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Let’s start off this week with a question.
What are you reading now? What book(s) do you recommend others read, and why?
Okay, three questions.
I’m currently reading Lorrie Moore’s “A Gate at The Stairs,” and a book I’ll be reviewing in a few weeks, “An Uncertain Age,” by Ulrica Hume. Also, I’m reading “The Collected Stories” by Amy Hempel and “Landscapes with Figures” by Robert Root.
The books I recommend include any of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s short stories and any of Hemingway’s short stories. I’ll toss in Raymond Carver’s short stories and “Black Tickets” by Jayne Anne Phillips. Poetry books include anything by Robert Hass and Kazim Ali, as well as Connie Post’s newest book, which I’ll review here next week.
Why do I recommend those books? I love short stories and poetry, and these are great books to enjoy or to study. The sentences and lines are tight and perfect. Nothing overwritten. That’s my selection today, at this moment. Another moment might bring another selection.
Let’s move on to events and news.
Ruthie Bolton will read from her book, “The Ride of a Lifetime: The Making of Mighty Ruthie,” at the Avid Reader at the Tower on Sunday, Aug. 12 from 2 to 4 p.m. For those of you who aren’t aware, Bolton is a former WNBA Sacramento Monarchs basketball star and two-time Olympic gold medal winner. She was inducted into the Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame in 2011.
Laura Lippman will appear at the Sacramento Central Public Library on Aug. 16 at 6 p.m. Lippman is a mystery and psychological suspense writer. She has won many mystery awards for her books, which include “What the Dead Know,” and her latest thriller, “And When She Was Good.”
Two California State University, Sacramento professors have new books.
Joshua McKinney just released his latest book of poetry, “Mad Cursive.” Look for a review of his book right here in the next few weeks. He’ll be reading and signing copies at the Sacramento Poetry Center in September. Details to follow.
Remember, we focus our attention on local authors, local presses and books of local interest. We include outsiders from time to time. If you have a book to be reviewed, query first at SacramentoBookTalk@gmail.com with information about the book and a sample of the writing.
Enjoy reading and attending events until next time.