Authors Uncovered

Access to books and the authors who wrote them.

The only thing greater than reading a book is hearing from the person who wrote it. At Authors Uncovered, you’re offered a front-row seat to the minds of those who’ve put great stories and research onto the page.

  • Meet other fans of the books you’ve read
  • Ask the author your most pressing questions
  • Purchase the book or bring yours in to have it signed by the author

Authors on tour

Brian Fies | April 14 | Reserve your seat
Fies gives us an honest, unflinching depiction of how he lived through the wildfires in Northern California on Oct. 9, 2017, in his book A Fire Story. This tragic event resulted in 44 fatalities and 6,200 homes destroyed including his house and every possession he and his wife had that didn't fit into their car. The author will discuss the understanding of what home really is, and how we connect our identity and lives to the world around us.

Dani Anguiano | May 5 | Reserve your seat
Anguiano brings an unforgettable story of destruction. In the author’s new book, also written by Alastair Gee, Fire in Paradise: An American Tragedy, it combines the exceptional reporting with a contextual history of the region and the electrical company at the heart of the fires: PG&E. The book is a clarion call for cities and communities across the country to plan for the previously unthinkable. As part of the author's book tour, Anguiano will be making a stop here in Sacramento.

Walter Thompson-Hernandez | May 27 | Reserve your seat
Thompson-Hernandez offers a diverse voice and shares a compelling story of Compton's young black residents. In his book, The Compton Cowboys: The New Generation of Cowboys in America's Urban Heartland, the Compton Cowboys are a multi-generational story of black people's ability to survive and create alternate worlds in the face of neglect. The author will have an audience Q&A after his presentation.

Books will be available for purchase, with a book signing following each visit. All visits from authors on book tour are held at Central Library.

Check out other author-related events, including visits from local authors.

Hear their words

Author Nefertiti Austin discusses Motherhood So White: A Memoir of Race, Gender and Parenting in America in the latest episode of the Authors Uncovered podcast.

Listen to other episodes of Authors Uncovered.

Read their work
Have Questions?
Will I have time to speak one-on-one with the author?

Yes, but very briefly. When you reach the signing table, you’ll have a brief interaction with the author while they sign your book. It's up to the author if photos will be allowed.

Who sells the books?

We partner with various local book stores, from Avid Reader to Barnes & Noble.

How can I stay informed on upcoming author visits?

We send regular announcements about authors visiting the library as part of their book tours. Sign up for our newsletter to get your favorite authors on your calendar.

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