The third annual Sacramento Black Book Fair is a free celebration that will span eight venues in Oak Park, including Underground Books, the Guild Theater, McClatchy Park and Brick House Art Gallery.
It will feature 50-plus authors of African descent whose books cover multiple genres: contemporary and historical fiction, anthologies, poetry, academics, children’s literature, biographies, self-help and inspirational.
The Blue Nile Press-sponsored event will offer panel discussions, book signings, a writers workshop, author presentations, children’s activities, a parade, art displays and multiple vendors. Event headquarters will be in the Women’s Civic Improvement Center, 3555 Third Ave., Sacramento.
The fair will be 6-9 p.m. Friday, June 3; 9:30 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday, June 4; and noon to 6 p.m. Sunday, June 5. Information: 916-484-3749, www.sacramentoblackbookfair.com
▪ Face In a Book continues its authors program at 4359 Town Center Blvd., El Dorado Hills, 916-941-9401, www.getyourfaceinabook.com:
Gail Avery Halverson for “The Boundary Stone,” 5:30 p.m. Thursday, June 2.
Bill Carpentier for “Dust from the Attic,” 11 a.m. Sunday, June 5.
Garrett Calcaterra for “Dreamwielder,” 1 p.m. Saturday, June 25.
▪ Avid Reader at the Tower hosts authors, too, at 1600 Broadway, Sacramento; 916-441-4400, www.avidreaderattower.com:
Saturday, June 4: Celeste León for “Luck Is Just the Beginning,” 1 p.m.; Karen Devaney for “Arista By the Sea,” 4 p.m.
Saturday, June 11: Robert Blair Osborn for “Lovers & Comrades,” 2 p.m.; Bonnie Bair for “The ABC’s of Sacramento,” 4 p.m.
Used book sale
The Friends of the Sacramento Public Library regularly hosts book sales at the Book Den, 8250 Belvedere Ave., Sacramento; 916-731-8493. Choose from among 100,000 “gently used” books, videos and audiobooks from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, June 4. For details and a calendar of upcoming sales, go to www.saclibfriends.org/book-den.
A deadly ‘Game’
In 2014, Sophie Hannah received the blessing of late mystery writer Agatha Christie’s estate to continue the adventures of Christie’s most enduring character, Belgian detective Hercule Poirot. The result was “The Monogram Murders,” to be followed by a second Poirot in September, “Closed Casket.”
In between is another of her signature psychological thrillers, “A Game for All the Family,” in which a mother must find the smarts to outwit a maniac stalking her family (William Morrow, $27, 464 pages).