Between the lines: Faithful dogs and cats in books

Surveys by the American Pet Product Association show that more than 62 percent of American households contain pets, especially dogs and cats. There’s a whole lot of love going on there, whichspills over into books such as these:

Evanovich event reminder

Tickets for Janet Evanovich’s free appearance for the Bee Book Club have all been claimed. As a reminder to ticket-holders, the best-selling romantic-adventure novelist will appear for the Bee Book Club at 6 p.m. Thursday at the Scottish Rite Center, 6151 H St., Sacramento. Doors will open at 4:30 p.m.

Evanovich is on tour for her new Stephanie Plum book, “Takedown Twenty” (Bantam, $28, 320 pages; on sale Tuesday). It’s the 20th in her series starring the plucky bounty hunter. Barnes & Noble will be at the event to sell pre-autographed copies of “Takedown Twenty” for 30 percent off the list price,

Books and bobs

Try these eclectic titles:

Some of the year’s best

Publishers Weekly magazine, the bible of the publishing industry, regularly compiles authoritative lists. The latest is its take on the 10 best books of 2013 (with comments):

“Sea of Hooks” by Lindsay Hill (fiction): “A spiritual biography that’s both tragic and comic.”

“Going Clear: Scientology, Hollywood & the Prison of Belief” by Lawrence Wright (nonfiction): “The author bravely confronts the lawyered-up and controversial church in a dramatic encounter woven right into the narrative.”

“Dirty Wars: The World Is a Battlefield” by Jeremy Scahill (nonfiction): “A masterwork of investigative journalism that offers a bleak, chilling vision of our militarized future.”

“Men We Reaped” by Jesmyn Ward (nonfiction): “Ward writes intimately about the pall of blighted opportunity, lack of education and circular poverty that hangs over the young African American inhabitants of DeLisle, Miss.”

“The People In the Trees” by Hanya Yanagihara (fiction): “(The narrator) is a scientist who travels to a remote Pacific island chain, where he may or may not have stumbled upon the key to immortality.”

“Lost Girls: An Unsolved American Mystery” by Robert Kolker (nonfiction): “Even hardened true-crime readers will be haunted by (this) provocative tale of five young women who (were murdered).”

“Miss Anne in Harlem” by Carla Kaplan (nonfiction): “The untold story of six notable white women who embraced black culture during the Harlem Renaissance.”

“A Constellation of Vital Phenomena” by Anthony Marra (fiction): “(The story) follows three characters for five days in 2004”in the midst of the Chechen War.

“The Silence and the Roar” by Nihad Sirees (fiction): “A deeply philosophical and satirical novel (set in) an unnamed Middle Eastern country.”

“The Good Lord Bird” by James McBride (fiction): “(The story of) a slave boy who’s caught up with John Brown’s band of abolitionists in the 1850s is funny, sad and completely transportive.”

E-books: What’s the latest?

The publishing industry continues to navigate the ongoing impact of electronic books. The Book Industry Study Group, a publishing-centric trade association, has released more findings from its four-year project that traced “the evolving role of e-books in the trade market.”

The bottom line: “e-books are in the later stages of the innovation curve and have settled into reasonably predictable consumption patterns. The likelihood of future growth will, in part, depend on improving the value perception of e-books among less committed users.” For the full report, go to

Author appearances

The public is invited to hear (and question) Cindy Sample (, Michele Drier (, Sherry Joyce ( and Kathy Asay ( As a bonus, enter the a drawing for a Thanksgiving gift basket.

Kirschner, the dean of the Macaulay Honors College at the City University of New York, will give a presentation at 7 p.m. Thursday at the KOH Library and Cultural Center, 2300 Sierra Blvd., Sacramento; (916) 485-4143.

Among the authors and illustrators are Jack Parker (for his “Adventure” series); 15 members of the Sacramento chapter of Sisters in Crime (for the anthology “The Best of Capital Crimes”); David Carter (“Dr. Seuss” pop-up books); Rose Cooper (“Gossip From the Girl’s Room” series); Jeri Chase Ferris (“Noah Webster and His Words”); and Dawn Lairamore (“Ivy’s Ever After” series). For the schedule and more information: (916) 788-4320,


If you have information on author appearances or other book-related special events, email it to bookmarks@sacbee.comat least two weeks before the event. To read the online calendar, go to Questions? Call The Bee’s Allen Pierleoni, (916) 321-1128.