The concept of art holding hands with literacy is a natural. That's why the Sacramento Public Library is hosting Art in August at the Central Library, 828 I St., Sacramento.
Saturday: "Community Art Day," 1-3 p.m., will showcase art exhibits, interactive art demonstrations and hands-on lessons in calligraphy, paper-folding, quilling and more.
Next Sunday and Aug. 18: "Learn to See, Learn to Draw," 2-4 p.m. each day, will offer hands-on drawing lessons; art supplies and registration required.
Aug. 13: "Glory Days: The Sacramento Region Art World in the 1960s and 1970s," 6-8 p.m., will feature a lecture and slide show by CSUS art history professor Elaine O'Brien.
Aug. 20: "Landscape Collage," 6-7:30 p.m., will offer new insights into the art form and allow participants to create their own collages. Presented by the Crocker Art Museum; registration required.
For more information and to register: www.saclibrary.org; click on "Upcoming Events."
One Book chosen by CSUS
For its annual One Book program, California State University, Sacramento, has chosen Kristen Iversen's "Full Body Burden: Growing up in the Nuclear Shadow of Rocky Flats" (Broadway, $15, 432 pages).
The much-lauded memoir is described by the publisher as telling "how Iversen grew up in a small Colorado town close to Rocky Flats, a secret nuclear weapons plant. This work of investigative journalism is a shocking account of the government's sustained attempt to conceal the effects of the toxic and radioactive waste released by Rocky Flats, and of local residents' vain attempts to seek justice in court."
The One Book program invites CSUS students and faculty members, and the community, to read the book now and participate in upcoming free events to be held on the campus, beginning in September.
They include a related film series; the Long Read, in which students read "Full Body Burden" aloud over several days; a university library exhibit; and a musical performance based on the book.
Iversen's visit to the campus will feature a free community reading, lecture and book signing in the University Union Ballroom on Nov. 12. On Nov. 13, she will participate in a panel discussion and reading, presentation and question-and- answer session for the campus community.
CapRadio hosts author
Capital Public Radio's book club, CapRadio Reads, will continue at 6:30 p.m. Aug. 12 with an appearance by Anthony Marra, author of "A Constellation of Vital Phenomena." He will be in conversation with "Morning Edition" local host Donna Apidone. Cost: $10; reception to follow.
The book club hosts meetings the second Tuesday of each month in the radio station's Community Room, 7055 Folsom Blvd., Sacramento. Register at www.capradio.org/books.
A new J.K Rowling movie?
In mid-July, the publishing world was galvanized to learn that "Harry Potter" author J.K. Rowling admitted to publishing a "debut" crime novel under the pseudonym of Robert Galbraith. "The Cuckoo's Calling" became an immediate best-seller, with the publisher printing an additional 300,000 copies.
Now reports are circulating that several A-list movie studios could be on the verge of a bidding war for the film rights to the thriller. Could be that Warner Bros. has an inside track, as it made the "Harry Potter" movies. What's next?
Austen on 10-pound note
An image of social critic and novelist Jane Austen will replace Charles Darwin on the British 10-pound note beginning in 2017, reports the British Broadcasting Co. Also on the note is a quote from "Pride and Prejudice": "I declare after all there is no enjoyment like reading."
Film short features S.F.
The promotional trailer for "Love Me Anyway: What Your Flight Attendant Really Thinks" recently made it into the DC Shorts Film Festival. Take a look on YouTube.
The novel, by former flight attendant Tiffany Hawk, takes readers on a global voyage with San Francisco flight attendant Emily Cavenaugh, who's looking for a new start.
The DC Shorts Film Festival and Screenplay Competition will feature more than 120 short movies in an online film fest in September. Details: www.festival.dcshorts.com.
Robert I. Harris for "Island of the White Rose," 7 p.m. Thursday at Time Tested Books, 1114 21st St., Sacramento; (916) 447-5696, www.islandofthewhiterose. com.
Todd Borg for "Tahoe Chase," 1 p.m. Saturday at the Cameron Park Library, 2500 Country Club Drive, Cameron Park; (530) 621-5500, www.toddborg.com. Borg's appearance is part of the Cameron Park Friends of the Library Book Sale.
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.sac bee.com/books. Questions? Call The Bee's Allen Pierleoni, (916) 321-1128. Call The Bee's Allen Pierleoni, (916) 321-1128. Follow him on Twitter @apierleonisacbe.