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Safety Precautions During COVID-19 (as of 3/19/20)

Following Governor Newsom’s shelter-in-place order effective at midnight March 19, we will not be allowing shoppers inside our store. Ross, Heidi, and Tom will be at the store processing orders for customers. Here are your shopping options during the quarantine:

  • Order your books from store.capitalbooksonk.com, then:
  • On the order screen, let us know if you prefer:
    • To have us ship your books
    • Our curbside pickup
    • Delivery (within Sacramento and Elk Grove)

We’re “hand-selling” books and games over our social media (look for CapitalBooksOnK), so pop on there for photos and videos. We are able to show more over Facebook and Instagram than Twitter, so we encourage those who want to visually see our products to hop onto one of those platforms.

ONLINE STORE

Nothing beats the experience of coming into our bookstore. We’d love to help you find the perfect book, but if you simply cannot make it in, we make it easy to find everything we’re carrying in the shop — and 12 million books in print — in our online store.

We’ll message you when the your order arrives, ship it to you, or you can take advantage of our new curbside pickup service.

CURBSIDE PICKUP

Safety Precautions During COVID-19 (as of 3/19/20)

Following Governor Newsom’s shelter-in-place order effective at midnight March 19, we will not be allowing shoppers inside our store. Ross, Heidi, and Tom will be at the store processing orders for customers. We’re offering curbside delivery as one option. Pull up in front of the Crest Theater (off of the lightrail tracks) and honk or flash your lights. Whomever is working that day will see you and run your books out.

CHATBOX

The benefit of shopping in our store is the knowledgeable staff who can recommend a book to you. But sometimes it’s not possible to come in. We’ve had a chat box on our website for several months. During this social-distancing time, it’ll be like having one of us in your back pocket (or phone or computer). Think of us as your mobile book concierce. Our chat box even operates beyond our normal business hours. You’ll still be reaching Ross, Heidi, Megan or Tom. We never contract this service out to anyone else. You’ll find the chat box on the bottom right side of our website.

Why not display books from the New York Times Best Sellers list? Well, we believe that displaying books in our store that are a direct representation of what our neighbors — the San Francisco Bay Area — are reading is a more accurate depiction of our area. You’ll find many of these books in the front of our store shelves and also here on our website that are available for purchase.
Bite into the Summer’s Best Grilling!

Bite into the Summer’s Best Grilling!

Summer is upon us, so it’s time to kick off grilling season. Tom and Danielle turn it up a notch this year with these genre-defining (and -defying) guides to perfect grilling! As of the posting of this article, all of these books are available in the store.

You’ll notice that several events below have been canceled. Many of the event coordinators or authors are heeding Governor Newsom’s advice about public gatherings. It is safe to assume that most, if not all, of these events will be rescheduled for a later date when restrictions are lifted. We apologize for any inconvenience this may have caused. 

Our store is still open. As of March 12, no employee of ours has been sick, and we have increased our already fastidious cleaning regime around the store and bathroom. 

THURS, MAR 12

NYT Economics Reporter and Author, Conor Dougherty

6:15 pm

3/12/20, 10:30am: California Groundbreakers is heeding Governor Newsom’s advice about public gatherings and has decided to cancel this evening’s event. The book, GOLDEN GATES, is still available for purchase from our online store, and the event will be rescheduled when it is safe to hold public gatherings again. We apologize for any inconvenience.
 
 
 
Dougherty chronicles America’s housing crisis from its West Coast epicenter — the San Francisco Bay Area — peeling back the decades of history and economic forces that brought us here, and taking readers inside the activist uprisings that have risen in tandem with housing costs in Golden Gates: Fighting for Housing in America.

SAT, MAR 14

The Secret Window Women’s Book Club

1:00 pm

3/13/20, 8:00am: The organizer of the bookclub has decided that it will be safer to resume bookclub after the COVAD-19 virus has passed. We apologize for any inconvenience. Sasha will keep everyone aprised through Meetup.
 
 
Capital Books is hosting its first BOOK CLUB, starting March 14. This group is for women who enjoy traveling through stories, and books become friends and markers of our lives. The group is run independently from Capital Books by Aleksandra Sasha Byers.

SAT, MAR 14

916 Ink Student Anthology Readings

6:00 pm

3/12/20, 4:30pm: 916 Ink is heeding Governor Newsom’s advice about public gatherings and has decided to cancel this evening’s event. This event will be rescheduled when it is safe to hold public gatherings again. We apologize for any inconvenience.
 
 
 
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.

FRI, MAR 27

Stories On Stage
NYT Best-Selling Literary Crime Fiction Author Tod Goldberg and Award-Winning Fabulist/Noirist Author, Anita Felicelli

7:00 pm

Join us for a darkly funny, criminally touching story-time for grownups.

THURS, APR 2

KTLA-TV News Anchor and Author, Courtney Friel

6:00 pm

Friel was hired by Fox News Channel as a national news correspondent and fill-in host for “Fox & Friends,” where she worked for six years. Previously she reported for CBS, ABC and Fox affiliate stations as well as shows including “America’s Most Wanted,” “Extra,” and “E! News.” Friel has more than a decade sober and speaks around the country on the topic of sobriety. She’ll be at Capital Books to discuss her book TONIGHT AT 10: KICKING BOOZE AND BREAKING NEWS.

SAT, JUN 27

Local Author Shelley Blanton-Stroud

3:00 pm

Stories On Stage co-director, teacher, and author, join us as Shelley launches her debut book, Copy Boy (She Writes Press, June 23).

TUES, JUNE 30

Musician Mikel Jollett, author of Hollywood Park, at Ace of Spades

6:00 pm

Capital Books is delighted to offer tickets to an exclusive VIP experience prior to The Airborne Toxic Event’s concert at Ace of Spades.

FRI, JULY 10

Author Mary Helen Fein

5:30 pm

Mary Helen Fein, author of Loss of Deliverance, swings by Capital Books to launch her newest novel
Stitching a Life: An Immigration Story.

TUES, AUG 11

Laura Jensen Walker, author

6:30 pm

Join us as author Laura Jensen Walker launches her book Murder Most Sweet (A Bookish Baker Mystery).

SUN, SEPT 13

Award-Winning Author and Editor, Robert K Elder

12:00 pm

Robert K Elder spent the past three years of his life researching and celebrating the life and work of artist Gilbert Wilson. He’ll be discussing two books: Moby-Dick: Illustrated by Gilbert Wilson and Unfinished and Unbroken: The Life of Artist Gilbert Wilson.

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