Authors are leaping off the page

Stories on Stage is a literary series at which local actors perform excerpts from authors’ works. Its sixth season concludes with readings from Naomi Williams’ debut novel, “Landfalls,” and Elise Winn’s story “Cloud, Egg, Bird, Box.” Doors open at 7 p.m. Friday, Oct. 30, at the Sacramento Poetry Center, 1719 25th St., Sacramento, 916-240-1897. A $5 donation is suggested. Learn more at

Author appearances

Writer and book critic John Freeman and journalism professor Kel Munger discuss the literary journal Freeman: The Best New Writing on Arrival, 7 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 27, at Time Tested Books, 1114 21st St., Sacramento; 916-447-5696.

Four authors will gather to present their YA paranormal novels. Angelica R. Jackson for “Crow’s Rest,” Linda Covella for “The Castle Blues Quake,” Linda Joy Singleton for “Never Been Texted,” and Tracy Clark for “Illuminate.” Meet them at 6 p.m. Friday, Oct. 30, at Face In a Book, 4359 Town Center Blvd., El Dorado Hills; 916-941-9401.

The local front

Karen Perry found a way to reinvent her life after the deaths in a plane crash of her husband and three children, as told in “Angels Three” (Riley, $20, 317 pages).

Ted McBride is a university computer science professor who gets second chances to help others and himself when he time-travels back to his youth in “All That Time” by Steve Liddick (Top Cat, $15, 230 pages).

Two ex-Confederate soldiers plot the demise of former President Ulysses S. Grant in “The Grant Conspiracy” by Lee Martin (CreateSpace, $15, 338 pages).

Motivational speaker and college professor Gregory Q. Cheek shares his plan for achieving life goals through visualization and action in “Three Points of Contact” (Greg Cheek, $15, 268 pages).

San Franciscan Derek Morgan searches for his missing friend, Sidney Pomeroy, in London and runs into a case of spies vs. spies in “The Day It Rained Sidneys” by Budd Westreich (Westreich, $10, 210 pages).

Five teens bond when they’re exposed to a mysterious energy source that heightens their senses in “The Urban Boys” by K.N. Smith (Two Petals, $13, 292 pages).

In “The Last Aloha,” Cleo Fellers Kocol recalls her life with her humanist husband, Hank Kocol, who committed assisted suicide rather than suffer dementia (CreateSpace, $20, 364 pages).

John Bartel traces and re-imagines his family’s history in “Jew” (Archway, $18, 256 pages).