Pet owners are legion all over California. It follows that nonfiction and fiction books featuring dogs and cats usually sell well. Consider these:
From the heavy-hitters
A few heavy-hitters have recently published books – again:
Book and author notes
• Listen, read and sip at the eighth annual Wine for Words, featuring Kevin Smokler, author of “Practical Classics: 50 Reasons to Reread 50 Books You Haven’t Touched Since High School.” Gather at 4 p.m. Aug. 25 at the Placerville Library, 345 Fair Lane; (530) 621-5540,
. Tickets to the fundraiser are at the library and at Face in a Book bookstore in El Dorado Hills Town Center (916-941-9401).
• Coy Cross of Citrus Heights became his wife’s caretaker on the long and trying journey after she was diagnosed with cancer. In “The Dhance:A Caregiver’s Search for Meaning” (Koho Pono Press, $19.49), he shares the lessons he learned and offers counsel to others. Meet him at 1 p.m. Saturdayat the North Highlands/Antelope Library, 4325 Antelope Road, Sacramento.
• British sci-fi/fantasy author-graphic novelist Neil Gaiman will tell another good tale in his upcoming videogame, “Wayward Manor,” to be available this fall. “It’s lighthearted and goofy,” Gaiman has said.
It’s about the ghost of a man living in a spooky old house in New England, who wants nothing more than to be left in peace. As more intruders come ghost-hunting, the more the ghost learns about the details of how he became a ghost in the first place.