
The Most Important Point
Friday, April 19th, 7:00pm

From master baker, cook, and Zen priest Edward Espe Brown comes a collection of timeless essays on Zen, food, and life itself. Brown was one of the first Westerners to be ordained a priest by Shunryu Suzuki Roshi, who had hoped that Zen might be transformed into a vibrant new form in the West. In The Most Important Point, Brown fulfills Suzuki's wish with 60 essays that are distinctly American yet preserve the roots of traditional Japanese Zen.

Drawing from his time in the kitchen and on the cushion, Brown explores a range of topics, from basic sitting practice to making the "perfect" biscuit and much more. "In the words of my teacher," reflects Brown, "the most important point is to find out what is the most important point." Flavored with wise insights and irreverent humor, The Most Important Point brings together a treasury of teachings to inspire your own discovery.

"Brilliant, humorous, and heartwarming." --Vanja Palmers, Zen teacher, founder of Felsentor Meditation Center

"Like the best teaching in any spiritual tradition, The Most Important Point speaks to you just where you are. If you're new to Zen, this book is for you. If you've been practicing a long time, this book is also for you. It is filled with the wisdom of a lifetime." --Ruth Ozeki, author of A Tale for the Time Being and The Face

"This is a book that will nourish all aspects of one's life. Smart, sharp, deep, like a good meal, the wisdom that Ed Espe Brown offers us is a treasure for all time. And it makes Zen digestible, even delicious!" --Roshi Joan Halifax, abbot of Upaya Zen Center and author of Standing at the Edge

"Suzuki Roshi once said, 'The most important point is to find out what is the most important point.' After a lifetime of practice inspired by his teacher, Suzuki Roshi, Ed Brown has discovered that the most important point is love and acceptance. No one expresses this most important point better than Ed. His simple, soulful, honest talks will melt your heart." --Norman Fischer, poet, Zen priest, and author of Experience: Thinking, Writing, Language, and Religion

photo © Maya Block
EDWARD ESPE BROWN began cooking and practicing Zen in 1965. He was the first head resident cook at Tassajara Zen Mountain Center from 1967 to 1970. He later worked at the celebrated Greens Restaurant in San Francisco, serving as busboy, waiter, floor manager, wine buyer, cashier, host, and manager. Ordained a priest by Shunryu Suzuki Roshi, he has taught meditation retreats and vegetarian cooking classes throughout North America and Europe. He is the author of several bestselling cookbooks, including The Tassajara Bread Book, and the editor of Not Always So, a book of lectures by Shunryu Suzuki Roshi. He is the subject of the critically acclaimed 2007 documentary film How to Cook Your Life. He resides in Fairfax, California.

 This event is FREE & all are welcome

Tuesday, January 15, 2019

'Made in the Shade' - documentary screening/discussion/Q&A - March 7th

Time Tested Books
is pleased to present
'Made in the Shade'
+ filmmaker Q&A
Thursday, March 7th, 7:00pm

What better way to celebrate California Arbor Day than by learning about Sacramento's centuries-old reputation as the City of Trees?

With one of the largest hand-planted forests in the world, Sacramento now stands as a global leader in urban forestry. Made in the Shade captures the story of how we began our love affair with trees and the ongoing story of our world-renowned urban forest. Drawing on years of research and interviews with our early advocates for urban forestry, the filmmakers document the rise of an innovative partnership that led to the planting of over half a million trees in this region through our Sacramento Shade program.

The 49-minute film chronicles Sacramento’s path to becoming the City of Trees, highlighting the public vote to close the Rancho Seco Nuclear Generating Station in 1989, the energy deficit that it caused, and how then-SMUD general manager S. David Freeman championed a grassroots campaign to expand the city’s tree canopy as a means to reduce energy consumption, lessen heat retention in neighborhoods, and break the city’s reliance on the energy plant.

Stick around afterwards to chat with the filmmakers and Sacramento Tree Foundation staff.

This event is FREE & all are welcome

Friday, January 4, 2019

Reese Erlich on 'The Iran Agenda Today' (reading/discussion/Q&A) - February 12th

Time Tested Books
is pleased to present
Reese Erlich
reading / discussion / Q&A
The Iran Agenda Today:
The Real Story Inside Iran and What's Wrong with U.S. Policy
Tuesday, February 12th, 7:00pm

A journalist's firsthand report - what's wrong with US policy in Iran and the Middle East

Based on frequent, first-hand reporting in Iran and the United States, The Iran Agenda Today explores the turbulent recent history between the two countries and reveals how it has led to a misguided showdown over nuclear technology. Foreign correspondent Reese Erlich notes that all the major U.S. intelligence agencies agree Iran has not had a nuclear weapons program since at least 2003. He explores why Washington nonetheless continues with saber rattling and provides a detailed critique of mainstream media coverage of Iran. The book further details the popular protests that have rocked Tehran despite repression by the country’s Deep State.

In addition to covering the political story, Erlich offers insights on Iran’s domestic politics, popular culture, and diverse populations over this recent era. His analysis draws on past interviews with high-ranking Iranian officials, the former shah’s son, Reza Pahlavi, and Iranian exiles in Los Angeles, as well as the memory of his trip to Tehran with actor Sean Penn.

Written in skillful and riveting journalistic prose, The Iran Agenda Today provides inside information that academic researchers find hard to obtain.

"Reese Erlich masterfully tells the story of modern Iran through the seldom-heard voices of numerous Iranian citizens of enormous range—men and women, old and young, high government officials, university professors, shopkeepers, and semi-employed laborers. His vibrant reporting has both historical depth and contemporary immediacy, ranging from twentieth century neocolonial and revolutionary struggles, to the international controversy over Iran’s nuclear program, to the social protests of 2009 and late 2017. Neither exclusively a critique of nor an apologia for Iran, the balanced, comprehensive picture Erlich paints reveals the fascinating mix of deep patriotism, social struggle, optimism, and skepticism about the future that characterizes Iranian life at present. This book is required reading for anyone who truly wishes to understand Iranian society today." —William O. Beeman, Professor of Anthropology, University of Minnesota and Stanford University

"Reese Erlich is always in Iran at the historic moments, including nearly all elections of recent years. He has formed a network with all sides of the struggles in Iran and his high art of storytelling captures the details I have not seen from any other Western journalist reporting on the contemporary Iran scene." —Goudarz Eghtedari, PhD, Systems Scientist and Engineer by trade, Social-Political and Human Rights Activist

REESE ERLICH has authored five books on foreign affairs, including the national bestseller Target Iraq: What the News Media Didn’t Tell You (co-authored with Norman Solomon). A freelance print and broadcast reporter, he has covered the Middle East since 1987 and reported from Iran since 2000.

Erlich began his journalism career in 1968 as a staff writer and research editor for Ramparts, an investigative reporting magazine based in San Francisco. He taught journalism for ten years at San Francisco State University and California State University, East Bay. His reporting appears in Foreign Policy, Vice News, and The Progressive. He writes the syndicated column "Foreign Correspondent." His radio work airs on CBC/Radio-Canada, Reveal, and National Public Radio, among others.

Erlich earned a Peabody Award in 2007 and "best depth reporting" awards in 2002 and 2006 from the Society of Professional Journalists (Northern California). He has also received awards from Project Censored, the Chicago International Film Festival, and the Association for Women in Communication. He lives in Oakland, California.
This event is FREE & all are welcome