The Outlander Podcast and time travel

Diana Gabaldon’s “Outlander” book series has so strongly resonated with the masses, it segued into a popular television series, and an ever-growing fandom, including Summer and Ginger, who launched The Outlander Podcast before the television show even aired. Time travel, romance, and Scotland’s beautiful landscapes – what’s not to love?

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Black books and education

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The 2nd Annual Sacramento Black Book Fair – held in eight different venues – offered a plethora of informative, engaging, and entertaining activities from which to choose. The Brick House Art Gallery hosted a fabulous Kids Zone, with African drumming and dance provided by Jodama Drum & Dance, and vendors who introduced community-based organizations, such as Sojourner Truth Museum, Sacramento Area Youth Speaks, Black Child Development Institute, and Read Across Jamaica. Plus, the Crocker Art Museum’s Art Ark made an appearance. You’ll also meet four authors who attended an evening at Underground Books: Nicholas Powers, Cedric J. BoyKakwasi Somadhi, and Sandy Lynne Holman.

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New books and Earth Day

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Looking for new books to read? Authors introduce their books at a recent book fair event. And, in honor of Earth Day, vendors at an Earth Day event share insight, and resources.

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Hikes and stories

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Gifted writer, storyteller, hiker, and mountaineer, Daniel Arnold has published his third book, “Snowblind.” This time around, he has written a collection of fictional short stories that capture of the soul essence of alpine obsession.

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Books and wishing wells

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Book events provide a treasure trove of literary treats. This week, you are introduced to a wide range of genres through brief conversations with over a dozen authors at the California Capital Book Festival.

Also, we visit Great Basin National Park in Nevada.

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Books and sacred places

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Vintage or antique books are portals for time travel, which is one reason I love strolling through antique fairs; especially antique book fairs. I spoke with a few vendors at a recent Sacramento Antiquarian Book Fair.

Also, we visit Effigy Mounds in Iowa.

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Flyers and rivers

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Before Kevin Bacon’s “six degrees,” there was Royal Leonard, a living “Zelig.” Barry S. Martin’s biography of this legendary pilot – “Forgotten Aviator; The Adventures of Royal Leonard” – is a truly fascinating tale. Martin shares some of the highlights this week.

Also, we visit Missouri’s Ozark National Scenic Riverways.

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