The Sacramento Bee Book Club will open its 2014 series of author appearances with Bay Area memoirist Kelly Corrigan, at 6 p.m. Thursday at the Tsakopoulos Library Galleria, 828 I St., Sacramento (doors open at 5:45 p.m.). It’s a free event in partnership with the Sacramento Public Library, but tickets are required ( www.beebuzzpoints.com). Look for my story on Corrigan on the cover of Tuesday’s Living Here section.
Corrigan’s third memoir, “Glitter and Glue,” explores the sometimes frustrating but ultimately rewarding bonds between mothers and daughters (Ballantine, $26, 240 pages).
Meanwhile, here’s what you need to know about the Bee Book Club and its upcoming lineup: Since 1997, its agenda has been to bring nationally recognized, award-winning authors to Sacramento, and invite the public to attend free presentations and book-signings. Typically, an event begins with an author speaking from stage, followed by a question-and-answer session and an autograph-signing.
Barnes & Noble is the bookseller at the venue, offering the title of choice for 30 percent off the retail price. These bookstores offer the same deal for a few weeks before the author’s appearance: Barnes & Noble, Avid Reader at the Tower in Sacramento, Avid Reader in Davis, Face in a Book in El Dorado Hills, Time Tested Books, Underground Books, Hornet Bookstore at California State University, Sacramento, the UC Davis Bookstore and the Bookseller in Grass Valley.
This year, all events will start at 6 p.m. in the Galleria. Look for announcements and details in this space. Tickets at www.beebuzzpoints become available several weeks before each event. For more details, call (916) 321-1128.
Look at who else is coming to town:
• May 1: Anne Perry lives in England and comes to the United States only once every other year. She has written more than 70 novels in six series, most of them mysteries and historical fiction. “Death on Blackheath” is the 29th Thomas Pitt title.
• May 29: Joyce Maynard is a former New York Times reporter and syndicated columnist, and the author of eight novels and four books of nonfiction. Her novel “Labor Day” was made into a recent movie. The presentation will be a conversation onstage, with no Q&A.
• July 31: In a special edition, the Bee Book Club will present four Northern California mystery writers in conversation onstage (no Q&A). The novelists are longtime friends Terry Shames (“The Last Death of Jack Harbin”), Rhys Bowen (“City of Darkness and Light”), Catriona McPherson (“Dandy Gilver and a Bothersome Number of Corpses”) and Cara Black (“Murder in Pigalle”).
• Sept. 18: Nonfiction writer and editor-at-large for Outside magazine Hampton Sides traveled far afield for “In the Kingdom of Ice: The Grand and Terrible Polar Voyage of the U.S.S. Jeannette.” In 1879, the ship left port to explore the North Pole. What happened next became high adventure.
• Oct. 23: Jodi Picoult will publish her 22nd novel this year, “Leaving Time.” A woman who has searched a decade for her missing mother recruits two allies to help – a psychic and the P.I. who originally investigated the case.
It’s said that truth is stranger than fiction. Judge for yourself:
• “Mother Nature Is Trying To Kill You” by Dan Riskin (Touchstone, $24.99, 272 pages): Bats, mosquitoes, worms, snails, toads – they’re among us, some of them are deadly, and they can’t be stopped. This “tour” through the darker side of nature will give readers the shivers.
• “Signed, Sealed, Delivered” by Nina Sankovitch (Simon & Schuster, $24.95, 224 pages; on sale April 15): Does anybody remember the values associated with hand-writing a letter? Does the word “cursive” ring a bell? The author of “Tolstoy and the Purple Chair” eloquently tracks the history of letter-writing, and along the way reminds us of how a real letter establishes a personal bond between the writer and the recipient.
• “Eighty Days” by Matthew Goodman (Ballantine, $16, 496 pages): This fascinating read recalls the race around the world by two competing women. In 1889, rival journalists Nellie Bly and Elizabeth Bisland set out in opposite directions to see who could circle the Earth in less than 80 days (the “record” set by the fictitious Phileas Fogg in the Jules Verne novel).
Century in review
The Placerville Library is doing something cool. In partnership with the El Dorado County Historical Museum, its “By the Decades” project will look at the 20th century, decade by decade, month by month, for the rest of the year.
For the remainder of March, visitors can step back into the 1910s with exhibits and special programs, trivia games, memory-sharing and crossword-puzzle challenges.
For more information: (530) 621-5540, www.eldoradolibrary.org. The library is at 345 Fair Lane.
Meet a Disney legend
Marty Sklar joined Disneyland in 1955 and became Walt Disney’s speechwriter and “literary right-hand man,” as well as publicist for the theme park. He once was president of Disney Imagineering, the creative development arm of Disneyland and Disney World.
Catch him from noon to 4 p.m. March 29 at Stage Nine in Old Sacramento, where he’ll chat with visitors and autograph his memoir, “Dream It! Do It! My Half-Century Creating Disney’s Magic Kingdoms.” Among other things, the book promises to take readers “into the Disney board room to (attend) top-secret meetings.”
The entertainment store is at 102 K St.; call (916) 447-3623.
If you want a course on the craft of writing, consider the seventh annual, cross-generational “Our Life Stories” conference, featuring some of Sacramento’s top authors, writers and poets.
The workshops and presentations will address how to write first-person essays and short stories, techniques for creating plot, writing poems from family history, live storytelling, and the ins and outs of small press publishing.
The conference will be from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. April 12 at Cosumnes River College, 8401 Center Parkway, Sacramento. The $35 fee ($40 after April 4) includes materials and lunch. Details and registration: (916) 808-5462, www.hart-CRCwritersconference.org.
• Coming to the Sacramento Public Library is Garrett McCord for “Melt: The Art of Mac and Cheese,” 6:30 p.m. Tuesday; 828 I St., (916) 264-2920
• Norman Nawrocki for “Cazzarola! Anarchy, Romani, Love, Italy,” 7 p.m. March 27 at the Sierra 2 Center, 2791 24th St., Sacramento; (916) 369-5510.
• Diane Covington for “Falling in Love Backward,” 2 p.m. March 29 at the Avid Reader at Tower, 1600 Broadway, Sacramento; (916) 441-4400.
• Avid Reader in Davis regularly hosts authors; 617 Second St; (530) 758-4040. All events are at 7:30 p.m. unless otherwise noted:
March 14: Yiyun Li for “Kinder Than Solitude”
March 15: Julia Levine for “Small Disasters Seen in Sunlight”
March 19: Michael Kauffmann for “ Conifers of the Pacific Slope”
March 20: Elizabeth Maxwell for “Happily Ever After”
March 21: Patricia Willers for “Wandering Canalside”
2 p.m. March 22: Chris Terry for “Zero Fade.”
Call The Bee’s Allen Pierleoni, (916) 321-1128.