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Writers from Capitol Crimes share secrets of the craft

Mystery novelists Cindy Sample (pictured), Rae James, Susan Span and Kathleen Asay invite you to their discussion, “Women of Mystery,” on Wednesday evening in Loomis, where the women will divulge secrets of their craft.
Mystery novelists Cindy Sample (pictured), Rae James, Susan Span and Kathleen Asay invite you to their discussion, “Women of Mystery,” on Wednesday evening in Loomis, where the women will divulge secrets of their craft. mjones@sacbee.com

Here’s a mystery: Just what is the thought process involved in writing a mystery? Find out at “Women of Mystery,” a discussion among area mystery novelists Cindy Sample, Rae James, Susan Span and Kathleen Asay.

It’s at 6 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 24, at the restored Loomis Train Depot, 5775 Horseshoe Bar Road, Loomis. Free, but RSVP to friendsloomislibrary@gmail.com. The event is sponsored by the Loomis Friends of the Library and Capitol Crimes, the Sacramento chapter of Sisters in Crime.

It’s all true

TrueStory continues its nonfiction reading series (and open mic) at 6 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 25. The trio of featured readers will be Carol Firstman, J.J. Anselmi and Dave Kempa. TrueStory invites everyone to sign up for five-minute reading gigs at the open mic, on a first-come basis.

Tickets are $6 in advance, $10 at the door at the Warehouse Artists Lofts, 1108 R St., Sacramento. More at www.tellatruestory.com.

Telling stories

Stories on Stage is a literary series in which local actors perform authors’ short works. Continuing its seventh season will be short-story writer Jodi Angel with an excerpt from her untitled memoir-in-progress, to be read by Ruby Sketchley. Also on the program will be writers Sue Staats, Juliette Kelley and Diane Kallas, whose stories will be read by Kellie Yvonne Raines.

At 7 p.m. Friday, Aug. 26, E. Claire Raley Studios for the Performing Arts, 1425 24th St., Sacramento. A $10 donation is suggested. Information: www.storiesonstagesacramento.wordpress.com., 916-454-9106.

Three’s not a crowd

Summer reading continues to enthrall, but book-lovers know the fall season is when publishers bring out their big guns. In the coming months, for instance, look for works by Margaret Atwood (“Hag-Seed”), Michael Chabon (“Moonglow”), Alice Hoffman (“Faithful”) and Jonathan Lethem (“A Gambler’s Anatomy”).

Meanwhile, three books by A-list authors are out now:

“Heroes of the Frontier” by Dave Eggers (Knopf, $29, 400 pages): A beleaguered woman loads her children into an RV and takes off in search of a new life in Alaska.

“The Pursuit” by Janet Evanovich and Lee Goldberg (Bantam, $28, 320 pages): Con man Nick Fox and FBI agent Kate O’Hare have tons of stylish fun tricking the bad guys.

“The Black Widow” by Daniel Silva (Harper, $28, 544 pages): Can an ISIS “mastermind” get the best of spy-assassin Gabriel Allon? Not bloody likely.

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