Books in Sac: Like a Complete Unknown

This is part of a series of posts that covers books with Sacramento connections—those set here or written by local authors. For copies, check with 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 Unknown by Anara Guard (New Wind Publishing)—Sacramento-based author Anara Guard has set her debut novel in late ’60s/early ’70s Chicago, where protagonist Katya Warshawsky goes after she runs away from her overbearing parents to find her own life. Among hippies, aspiring artists and anti-war protestors, she hopes. This, of course, turns out to be more challenging than she expects. In her travels, she crosses paths with a widowed and struggling doctor, Robert Lewis, and their journeys intersect in ways that keep the reader enlarged. It’s 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 about Anara Guard, go to her website.

An excerpt from Like a Complete Unknown will be read this Friday evening, June 24, by actor Trina Ritter at Stories on Stage Sacramento, with authors’ signings and books for sale. Bay Area best-selling author Vanessa Hua will be at this Friday’s event as well, with an excerpt from her award-winning novel Forbidden City read by actor Yuri Tajiri. Stories on Stage happens at CLARA Auditorium, 1425 24th St.; $10; Doors open at 6:30pm for 7pm performance. For more information about Stories on Stage and advance tickets, go here, where you’ll also find interviews with Guard and Hua.

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