The potty humor of "Captain Underpants" children's books and the mature exploration of race and family violence by Nobel laureate Toni Morrison in "The Bluest Eye" would seem to have little in common.

Best sellers by novelist Donna Tartt and historian Doris Kearns Goodwin are among the finalists for the Andrew Carnegie Medals for Excellence in Fiction and Nonfiction.

We’ve been avalanched with phone calls and emails since announcing that Anne Perry will be here May 1 for the Sacramento Bee Book Club.

With the release soon of her 24th novel, Allison Brennan talks about how she became of full-time writer.

Five titles are appealing to readers of all ages for a variety of reasons.

If women are looking for an inspiring heroine, a likely choice would be Kelly Corrigan. The best-selling memoirist is all about the sisterhood and how women can empower themselves, support each other and deal with their own complex roles as mothers, wives and the adult children of aging parents.

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.

In her second novel, Yiyun Li, the award-winning author and UC Davis professor of English, has written a strange sort of love letter to Beijing wrapped in a murder mystery.

The Sacramento Public Library has been nominated for a National Medal by the Institute of Museum and Library Services in Washington, D.C. The medal is the nation’s highest honor for libraries and museums for service to their communities. In part, the finalists are selected for their “innovative approaches to public service that exceed the expected levels of community outreach.”

In the right hands, nonfiction can be more compelling than fiction. Case in point are two new books by distinguished Sacramento Bee journalists, one who is working, the other who is retired.

Eternal rest can’t be too far off – Bernice Gordon is 100 – but for two nights recently, she didn’t sleep. Didn’t even get into bed.

Dr. Seuss is coming to Fairytale Town.

Our town is multifaceted, all grown up and moving forward. One thing is for certain: Sacramento reads.

Most of her previous 29 novels are titillating scorchers with plenty of sex, glitz and drama.

Authors on the Move offer the chance for dinner and a chat.

New York Times best-selling author and Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Anna Quindlen is back in the public eye with her seventh novel, “Still Life With Bread Crumbs” (Random House, $26, 272 pages). It’s a comfortable love story with a happy ending, something of a first in Quindlen’s oeuvre.

Kelly Corrigan’s “Glitter and Glue,” is the Bee Book Club’s choice for March.

Terry McMillan will appear at Sac State author series.

Arcade Library is not a quiet place. At least not when librarian and roller-derby coach Jessica Zaker is around. The tattooed administrator is on a crusade to redefine the community space with fitness programs.

Take a reading cue from National Book Critics Circle.

Granite Bay's Theresa Ragan toted up $1 million in book sales by March 2013, two years after self-publishing her first novel, but don’t call her an overnight success. Nothing could be further from the truth.

‘Odds’ and ‘Golden State’ help define who we are.

John Edward describes himself as a conduit between this world and the next.

The literary landscape for the new year looks loaded with top fiction and nonfiction titles. Oddly, among new big-buzz books are these works guaranteed to bring on the chills.

The publishing industry and millions of readers worldwide were shocked to learn of military novelist Tom Clancy’s death (from still-undisclosed causes) on Oct. 1 at age 66.

Bridget Jones is back after a 14-year absence, somewhat bruised but as optimistic and chatty as ever.

Brick-and-mortar and e-bookstores are crowded with holiday-themed titles. If you’re looking for some stocking-stuffers, consider this sampling.

Just like the rockers who’ve regrouped to capture their glory days, the recent resurrection of Heckler magazine sounds something like this: Dudes, we’re getting the mag back together!

Some say the ideal novel for the burgeoning young-adult readership segment would be a coming-of-age tale with paranormal overtones, set in a dystopian society and featuring lead characters of diverse ethnicity and sexuality who escape danger and survive close calls through nimble thinking, martial skill and luck. That way, many of the major elements of the YA genre would be in one place at one time.

These big-book titles are filled with first-rate photos and illustrations and informative text

The Onion peels back layers of laughter

Best-selling author Janet Evanovich spoke to a packed crowd at a meeting of the Bee Book Club on Thursday in Sacramento. She’s on tour for her new Stephanie Plum book, “Takedown Twenty.”

Best-selling romantic-adventure novelist Janet Evanovich has a few things to say.

Pet owners tell their stories.

Failure to learn history only means repeating it for high school students. For the rest of us, though, not knowing history deprives us of a fundamental element of awareness.

Kristen Iversen, an associate professor who heads the narrative nonfiction program at University of Memphis in Tennessee, grew up in Arvada, Colo., about three miles from the plant in Rocky Flats that manufactured nuclear weapons from 1952 to 1992.

The newest title in the eight-book series is just-released “Hard Luck.”

Australian fantasy author John Flanagan, who will be visiting El Dorado Hills’ Face in a Book on Nov. 16, has been riveting ’tween audiences for more than a decade with his “Ranger’s Apprentice” books.

Books examine history of two superstar rock bands.

The assignment: Look past the traditional textbook to make information more accessible and affordable for the college student. Show your work.

Victoria Loustalot’s childhood fell into an abyss when her father told her mother that he was gay and infected with HIV. Now, at 28, the Sacramento native has published a painfully candid memoir about her relationship with her late father and its emotional fallout.

“takedown Twenty,” her new Stephanie Plum novel, goes on sale Nov. 19.

Thatcher Robinson of Carmichael has the right background for writing a thriller. The retired chief operating officer of a cyber-warfare and intrusion-detection firm in San Francisco just published “White Ginger,” the first in an upcoming series (Seventh Street, $15.95, 290 pages). The star is knife-fighting expert Bai-Jiang, whose father is a “prominent member” of a triad in San Francisco’s Chinatown. She’s a “people finder” on a missing-person case.

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