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Between the lines: Word is out on ‘Stories on Stage’

“Stories on Stage” is a literary series at which local actors perform authors’ short works. The sixth season continues with excerpts from the linked-story collection “What Happened Here” by Bonnie ZoBell, and from “Forgive Me, Father” by Bill Pieper. They will be read by Sacramento actresses Jenabah Koroma and Scarlett O’Connor.

Doors open at 7 p.m. Aug. 28 at Avid Reader, 1600 Broadway, Sacramento; 916-441-4400; with readings at 7:30 p.m. A $5 donation is suggested. For a list of upcoming events, go to www.storiesonstagesacramento.wordpress.com.

F. Scott Fitzgerald’s lost tale

The Strand is the literary magazine that originally serialized the adventures of Sherlock Holmes by Arthur Conan Doyle in the 1890s. Its current managing editor, Andrew Gulli, has a talent for finding and publishing lost writings by many famous authors. Newly discovered is a never-before-published short story by F. Scott Fitzgerald, “Temperature.” “It’s a funny, satirical story that has some romance in it,” Gulli said. “Fitzgerald wrote it while he was living in Hollywood and much of it is autobiographical.”

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

Ready To Read

Edgar Award-winner Peter Robinson continues his “Inspector Banks” series with No. 22, “In the Dark Places” (William Morrow, $26, 336 pages). As Alan Banks and his team investigate the disappearance of two men, the bodies of two other men turn up. Coincidence, or murder?

“The Dining and Social Club for Time Travellers: Divine Intervention” by Elyse Kishimoto (with illustrations by Doug Feaver) is a charmer that’s crossing over from its 9-to-16 target demographic to an older audience (Green Jelly Bean, $13, 248 pages). Louisa discovers an old timepiece that sends her traveling through time. Many adventures follow in book one of an upcoming series.

We live in an age of complacency and shallowness, “sharing” our lives online with thousands of strangers, and accepting personal manipulation at the hands of “Silicon Valley corporations that claim to know what’s best for us,” writes Jacob Silverman in “Terms of Service” (Harper, $27, 448 pages). He urges breaking the bonds of “conformity” that keep us at the mercy of advertisers and Big Brother-type watchers.

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