Sue Grafton will appear for Bee Book Club

Author Sue Grafton
Author Sue Grafton

New York Times bestselling author Sue Grafton isn’t shy, on many levels. The outspoken writer is known for her “Alphabet Mysteries” series starring brash P.I. Kinsey Millhone, a franchise that debuted with “A Is for Alibi” in 1982.

We were chatting about it via phone when Grafton observed with typical frankness, “I’m getting more male readers because I say to guys, ‘This isn’t about mascara and panty hose, it’s about kicking serious ass.’ They go along with that.”

Grafton is the Bee Book Club’s choice for March, in partnership with the Sacramento Public Library and Barnes & Noble. Her latest entry is “X,” in which Kinsey must find a serial killer before he finds her (Putnam, $29, 416 pages).

Grafton and her husband, philosophy professor Steven Humphrey, divide their time between homes in Louisville, Ky., where she was born and raised, and a 2-acre ranch near Santa Barbara, the coastal city that models for Kinsey’s fictional hometown of Santa Teresa. Fans can chat with Grafton at and visit her at

Grafton’s Bee Book Club presentation begins at 6 p.m. Thursday, March 17, at the Tsakopoulos Library Galleria, 828 I St., Sacramento. Doors open at 5:15 p.m. It’s a free event, but tickets are required. Please do not phone the library for tickets; it does not distribute them. Get them beginning today exclusively at Register and download two tickets per guest. Information: 916-321-1128.

Barnes & Noble will be on site to sell “X” for 30 percent off the retail price. The same discount is offered through March 17 at these bookstores: in Sacramento at Barnes & Noble; Avid Reader at the Tower, Time Tested Books, Underground Books and Hornet Bookstore (CSU Sacramento); in Davis at Avid Reader and UC Davis Bookstore; in El Dorado Hills at Face in a Book and in Grass Valley at Bookseller.

Author appearances

Eileen Rendahl of Davis, writing as Kristi Abbott, will host a launch party for the first title in her new “Popcorn Shop Mysteries” series, “Kernel of Truth,” 7:30 p.m. Friday at Avid Reader in Davis, 617 Second St., (530) 758-4040.

Jan Ellison for “A Small Indiscretion,” for CapRadio Reads book club, in conversation with Donna Apidone, host of Capital Public Radio’s “Morning Edition” show. The $10 tab covers appetizers and wine; 6 p.m. March 8 at 7055 Folsom Blvd., Sacramento; registration and tickets are at