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Thursday, July 3, 2014

Thursday 7/24: Annette Kassis on 'Prohibition in Sacramento'

We are pleased to present
Annette Kassis
reading & discussing her new book
Prohibition in Sacramento: Moralizers & Bootleggers
in the Wettest City in the Nation

Thursday, July 24th, at 7:00pm

We are pleased to present Annette Kassis for a reading, signing and discussion of her brand-new book Prohibition in Sacramento: Moralizers & Bootleggers in the Wettest City in the Nation (History Press). 

Sacramento's open opposition to Prohibition and ties to rumrunning up and down the California coast caused some to label the capital the "wettest city in the nation." The era from World War I until the repeal of the Eighteenth Amendment brought Sacramento storied institutions like Mather Field and delightful surprises like a thriving film industry--but it wasn't all pretty. The Ku Klux Klan, ethnic immigrant hatred and open hostility toward Catholics and Jews were dark chapters in the Prohibition era as Sacramento began to shape its modern identity. Join historian Annette Kassis for an exploration of this wet-and-dry snapshot of the River City.

Annette Kassis is an independent historian in the Sacramento area and author of Weinstock's: Sacramento's Finest Department Store (History Press, 2012). Formerly co-owner of the Sacramento-based advertising agency K&H Marketing, LLC, Annette currently works as the manager of consumer communications for the California Beef Council and serves on the board of the Sacramento History Foundation. She holds a master's degree in history from California State University, Sacramento.

This event is FREE & open to the public

Monday, June 30, 2014

HOT days = HOT deals!

*July* 2014

On every day that is officially forecasted at 100+ degrees, everything on our shelves is 20% off our sticker price! (All day.) That's new books, second-hand books, out-of-print books, records, rare books, kids books--everything: if it's on the shelf, it's on sale. Come brave the heat for hot deals on cool stuff!

Saturday, June 21, 2014

Ad Lumen Press 3-way book launch! - July 10th

Time Tested Books 
are pleased to present
Daniel Rounds, Jason Sinclair Long,
and Lois Ann Abraham
Thursday, July 10th, 7:00pm

 American River College’s Ad Lumen Press proudly releases three new books this summer--from fiction writer Lois Ann Abraham, microfiction writer Jason Sinclair Long, and poet Daniel Rounds. Join us at Time Tested Books for the launch of these three exciting new books and literary voices. The authors will read from their work and sign books.

Lois Ann Abraham ~ Circus Girl & Other Stories 
A little girl discovers the power of the creative impulse. A woman remembers her first confusing sexual encounter. An aging flower child travels to Mexico to save her daughter. A baby is born with blue feet. A man ponders his ex-wife's last word. Those who live in the pages of CIRCUS GIRL & OTHER STORIES are seeking—wisely or foolishly, successfully or vainly—to make sense of their lives and to become more completely themselves. For some, the self-examined life leads deeper into darkness; others find the crack in their universe that lets the light in.

Jason Sinclair Long ~ Tiny Giants: 101 Stories Under 101 Words 
After the birth of his first child, dramatist, fiction writer, and former Blue Man Group member Jason Sinclair Long set out to write one piece of microfiction every day for a year. Tiny Giants collects the very best of those pieces. A genre-jumping, maniacal look at love, loneliness, joy, despair, terror, and laugh-out-loud humor, Long's work is a study in brevity and a firm claim that a perfect story can ultimately be told with a scant handful of words.

Daniel Rounds ~ some distant lateral present
Contemporary history, mathematics, and human agency. Possibility, potentiality, and human subjectivity. What makes a world real, knowableeven, in some sense, meaningful? What are the sources and limits of our ability to know and direct ourselves? Is emancipation possible? And what is desire? How does it make one feel? How does it map the transversals of our days? Poet Daniel Rounds doesn’t provide any answers to these questions, but these themes are ever-present in his work. His is a poetry of human affect subjected to measurement and quantity. Inspired by the continental philosophy and social theory of scholars like Deleuze, Badiou, and Agamben, some distant lateral present is poetry as intellectual, emotional, and phenomenological argument, challenging the reader by disturbing given categories and shared social imagery. 

The event is on Thursday, July 10th, at 7:00pm, and is FREE & open to the public.

Thursday, May 22, 2014

Jared Paul LIVE! - June 12th

 Time Tested Books 
is pleased to present
 renowned performance poet, activist and educator
Jared Paul 
Thursday, June 12th at 7 p.m.
Touring the U.S. in support of his latest release:

Jared Paul Live!
a Greatest Hits record of his best known poetry pieces
and sharing work for his upcoming book!

As a Performance Poet:

Having toured internationally in over 200 cities throughout the United States, Canada, and Europe playing alongside legendary poets, musicians, journalists, and speakers such as Amy Goodman, Saul Williams, Bill Clinton, Sage Francis, Our Lady Peace, Paul Hawken, Jello Biafra, Immortal Technique, Anti-Flag, Atmosphere, The Misfits and many others, Jared is widely recognized as one of the premiere  performance poets in the world. 

His work has been featured on the Canadian Broadcast Company program, “Zed TV,” as well as in CMJ Magazine and The Providence Journal. Jared is a two time Individual World Poetry Slam Finalist and has been a featured poet at the Greenbuild International Conference & Expo, the Post Secret national book tour, South By Southwest Music Festival, and Net Roots Nation. He was also the headlining act for the 2009 Karl Wilhelm Diefenbach grand opening at the nationally acclaimed Villa Stuck gallery in Munich, Germany.


With over a decade of anti-war/animal rights/environmental protection organizing and a storied career laden with protest arrests, Jared Paul has become somewhat of a contemporary folk hero within the underground American counter-culture. His most notable run-in with the law happened during the 2008 Republican National Convention, where Jared was the victim of a mass arbitrary arrest. Fans and supporters jumped to action via online fundraisers and live benefit shows, through which an attorney was hired and the case was eventually dropped. His Conspiracy To Riot creative non-fiction series was published by the Providence quarterly periodical The Agenda and Strange Famous Records.  As an organizer, he has been the subject of interview, story, or photo for major media outlets such as NPR, WPRO, WPRI, NBC RI, ABC RI, CBS RI, The New York Times, The Denver Post, The Minneapolis StarTribune, and many more.


Jared is an artist in residence at AS220, the award winning Rhode Island arts collective dedicated to providing unjuried spaces for local and national artists since 1985. He is the founder and an 8 time coach of the Providence National Youth Poetry Slam Team, assisting and encouraging Rhode Island youth to seize the reins of performance art since 2001. Under Jared's direction Team Providence advanced to finals stage at The Brave New Voices International Youth Poetry Festival in 2004, 2006 and 2007. Jared has facilitated performance poetry and directaction workshops at festivals, conferences, universities, prep schools, youth correctional facilities, public schools, and writer's groups across America.

Doors:  7 p.m.
Cost:  Suggested Donation of $3-$7

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Bruce Dancis reading & signing 'Resister' - April 30th

Time Tested Books
is pleased to present
Bruce Dancis
reading & signing his new book
Resister: A Story of Protest and Prison
during the Vietnam War
Wednesday, April 30th, at 7:00pm

This memoir from a former editor at the Sacramento Bee chronicles his experiences as one of the top leaders of the draft resistance movement during the Vietnam War. Dancis offers an engaging firsthand account of some of the era's most iconic events, including the 1963 March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom, the Abbie Hoffman-led "hippie invasion" of the NYSE and the first mass draft card burning against the war--which Dancis himself organized, and for which he spent nineteen months in federal prison.

This compelling and insightful new book has received advanced praise from the likes of Adam Hochschild, Claybourne Carson, Susan M. Reverby, Michael Kazin and many more. Join us for what's sure to be a thought-provoking and highly relevant discussion.

This event is FREE & all are welcome.

Saturday, March 1, 2014

Ben Tarnoff reading & signing 'The Bohemians' - April 23rd

Time Tested Books
is proud to present
Ben Tarnoff
reading & signing his new book
The Bohemians: Mark Twain and the San Francisco
Writers Who Reinvented American Literature
Wednesday, April 23rd, at 7:00pm

"In 1860s America, the Civil War destroyed old assumptions and rewarded radically new thinking. It triggered a cultural upheaval comparable to the Vietnam War, a national trauma that made an older generation suddenly obsolete and demanded novelty, innovation, experimentation. The 1860s was bloody, bewildering--and, if you managed to survive, a magnificent time to be a young American."

Thus begins Ben Tarnoff's enlightening and fascinating new book The Bohemians. Far from the front lines of the war, the city at the western edge of America roared with youth and promise. A global seaport, home to immigrants from five continents, San Francisco had become a complex, vibrant metropolis virtually overnight. The bards of the moment were the Bohemians: a young Mark Twain, fleeing the draft and seeking adventure; literary golden boy Bret Harte; struggling gay poet Charles Warren Stoddard; and beautiful, haunted Ina Coolbirth, poet and protectorate of the group. The Bohemians reveals how these four pioneering western writers would together create a new American literature--ironic, irreverent, and unfettered by the heavy European influence that dominated the Eastern U.S.

Ben Tarnoff has written for The New York Times, the San Francisco Chronicle and Lapham's Quarterly. He is the author of A Counterfeiter's Paradise: The Wicked Lives and Surprising Adventures of Three Early American Moneymakers (Penguin/2011). He was born in San Francisco.

This event is FREE & everyone is invited.

Monday, February 3, 2014

Edward Espe Brown's "by all means: A Zen Cautionary Tale" - March 9th

 Time Tested Books
is pleased to present
Edward Espe Brown
reading & signing
his new book
by all means: A Zen Cautionary Tale
Sunday, March 9th at 4:00pm

Edward Espe Brown, chef and author of the beloved
Tassajara Bread Book, along with Tomato Blessings and
Radish Teachings, has cooked up the tale of a surprising
critter, whose deep intimacy with a Zen priest’s inner life
may strike your fancy. Margot Koch provides drawings
illuminating all the action.

As the cover advises, this is a “Zen Cautionary Tale.”
But against what exactly are we to be cautioned? The
darkness that may lurk beneath the safe refuge of
childhood memories? The ordinary life you may find
yourself living after all the spiritual aspirations? The
inevitable way every little thing in the universe is hitched
to everything else (and time is not a one-way street)?
Perhaps it’s simply a warning that Zen practice could
lead to talking with stuffed animals—and you don’t know
what they will say!

Edward Brown takes us on a winding tale through
the real-life events of a stuffed piggie named Ponce,
whose path suddenly crosses with that of an imaginary
person, named, at times, Edward. The challenges of
their everyday lives and lucid perceptions lead ultimately
towards a most singular moment of enlightenment and
mutual recognition.

Edward Espe Brown has been practicing Zen since 1965. He leads regular sitting groups and meditation retreats in Northern California and offers workshops in the U.S. and internationally on a variety of subjects, including cooking, handwriting change, and Mindfulness Touch. Edward is an accomplished chef, who helped found Greens Restaurant in San Francisco and worked with Deborah Madison in writing The Greens Cookbook. Edward's other books include The Tassajara Bread Book, Tassajara Cooking, The Tassajara Recipe Book, and Tomato Blessings and Radish Teachings. He also edited Not Always So, a collection of Suzuki Roshi's lectures. In 2007, Edward was the subject of a critically acclaimed feature-length documentary film entitled How to Cook Your Life, directed by Doris Dörrie.

This event is FREE & everyone is invited!