Award-winning novelist Nancy Pickard is a founding member of Sisters In Crime, the association of women mystery writers with chapters in cities around the world. Sacramento’s chapter, Capitol Crimes, will host Pickard at 1 p.m. Nov. 21 at the Rancho Cordova Library, 9845 Folsom Blvd., Sacramento, 916-264-2700. Free.
Pickard is the author of “Seven Steps On the Writer’s Path,” and will share writing tips and explain the process of turning a best-seller into a movie. She should know, as her novel “The Scent of Rain and Lightning” is now in production.
How the West is written
Author-screenwriter-comedian Chris Enss of Grass Valley adds another title to her 40-plus nonfiction books about the frontier with “Entertaining Women: Actresses, Dancers and Singers in the Old West” (TwoDot, $17, 224 pages).
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“We lived near Tombstone, Ariz., when I was a kid, and I hung out there,” she said. “I got hooked on the Old West and what it represents – the adventurous spirit of the people who ventured out to tame a rugged land. I was born 170 years too late, except I like modern plumbing.”
▪ Jason Denzel of Elk Grove has connected with Tor Books, the foremost publisher of fantasy and sci-fi. His debut novel, “Mystic,” is the first of a planned trilogy ($26, 320 pages). It follows teenager Pomella AnDone as she undertakes three trials to prove her worthiness as an apprentice to a secret society of mages.
As part of his book tour, Denzel will appear at 2 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 14, at Barnes & Noble, 3561 N. Freeway Blvd, Natomas, 916-285-0387; 2 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 15, at Trent’s Bookshelf, 8139 Elk Grove Blvd., Elk Grove, 916-683-2665; and 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 28, at the Avid Reader in Davis, 617 Second St., 530-758-4040.
▪ Eileen Rendahl, the Davis-based author of the award-winning “Messenger” urban fantasy series, has a story in the anthology “Tinsel and Temptation,” titled “Fire and Fruitcake” (Ho-Ho-Holiday Press, $10, 220 pages). It joins other holiday-themed tales by five more Northern California authors. Their book-release party is 7:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 13, at Avid Reader in Davis, 617 Second St., 530-758-4040.
▪ Sacramento’s Cindy Sample continues her five-title “Dying” humorous mystery series with “Dying For a Donut,” set in Apple Hill (CreateSpace, $15, 286 pages). Sample’s launch party is 1 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 15, at Face in a Book, 4359 Town Square Blvd., El Dorado Hills, 916-941-9401.