Time to rhyme with Poetry Month
Here’s how Poem In Your Pocket Day will work on April 30: Choose a poem, put it in your pocket and share it with everyone in person or on Twitter at #pocketpoem. It’s the quirky part of National Poetry Month, which is April. Activities, resources and poetry-writing opportunities are at www.poets.org.
Special related events are on agendas around town, including:
▪ The Sacramento Poetry Center hosts poets and free open-mike nights at 7:30 p.m. Mondays at 1719 25th St., Sacramento; (916) 240-1897,
▪ A SPC fundraiser-poetry reading to support autism will be at 6:30 p.m. April 13 at the MIND Institute, 2825 50th St., Sacramento.
▪ A SPC Poetry Conference of workshops and readings will be from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. April 25; $40.
▪ Luna’s Cafe will feature special events, plus its regular “Poetry Unplugged” at 8 p.m. Thursdays; 1414 16th St., Sacramento; (916) 441-3931,
▪ The Sacramento Central Library and its 27 branches will hold Poetry Month-related events; (916) 264-2920, www.saclibrary.org/home/events.
Ready to read
▪ Set in Carmel, “All the Old Knives” by Olen Steinhauer is a sardonically funny, tightly wound tale of two spymasters playing a cat-and-mouse game of deceit and betrayal, with a startling last-sentence ending (Minotaur, $24, 304 pages).
▪ Award-winning novelist T. Coraghessan Boyle sets his 15th novel, “The Harder They Come,” in and around Mendocino (Ecco, $28, 400 pages). There, we meet a dysfunctional father and son whose relationship results in “the biggest manhunt in California history.”
▪ Historical nonfiction writer Erik Larson follows “In the Garden of Beasts” with “Dead Wake: The Last Crossing of the Lusitania” (Crown, $28, 448 pages). Despite warnings, the luxury ocean liner set sail from New York on May 1, 1915, destination Liverpool. She was torpedoed by a German U-boat six days later. Larson narrates the fascinating backstory. Also on that topic is “Lusitania” by Greg King and Penny Wilson (St. Martin’s Press, $27.99, 370 pages).
Author appearances/book sale
David Caraccio for “Tiburcio: Love, Crime and Rebellion in Early California,“ 2 p.m. Saturday at Avid Reader, 1600 Broadway, Sacramento; (916) 441-4400. Also at 1 p.m. Sunday at the Local Authors Book Festival in the Tsakopoulos Library Galleria, 828 I St., Sacramento; www.tiburciovasquez.com. Caraccio is an online news editor at The Sacramento Bee.
Jo Haraf for the memoir-writing guide “When Characters Take the Stage,” at the California Writers Club luncheon, 11 a.m. April 18 at Cattlemen’s Restaurant, 12409 Folsom Blvd., Rancho Cordova, (916) 524-7992; $20, lunch included. More at
The Friends of the Sacramento Public Library regularly hosts book sales at the Book Den, 8250 Belvedere Ave., Sacramento; (916) 731-8493. Typically, more than 100,000 “gently used” books, videos and audiobooks are offered for 50 cents to $2. Get a deal from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday. More: