Book events: Start reading now for the Sacramento Black Book Fair

As a walk-up to the third annual Sacramento Black Book Fair in June, the organizers are sponsoring a community read-in from now through April.

Essentially, they’re urging book-sharing in the community – from private book clubs and bookstores, to schools and libraries – asking everyone to read and discuss books from a selected bibliography based on the theme “Growing Readers.”

The SBBF is hosting two free Read-In sessions per month.

Participate and/or volunteer at 916-484-3749,

The four-book bibliography is available at the SBBF host bookstore, Underground Books, 2814 35th St., Sacramento; 916-737-3333.

The titles are:

▪  “Between the World and Me” by Ta-Nehisi Coates (for ages 18 and older).

▪  “ABCs of Black History” by Craig Thompson (3 to 6 years)

▪  “Imani’s Moon” by Ja Nay Brown-Wood (5 to 10 years)

▪  “We Beat the Streets” by Sampson Davis, George Jenkins, Rameck Hunt and Sharon Draper (12 to 17 years)

In three related events at Underground Books, Sister Souljah will give a presentation and sign “A Moment of Silence: Midnight III” (Artria, $28, 544 pages) at 6 p.m. Monday, Dec. 7. Also appearing will be Lucille O’Neal for “Walk Like You Have Somewhere To Go” at 6 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 9 (Thomas Nelson, $16, 240 pages); and Geri Spencer-Hunter for “The Summer of My Fifteenth Year” at 2 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 12 (Blue Nile Press, $15, 209 pages).

In an unrelated author appearance, veteran writer Jack Parker of Roseville will give a presentation for “The Valley of Tranquility” and his four-title “Adventure” series, at 2 p.m. Dec. 5 at Barnes & Noble in Creekside Town Center, 1256 Galleria Blvd., Roseville; 916-788-4320.

The glitter of history

If jewelry is on your holiday gift list, consider pairing it with “Stoned: Jewelry, Obsession and How Desire Shapes the World” by Aja Raden (Ecco, $28, 368 pages). Physicist-jeweler Raden brings her expertise to tracing the histories of eight gems and explains how they literally helped shape history.

Raden has the background for this one: She ran the auction division of the House of Kahn Estate Jewelers, and was a senior designer for the jewelry company Tacori.