The 12th annual Authors on the Move will offer attendees the rare opportunity to chat and dine with 40-plus notable California authors representing a range of styles and genres. Sacramento’s premiere literary gala is the primary fundraiser for the Sacramento Public Library Foundation, and will also benefit the library’s Summer Reading Program.
This year’s theme is “Bridges to Other Lands,” with keynote speakers Orville Schell and John Delury, authors of “Wealth and Power: China’s Long March to the Twenty-First Century,” a “panoramic narrative of China’s rise to preeminence” (Random House, $30, 496 pages).
“It’s very exciting that so much interest has been shown in this upcoming event,” said library director Rivkah Sass. “Truly, this will go down on record as the best Authors on the Move ever.”
The evening will begin with a champagne reception and book-signing, followed by a four-course dinner with wine. The authors will move from table to table with each course to chat about their books and answer questions. Look for a post-dinner live auction and more author signings. Beth Ruyak, host of Capital Public Radio’s “Insight” program, will be the master of ceremonies.
Authors on the Move will be from 5 to 9 p.m. March 9 at the Hyatt Regency Hotel, 1209 L St., Sacramento; (916) 443-1234. Doors open at 5 p.m. The eight-person tables have sold out, but individual tickets ($200) are available at (916) 264-2990.
For more information, including the list of participating authors, or to purchase tickets, visit www.saclibraryfoundation.org.
It’s surprising how many Hollywood movies have their source material in fiction and nonfiction books, much to the benefit of readers and moviegoers. For instance, recent books-to-movies include “Winter’s Tale” (from author Mark Helprin), “The Monuments Men” (Robert M. Edsel), “Philomena” (Martin Sixsmith), “Labor Day” (Joyce Maynard), “Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit” (Tom Clancy), “12 Years a Slave” (Solomon Northup), “The Hobbit” (J.R.R. Tokien), “The Wolf of Wall Street” (Jordan Belfort), “The Hunger Games” (Suzanne Collins), “Ender’s Game” (Orson Scott Card), “The Book Thief” (Markus Zusak) and “The Spectacular Now” (Tim Tharp).
Coming up this year: “The Two Faces of January” by Patricia Highsmith (spring release, starring Viggo Mortensen and Kirsten Dunst), “Far from the Madding Crowd” by Thomas Hardy (spring, Carey Mulligan, Matthias Schoenaerts), “The Fault in Our Stars” by John Green (June 6, Shailene Woodley, Ansel Elgort), “The Giver” by Lois Lowry (Aug. 15, Jeff Bridges, Meryl Streep), “Gone Girl” by Gillian Flynn (Oct. 3, Rosamund Pike, Ben Affleck), “Serena” by Ron Rash (Oct. 31, Jennifer Lawrence, Bradley Cooper), “Unbroken” by Laura Hillenbrand (Dec. 25, Jack O’Connell), “A Most Wanted Man” by John le Carré (to be announced, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Rachel McAdams) and “Inherent Vice” by Thomas Pynchon (TBA, Joaquin Phoenix, Reese Witherspoon).
UCD’s acclaimed Li
When I interviewed scientist, ex-Chinese army sharpshooter, author and UC Davis English professor Yiyun Li in 2010, shortly after she won a $500,000 Genius Grant from the MacArthur Foundation, she said in her typical self-deprecating way, “Here is the kind of genius I am: The morning I learned about winning a Genius Grant, I lost the keys to my car and had to call AAA.”
Li’s multi-award-winning bibliography includes “A Thousand Years of Good Prayers,” “The Vagrants” and “Gold Boy, Emerald Girl.” Her new novel is about to hit bookstores, the critically heralded “Kinder Than Solitude” (Random House, $26, 336 pages; Feb. 25). It’s described as “the story of three friends whose lives are changed by a murder one of them may have committed.” The narrative moves between contemporary America and China in the 1990s.
A reminder that Li will appear with writer Lucy Corin ( “One Hundred Apocalypses and Other Apocalypses”) at noon March 12 on the UC Davis campus; (530) 752-9072, facebook.com/ucdavisstores. She will also do a book-signing and presentation at 7:30 p.m. March 14 at Avid Reader, 617 Second St, Davis; (530) 758-4040.
Let’s read some books
“The Museum of Extraordinary Things” by Alice Hoffmann (Scribner, $27.99, 384 pages): In typical magical fashion, the A-list author (“Practical Magic”) weaves the 1920s-era story of Coralie Sardie, the Mermaid in a sideshow of “freaks” on the Coney Island boardwalk, and a Russian immigrant photographer. Together, they must solve the mystery of a woman who vanishes. Hoffmann appeared for the Bee Book Club in 2009.
“Andrew’s Brain” by E.L. Doctorow (Random House, $26, 224 pages): Doctorow shows why he is one of literature’s foremost artists in this strange narrative by a character we know nothing about, in a place we don’t know, telling someone named “Doc” selective details of his life. Critics call it “suspenseful and groundbreaking.”
“The Baker Street Translation” by Michael Robertson (Minotaur, $24.99, 288 pages): Joining the ongoing Sherlock Holmes pastiche is this clever tale of brother Reggie and Nigel Heath, whose law office happens to be at 221 Baker St., London. They become embroiled in a Holmesian mystery.
Brandi Glanville will appear for “Drinking and Dating: Social Media is Ruining Romance,” 3 p.m. today at Barnes & Noble, 1256 Galleria Blvd., Roseville; (916) 788-4320.
Alan Taylor will appear at 3 p.m. March 6 at the University Library Gallery on the campus of California State University, Sacramento, as part of its Author Lecture Series. He will discuss “The Internal Enemy: Slavery and War in Virginia, 1772-1832,” a finalist for the 2013 National Book Award in nonfiction. Taylor won a Pulitzer Prize in 1996 for “William Cooper’s Town: Power and Persuasion on the Frontier of the Early American Republic.” Information: (916) 278-5954.
• The Avid Reader in Davis regularly invites readers to free author presentations at 617 Second St., Davis, (530) 758-4040. See more at www.avidreaderbooks.com.
• Friday: Thomas Cahill for “Greenhouse Redemption of the Planet Kraal”
• March 20: Elizabeth Maxwell for “Happily Ever After”
Call The Bee’s Allen Pierleoni, (916) 321-1128. Follow him on Twitter at @apierleonisacbe.