Thurs.
6/24
3:00 PM PT

ZOOM EVENT
Groundbreaking Book by Sacramento English Professor on His Unusual Illness

 

Brad Buchanan holds degrees in English Literature from McGill University (BA, 1994), the University of Toronto (MA, 1995), and Stanford University (PhD, 2001). He taught British and Postcolonial Literature, as well as Creative Writing, at Sacramento State University (where he also served as English Department Chair) until his retirement in 2016. His poetry, fiction, and scholarly articles have appeared in more than 200 journals, among them Canadian Literature, the Journal of Modern Literature, The Portland Review, The Seattle Review, Twentieth-Century Literature, and The Wisconsin Review. His first two published book-length collections of poetry (The Miracle Shirker, Poet’s Corner Press, 2005) and Swimming the Mirror: Poems for My Daughter, Roan Press 2009), both received Writer’s Digest awards. His third book of poems, The Scars, Aligned (A Cancer Narrative) appeared from Finishing Line Press in February 2019. He has also published two scholarly books.

Dr. Buchanan was diagnosed with a rare form of T-cell lymphoma in February 2015 and, after chemotherapy and radiation treatments, underwent a stem cell transplant in 2016. The stem cell transplant, which resulted in an unexpectedly acute case of graft-versus-host disease (GvHD) and a near-total loss of vision, also entailed 129 days in the hospital’s transplant unit and a lengthy recovery period at home. In late 2016 he was diagnosed with B-cell lymphoma induced by the Epstein-Barr virus; after participating in a clinical trial, he was declared cancer-free in 2017, and he is currently still in remission. He has also recovered his eyesight after having corneal transplants and cataract surgery in each eye. He still suffers from chronic GvHD, which has prevented him from returning to teaching, and now devotes his time to writing, as well as to facilitating workshops for writers dealing with issues related to illness, disability, and recovery. He lives in Sacramento, California with his wife, Kate Washington, and their two daughters.

Brad will be joined by Dr. Joseph Tuscano of UC Davis and Dr. Emily Hopewell of Indiana University.

ABOUT THE BOOK

LIVING WITH GRAFT-VERSUS-HOST DISEASE: HOW I STOPPED FIGHTING CANCER AND STARTED HEALING (Armin Lear Press, 2021), fills a huge gap in current health and wellness literature. It tells the story of the author’s survival against the odds, outlines his sometimes rocky path to long-term recovery, and offers unique and important insights into acute and chronic GvHD. Using poetry as a touchstone, it draws on the author’s own experiences as a two-time blood cancer survivor and stem-cell transplant recipient to encourage GvHD patients to move beyond the “warrior” mentality promoted by much of the current cultural discourse surrounding disease, treatment, and survivorship. It also advocates a full understanding of the current best practices in the treatment of GvHD, an attitude of acceptance and emotional openness, and the practice of writing as a self-healing activity.

HIS WEBSITE

Sat
6/26
1:00 PM PT

PHOTO BY ANDREA PRICE

*IN-STORE EVENT*

A PRACTICALLY MINDFUL BOOK EVENT
Dr. Greg Sazima

This will be our first in-store author event since COVID began, so we’re excited to be hosting Dr. Sazima. Seating will be upstairs in our Flamingo Lounge; however, if you cannot climb stairs, we will be live streaming the event on our first floor and will have chairs set up there. Masks are required inside our bookstore at all times. Should you not wish to attend in person, feel free to watch this event on our Instagram account (CapitalBooksOnK) at the event time.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

Greg Sazima, MD is a board-certified psychiatrist and psychotherapist, educator and writer, based in Northern California. He teaches physicians-in-training at the Stanford/O’Connor Family Medicine Residency Program. He has developed mindfulness curricula for adults and children. His work on mental health issues has been featured in the Los Angeles Times, Sacramento Bee, Philadelphia Inquirer, and other media. His podcast, “A Practically Mindful Moment” is available on all major podcast sites. His blog, “Your Mindfulness Toolkit,” is featured at PsychologyToday.com. His volunteer work includes service on the Boards of Directors of Capital Public Radio and Snowline Hospice, a non-profit palliative care provider in the Sacramento/Sierra Foothills region.

ABOUT THE BOOK:

Practical Mindfulness: A Physician’s No-Nonsense Guide to Meditation for Beginners is the no-nonsense, no-incense guide to mindfulness and meditation. It explains and trains an essential human capacity: clear awareness in and of our experience of everyday life. Practical Mindfulness specifically targets smart, curious readers interested in the nuts and bolts of mindfulness, but skeptical of the crystals and granola. Practical Mindfulness’ clear training helps readers respond and adapt to the inevitable opportunities and stresses of contemporary life.

“An insightful and demystifying look at mindfulness practice.” – Kirkus Reviews

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*IN-STORE BOOK CLUB*

CAPITAL BOOKS PRESENTS
THE FLAMINGO BOOK CLUB

 

We’re excited to announce our first book club pick. Nghi Vo’s The Chosen and the Beautiful brings us Jordan Baker’s perspective from The Great Gatsby, a queer Asian woman navigating Jazz Age New York and weaves magical realism to the story. Sometimes, really cool things can happen when major properties become public domain. We’re looking forward to sharing this fresh and fantastical take on a classic with you.

The Chosen and the Beautiful by Nghi Vo An Indie Next Pick! A Most Anticipated in 2021 Pick for Oprah Magazine, USA Today, Buzzfeed, Greatist, BookPage, PopSugar, Bustle, The Nerd Daily, Goodreads, Literary Hub, Ms. Magazine, Library Journal, Culturess, Book Riot, Parade Magazine.

The Flamingo Book Club will take place in our 2nd floor Flamingo Lounge. No elevator (yet), so you’ll have to be okay with climbing a flight of stairs.

Sat
7/5
6:00 PM PT

HILARIOUS NEW NOVEL, MONA AT SEA,
AUTHOR ELIZABETH GONZALEZ-JAMES IN CONVERSATION WITH AUTHOR AND SN&R ADVICE COLUMNIST JOEY GARCIA 

This will be an in-store event and we’ll also live-stream it via Instagram that evening. 

Elizabeth Gonzalez James’s stories and essays have appeared in The Idaho Review, The Rumpus, StorySouth, PANK, and elsewhere, and have received numerous Pushcart Prize and Best of the Net nominations. In 2021, she is a regular contributor to Ploughshares Blog. Her first novel, MONA AT SEA (June 30, 2021) was a finalist in the 2019 SFWP Literary Awards judged by Carmen Maria Machado, from Santa Fe Writers Project. Originally from South Texas, Elizabeth now lives with her family in Oakland, California.

Elizabeth will be in conversation with SN&R advice columnist and local author, Joey Garcia, author of When Your Heart Breaks, It’s Opening to Love, and the on-air Relationship Expert for Fox40-TV. For 24 years she’s written the Ask Joey relationship advice column in the Sacramento News & Review. Joey has been interviewed by HuffPost, USA Today, Deutsche Welle, KVIE public television and Global Woman TV Sweden. Her essays have been featured on KQED public radio, the Brevity blog, Sacramento magazine, and are forthcoming in Hippocampus magazine. In

2018, Joey launched The Belize Writers Conference and established the first literary fellowship for a Belizean writer in the country’s history. www.joeygarcia.com

ABOUT THE BOOK

MONA AT SEA is a dark comedy set during the Great Recession, and features Mona Mireles, a young Latina who loses her plum job on Wall Street and must figure out what she’s going to do with the rest of her life. Despite her potential, and her top-of-her-class college degree, Mona finds herself unemployed, living with her parents, and adrift in life and love. On her tragicomic journey through late-stage capitalism, Mona is ultimately able to learn what it is she finds meaningful in life. The question is: Will she be brave enough to go after it?

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Thurs.
7/6
6:30 PM PT

IN-STORE EVENT!

Nick’s Cove Owner Dena Grunt

Northern California’s historic Nick’s Cove restaurant brings you the finest in seasonal farm-to-table and seafood cuisine.

Nick’s Cove, perched alongside beautiful Tomales Bay, opened its doors in the 1930s and has been a Northern California destination ever since. Table with a View: The History and Recipes of Nick’s Cove celebrates the historic restaurant, bar, and inn’s award-winning cuisine, which features fresh seafood, locally sourced meats, and seasonal produce from their on-site farm and garden, the Croft. Inspired by the area’s serene natural beauty and abundant resources, the restaurant’s dishes reflect the perfect combination of comfort and refinement, embracing an elegant approach to hearty farm-to-table cuisine. From new takes on classics such as Oysters Nickerfeller and Crab Benedict to hearty fare like Dungeness Crab Mac and Cheese and Seared Duck with Blackberry Sauce, Table with a View is much more than a cookbook—it’s a celebration of a cultural heritage in a region shaped largely by its culinary bounty.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

Dena Grunt is president of Highway 1 Hospitality and oversees all aspects of operations at the company’s Northern California businesses. She lives in Petaluma, California, with her husband and son.

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Weds
8/11
1:00 PM PT

Dorothy Rice

TWENTY TWENTY: A STORIES ON STAGE SACRAMENTO ANTHOLOGY

This will be an in-store event and we’ll also live-stream it via Instagram that day.

 

Twenty Twenty: A Stories on Stage Sacramento Anthology includes 43 stories inspired by a year like no other, 2020. Essays and short stories from Northern California authors are organized under the themes Masks, Resilience, Monsters, Kinship, and Time, and touch many aspects of a year that proved catastrophic beyond anyone’s imagining. The devastating toll of Covid-19, life under quarantine, the closure of schools and businesses, the murder of George Floyd, wildfires that swept the West, and more, all are touched on by diverse voices and points of view.

Award-winning, acclaimed authors and SOSS guest authors Karen Bender, Anita Felicelli, Joan Frank, Debra Gwartney, Sands Hall, Pamela Houston, Vanessa Hua, Joshua Mohr, and Peter Orner, contributed pieces in the anthology, adding their voices to the Northern California authors who responded to the October 2020 submission call: 2020, You Lived It. Did You Write It?

ABOUT STORIES ON STAGE

Stories on Stage Sacramento (SOSS) is an award-winning, non-profit writing workshop and literary performance series, featuring the work of today’s best authors performed by professional actors, co-directed by local authors Shelley Blanton-Stroud and Dorothy Rice, with casting director Jessica Laskey and Sue Staats, SOSS board member and prior director, for six years, of this long-standing series. Any sales proceeds from this anthology will support ongoing programming, including paying authors and actors for their work. (SOSS is a 100% volunteer-supported organization with no paid staff.)

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