Near the top of every parent’s to-do list is fostering literacy in their children.
Helping will be Fairytale Town’s 15th annual ScholarShare Children’s Book Festival, vibrant with presentations by children’s book authors, musical storytelling performances, hands-on activities, a book fair and booths staffed by arts and literacy groups. The headliner will be Laura Numeroff, author of the classic “If You Give a Mouse a Cookie.”
The free festival will be 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday (Sept. 26-27). Adults must be accompanied by children. Fairytale Town is at 3901 Land Park Drive, Sacramento; 916-808-7462, www.fairytaletown.org.
Man Booker shortlist
Literary awards are game-changers for writers. Now the judges for the prestigious Man Booker Prize For Fiction have announced their shortlist of six titles, whittled down from 13. The winner will be announced Oct. 13 and awarded $75,000. Information: www.themanbookerprize.com.
Anne Tyler for “A Spool of Blue Thread”
Tom McCarthy for “Satin Island”
Marlon James for “A Brief History of Seven Killings”
Hanya Yanagihara for “A Little Life”
Chigozie Obioma for “The Fishermen”
Sunjeev Sahota for “The Year of the Runaways”
John Lescroart will reminisce
Best-selling legal-thriller novelist John Lescroart of Davis will discuss the craft of writing and his literary journey (“Twenty years to overnight success,” he is fond of saying) and will answer questions and sign books at a fundraiser for the Loomis Library. Appetizers precede his 7 p.m. presentation on Sept. 29 at the Blue Goose Event Center, 3550 Taylor Road, Loomis. Tickets are $5 and $10 at 916-660-1460 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Lee Child unleashes Jack Reacher
Lee Child continues his “Jack Reacher” series with “Make Me,” the 20th title in his franchise starring the likeable nomad and former Army M.P. who operates under the radar and by his own code of honor – which invariably results in violent justice being served (Delacorte, $29, 416 pages). This time, Reacher is ducking a band of assassins while uncovering a small town’s gruesome secret.
Child, who has appeared for the Bee Book Club, once told me, “Women (readers) respect Jack Reacher because he respects the women (characters) in the books. As for the men, it’s a male fantasy to be like Reacher.”