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Tuesday, March 4, 2014

Wednesday April 23: Ben Tarnoff's 'The Bohemians'

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, March 3, 2014

Wednesday April 30: Bruce Dancis - 'Resister'

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.

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!

Sunday, February 2, 2014

Artis Henderson reading & signing 'Unremarried Widow' - March 6th


Time Tested Books
presents
Artis Henderson
Reading & Signing
Unremarried Widow
Thursday, March 6th at 7:00pm






In this powerful memoir, a young woman loses her husband twenty years after her own mother was widowed, and overcomes two generations of tragedy to discover that both hope and love endure.

Artis Henderson was a free-spirited young woman with dreams of traveling the world and one day becoming a writer. Marrying a conservative Texan soldier and becoming an Army wife was never part of her plan, but when she met Miles, Artis threw caution to the wind and moved with him to a series of Army bases in dusty southern towns, far from the exotic future of her dreams. If this was true love, she was ready to embrace it.

But when Miles was training and Artis was left alone, her feelings of isolation and anxiety competed with the warmth and unconditional acceptance she’d found with Miles. She made few friends among the other Army wives. In some ways these were the only women who could truly empathize with her lonely, often fearful existence— yet they kept their distance, perhaps sensing the great potential for heartbreak among their number.

It did not take long for a wife’s worst fears to come true. On November 6, 2006, the Apache helicopter carrying Miles crashed in Iraq, leaving twenty-six-year-old Artis—in official military terms—an “unremarried widow.” A role, she later realized, that her mother had been preparing her for for most of her life.

In this memoir Artis recounts not only the unlikely love story she shared with Miles and her unfathomable recovery in the wake of his death— from the dark hours following the military notification to the first fumbling attempts at new love—but also reveals how Miles’s death mirrored her father’s death in a plane crash, which Artis survived when she was five years old and which left her own mother a young widow.

In impeccable prose, Artis chronicles the years bookended by the loss of these men—each of whom she knew for only a short time but who had a profound impact on her life and on the woman she has become.



 

Artis Henderson is an award-winning journalist and essayist whose work has appeared in The New York Times and Reader’s Digest. She has an undergraduate degree from the University of Pennsylvania and a graduate degree from Columbia University’s School of Journalism. Unremarried Widow is her first book.


This event is FREE & everyone is invited!

Saturday, February 1, 2014

Paul Robins reading & signing 'Did Sid?' - February 28th

Time Tested Books
is pleased to present
Paul Robins
Reading & Signing 
his debut novel
Did Sid?

Friday, February 28th at 7 p.m.


It's 1980. The capitol of California is experiencing a curious crime wave, and all the clues point to Sid Bigler. An insecure deli owner is transformed into an equally insecure private detective as Sid scrambles to prove to the police, the press, and his girlfriend, that he's innocent. 
Somebody did it, Did Sid?

Paul Robins is a successful broadcaster, an avid reader, a slow but devoted runner, and a writer of mystery novels. His morning radio resume includes brief stops in Detroit & Dallas, and a wonderfully long one in Sacramento, California. In TV-land, Paul appeared for several years on The Discovery Channel as one of “The Answer Guys” and is currently seen on PBS’s “America’s Heartland.” He can also be found anchoring the news weekday mornings on KTXL FOX40 in Sacramento.

This event is FREE and all are welcome.


James Scott on 'Sacramento's Gold Rush Saloons' - February 27th

 Time Tested Books 
is pleased to present
James Scott
Thursday, February 27th, at 7:00pm
Reading & Signing

Sacramento's Gold Rush Saloons: El Dorado in a Shot Glass




 
As early as 1839, Sacramento, California, was home to one of the most enduring symbols of the American West: the saloon. From the portability of the Stinking Tent to the Gold Rush favorite El Dorado Gambling Saloon to the venerable Sutter's Fort, Sacramento saloons offered not simply a nip of whiskey and a round of monte but also operated as polling place, museum, political hothouse, vigilante court and site of some of the nineteenth century's worst violence. From librarian James Scott and the Special Collections of the Sacramento Public Library comes a fascinating history of Sacramento saloons featuring the advent of all types of gaming, the rise of local alcohol production and the color and guile of some of the region's most compelling personalities.



This event is FREE and everyone is invited! 

Wednesday, January 1, 2014

Joey Garcia of SN&R's "Ask Joey" column - February 20th

Time Tested Books
is proud to present
Joey Garcia 
Thursday, February 20th at 7:00pm 
reading, signing, Q&A

 

In When Your Heart Breaks, It’s Opening To Love, Joey Garcia matches true stories of broken relationships with warm, wise advice that offers unexpected insights and prescriptions for healing. If you've been cheated on and want to move forward but don’t know how, if you feel like your world is disintegrating because the person you love has left you, or if you just want closure, reading this book will help you emerge stronger and happier than you thought possible.

Joey Garcia has dispensed wise, witty and practical advice to readers of the Sacramento News & Review since 1996 via the "Ask Joey" column, and has been featured in the Huffington Post, Sacramento Magazine, the Sacramento Bee, on Capital Public Radio’s “Insight”, KFBK radio, KCRA-TV, and KMAX’s "Good Day Sacramento" program. She has taught relationship education programs to adults and teens for seventeen years in settings as diverse as high schools, homeless shelters, jails and the Learning Exchange. Joey is also a trainer with the Relationship Skills Center in Sacramento, and has been a featured speaker on the topic of relationships for (among others) the Sacramento County Sheriff’s Department, Sacramento City College, the California Home School Association, the Whole Earth Festival and various Rotary Clubs.

This event is FREE & everyone is invited!