Local author Rachael Long will be at the The Avid Reader, 617 Second St. in downtown Davis, at 3 p.m. Saturday to discuss her new book, “Gold Fever,” the first novel in the Black Rock Desert Adventure series.
Then at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, author Susheel Bibbs will present her book on Mary Ellen Pleasant, “Heritage of Power.”
“Gold Fever” follows Jack, a 9-year-old boy who gets lost in the Black Rock Range and must evade an evil creature lurking in the mountains. He gets help from a little bat named Pinta and a coyote pup named Sonny, who are determined to help him find his way home.
Long, a UC Cooperative Extension adviser in Yolo County, based the book on a story she used to tell her now-16-year-old son on long commutes. She will donate proceeds from book sales to fund bat conservation programs.
“Heritage of Power” is the first book to establish the civil-rights legacy of Pleasant, called “the mother of civil rights in California.” Did this daring woman of mystery really aid the abolitionist John Brown and study with New Orleans’ most famous voodoo queen, Marie LaVeaux? Did Pleasant receive a “Heritage of Power” from LaVeaux, and if so, what was it and how did it come about?
This updated and expanded work captures the latest research to answer these questions and to unravel Pleasant’s story. It also demystifies LaVeaux’s life and faith, Vodou/voodoo — the traditional religion that inspired the civil-rights accomplishments of both women.
Bibbs, who was a longtime faculty member at UC Berkeley, is a concert singer and was an Emmy Award-winning executive producer for WGBH-TV, the PBS station in Boston.