Jan 31, 2020
7:30 – 9:30 pm



The Clara Auditorium
E Claire Raley Studios for the Performing Arts
1425 24th Street

Please join us for opening night of the Stories on Stage 2020 season

After a few words from the authors, an excerpt of Pam Houston’s moving memoir, Deep Creek: Finding Hope in the High Country, will be performed by Caro Marks, a new voice at Stories on Stage. And audience favorite, Gay Cooper will perform an excerpt from Dorothy Rice’s relateable memoir, Gray is the New Black: A Memoir of Self Acceptance.

Intermission cookies are free and drinks are available for purchase.

About Stories On Stage:

Sacramento’s award-winning, non-profit literary performance series, featuring electrifying prose and crackling theater–short stories performed by actors. Designated by Sactown Magazine as Best of the City, 2019.

Capital Books is proud to be promoting the 2020 season. The authors whose books are being featured will be provided by Capital Books both at our store and at each event.

About Deep Creek: Finding Hope in the High Country:

On her 120-acre homestead high in the Colorado Rockies, beloved writer Pam Houston learns what it means to care for a piece of land and the creatures on it. Elk calves and bluebirds mark the changing seasons, winter temperatures drop to 35 below, and lightning sparks a 110,000-acre wildfire, threatening her century-old barn and all its inhabitants. Through her travels from the Gulf of Mexico to Alaska, she explores what ties her to the earth, the ranch most of all. Alongside her devoted Irish wolfhounds and a spirited troupe of horses, donkeys, and Icelandic sheep, the ranch becomes Houston’s sanctuary, a place where she discovers how the natural world has mothered and healed her after a childhood of horrific parental abuse and neglect.

In essays as lucid and invigorating as mountain air, Deep Creek delivers Houston’s most profound meditations yet on how “to live simultaneously inside the wonder and the grief…to love the damaged world and do what I can to help it thrive.”

About Gray is the New Black: A Memoir of Self Acceptance

Grey Is the New Black

Age happens. Gray Is the New Black, while one woman’s quest for self-acceptance and forgiveness, is also a universal, relatable story. It’s funny too.

In a 2005 essay, Nora Ephron wrote, “There’s a reason why 40, 50, and 60 don’t look the way they used to, and it’s not because of feminism or better living through exercise. It’s because of hair dye.”

That essay coincided with the first time Dorothy Rice grew out her gray hair—it didn’t last long. Fast forward fourteen years and after decades struggling to be thin, pretty, sexy and successful enough to deserve love and happiness, she devotes a year to cracking the code, a journey that forces her to confront the gnarled roots of female shame.

With wry humor, a keen eye and unwavering honesty, Gray is the New Black charts her up, down, sideways, and, ultimately, up again journey.

Get Your Tickets!

Reserve your spot with a $10 donation through Eventbrite using the button below. (You may also contribute at the door if seats are still available.)

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.

Feb 23, 2020
1:00 pm

NYT Best-Selling Author Lisa McMann

Lisa McMann lives in Sacramento, California. She is married to fellow writer and musician, Matt McMann, and they have two adult children. Her son is an artist named Kilian McMann and her daughter is an actor, Kennedy McMann.

Lisa was born in Holland, Michigan, and she lived there until 2004, when she moved to Mesa, Arizona with her family. She and her husband moved to midtown Sacramento in 2019. They like to write on their balcony overlooking the park across the street. Her first book, Wake, came out in 2008.

In her spare time, Lisa likes to take walks around the California State Capitol grounds, shop at local stores, and cook. She also likes to watch TV and movies and loves to read fantasy, realistic fiction, memoirs, and books about cooking and wine.

Lisa is the author of over two dozen books for young adults and children. So far she has written in genres including paranormal, realistic, dystopian, and fantasy. Some of her most well-known books are The Unwanteds series for middle grade readers and the Wake trilogy for young adults. She hopes to keep writing books for a long time.

About The Unwanteds Quests: Dragon Fire (Simon & Schuster, Feb 4, 2020):

Artimé is at war.

Led by the reckless new head mage, Frieda Stubbs, and swayed by her stoking their fear of the Revinir’s return, the people of Artimé have turned against the Stowe family. Aaron and his allies are captured while Fifer is left exposed to mortal danger.

Thisbe and the team of black-eyed children from Grimere journey to Artimé to help, leaving Dev behind to fend for himself against the increasingly powerful Revinir. Thisbe grapples with guilt and worry from multiple directions as her relationship with Fifer continues its downward spiral.

When things are at their bleakest and everything is on the line, Fifer is forced to make a decision that could change her destiny forever.

Reserve Your Spot!

Lisa’s appearances at our store are a popular event, and we only have capacity for 50 people. To reserve a seat, please pre-purchase Dragon Fire below. We’ll hold a copy for you to have Lisa autograph especially for you.

March 14, 2020
6:00 pm

Student Anthology Readings

At the end of every creative writing program, 916 Ink publishes an anthology of student work–young writers become young authors. We have published over 100 anthologies over the years and are excited to share the diverse stories and experiences with the public.

This reading event, which takes place on the Second Saturday in March, will celebrate Capital Books’ inclusion of 916 Ink anthologies in their Local Sacramento Authors display. Youth authors featured in the display will be given the opportunity to read their work and describe themselves as authors and artists.

About 916 Ink:

916 Ink is a local creative writing nonprofit that hosts workshops with underprivileged and at-risk youth in the Sacramento area. Through our programs, youth grades 3-12 discover that their story matters.

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