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Tuesday, July 17, 2018

Wednesday, Aug 22: Gayle McLaughlin on 'Winning Richmond' - discussion and Q&A

Time Tested Books
is proud to present
Gayle McLaughlin
reading / signing / Q&A
Winning Richmond:
How a Progressive Alliance Won City Hall
Wednesday, August 22nd, 7:00pm


Gayle McLaughlin is coming to Sacramento to discuss the formation of the California Progressive Alliance, the history of the Richmond Progressive Alliance, and how we can start our own progressive coalition here in Sacramento to better organize around Progressive issues and candidates, and WIN!

Copies of Winning Richmond: How a Progressive Alliance Won City Hall will be available for purchase at the event. (Proceeds benefit the California Progressive Alliance.)


Don't miss this FREE event! Come ready with questions for Gayle, and your ideas for a Sacramento progressive coalition!

Gayle McLaughlin is a former two-term Mayor of Richmond, Calif. who is running for Lieutenant Governor of California as a progressive Independent. McLaughlin was a Richmond City Council member for two terms (2005-07 and 2015-17), and served as Mayor from 2007-2014. She has a background as an educator, and professional experience in nonprofit leadership organizations promoting literacy, social justice, and environmental health. McLaughlin has also been involved in nonprofit research and data-driven projects addressing the needs of disadvantaged youth. She also co-founded Solar Richmond, a nationally-recognized local program promoting solar power and green jobs in Richmond, and Richmond Residents for a Responsible General Plan, a community organization committed to ensuring that the General Plan process be transparent and open to public participation.

This event is FREE & all are welcome

Monday, July 16, 2018

Thursday, Aug 30: Peter Gough presents 'Sounds of the New Deal: The Federal Music Project in the West'


Time Tested Books
is proud to present
Peter Gough
reading / signing / Q&A
Sounds of the New Deal:
The Federal Music Project in the West
Thursday, August 30th, 7:00pm
 

How the music of the people--all people--triumphed and reshaped America
At its peak the Federal Music Project (FMP) employed nearly 16,000 people who reached millions of Americans through performances, composing, teaching, and folksong collection and transcription. In Sounds of the New Deal, Peter Gough explores how the FMP's activities in the West shaped a new national appreciation for the diversity of American musical expression.
From the onset, administrators and artists debated whether to represent highbrow, popular, or folk music in FMP activities. Though the administration privileged using "good" music to educate the public, in the West local preferences regularly trumped national priorities and allowed diverse vernacular musics to be heard. African American and Hispanic music found unprecedented popularity while the cultural mosaic illuminated by American folksong exemplified the spirit of the Popular Front movement. These new musical expressions combined the radical sensibilities of an invigorated Left with nationalistic impulses. At the same time, they blended traditional patriotic themes with an awareness of the country's varied ethnic musical heritage and vast--but endangered--store of grassroots music.

Rich with anecdotal detail, Sounds of the New Deal reveals the crossroads of art and politics that still shapes America's sense of itself.

"Reading Gough's book has given me an understanding of that extraordinary decade during which the music of the United States was discovered (much as the Europeans 'discovered' North America). Just as important, I have learned what my parents were doing at that time, for they never told us, literally, what their roles were in the projects."--Peggy Seeger, from the foreword

“Those interested in the culture of Franklin D. Roosevelt’s New Deal will find Gough’s book instructive. Recommended.”--Choice

"In Sounds of the New Deal, historian Peter Gough helps to address a research gap long unwarranted. Gough's monograph is concise but rich in detail. Accessible and at points enlivened with some of the insider drama of personnel and personality, the book will resonate with interdisciplinary readers and specialists. It is fine work on a worthy topic."--Western American Literature


"For any student of the Great Depression--particularly the new deal--this tome will be a welcome source, reflecting a unique and rich time for American music."--The Journal of Arizona History

"Peter Gough's Sounds of the New Deal significantly adds to the cultural history of the 1930s. . . . Gough's important contribution not only explores the FMP in the West, based on a wide variety of primary and secondary sources, but also includes coverage of numerous musical styles. . . . It is a pleasure to review such an informative study of popular music."--The Journal of American History

"Peter Gough's book traces the origins and development of the Federal Muse Project (FMP), one of the least studied of the New Deal's cultural agencies. . . . The sources are impressive. Gough has scoured relevant published secondary literature, dissertations and theses, WPA administrative records, local records, sound recordings, and oral histories. . . . The result is a portrait of the activities of thousands of local FMP participants in the American West."--Western Historical Quarterly

"Gough has produced an informative, useful, and notable work that sheds new light on the New Deal and the little-known FMP. He deserves praise for his efforts."--Journal of the Illinois State Historical Society

"The author's passion for the music of the era and belief in the FMP's successful support for the diverse local music styles of the West is evident throughout the book."--Pacific Northwest Quarterly

"The confluence of musical and historical scholarship in Sounds of the New Deal is in many ways exemplary. . . . Each chapter of this book allows the reader to confront music as historical material in ways both common and uncommon. Gough writes about folk song when many would consider it anachronistic; he reinstates the past in the present, embracing the politics of populism with its positive and negative attributes; he turns to a moment of history when singing and listening to diversity made Americans more alike than different."--H-Music

"This book changes the lens on the New Deal music programs. By taking a long view (1935–43) and a regional focus (eight western states), Gough shows these projects to be more politically left, more culturally diverse, more subject to the influence of women, and more productive of performance treasures than previously suspected."--Christine Bold, author of The Frontier Club

"Sounds of the New Deal is not only an important contribution to the cultural history of the Great Depression, but it promises to transform the way in which historians connect culture with politics when studying the era. Gough's keen attention to intra-agency politics, regional differences, cross-cultural interactions, workplace issues for musicians, and, perhaps most importantly, the role of audiences in all of this gives us a better understanding of just how important federal programs were in shaping and creating the demand for culture in the American West during one of the region's most significant periods of growth. A fantastic book."--Peter La Chapelle, author of Proud to Be an Okie: Cultural Politics, Country Music, and Migration to Southern California

"Sounds of the New Deal sings a new song, revealing the significance of the almost unknown Federal Music Program for the first time. Passionately argued and deeply researched, this book permanently changes our understanding of the greatest cultural movement in American history."--Charles McGovern, author of Sold American: Consumption, and Citizenship, 1890-1945

Peter Gough is a lecturer in history at California State University, Sacramento.

 This event is FREE
and everyone is invited.

Tuesday, July 10, 2018

Thursday, Sept 13 - Mary Mackey: 'The Jaguars that Prowl Our Dreams: New and Selected Poems 1974-2018'


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



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

Monday, July 2, 2018

Jason Heller: 'Strange Stars: David Bowie, Pop Music, and the Decade Sci-Fi Exploded' - August 14th



Time Tested Books
is proud to present
Jason Heller
reading / signing / Q&A
Strange Stars:
David Bowie, Pop Music,
and the Decade Sci-Fi Exploded
Tuesday, August 14th, 7:00pm


A Hugo Award-winning author and music journalist explores the weird and wild story of when rock ’n’ roll met the sci-fi world of the 1970s

As the 1960s drew to a close, and mankind trained its telescopes on other worlds, old conventions gave way to a new kind of hedonistic freedom that celebrated sex, drugs, and rock ’n’ roll. Derided as nerdy or dismissed as fluff, science fiction rarely gets credit for its catalyzing effect on this revolution. In Strange Stars, Jason Heller recasts sci-fi and pop music as parallel cultural forces that depended on one another to expand the horizons of books, music, and out-of-this-world imagery.

In doing so, he presents a whole generation of revered musicians as the sci-fi-obsessed conjurers they really were: from Sun Ra lecturing on the black man in the cosmos, to Pink Floyd jamming live over the broadcast of the Apollo 11 moon landing; from a wave of Star Wars disco chart toppers and synthesizer-wielding post-punks, to Jimi Hendrix distilling the “purplish haze” he discovered in a pulp novel into psychedelic song. Of course, the whole scene was led by David Bowie, who hid in the balcony of a movie theater to watch 2001: A Space Odyssey, and came out a changed man…

If today’s culture of Comic Con fanatics, superhero blockbusters, and classic sci-fi reboots has us thinking that the nerds have won at last, Strange Stars brings to life an era of unparalleled and unearthly creativity—in magazines, novels, films, records, and concerts—to point out that the nerds have been winning all along.

"There's never been anything like this before—a fantastic voyage through rock 'n' roll history, decoding the sci-fi inspiration that's always lurked at the heart of it. This brilliant book makes you hear whole new strains of weirdness in music you thought you already knew." —Rob Sheffield, author of On Bowie

“Fans of popular music and sf alike will thoroughly enjoy this journey through the center of the 1970s.” Library Journal

“…an impressive guide for anyone who wants to explore the ear-tingling sci-fi pop of the turbulent 1970s” Starburst

Strange Stars is an ultra-engaging dive into science fiction’s impact on the rock and pop music we know and love. Heller’s exploration of where these fandoms intersect and become one is gloriously nerdy delight that expands far beyond Bowie. It connects the essential dots between the transportive work of J.G. Ballard, Jimi Hendrix, P-Funk, British New Wave, and Phillip K. Dick.” —Jessica Hopper, author of The First Collection of Criticism by a Living Female Rock Critic

Strange Stars is full of cosmic wisdom that will open your mind to alien melodies, and also make you hear your favorite classic rock and funk in a whole new way. This book taught me so much about the science fiction influences of some of my favorite albums, but also a ton of surprising stuff about how music shaped the worlds of science fiction. A totally indispensible guide.” —Charlie Jane Anders, author of All the Birds in the Sky

JASON HELLER is a Hugo Award-winning writer whose work has appeared in the New YorkerRolling StonePitchfork, and the Atlantic Monthly, among other publications. His latest novel is Taft 2012. He lives in Denver.
This event is FREE and everyone is invited.

Sunday, July 1, 2018

Annette McGivney reading & signing 'Pure Land' - July 19th


 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.

This event is FREE and everyone is invited.