New Sacramento Poet Laureate Named; The Dog with the Old Soul launches!; Stories on Stage; Foxes in the Vineyard @ Time Tested; SPC hosts Monumental Poetry miniseries

Dear Writers, Readers and Friends:

This week offers much to celebrate in our local literary world. From our new Poet Laureate to a book launch to a Stories on Stage reading fit to kick off your long weekend, you’re covered! Enjoy!

Yours in writing,



Jeff Knorr, professor of English at Sacramento City College, will be the next Poet Laureate of Sacramento!


In addition to his teaching and writing, Jeff has coordinated the River City Writers reading series at the college for some time. Please join me in congratulating Jeff—and watch here for events and opportunities to get to know him in the coming months!



You’re Invited THIS Wednesday 8/29: The Dog with the Old Soul Launch Celebration!


Face in a Book Bookstore

4359 Town Center Blvd., #113

El Dorado Hills, CA 95762

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August 29th, 6:00pm


Hosted by Jennifer Basye Sander


Jennifer launches the release of her latest book: The Dog with the Old Soul.  This heartwarming book is full of real stories, written by real people local to our area.


Few relationships are as simple—and rewarding—as those between man and animal. From the loyal dog who risks his own life to rescue a drowning boy to the lost kitten who comforts a grieving woman to an abandoned horse and foster child who come to save each other, these inspiring true stories highlight the hope, healing, happiness and—most of all—unconditional love animals bring to our lives. Whether you love sloppy dog kisses, melt at every kitty meow or give your heart to horses, birds or even moose, this heartwarming collection is one to treasure.



Stories on Stage presents Amina Gautier (Flannery O’Connor Award winner) and local author Bill Pieper


Friday, August 31st, 7:30PM at the Sacaramento Poetry Center.


Stories on Stage continues its third season featuring Amina Gautier and Bill Pieper. Amina’s story collection, At-Risk, won the Flannery O’Connor Award for Short Fiction. If you love stories, this is one of the best series around. In the past, we’ve featured FOC winners Lori Ostlund & Melinda Moustakis at SoS.  Bill’s latest novel is What You Wish For.


This month’s performers are Diana Cossey and Blair Leatherwood. They are both great performers.


Amina Gautier earned her PhD in English Literature from the University of Pennsylvania and is the author of the short story collection At-Risk, which won the Flannery O’Connor Award (University of Georgia Press). Seventy-five of her short stories have been published or are forthcoming, appearing in Best African American Fiction, Glimmer Train, Iowa Review, Kenyon Review, and others. Her stories have won awards from the Crazyhorse Fiction Prize, Zoetrope—All Story Fiction Contest, Glimmer Train Fiction Open, as well as scholarships and fellowships from Breadloaf and Sewanee Writer’s Conferences and a grant from the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts Award.


Bill Pieper is a member of the Squaw Valley Community of Writers and a graduate of Dartmouth College. He has also studied both creative writing and philosophy at Sacramento State University. His stories have appeared in the Blue Lake Review, Red Fez and Primal Urge, with recent acceptances from Fiction365 and Milk Sugar. Links to his novel What You Wish For, and other published work can be found at:


Foxes in the Vineyard: Templars, Nazis, and the Battle for Jerusalem

Time Tested Books presents novelist Michael J. Cooper


Thursday, August 30th, 7:00pm


Time Tested Books presents novelist Michael J. Cooper for a reading and signing of his new novel Foxes in the Vineyard on Thursday, August 30th, at 7:00pm. Join us!

(Hardcover and paperback copies of the book are currently available for purchase at TTB.)

The event is on Thursday, August 30th, at 7:00pm, and is FREE and open to the public.


MONUMENTAL POETRY presented by Sacramento Poetry Center



Times and Locations:


Friday August 31 at 8-9 PM at the South Plaza of the Sacramento County offices building. (Enter through steps on the corner of 8th and I Street, across and one block east of the central library, downtown Sacramento).


Friday September 21 at 8-9PM at the arched colonnade in the entrance to the Senator Hotel (1121 L St., Sacramento, across the north side of the Capitol building).


(The first event is weatherpermitting. The second is rain or shine, as it is inside the colonnade).


Hostedby Paco Márquez of SPC





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