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Meet 39 authors at the California State Fair

Jason Smith, an Auburn author and former drug addict that wrote the gripping memoir, “The Bitter Taste of Dying,” will be one of 39 California writers that will staff the Authors Booth at the California State Fair. The booth will be in the A/B Building (California Building) from Friday, July 8, through July 24.
Jason Smith, an Auburn author and former drug addict that wrote the gripping memoir, “The Bitter Taste of Dying,” will be one of 39 California writers that will staff the Authors Booth at the California State Fair. The booth will be in the A/B Building (California Building) from Friday, July 8, through July 24. pkitagaki@sacbee.com

For the 20th year, the Authors Booth at the California State Fair invites readers to stop by and chat with 39 California writers, whose books cover multiple genres.

“Readers will find new talent as well as old favorites with new books, all eager to chat about writing and publishing,” said Naida West, booth manager and award-winning author of the “California Gold” trilogy.

The authors will staff the tables in overlapping shifts, with up to seven of them present on any given day. Among them will be Michelle Hamilton (“Mayan Gods in the Yucatan,” mystery), Tamara Burnett (“Finding Comfort,” coming-of-age memoir), Cindy Sample (“Dying for a Donut,” humorous romantic mystery), Brenda Novak (“Discovering You,” romantic suspense) and Jason Smith (“The Bitter Taste of Dying,” memoir).

The Authors Booth will be in the A/B Building (California Building) from Friday, July 8, through July 24. For hours and author schedules, go to www.bridgehousebooks.com, or phone West at 916-350-0152.

Reading challenge

Children, teens and adults, are you up for a challenge? The annual Summer Reading Challenge, that is, from the California State Library. California’s 1,100 libraries have challenged you to read books, and challenged themselves to sign up 1 million readers of all ages for reading programs now through Aug. 31. If you read the most books between now and then, prizes await.

Here’s how: First, read a book (print or e-book). Next, e-mail the title to readingchallenge@library.ca.gov. Every book you read counts as one chance to win. However, if you read a book that’s in the state library’s collection, it counts double. To find out if it’s there, go to www.library.ca.gov and click on “Ask a Librarian.” Fill out the form and type in the title. Winners will be announced in September. Details: http://calchallenge.org.

America’s oldest art form

One reason to attend the 46th annal Pacific Flyway Wildfowl Art Classic is meeting with Michael R. Miller, who will sign copies of his new “Wildfowl Decoys of California: Vintage Carving Traditions of the Golden State” (Triple-D, $90, 679 pages).

Miller thoroughly covers more than 350 California decoy-makers and their wood art from the 1880s onward, along with vintage photos and contemporary shots by photographer Ed Potter.

Appreciate America’s oldest art form from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, July 9, and 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday July 10, at the DoubleTree Hotel, 2001 Point West Way, Sacramento. Admission is $5 (free for 12 and younger) for a weekend of activities, workshops and talks by wildlife experts.

Information: www.pacificflyway.org.

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