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.
11:00 am – 1:00 pm
Sacramento Author Leigh Dragoon Book Signing For Little Witches
Leigh Dragoon was raised in a log cabin in the Adirondacks, where she developed an early love of reading and writing. She became a fan of Little Women at age nine, after Beth’s demise made her bawl herself to sleep. This led to a life-long appreciation of the book. After years of annual re-reads, she also became fascinated with learning about Louisa May and her family. Leigh has several print publications of her own, both graphic novels and prose, through HarperCollins and Penguin. She adapted both Richelle Mead’s Vanpire Academy and Marie Lu’s Legend series into graphic novel scripts. She also written two prose Adventure Time novels: Queen of Rogues and The Lonesome Outlaw, as well as creating original comics stories and scripts for Mattel’s Ever After High and Disney’s Tangled.
ABOUT LITTLE WITCHES
Jo, Beth, Amy, and Meg March are four sisters living in Concord with their parents’ Father, who’s tending to soldiers fighting in the Civil War, and Marmee, who teaches the girls simple but effective witchcraft. The Marches have to keep their craft quiet, as there are many in Concord who see magic in a bad light—especially after things have begun disappearing.
When Mr. Laurence, a witchfinder, moves in next door to investigate the missing objects, the girls fear for their livelihood. But he turns out to be a kind old man, and his grandson, Laurie, quickly befriends the Marches. As the cold winter blusters on, the girls continue their education, even as missing objects soon turn into missing people.
Things take a turn for the worse when Jo and Laurie try investigating on their own, and a dangerous storm takes hold of Concord. There’s powerful magic at play here—stronger than anything the Marches, or even Laurie, has ever seen before. Can they hope to defeat it? Or has the magic already become too strong for them to fight against?
Award-winning author and Buzzfeed Inequality Editor Albert Samaha
Albert Samaha is an investigative journalist and inequality editor at BuzzFeed News. A Whiting Foundation Creative Nonfiction Grant recipient, he is also the author of Never Ran, Never Will: Boyhood and Football in a Changing American Inner City, which was a finalist for the 2019 PEN/ESPN Award for Literary Sports Writing. He lives in Brooklyn.
“A landmark in the contemporary literature of the diaspora.” —JIA TOLENTINO
From Whiting Foundation Creative Nonfiction Grant recipient Albert Samaha comes CONCEPCION: An Immigrant Family’s Fortunes (Riverhead Books; on sale October 12), an ambitious, powerful, and deeply personal examination of the Filipino immigrant experience. An investigative journalist who “brings empathy and scrutiny to his reporting” (New York Times Book Review), Samaha’s work has freed a wrongfully convicted person from prison, spurred a police captain’s resignation, led six states to strengthen their laws on police sexual misconduct, and forced more than a dozen companies to implement additional safety protocols for food and service workers during the COVID-19 pandemic. Now in CONCEPCION he turns his journalistic eye toward his own family’s history, and the forces steering their destiny over the last 500 years to eventually become part of the fourth-largest immigrant population in the United States.
In CONCEPCION, Samaha traces the historical tides shaping the circumstances and beliefs that compelled his elders to leave a comfortable standing in the Philippines—from the arrival of Spanish colonizers in the 16th century to the occupation by U.S. forces in the 20th, to the capitalist hegemony of the post-war decades—and explores the imperial-age landscape that made their sacrifice necessary, by dividing the world into servants and served, colonized and colonist.
Samaha introduces readers to a cast of unforgettable characters throughout CONCEPCION, his ultra-religious, Trump-supporting mother and Uncle Spanky, once a full-fledged pop star in Manila now working as a luggage handler at San Francisco airport, are just two of the vibrant, complicated personalities who illustrate the historical, political and emotional complexity of the Filipino immigrant experience, and the allure of American mythology. Woven into the migration narrative of his ancestors are Samaha and his cousins’ journeys toward understanding the scope of their families’ setbacks, what made their departure essential, and whether it was all worth it. Through the lens of the second generation Samaha captures the enduring consequences of colonialism, how the younger generation fits into the arc of American history, and how the wave of new arrivals is shaping the country’s future.
In what Jia Tolentino calls “a landmark in the contemporary literature of the diaspora,” CONCEPCION proves a stirring, eye-opening work, masterfully weaving “anecdotes, extensive reportage, and historical records, skillfully mined by Samaha” (Publishers Weekly) to tell the story not just of a family but of a people.
Sacramento Poet Launches First Novel
In 1969, a girl’s life is not her own. Katya’s parents demand she drop out of school to join a cleaning crew. She runs away instead—but the counterculture isn’t as welcoming as she dreamed. Starry-eyed, barefoot, and in trouble, she turns to widowed Dr. Lewis for help at his women’s clinic, then disappears again. The aging doctor’s rash impulse to save her could rejuvenate his melancholy life. While Katya hunts for freedom and Robert searches for her, they each encounter beauty and chaos as they brave the unknown. A compelling and evocative portrait that speaks to our own complex social times, reminding readers of life before (and perhaps, post-) Roe v. Wade and the #metoo movement.
Anara Guard is a poet and fiction writer in Sacramento. Her short story collection, Remedies for Hunger, was named by the Chicago Book Review as a Best Book of 2015. She received the John Crowe Ransom Poetry Prize from Kenyon College and has attended fiction workshops at Bread Loaf and the Community of Writers. Her work has appeared in Gold Man Review, California Quarterly, Twenty Twenty: 43 Stories from a Year Like No Other, and elsewhere. Like a Complete Unknown is her first novel.