Sacramento Public Library

Authors & Speakers

Entertaining events, featuring local and national authors and speakers, leading in-depth discussions that you won't want to miss.


Michael Troyan20th Century Fox: A Century of Entertainment

Celebrate the 100 year anniversary of 20th Century Fox Studios with Michael Troyan, and see movie clips and several behind the scenes stories that span Shirley Temple to Star Wars.
Feb. 21, Wednesday, 6:30 p.m. - Robbie Waters Pocket-Greenhaven Library
Feb. 24, Saturday, 2 p.m. - Sylvan Oaks Library

Stories of Racial Disparities in Health

Join epidemiologist Dr. Flojaune Cofer and author Kakwasi Somadhi for a discussion of how race effects health. The conversation will include stories of racial and ethnic disparities in healthcare and public health.​
Feb. 17, Saturday 2 p.m. - Central Library

Romance Writers Panel
Hear local authors discuss the writing process from concept to completion, including the pros and cons for this best-selling fiction genre.
Feb. 17, Saturday, 2 p.m. - Robbie Waters Pocket-Greenhaven LibraryGrace Lin, Where the
Mountain Meets the Moon - Words Take Wing

Join us for Words Take Wing, honoring diversity in children's literature, for an evening with NY Times bestselling author/illustrator Grace Lin.
Feb. 27, Tuesday, 7 p.m. - Central Library

Tamim Ansary, West of Kabul, East of New York
Join critically-acclaimed Afghan-American writer Tamim Ansary for a workshop on writing your own story. This will be framed by his own experiences running the San Francisco Writers' Workshop and crafting his memoirs, including the bestselling West of Kabul, East of New York.

March 10, Saturday, 1 p.m. - Arcade Library
Vietnam: A Inner View, Documentary and Discussion

Join us for the California debut of Vietnam: An Inner View. The 75-minute-long documentary provides an intimate window into the day-to-day lives of a group of U.S. Marines during the Vietnam War. A panel discussion with the producers will follow the film, and PTSD counselors and local veterans organizations will be on hand to answer questions.

March 11, Sunday, 1 p.m. - Central Library
Melina Watts, Tree

Hear local author Melina Watts share her debut novel, Tree, which is written from the unique perspective of a tree.

March 13, Tuesday, 6 p.m. - Carmichael Library
San Francisco Shakespeare Festival's touring production of Romeo and Juliet
Enjoy San Francisco Shakespeare Festival's family-friendly version of Romeo and Juliet, featuring thrilling sword fights and beautiful poetry, performed by a cast of five Bay Area actors and walk-on roles from the audience.
March 14, Wednesday, 3:30 p.m. - McKinley Library
Hoang Chi Smith, TigerFish: A Memoir of a South Vietnamese Colonel's Daughter
March 17, Saturday - Orangevale Library
Ruben Llamas, Eye from the Edge
March 20, Tuesday - Rio Linda Library
Sam McManis, Crossing California: A Cultural Topography of a State of Wonder & Weirdness

March 20, Tuesday - Galt-Marian O. Lawrence Library
March 21, Wednesday - North Natomas Library
March 21, Wednesday - Robbie Waters Pocket-Greenhaven Library
Writers Workshop
Join authors Bill McDonald and Nan Mahon for an informal workshop and open forum for aspiring writers. Bring any material you are working on.
March 21, Wednesday, 6 p.m. - Elk Grove Library
Anne Da Vigo, Thread of Gold presenting ‘Fact to Fiction’ Writing Workshop
April 10, Tuesday - Rio Linda Library
April 16, Monday - Belle Cooledge Library
April 28, Saturday - Franklin Library
May 19, Saturday - Sylvan Oaks Library
Carmen Misca, Change Your Grip on Life Through Tennis
April 21, Saturday - Arden Dimick Library
Bob Sylvia, The King of Karaoke & Other Stories
April 21, Saturday - Orangevale Library
James Scott, World War II: Sacramento
April 21, Saturday - Pocket Greenhaven Library
May 19, Saturday - Orangevale Library
June 16, Saturday - Arden-Dimick Library
Michelle Tea, Against Memoir
May 17, Thursday - Central Library
Jim De Felice, West Like Lightning
June 19, Tuesday - Central Library


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