COME IN

Starting on Monday, May 25, you’ll be able to shop the shelves of our store again. We’ll be doing a modified opening to the public by offering 20-min appointment slots or walk-ins for one person/ couple/ immediate family at a time. Masks will be required inside the store, and we ask that you maintain a 6-foot separation from others possibly waiting outside of the store to come in and shop.

ONLINE STORE

Nothing beats the experience of coming into our bookstore, and it sucks that we can’t be open to the public yet, but 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 your order arrives, ship it to you, or you can take advantage of our new curbside pickup or home delivery.

Capital Books was founded in April 2019 at 1011 K Street, Sacramento, next door to the historic Crest Theater. It was originally opened in 1912 as the Empress Theatre, a vaudeville palace. It later operated as the Hippodrome theatre. In 1949, the building was completely remodeled and revamped to its current form as the art deco Crest Theatre. The Crest Theater has now been flanked by Levinson’s Books (who moved to 10th Street in 1956) and now Capital Books. Our space was built in 1947. (Artwork by Kyle Thaw and Heidi Rojek)

CURBSIDE PICKUP

If you want to get out of the house and come down to our store, we’re offering no-contact curbside pickup. If you’re walking, knock on our door, and we’ll get your bag for you or pull up in front of the Crest Theater (off of the light rail tracks) and honk or call 916-492-6657. We’ll run your bag out to your car.

CHATBOX

During this social-distancing time, it’ll be like having one of us in your back pocket. Think of us as your mobile book concierge. You’ll reach Ross or Heidi, and if we can’t recommend a book, we’ll tap into our staff who specialize in different genres. You’ll find the BRIGHT-YELLOW chatbox on the bottom right side of our website.

 

INSTRUCTIONS: If you have purchased a book valued at $25 or more from us since June 1, 2020, you can play our BINGO contest. Color in squares as you read. Connect diagonally, horizontally, or vertically to make a BINGO! Tag @Capitalbooksonk on social media as you play along or get a BINGO. Write your answers on the back of your BINGO card with corresponding square numbers and turn in your BINGO card by Sept 1, 2020 to be eligible for a drawing for a $25 gift certificate to Capital Books.

Virtual author events are a wonderful way for many to see their favorite authors speak without the travel time and expense. We’re excited to add to our exciting lineup of authors who will be doing Crowdcast or Zoom events with us. Details below.

SAT, AUG 15
SUN, AUG 16

Bookstore Romance Day

Bookstore Romance Day is a day designed to give independent bookstores an opportunity to celebrate Romance fiction—its books, readers, and writers—and to strengthen the relationships between bookstores and the Romance community.

TUES, SEPT 8

Laura Jensen Walker, author

5:30 pm PST

Join us (virtually) as author Laura Jensen Walker launches her book Murder Most Sweet (A Bookish Baker Mystery). This event will be moderated by popular Davis author Catriona McPherson. 

WEDS, SEPT 9

NYT best selling author Lisa McMann launches the next book in The Unwanteds series, Dragon Slayers

6:00 pm

Ten years after Alex and Aaron Stowe brought peace to Quill and Artimé, their younger twin sisters journey beyond Artimé in the sixth novel in the New York Times bestselling sequel series to The Unwanteds, which Kirkus Reviews called “The Hunger Games meets Harry Potter.”

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.
Children’s Books About Friendships

Children’s Books About Friendships

What makes you happy? Rainbows, puppies, hearts, stars, unicorns? How about having a good friend by your side. These wonderful childrens’ books are focused around making friends and what it means to be a good friend to others. Tickled Pink: How Friendship Washes the...

Great Books for Baking

Great Books for Baking

There’s just something about homemade baked goods isn’t there? The warm, buttery crusts right out of the oven. The delicious fruit fillings made with real sugar. From apple pie to freshly baked bread, these delightful cookbooks will bring you back to your childhood...

Inspiring Women to Read About

Inspiring Women to Read About

Roundup by Holly Scudero December is traditionally a time for looking back, hopefully with fondness, on what the previous year has brought. We think of what we’ve accomplished, the state of the world, the good and the bad, and analyze. And December is also a time for...

Hot Graphic Novels Roundup

Hot Graphic Novels Roundup

Roundup by Thomas Rojek The last few months brought us some wonderful graphic novels. I've taken the liberty of creating this roundup of my favorites and providing a summary of each book and why I loved each of them. Midnight RadioBy Iolanda ZanfardinoLion Forge,...

Cooking With Spices

Cooking With Spices

By Thomas Rojek With summer officially coming to a close, we're taking a look at cookbooks that embody robust spices, which invite Fall cooking.  One Dish - Four SeasonsBy Jordan ZuckerPublisher: Home Sauce Publications$44.00, 208 pages One Dish - Four Seasons...

Summer Sci-Fi Roundup

Summer Sci-Fi Roundup

Our round-up of great science fiction novels that have come into the store. What did we miss that you loved? Tiamat's Wrath, James S. A. Corey The latest and eighth book in James S. A. Corey’s Expanse series, Tiamat’s Wrath is obviously not a good place to start...

Warning: Graphic (Novel) Content!

Warning: Graphic (Novel) Content!

By Tommy Rojek, Ross Rojek & Danielle McMannus Today's graphic novels, while kin with the comic books that pioneered the genre, their diverse stories, art styles, and narrative voices have burst through those old boundaries. Whether you're new to graphic novels or...

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.

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