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The Sacramento Bee
Sacramento author mines the history of Gold-Rush stagecoaches in new book

Author Cheryl Anne Stapp can’t get gold off her mind.

The Sacramento native has written three books about Northern California’s golden years in the mid-1800s. Her new title, “The Stagecoach in Northern California: Rough Rides, Gold Camps & Daring Drivers” (History Press, $19.99, 139 pages), tells the true stories of the...

The Sacramento Bee
Sacramento author mines the history of Gold-Rush stagecoaches in new book

Author and Sacramento native Cheryl Anne Stapp can’t get gold off her mind.

The Sacramento native has written three books about Northern California’s golden years in the mid-1800s. Her new title, “The Stagecoach in Northern California: Rough Rides, Gold Camps & Daring Drivers” (History Press, $19.99, 139 pages), tells the true...

The Sacramento Bee
Between the Lines: 4 mystery writers together Thursday for Bee Book Club

The Sacramento Bee Book Club has been around the literary block and back. Since 1997, its agenda has been to bring A-list authors to Sacramento and invite the public to attend their presentations and book signings.

Now the Bee Book Club is going to expand that template. In a special...

The Sacramento Bee
Man donates 13,000 books to Sacramento library group

A Sacramento man has donated 13,000 books to the Friends of the Arden-Dimick Library, the largest donation the organization has ever received and one that includes works spanning topics from the Civil War to women’s studies.

Frank Rose, 85, spent decades amassing the collection, which he stored in two apartments in...

My 5 Monkeys
The Fire Wish

The Fire Wish

The Fire WishNet GalleyFor Review Random House1st in a SeriesJuly 22Two girls are raised in different places . Najwa is a jinni , and . Zayele  is a princess. One girl makes a wish , and their lives are changed forever. Both girls e...

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The Sacramento Bee
The Rise Guys return next week to Sacramento radio on ESPN 1320

This past March when Kevin “Whitey” Gleason and Mark Kreidler, along with their partner, Dan Dibley – collectively known in sports-talk radio as the Rise Guys – were let go by The Game (KGMZ, 95.7 FM) in San Francisco, they were stunned. Sure, in the tumultuous and often mysterious world of radio, anything seems...

The Sacramento Bee
Between the Lines: William T. Vollmann on ‘Last Stories’

William T. Vollmann is most relaxed when he’s in residence at his writing studio, a former Mexican restaurant in Sacramento’s Alkali Flat neighborhood. The walls are plastered with his paintings and wood block prints, and with dramatic pictures he’s shot during decades of global research for his eclectic, multi-award-winning body of nonfiction and fiction....

My 5 Monkeys
What I have been up to lately

What I have been up to lately


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The Sacramento Bee
VIDEO: William T. Vollmann’s new book ‘Last Stories’ about love, regret – and ghosts

William T. Vollmann, the National Book Award-winning novelist-journalist-essayist-moralist who lives in Sacramento, has just published his first fiction in nine years, following a half-dozen nonfiction titles.

His new book, “Last Stories and Other Stories” (Viking, $36, 704 pages), is a collection of 32 ghostly stories set in countries around the...

The Sacramento Bee
Between the lines: Summer reading sampler, part 2

My annual sampling of summertime reading appeared in this space June 24, with this introduction: “Summer means travel, relaxation and the companionship of a can’t-put-it-down book or two, or more likely several.” The key word here is several, as my inventory of worthwhile page-turners – both fiction and nonfiction – continues to grow. Look...

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