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Wednesday, January 2, 2019

Tuesday, February 5: Victoria Loustalot reading/signing new memoir 'Future Perfect'

Time Tested Books
is pleased to present

Victoria Loustalot
reading / signing / Q&A

Future Perfect:

A Skeptic's Journey into the Fact,
Fiction, and Fraud of Mystics

Tuesday, February 5th, 7:00pm

“2017 was a year of trauma, a fact that sometimes feels like the only thing left uniting us,” writes Victoria Loustalot in Future Perfect: A Skeptic’s Journey into the Fact, Fiction, and Fraud of Mystics. As Victoria struggled to find purpose and meaning in a year that offered mass shootings, terrorist attacks, #MeToo, Hurricanes Harvey, Irma, and Maria, devastating fires, racial unrest, and seemingly endless political chaos, she began to question everything, and search for answers in the most unexpected of places. FUTURE PERFECT asks questions that we all ponder, and finds answers that are anything but straightforward.

Victoria’s very personal journey begins with the breakup of a long-term relationship, and her search—at a psychic’s urging—to find her own Prince Harry. When she thinks she’s found that new love, she wonders if it’s for real or too good to be true—and if so, how would she know? As her skeptical eye wonders what she’s possibly missed and what she has yet to see, she discovers herself along the way, aided by a motley crew of psychics, astrologers, and shamans.

Bit by bit, Victoria peels back the layers of mysticism, interviewing a New Jersey teen who “sees dead people,” an astrological poet in Indonesia, a psychic in Montreal, a Hawaiian empath-intuitive, and a potentially clairvoyant grandmother in California, among others. She visits a tacky tourist trap/voodoo museum in New Orleans, takes a virtual class in astrology, befriends an oracle card designer in lower Manhattan, and meditates with an empath-intuitive named Maureen Bright Healer, all while bringing readers down the rabbit hole with her to discover what’s real and what’s not, and why it matters.  

Victoria muses: “If psychic ability is pure conjecture, mere coincidence, does that mean it is also without value? If it is fake, does that mean it is also full of harm? If it is real, does its truth necessitate that it is also valuable?” She wonders who we are, why we are here, and why, whether we believe in them or not, we need psychics, astrologers, and shamans.

Victoria Loustalot (pronounced LOO-STA-LOW) has written for the New York Times, the New Yorker online, the Onion, Women’s Wear Daily, and Publishers Weekly, among many other publications. Her writing has been acquired by the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Thomas J. Watson Library and Yale University’s Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library. She earned her BA and her MFA from Columbia University in New York and worked at Twitter as the global program manager for @TwitterMoments. She is the author of the memoir This is How You Say Goodbye and Living Like Audrey, a meditation on the life and career of Audrey Hepburn. In the future, according to one psychic, she will call the Scottish countryside home. Another claims she will move to Hawaii. Loustalot is dubiously unopposed to both. For now, she lives in New York City, and can be found at www.victorialoustalot.com.

“You’re not the only one who buys crystals and reads your horoscope and has maybe seen a medium just for fun but also because you were seeking guidance in your life and found it in a stranger who made your arm hair stand up. There’s a reason (several reasons?) why we’re all out there, cobbling together our own belief systems. It’s easy to be snarky or skeptical about the things that people have faith in, especially when that thing is a piece of rose quartz they bought at a strip mall. But Victoria isn’t snarky or belittling, because Victoria, like all of us rubbing our crystals while meditating, is also a seeker. And she’s also a very smart writer, who explores how we all got to this place, where mysticism is mainstream and people are more likely to go see their intuitive healer than their doctor (if they even have one).” —Nora Purmot, creator and host of the podcast Terrible, Thanks For Asking and the author of It’s Okay to Laugh and No Happy Endings

“This book is not what you think it is. What this book is is Victoria Loustalot reaching into my mind and sorting out my eternal struggles. Here’s the thing: as much as it pains me to say so, my struggles are not all that unique. I wonder about my future, I ponder the mysteries and beauties and great pains of love, I wonder what’s out there that might be greater than me. In navigating the realms of psychics and healers with a skeptic’s eye and an open heart, Loustalot moves toward meaning in a way that is deeply resonant.” —Elizabeth Crane, author of We Only Know So Much and The History of Great Things

“Writing from an anxious, impatient, image-driven, data- and option-overloaded generation, Victoria Loustalot looks at our longings and the sources from whom we seek answers. Future Perfect is about the psychics and mystics we either adore or are skeptical about, and the science that supports or debunks their syntheses and claims. But this book is also about us—thirtysomethings, women, memoirists, Instagrammers—what we yearn for, why we search, how badly we want to be found. In reading about Loustalot’s journey, in research and in life, we might just feel a little less lost and a little less alone, and that the future, while imperfect, can be a breeding ground for magic and kindness and empathy. Whether she embraces the scientific or the spiritual, in the end, and certainly evermore, Loustalot embraces herself.” —Cinelle Barnes, author of Monsoon Mansion: A Memoir

This event is FREE & all are welcome

Tuesday, February 12th: Reese Erlich on 'The Iran Agenda Today' - Reading/Discussion/Q&A

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
Thursday, January 10th, 7:00pm

A journalist's first hand 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

Thursday, November 22, 2018

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

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