Meet the City Council Members
Phil Pluckebaum, candidate for District 4
RESCHEDULED to Thursday, February 22 @6:00 pm
J. Michael Straczynski, New York Times bestselling and award-winning author and widely acclaimed creator of Babylon 5, co-creator of Netflix’s Sense8, and writer for Clint Eastwood’s Changeling
March 30 @7:30 pm
The Crest Theater
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Whether it’s an author event, business gathering, or wedding, have it at a beautiful and enriching space.
Meet Phil Pluckebaum, candidate for city council representing District 4.
Come listen to his policy positions and ask him questions about your concerns.
Monday, Feb 19 @6pm
Meet Author Sid Garza-Hillman, Stanford Inn & Resort’s Wellness Programs Director and Race Director of the Mendocino Coast 50K trail ultramarathon
Whether you’re an experienced runner or a complete beginner, this Ultrarunning for Normal People: Life Lessons Learned On and Off the Trail will motivate you to train your body and mind to complete one of the hardest physical feats of all—an ultramarathon
Saturday, Feb 24 @11am – noon
Monique Smith, aka Miss MouthPeace, is a visionary who inspires, motivates, empowers, and merges both of her worlds together in author and music.
Allow yourself to be open to new perspectives of how you see yourself with this informative and empowering discussion.
Saturday, Feb 24 @12:30 – 2:00 pm
Capital Books Flamingo Lounge
Need someone to talk to about whatever crimes Sarah is going to commit?
Join us for this special bookclub. No RSVP or book purchase required to attend.
Saturday, Mar 2 @2pm
Capital Books Flamingo Lounge
Hosted by Hilarie & Katie
Sacramento Historian and Author William Burg
Join William for a fun discussion about the geeky side of Sacramento.
Sunday, March 10 (time TBA)
J. Michael Straczynski
Meet New York Times bestselling and award-winning author and widely acclaimed creator of Babylon 5, co-creator of Netflix’s Sense8, and writer for Clint Eastwood’s Changeling.
The Crest will be showing a movie (TBA), and a discussion and book signing with J. Michael will follow.
Saturday, March 30 @7:30 pm
The Crest Theater
1013 K Street
Change is in the Sea!
Join us for author Clara Ward’s book launch for Be the Sea
Sunday, April 7 @2pm
Podcast Chills at Will
Host Peter Riehl will be interviewing José Vadi, author of Chipped: Writing from a Skateboarder’s Lense
Saturday, April 13 @7:30pm
NEW & NOTEWORTHY
BOOKS THAT SHOULD BE ON YOUR RADAR
IF WE’VE RUN OUT A BOOK, PLEASE PLACE AN ORDER FOR YOUR COPY, AND IT’LL ARRIVE IN A COUPLE OF DAYS.
End of Story
For fans of Knives Out comes a spellbinding thriller from the author of the #1 New York Times bestseller The Woman in the Window.
In this ingenious, sweeping novel, Phillip B. Williams introduces us to an enigmatic woman named Saint, a fearsome conjuror who, in the 1830s, annihilates plantations all over Arkansas to rescue the people enslaved there. She brings those she has freed to a haven of her own creation: a town just north of St. Louis, magically concealed from outsiders, named Ours.
On the night Rune’s life changed forever, blood ran in the streets. Now, in the aftermath of a devastating revolution, witches have been diminished from powerful rulers to outcasts ruthlessly hunted due to their waning magic, and Rune must hide what she is.
Splinters: Another Kind of Love Story
One of the Most Anticipated Books of the Year: TIME, Oprah Daily, Publishers Weekly, Vogue, Vulture, The Millions, Kirkus Reviews, Lit Hub, The Story Exchange, The Messenger, Real Simple, How to Be, BookPage
From the New York Times bestselling author of The Recovering and The Empathy Exams comes “a blazing, unputdownable memoir” (Mary Karr, author of Lit), the “piercing, intimate” story (TIME Magazine) of rebuilding a life after the end of a marriage—an exploration of motherhood, art, and new love.
Welcome to the Hyunam-Dong Bookshop
The Korean smash hit available for the first time in English, a slice-of-life novel for readers of Matt Haig’s The Midnight Library and Gabrielle Zevin’s The Storied Life of AJ Fikry.
How to Win Friends and Influence Fungi: Collected Quirks of Science, Tech, Engineering, and Math from Nerd Nite
In the vein of acclaimed popular-science bestsellers such as Atlas Obscura, Astrophysics for Young People in a Hurry, The Way Things Work, What If?, and Undeniable, the co-founders of the global science organization Nerd Nite bring readers a collection of wacky, yet fascinating STEM topics.
The Bad Ones
Bestselling author Melissa Albert returns with The Bad Ones, a supernatural horror novel about four mysterious disappearances in a town haunted by a sinister magical history
It Happened One Summer
The first in a spicy and unforgettable rom-com duology from #1 New York Times bestseller and tik tok favorite Tessa Bailey, in which a Hollywood “It Girl” is cut off from her wealthy family and exiled to a small Pacific Northwest beach town… where she butts heads with a surly, sexy local who thinks she doesn’t belong.
The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo
This book is a fun dive into 50s, 60s, and 70s Hollywood following the challenges, romances, and scandals of Evelyn Hugo. She is a messy, real, genuine, human character with flaws and we love her for it. This book is loved by multiple booksellers but is often seen on Lauren’s favorites shelf. This book helps you to understand who you are, makes you feel seen, and teaches you how to be fully yourself in a world that is not always accepting. A book filled with lust, drama, romance, and heartbreak.
One summer. Two rivals. A plot twist they didn’t see coming…
Every Summer After
Six summers to fall in love. One moment to fall apart. A weekend to get it right.
Boy meets boy. Boys become friends. Boys fall in love. The bestselling LGBTQ+ graphic novel about life, love, and everything that happens in between
Six of Crows
Some of the best character interactions and world-building that Taylor has seen. A story with high stakes, great banter, heartstopping plot, and incredible writing. Leigh Bardugo has created an incredible duology that remains unmatched.
The House in the Cerulean Sea
The House in the Cerulean Sea is an enchanting love story, masterfully told, about the profound experience of discovering an unlikely family in an unexpected place—and realizing that family is yours.
A Darker Shade of Magic
Enter #1 New York Times bestselling author V. E. Schwab’s beloved Shades of Magic trilogy—a dazzling world of parallel Londons where magic thrives, starves, or lies forgotten, and where power can destroy just as quickly as it can create.
The Starless Sea
Wistful, yearning, dreamlike, fantasy, romance…
“We are the stars,” he answers, as though it is the most obvious of facts afloat in a sea of metaphors and misdirections. “We are all stardust and stories.”
Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets to the Universe
This book will help you learn, grow, feel, process, and heal your inner child.
City of Brass
“City of Brass” is more than just a glimpse into Chakraborty’s mesmerizing trilogy; it’s a masterfully crafted introduction. This book sets the stage for the trilogy’s exploration of growth, love, heartbreak, hope, and breaking brutal cycles. Fans of djinn mythology, intricate world-building, character development, slow-burn romance, and heart-wrenching twists will find themselves captivated by this series. Chakraborty is a master at infusing humanity in an engaging, heart-stopping story.
If We Were Villains
“If We Were Villains” is a gripping tale of friendship, rivalry, and tragedy set within the intense world of an elite Shakespearean acting troupe. As tensions rise and secrets unravel, the characters navigate love, betrayal, and the blurred lines between art and reality. With echoes of Shakespearean themes woven throughout, this novel keeps readers on the edge of their seats until its stunning conclusion.
Song of Achilles
Achilles, “the best of all the Greeks,” son of the cruel sea goddess Thetis and the legendary king Peleus, is strong, swift, and beautiful, irresistible to all who meet him. Patroclus is an awkward young prince, exiled from his homeland after an act of shocking violence. Brought together by chance, they forge an inseparable bond, despite risking the gods’ wrath.
Alone With You in the Ether
Two people meet in the Art Institute by chance. Prior to their encounter, he is a doctoral student who manages his destructive thoughts with compulsive calculations about time travel; she is a bipolar counterfeit artist, undergoing court-ordered psychotherapy. By the end of the story, these things will still be true. But this is not a story about endings.
Red, White, and Royal Blue
First Son Alex Claremont-Diaz is the closest thing to a prince this side of the Atlantic. With his intrepid sister and the Veep’s genius granddaughter, they’re the White House Trio, a beautiful millennial marketing strategy for his mother, President Ellen Claremont. International socialite duties do have downsides—namely, when photos of a confrontation with his longtime nemesis Prince Henry at a royal wedding leak to the tabloids and threaten American/British relations. The plan for damage control: staging a fake friendship between the First Son and the Prince. This book is sweet and healing.
A delicious Southern Gothic fairytale retelling (no spoilers) with magic realism, a splash of romance, and found family.
This book is twisted, deeply unnerving, bizarre, and experimental but also somehow fun, lighthearted, tongue in cheek, and hard not to finish in one sitting.
In this aching, melancholic read, Sally Rooney brings her brilliant psychological acuity and perfectly spare prose to a story that explores the subtleties of class, the electricity of first love, and the complex entanglements of family and friendship.
A magnificent blending of the music, the mood, and the ethos that was the sixties with the story of one college student’s romantic coming of age, Norwegian Wood brilliantly recaptures a young man’s first, hopeless, and heroic love.
Drawing on Maggie O’Farrell’s long-term fascination with the little-known story behind Shakespeare’s most enigmatic play, Hamnet is a luminous portrait of a marriage, at its heart the loss of a beloved child. Maggie breathes full-blooded life into the story of a loss usually consigned to literary footnotes, and provides an unforgettable vindication of Agnes, a woman intriguingly absent from history.
Number the Stars
Ten-year-old Annemarie Johansen and her best friend Ellen Rosen often think of life before the war. It’s now 1943 and their life in Copenhagen is filled with school, food shortages, and the Nazi soldiers marching through town. When the Jews of Denmark are “relocated,” Ellen moves in with the Johansens and pretends to be one of the family. Soon Annemarie is asked to go on a dangerous mission to save Ellen’s life.
Taken from the poverty of her parents’ home in Portsmouth, Fanny Price is brought up with her rich cousins at Mansfield Park, acutely aware of her humble rank and with her cousin Edmund as her sole ally. During her uncle’s absence in Antigua, the Crawford’s arrive in the neighbourhood bringing with them the glamour of London life and a reckless taste for flirtation. Mansfield Park is considered Jane Austen’s first mature work and, with its quiet heroine and subtle examination of social position and moral integrity, one of her most profound.
This Exquisite Loneliness
In This Exquisite Loneliness, Richard Deming turns an eye toward that unwelcome feeling, both in his own experiences and the lives of six groundbreaking figures, to find the context of loneliness and to see what some people have done to navigate this profound sense of discomfort. Deming explores how loneliness has served as fuel for an intense creative desire that has forged some of the most original and innovative art and writing of the twentieth century.
At twenty-two, Cheryl Strayed thought she had lost everything. In the wake of her mother’s death, her family scattered and her own marriage was soon destroyed. Four years later, with nothing more to lose, she made the most impulsive decision of her life. With no experience or training, driven only by blind will, she would hike more than a thousand miles of the Pacific Crest Trail from the Mojave Desert through California and Oregon to Washington State — and she would do it alone.
A Fragile Enchantment
Niamh Ó Conchobhair has never let herself long for more. The magic in her blood that lets her stitch emotions and memories into fabric is the same magic that will eventually kill her. Determined to spend the little time she has left guaranteeing a better life for her family, Niamh jumps at the chance to design the wardrobe for a royal wedding in the neighboring kingdom of Avaland. Transporting readers to a Regency England-inspired fantasy world, A Fragile Enchantment is a sweeping romance threaded with intrigue, unforgettable characters, and a love story for the ages.
Forget Me Not
This romance is beloved in our bookstore, frequenting four of our bookseller favorites shelves. “Forget Me Not” feels like a love letter to Sacramento, capturing the feeling so well that the city elicits. A devourable yet sweet romance about a grumpy florist and an ambitious wedding planner. We love this book.
A Deadly Education
Lesson One of the Scholomance: Learning has never been this deadly. A Deadly Education is set at Scholomance, a school for the magically gifted where failure means certain death (for real) — until one girl, El, begins to unlock its many secrets.
Legends and Lattes
Anyone who loves DnD, is in the mood for being cozy, and a heartwarming, sweet romance will love this book. Another frequenter of multiple favorite shelves, this book is a Capital Books all-time favorite.
American Sonnets for My Past and Future Assassin
This collection of modern sonnets follows Trump’s election discussing the political police state in America.
A hard-won love letter to readers and to booksellers, as well as a compelling story about how we cope with pain and fear, injustice and illness.
Sing, Unburied, Sing
Rich with Ward’s distinctive, lyrical language, Sing, Unburied, Sing is a majestic and unforgettable family story and “an odyssey through rural Mississippi’s past and present