Bee Book Club lines up its 2016 authors

Author James Rollins
Author James Rollins

If you haven’t yet attended a Sacramento Bee Book Club event, you don’t know what you’re missing. Founded in 1997, the Bee Book Club brings nationally renowned, award-winning authors to Sacramento for free, public presentations with book-signings.

Events are usually in the Tsakopoulos Library Galleria, 828 I St., Sacramento, in partnership with the Sacramento Public Library and Barnes & Noble. The bookseller hosts a table at each event, offering the book of choice for 30 percent off the retail price.

The Bee Book Club lineup for 2015 included Tess Gerritsen (the “Jane Rizzoli-Maura Isles” series), C.J. Box (“Joe Pickett”), H.W. Brands (“Reagan: The Life” and 25 other historical biographies), James Rollins (“Sigma Force” and “Sanguines”), Sara Paretsky (“V.I. Warshawski”) and Vanessa Diffenbaugh (“The Language of Flowers” and “We Never Asked For Wings”).

Lately we’ve been busy tracking down other New York Times best-selling authors and inking deals for the 2016 edition of the Bee Book Club. Here’s the list so far:

Feb. 11: Gretchen Rubin’s self-help books have sold more than 2 million copies in more than 30 languages. Her latest is “Better Than Before: Mastering the Habits of Our Everyday Lives.”

March 17: Sue Grafton’s “Alphabet Mysteries” series starring Southern California P.I. Kinsey Millhone debuted with “A Is for Alibi” in 1982. Her latest entry is “X.”

April 18: John Sandford’s 26-title “Prey” series features maverick police investigator Lucas Davenport. In his eight-title “Virgil Flowers” crossover series, Davenport interacts with investigator Flowers, bringing their fictional worlds together. “Extreme Prey” is due out in 2016. Sandford is a former journalist and Pulitzer Prize winner.

July 21: Ace Atkins took over Robert B. Parker’s iconic “Spenser” franchise after the dean of crime fiction died in 2010. His fifth “Spenser” novel, “Slow Burn,” will publish in 2016. Also, the sixth title in Atkins’ “Quinn Colson” series, “The Innocents,” will be released next year.

More on Rollins

While on the topic of Bee Book Club authors, Rollins of El Dorado Hills will appear for his new “Sigma Force” series novel, “Bone Labyrinth,” Monday, Dec. 14at 7 p.m. at Barnes & Noble, 6111 Sunrise Blvd., Citrus Heights (William Morrow, $28, 471 pages). The event is a Barnes & Noble literacy-awareness fundraiser for the Folsom-Cordova Unified School District.