One way to bring more patrons into libraries is by sponsoring clever concepts such as the one at the El Dorado County Library through Feb. 29 (why end it then?).
Its “Blind Date With a Book” program works like this: Walk up to the special display and peruse the slew of books wrapped in plain brown paper. Since you can’t see who the authors are, or the titles of the books, make your choice by size to “take home some excitement with an unfamiliar face.” The books are recommended reads chosen by the staff and informed patrons, in a range of genres. “There’s a little of everything,” said library assistant Doris Carter.
There’s more in the promo: “Was your blind date a match made in heaven, or a disaster from start to finish? Report back on how your date went by filling out a review form. Play the field by going on multiple dates. Each review is an entry into a drawing for a prize.”
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Time Tested Books will host two upcoming events. The bookstore is at 1114 21st St., Sacramento, 916-447-5696.
▪ Winston Churchill made history as the prime minister of the United Kingdom from 1940 to 1945 and 1951 to 1955. (He also won a Nobel Prize for literature.) Less known is his role as war correspondent, covering the British Empire’s global conflicts from 1895 to 1900.
Sacramento author Simon Read scoured Churchill’s newspaper stories, books, letters and private papers for a look at the statesman as adventurer in “Winston Churchill Reporting: Adventures of a Young War Correspondent” (Da Capo, $27, 328 pages). Military History magazine calls it “more an adventure tale than a straight biography.” Read will talk about his book at 7 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 14.
▪ Labor historian Harvey Schwartz will discuss his account of one of engineering’s greatest feats, as told in “Building the Golden Gate Bridge: A Workers’ Oral History” (University of Washington Press, $30, 195 pages). It’s said to be the only GGB-centric book “to primarily feature the voices of the bridge workers themselves.” He will appear at 7 p.m., Thursday, Jan. 21.
Debut in English
“The Gun” is the award-winning Japanese author Fuminori Nakamura’s first novel to be published in English (Soho Crime, $26, 208 pages). When a Tokyo college student discovers a murdered man under a bridge, he also finds a gun. He pockets it and leaves, only to become obsessed with it, edging closer to letting it “fulfill its purpose.”