Books in bags: like a complete stranger

This is part of a series of articles that covers books with Sacramento ties, those set here or written by local authors. For copies, check local independent bookstores including Time Tested Books (21st Street), Beers Books (S Street), Capital Books (K Street), East Village Bookshop (East Sac), Ruby’s Books (Folsom), Face in a Book (El Dorado Hills)—or through, which supports independent bookstores.

Like a complete stranger by Anara Guard (New Wind Publishing) – Sacramento-based author Anara Guard set her first novel in late ’60s/early ’70s Chicago, where protagonist Katya Warshawsky travels after fleeing her overbearing parents to find his own life. Among hippies, aspiring artists and anti-war protesters, she hopes. This, of course, turns out to be more difficult than she thought. During her travels, she crosses paths with a widowed and struggling doctor, Robert Lewis, and their travels intersect in a way that keeps the reader enthralled. It has been described as “beautifully written with rich, complex characters” by San Francisco Book Review, and as relevant to our current complex social times. For more information on Anara Guard, visit his website.

An excerpt from Like a Complete Unknown will be read this Friday night, June 24, by actress Trina Ritter at Stories on Stage Sacramento, complete with author signings and books for sale. Bay Area Bestselling Author Vanessa Hua will also be at this Friday’s event, with an excerpt from his award-winning novel Forbidden City read by actor Yuri Tajiri. Stories on Stage takes place at CLARA Auditorium, 1425 24th St.; $10; doors open at 6:30 p.m. for a performance at 7 p.m. For more information on stage stories and advance tickets, go herewhere you will also find interviews with Guardian and hua.

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