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Bee Book Club: Sara Paretsky admires her unvarnished sleuth

Sara Paretsky sounded composed when she answered the phone in her Chicago home. That, in spite of last-minute preparations to jet out ✔the next morning for London, the first stop on her tour of England and Scotland for “Brush Back.” It’s the 17th title in her best-selling mystery series and the Bee Book Club’s choice for August, in partnership with the Sacramento Public Library ✔(G.P. Putnam’s Sons, $28, 480 pages).

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Between the lines: ‘Literary mash-up’ set at Lake Tahoe

When it comes to the literary scene, local writing coach-author Jennifer Basye Sander has her hands on a lot. For starters, she hosts the annual Write by the Lake workshop at Lake Tahoe (www.writebythelakeintahoe.wordpress.com). Two of her many books are “The Complete Idiot’s Guide To Getting Published” and “There’s More You Should Know,” a hands-on “prompt” journal for memoir-writing.

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