Between the Line: Titles for Father's Day book gifts

Published: Sunday, Jun. 2, 2013 - 12:00 am | Page 10AANDE
Last Modified: Monday, Jun. 3, 2013 - 8:46 am

Father's Day is two weeks away, so you have plenty of time to consider these titles as possible gifts for the dads in your life.

• "Dad Is Fat" by Jim Gaffigan (Crown, $25, 288 pages): The stand-up comic brings hilarious insight to his life with five young children in the house. In the foreword, he tells them, "Given how attractive and fertile your mother is, there may be more of you by the time you read this book. If you are reading this, I am probably dead."

• "How to Cook Like a Man" by Daniel Duane (Bloomsbury, $24, 224 pages): Wishing to contribute more to the household, Duane took on "dinner duty" and expanded his repertoire beyond stir-fry and pasta. Soon, he became cookbook-obsessed.

• "Big Daddy's Rules" by Steve Schirripa (Touchstone, $25, 240 pages): We knew him as Bobby on "The Sopranos," but his two daughters know him as Dad. Here he offers other parents the benefit of his hard-earned parenting advice – yes, he's funny, but he's not kidding.

• "A Father First" by Dwyane Wade (William Morrow, $14.99, 352 pages): Though the Miami Heat guard is an NBA superstar, his first priority is being the best dad he can be to his two sons. Wade won sole custody of them in 2011.

• "I'm Not Gonna Lie" by George Lopez (Celebra, $25.95, 288 pages): Now that he's turned 50, the comedian-actor-talk show host tells all about his new reality. "You know what I said about being fine with turning 50?" he writes. "I lied. I suddenly realize I'm old."

• "On Par" by Bill Pennington (Mariner, $14.95, 320 pages): The golf guru visited courses around the nation to gather tips, advice and great tales that distill the essence of the "good walk spoiled." He writes the New York Times golf column "On Par."

• "Tell My Sons" by Lt. Col. Mark M. Weber (Ballantine, $25, 240 pages): At the height of his career, the 38-year-old father of three was diagnosed with a terminal disease. His legacy to his sons is this book – a letter of love and life lessons.

Writers workshops

If you want to sharpen your writing skills, these seminars can help:

• The University of the Pacific will hold its inaugural Creative Writing Conference June 14-16 on the campus at 3601 Pacific Ave., Stockton. Cost: $140 to $230, depending on the number of days attended. It will be followed by a separately priced workshop, June 17-20.

The keynote speaker will be New York Times best-selling legal-thriller author John Lescroart of Davis.

For registration and special rates for couples and groups: (209) 946-2424, To speak with organizer-novelist Scott Evans: (530) 902-0026.

• Jennifer Basye Sander, author of "The Complete Idiot's Guide to Publishing," will host the fifth annual Write by the Lake retreats for women writers, June 21-23 and June 28-30. They will be personalized memoir workshops led by Sander, limited to three participants per weekend. The $345 cost includes meals and private rooms in a house in South Lake Tahoe.

To register: (916) 847-9090,,

Wine tasting with authors

Capital Public Radio's book club, CapRadio Reads, will continue with a food- and wine-tasting at 2 p.m. Saturday with authors Ethel Brennan and Sara Remington for their memoir- cookbook "From Paris to Provence." They will be in conversation with "Morning Edition" host Donna Apidone. The venue is the C.G. Di Arie Winery, 5200 Di Arie Road, Mount Aukum; (530) 620-6500, Tickets are $20; to register and pay, visit

Best sci-fi, fantasy

Each year, the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America bestows its Nebula Award on writers for what it considers the best sci-fi and fantasy published in the U.S. in the previous year. Here are some highlights for its 2013 awards; for the complete list, go to

• Novel: "2312" by Kim Stanley Robinson. The Davis-based novelist can add this award to his collection of 11 others, which include two Nebulas, two Hugos and six Locuses. He appeared for the Bee Book Club in 2004.

• Novella: "After the Fall, Before the Fall, During the Fall" by Nancy Kress

• Novelette: "Close Encounters" by Andy Duncan

• Short story: "Immersion" by Aliette de Bodard

'Joyland' in print only

In a surprise move, Stephen King has announced he will publish his new novel, "Joyland," in print only.

"I have no plans for a digital version (at present)," said the horrormeister. "Let people go to an actual bookstore rather than a digital one."

"Joyland" is the tale of a college student who lands a job as a carny in an amusement park and discovers its very disturbing history (Hard Case Crime, $12.95, 288 pages; on sale Tuesday).

Also, King's "horror poem" "The Dark Man" will be out July 30. It's said to be the prequel to his apocalyptic novel "The Stand." Further, the sequel to "The Shining," titled "Doctor Sleep," is coming this fall.

Around town

• Karen Joy Fowler will appear for "We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves," 7 p.m. Thursday at Barnes & Noble, 6111 Sunrise Blvd., Citrus Heights; (916) 853-1511.

• The Friends of the Sacramento Public Library will host a 70,000-title book sale, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and next Sunday at the Book Den, 8250 Belvedere Ave., Sacramento; (916) 731-8493.

• Kathryn Mattingly's launch party for "Benjamin," 6:30 p.m. June 14, will be at Face in a Book, 4359 Town Center Blvd., El Dorado Hills; (916) 941-9401.


If you have information on author appearances or other book-related special events, email it to at least two weeks before the event. To read the online calendar, go to Questions? Call The Bee's Allen Pierleoni, (916) 321-1128. Call The Bee's Allen Pierleoni, (916) 321-1128.

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