Feed your interest in ‘The Animals’
When it comes to academia, it can be a “publish or perish” world. But that guideline is no problem for American River College professor of English Christian Kiefer, a poet and musician. His new novel, the literary thriller “The Animals,” is his second, after 2012’s “The Infinite Tides,” and it’s getting plenty of buzz (Liveright, $26, 320 pages). Kiefer is also one of the organizers of ARC’s upcoming SummerWords colloquium, a lineup of workshops, events and speakers. Catch Kiefer in a reading-signing at 7 p.m. April 2 at Time Tested Books, 1114 21st St., Sacramento; (916) 447-5696.
Meet 40 local authors at inaugural fest
The March 14 “Authors on the Move” fundraiser (with keynote speaker Daniel “Lemony Snicket” Handler) sold out, raising a windfall for the Sacramento Public Library Foundation.
Now the Sacramento Public Library will host its inaugural (and free) Local Author Book Festival at 1 p.m. April 12 in the Tsakopoulos Library Galleria (828 I St.). Drop by to meet 40 Sacramento-area writers, buy their autographed books and hear what they have to say. They represent a range of genres and styles, and were selected by committee.
Information: (916) 264-2920, http://goo.gl/cSAVAj.
Want to write a killer story?
Capitol Crimes, the Sacramento-area chapter of the national organization Sisters in Crime, will host a writing workshop to solve the mystery of writing mysteries. It’s from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. April 18 at Rancho Cordova City Hall (2729 Prospect Park Drive). The keynote speaker will be New York Times best-seller James Rollins of El Dorado Hills, who will appear for the Sacramento Bee Book Club on July 16.
An impressive list of experts will host workshops on topics including “Forensics: Making It Real,” “Creating Drama and Tension,” and “The Business of Writing.” Cost is $65. Information and registration (by April 6): visit www.capitolcrimes.org or email
Other author appearances
▪ Francis Dupuis-Deri for “Who’s Afraid of the Black Blocs,” and John Clark, editor-translator of “Anarchy, Geography, Modernity: The Writings of Elisée Reclus,” 7 p.m. April 23 at Sierra 2 Center, 2791 24th St., Sacramento; (916) 835-4330.