Holiday blues? Roger Housden to the rescue

Roger Housden
Roger Housden

As momentum gathers toward the holiday season, our thoughts turn to comforts and joys – family gatherings, feasts of plenty, the satisfaction of gift-giving. Yet we’re dreading the Grinch-like stressors that are the not-so-fun part of the annual happy dance – crowds of shoppers, crushing traffic, the pressures of preparing perfect meals in keeping with family traditions.

Enter acclaimed teacher-writer-inspirational speaker Roger Housden with wise counsel on how to cope. “The underlying processes that happen in our minds often cause us more trouble than (the physical things) that are causing trouble outside ourselves,” Housden said. “Finding your happiness is always an inside job.”

In a special holiday edition of The Sacramento Bee Book Club, Housden will guide us through the maze of stressors and show us the best ways to enjoy the pleasures the holidays offer. After all, nobody likes a holiday grouch.

Housden is the best-selling author of 22 books, including “Dropping the Struggle: Seven Ways to Love the Life You Have” (New World Library, $20, 176 pages), The Sacramento Bee Book Club’s choice for November. Visit him at

Solve a ‘Miss Marple’ mystery

Everyone loves a good mystery, especially when they have the chance to solve it. Such will be the centerpiece of the annual “Night At the Library” fundraiser, sponsored by the El Dorado Hills Friends of the Library. This year, the El Dorado Hills Library will be transformed into a theatrical set with characters in period costume guiding guests in solving “Who Kidnapped Miss Marple?”

Also: wine-tasting, small plates, live music, silent auction and raffles. Channel your inner Sherlock Holmes or Jane Tennison starting at 4 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 13, at 7455 Silva Valley Parkway, El Dorado Hills; 916-358-3500. Tickets are $40 in advance, $45 at the door. Get them at the library, at the Welcome Center at El Dorado Hills Town Center (916-358-3700) or at

More ‘Adventure’

Jack Parker of Roseville will sign the fifth title in his “Adventure” series, “Sikkimese Adventure” (Tate, $15, 254 pages) at 1 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 12 at Barnes & Noble, 6111 Sunrise Blvd., Citrus Heights, 916-853-1511. He is also the author of “The Valley of Tranquility.”

Authors line up

Avid Reader at Tower continues its series of author appearances (1600 Broadway, 916-441-4400):

Saturday, Nov. 12: John LaTorre for “On the Bus,” 1 p.m. Cedric Boyd for “The Good Wolf,” 4 p.m.

Sunday, Nov. 13: Pat Canterbury for “The Geaha Incident,” 1 p.m.

Saturday, Nov. 19: Gail Avery Halverson for “The Boundary Stone,” 4 p.m. Michael Krasny for “Let There Be Laughter,” 6 p.m.

Bee Book Club

Roger Housden will appear for The Sacramento Bee Book Club at 6 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 10, in The Hive at The Sacramento Bee, 2100 Q St., Sacramento.

Tickets to the event are $20 for seven-day-a-week subscribers, $30 for general admission. Buy tickets online at Please bring your tickets to the event for entrance. Doors open at 5:15 p.m. Parking is free.

All proceeds benefit The Bee’s News In Education program, bringing news and information to more than 20,000 students in the region.

Teacher-writer-inspirational speaker Housden will answer audience questions on how to navigate the emotional challenges and stressful situations that commonly mark the holiday season. Barnes & Noble will be on site, selling “Dropping the Struggle” for 30 percent off the list price (New World Library, 176 pages, $20).

“Dropping the Struggle” also will be offered for a 30 percent discount through Nov. 10 at these bookstores: in the Sacramento area at the four Barnes & Nobles, Avid Reader at the Tower, Underground Books, Time Tested Books and Sac State’s Hornet Bookstore; in Davis at Avid Reader and UC Davis Bookstore; in El Dorado Hills at Face in a Book; and in Grass Valley at The Bookseller.

Visit the author at Information: 916-321-1128