The California State Fair opens Friday and will run through July 28, and a few hundred thousand fairgoers are eagerly waiting.
Amid the rides, exhibits and deep-fried fare will be 33 California writers, ready to chat and autograph books.
For the 16th year, the Golden State's literary side will be on display at the Authors Booth on the first floor of the A/B (California) Building. Each day through the fair's run, at least a half-dozen authors will staff the booth.
Among the Sacramento-area writers will be Naida West ("California Gold" trilogy), Brenda Novak ("Whiskey Creek" series), Martha Dunne ("Wait, What Do You Mean? Asperger's Tell and Show"), Frank Luna ("Red Storm"), Elaine Macko ("Poisoned"), Cindy Sample ("Dying for a Daiquiri") and Steve Unger ("Dancing in the Streets").
Genres will include urban fantasy, mystery, suspense, sci-fi, paranormal, memoir, history, travel and children's.
For a complete list of authors, and the dates and times of their appearances, go to www. bridgehousebooks.com/ events/statefair2013.htm, or call (916) 985-7411.
Summer reading options
How's your summer reading coming along? Here are more titles:
"The Lemon Orchard" by Luanne Rice (Pamela Dorman, $27.95, 304 pages): Rice's lyrical romance tells the gentle tale of a mother who has lost a daughter, and an orchardist with a loss of his own. Inevitably, the two meet. Rice appeared for the Bee Book Club in 2008.
"A Chain of Thunder" by Jeff Shaara (Ballantine, $28, 592 pages): In his latest historical fiction novel set during the Civil War, Shaara dramatizes the Vicksburg Campaign of 1863. The author appeared for the Bee Book Club in 2011.
"ACM, My Other Man" by Sue Fone (AuthorHouse, $19.95, 306 pages): In this moving memoir, retired emergency room nurse Fone recalls her 20-year friendship with her larger-than-life aide. To cope with his death, she reconstructed their relationship through years of correspondence.
"Rocket Girl" by George D. Morgan (Prometheus, $18, 250 pages): In this case, it really is rocket science as in the biography of Mary Sherman Morgan, "America's first female rocket scientist." Her writer-son tells how she collaborated with Wernher von Braun to helped develop the nation's space program.
"Chicken Soup for the Soul: Reader's Choice" by Jack Canfield, Mark Victor Hansen and Amy Newmark (Chicken Soup For the Soul, $14.95, 400 pages): In this 20th anniversary edition, devotees of the series recall how its inspirational stories over the years "made a difference in their lives."
"Love @ First Click" by Laurie Davis (Atria, $15, 256 pages): The founder of www.eflirtexpert.com guides singles through online dating sites, spelling out the do's and don'ts. Here's a clue: "Do they look too good to be true?"
"I Can Barely Take Care of Myself: Tales From a Happy Life Without Kids" by Jen Kirkman (Simon & Schuster, $22, 224 pages): The stand-up comic riffs on the single life sans children and has a good time doing it. Candid, funny stuff.
"Stan Lee's How to Draw Superheroes" by Stan Lee and various artists (Watson-Guptill, $24.99, 224 pages): As the former president and co-founder of Marvel Comics, Lee had a hand in the creation and development of hundreds of superheroes (Spider-Man, Iron Man) and villains. This DIY guidebook is crammed with step-by-step directions and tips on how to be a superhero artist at home.
Writer's nonfiction picks
Another reader shares her summer reading list. Freelance writer Beatrice Hogg of Sacramento tells us: "I have an MFA in creative writing with an emphasis in creative nonfiction so I mostly read nonfiction."
"Dog Years" by Mark Doty
"What You Owe Me" by Bebe Moore Campbell
"Londoners" by Craig Taylor
"Off Ramp: Adventures and Heartache in the American Elsewhere" by Hank Stuever
"When We Get to Surf City" by Bob Greene
"Dead Flowers" by Deborah Grabien, an exception to my nonfiction rule.
"I also have several autobiographies, and there are several rock 'n' roll books I want to read," she said. "For a summer beach read for a Nook or Kindle, I recommend my e-book 'Three Chords One Song.' "
Time Tested Books, 1114 21st St., Sacramento; (916) 447-5696, www.timetestedbooks.net:
July 17: Maryellen and Keith Burns for "Lost Restaurants of Sacramento," 7 p.m.
July 24: April Moore for "Folsom's 93," 7 p.m.
Face In a Book, 4359 Town Center Blvd., El Dorado Hills; (916) 941-9401; www.getyourfaceinabook. com:
Today: Richard Tipton for "Tempered Steel," 11 a.m
Next Sunday: Susan Griscom for "Allusive Aftershock," and Amber Garza for "Dazzle," 11 a.m.
July 18: Susan Spann for "Claws of the Cat," 6:30 p.m.
July 19: Karen Sandler for "Tankborn: Awakening," 5 p.m.
July 21: Hilary Anderson for "Inside My Heart," 11:30 a.m.
July 30: Evening Book Club discusses "All the Summer Girls" by Meg Donohue, 6:30 p.m.
July 31: Daytime Book Club discusses "Whistling in the Dark" by Lesley Kagen, 11:30 a.m.
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. Twitter: @apierleonisacbe.