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 - Micro Fiction in Miniature with Rick and Tim Palkovic and Carolyn Palkovic Evans (Saturday, April 19 at 7:30pm)
Davis writer Rick Palkovic and his siblings will sign their new book, Limit 55, a collection of twenty-six 55-word stories and illustrations published in miniature book format, at The Avid Reader, 617 Second St., Davis, on Saturday, April 19, 7:30 p.m.

The Palkovic siblings—author Rick, illustrators Tim Palkovic and Carolyn Palkovic Evans, and publisher Mark Palkovic—are practicing their tiny signatures to fit on a two-inch page of Limit 55. By definition, a miniature book may be no larger than three inches in any dimension.

Publisher Mark Palkovic, owner of Flying Pig Press of Cincinnati, is a miniature book collector and expert on the art. At the Davis book event he will discuss miniature book publishing and display books from his collection, including a copy of the world’s smallest book, a 22-page volume that measures 0.75 mm square and must be read under a microscope. He is a board member and past president of the Miniature Book Society.

Limit 55 was his brother’s idea, author Rick Palkovic says. “Mark thought 55 words would be a natural for the miniature book format.”

The author acknowledges that it can be challenging to get all the classic elements of a short story—a protagonist, an antagonist, a problem to overcome, and character development—into exactly 55 words. And if there’s room for a clever twist ending, all the better. If this paragraph were a 55-word story, it would end right here.

Each story in Limit 55 fits on one page, with an illustration on each facing page. Publisher Mark Palkovic called on his other siblings for the pen and ink illustrations. “Tim and Carolyn are artists, so we drafted them to join the project. As a bonus, it gave us all an excuse to get together from time to time.”

Limit 55 will be available in hardcover for $30 at The Avid Reader in Davis.

Rick Palkovic is co-author of a solar cookbook, Cooking with Sunshine, and a Davis songwriter and musician. Mark Palkovic is head librarian for the College-Conservatory of Music at the University of Cincinnati. He discovered miniature books while cataloging rare books in the 1970s. Tim Palkovic is a painter and retired professor of theater, and Carolyn Palkovic Evans is a graphic designer and teacher’s aide.

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Davis Downtown City Council Candidate Forum (Wednesday, April 23 at 12pm)
Do you have a question for our Davis City Council candidates?

On April 23, 2014, Davis Downtown will be hosting the Davis Downtown Candidate Forum. This Forum will give downtown business owners an opportunity to meet the candidates for Davis City Council and hear exactly what they have to say about supporting businesses in downtown Davis.

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Author Event - Patchwork: Pieces of Appalachia with Lena Cantrell McNicholas (Saturday, April 26 at 7:30pm)
Lena Cantrell McNicholas loves Southwest Virginia. In her first book, Patchwork—Pieces of Appalachia, she recalls the small Appalachian town of her childhood and the eclectic characters within it.

She wrote about her memories in a series of poems, stories and vignettes. Lena McNicholas has received numerous awards for her original work. She is an active member of the Appalachian Poets and Writers, the Blue Ridge Chapter of the Virginia Writers Club, Inc., and the Poetry Society of Virginia.

Elizabeth Doyle Solomon, author of Seasons, has said “McNicholas has written a book from her heart, for the hearts of us all. … Patchwork is a book for today that carries those precious pieces of yesterdays, a book to pass down to the inheritors of tomorrows.”Lee Smith, author of Oral History and Fair and Tender Ladies, said, “This fine collection…takes us through Lena’s exciting life of love, adventure, devastating loss, high principles and new beginnings, finally back to her beloved southwest Virginia and the complexities of life alone—all of this told with severe honesty and sweet lyrical grace. Lena knows who she is and where she comes from, and she knows how to tell a good story, too. All you have to do is sit back and listen.”

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Author Event - The Cat Who Chose to Dream with Loriene Honda (Saturday, May 3 at 2:30pm)
The Cat Who Chose to Dream shares the story of a cat’s choice to be incarcerated at a World War II prison camp as a gesture of loving support to the Japanese American family to whom he belongs. We witness through the cat’s eyes the devastating condition of the camp, as well as the sense of injustice he feels seeing his family go through this demoralizing experience. Young readers also share in the cat’s triumph over feelings of hopelessness and anger, as they witness the cat’s use of breathing and visualization exercises that help transport his creative mind to a place in his heart where he no longer feels encumbered and restrained, but self-empowered and free. Through the beautiful artwork of Jimmy Tsutomu Mirikitani, and the inclusion of therapeutic relaxation and visualization techniques, Child Psychologist Loriene Honda demonstrates how the imaginative mind can prove to be one’s most powerful tool in surpassing adversity.

Loriene Honda, whose own father was held in Manzanar at age 13, is a child and adolescent psychologist who received her training and education at Harvard University and Columbia University. For over 12 years, she has worked first as a clinician and later as Clinical Director of Child Haven, a family mental health agency specializing in the care and treatment of children who suffer from the effects of physical abuse and neglect. In much of her work with traumatized children, Dr. Honda uses art as a way of helping children gain some safe distance from the painful impact of their haunting memories and as a tool with which they can finally heal. In 2010, Dr. Honda was honored as “Practitioner of the Year” by the Solano County Child Abuse Council and California State Assembly. Dr. Honda has a private practice in Davis, CA where she resides with her husband and their three children.

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Author Event - The Day She Died with Catriona McPherson (Friday, May 9 at 7:30pm)
A riveting new mystery from the author of the critically acclaimed Dandy Gilver series.

Jessie Constable is a survivor. She holds it together with her job and a couple friends, making sure her dreams and fears are hidden deep inside her. She's learned not to look for much more until Gus King appears and turns her careful life upside down. Gus's wife has committed suicide, and his kids need Jessie. But who is the ragged stranger she sees from the corner of her eye? Why are men she doesn't know threatening her? She wants to believe she can work it all out and make a happy ending. But a girl who's been burned as much as Jessie should know that things that seem too good to be true often are.

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Author Event - The Tupac Amaru Rebellion with Charles Walker (Friday, May 16 at 7:30pm)
The largest rebellion in the history of Spain's American empire--a conflict greater in territory and costlier in lives than the contemporaneous American Revolution--began as a local revolt against colonial authorities in 1780. As an official collector of tribute for the imperial crown, Jose Gabriel Condorcanqui had seen firsthand what oppressive Spanish rule meant for Peru's Indian population. Adopting the Inca royal name Tupac Amaru, he set events in motion that would transform him into Latin America's most iconic revolutionary figure.

Tupac Amaru's political aims were modest at first. He claimed to act on the Spanish king's behalf, expelling corrupt Spaniards and abolishing onerous taxes. But the rebellion became increasingly bloody as it spread throughout Peru and into parts of modern-day Bolivia, Chile, and Argentina. By late 1780, Tupac Amaru, his wife Micaela Bastidas, and their followers had defeated the Spanish in numerous battles and gained control over a vast territory. As the rebellion swept through Indian villages to gain recruits and overthrow the Spanish corregidors," rumors spread that the Incas had returned to reclaim their kingdom.

Charles Walker immerses readers in the rebellion's guerrilla campaigns, propaganda war, and brutal acts of retribution. He highlights the importance of Bastidas--the key strategist--and reassesses the role of the Catholic Church in the uprising's demise. The Tupac Amaru Rebellion "examines why a revolt that began as a multiclass alliance against European-born usurpers degenerated into a vicious caste war--and left a legacy that continues to influence South American politics today."

Charles F. Walker is Professor of History and Director of the Hemispheric Institute on the Americas at the University of California, Davis.

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Author Event - The Keeper with John Lescroart (Friday, May 23 at 7:30pm)
From" New York Times "bestselling author John Lescroart, a riveting novel featuring Dismas Hardy and Abe Glitsky on the hunt for clues about a woman who has gone missing.

On the evening before Thanksgiving, Hal Chase, a guard in the San Francisco County Jail, drives to the airport to pick up his step-brother for the weekend. When they return, Hal's wife, Katie, has disappeared without a clue.

By the time Dismas Hardy hears about this, Katie has been missing for five days. The case strikes close to home because Katie had been seeing Hardy's wife, a marriage counselor. By this time, the original Missing Persons case has become a suspected homicide, and Hal is the prime suspect. And the lawyer he wants for his defense is none other than Hardy himself.

Hardy calls on his friend, former homicide detective Abe Glitsky, to look into the case. At first it seems like the police might have it right; the Chases' marriage was fraught with problems; Hal's alibi is suspect; the life insurance policy on Katie was huge. But Glitsky's mission is to identify other possible suspects, and there proves to be no shortage of them: Patti Orosco--rich, beautiful, dangerous, and Hal's former lover; the still unknown person who had a recent affair with Katie; even Hal's own step-mother Ruth, resentful of Katie's gatekeeping against her grandchildren. And as Glitsky probes further, he learns of an incident at the San Francisco jail, where Hal works--only one of many questionable inmate deaths that have taken place there. Then, when Katie's body is found not three blocks from the Chase home, Homicide arrests Hal and he finds himself an inmate in the very jail where he used to work, a place full of secrets he knows all too well.

Against this backdrop of conspiracy and corruption, ambiguous motives and suspicious alibis, an obsessed Glitsky closes in on the elusive truth. As other deaths begin to pile up he realizes, perhaps too late, that the next victim might be himself.

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Author Event - (Mostly) Wordless with Jed Alexander (Saturday, May 24 at 1pm)
As its title suggests, (Mostly) Wordless is a mostly wordless all-ages book filled with stories, short vignettes and character sketches told with either no, or few words. The book begins with the wordless mini-epic, “Ella and The Pirates,” an enchanting tale about a little girl and her imaginary adventures as a pirate as she sails through perilous waters, has sword fights and discovers buried treasure.

This continually surprising and engaging book rewards repeat readings, with something new to discover on every page. For young readers and non-readers alike!

Jed Alexander lives in Davis with his wife Regina.

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Author Event - The Unknown Henry Miller with Arthur Hoyle (Saturday, May 24 at 7:30pm)
Henry Miller was one of the most distinctive voices in twentieth-century literature. Better known in Europe than in his native America for most of this career, he achieved international success and celebrity during the 1960s when his banned "Paris" books--beginning with "Tropic of Cancer"--were published here and judged by the Supreme Court not to be obscene. Until then he had toiled in relative obscurity and poverty. The Unknown Henry Miller" recounts Miller's career from its beginnings in Paris in the 1930s but focuses on his years living in Big Sur, California, from 1944 to 1961, during which he wrote many of his most important books, including "The Rosy Crucifixion" trilogy, married and divorced twice, raised two children, painted watercolors, and tried to live out an aesthetic and personal credo of self-realization.

Written with the cooperation of the Henry Miller, Anais Nin, and other estates, "The Unknown Henry Miller" quotes extensively from Miller's correspondence in order to offer the reader direct experience of the author and man. It also draws on material not available to previous biographers, including interviews with Lepska Warren, Miller's third wife, and revelations from unpublished portions of Anais Nin's diaries. Behind the "bad boy" image, the author finds a man with devoted friendships, whose challenge of literary sexual taboos was part of a broader assault on the dehumanization of man and commercialization during the postwar years. He puts Miller's alleged misogyny in the context of his satire of sexual mores in general, and makes the case for restoring this groundbreaking writer to his rightful place in the American literary canon.

Arthur Hoyle is an educator, writer, independent filmmaker, and communications professional. His documentary films have won awards and aired on PBS, and he has received a National Endowment for the Humanities grant for a documentary script on American social philosopher Thorstein Veblen. He has taught English, coached tennis, and served as an administrator in independent schools. He lives in Pacific Palisades, California.

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Author Event - Ruin Falls with Jenny Milchman (Friday, May 30 at 7:30pm)
In a suspenseful follow-up to her critically acclaimed Cover of snow, Jenny Milchman ratchets up the tension with this edge-of-your-seat story of a mother determined to find her missing children.

Liz Daniels has every reason to be happy about setting off on a rare family vacation, leaving her remote home in the Adirondack Mountains behind for a while. Instead, she feels uneasy. Her children, eight-year-old Reid and six-year-old Ally, have met their paternal grandparents only a handful of times. But Liz's husband, Paul, has decided that, despite a strained relationship with his mother and father, they should visit the farm in western New York where he spent his childhood.

On their way to the farm, the family stops at a hotel for the night. In the morning, when Liz checks on her sleeping children, all of her anxiety from the day before comes roaring back to life: Ally and Reid are nowhere to be found. Blind panic slides into ice-cold terror as the hours tick by without anyone finding a trace of her kids. Soon, Paul and Liz are being interviewed by police, an Amber Alert is issued, and detectives are called in.

Frantic worry and helplessness threaten to overtake Liz's mind--but in a sudden, gut-wrenching instant she realizes that it was no stranger who slipped into the hotel room that night. Someone she trusted completely has betrayed her. Liz knows that Ally and Reid are safe, but she will stop at nothing to find them and get them back. From her guarded in-laws' unwelcoming farmhouse to the deep woods of her own hometown, Liz follows the threads of a terrible secret to uncover a hidden world created from dreams and haunted by nightmares.

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Author Event - Sierra Stories with Gary Noy (Friday, June 6 at 7:30pm)
The Sierra Nevada, with its 14,000-foot granite mountains, crystalline lakes, conifer forests, and hidden valleys, has long been the domain of dreams, attracting the heroic and the delusional, the best of humanity and the worst. Stories abound, and characters emerge so outlandish and outrageous that they have to be real. Could the human imagination have invented someone like Eliza Gilbert? Born in Limerick, Ireland, in 1818, she transformed herself into Lola Montez, born in Seville, Spain, in 1823, and brought to the Gold Country the provocative “Spider Dance”—impersonating a young woman repelling a legion of angry spiders under her petticoats. Or Otto Esche, who in 1860 imported fifteen two-humped Bactrian camels from Asia to transport goods to the mines. Or the artist Albert Bierstadt, whose paintings Mark Twain characterized as having “more the atmosphere of Kingdom-Come than of California.” Or multimillionaire George Whittell Jr., who was frequently spotted driving around Lake Tahoe in a luxurious convertible with his pet lion in the front seat. These, and scores more, spill out of the pages of this well-illustrated and lively tribute to the Sierra by a native son.

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Author Event - The Mapmaker's Daughter with Laurel Corona (Saturday, June 7 at 7:30pm)
Valencia, 1492. In a room empty of furnishings except for the one chair in which she sits, Amalia, age sixty-seven, brushes her fingers over the images in a hand-painted atlas. Any minute her grandson will arrive to take her from her room, from her house, from her country, forever. She can take only what she can carry in her arms, and the atlas will have to be left behind.

Amalia is the great granddaughter of Abraham Cresques, one of a small community of Jewish mapmakers and astronomers whose services were so valuable in medieval Iberia that their “odious religion” had been tolerated by Muslim and Christian rulers alike. But times have changed. In January 1492, King Ferdinand and Queen Isabella conquered Granada, the last holdout of Muslim rule in Spain. Flushed with a victory they felt was ordained by God, they issued an order expelling from Spain all Jews who refused to convert to Christianity.

There is only one day left to comply. As she waits, listening for the sound of her grandson’s footsteps on the stairs, Amalia slips into reverie, reliving the story of her life.

Ghosts from her past slip into the room to remember with her, as Amalia relives her girlhood in Seville as part of a family of conversos, Jews who accept baptism and live as Christians. Her mother still secretly still carries on Jewish traditions and beliefs, which is a source of strain in the family but forges a lifelong identity for Amalia. We see Amalia as a girl translating for her deaf father in the court of Henry the Navigator in Portugal; as a married woman, living a false life as a converted Christian with an unscrupulous husband who commands voyages of discovery for the crown; as a young widow discovering a gift for poetry through the love of a Muslim man; as tutor to the grandchildren of the Caliph of Granada, and then to a young Princess Isabella, sequestered with her supposedly mad mother in rural Spain. Throughout, Amalia has the protection and support of the Abravanel family, the most powerful Jews in Portugal and Spain, and when her daughter marries its brightest star, Isaac, Amalia lives the rest of her life as part of his entourage in the court of Ferdinand and Isabella.

Amalia has a secret--unknown to her family, she has not yet decided whether she will go with her grandson when he arrives. As she relives her past, voices and memories help her think through whether to join the Abravanel family in their dangerous flight into exile, or face the future alone as a forcibly baptized Christian, risking the wrath of the Inquisition by continuing privately to practice the faith of her ancestors. “Whether I die in exile, at the stake, or in my bed with no family at my side, I do not know,” she tells herself. “But the one thing I am sure of is that I will die as a Jew, because I will not abandon my faith again.”

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Author Event - Ninja! with Aree Chung (Saturday, June 14 at 3pm)
A ninja must be strong, courageous, and silent! He creeps through the house on a secret mission. There may be obstacles! But have no fear--a true ninja can overcome all challenges.

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

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