Our events are typically held upstairs in our Flamingo Lounge. We require that those attending be fully vaccinated and boosted. Masks are required at all times inside the bookstore.

Should you be unable to go upstairs, we’ll be happy to set up the event via live stream to be viewed on our first floor, and the authors will come downstairs to sign books.

Friday
May 6
6:00 pm

Crest Theater

Joy Lanzendorfer

Photo Credit: Steve Babuljak

Capital Books Interviews
Retired Cold Case Investigator
PAUL HOLES

 

Paul Holes retired as a cold case investigator after spending over 27 years working for the Sheriff and District Attorney’s Offices during his tenure in Contra Costa County located in the Bay Area, California. Having experience in both forensic and investigative assignments, Paul throughout his career specialized in cold case and serial predator crimes, developing and applying investigative, behavioral, and forensic expertise in notable cases such as the Golden State Killer and Jaycee Dugard. Paul is frequently sought out by investigators to consult on the most complex and high profile cases and has played a part in putting several serial predators on Death Row such as Darryl Kemp, Joseph Naso, and Joseph Cordova Jr.

As an FBI Task Force Officer while employed with the DA’s Office, Paul teamed with FBI and Sacramento DA personnel to apply innovative technology that identified Joseph DeAngelo as the Golden State Killer. Since the arrest of DeAngelo, Paul has been very involved on the media side continuing to assist law enforcement and victim’s families with their unsolved cases, through the television shows The DNA of Murder with Paul Holes and America’s Most Wanted, and with the podcast Jensen & Holes: The Murder Squad.

ABOUT THE BOOK

What is it like to stare down humanity’s capacity for evil day after day? What is the personal toll of paying witness to those horrors? And how does one maintain the momentum to spend countless hours, months, years on the difficult cases cast aside while the victims and families of victims suffer?

For a decade, The Golden State Killer stalked and murdered Californians in the dead of night, leaving entire communities afraid to turn out the lights. The sadistic predator disappeared in 1986, hiding in plain sight for the next thirty years in middle-class suburbia. In 1994, when cold case investigator Paul Holes came across the old file, he swore he would unmask the Golden State Killer and finally give these families some closure. Twenty-four years later, Holes fulfilled that promise, identifying a 73-year-old former cop named Joseph J. DeAngelo. Headlines blasted from the U.S. to Europe: one of America’s most prolific serial killers was in custody.

That case launched Holes’s career into the stratosphere, turning him into an icon in the true crime world with television shows like The DNA of Murder with Paul Holes and America’s Most Wanted, and with the podcast Jensen & Holes: The Murder Squad. Everyone knows Paul Holes, the gifted crime solver with a big heart and charming smile who finally caught the Golden State Killer. But until now, no one has known the man behind it all, the person beneath the flashy cases and brilliant investigations.

In this memoir, Holes takes us through his memories of a storied career and provides an insider account of some of the most notorious cases in contemporary American history, including the hunt for the Golden State Killer, Laci Peterson’s murder and Jaycee Dugard’s kidnapping. This is also a revelatory profile of a complex man and what makes him tick: the drive to find closure for victims and their loved ones, the inability to walk away from a challenge–even at the expense of his own happiness. Holes opens up the most intimate scenes of his life: his moments of self-doubt and the impact that detective work has had on his marriage. This is a story about the gritty truth of crime-solving when there are no flashbulbs and “case closed” headlines. It is the story of a man and his commitment to cases and people who might have otherwise been forgotten.

PAUL’S WEBSITE

Saturday
May 7th
2:00-4:00 pm

Flamingo Lounge

Brandon Leake

Join AGT Season 15 Winner Brandon Leake for his new book signing

 

Brandon Leake is a Stockton, CA, native, born and raised to a single mother, Carla Gibson-Leake. He attended Edison High School, and then moved on to Simpson University in Redding, Ca receiving a degree in Psychology. There he started his non-profit entitled “Called To Move – CTM” as an artistry collective with the hopes of encouraging people to seek self-actualization through art. Since then Brandon has traveled the world as a speaker, educator, and artist. He is the winner of Season 15 of America’s Got Talent. What defines Brandon is his faith in Christ, his role as a father, husband, and relative; and his immense passion for Spoken Word.

From famous spoken word poet, artistic educator, and founder/CEO of “Called to Move” Brandon Leake comes his debut poetry collection Unraveling. In an era of self-love, the ability to love oneself is only as effective as the ability to know oneself. Throughout his collection, Leake asks readers to look at something beautiful, yet still see its flaws. On the flip side, he encourages readers to look at something evil, and yet still see the beauty it holds.

Universally relatable, surprisingly educational, and all-around powerful, Unraveling is a collection of poetry inspiring us to slow down, breathe, and read between the lines.

BRANDON’S WEBSITE