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Avid Reader

1600 Broadway
Sacramento, CA 95818

United States

(916) 441-4400; avidreadersacaol.com

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Web site: http://www.avidreaderbooks.com/

Events: http://www.avidreaderbooks.com/event

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I love your store. I\'m a children\'s picture book author from Sacramento. I was wondering if you would be able to sell my book at your store?

Thanks!

Michael
November 2012 by michael.santolini

Upcoming events

May
31
Author Event - Indelibly Davis with Chancellor Emeritus Larry Vanderhoef (Sunday, May 31 at 2pm)
The Avid Reader is proud to present Chancellor Emeritus Larry Vanderhoef for a presentation of his memoir, Indelibly Davis: A Quarter-Century of UC Davis Stories...and Backstories on May 31st at 2pm in downtown Davis.

A distinctly different kind of memoir, Indelibly Davis offers stories that will tell readers something new (and special) about the campus, that are relevant to its development and identity and that touch on its values and culture—on that special spirit that revered former University of California President Clark Kerr believed set it apart from all other UC campuses. Chancellor Emeritus Vanderhoef has written about people who radiate that special Davis spirit…about wished-for do-overs…about conflicts (and responses)…about heartbreaking tragedy…about wing-and-a-prayer risk-taking…about the payoffs of patience and persistence…and about tough, principled decision-making (what his dad would call “having starch”).

Patricia Pelfrey, a UC historian and author, says that this "lively and highly readable book is a distinctly different kind of memoir. Larry Vanderhoef makes UC Davis and its remarkable people the heart of his account of 25 years as a provost and chancellor—a choice that is beautifully vindicated by the power and insight of these stories. What emerges is a deeply engaging portrait of a university community and an academic leader for whom a life in higher education is not a career but a calling."

Local bestselling author John Lescroart adds, "Larry tells full-bodied stories in a writing ‘voice’ that is inviting, unsparing, honest, self-effacing and still confident. Indelibly Davis is an engaging, illuminating read."

Location: Street: 617 2nd St City: Davis, Province: California Postal Code: 95616-4620 Country: United States (added from IndieBound)
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Jun
5
Author Event - One Murder More (Maren Kane Mysteries, Book 1) with Kris Calvin (Friday, June 5 at 7:30pm)
The Avid Reader is proud to present the debut novel of former elected official Kris Calvin, One Murder More on June 5th at 7:30pm in downtown Davis. Calvin will read from the new book, answer questions and hold a discussion. A signing will follow.

In One Murder More, a beautiful legislative aide is found stabbed to death in California's Capitol building.

Maren Kane, a lobbyist for a fledgling Sacramento-based toy company, is in the midst of a legislative fight that could make or break her career. She doesn’t have time for a coffee break let alone involvement in a murder investigation.

But when police arrest Maren's colleague for the crime, she's certain they have the wrong man. The cops suspect a crime of passion—love gone wrong. Maren knows that in the capital, money and power drive all things tragic and scandalous. Sex and love are little more than window-dressing. But will she be able to prove her theory—and free her friend—before she becomes the next victim?

Davis resident and bestselling author John Lescroart says “Crisp and entertaining, One Murder More marks a solid debut for Kris Calvin, who sets herself apart as a writer to watch.”

About the Author: A former local elected official, Kris Calvin knows politics from the inside out. She lives minutes from Sacramento, capital city of California and has been honored by the State Assembly and the California Governor's office for her leadership in political advocacy on behalf of children.

Educated at Stanford and UC Berkeley in psychology and economics, Kris loves mysteries and thinks there's no better way to achieve work-life balance than to stumble upon a corpse, unravel the relevant clues and find the killer (so long as all of that happens between the covers of a good book).

One Murder More is the first in Kris Calvin's new Maren Kane mystery series.

Location: Street: 617 2nd St City: Davis, Province: California Postal Code: 95616-4620 Country: United States (added from IndieBound)
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Jun
6
Author Event - Pairs: Twins and Other Twosomes with Evan Welty (Saturday, June 6 at 1pm)
The Avid Reader in downtown Davis is happy to welcome Healdsburg author Evan Welty for a reading of her first children's picture book Pairs: Twins and Other Twosomes on June 6th at 1:00 p.m.

Pairs are all around us and we usually assume they're two identical things...but often they're not, especially when the pairs are people! Follow a little boy as he takes you on a tour of his home, garden, and family and spot the pairs along the way. Do you know any people that look just alike? “Look and see...they might just surprise you! We think you'll agree.”

Pairs: Twins and Other Twosomes recently won the Gold Medal at the Moonbeam Children's Book Awards for Best First Book – Picture Book. The Moonbeam Children's Book Awards contest is designed to honour the year's best children's books, authors and illustrators; and to support childhood literacy and life-long reading. This year, Moonbeam Awards celebrate its seventh year as part of the annual Traverse City Children's Book Festival in Michigan.

About the Author: Evan Welty is a writer, traveler, and mother of “identical” twin boys. Her enjoyment in getting to know the two of them was the inspiration for Pairs: Twins and Other Twosomes. Evan has a Masters in Public Policy from Georgetown University and lives with her family in Healdsburg.

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Jun
6
Author Event - Humankind: How Biology and Geography Shape Human Diversity with Alexander "Sandy" Harcourt (Saturday, June 6 at 7:30pm)
The Avid Reader welcomes University of California, Davis Professor Emeritus Alexander "Sandy" Harcourt for a presentation, discussion, and signing of his book, Humankind: How Biology and Geography Shape Human Diversity on June 6th from 7:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

Humankind asks questions like "Where did the human species originate?" and "Why are tropical peoples much more diverse than those at polar latitudes?" Have you ever wondered why only Japanese peoples can digest seaweed? Or how are darker skin, sunlight, and fertility related? Have you wondered if Neanderthals and Homo Sapiens ever interbred? Harcourt answers these questions and more, as he explains how the expansion of the human species around the globe and our interaction with our environment explains much about why humans differ from one region of the world to another, not only biologically, but culturally.

What effects have other species had on the distribution of humans around the world, and we, in turn, on their distribution? And how have human populations affected each other’s geography, even existence? For the first time in a single book, Alexander Harcourt brings these topics together to help us understand why we are, what we are, where we are.

It turns out that when one looks at humanity's expansion around the world, and in the biological explanations for our geographic diversity, we humans are often just another primate. Humanity's distribution around the world and the type of organism we are today has been shaped by the same biogeographical forces that shape other species.

Alexander H. Harcourt is a professor emeritus in the Anthropology Department at the UC Davis. He is the coauthor of Gorilla Society and Human Biogeography and co-editor of "Coalitions and Alliances in Humans and Other Animals." He lives in Davis, California.

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Jun
13
Author Event - Long Black Curl with Alex Bledsoe (Saturday, June 13 at 7:30pm)
The Avid Reader is happy to welcome author Alex Bledsoe for a reading, discussion, and signing of the latest book in his fantasy Tufa series, Long Black Curl on June 13th at 7:30 p.m.

Drawing inspiration from Appalachian folklore and the haunting music of the region, Bledsoe spun the fascinating original mythology of the Tufa, a reclusive clan of mountain folk whose historical roots are cloaked in myth and controversy. In all the time the Tufa have existed, only two have ever been exiled: Bo-Kate Wisby and her lover, Jefferson Powell. They were cast out, stripped of their ability to make music, and cursed to never be able to find their way back to Needsville. Their crime? A love that crossed the boundary of the two Tufa tribes, resulting in the death of several people.

Somehow, Bo-Kate has found her way back, and she intends to take over both tribes, which means eliminating both Rockhouse Hicks and Mandalay Harris. Bo-Kate has a secret weapon: Byron Harley, a rockabilly singer known as the “Hillbilly Hercules” for his immense size and strength, and who has passed the last sixty years trapped in a bubble of faery time. He's ready to take revenge on any Tufa he finds.

The only one who can stop Bo-Kate is Jefferson Powell. Released from the curse and summoned back to Cloud County, even he isn't sure what will happen when they finally meet. Will he fall in love with her again? Will he join her in her quest to unite the Tufa under her rule? Or will he have to sacrifice himself to save the people who once banished him?

Alex Bledsoe is the critically-acclaimed author of the first book in the Tufa novel series, The Hum and the Shiver, a remarkable fantasy that was named one of the Best Fiction Books of 2011 by Kirkus Reviews. Its follow-up, Wisp of A Thing, drew rave reviews from critics and fans alike; in a starred review, Library Journal said the novel "captures the allure and the sometimes sinister beauty of the Appalachian backwoods, filled with myths, haunted by ghosts, and touched, always, by death." Bledsoe also authored the novels in the Eddie LaCrosse series: He Drank, and Saw the Spider, The Sword-Edged Blonde, Burn Me Deadly, and Dark Jenny.

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Jun
21
Author Event - Death in Nostalgia City with Mark Bacon (Sunday, June 21 at 2pm)
The Avid Reader is happy to welcome author Mark Bacon for a reading, discussion, and signing of his murder mystery novel, Death in Nostalgia City on June 21st at 2:00 p.m. He thinks he's on edge now, then people start getting killed... “Uptight” has been ex-cop Lyle Deming default setting for years, but his new job driving a cab in a theme park promises to cure his chronic anxieties. Nostalgia City is the ultimate resort for anyone who wants to visit the past. A meticulous recreation of an entire small town from the early 1970s, it's complete with period cars, music, clothes, shops, restaurants, hotels--the works. The relaxed theme-park atmosphere is just what Lyle needs--until rides are sabotaged and tourists killed. Then park founder, billionaire "Max" Maxwell, drafts Lyle into investigating--unofficially. As the violence escalates and employees get rattled, Lyle gets help. Kate Sorensen, the park's PR director--and former college basketball player--becomes another incognito investigator. Except that she's six-foot-two-and-a-half-inches tall and drop-dead gorgeous. So much for incognito. Together, Lyle and Kate must unravel a conspiracy of corporate greed and murder. Brian Kaufman of Rabbit Hole Reviews says "...there isn't an ounce of fat in this novel. Bacon's prose is clean, crisp and lightning fast. The plot moves like a theme park ride." Mark Bacon is also the author of several non-fiction titles as well as two collections of crime and mystery flash fiction stories. He began his career as a newspaper reporter covering, among other beats, the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department and the Glendale (CA) Police Department. After writing news and features at two newspapers, he moved to ad copywriting when he joined the advertising department of Knott's Berry Farm in Buena Park, CA. Bacon wrote commercials and ads for the Orange County theme park and he directed special events. Later his career moved into other forms of communication, but his early background covering a daily police beat and working for a theme park was part of the inspiration for Death in Nostalgia City. He and his wife, Anne, and their golden retriever, Willow, live in Reno, Nevada.

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Jun
22
Avid Reader Book Club - Being Mortal by Atul Gawande (Monday, June 22 at 7:30pm)
The Avid Reader Book Club meeting for June 2015 will take place on the 22nd. This month's selection is Being mortal by Atul Gawande.

The Avid Reader Book Club meets every fourth Monday at 7:30 p.m. in The Avid Reader to discuss a new book selection. There is no fee to join and no list to sign up.

Starting May 2015, Avid Reader Book Club selections and meetings are now posted here on AvidReaderBooks.com, as well as our Facebook and Twitter accounts, and included on our Pinterest "Avid Reader Book Club" board. You will also see announcements about the selections via our Mailing List. You can also go to the Davis Wiki for additional information and updates.

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Jul
17
Author Event - Aurora with Kim Stanley Robinson (Friday, July 17 at 7:30pm)
The Avid Reader is happy to present local author Kim Stanley Robinson for the launch of his newest science-fiction novel, Aurora on July 17th from 7:30pm to 8:30pm.

A major new novel from one of science fiction's most powerful voices, Aurora tells the incredible story of our first voyage beyond the solar system.

Freya and her parents live aboard a starship that has traveled for generations and will soon reach Tau Ceti, a star about 12 light years from Earth’s solar system. Freya’s mother, Devi, is the de facto chief engineer, struggling to keep the ship’s environment balanced until they reach a new world and, they hope, survive on it. But ecologies are delicate, resources are limited, and the laws of physics are immutable.

Over the course of Freya’s life, her community faces genuinely surprising struggles for survival, leading Freya to wonder whether it is too late to reconsider a question initially decided millions of miles away and centuries ago: should this ship have been launched in the first place?

About the Author: Kim Stanley Robinson is a New York Times bestseller and winner of the Hugo, Nebula, and Locus awards. He is the author of more than twenty books, including the bestselling Mars trilogy and the critically acclaimed Forty Signs of Rain, The Years of Rice and Salt and 2312. In 2008, he was named a "Hero of the Environment" by Time magazine, and he works with the Sierra Nevada Research Institute. He lives in Davis, California.

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Jul
27
Avid Reader Book Club - The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho (Monday, July 27 at 7:30pm)
The Avid Reader Book Club will meet on July 27th. This month's selection is The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho.

The Avid Reader Book Club meets every fourth Monday at 7:30 p.m. in The Avid Reader to discuss a new book selection. There is no fee to join and no list to sign up.

Starting May 2015, Avid Reader Book Club selections and meetings are posted here on AvidReaderBooks.com, as well as on our Facebook and Twitter accounts, and are included on our Pinterest "Avid Reader Book Club" board. You will also see announcements about the selections via our Mailing List. You can also go to the Davis Wiki for additional information and updates.

Location: Street: 617 2nd St City: Davis, Province: California Postal Code: 95616-4620 Country: United States (added from IndieBound)
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Aug
24
Avid Reader Book Club - Season of the Witch by David Talbot (Monday, August 24 at 7:30pm)
The Avid Reader Book Club will meet on August 24th. This month's selection is Season of the Witch: Enchantment, Terror and Deliverance in the City of Love by David Talbot.

The Avid Reader Book Club meets every fourth Monday at 7:30 p.m. in The Avid Reader to discuss a new book selection. There is no fee to join and no list to sign up.

Starting May 2015, Avid Reader Book Club selections and meetings are posted here on AvidReaderBooks.com, as well as on our Facebook and Twitter accounts, and are included on our Pinterest "Avid Reader Book Club" board. You will also see announcements about the selections via our Mailing List. You can also go to the Davis Wiki for additional information and updates.

Location: Street: 617 2nd St City: Davis, Province: California Postal Code: 95616-4620 Country: United States (added from IndieBound)
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Sep
11
Author Event - The Child Garden with Catriona McPherson (Friday, September 11 at 7:30pm)
The Avid Reader is thrilled to welcome back prolific local author Catriona McPherson for a reading, discussion, and signing of her latest book, the first hardback printed by Midnight Ink Press in celebration of their 10th anniversary, The child garden.

Eden was its name. “An alternative school for happy children.” But it closed in disgrace after a student’s suicide. Now it’s a care home, its grounds neglected and overgrown, and its only neighbor Gloria Harkness. Her son lives there, lighting up her life and breaking her heart each day.

When Gloria’s childhood friend turns up at her door, she doesn’t hesitate before asking him in. A girl from Eden is stalking him, has goaded him into meeting her at the site of the suicide. Only when the dead begin to speak, it’s murder they say.

Local and New York Times bestselling author John Lescroart says The child garden is "deeply resonant, utterly original, compelling, and satisfying, Catriona McPherson's The child garden is the work of a master—of character, tone, setting, and plot—writing at the thriller-most top of her form."

About the Author: Catriona McPherson was born in Edinburgh, Scotland and is the author of the Anthony Award-winning As She Left It, which was also included in Kirkus Reviews’ Best Fiction Books of 2013. She also wrote the Edgar Award-nominee The Day She Died and the Dandy Gilver historical mystery series. McPherson is the president of Sisters in Crime and a member of Mystery Writers of America. She lives in Winters.

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Sep
28
Avid Reader Book Club - Redeployment by Phil Klay (Monday, September 28 at 7:30pm)
The Avid Reader Book Club meeting for the month of September 2015 will be on September 28th. This month's selection is Redeployment by Phil Klay.

The Avid Reader Book Club meets every fourth Monday at 7:30 p.m. in The Avid Reader to discuss a new book selection. There is no fee to join and no list to sign up.

Starting May 2015, The Avid Reader Book Club selections and meetings are be posted here on AvidReaderBooks.com, as well as on our Facebook and Twitter accounts, and are included on our Pinterest "Avid Reader Book Club" board. You will also see announcements about the selections via our Mailing List. You can also go to the Davis Wiki for additional information and updates.

Location: Street: 617 2nd St City: Davis, Province: California Postal Code: 95616-4620 Country: United States (added from IndieBound)
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Oct
26
Avid Reader Book Club - Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs (Monday, October 26 at 7:30pm)
The Avid Reader Book Club meeting for the month of October 2015 will be on October 26th. This month's selection is Miss Peregrine's home for peculiar children by Ransom Riggs.

The Avid Reader Book Club meets every fourth Monday at 7:30 p.m. in The Avid Reader to discuss a new book selection. There is no fee to join and no list to sign up.

Starting May 2015, The Avid Reader Book Club selections and meetings are be posted here on AvidReaderBooks.com, as well as on our Facebook and Twitter accounts, and are included on our Pinterest "Avid Reader Book Club" board. You will also see announcements about the selections via our Mailing List. You can also go to the Davis Wiki for additional information and updates.

Location: Street: 617 2nd St City: Davis, Province: California Postal Code: 95616-4620 Country: United States (added from IndieBound)
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