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.

Monday, August 8th


Flamingo Lounge

Brandon Leake

An Evening with Tim Miller, author of the NYT Best Seller “Why We Did It: A Travelogue Republican Road to Hell”




TIM MILLER is an MSNBC analyst and writer-at-large at The Bulwark. He was the communications director for Jeb Bush’s 2016 presidential campaign and the spokesman for the Republican National Committee during Mitt Romney’s 2012 presidential campaign.


In the instant NYT #2 bestseller, WHY WE DID IT: A TRAVELOGUE FROM THE REPUBLICAN ROAD TO HELL (June 28, 2022) former Republican political operative Tim Miller answers the question no one else has fully grappled with: Why did people who knew better go along with the worst of Trumpism?

As one of the strategists behind the famous 2012 RNC “autopsy,” Miller conducts his own forensic study of the party he used to love. Why We Did It is a bracingly honest reflection on both his own past work for the Republican Party and the contortions of his former peers in the GOP establishment who stuck with it through the Trump years.

Miller reflects on the mental Jiu-Jitsu that allowed him as a gay man to justify becoming a hitman for homophobes and conducts astonishingly raw interviews with former colleagues who jumped on the Trump Train, He diagrams the flattering and delusional stories GOP operatives tell themselves so they can sleep at night. With a humorous touch he reveals Reince Priebus’ neediness, Sean Spicer’s desperation, Elise Stefanik and Chris Christie’s raw ambition, and his close friends’ submission to a MAGA psychosis.

In a book that is part memoir, part anatomy of the Republican enablers, Tim Miller delivers the most honest insider assessment of the mindset of those who contributed to Trump’s rise that has been delivered to date. Featuring astonishingly raw and candid interviews with former colleagues and friends who jumped on the Trump Train, he finally answers the question of why so many who knew better went along with the madness.

When mainstream Republicans teamed up with Steve Bannon and Breitbart or implied Hillary committed murder or asked questions about Obama’s birth certificate, they told themselves they were just playing “the game” but deep down they knew they were feeding the very mob that has now tried to upend our democracy.

Churchill’s famous statement about international diplomacy is applicable to the modern GOP as well: “Each one hopes that if he feeds the crocodile enough, the crocodile will eat him last. All of them hope that the storm will pass before their turn comes to be devoured.” Politicians and pundits know they get their power from whipping their base into a frenzy, assuming someone else would bear the brunt of their anger. But the Republican establishment were the ones who ended up getting eaten.

In this hard-hitting critique, Miller wryly recounts the key moments that he and others–colleagues like Reince Priebus and Lindsay Graham–decided it was fine to encourage the Obama-birth-certificate and Clinton “Kill List” crowd as long as it was good for the team.

The MSNBC contributor, Rolling Stone writer, and one of the strategists behind the famous 2012 RNC “autopsy” conducts his own forensic study on the pungent carcass of the party he used to love, cutting into all the hubris, ambition, idiocy, desperation, and self-deception for everyone to see. Miller warns that Republicans will continue to make the same choices and political calculations, with disastrous consequences for the nation, until his former friends are shaken from their self-deception and stop playing the dangerous games with our democracy that brought us to the brink.


Sunday, August 14th


Flamingo Lounge

Brandon Leake

Join Lisa McMann and fellow middle grade authors Lisa Moore Ramée, Beth McMullen, Lisa Schmid, and Matt McMann for their Summer Book Party!


Come out to meet Lisa McMann, Lisa Moore Ramée, Beth McMullen, Lisa Schmid, and Matt McMann for a lively panel discussion, raffle, free stickers, snacks, and book signing!


Lisa McMann splits her time between Tempe, AZ, Sacramento, CA, and Vancouver, BC. She is married to fellow children’s author, Matt McMann (Monsterious series, coming 2023), and they have two adult children. Her son is artist Kilian McMann and her daughter is actor Kennedy McMann.

Lisa was born in Holland, Michigan, and she lived there until 2004, when she moved to Arizona with her family. Her first book, Wake, came out in 2008.

In her spare time, Lisa likes to take walks along Tempe Town Lake and on the Arizona State University campus, shop at local stores, and cook. She also enjoys watching TV and movies, and loves to read fantasy, realistic fiction, memoirs, and books about cooking.

Lisa is the author of over two dozen books for young adults and children. 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.


Lisa Moore Ramee wrote her first book in second grade. It took some time before she got around to writing her second one. A Good Kind of Trouble, her debut novel, published in Spring 2019. Something to Say came out in July, 2020 and Mapmaker will hit shelves in 2022.

Outside Lisa’s childhood bedroom was a hallway lined with bookcases. It was like having a magical portal to thousands of other worlds right outside her door. She read everything. Fantasy, contemporary, adventure, mystery, classics, romance. Kids books, adult books—some that her mother took out of Lisa’s room and hid because they were too mature.

And when Lisa wasn’t reading, she was in her room pretending. Picturing herself in the stories she read. Instead of writing fan fiction, she practiced fan drama. Creating complicated further adventures of her favorite characters, with herself planted right in the midst of it. Things went a little sideways when in fifth grade, after reading Harriet the Spy, she started carrying around a notebook, and scribbling thoughts about her classmates. You can guess what happened. The notebook was found, friendships were broken. Lisa learned a valuable lesson: keep the notebook at home.

Skip ahead many years later and while getting her MA in English Literature, Lisa discovered her words didn’t need to stay hidden any longer. And could even be a source of joy.

She started writing short pieces and even got a few published online and then tried her hand at a novel. The first one was an adult horror story, due to her long love of Stephen King novels, but she couldn’t quite capture the darkness King is such a master of. She sputtered around with other tales and finally settled on a book about a young girl struggling to figure out how race impacted her life. As a Black girl going to predominantly white schools, Lisa had similar questions growing up, and although A Good Kind of Trouble isn’t auto-biographical, it does capture some of the confusion and questions Lisa had about friendship and romance and race at that time.

Originally hailing from Los Angeles, CA, Lisa now lives in Northern California with her husband, two kids, big cat, and more yard than she can control.


Beth McMullen is the author of the Mrs. Smith’s Spy School for Girls (Aladdin/S&S) series as well as the forthcoming Lola Benko, Treasure Hunter (Aladdin/S&S) series, in stores and everywhere August 25th.

Beth grew up in a house with a black and white, twelve inch television that required a pair of pliers to turn the channel. The picture was always a snowstorm of fuzz. If she could convince someone to stand on the roof (bribery!) and hold the antenna a certain way, she might catch a flash of an actual show. Books were a safer bet and didn’t require bribes.

“I read ALL the time. Once I missed my subway stop and rode the train all the way to Brooklyn because the book I was reading was THAT good! ​I still read a lot but now I also write books for adults and kids. My books have spies and bad guys and messy situations. I think they’re fun. And I hope you do too.”

Beth lives in Northern California with her husband, kids, cats and a very tolerant parakeet named Zeus, who is sick of the cats eyeballing him like he’s dinner.


Lisa Schmid is an author, a stay-at-home mom, and a pug wrangler. When she is not scaring up ghostly adventures, she is most likely scaring up fun with her husband and son. She lives in Folsom, California, home of the 1849 Gold Rush.


Matt McMann wrote his first spooky story for a school writing assignment when he was twelve. It was not good.

After that, he wanted to become an author and write the kind of spooky fantasy adventure stories he oved to read. In middle school, he won the annual creative writing contest in both 7th and 8th grades (Thanks, Mr. Douglas).

In high school, he decided to pursue music. After college, he became a professional musician for twenty-six years, performing in a variety of places including parks, churches, a shopping mall, an NFL stadium, a cruise ship, and Austria.

Now he’s back to writing spooky stories, he also writes a personal development blog that is not scary. Except when he wrote about the time he chased a ghost light on the mountain behind his house.

On his Youtube channel he’s interviewed my daughter about playing Nancy Drew on TV, his wife about writing New York Times bestsellers, and has reviewed some great books for kids.


Saturday, August 27th


Flamingo Lounge

Brandon Leake

Join Our Booksellers to Discuss “Take My Hand” by Dolan Perkins-Valdez


We’re excited to announce August’s book club pick, “Take My Hand” by Dolan Perkins-Valdez, another relevant read!

To join all you need to do is read the book and come to the meeting on Saturday, August 27th at 2pm in our Flamingo Lounge.

You get 10% off the book when you purchase through us and mention book club!

“Take My Hand” by tells the powerful story of Civil Townsend as she takes her first position out of nursing school at the Montgomery Family Planning Clinic in 1970s Alabama. She’s set on helping women make their own choices about their lives and bodies, no matter the cost.

Friday, August 5th

and Friday, September 2nd

6:30pm to 8:30pm

Capital Books

Hot Summer Nights Graphic

Need a break from the heat?

We have cool drinks, cool books and GREAT Air Conditioning!

Join us for Hot Summer Nights at Capital Books


It’s summer in Sacramento and it’s just going to get hotter!

To beat the heat we want to open up our bookstore to you as an after hours oasis. on Friday, July 8th, Friday, August 5th, and Friday, September 2nd we will be hosting “Hot Summer Nights at the Bookstore!

It’s only $10 to reserve a spot! From 6:30pm to 8:30pm, you can stop in to enjoy complimentary cool beverages, snacks, and air conditioning that has even us shivering! Feel free to browse, shop, read, and socialize with friends.

We’ll also be giving you 10% off any in-store purchases.




Friday, September 16th at 6:00pm

The Flamingo Lounge at Capital Books

Brandon Leake

Book Signing with Kevin Hearne




Kevin Hearne is an American urban fantasy novelist born and raised in Arizona. Hearne is the author of nine novels published by Del Rey in the fantasy book series The Iron Druid Chronicles, plus the 2015 Star Wars novel Heir to the Jedi.


Hearne, a self-professed comic-book nerd, has turned his love of awesome dudes whacking mightily at evil villains into a superb urban fantasy debut, The Iron Druid Chronicles. The series is set in our world—the first two books are set in Tempe, Arizona—where supernatural creatures exist. These include witches, vampires, werewolves, demons, elementals, as well as various deities from many mythologies. The entire series is told in the first-person point of view. In the beginning, the narrative is described exclusively by ancient druid Atticus O’Sullivan (aka. Siodhachan O Suileabhain), owner of the occult bookshop Third Eye Books and Herbs, as he becomes embroiled in the day-to-day struggle of gods, goddesses, and other supernatural creatures.


To Be Rescheduled For A Later Date

There and Back Cafe

Brandon Leake

Award-winning Sacramento thriller series author Kris Calvin in conversation with her son, Assemblymember Matt Haney


This event will take place at There and Back Cafe – 1020 11th St Suite 100, Sacramento, CA, down the street from the Capitol!



A multi-award-winning author, Kris Calvin writes thrilling and suspenseful Sacramento-based mystery/crime fiction novels. Educated in forensics psychology and economics, Kris is a former CEO of the American Academy of Pediatrics in California and has been honored by the CA Assembly for her advocacy on behalf of children. No harm comes to children in Kris’s books. A single mother of three, all of Kris’s kids now work in the public and nonprofit sector, including her son, Matt Haney, who is a newly-elected CA Assembly member.


In this Sacramento-set thriller perfect for fans of Sue Grafton and John Lescroart, Emma Lawson uncovers greed and deception for a living, but this time is different. If only she knew this killer can hear her. He can see her. One year into her prized role as the youngest ethics investigator in California’s history,
Emma suspects corruption in the state’s billion dollar expansion to train travel. That unwittingly puts her on a killer’s trail – a killer who will do anything to reach his illicit million dollar payday, including personally eliminating Emma Lawson as a threat.

Detective Alibi Morning Sun sees connections where no one else does. For him, a drowning at a lake, a fire in a storage facility and a murder by the river carry a thread soaked in blood.

As Emma follows the money and Alibi traces bullets and bodies, the killer counts down to his grand finale. With each mounting danger, it quickly becomes apparent that the corruption Emma has been digging for is real— and it’s deadly.