Thursday, December 9, 2010

Tis the give the gifts of reading and writing!

Hello Friends,

Happy, happy holidays to you. The SPC fundraiser last week was a lovely and successful evening. Kudos to all who came out for it. Below, I have some more ways you can get your read and write on while supporting local writing orgs.


The lovely and intelligent new mag California Northern celebrates its second issue with a Release Party at Avid Reader in Sacramento, 1600 Broadway at 7:00 pm.

What is this magazine, you ask? Says the website: "California Northern Magazine is a biannual publication exploring the region's cultures, environments, histories, and identities. It provides a rare California-based forum for exceptional essays, long-form journalism, literature, and photography, and distinguishes itself from traditional regional media by balancing its local emphasis with a level of sophistication and depth typically found in larger national publications."

For more info, head to their online home at


Rae Gouirand at One by One Press has a fun event for you on Saturday, 12/11 in Davis:

"The third annual OPEN BOOKS TRUNK SALE will take place at my (Rae Gouirand's) house in Davis (at 2452 Bucklebury Road, Apt. 6) on Saturday, December 11 from 2-6 PM. What's this, you ask? Maybe you didn't know that I'm an artisan bookbinding enthusiast, and that every year I produce a new line of hardback writing journals as a fundraiser for the press - the Open Books project. If you like the sound of browsing the new line (there are only 80 this year, in entirely new designs made from Japanese chiyogami and washi papers and Italian linen), you should come check them out! I'll also have some other surprise items on the table, and my incredibly gifted jewelry designer friend Amy Radbill will be showing her new line of pieces too. I've put photos of the new books and some of the surprises in an album called "Open Books Trunk Sale Preview" on my Facebook page, if you'd like to take a sneak peek. Cash and check only; mulled cider and cookies for all."

For more information on One by One, click here.


The SMAC Bookfaire Fundraiser is happening this weekend, also, on December 12 at the Arden Fair Barnes & Noble.

Enjoy browsing, buying and also some readings by Sacramento Poet Laureate Bob Stanley and Sacramento writers Valerie Fioravanti (of Stories on Stage fame) and Katie McCleary from The Writering Table.

WHEN: Sunday, December 12, 9am-9pm
LOCATION: Barnes & Noble Arden Fair, 1725 Arden Way, Sacramento, CA 95815

Support SMAC and get your holiday shopping done at the same time!

Mention SMAC at the register and a portion of your purchase will support the arts.
Don't forget! If you can't attend the Bookfair at Arden Fair, you can still support SMAC by using Bookfair ID 10375962 and shopping at any Barnes & Noble store on Dec. 12 or shopping online Dec. 13-Dec. 17.

At the Bookfair, enjoy performances by the Hmong Cultural Arts dance ensemble, Sacramento Poets & Writers, Sinag-tala Philino Theater and Performing Arts Carolers, The FreeBadge Serenaders, and Vox Musica, and the chance to make your own Holiday Notecards & Rhumba Shakers.

For more information, click here.

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