Our events are typically held upstairs in our Flamingo Lounge. We require that those attending be fully vaccinated or have had a negative COVID test 72 hours prior to the event. 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.

Sept 23
6:00 pm

Flamingo Lounge
Outside at Capital Books

Jaimal Yogis

National Best-Selling Author Jaimal Yogis Signs His New Graphic Novel


Grace and her friends must protect a newly hatched dragon from mysterious evildoers. When Grace moves to Hong Kong with her mom and new stepdad, her biggest concern is making friends at her fancy new boarding school. But when a mysterious old woman gifts her a dragon egg during a field trip, Grace discovers that the wonderful stories of dragons she heard when she was a young girl might actually be real–especially when the egg hatches overnight.

The dragon has immense powers that Grace has yet to understand. And that puts them both in danger from mysterious forces intent on abusing the dragon’s power. And now it’s up to Grace and her school friends to uncover the sinister plot threatening the entire city!

Jaimal Yogis is Sacramento-raised, award-winning writer of numerous books, including Saltwater Buddha, The Fear Project, and All Our Waves Are Water, which have been internationally praised and translated into numerous languages. More recently, he has been writing children’s books, like Mop Rides the Waves of Life, which was named a 2020 Favorite by the Children’s Book Review and one of the best sports books for all ages by Book Riot. The next picture book in the series, Mop Rides the Waves of Change, is out now with a third Mop on the way. Jaimal’s middle-grade graphic novel series, City of Dragons—a collaboration with Vivian Truong—is also just releasing from Scholastic and Kirkus calls it “cinematic” with an “irresistible dragon.” Jaimal’s award-winning journalism has appeared in publications like The Washington Post, ESPN Magazine, The Atlantic, and many others. He lives near San Francisco’s Ocean Beach with his wife, Amy, and their three boys. If he’s not writing or playing with his family, he’s probably surfing.

Vivian Truong, the artist and co-creator of City of Dragons, is a comic artist who has created artwork for Riot Games, miHoYo, Rebellion, and more. Her work includes the Punches and Plants webcomic series for the popular MOBA game League of Legends. She also works as a storyboard artist for game studios, a digital production studio, and a children’s book publisher. She currently lives in London.

Oct 3
1:00 pm

Flamingo Lounge
Upstairs at Capital Books

Jaimal Yogis

NYT Best Selling Author, Lisa McMann, Returns to Sacramento to Launch Her New Book, Clarice the Brave


New York Times bestselling author of The Unwanteds brings us an epic animal adventure story perfect for fans of Pax and A Wolf Called Wander.

The only good cat is a fed cat. Clarice, a young ship mouse, knows this to be true.

She and her brother, Charles Sebastian, were taught to be careful—as all mice are—but caution is no match for the sea, which took their mother, and it is certainly no match for Special Lady, the horrid cat who ate their sister. Now the siblings hide in their pantry crate, knowing every move they make could be their last.

When a shocking mutiny forces Clarice onto a small, leaky boat with Special Lady and a dozen hungry sailors with deadly boots, Charles Sebastian is left on the ship to fend off mutineers, a flock of irate chickens, and an inquisitive human prisoner—a mouse’s worst enemy.

Being careful may have saved them in the past, but now Clarice and Charles Sebastian will need to grow bold if they are to survive . . . and keep their promise to find one other again.

From the New York Times bestselling author of The Unwanteds comes an unforgettable adventure filled with perseverance, kindness, and hope. 

Oct 12
5:30 pm

Flamingo Lounge
Upstairs at Capital Books

Jaimal Yogis

Sacramento Author, C.A. Price, Discusses His Debut novel, Allison’s Gambit


Allison’s Gambit {Circuit Breaker Books, Oct 12) was directly inspired by the following quote from one of C. A. Price’s patients:

“I recently buried my mother, whom I took care of for six years with Alzheimer’s dementia. I never want to live like that. I never want to ask someone to care for me like that. So, I’m going to smoke, so I die of something else ….”

When Allison begins caring for her mother with Alzheimer’s, she finds herself facing some difficult questions: At what point is a life no longer worth living? Will dementia be in her future too?

Worried that her mother’s fate might be her own, Allison comes up with an unorthodox approach to try to control her own demise: start smoking. After all, she figures she would much rather choose to die of cancer or a lung infection than the way her mother died—unable to recognize her own family, to take care of herself, or even to speak. The tough part, of course, will be getting her family and friends on board with her plan.

Full of compassion for both Alzheimer’s victims and those it affects—caregivers, family, and loved ones—Allison’s Gambit brings a taboo topic to the forefront and asks us all—what would we do?

C.A. Price is a family-practice physician in Sacramento, California. He enjoys soccer, traveling, hiking, classical music, piano, and family, especially his girlfriend and son. The philosophy of Allison’s Gambit was inspired by his patients who have been caregivers to family members with dementia and his continued observation that these caretakers often end up with tremendous misplaced guilt. His work with hospice has taught him that those who change their views about dying seem to live a better life. This is his first novel.

Oct 15


Jaimal Yogis

Photo credit: Roger Lis


The Congressman Who Led the First Impeachment of Donald J. Trump


Capital Books is pleased to host Congressman Adam Schiff for a moderated discussion of his new book, Midnight in Washington, at noon on Friday, October 15, in Sacramento’s classic Crest Theater. Sacramento Mayor Darrell Steinberg will moderate the discussion, ending at 2 pm.

Midnight in Washington is the vital inside account of American democracy in its darkest hour and a warning that the forces of autocracy unleashed by Trump remain as potent as ever.

Pre-purchase your signed copy at Capital Books (link below) as your ticket to see this important and informative event. Seating starts at 11 am. Proof of vaccine is required at the door or a doctor’s note and negative covid test within 24 hours. Masks are required upon entry.

What others are saying about Midnight in Washington:

“If he failed to secure the conviction of Donald Trump in the first impeachment trial, Adam Schiff has now vanquished him forever in these pages. This book will stand as the touchstone of truth against any attempts to distort or rewrite this crucial piece of history. Congressman Schiff has restored our faith in the nobility of public service and has shown what one dedicated patriot—courageous, intelligent, and fearless—can still accomplish even in a divided country.”

— Ron Chernow, Pulitzer Prize-winning author of Washington: A Life and Alexander Hamilton 


Midnight in Washington is a compelling account from a man who refused to allow our venerable institutions to crumble at the hands of authoritarianism. Equally vital, he refused to allow his Republican colleagues to look the other way. Rep. Schiff does not merely provide riveting details from inside the halls of power; he delivers a much-needed warning about the threats facing America from within and an urgent how-to guide for preserving our nation.”

—Stacey Abrams, Founder of Fair Fight Action


“In this thoughtful, absorbing  and revelatory memoir, an important champion and defender of American democracy shows us how he became a national leader and, from his experiences on the inside, how close the Trump regime brought us to losing our system.  Please read Adam Schiff’s book carefully and pay close heed to his warnings about the dangers that remain.”

— Michael Beschloss, New York Times-bestselling author of Presidents of War


“Adam Schiff has performed a great public service with this engrossing and illuminating new book. By taking us inside the impeachments of the 45th president, Schiff has written an important first draft of history—but it is history that is not remote or retrospective but all too immediate, for the threats to the Republic Schiff so deftly describes remain with us. If you care about American democracy, the rule of law, and the future of our imperiled nation, this is essential reading.”

— Jon Meacham, Pulitzer Prize-winning author of American Lion


“If there is still an American democracy fifty years from now, historians will be very grateful for this highly personal and deeply informed guide to one of its greatest crises. We should be grateful that we can read it now.”

—Timothy Snyder, #1 New York Times bestselling author of On Tyranny

Nov 13
2:00 pm

Joy Lanzendorfer

Right Back Where We Started From with Joy Lanzendorfer


If misfortune hadn’t gotten in the way, Sandra Sanborn would be where she belongs—among the rich and privileged instead of standing outside a Hollywood studio wearing a sandwich board hoping someone discovers her. Breaking into the movies during the Great Depression is tough, but Sandra knows she’s destined for greatness. After all, her grandmother Vira crossed the country during the Gold Rush and established one of San Francisco’s most prominent families, and her mother Mabel married into an agricultural empire. Success, Sandra feels, is in her blood. She just needs a chance to prove it. In between failed auditions, Sandra receives a letter from a man claiming to be her father, which calls into question everything she believes about her family—and herself. As she tries to climb the social ladder, family secrets lurk in the background, pulling her down. Until Sandra confronts the truth about how Vira and Mabel gained and lost their fortunes, she will always end up right back where she started from.

Joy Lanzendorfer’s work has appeared in the New York Times, the Washington Post, The Atlantic, NPR, and Smithsonian, among others. Her debut novel, Right Back Where We Started From, has been featured in USA Today, The LA Review of Books, Mental Floss, Alta, and others. Joy is also the host of the book radio show “What’s the Story” on KRSH in the San Francisco Bay Area.