Passions to collide at annual fall book sale benefitting the Sacramento SPCA

Bibliophiles and animal lovers alike are expected at the Sacramento SPCA’s annual fall book sale starting Thursday, November 14 and running through Sunday, November 17 at Country Club Plaza on Watt Avenue. Proceeds from the event benefit the programs and services of the Sacramento SPCA. The book sale will feature hundreds of gently used books in a variety of popular categories, including: 1. Adventure 2. Biographies 3. Children 4. Cookbooks 5. Fiction 6. Holiday 7. Large print 8. Mystery 9. Nearly new 10. Romance 11. Table top 12. Teens This year’s event also includes a holiday boutique sale that will run through Saturday, November 30. The boutique sale will include specially selected items from the Sacramento SPCA Thrift Store, including holiday decorations and crafts, specialty gifts and clothing. Fall book sale November 14–16, 2013 Weekdays and Saturday 10 a.m.–6 p.m. Sunday 11 a.m.–5 p.m. Holiday boutique sale November 14–30, 2013 Weekdays and Saturdays 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Sundays 11 a.m.–5 p.m. Proceeds from the four-day book sale historically raise $30,000 for the Sacramento SPCA. For more information, visit www.sspca.org/holidaybook.   Disclosure: Public relations manager, Sacramento SPCA

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Smart Businesses Find that Self-Publishing Isn’t Just for Authors Any More

A few years ago the traditional publishing empire collapsed and authors turned to the new tech tools to create, format, and sell their books. Today there’s no stigma to self-publishing a book, as long as it’s done professionally. And though authors of novels, memoir, children’s books, and how-to books have fully embraced self-publishing, it’s been largely neglected by professionals in business, finance, real estate, restaurants, heath and fitness, and political pundits who want to spread their ideas. Smart businesses have started to use the capabilities of online pubishing as part of their "content marketing" stragegy. That is, offering free ebooks and apps to online customers, and even print books and booklets to customers who come into the store. Here are some low-cost and easy-to-use tools that can help you get into the online publishing game, the fastest growing business in the USA today. Smashwords: Mark Coker and his wife spent three years trying to publish a really good book in the traditional manner. When Coker, a Silicon Valley entrepreneur, found that the industry was broken, he set about creating a new publishing system. Smashwords is a free online tool that converts your Word document into all the different ebook formats. The company also distributes your book to most of the online ebook retailers and app stores, and even to libraries. You get 85% of net […]

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Book Talk: Finding new voices

Sometimes it’s important to move outside of our comfort zone to experience the world. We take vacations to different cities or states or countries, stay a bit, then return to the comfort of what we’re familiar with. We splurge on food and trinkets, take photos and try new things (Maybe that rollercoaster with your 86-year-old grandmother because it really did look slow. She enjoyed it, you didn’t and you both got in trouble.). Why not do the same with reading? It’s easy to stick with what’s familiar. You get hooked on a particular author or genre. Mystery, poetry, memoir, western, noir, romance, spy, thriller, history, nature and art are just a few areas of interest for readers. Within each area, however, are subjects like nature poetry or spy thrillers that take place in this country or that, or the history of certain time periods or locations or groups of people. Are you stuck on Raymond Carver or John Lescroart? How about William Burg or Rumi? Did you finish all the titles in the Harry Potter series and couldn’t find anything else to your liking, or don’t know where to look? You’ve come to the right place. Don’t expect all the secrets to be released, but there are several easy ways to find something new to read. Start with a trip to the library. Peruse the […]

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A guide to summer staples

This summer is all about life & style. Time to put in your PTO, store away that frumpy winter wardrobe and gear up on all the season’s must-haves for healthy living and re-creating your identity through fashion. WELL COLOR ME HAPPY Using a color wheel, identify complimenting hues to determine a color scheme for your summer wardrobe. Also, feel free to incorporate metallic, neon and cool Caribbean colors to compliment your basic color scheme.       ACCESSORIES • Statement Jewelry: Bold & chunky and or metal & masculine • August and brimmed hats and fedoras • Cat-eye sunglasses • Aviator shades • Parasols and or light umbrellas • Classic gold or silver watch • Retro swim wear (60’s inspired) STAPLES FOR YOUR SUMMER WARDROBE • Basic denim jacket • 70’s inspired bell-bottoms • Palazzo pants, like royal groove pants, available at: www.concreteroseboutique.com • Designer inspired t-shirts, like Celine, Marc Jacobs, YSL and Chanel available at: www.loveoflabelsboutique.com • A good pair of skinny jeans • Wedge sandals • Intricate beaded sandals, like Pikolinos, available at: www.pikolinos.com • Patriotic/flag inspired apparel • White on white trend, also known as the “white-out trend” and or lace/embroidery over white • Cropped top • Sleeveless dress • A pair of cut-off shorts • Camouflage inspired apparel, like camo luxury auto apparel, available at: www.sheluxecouture.com • A carven skirt FRESH […]

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Sex Talks with Dr. Fran: Let’s talk about intimacy and touch

From “Love and Survival: The Scientific Basis for the Healing Power of Intimacy”: “I am not aware of any other factor in medicine – not diet, not smoking, not stress, not genetics, not drugs, not surgery – that has a greater impact on the quality of our life, incidence of illness and premature death from all causes." –Dr. Dean Ornish Human relationships are the spice of life. Love and intimacy makes all our daily lives richer. Through these articles in the coming months, I will address a variety of topics for all age-appropriate conditions and situations. I hope you will enjoy the information and that it will enrich your lives. Today I want to simply open the dialogue and prepare the path for what’s to come. Sexuality is a very confused area in many people’s lives. We confuse intimacy with sexuality, lose out on the closeness and limit our relationships for fear that one will automatically lead to another. That is, touch and intimacy is repelled in many relationships for fear that sex is the agenda … the only agenda, and this is a sad consequence of past conditioning. Changing our scripts so that we know how to welcome what we want and know how to limit what we don’t is an education I hope I can assist you with in the articles in the […]

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Reading is So Delicious! Join our Summer Reading Kickoff on June 9

The Sacramento Public Library invites you to our Summer Reading Kickoff Party at the Central Library on Sunday, June 9 from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m., 828 I St., Sacramento. This year’s theme is Reading is so Delicious! We’ll have lots of activities for families and kids, including face-painting, jugglers, balloons, crafts, henna tattoos and more. The event also features Musical Robot, a drum and ukulele duo who combine songs, storytelling, puppetry, dancing, audience participation, and lots of “really bad robot jokes.” The kickoff will also benefit the Sacramento Food Bank. This excellent organization provides food, clothing, educational opportunities and senior services to thousands of local residents in need. We’re asking visitors to help fight hunger in our community by bringing a non-perishable food item. The Kickoff Party is one of over 1,500 events happening across all of our 28 branches. We’ll be having food-themed programs all summer, from June 1 to August 31. This includes cooking and nutrition classes for adults and kids, instruction on everything from raw foods to desserts, seminars on locally-sourced food and kitchen chemistry, and of course lots and lots of crafts, music and theater all summer long. Just a few of our highlights for kids include: • "Hungry as a Bear" Puppet Show with Tony Borders • "Cooking with Kids" – California Food Literacy • Uncle Jer’s Traveling Bee […]

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Sacramento Public Library launches Summer Food Drive June 1 until August 31

Sacramento Public Library’s Summer Reading Food Drive is underway. We will be collecting non-perishable food items at all 28 locations from June 1 until August 31. This is your chance to help out your fellow Sacramentans—without making an extra trip. Just bring non-perishable food items when you visit your local library and look for the marked collection barrel or box. If you can’t find one, please ask a librarian to direct you. Our local effort is part of the California Library Association’s “Acquire a Taste for Giving” statewide food drive. We’re encouraging people to make a special effort to bring food donations when they attend any of the 1,500 events our locations are hosting all summer during our food-themed “Reading is So Delicious” Summer Reading Program. We’re working with two great organizations, Sacramento Food Bank & Family Services and California Emergency Foodlink. The Sacramento Food Bank is a nearly four-decade-old local non-profit that runs many great programs, including used clothing donation, education programs for all age groups, and distribution of $5.5 million in food donations to local people annually. California Emergency Foodlink is a statewide organization founded in 1992 that delivers 120 million pounds of food to hungry people in California every year. We collect the food, then they pick it up and distribute it. We’re looking for non-perishable food items only, including: • Canned […]

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Cookbook author event series launches in Sacramento

Sacramento’s food renaissance continues with the launching of "Tasty Books," a new series of cookbook events produced by local food writer, cookbook author, and editor Ann Martin Rolke. Rolke was inspired to create the series when she realized there were very few events of this type in the Sacramento area. Says Rolke, “I wanted to organize events like those I love to attend in other cities – author talks, signings, tastings, and dinners.” Tasty Books will host quarterly meet-the-author dinners with Mulvaney’s B&L, in addition to smaller talks and tastings throughout the Sacramento area. The inaugural event will be held on Wednesday, February 27. Cookbook author Cheryl Sternman Rule will join guests for a prix-fixe dinner featuring recipes from her book, Ripe: A Fresh, Colorful Approach to Fruits and Vegetables. With gorgeous images by photographer Paulette Phlipot, Ripe is uniquely divided into sections by color of produce. Wednesday’s dinner, prepared by Chef Patrick Mulvaney, will include passed appetizers and a four-course family-style meal based on the colors of the season, allowing guests to sample recipes they might eventually cook at home. Ticket buyers will receive a signed copy of the cookbook. Event Details: Tasty Books – Cheryl Sternman Rule Wednesday, February 27, 2013 from 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM Mulvaney’s B&L Next Door – 1215 19th Street $60 per person; two for $100 Tickets available […]

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Anne Lamott inspires at St. Mark’s

Celebrated author Anne Lamott spoke on Friday night as the third and final speaker in the Fall 2012 Moon Lecture Series at St. Mark’s United Methodist Church. Lamott spoke on her newest book, “Help, Thanks, Wow,” and becoming a Christian in her 30s, something she really, really didn’t want to do, she explained. The best-selling author, professor, lecturer, political activist, mother and grandmother has devoted her life to sharing her knowledge. For years, Lamott has taught writing courses, given lectures and travelled around the country simply trying to help others live their lives more happily and peacefully. For nearly an hour Lamott cracked jokes about bantering denominations, growing up with atheist parents, perfectionism, drug addiction, weight and her current health problem – A.G.E. syndrome – as she said her doctor calls it. Her advice spanned nearly the broadest spectrum possible. She advised on how to stop worrying about what your butt looks like, she shared her experience working with deadlines, and during the Q&A she answered pleas from parents worried about the future of their entirely non-religious children. As a writer, Lamott commended deadlines and simply writing whether you feel like it or not. “I do really well with deadlines and structure,” Lamott said. She considers the idea of waiting for inspiration, “just a way to get out of a day’s work.” Somewhat ironically, there were many […]

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Fairytale Town Presents ScholarShare Children’s Book Festival on September 29 & 30

The ScholarShare Children’s Book Festival returns for a 12th annual celebration of books, reading and childhood on September 29 and 30. The two-day Festival—the largest early childhood literacy event in the region—is free to the public, thanks to the generous support of ScholarShare College Savings Plan. The Festival features dynamic presentations from children’s book authors and illustrators, storytelling performances, hands-on literacy activities, a book fair and information booths from literacy and arts organizations. “With our nursery rhyme and fairytale-themed park, Fairytale Town is the perfect place to engage children and encourage reading,” said Kathy Fleming, executive director of Fairytale Town. “The ScholarShare Children’s Book Festival is a great opportunity for children and parents alike to renew or create a love of reading.” This year’s featured children’s book authors include: Bob Barner, Dorina Lazo Gilmore, Sandy Lynne Holman, Heather Leigh, Bethany Telles, Joanne Jeffers Veeck and Dawn Wynne. Featured illustrators include Felipe Davalos, Michael Slack and Kenneth Spengler. Hazuki Kataoka of Storycard Theater will give a storytelling performance featuring their traditional Japanese picture-card stories called “kamishibai,” meaning “paper theater.” The Festival is sponsored by ScholarShare College Savings Plan. Additional sponsors include Wells Fargo, Blue Diamond Growers, Ronald McDonald House Charities, IKEA, Sierra Health Foundation and Time Tested Books. Media sponsors include Mix 96, Sacramento magazine, KVIE Channel 6, The Sacramento Bee, News 10 and Sac & […]

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