The Sacramento Theatre Company and the Sacramento Public Library are teaming up for a celebration of Banned Book Week, with a Tuesday performance of scenes from the theater troupe’s upcoming presentation of “The Grapes of Wrath.”

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New York Times bestselling author Hampton Sides was on a multi-city tour for his new nonfiction narrative title, “In the Kingdom of Ice,” when he stopped at the Sacramento Bee Book Club Thursday night to deliver a words-and-pictures presentation to a crowd of 325.
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Hampton Sides, just in from Nashville, took the phone call in his hotel room in Washington, D.C., to talk about his new book, a true story that reads like a thriller. The next day his book tour would take him to St. Louis, Chicago and seven other cities. He lands in Sacramento on Thursday for his date with the Bee Book Club.
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Fostering literacy in young ones is an ongoing concern for parents, educators and librarians. Fairytale Town will do its share for the cause with its 14th annual two-day ScholarShare Children’s Book Festival. The celebration of reading will feature presentations by children’s book authors and illustrators, storytelling performances, hands-on literacy activities, exhibits, a book fair, and booths staffed by arts and literacy groups.
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The seasonal tsunami of summer-book releases is calming to a light chop as publishers prepare to promote and release their most prestigious titles by their biggest names for the fall season. That’s when half the year’s book sales occur. Which is no surprise, as the coming weeks are the walk-up to the holiday gift-giving season.

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