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Monday, November 26, 2018

Thursday, January 10: Suzanne Gordon - "Wounds of War: How the VA Delivers Health, Healing, and Hope to the Nation's Veterans"

Time Tested Books
is pleased to present
Suzanne Gordon
reading / discussion / Q&A
Wounds of War:
How the VA Delivers Health, Healing
and Hope to the Nation's Veterans
Thursday, January 10th, 7:00pm

In Wounds of War, award-winning journalist Suzanne Gordon gives voice to veterans and VA caregivers. . . .

U.S. intervention abroad and military service at home has left 9 million Americans heavily dependent on the Veterans Health Administration (VHA). Their “wounds of war” are treated by the largest hospital system in the country—one that has come under fire from critics in the White House, on Capitol Hill, and in the nation’s media. The resulting public debate about the future of veterans’ health care has pitted VHA patients and their care-givers against federal policy-makers who believe that former military personnel would be better served by private sector providers.
This high stakes controversy led Suzanne Gordon, an award-winning journalist and author, to seek insight from veterans and their families, VHA staff and administrators, veterans’ organizations, and proponents of privatization. Gordon spent five years closely observing how the VHA cares for patients suffering from complex service-related injuries, both physical and mental.

Gordon describes how the VHA—tasked with a challenging patient population—does a better job than private sector institutions offering primary and geriatric care, mental health and home care services, and support for patients nearing the end of life. The VHA, Gordon argues, is an integrated health care system worthy of wider emulation, rather than piecemeal dismantling for the benefit of private contractors. In the unusual culture of solidarity between patients and providers fostered by the VHA, the author finds a working model for higher quality health care for all Americans that is not based on “for-profit” medicine.

Wounds of War highlights what the average American rarely gets to see in the news media but what many veterans know first-hand: day in and day out—and with little fanfare—the Veterans Health Administration provides high quality, patient-centered care to millions of our nation’s veterans.”
— U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders

SUZANNE GORDON is co-editor of a Cornell University Press series on The Culture and Politics of Health Care Work. She has written or co-authored many books, most recently The Battle for Veterans’ Healthcare and Beyond The Checklist.
This event is FREE & all are welcome

Monday, October 8, 2018

Ryan Stoa on 'Craft Weed: Family Farming and the Future of the Marijuana Industry' - November 28th

Time Tested Books
is pleased to present
Ryan Stoa
reading / discussion / Q&A
Craft Weed:
Family Farming and the
Future of the Marijuana Industry
Wednesday, November 28th, 7:00pm

How the future of post-legalization marijuana farming can be sustainable, local, and artisanal.
What will the marijuana industry look like as legalization spreads? Will corporations sweep in and create "Big Marijuana," flooding the market with mass-produced weed? Or will marijuana agriculture stay true to its roots in family farming, and reflect a sustainable, local, and artisanal ethic? In Craft Weed, Ryan Stoa argues that the future of the marijuana industry should be powered by small farms—that its model should be more craft beer than Anheuser-Busch.

     To make his case for craft weed, Stoa interviews veteran and novice marijuana growers, politicians, activists, and investors. He provides a history of marijuana farming and its post-hippie resurgence in the United States. He reports on the amazing adaptability of the cannabis plant and its genetic gifts, the legalization movement, regulatory efforts, the tradeoffs of indoor versus outdoor farms, and the environmental impacts of marijuana agriculture. To protect and promote small farmers and their communities, Stoa proposes a Marijuana Appellation system, modeled after the wine industry, which would provide a certified designation of origin to local crops. A sustainable, local, and artisanal farming model is not an inevitable future for the marijuana industry, but Craft Weed makes clear that marijuana legalization has the potential to revitalize rural communities and the American family farm.

     As the era of marijuana prohibition comes to an end, now is the time to think about what kind of marijuana industry and marijuana agriculture we want. Craft Weed will help us plan for a future that is almost here.

"Most books about the modern marijuana industry are often torn between celebrating legalization's seeming inevitability and sharpening fears about its potential effects. Ryan Stoa's Craft Weed offers something new: a smart, historically accurate, and valuable middle ground that advocates for the benefits of small-scale 'craft' cannabis farming as a means of rebuilding America's agricultural heritage and preventing the rise of marijuana monopolies. By tracing the history of how cannabis has long been produced in the United States, Stoa argues against misguided fears of 'Big Marijuana' and gives actionable, useful advice for the benefits of developing a local, sustainable industry. Well-written and thoroughly researched, Craft Weed is a must-read for anyone who wants the best for this emerging industry's future."
--Emily Dufton, author of Grass Roots: The Rise and Fall and Rise of Marijuana in America

Ryan Stoa is Associate Professor of Law at Concordia University School of Law in Boise, Idaho.

This event is FREE & all are welcome

Sunday, October 7, 2018

Elizabeth Varadan reading/signing 'The Carnival of the Animals' - November 8th

Time Tested Books
is pleased to present
Elizabeth Varadan
reading / signing
The Carnival of the Animals
Thursday, November 8th, 7:00pm
Once upon a musical score, Camille Saint-Saƫns was stumped. He was composing a piece of music to entertain his friends. An idea twinkled in his mind. A musical fantasy. Animals in a parade. A tune beckoned. Camille inked in some quarter notes. The melody slipped away.
 I must let this idea bloom, Camille thought.

 He sat in the stuffed chair by the door and closed his eyes. Music and pictures swirled in his head: A tortoise waltzed. A peacock called. A lion stomped into a forest.
 Soon Camille was fast asleep. He dreamed of animals in the zoo. He dreamed of animals far away.
Once upon a time, he dreamed…
“Thanks to Elizabeth Varadan, you will roar with the lion, bound over clouds with the unicorn, dance with the tortoise, weep with the elephant, feel the friendship of a magical bird, know the enduring love of a swan…and more.  Best of all, you will enjoy the genuine magic of this carnival of creativity!”T. A. Barron, author of the Merlin Saga

Elizabeth Varadan was born in Reno, Nevada, traveled to many states while growing up, and has lived most of her life in California. A former elementary school teacher, her current passion is writing. She and her husband live in Sacramento, California.

Her children's fiction has appeared in Story Friends, Ladybug, and Skipping Stones. Her poetry and fiction for adults has appeared in numerous magazines. The Fourth Wish, a middle grade fantasy novel, was self-published in 2009. Imogene and the Case of the Missing Pearls, a mystery featuring a ten-year-old sleuth and Sherlock Holmes, was published by MX Publishing in 2015. Her picture book Dragonella was published by Belanger Books in 2017.

This event is FREE & all are welcome

Thursday, October 4, 2018

Andy Furillo reading/signing 'The First Year' - October 25th

Time Tested Books
is proud to present
Andy Furillo
reading / signing / Q&A
The First Year
Thursday, October 25th, 7:00pm
It's the dawn of the age of Trump, and renowned Sacramento wood sculptor Lincoln Adams is trying to understand what happened. An investigation takes him into the middle of a Russian organized crime operation that helped steal the 2016 election. When the Russians offer Link a way out, he takes the path of most resistance....
Andy Furillo grew up in Downey, CA, and graduated from UC Santa Barbara. He is married, lives in Davis, and is the father of a grown son. He worked in the newspaper business for forty-four years, starting in his hometown at the Southeast News, and eventually spent twenty-six years at the Sacramento Bee, where he won several national awards for his reporting.
  In 2016 Furillo wrote a book about his father, sportscaster and columnist Bud Furillo, called The Steamer: Bud Furillo and the Golden Age of L.A. Sports (Santa Monica Press). Furillo left the newspaper business in 2017 to work in communications, which is also when he began writing fiction. The First Year is his first novel.

This event is FREE & all are welcome

Wednesday, August 22, 2018

Jane McAlevey on 'No Shortcuts: Organizing for Power in the New Gilded Age' - October 9th

Time Tested Books
is pleased to present
Jane McAlevey
forum / discussion / Q&A
No Shortcuts: Organizing for Power in the New Gilded Age
Tuesday, October 9th, 7:00pm

Forum with organizer, author, and scholar Jane McAlevey. Jane is the author of No Shortcuts: Organizing for Power in the New Gilded Age (Oxford University Press, 2016).

Join Sacramento DSA for a wide-ranging discussion on how we can organize for power and win in the Trump era.
Jane F. McAlevey is a Post Doctoral Fellow in the Labor and Worklife Program at Harvard Law School. A longtime organizer in the environmental and labor movements, she is the author of Raising Expectations (and Raising Hell): My Decade Fighting for the Labor Movement (Verso, 2014).

"McAlevey's decades as a labor and community organizer means that she knows what organizers do, or should do. This book lifts the lessons McAlevey takes from that craft into the intellectual realm of power and politics. This book is for anyone who wants a democratic society in which ordinary people share power." --Frances Fox Piven, author of Challenging Authority: How Ordinary People Change America

"Jane McAlevey is a deeply experienced, uncommonly reflective organizer. In No Shortcuts, McAlevey stresses the distinction between mobilizing and organizing and examines how systematic conflation of the two has reflected and reinforced the labor movement's decline over recent decades. More than a how-to manual for organizers, No Shortcuts is a serious, grounded rumination on building working-class power. It is a must read for everyone concerned with social justice in the US." --Adolph Reed, Jr., Professor of Political Science, University of Pennsylvania

"Jane McAlevey is one of the few analysts of social movements today who takes class power and class struggle seriously. McAlevey understands their ineluctable concreteness and force from years of organizing democratic unions that have effectively battled powerful corporations. This is a book for citizens and activists--but also for students and scholars of social movements--who want to understand how the world can and has been changed for the better." --Jeff Goodwin, Professor of Sociology, New York University

"Whether it is Black Lives Matter, climate change, feeling the Bern, or worker rights, success hinges on the ability to build real and sustainable power. Jane McAlevey gives us both a practical guide and a set of underlying principles to understand how organizing matters more than any other available strategy to grow power, and, what it means to organize. A must read for anyone hoping to create a better world." --Dan Clawson, Professor of Sociology, University of Massachusetts at Amherst

"For those of us grappling with the near-overwhelming difficulties of the 'how-to' of changing our workplaces, communities, and society, No Shortcuts is an invaluable resource." -- Jacobin
"The heart of No Shortcuts is composed of four case studies that show how those unions still committed to organizing have managed to do it. Some of this, like her treatment of the Chicago Teachers Union, will be familiar, but there is much that is new. For instance, her account of the heroic United Food and Commercial Workers (UFCW) campaign to organize a sprawling Smithfield Foods pork plant in the small town of Tar Heel, North Carolina a story that went largely unreported because of a gag order imposed on the union uncovers one of the most inspiring episodes in recent labor history." --New Labor Forum
"No Shortcuts outlines some of the reasons for the decline of trade union power in recent decades, but crucially it also offers solutions. This is undoubtedly one of the best books written in recent years on trade unions and should be considered required reading for anyone with an interest in tackling the decline of the labour movement." --Ruairi Creaney, Freelance Lefty

 This event is FREE & all are welcome

Tuesday, August 21, 2018

J. Scott Coatsworth reading/signing 'The River City Chronicles' - October 4th

Time Tested Books
is pleased to present
J Scott Coatsworth
reading / signing
The River City Chronicles
Thursday, October 4th, 7:00pm

A group of strangers meets at Ragazzi, an Italian restaurant, for a cooking lesson that will change them all. They quickly become intertwined in each other's lives, and a bit of magic touches each of them.

Meet Dave, the consultant who lost his partner; Matteo and Diego, the couple who run the restaurant; recently-widowed Carmelina; Marcos, a web designer getting too old for hook-ups; Ben, a trans author writing the Great American Novel; teenager Marissa, kicked out for being bi; and Sam and Brad, a May-September couple who would never have gotten together without a little magic of their own.

Everyone in the River City has a secret, and sooner or later secrets always come out.

This event is FREE & all are welcome

Monday, July 16, 2018

Mary Mackey: 'The Jaguars that Prowl Our Dreams: New and Selected Poems 1974-2018' - September 13th

Time Tested Books
is proud to present
Mary Mackey (and guests*)
reading / signing / Q&A
The Jaguars That Prowl Our Dreams:
New and Selected Poems 1974-2018
Thursday, September 13th, 7:00pm

*Added: special guests Josh McKinney & Trina Drotar

In The Jaguars That Prowl Our Dreams, Mary Mackey writes of life, death, love, and passion with intensity and grace. Her poems are hugely imaginative and multi-layered. Part One contains forty-eight new poems including twenty-one set in Western Kentucky from 1742 to 1975; and twenty-six unified by an exploration of the tropical jungle outside and within us, plus a surreal and sometimes hallucinatory appreciation of the visionary power of fever. Part Two offers the reader seventy-eight poems drawn from Mackey’s seven previous collections including Sugar Zone, winner of the 2012 Oakland PEN Award for Literary Excellence.

“It is difficult to resist the temptation to compare Mary Mackey to Elizabeth Bishop. Both poets are stunningly imagistic, musical, and awake to topography, sociology, and the world beyond.” —The Huffington Post

Mary Mackey's poems are powerful, beautiful, and have extraordinary range. This is the poetry of a woman who has lived richly, and felt deeply. May her concern for the planet help save it.” —Maxine Hong Kingston

Always Mackey's eye is drawn to the marginalized, the poor, the outcast, the trivialized.  [In] The Jaguars That Prowl Our Dreams, she has created an oeuvre, wilder, more open to change with each passing year. Hers is a monumental achievement.” —D. Nurkse

“Mackey’s crisp-edged perceptions are set down with a sensuous, compassionate, and utterly unflinching eye.” —Jane Hirshfield

Mary Mackey is the author of eight collections of poetry including Sugar Zone, winner of the 2012 PEN Oakland Josephine Miles Award for Literary Excellence and finalist for the Northern California Book Reviewers Award. Mackey’s poems have been praised by Wendell Berry, Jane Hirshfield, Dennis Nurkse, Maxine Hong Kingston, Ron Hansen, Dennis Schmitz, and Marge Piercy for their beauty, precision, originality, and extraordinary range. Her poetry has been featured four times on The Writer’s Almanac. She is also the author of 14 novels, including a New York Times bestseller.

This event is FREE & all are welcome