Golden State authors converge at state fair

For the 19th year, the Authors Booth at the California State Fair will invite readers to stop by and chat with 38 California writers, whose books cover multiple genres.

“Readers will find new talent as well as old favorites with new books, all eager to chat about writing and publishing,” 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 A/B Building (California Building) July 10-26, operating 10 a.m.-10 p.m. Fridays through Sundays, and 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays.

For a list of authors and their schedules, go to, or phone West at (916) 985-7411.

Author appearances

▪ Debbi Preston for “48 Dog-Friendly Trails” and “Dog-Friendly Trails for All Seasons,” 7 p.m. July 7 at REI, 1790 Expo Parkway, Sacramento; (916) 924-8900. Also, Josh Mathe for “In the Footsteps of Greatness,” 7 p.m. July 15.

▪ Brian Lewis for “Novice Nomad,” 2 p.m. July 11 at Avid Reader at Tower, 1600 Broadway, Sacramento; (916) 441-4400. Also, Joshua Braff for “Daddy Diaries,” 2 p.m. July 12. Rodve Lewis for “How To Graduate College in Four Years,” 2 p.m. July 25.

Ready to read

The Penguin Classics arm of Penguin-Random House has re-isssued “The Flemish House” by Belgian author Georges Simenon ($11, 144 pages). It’s the 14th of his newly translated titles starring Inspector Jules Maigret, the eccentric and brilliant French police detective. In this one, Maigret is called to a remote village to solve a murder mystery. Simenon (1903-1989) wrote 75 Maigret novels.

On the local front

▪ “Logan: The Honorable Life and Scandalous Death of a Western Lawman” by Jackie Boor (Cable, $26, 269 pages): Nevada in the early 1900s was wild and dangerous, just the challenge a man like sheriff Tom Logan could meet in Tonopah. A true tale that reads like Western fiction.

▪ “Close Up on Murder” by Linda Townsdin (CreateSpace, $13, 262 pages): Photojournalist Britt Johansson is “recharging” at a lake town when the spell is broken by two murders.

▪ “Midnight Train to Trieste” by Shel Weissman (AuthorHouse, $24, 354 pages): The writer based this collection of short stories on his own adventures. The title story follows a student traveling in Europe.

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