The Sacramento Speakers Series is geared up for its ninth season, and it looks like a good one.
The series brings top-tier professionals from the arts, sciences, media and other fields to Sacramento to speak about their careers and issues of the day, answer questions from the audience and autograph their books.
Each of the six events at the Community Center Theatre, 1301 L St., Sacramento, will start at 8 p.m.
Subscriptions to the community lecture series are priced from $210 to $450.
For tickets and more information: (916) 388-1100, www.sacramentospeakers .com. Here's the lineup:
Oct. 1: Steve Wozniak dropped out of college to help pioneer the personal computer. His current passion is fostering learning and creativity in schools.
Nov. 12: Former Vice President Al Gore and the U.N.'s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change won the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize. Gore devotes much of his time to his nonprofit Climate Reality Project.
Jan. 7: Adm. Michael Mullen served as chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff under Presidents George W. Bush and Barack Obama.
Jan. 21: Andrew Weil is the founder and director of the Arizona Center for Integrative Medicine. His book "Why Our Health Matters" offers a new model for personal health care.
Feb. 18: Judy Smith is a TV producer and crisis-management expert who served as special assistant to President George H.W. Bush. The ABC political-thriller series "Scandal" is partly based on her résumé. Her recent book is "Good Self, Bad Self."
April 1: Ina Garten is a Food Network celebrity chef and cookbook author. Her most recent title is "Barefoot Contessa Foolproof: Recipes You Can Trust."
Here the authors
If you can't make it to an author appearance near you, how about if the author comes to you?
That's the concept of Booktalk Nation, a free program organized by the century-old Authors Guild, the largest society of published authors in the U.S.
Booktalk Nation "brings the book tour to your living room" by first asking you to make a reservation for an event. Go to www.booktalknation.com to sign up to listen in on the author-on-author nationwide conference call of your choice. You will receive a confirmation email with more details.
You'll also have the chance to submit questions to the author and buy a signed book. Upcoming authors include:
Mary Roach for "Gulp: Adventures on the Alimentary Canal," 3 p.m. April 23.
Josh Hanagarne for "The World's Strongest Librarian," 4 p.m. April 29.
Katherine Hall Page for "The Body in the Piazza," 3 p.m. May 2.
Peter Cherches for "Lift Your Right Arm," 4 p.m. May 13.
Nathaniel Philbrick for "Bunker Hill," 4 p.m. May 21.
Susanna Kearsley for "The Firebird," 4 p.m. May 22.
Can authors get clues?
If you're a fan of the reality competition TV show "The Amazing Race," you should know that its producers are developing "The Amazing Author Book Tour." Two-dozen writers will compete in a series of nationwide readings at sites they must figure out via clues.
"Writers have long complained about the tedium of book tours, and we thought this was the perfect solution," said a CBS spokesman. Though CBS owns publishing giant Simon & Schuster, the network says the authors will be recruited from many other publishing companies.
The final showdown will be in May 2014 in New York as part of the BookExpo America, the giant book trade fair.
Books on the new pope
Predictably, it didn't take long between the time Pope Francis was selected and the announcement of two books about him. Their potential audience is the world's 1.2 billion Catholics.
The first, due Tuesday, is "Pope Francis: The Vicar of Christ" by the editors of Life (Time Home Entertainment, $17.95), featuring color photos from the papal inauguration day.
The second is the as-yet-untitled "spiritual vision and teachings" of the former Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio of Buenos Aires. The author is Vatican spokesman Robert Moynihan, editor of Inside the Vatican magazine.
Also no surprise is Hillary Rodham Clinton's memoir from Simon & Schuster, planned for a 2014 release. It will focus on her "time in office as secretary of state," said an S&S spokesman, especially "personal anecdotes and key moments such as the killing of Osama bin Laden." Clinton has written four other books.
Chuck McFadden for "Trailblazer: A Biography of Jerry Brown," 3 p.m. at the University Library Gallery at CSUS, 6000 J St., Sacramento; (916) 278-5954.
Bruce Neuburger for "Lettuce Wars," 7 p.m. at Sol Collective, 2574 21st St., Sacramento; (916) 369-5510.
David Lasky and Robert Armstrong for the graphic novel "The Carter Family: Don't Forget This Song," 7 p.m. at Time Tested Books, 1114 21st St., Sacramento; (916) 447-5696.
Saturday and beyond
The SPCA Spring Book Sale will feature thousands of new and used titles in most genres at bargain prices. Proceeds will benefit the Sacramento SPCA, which cares for 11,000 homeless animals yearly.
The sale will be 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and April 22-27, and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. April 21 and 28. It's inside Country Club Plaza, 2310 Watt Ave., Sacramento; (916) 504-2842, www.sspca.org.
Francine Toder for "The Vintage Years: Finding Your Inner Artist After 60," 2 p.m. at Arden Dimick Library, 891 Watt Ave., Sacramento; (916) 264-2700. Also 2 p.m. next Sunday at Avid Reader at the Tower, 1600 Broadway, Sacramento; (916) 441-4400.
Frosty Hesson for "Making Mavericks," 7 p.m. at Time Tested Books, 1114 21st St., Sacramento; (916) 447-5696.
Ruben Llamas for "Eye From the Edge," 2 p.m. at Avid Reader at the Tower, 1600 Broadway, Sacramento; (916) 441-4400.
In a celebration of reading, 35 local authors representing multiple genres will be on hand at the free Gold Country Book Festival. Drop by from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Auburn Library, 350 Nevada St. Auburn; (530) 886-4500, www. goldcountrybookfestival.com.
Part of the fest will be workshops by "professionals in all phases of the creation, production, marketing and selling of books."
Look for the booth of children's activities.
LET US KNOW
If you have information on author appearances or other book-related special events, email it to firstname.lastname@example.org at least two weeks before the event. To read the online calendar, go to www.sacbee.com/books. Questions? Call The Bee's Allen Pierleoni, (916) 321-1128.
Call The Bee's Allen Pierleoni, (916) 321-1128.