One literary force on the summertime front is the classic beach read, written mostly by female authors for female readers. The novels are fast-paced but not frantic, light but not frothy, fun but not dumbed-down. They’re an amuse-bouche to entertain while relaxing by the ocean or the lake. This sampling is indicative:
Golden State authors
For the 18th year running, the Authors Booth at the California State Fair will invite readers to stop by and chat with 32 California writers, whose books cover multiple genres –fiction, history, memoir and children’s.
“This year, our area is designed to look like a sweet, old-fashioned bookstore, with bookcases around the walls and pendant lamps hanging over the tables,” said Naida West, booth manager and award-winning author of the “California Gold” trilogy.
The authors will staff the tables in overlapping shifts, with up to seven of them present on any given day. The Authors Booth will be in the California Building from July 11-27, operating 10 a.m.-10 p.m. Fridays through Sundays, and 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays.
For information about individual authors and their schedules, go to www.bridgehousebooks.com and click on the “California State Fair” button at the top of the page. Or phone West at (916) 985-7411.
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Finally, the Carmichael Public Library presents Ruben Llamas for “Eye From the Edge: A Memoir of West Oakland,” 6 p.m. July 15, 5605 Marconi Ave, Carmichael; (916) 264-2920.