Nov 16, 2019

Screen Actor, Voice Actor and Author, Dante Basco

Dante Basco released his first memoir, From Rufio to Zuko, on November 4, 2019 (Not A Cult). This memoir follows his upbringing, culture, career, and experiences behind playing a couple of America’s most popular characters. Dante is best known for his iconic role as ‘Rufio’, the leader of the Lost Boys in Steven Spielberg’s “Hook.” He is also known for his voice acting roles in Disney Channel’s “American Dragon: Jake Long” as ‘Jake Long’ and ‘Prince Zuko’ in Nickelodeon’s “Avatar: The Last Airbender.

Past acting and voice acting credits include; ‘Dolph’ in “But I’m a Cheerleader,” ‘Ramos’ in “Take The Lead” alongside Antonio Banderas and Jenna Dewan, “The Legend of Korra,” “Star Wars Rebels,” “Star Wars Galaxy of Adventures,” and appearances on “The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air,” “Moesha,” “CSI: Miami,” “Hawaii Five-0,” and NBC’s “Prime Suspect,” to name a few.

Dante has been a pioneer of Asian American filmmaking since the 90’s and continues to be a major voice in the current Asian Film movement, including starting the Asian Arts collective, #WeOwnThe8th. He is also the founder of “DPL- Da Poetry Lounge,” one of the largest open mics in the country.

About the Book:

From Rufio to Zuko is a memoir detailing the life and work of Dante Basco. Basco takes us behind the scenes of his earliest projects, sharing personal examinations of his life on the set of Hook, through his second rise as a cultural icon as Zuko in Avatar: The Last Airbender. Throughout his career as a ‘working class’ actor of Filipino heritage, Basco outlines how his family and culture play a crucial role in the foundation of his work and his focus for the future.

Reserve Your Seat

We encourage you to reserve a seat by pre-purchasing the book (pub: Nov 4, 2019) either on our website or at the door. 

We have a capacity of 50 people at the store. Those who purchase the book here will get one of our 25 seats

Nov 30, 2019

International award-winning author,
Avanti Centrae

Avanti Centrae is the author of the international award-winning VanOps thriller series. An avid world traveler, she’s studied aikido, been a river raft guide, and thrives on adventure. Her book, The Lost Power, took home a genre grand prize blue ribbon at the Chanticleer International Book Awards, and an Honorable Mention at the 2018 Hollywood Book Festival. Her work has been compared to that of James Rollins, Steve Berry, Dan Brown, and Preston/Child’s Pendergast series, but has a voice all its own. She resides in Northern California with her family and German Shepherds.

She will be at Capital Books for the release of her new book, Lost Power (Black Opal Books, November 2019), where she’ll talk about the book and sign copies. 

About the Book:

Da Vinci Code meets Tomb Raider in the award-winning thriller #1 NYT’s author James Rollins called, “Full of action and suspense.”

Reserve Your Seat

We encourage you to reserve a seat by pre-purchasing the book (pub: Nov 1, 2019). We’ll have it ready for you when you arrive at Capital Books, and Avanti will be happy to autograph it for you. We only have a capacity for 50 people.

Dec 9, 2019
7 pm

SacTown Talks By The Nooner does their show at Capital Books

SacTownTalks by The Nooner is hitting the road! Well, five blocks from the studio, but we can’t wait to have a podcast with a live audience, great guest, and questions and answers.

Impeachment? Presidential tax returns? Immigration? Guns? LGBTQ employment discrimination? The cases before or on their way to the Supreme Court of the United States come up frequently on the pod, but rarely do we have an expert rather than us just talking out of our butts. Well, now we have a guest for that.

UC Davis constitutional law expert Carlton Larson has a new book out entitled The Trials of Allegiance: Treason, Juries, and the American Revolution that sounds like a relic, but replace “American Revolution” with “Current Times,” and it might be accurate. A graduate of Harvard and Yale Law School, Larson clerked for Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals judge Michael Daly Hawkins before working in private practice and joining UC Davis in 2004.


The Trials of Allegiance examines the law of treason during the American Revolution: a convulsive, violent civil war in which nearly everyone could be considered a traitor, either to Great Britain or to America.

Drawing from extensive archival research in Pennsylvania, one of the main centers of the revolution, Carlton Larson provides the most comprehensive analysis yet of the treason prosecutions brought by Americans against British adherents: through committees of safety, military tribunals, and ordinary criminal trials. Although popular rhetoric against traitors was pervasive in Pennsylvania, jurors consistently viewed treason defendants not as incorrigibly evil, but as fellow Americans who had made a political mistake. This book explains the repeated and violently controversial pattern of acquittals. Juries were carefully selected in ways that benefited the defendants, and jurors refused to accept the death penalty as an appropriate punishment for treason. The American Revolution, unlike many others, would not be enforced with the gallows.

More broadly, Larson explores how the Revolution’s treason trials shaped American national identity and perceptions of national allegiance. He concludes with the adoption of the Treason Clause of the United States Constitution, which was immediately put to use in the early 1790s in response to the Whiskey Rebellion and Fries’s Rebellion.

In taking a fresh look at these formative events, The Trials of Allegiance reframes how we think about treason in American history, up to and including the present.

Reserve Your Spot at the Podcast

We encourage you to reserve a seat by pre-purchasing the book. We’ll have it ready for you when you arrive at Capital Books, and Carlton will be happy to autograph it for you. We only have a capacity for 50 people.

Feb 1, 2020
3:00 pm

Craft Spirits Magazine Editor-In-Chief and Author, Jeff Cioletti

Jeff Cioletti’s tenure in liquid literacy has exposed him to some of the best libations the world has to offer and given him access to the producers and purveyors of such fine refreshments. He combines his love of drink with a passion for travel and one usually involves the other. He is the editor in chief of Craft Spirits magazine, a publication of the American Craft Spirits Association. Before that he served for fourteen years as an editor at Beverage World magazine, including eight years as editor in chief. He’s also the author of the books, Drink Like a Geek, SakePedia, The Drinkable Globe, The Year of Drinking Adventurously and Beer FAQ.

Jeff is the founder of and host of The Drinkable Globe Podcast and has been a frequent contributor to a variety of publications including Beverage Media, BevNet, Beverage Industry, The Takeout, SevenFifty Daily and Additionally, he’s certified as an International Kikisake-shi (sake sommelier) by Sake Service Institute International and the winner of four North American Guild of Beer Writers awards.

Jeff will be mixing samples of cocktails featured in the books. Must be 21 years or older to partake.

About the Book:

Sci-fi and fantasy worlds are full of characters who know that sometimes magic happens at the bar. Drink Like a Geek, the fifth book by Craft Spirits Magazine Editor in Chief, Jeff Cioletti, is a look at iconic drinks and the roles they play in our favorite movies, shows, books and comics. It’s also a toast to the geeks, nerds and gamers who keep this culture alive.

Drink Like a Geek is a fan encyclopedia and cocktail book. Because audience participation is strongly encouraged, dozens of recipes for otherworldly cocktails, brews and booze are included.

Cioletti’s book includes boozy tidbits on beloved pop culture properties such as Star Wars, Star Trek, Doctor Who, the James Bond film series, The Walking Dead, Game of Thrones, Marvel, Breaking Bad and much more.

Reserve Your Spot!

We encourage you to reserve a seat by pre-purchasing the book. We’ll have it ready for you when you arrive at Capital Books, and Jeff will be happy to autograph it for you. We only have a capacity for 50 people.

Past Events

Nov 5, 2019
6 pm

Davis Author
Catriona McPherson

Catriona was born in Edinburgh and lived there, in Ayrshire, in Dumfriesshire and in Galloway before moving to California in 2010. She doesn’t know how they did it, those early emigrants who set off forever from Leith docks. She’s back home every year for a couple of months and I still can’t watch Burnistoun without sobbing.

A born swot, she finally left school at age thirty with a PhD in linguistics from Edinburgh University. Proper jobs have included banking (hopeless), library work in local studies and fine art (marvellous), and a short burst of academia (miserable). She’s now a full-time writer and hopes never to have a proper job again.

When not writing, She’s reading, gardening, cooking and baking, cycling in Davis, running through walnut orchards, getting to grips with this outlandish and enormous country (43 states visited so far!) and practising an extreme form of Scotch thrift*, from eating home-grown food to dumpster-diving/skip-surfing for major appliances.

*when “making a living” as a writer, thrift helps a lot.


Finnie Doyle and Paddy Lamb are leaving city life behind them and moving to the little town of Simmerton. Paddy has landed a partnership in a local solicitors and Finnie’s snagged a job as a church deacon. Their rented cottage is quaint; their new colleagues are charming; they can’t believe their luck.

But witnessing the aftermath of a brutal murder changes everything. They’ve each been keeping secrets about their pasts. And they both know their precious new start won’t survive a scandal. Together, for the best of reasons, they make the worst decision of their lives.


Reserve Your Seat

Because we can only have 50 people in the store, we encourage those who wish to attend to reserve a seat by pre-purchasing Strangers at the Gate (pub date: Oct 22, 2019). We’ll have a copy of the book waiting for you, and Catriona will be happy to autograph it for you after her appearance.

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