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Saturday, June 2, 2018

Thursday, June 21 - Comedian Keith Lowell Jensen on 'Punching Nazis'


Time Tested Books
is proud to present
Keith Lowell Jensen
reading / signing / Q&A
Punching Nazis
And Other Good Ideas
Thursday, June 21st, 7:00pm



Keith Lowell Jensen thinks you should punch Nazis. In this collection of essays, stories, interviews, and rants, he tells us why.

Jensen grew up and into the Sacramento punk music scene in the late eighties and early nineties, where weirdos, LGBTQ folk, feminists, and allies strived to carve out safe community spaces. This scene also attracted a different kind of outsider--white supremacists and Nazi skinheads—making for a politically charged and complicated landscape. In Punching Nazis he reflects on his experiences with these racist fringe groups that infiltrated the progressive scene that gave rise to bands like Green Day. From unwittingly driving around in a lowrider with a gang called “The Suicidals,” to a night doing stand-up with a clown with an unwanted Swastika tattoo, Jensen brings his brand of subtle, sincere comedy to reflect on the complicated relationship that punk music has with racist skinheads and what we should do about it.

In recent times, Americans are surprised to find groups like the Klan, and more recently the "Racial Realists" and the "Alt-Right," are still prominent, and now as they grow increasingly emboldened, it’s intriguing and valuable to hear tales of those who, through the love of punk rock music, have a history of dealing with racist fringe groups.





KEITH LOWELL JENSEN has become known for his subtle, smart approach, and his meandering story telling. He has appeared on The History Channel, Spike TV, and The Starz Network, and has five hilarious comedy albums to his credit, with his latest, 'Bad Comedy For Bad People,' hitting the #1 spot on Amazon's comedy charts. In 2016 Jensen spent two weeks in Shanghai headlining the China International Comedy Festival.

This event is FREE and everyone is invited.

Friday, June 1, 2018

Thurs, July 12 - "DEAD Talk" with David Kulczyk on 'Forgotten Sacramento Murders 1940-1976'

Time Tested Books
is proud to present
David Kulczyk
reading / signing / Q&A
Forgotten Sacramento Murders 1940-1976
Thursday, July 12th, 7:00pm


Forgotten Sacramento Murders 1940-1976 explores crimes by Sacramento's Greatest Generation. The murders that shocked Sacramento two generations ago are now only remembered by a handful of people--but in their time they startled Sacramento to its very core. Including...
  • The original Boogie Man who in 1956 murdered a young boy in a downtown movie theater's men's room.
  • The Mad Basher of 1941 who disappeared after his spree, only to reappear in 1956 to kill five more.
  • Teenager Raymond Latshaw grew tired of his abusive father, so he killed him, his new wife, step-brother, and grandparents in 1943.
  • From 1949 to 1951, hobo Lloyd Gomez murdered eight men in hobo camps up and down the Central Valley. His conscience caught up to him after he murdered a fellow hobo for a couple bottles of beer in Sacramento.
  • The despicable Robert Nicolaus, the CSU Sacramento graduate who murdered his three small children in 1964, and was astonishingly paroled in 1977. This evil man stewed in hatred for his ex-wife, murdering her in 1985. He died in prison.
  • The unsolved double murder of grocery store clerks Philip Latimer and Michael McCandless in 1965.
  • In 1958, Sacramento media was turned on its head after local television personality Ogden Miles was found murdered in a stubble field near Antelope. A violent same-sex tryst doomed the married father of two.
Sacramento has a long and sordid history of murder. Beginning with its murderous founder, John Sutter, who thought nothing of killing local Native Americans, to the recently captured Joseph DeAngelo, accused of being the Golden State Killer, Sacramento has a reputation for creepy murders.

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. His previous books include 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).

This event is FREE and everyone is invited.

Monday, May 28, 2018

Thursday, July 19: Annette McGivney reading & signing 'Pure Land'


 Time Tested Books
is pleased to present
Annette McGivney
Reading & Signing

Pure Land: A True Story of Three Lives, 
Three Cultures, and the Search for Heaven on Earth
 Thursday, July 19th, 7:00pm  





Tomomi Hanamure, a Japanese citizen who loved exploring the rugged wilderness of the American West, was killed on her birthday May 8, 2006. She was stabbed 29 times as she hiked to Havasu Falls on the Havasupai Indian Reservation at the bottom of Grand Canyon. Her killer was a distressed 18-year old Havasupai youth named Randy Redtail Wescogame who had a history of robbing tourists and was addicted to meth. It was the most brutal murder ever recorded in Grand Canyon's history. 
As the indigenous people of the Grand Canyon, the Havasupai once called the entire natural wonder their home before being forced onto a 500-acre reservation. Annette McGivney covered the murder and the plight of the tribe for Backpacker magazine where she is Southwest Editor. After the award-winning article was published in June 2007, McGivney could not let go of the story. A woman who also enjoys wilderness hiking, McGivney felt a bond with Hanamure and embarked on a years-long pursuit to learn more about her. McGivney traveled to Japan and across the American West, following the trail through Native American lands and national parks that Hanamure left in her journals. Yet, McGivney also had a connection to Wescogame, Hanamure's killer, and her reporting unexpectedly triggered long buried memories about violent abuse McGivney experienced as a child.


Pure Land is a story of this inner and outer journey, how two women in search of their true nature found transcendence in the West's most spectacular landscapes. It is also a tale of how child abuse leads to violence and destroys lives. And it is, ultimately, a story of healing. While chronicling Hanamure's life landed McGivney in the crime scene of her own childhood, it was her connection to Hanamure—a woman she did not know until after Hanamure died —that helped McGivney find a way out of her own horror.


Part true crime and part memoir, Pure Land is a unique narrative non-fiction book that has received high praise since it was released in October 2017 by Aquarius Press. Pure Land was the first pick for Outside magazine's new online book club and it received the "Excellence in Storytelling" Award from the Coconino Center for the Arts.

                                                      
                                                      About the Author
Annette McGivney is the longtime Southwest Editor for Backpacker magazine and a Journalism professor at Northern Arizona University. In addition to Backpacker, she writes frequently for Outside, Arizona Highways, Sunset and other outdoor and environmental publications. She is the author of five books and lives in Flagstaff, Arizona. For more, go to: www.annettemcgivney.com.

Monday, April 9, 2018

Max Elbaum presents new edition of 'Revolution in the Air' - May 20th


Time Tested Books
is proud to present
Max Elbaum
reading / signing / Q&A
Revolution in the Air:
Sixties Radicals Turn to Lenin, Mao and Che
Sunday, May 20th, 4:00pm


Co-sponsored by

“Truly a superb work of scholarship that raises all the right questions.” --Radical History


The sixties were a time when radical movements learned to embrace twentieth-century Marxism. Revolution in the Air is the definitive study of this turning point, and examines what the resistance of today can learn from the legacies of Lenin, Mao and Che.

It tells the story of the “new communist movement” which was the most racially integrated and fast-growing movement on the Left. Thousands of young activists, radicalized by the Vietnam War and Black Liberation, and spurred on by the Puerto Rican, Chicano and Asian-American movements, embraced a Third World oriented version of Marxism. These admirers of Mao, Che and Amilcar Cabral organized resistance to the Republican majorities of Nixon and Ford.

By the 1980s these groups had either collapsed or become tiny shards of the dream of a Maoist world revolution. Taking issue with the idea of a division between an early “good sixties” and a later “bad sixties,” Max Elbaum is particularly concerned to reclaim the lessons of the new communist movement for today’s activists who, like their sixties’ predecessors, are coming of age at a time when the Left lacks mass support and is fragmented along racial lines.

A New, Third Edition of Revolution in the Air rolled off the press April 10, 2018, with a Foreword by Alicia Garza, co-founder of Black Lives Matter.
 “Max Elbaum has given us an incisive and critical history of the Other New Left – the radicals who brought class struggle and Third World liberation to the forefront, looked to the world for allies, and tried their best to work through the dynamics of race and class. If you still believe sixties radicalism was nothing more than youthful middle-class class confusion or parochial identity politics, then open these pages and dig.” --Robin D.G. Kelley, author of Freedom Dreams: The Black Radical Imagination and Thelonious Monk: The Life and Times of an American Original


MAX ELBAUM has been involved in peace and anti-racist movements since joining students for a Democratic Society (SDS) in Madison, Wisconsin in the 1960s. He is currently one of the editors of Organizing Upgrade. His writings have appeared in many publications including The Nation, Radical History Review, Z Magazine and the Encyclopedia of the American Left. Between 1995 (when Max started work on Revolution in the Air) and December 2017, Max has run 39 marathons with a personal best time of 3:26:53. Each fall he runs a Marathon for Peace to benefit antiwar and antimilitarist projects, most recently US Labor Against the War.

This event is FREE and everyone is invited.




Janelle Hanchett reading/signing "I'm Just Happy to Be Here" - May 9th


Time Tested Books
is proud to present
Janelle Hanchett
reading/signing
I'm Just Happy to Be Here:
A Memoir of Renegade Mothering
Wednesday, May 9th, 7:00pm

“Janelle Hanchett presents motherhood as we seldom see it: with irreverent humor, brazen honesty, deep love and loss. Her story is about finding peace right in the mess of motherhood, and that’s what makes it wonderful.”
Jill Smokler, NYT bestselling author and founder of ScaryMommy.com

I’M JUST HAPPY TO BE HERE: A Memoir of Renegade Mothering is not the addiction memoir we’ve come to expect, particularly from a mother. Descending into the depths of addiction after having children, and failing to stay sober even after they were removed from her care, Janelle Hanchett is a voice that rarely speaks. Though ultimately redemptive, her memoir - unflinching, ruthless, and wickedly funny – unapologetically confronts the sanctimony of motherhood and rejects the idea that a “mother’s love” is enough to save her from herself. Hanchett insists on finding peace in that central paradox: We are tasked with the “most important job in the world,” but unfortunately we’re only human.

Pregnant at twenty-one by a man she’d known for three months, Hanchett, the creator of the popular blog Renegade Mothering, made the potentially reckless decision to get married and embrace motherhood. She almost immediately found herself bored, directionless, and lonely, seeking too much relief in too many cocktails.

Over time, this questionable drinking habit spiraled into full-blown substance abuse, until life became bedtime stories and splitting hangovers, cubicles and multi-day drug binges. For ten years, Hanchett grappled with the unyielding progression of addiction, bouncing from rehab to hospitals to therapy and the occasional hippie cleansing ritual on her quest for sobriety, before mercifully finding it in a way she never expected.

Raw and unconventionally inspiring, I’M JUST HAPPY TO BE HERE chronicles Hanchett’s journey from Mormon values to young motherhood to abysmal addiction to sobriety, but rejects the finality of neatly wrapped redemption. Even on the other side of addiction, Hanchett illuminates the restlessness of motherhood – its unfulfilling, mundane nature alongside its beauty.

I’M JUST HAPPY TO BE HERE speaks to the “imperfect” mother; the one who isn’t simply overcome by joy after having a child, who longs for normalcy but cannot maintain it, and who might fly into a fit of rage if she receives one more piece of unsolicited parenting advice. With shameless transparency, Hanchett illustrates that not all women are natural-born mothers—some have to constantly work at it, and make peace with the fact that they will never get it quite right or fit perfectly into the mothering world. To her hundreds of thousands of readers, Hanchett has become the mother who “says what we’re all thinking but are too ashamed to admit.”

Now sober, still married to that man she’d only known for three months, and the mother of four, Hanchett reveals with brutal honesty and heart-rending prose the power of imperfection, love, family, and, ultimately, motherhood—no matter how you manage to do it.


Photo credit: Sarah Maren
JANELLE HANCHETT created the website "Renegade Mothering" in 2011 because she needed to know if the rest of the mothering world was crazy or she was. Writing after her kids went to bed and while she was supposed to be working, Janelle attracted an audience of millions of readers. She holds a BA in English from UC Davis and an MA in English literature from Sacramento State. She lives in northern California with her four children and husband, Mac, who thinks "getting dressed up" means shaving his forearm tattoo.

This event is FREE and everyone is invited.



Tuesday, March 20, 2018

*CANCELLED* Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz: 'Loaded: A Disarming History of the Second Amendment'

*CANCELLED*
due to illness :(

(stay tuned for reschedule.)

Time Tested Books
is proud to present
Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz
reading & discussing
Loaded:
A Disarming History of the Second Amendment
  Friday, April 13th, 7:00pm




"If . . . anyone at all really wants to 'get to the root causes of gun violence in America,' they will need to start by coming to terms with even a fraction of what Loaded proposes."
 Los Angeles Review of Books

"Her analysis, erudite and unrelenting, exposes blind spots not just among conservatives, but, crucially, among liberals as well. . . . As a portrait of the deepest structures of American violence, Loaded is an indispensable book."
The New Republic

With President Trump suggesting that teachers arm themselves, with the NRA portrayed as a group of "patriots" helping to Make America Great Again, with high school students across the country demanding a solution to the crisis, everyone in America needs to engage in the discussion about our future with an informed, historical perspective on the role of guns in our society. America is at a critical turning point. What is the future for our children?

     Loaded: A Disarming History of the Second Amendment, is a deeply researched—and deeply disturbing—history of guns and gun laws in the United States, from the original colonization of the country to the present. As historian and educator Dunbar-Ortiz explains, in order to understand the current obstacles to gun control, we must understand the history of U.S. guns, from their role in the "settling of America" and the early formation of the new nation, and continuing up to the present.



Photo credit: Barrie Karp
Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz grew up in rural Oklahoma, the daughter of a tenant farmer and part-Indian mother. She is the author of many previous books, including An Indigenous Peoples' History of the United States, Red Dirt: Growing Up Okie, Roots of Resistance: A History of Land Tenure in New Mexico, and Blood on the Border: A Memoir of the Contra War. She is the recipient of the Cultural Freedom Prize for Lifetime Achievement by the Lannan Foundation, and she lives in San Francisco, CA.




Praise for Loaded:

"Dunbar-Ortiz's argument will be disturbing and unfamiliar to most readers, but her evidence is significant and should not be ignored."Publishers Weekly

" . . . gun love is as American as apple pie—and that those guns have often been in the hands of a powerful white majority to subjugate minority natives, slaves, or others who might stand in the way of the broadest definition of Manifest Destiny."Kirkus Reviews

"Trigger warning! This is a superb and subtle book, not an intellectual safe space for confirming your preconceptions—whatever those might be—but rather a deeply necessary provocation."—Christian Parenti, author of Lockdown America: Police and Prisons in the Age of Crisis

"Loaded recognizes the central truth about our 'gun culture': that the privileged place of guns in American law and society is the by-product of the racial and class violence that has marked our history from its beginnings."—Richard Slotkin, author of Gunfighter Nation: The Myth of the Frontier in Twentieth-Century America

"From an eminent scholar comes this timely and urgent intervention on U.S. gun culture. Loaded is a high-impact assault on the idea that Second Amendment rights were ever intended for all Americans. A timely antidote to our national amnesia about the white supremacist and settler colonialist roots of the Second Amendment."—Caroline Light, author of Stand Your Ground: A History of America's Love Affair with Lethal Self-Defense

"Loaded unleashes a sweeping and unsettling history of gun laws in the United States, beginning with anti-Native militias and anti-Black slave patrols. From the roots of white men armed to forge the settler state, the Second Amendment evolved as a tool for protecting white, male property owners. It's a must read for anyone who wants to uncover the long fetch of contemporary Second Amendment battles."—Kelly Lytle Hernandez, City of Inmates: Conquest, Rebellion, and the Rise of Human Caging in Los Angeles, 1771-1965

"Now, in Loaded, she widens her lens to propose that the addiction to violence characteristic of American domestic institutions also derives from the frontiersman's belief in solving problems by killing. Whether expressed in individual cruelty like the collection of scalps or group barbarism by settler colonialists calling themselves 'militias,' violence has become an ever-widening theme of life in the United States."—Staughton Lynd, author of Class Conflict, Slavery, and the United States Constitution

"For anyone who believes we need more than 'thoughts and prayers' to address our national gun crisis, Loaded is required reading. Beyond the Second Amendment, Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz presents essential arguments missing from public debate. She forces readers to confront hard truths about the history of gun ownership, linking it to ongoing structures of settler colonialism, white supremacy, and racial capitalism. These are the open secrets of North American history. It is our anxious denial as much as our public policies that perpetrate violence. Only by coming to peace with our history can we ever be at peace with ourselves. This, for me, is the great lesson of Loaded."—Christina Heatherton, co-editor of Policing the Planet: Why the Policing Crisis Led to Black Lives Matter

"Roxanne Dunbar-Oritz's Loaded argues U.S. history is quintessential gun history, and gun history is a history of racial terror and genocide. In other words, gun culture has never been about hunting. From crushing slave rebellions to Indigenous resistance, arming individual white settler men has always been the strategy for maintaining racial and class rule and for taking Indigenous land from the founding of the settler nation to the present. With clarity and urgency, Dunbar-Ortiz asks us not to think of our current moment as an exceptional era of mass-shootings. Instead, the very essence of the Second Amendment and the very project of U.S. 'settler democracy' has required immense violence that began with Indigenous genocide and has expanded to endless war-making across the globe. This is a must read for any student of U.S. history."—Nick Estes, author of the forthcoming book Our History is the Future: Mni Wiconi and Native Liberation

"With her usual unassailable rigor for detail and deep perspective, Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz has potentially changed the debate about gun control in the United States. She meticulously and convincingly argues that U.S. gun culture—and the domestic and global massacres that have flowed from it—must be linked to an understanding of the ideological, historical, and practical role of guns in seizing Native American lands, black enslavement, and global imperialism. This is an essential work for policy-makers, street activists, and educators who are concerned with Second Amendment debates, #blacklivematters campaigns, global peace, and community-based security."—Clarence Lusane, Chairman and Professor of Political Science at Howard University and author of The Black History of the White House

"Just what did the founding fathers intend the Second Amendment to do? Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz's answer to that question will unsettle liberal gun control advocates and open-carry aficionados alike. She follows the bloodstains of today's mass shootings back to the slave patrols and Indian Wars. There are no easy answers here, just the tough reckoning with history needed to navigate ourselves away from a future filled with more tragedies."James Tracy, co-author of Hillbilly Nationalists, Urban Race Rebels and Black Power: Community Organizing in Radical Times

"Gun violence, Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz compellingly shows, is as U.S. American as apple pie. This important book peels back the painful and bloody layers of gun culture in the United States, and exposes their deep roots in the killing and dispossession of Native peoples, slavery and its aftermath, and U.S. empire-making. They are roots with which all who are concerned with matters of justice, basic decency, and the enduring tragedy of the U.S. love affair with guns must grapple."—Joseph Nevins, author of Dying to Live: A Story of U.S. Immigration in an Age of Global Apartheid

"Loaded is a masterful synthesis of the historical origins of violence and militarism in the US. Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz reminds us of what we've chosen to forget at our own peril: that from mass shootings to the routine deployment of violence against civilians by the US military, American violence flows from the normalization of racialized violence in our country's founding history."—Johanna Fern├índez, Assistant Professor of History at Baruch College of the City University, and author of the forthcoming book, When the World Was Their Stage: A History of the Young Lords Party, 1968–1976

"More than a history of the Second Amendment, this is a powerful history of the forging of white nationalism and empire through racist and naked violence. Explosively, it also shows how even liberal—and some leftist—pop culture icons have been complicit in the myth-making that has shrouded this potent historical truth."—Gerarld Horne, author of The Counter Revolution of 1776: Slave Resistance and the Origins of the USA

"Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz has done an outstanding job of resituating the so-called gun debate into the context of race and settler colonialism. The result is that the discussion about individual gun ownership is no longer viewed as an abstract moral question and instead understood as standing at the very foundation of U.S. capitalism. My attention was captured from the first page."—Bill Fletcher, Jr., former president of TransAfrica Forum and syndicated writer

"Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz provides a brilliant decolonization of the Second Amendment of the United States Constitution. She describes how the 'savage wars' against Indigenous Peoples, slave patrols (which policing in the U.S. originates from), today's mass shootings, and the rise in white Nationalism are connected to the Second Amendment. This is a critically important work for all social science disciplines."—Michael Yellow Bird, professor and director of Tribal and Indigenous Peoples Studies at North Dakota State University

"This explosive, ground-breaking book dispels the confusion and shatters the sanctimony that surrounds the Second Amendment, revealing the colonial, racist core of the right to bear arms. You simply cannot understand the United States and its disastrous gun-mania without the brilliant Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz as a guide."—Astra Taylor, author of The People's Platform: Taking Back Power and Culture in the Digital Age

"There is no more interesting historian of the United States than Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz. And with Loaded she has done it again, taking a topic about which so much has already been written, distilling it down, turning it inside out, and allowing us to see American history anew."—Walter Johnson, author of River of Dark Dreams: Slavery and Empire in the Mississippi Valley's Cotton Kingdom


Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Sands Hall on Scientology memoir 'Flunk. Start.' - March 20th


Time Tested Books
is proud to present
Sands Hall
reading & discussing
Flunk. Start.
Reclaiming My Decade Lost in Scientology
Tuesday, March 20th, 7:00pm
“It is a triumph, a work of great honesty and insight. It is a necessary book for our time.” —Karen E. Bender, author of Refund, a finalist for the National Book Award

In Flunk. Start., Sands Hall chronicles her slow yet willing absorption into the Church of Scientology. Her time in the Church, the late 1970s, includes the secretive illness and death of its founder, L. Ron Hubbard, and the ascension of David Miscavige. Hall compellingly reveals what drew her into the religion—what she found intriguing and useful—and how she came to confront its darker sides.
      As a young woman from a literary family striving to discover her own way as an artist, Hall ricochets between the worlds of Shakespeare, avant-garde theater, and soap opera, until her brilliant elder brother, playwright Oakley Hall III, falls from a bridge and suffers permanent brain damage. In the secluded canyons of Hollywood, she finds herself increasingly drawn toward the certainty that Scientology appears to offer.
      In this candid and nuanced memoir, Hall recounts her spiritual and artistic journey with a visceral affection for language, delighting in the way words can create a shared world. However, as Hall begins to grasp how purposefully Hubbard has created the unique language of Scientology—in the process isolating and indoctrinating its practitioners—she confronts how language can also be used as a tool of authoritarianism.
      Hall is a captivating guide, and Flunk. Start. explores how she has found meaning and purpose within that decade that for so long she thought of as lost; how she has faced the “flunk” represented by those years, and has embraced a way to “start” anew.

SANDS HALL is the author of the novel, Catching Heaven, a Willa Award Finalist for Best Contemporary Fiction, and a Random House Reader’s Circle selection; and of a book of writing essays and exercises, Tools of the Writer’s Craft. She teaches at the Iowa Summer Writing Festival, the Community of Writers, Squaw Valley, and is a Teaching Professor at Franklin & Marshall College in Lancaster, PA. Hall lives in Nevada City.

This event is FREE and everyone is invited.