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The Strand publishes long-lost Tennessee Williams tale

“Cuba Straits” by Randy Wayne White is a thriller set on the Gulf Coast and stars a “retired” black-ops specialist working as a marine biologist.
“Cuba Straits” by Randy Wayne White is a thriller set on the Gulf Coast and stars a “retired” black-ops specialist working as a marine biologist. G.P. Putnam’s Sons

Tennessee Williams’ lost tale

The Strand is the literary magazine that originally serialized the adventures of Sherlock Holmes by Arthur Conan Doyle. Managing editor Andrew Gulli has a talent for finding and publishing lost writings by many famous authors. including Joseph Heller, Agatha Christie, Dashiell Hammett, Ray Bradbury and John Steinbeck.

Gulli phoned to say he discovered a never-before-published short story by Tennessee Williams, “The Eye That Saw Death,” while foraging through archived documents at the University of Texas-Austin. It appears in the current issue. “This was the first and last time Williams tried his hand at a horror story (between 1926 and 1935),” he said.

Look for The Strand at Barnes & Noble and other bookstores ($6.95). To subscribe to the quarterly: (800) 300-6652 or www.strandmag.com.

Ready to read

▪ Florida fishing guide-turned-novelist Randy Wayne White continues his 22-title Doc Ford series with “Cuba Straits” (G.P. Putnam’s Sons, $27, 336 pages). The thriller is set on the Gulf Coast and stars a “retired” black-ops specialist working as a marine biologist. A clandestine boat trip to Cuba is part of the adventure. White has appeared for the Bee Book Club.

▪ The accumulation of of iron oxide on steel and iron “costs America $400 billion a year,” writes Jonathan Waldman in “Rust: The Longest War” (Simon & Schuster, $27, 304 pages). The journalist scoured the country on the trail of “the colorful and often reclusive people who are fighting our mightiest and unlikeliest enemy.”

▪ Former Sacramento Bee publisher Janis Heaphy Durham recounts the disturbing “otherworldly” phenomena she experienced after the death of her first husband in 2004. These led her on a path of discovery “that transformed her spiritually and altered her view of reality” (Grand Central, $26, 288 pages).

▪ In “When I Was Jane” by Theresa Mieczkowski, a woman wakes up in a hospital after a car crash and can’t remember her life (Two Touch Press, $15, 290 pages). Is she really who everyone says she is? Who are the secrets and lies protecting, and from what?

Author appearances

▪ Ann Packer is an A-list author whose 2002 best-selling debut novel “The Dive From Clausen’s Pier” (and subsequent TV movie) put her on the literary map. She will appear for Stories On Stage, a literary series at which actors perform authors’ stories – in this case, an excerpt from her new novel, “The Children’s Crusade.” Appearing with Packer will be American River College professor Lois Ann Abraham, author of the short story collection “Circus Girl.”

Catch them on April 24 at the Verge Center for the Arts, 625 S St., Sacramento; (916) 448-2985, www.vergeart.com. Doors will open at 7 p.m.; the program starts at 7:30 p.m. A $5 donation is suggested. For a list of upcoming authors, go to www.storiesonstagesacramento.wordpress.com.

▪ Jessica Hagy for the “Art of War Visualized,” an illustrated problem-solving adaptation of Sun Tzu’s classic “The Art of War,” Tuesday at 6 at the Sacramento Central Library, 828 I St., (916) 264-2700.

▪ Bil Paul for “The Train Never Stops in Dixon” (CreateSpace, $10, 178 pages), which follows the odd story of Carissa Carpenter, who promoted the construction of a movie studio in Northern California and now faces 32 felony counts. Paul will appear at 7:30 p.m. Friday at Avid Reader, 617 Second St., Davis, (530) 758-4040; 2 p.m. Saturday at the Dixon Public Library, 230 N. First St., Dixon, (707) 678-5447; and 2 p.m. Sunday for the Dixon Historical Society at Dixon United Methodist Church, 209 N. Jefferson St.; (707) 678-2191.

▪ Marc Schenker’s photographic journey of Mexico, for “Magical Mexico: People, Tradition, Color,” noon Monday in the Memorial Union on the UC Davis campus, (530) 752-9072.

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