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Sunday, May 26, 2019

Comedian Nina G presents new memoir 'Stutterer Interrupted' - September 5th

Time Tested Books
is proud to present
Nina G
Stutterer Interrupted:
The Comedian Who Almost Didn't Happen
reading / signing / Q&A
Thursday, September 5th, 7:00pm




In her book Stutterer Interrupted: The Comedian Who Almost Didn’t Happen, Nina G challenges the status quo of how people who stutter are perceived onstage and off. She substitutes the negative emotions of shame, denial and isolation with pride, acceptance, and community.

As a child Nina had a dream of becoming a comedian, but never thought she’d be able to go on stage and make people laugh. Her story is about how stuttering caused her to first abandon her dreams, then to embark on a journey culminating in a career as one of the few stuttering stand-up comedians working today. Nina has learned that the issues that impact people with disabilities impact everyone. She hopes her book will not only entertain, but inform those who don’t understand the experience of people who stutter, and help those that do.

On stage she encounters the occasional heckler, but offstage she is often confronted with people's comments on her stuttering. Listeners often complete her sentences, inquiring, "Did you forget your name?" and giving unwanted advice like, "Slow down and breathe" (as if she never thought about slowing down and breathing in her over thirty years of stuttering!). Nina's brand of comedy reflects the experience of many people with disabilities: the problem isn't in the person but in a society that isn't always accessible or inclusive.

Nina G shares her book, experiences and humor at Time Tested Books. The event is co-sponsored by the Invisible Disabilities Comedy Show. Nina will be joined by Aliada and Drew Kimzey for an interview about Stutterer Interrupted.


“Whip smart, big hearted, and laugh-out-loud funny. Stutterer Interrupted is a must-read for anyone who cares about building a more equitable and inclusive world.”--Jonathan Mooney, author of Normal Sucks: How To Live, Learn and Thrive Outside the Lines

Nina G was the only woman who stuttered in the stand-up comedy world when she started nine years ago. She co-produced the Comedians with Disabilities Act, a national touring comedy show featuring exclusively comedians with disabilities. She also produced the first compilation album to feature Disabled Comedy Only. Nina’s brand of comedy reflects the experiences of many with disabilities. She tours the country as a conference keynote speaker including at a TEDx talk at San Jose State University. She has a doctorate in psychology and teaches at a Bay Area Community College. Stutterer Interrupted is her second book.


This event is FREE and everyone is invited.

Wednesday, May 15, 2019

David Kulczyk reading/signing '1926: Homicide in America' - August 8th

Time Tested Books
is proud to present
David Kulczyk
1926: Homicide in America
reading / signing / Q&A
Thursday, August 8th, 7:00pm



1926 was the year that Americans all over the country said screw it. And screw it they did... mixing too much bootleg booze, marijuana, cocaine, and heroin with fast cars, sex and jazz music can only lead to trouble. The number of allegedly normal people senselessly committing ghastly murders in 1926 is astounding. It is like a switch got turned on and some people went mad unlike any other time in American history.

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. He is the author of Forgotten Sacramento Murders: 1940-1976 (2018); 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). His freelance work has appeared in the SF Guardian, the East Bay Express, the Seattle Times, Pop Culture Press, Strange Magazine, and the Sacramento News and Review.

This event is FREE and everyone is invited. 

Sunday, May 5, 2019

William Burg reading/signing new book 'Wicked Sacamento' - July 25th


 Time Tested Books
is pleased to present
William Burg
reading / signing / Q&A
Wicked Sacramento
Thursday, July 25th, 7:00pm





In the early 1900s, Sacramento became a battleground in a statewide struggle. On one side were Progressive political reformers and suffragettes. Opposing them were bars, dance halls, brothels and powerful business interests. Caught in the middle was the city’s West End, a place where Grant “Skewball” Cross hosted jazz dances that often attracted police attention and Charmion performed her infamous trapeze striptease act before becoming a movie star. It was home to the “Queen of the Sacramento Tenderloin,” Cherry de Saint Maurice, who met her untimely end at the peak of her success, and Ancil Hoffman, who ingeniously got around the city’s dancing laws by renting riverboats for his soirĂ©es. In Wicked Sacramento historian William Burg shares these and many more long-hidden stories of criminals and crusaders from Sacramento’s past.

William Burg, a Sacramento resident since 1993, is a California historian whose work focuses on Sacramento history, including seven books and approximately one hundred articles about the city’s history. He holds a Master of Arts degree in public history from Sacramento State University. Burg is currently president of Preservation Sacramento and Sacramento Heritage Inc. and vice-president of Sacramento Historical Society. He was born in Skokie, Illinois, and spent his childhood in Sacramento’s suburbs, visiting Sacramento regularly and deciding to live there when he grew up.

This event is FREE and everyone is invited.

Friday, May 3, 2019

Paul Drexler reading/signing 'Notorious San Francisco' - July 10th


 Time Tested Books
is pleased to present
Paul Drexler
reading & rigning
Notorious San Francisco:
True Tales of Crime, Passion and Murder
Wednesday, July 10th, 7:00pm 




San Francisco, a city founded in part by criminals, was once one of the most dangerous cities in America. Its Barbary coast was called ”a unique criminal district that…was the scene of more viciousness and depravity but possessed more glamour than any other area…on the American continent.”

This book contains over 20 compelling tales of serial killers, deadly women, conmen, masters of escape, and unsolved mysteries.

William Thoreson, a murderous millionaire, who hid the nation’s largest private armory in his Pacific Heights mansion, Isabella Martin, the murderous “queen of grudges” who tried to poison an entire town, or Ethan McNabb and Lloyd Sampsell, the “Yacht Bandits,” who used a luxurious sloop as a getaway vehicle for their bank robberies. Most of these unusual cases are largely unknown and have never appeared in book form. Included are cases that are still mysteries today, such as the Zodiac killer, with a new analysis and an unusual new possibility.






Paul Drexler has been writing about San Francisco crime since 1984. He worked for years with the late Kevin Mullen, retired Deputy Chief of the San Francisco Police Department. Paul designed and co-produced SFPD Homicide, the interactive award-winning true crime game that has been used to teach police procedures. His column, “Notorious Crooks,” appeared regularly in the Sunday San Francisco Examiner. He has taught at San Francisco State, and appeared on the Discovery ID Network show Deadly Women as an expert on San Francisco murderesses, and on Spike TV as an expert on the Zodiac Killer. Paul also directs Crooks Tours of San Francisco, which offers walking crime tours of Chinatown and the Barbary Coast. In July 2017 Paul received the Oscar Lewis Award from the San Francisco History Association for his writing on San Francisco.


This event is FREE and everyone is invited. 


Thursday, May 2, 2019

Poet Robert Clawson with Betsyann Duval and Kane Clawson - June 26th

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