Avid Reader

1600 Broadway
Sacramento, CA 95818

United States

(916) 441-4400; avidreadersacaol.com

Type: Bookstore — Not set

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?


November 2012 by michael.santolini

Upcoming events

Author Event - A Sudden Light with Garth Stein (Saturday, March 7 at 7:30pm)
Stein’s highly anticipated new novel, A sudden light, is an ambitious, sweeping, and wholly unexpected family saga that unfolds across beautifully rendered panoramas of the Pacific Northwest.

The novel opens with Trevor Riddell beginning to tell his family the story of the fateful summer of 1990, twenty-three years earlier, when he first arrived at Riddell House just two days shy of his fourteenth birthday. Having recently endured news of his parents’ trial separation, seen his childhood home in Connecticut repossessed as a result of bankruptcy, and been whisked across the country to aid his father in selling the family’s ancient estate, Trevor’s arrival at the spectral, sylvan property is less than triumphant.

In the tradition of To Kill a Mockingbird and A Prayer for Owen Meany, A sudden light is narrated by adult Trevor looking back on his childhood, allowing Stein to weave an intricate emotional tapestry in which a contemporary family must unravel its dark and complex history while struggling to connect with one another. The riveting plot is equal parts multigenerational saga, historical novel, and ghost story, laced with eloquent reverence for the majestic natural beauty that defines the Pacific Northwest. The detailed prose, fueled by years of Stein’s dogged hands-on research, pulls readers into the realm Stein has crafted, releasing them wholly changed and deeply moved.

About the Author: Garth Stein is the author of four novels, including his latest, A sudden light. His previous novel, The Art of Racing in the Rain, was a New York Times and international bestseller. He is the co-founder of Seattle7Writers, a non-profit collective of Northwest authors working to foster a passion for the written word. He lives in Seattle with his family.

Location: Street: 617 2nd St City: Davis, Province: California Postal Code: 95616-4620 Country: United States (added from IndieBound)
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Author Event - Head Over Wheels with Ken Mercurio (Friday, March 13 at 7:30pm)
Head Over Wheels is the inspiring story of how a 56-yr-old avid cyclist recovered from a life-threatening bicycling accident to conquer an “impossible” biking tour just nine months later.

On a training ride going 28 mph, Ken's bike fork suddenly snapped apart, catapulting him onto his head and breaking his neck and six other bones. With pulverized neck vertebrae, his neurosurgeon said it was a miracle he didn’t die or become a quadriplegic. Five vertebrae were surgically fused to save his life, leaving him with a permanently stiff neck and almost no ability to turn his head.

In a momentous twist of fate, Ken had already registered to ride one of the country’s most difficult bike tours, scheduled nine months later. With no idea if he could ever ride again, Ken made that 5-day/500-mile tour his recovery goal. From climbing back on a bike for the first time, to walking his daughter down the aisle exactly six months after the accident, readers will share Ken’s joy at reaching each milestone on his recovery journey.

About the Author: Ken Mercurio is a 63-yr-old father of two who continues to endurance-ride his bike despite his permanently stiff neck and near-death bike accident. He worked 31 years for Carnation and Nestlé Food Company as director of nutrition and food-product labeling, and continues to consult in these fields during retirement.

After living his entire life in the Los Angeles area, he is now enjoying a new environment in Monroe, Ohio. Ken graduated from University of California, Davis, home to the U.S. Bicycling Hall of Fame, with a degree in nutrition science. His master’s degree is also in nutrition, from UCLA.

Head Over Wheels is Ken’s first book. He hopes his tale of recovery will inspire others to set goals to overcome what might seem like insurmountable hurdles in their lives.

Location: Street: 617 2nd St City: Davis, Province: California Postal Code: 95616-4620 Country: United States (added from IndieBound)
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Author Event - The Price of Blood with Patricia Bracewell (Sunday, March 15 at 2pm)
Readers first met Emma of Normandy in Patricia Bracewell’s gripping debut novel, Shadow on the Crown. Unwillingly thrust into marriage to England’s King Æthelred, Emma has given the king a son and heir, but theirs has never been a happy marriage.

In The Price of Blood, Bracewell returns to 1006 when a beleaguered Æthelred, still haunted by his brother’s ghost, governs with an iron fist and a royal policy that embraces murder.

As tensions escalate and enmities solidify, Emma forges alliances to protect her young son from ambitious men—even from the man she loves. In the north there is treachery brewing, and when Viking armies ravage England, loyalties are shattered and no one is safe from the sword.

Rich with intrigue, compelling personalities, and fascinating detail about a little-known period in history, The Price of Blood will captivate fans of both historical fiction and fantasy novels such as George R. R. Martin’s A Song of Ice and Fire (Game of Thrones) series.

About the Author: Patricia Bracewell is the author of Shadow on the Crown and The Price of Blood, books one and two of a trilogy about Emma of Normandy, who was a queen in England and a power behind the throne for nearly four decades.

Patricia grew up in California where she taught literature and composition before embarking upon her writing career. She holds an M.A. in English Literature and her historical research has taken her to Britain, France and Denmark. She has two grown sons, and she lives with her husband in Oakland, California and is currently at work on book three of the trilogy.

Location: Street: 617 2nd St City: Davis, Province: California Postal Code: 95616-4620 Country: United States (added from IndieBound)
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Author Event - Come to Harm with Catriona McPherson (Friday, May 8 at 7:30pm)
For Keiko Nishisato, leaving Tokyo is a rare adventure, but it's living in the quiet little town of Painchton, Scotland, that shows her how far she is from home.

Keiko has never met friendlier people than the Painchton Traders. Only the Pooles, the butchers below her second floor apartment, want to keep their distance. Murray Poole attracts her right away. Mrs Poole puzzles her--is there more than recent widowhood behind all that sadness? And then there's Malcolm. Massive and brooding, he hints at something dark behind the bustle and banter of this strange little town.

For such a settled place, a lot of young women seem to leave. But the more Keiko discovers the less she believes, until she can't tell where her fears end and the real nightmares begin.

About the Author: Catriona McPherson was born in Edinburgh and lived in Ayrshire, Dumfriesshire, and Galloway before moving to California in 2010. She graduated from Edinburg University with a PhD in linguistics. When not writing, she reads, gardens, cooks, bakes, and cycles in Davis, CA.

Location: Street: 617 2nd St City: Davis, Province: California Postal Code: 95616-4620 Country: United States (added from IndieBound)
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Author Event - Enrique's Journey with Sonia Nazario at UC Davis Alumni Center (Alpha Gamma Rho Hall) (Monday, May 11 at 5:30pm)
Presented by the Hemispheric Institute on the Americas, Pulitzer Prize-winning author Sonia Nazario will present her book Enrique's Journey: the Story of a Boy's Dangerous Odyssey to Reunite with his Mother at UC Davis' Alumni Center in the Alpha Gamma Rho Hall on May 15th at 5:30pm. The event is open to the public.

The Avid Reader will be on hand to sell paperback editions of Nazario's book, including a version for young adults (Grades 7 and up) and a Spanish-language edition.

The award-winning, national bestselling book, Enrique’s Journey is a classic in the literature on immigration. It is now revised and updated, and Sonia Nazario is one of the country’s most powerful voices on the subject. This book is not just the story of one boy in search of his mother. It is the story of one million undocumented children living in the United States today.

Based on the Los Angeles Times newspaper series that won two Pulitzer Prizes, the George Polk Award for International Reporting, and the Grand Prize of the Robert F. Kennedy Journalism Awards, Enrique's Journey puts a human face on the ongoing debate about immigration reform in the United States. The book won the 2011 Williams College Book Award Program, the 2006 California Book Award, Silver Medal in non-fiction, and the 2006 Christopher Book Award. It has been translated into eight languages, chosen by 72 universities and scores of high schools nationwide as a common or freshman read, and selected by 17 cities as a “One City” read.

About the Author: Sonia Nazario, a former reporter for the Los Angeles Times, has spent more than two decades reporting and writing about social issues. Nazario grew up in Kansas and Argentina. She is a graduate of Williams College and has a master’s degree in Latin American studies from the University of California, Berkeley. She lives in Los Angeles with her husband.

Location: Street: Walter A. Buehler Alumni Center (Alpha Gamma Rho Hall) Additional: Alumni Ln City: Davis, Province: California Postal Code: 95616-4620 Country: United States (added from IndieBound)
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Author Event - The Fall with John Lescroart (Friday, May 15 at 7:30pm)
Late one night, a teenage African American foster child named Tanya Morgan plummets to her death from the overpass above San Francisco’s Stockton tunnel. But did she fall…or was she pushed?

Rushing to produce a convictable suspect in the glare of the media spotlight, homicide inspectors focus their attention on a naïve young man named Greg Treadway. Greg is a middle school teacher and he volunteers as a Special Advocate for foster children. At first, the only thing connecting him to Tanya’s death is the fact that they shared a meal earlier that night. But soon enough, elements of that story seem to fall apart…and Hardy’s daughter, Rebecca, finds herself drawn into the young man’s defense.

By the time Greg’s murder trial gets underway, Dismas and Rebecca have unearthed several other theories about the crime: a missing stepfather who sexually assaulted her; a roommate who ran a call girl service; a psychologically unstable birth mother; and a mysterious homeless man who may have had dealings with Tanya. Or Greg Treadway himself, who is perhaps not all that he first appeared. But how will they get these theories in front of a jury? And if they can, what price will they have to pay?

With signature suspense and intricate plotting, The Fall puts Dismas Hardy and his only daughter in the middle of one of John Lescroart’s most complex and thrilling cases yet.

About the Author: John Lescroart is the author of twenty-five previous novels (seventeen New York Times bestsellers), including The 13th Juror, Damage, The Hunter, The Ophelia Cut and The Keeper.

His books have sold more than 10 million copies and have been translated into twenty-two languages in seventy-five countries. He lives in Northern California.

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