Friday, June 3, 2011

Local Author Celebrates Release of First Book; Free Events at Time Tested Books

Davis author Brenda Nakamoto's memoir Peach Farmer's Daughter has been released! (To purchase directly from Roan Press, click here.)

The launch party will be held June 24th, from 6-8 PM, at ThinkHouse, 1726 11th Street, Sacramento. Come one, come all, and enjoy a reading and book signing as well as wine and nibbles.

From the Roan Press website:

"This unconventional, poetic, yet gritty memoir by Davis-based author Brenda Nakamoto evokes her childhood as the daughter of a peach farmer in rural northern California, investigates her roots as sansei (third-generation Japanese-American), and movingly reflects on the decline of her aging parents. Nakamoto's deep connections to the land, farming, family, and the complexities of personal and family history give her work weight and balance.

Writer Rae Gouirand praises the book: 'In this remarkable memoir, life floats between land and sky, people are transformed by work, dirt comes in both clean and dirty varieties, roots are deepened across time and space, and luck is given its place among the fruits. Storytellers generally bend and enter their hands into the stream of the story they're telling, but it's rare that they'll show us so gorgeously what the blur of love does to them in the telling. To the grown daughter, the world in front of us delivers us always to new love for what we've come from. It is impossible to step into this story without stepping into a new relationship with time. In these pages you will come undone as simply and completely as you have been grown.'"

Other readings currently scheduled:

June 18th: The Avid Reader (where PFD is also in stock), 617 2nd Street, Davis. 7:30 PM.

August 3rd: the Sacramento Room of the Central Library, 828 I Street, Sacramento. Sponsored by SPC. 6 PM.

Congrats, Brenda! Looking forward to celebrating this occasion with you.


Great June events at Time Tested Books:

Saturday, June 4th, 7:00pm
Don Paul
"Tools for Independence and Resistance"

Time Tested Books is pleased to welcome poet/novelist/activist/musician/long-distance runner Don Paul to Sacramento this Saturday, June 4th, at 7pm. He'll be at TTB with a combination of performance and dialogue--including poetry and song--and to discuss goals of independence, sustainability and self-determination for local and national groups within the United States.  (More info at
This event is FREE and open to the public.


Monday, June 6th, 6:30pm
Scott Evans
First Folio: A Literary Mystery

The greatest writer in history was a fraud, and Joe Conrad has the proof: the original, handwritten plays of William Shakespeare. Except the handwriting is not Shakespeare's! Scholars, collectors, mercenaries and dead bodies collide as Joe and his colleagues venture from Berkeley to D.C. and, inevitably, to London and Stratford-upon-Avon!
Time Tested Books hosts an evening with Scott Evans, who will be reading from and signing copies of his books.  More at
This event is FREE and open to the public.


Sunday, June 19th, 7:00pm
Tim Holt

The Sacramento Living Library

For our June SLL event we're thrilled to be joined by Tim Holt! The publisher of the legendary Suttertown News returns to Sacramento to talk about his life, writing, and the neighborhood newspaper that spoke for a generation of Sacramentans from 1975 to 1993.
This event is FREE
and everyone is invitedSee you here!

>Up next in the 2011 SLL:
Open Mic - "What I Love About Sacramento"
Sunday, July 17th, 7pm @ TTB

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