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Ben Grant - Overview (San Francisco)

Thursday, February 9, 2017 - 6:00pm

From Ben Grant comes a stunning and unique collection of satellite images of Earth that offer an unexpected look at humanity, derived from the wildly popular Daily Overview Instagram account.

Inspired by the "Overview Effect"--a sensation that astronauts experience when given the opportunity to look down and view the Earth as a whole--the breathtaking, high definition satellite photographs in Overview offer a new way to look at the landscape that we have shaped. More than 200 images of industry, agriculture, architecture, and nature highlight incredible patterns while also revealing a deeper story about human impact. This extraordinary photographic journey around our planet captures the sense of wonder gained from a new, aerial vantage point and creates a perspective of Earth as it has never been seen before.

 

Overview: A New Perspective of Earth Cover Image
$40.00
ISBN: 9780399578656
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Published: Amphoto Books - October 25th, 2016

A stunning and unique collection of satellite images of Earth that offer an unexpected look at humanity, derived from the wildly popular Daily Overview Instagram project.


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San Francisco, CA 94111

Cooks with Books: Desmond Tan & Kate Leahy - Burma Superstar (San Francisco)

Thursday, April 6, 2017 - 6:30pm

Burma Love Restaurant in San Francisco • Singles: $120; Couples: $195 (one book)
Event ticket includes meal, wine, tip, and a signed copy of the book.

Burma Superstar: Addictive Recipes from the Crossroads of Southeast Asia is an eclectic collection of 80 achievable yet spectacular recipes from famed San Francisco Bay Area Burmese restaurant, Burma Superstar.

For years, Bay Area residents and out-of-towners have packed the house—and lined up out the door—for the salads, curries, rice, and stir-fries served at Burma Superstar, a beloved Burmese restaurant with four locations in the San Francisco Bay Area. This collection of recipes includes favorites like Tea Leaf Salad, Samosa Soup, Pumpkin Pork Stew, Garlic Noodles, and Black Rice Pudding that have made the group of restaurants one of the most recognizable in the Bay Area but it also takes readers into the kitchens of Burmese home cooks, whose style of cooking drives menu inspiration. As Burma—now called Myanmar—opens up to the world after a half century of seclusion, there has never been a more exciting time to share the multi-ethnic flavors of Burma Superstar. 

Desmond Tan was born in Burma and came to San Francisco when he was 12 years old. He has grown Burma Superstar into four thriving, unique locations (with a fifth on the way). In 2014, he launched Mya Foods, the first Bay Area company to import Burmese ingredients—most notably laphet, Burma’s famous fermented tea leaves. Kate Leahy co-authored A16 Food + Wine, the IACP Cookbook of the Year and recipient of the IACP Julia Child First Book Award; SPQR; The Preservation Kitchen, which Eater.com ranked as one of the most notable books of the year; and Cookie Love.

 

Burma Superstar: Addictive Recipes from the Crossroads of Southeast Asia Cover Image
$29.99
ISBN: 9781607749509
Availability: Coming Soon - Available for Pre-Order Now
Published: Ten Speed Press - March 28th, 2017

From the beloved San Francisco restaurant, a mouthwatering collection of recipes, including Fiery Tofu, Garlic Noodles, the legendary Tea Leaf Salad, and many more. Never before have the vivid flavors of Burmese cooking been so achievable for home cooks.


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San Francisco, CA 94103

Special Panel Discussion - No Longer Niche (San Francisco)

Friday, February 3, 2017 - 6:00pm

Join Book Passage in San Francisco as we welcome a prestigious group of Young Adult authors for a special discussion entitled, No Longer Niche; Four YA Authors Discuss the Evolution of Queer Lit into Mainstream. They will share their thoughts about the evolution of LGBTQ issues into mainstream literature.

Featured panelists:

Kristin Elizabeth Clark

Author of Freakboy and Jess, Chunk, and the Road-Trip to Infinity

M.G Hennessey

Author of The Other Boy

Brie Spangler

Author of Beast

Tim Floreen

Author of Tattoo Atlas

 

Freakboy Cover Image
$10.99
ISBN: 9781250062956
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Published: Square Fish - November 8th, 2016

From the outside, Brendan Chase seems to have it pretty easy. He's a star wrestler, a video game aficionado, and a loving boyfriend to his seemingly perfect match, Vanessa. But on the inside, Brendan struggles to understand why his body feels so wrong why he sometimes fantasizes having long hair, soft skin, and gentle curves. Is there even a name for guys like him?


Jess, Chunk, and the Road Trip to Infinity Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9780374380069
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Published: Farrar, Straus and Giroux (Byr) - November 8th, 2016

The last time Jess saw her father, she was a boy. Now she's a high school graduate, soon to be on her way to art school. But first she has some unfinished business with her dad. So she's driving halfway across the country to his wedding. He happens to be marrying her mom's ex-best friend. It's not like Jess wasn t invited; she was. She just never told anyone she was coming. Surprise


The Other Boy Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9780062427663
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Published: HarperCollins - September 20th, 2016

A beautifully heartfelt story about one boy's journey toward acceptance. A book that Jill Soloway, the award-winning creator of Transparent, called a terrific read for all ages and Ami Polonsky, author of Gracefully Grayson, called an emotionally complex and achingly real read.


Beast Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9781101937167
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Published: Alfred A. Knopf Books for Young Readers - October 11th, 2016

A Publishers Weekly Best Book of the Year
A Kirkus Reviews Best Book of the Year
A witty, wise, and heart-wrenching reimagining of Beauty and the Beast that will appeal to fans of Rainbow Rowell and David Levithan.


Tattoo Atlas Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9781481432801
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Published: Simon Pulse - October 18th, 2016

A teenage sociopath is fixed after he gets an implant that's supposed to cure him in this thrilling coming of age tale from the author of Willful Machines.
A year ago, Rem Braithwaite watched his classmate Franklin Kettle commit a horrific crime.


1 Ferry Building
San Francisco, CA 94111

Ellen Klages - Passing Strange (San Francisco)

Thursday, February 16, 2017 - 6:00pm

San Francisco in 1940 is a haven for the unconventional. Tourists flock to the cities within the city: the Magic City of the World's Fair on an island created of artifice and illusion; the forbidden city of Chinatown, a separate, alien world of exotic food and nightclubs that offer authentic experiences, straight from the pages of the pulps; and the twilight world of forbidden love, where outcasts from conventional society can meet.

Six women find their lives as tangled with each other's as they are with the city they call home. They discover love and danger on the borders where magic, science, and art intersect.

Inspired by the pulps, film noir, and screwball comedy, Passing Strange is a story as unusual and complex as San Francisco itself from World Fantasy Award winning author Ellen Klages.

Ellen Klages is the author of two acclaimed historical novels: The Green Glass Sea, which won the Scott O Dell Award, and the New Mexico Book Award; and White Sands, Red Menace, which won the California and New Mexico Book awards. Her story, "Basement Magic", won a Nebula Award and Wakulla Springs, co-authored with Andy Duncan, was nominated for the Nebula, Hugo, and Locus awards, and won the World Fantasy Award for Best Novella. She lives in San Francisco, in a small house full of strange and wondrous things.

 

Passing Strange Cover Image
$14.99
ISBN: 9780765389527
Availability: Coming Soon - Available for Pre-Order Now
Published: Tor.com - January 24th, 2017

San Francisco in 1940 is a haven for the unconventional.


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San Francisco, CA 94111

Chris Formant - Bright Midnight (San Francisco)

Monday, February 6, 2017 - 6:00pm

Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin, Brian Jones, Jim Morrison, Ron “Pigpen” McKernan, Peter Ham—all of them iconic rock stars, all of them dead at age twenty-seven. How could a group of great musicians all die at the same age? All evidence points to the deaths being unrelated, but were they really?

Gantry Elliot is a relic of rock and roll era still writing for Rolling Stone magazine—covering “classic” rock and roll and struggling for relevance in the age of hip-hop and electronic dance music. Even though he’s an encyclopedia of music trivia, Gantry can’t compete with the new kids on the block and is now reduced to watching the clock tick down on his once dynamic career. But Gantry’s vast knowledge may be the only thing that can unravel the Myth of 27.

When anonymous packages start showing up at his office and then his home, Gantry initially shrugs them off as another Myth of 27 conspiracy nerd trying to get attention. As the clues became more intimate, more personal, more sinister, he realizes this is not a game: someone knows the truth, and the truth may put Gantry’s life in serious danger.

Aptly called, "The Da Vinci Code for rock and roll fans,” author Chris Formant has written a terrific debut novel that creatively and deftly takes readers on a dangerous cold case hunt to uncover the mystery behind these deaths. Truth or fiction, lies or conspiracy, Bright Midnight will keep you guessing until its final chorus.

From his early garage band days, to a seat on the Board of Trustees of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, Chris Formant has been a student of rock and roll his whole life. As an executive in a leading global company, running a multi-billion dollar business, Formant is the unlikeliest of authors of a murder mystery. But the continued unanswered questions surrounding the deaths of our most iconic rock legends led Formant to first speculate and then re-imagine what would happen if cutting edge technology were applied to these famous cold cases. 

 

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$16.95
ISBN: 9781941286920
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Published: Highline Editions - October 27th, 2016

Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin, Brian Jones, Jim Morrison, Ron “Pigpen” McKernan, Peter Ham—all of them iconic rock stars, all of them dead at age twenty-seven. How could a group of great musicians all die at the same age? All evidence points to the deaths being unrelated, but were they really?


1 Ferry Building
San Francisco, CA 94111

Daphne Evans - Beyond Beauty (San Francisco)

Saturday, February 11, 2017 - 2:00pm

Beyond Beauty: A Warrior's Story is a book of triumph, love, tears and laughter – with a shot of “Divatude”.

Daphne Evans is Founder and CEO of Heaven's Door Cancer Foundation, starting in 2005 after coming home from a double mastectomy. She has also been diagnosed and has survived ovarian cancer in 1998 and metastatic spinal carcinoma in 2009; she has been cancer free since 2010. Daphne has visited hospitals to be with her sisters and has placed cancer patients from the hospital in national magazine photo shoots and fashion runways in the San Francisco Bay Area. Sending thousands of women to spas across the country since 2005 and having girls come with stiletto shoes to take selfies before being wheeled into surgery, her mantra is “We will NOT be defined by our diagnosis.”

Daphne is still a Firm Administrator and Controller Consultant to law firms and eCommerce corporations and has been for nearly 20 years. She is also a fundraiser, public speaker and philanthropist. Nominated for Woman of the Year by Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. Member of Ovarian Cancer Research Fund, Ovarian Cancer National Alliance, The Canary Foundation, Italian Make A Wish Foundation and Society for Oncology Massage. Board of Directors Member of Springfield Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. Founder of Evans Relief Foundation. Daphne is also an ordained minister, feeling it necessary to be with “her girls” from before surgery and in recovery.

Daphne’s parents, Reverend Donald and Mrs. Ida Evans have been her inspiration. Her parents taught her that to help others was a ministry that was not passé. With this shining example and encouragement, Daphne began to volunteer at an early age to care for cancer patients, sometimes staying for weekends to relieve the overtaxed caregivers. She visited Nicaragua after the Sandinista regime and had trucks bring clothing over the bombed out roads for the villagers while she flew in by a Russian parachute plane. She started Evans Relief Foundation and has hosted clothing drives in San Francisco during the tsunami; finding pilots of private planes to fly the supplies to the victims there. She also found jobs for young professionals stranded by Katrina and paid out of pocket to fly them to their new job locations; opening her vacant home to stranded Joplin, MO tornado refugees. Daphne became a member of the Italian Make-A-Wish Foundation and would visit Genoa and speak directly to the children, encouraging hotels to offer free accommodation for the children and their parents. In 2008, she was nominated as San Francisco's Woman of the year by the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society; devoting 3 months in marathon fundraising. She could never have had the courage or the tenacity to do any of this without her parents showing her that “it is
more blessed to give than to receive."

All proceeds from this book go towards the purchase Heaven's Door's Vacation Home located in Tarpon Springs, FL for women with cancer to have a time away with a loved one. This home will be replete with spa therapy, organic catering restaurants and “Diva counseling” staff, Daphne has promised to make this happen at the request of a number of the cancer divas who have benefited from this charity. She is working toward making this a dream come true. Donations toward this home can be made to: Heaven's Door Cancer Foundation, 727 Via Casitas, Greenbrae, CA 94904. Heaven's Door is a 501 (c) 3 charity.

 

1 Ferry Building
San Francisco, CA 94111

Left Coast Writers®: Mike Mirabella - On the Luck of an Irish Sailor (San Francisco)

Monday, February 13, 2017 - 7:00pm

On The Luck of an Irish Sailor by Mike Mirabella is a fantasy tale of how a young Irish sailor, while cast adrift in the ocean sea, is then saved from drowning by both the efforts of a mermaid princess and his Irish luck. The tale was inspired by the stories I heard as a little boy while sitting at the kitchen table at our large Italian family dinners. My grandpa and uncles would tell tales of fishing the waters off the Coast of California and up through the inland passages of Alaska. I recall my grandpa Angelo telling of the scary time when he was a cabin boy of 12, and was captured by pirates while working on the tall ships. And then there was the neverending argument of whether the strange creature my grandpa and my uncle Cam had caught off the coast of Alaska was either a mermaid or a merman.

 

On the Luck of an Irish Sailor Cover Image
By Mike Mirabella, Amy O'Hanlon (Illustrator)
$16.95
ISBN: 9780997264265
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Published: Papa Mike's Music - June 7th, 2016

1 Ferry Building
San Francisco, CA 94111

Left Coast Writers®: Thanasis Maskaleris - My Life on the Ragged Paths of Pan (San Francisco)

Monday, January 9, 2017 - 6:00pm

My Life on the Ragged Paths of Pan: Selected Poems and Translations by Thanasis Maskaleris is a unique book. It contains 40 original poems written by the author, divided into the early and late periods of his long career as a poet. The book also contains 25 poems, translated by Maskaleris, from 11 of Greece’s greatest poets: Elytis, Embirikos, Engonopoulos, Gatsos, Karelli, Kavafis, Kazantzakis, Ritsos, Sikelianos, Varnalis, and Vrettakos.

In the book’s Preface, the author writes:

“I always strove, as a poet, to capture/express a feeling alive in me; or an idea/social concern. Landscapes that filled me with their beauty, and human beings that touched my heart are often at the center of my poems. My poetry sought to capture and revivify essential moments of my life—moments of beauty and humanity …”

Like the journey home to Ithaka, this is a book to be enjoyed slowly, savoring its freshness, beauty, and wisdom.

 

My Life on the Ragged Paths of Pan Cover Image
$20.00
ISBN: 9780927379854
Availability: Special Order
Published: Zorba Press - January 5th, 2016

My Life on the Ragged Paths of Pan: Selected Poems and Translations by Thanasis Maskaleris is a unique book. It contains 40 original poems written by the author, divided into the early and late periods of his long career as a poet.


1 Ferry Building
San Francisco, CA 94111

Phyllis Grilikhes - Autism's Stepchild (San Francisco)

Wednesday, February 8, 2017 - 6:00pm

Autism's Stepchild is the story of a mother's unfailing struggle over two decades to find adequate care for her daughter Jean. Misdiagnosed and misunderstood, Jean had a condition that today would be understood to be autism. Erik Erikson became interested in her and counseled her family. She became the chapter "Early Ego Failure" in his classic book, Childhood and Society.

Phyllis D. Grilikhes, the author of this volume, worked with Jean after Erikson left and followed her through adolescence into adulthood to the present day.

Phyllis D. Grilikhes is the author previously of the poetic narrative, To Set A Light In Every Tunnel: The Story of a Life . She has recently retired after almost thirty years of teaching and mentoring students at City College of San Francisco. A former dancer, she is at present an author, licensed psychologist, a classical pianist and tapestry maker . . . who believes that we are all more than one thing.

 

Autism's Stepchild: A Mother's Story Cover Image
$18.00
ISBN: 9781587903731
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Published: Regent Press Printers & Publishers - November 15th, 2016

1 Ferry Building
San Francisco, CA 94111

Cary Tennis & Danelle Morton - Finishing School (San Francisco)

Wednesday, January 18, 2017 - 6:00pm

All too many people start a writing project with grand ambitions but reach a crisis of completion. Finishing School helps writers reignite the passion that started them on the project in the first place and work steadily to get it done.

Untold millions of writing projects begun with hope and a little bit of hubris lie abandoned in desk drawers, in dated files on computer desktops, and in the far reaches of the mind. Too often, writers get tangled in self-abuse their self-doubt, shame, yearning for perfection, and even arrogance get in the way. In this new work, Cary Tennis and Danelle Morton help writers overcome these emotional blocks and break down daunting projects into manageable pieces.

Tennis first convened a finishing school so that writers could help one another stay on track and complete their work. Since they weren't actually critiquing one another's writing, there was no jockeying for the title of best writer or the usual writing group politics; there was only a shared commitment to progress. Without guilt, blame, and outside critique, students were more productive than they imagined possible. Through this program, they were able to complete novels that they d been struggling with for almost two decades, finish screenplays drafts, and revive interest in long-neglected PhD theses. In this book, the authors share this proven and easily replicable technique, as well as their own writing success stories.

Cary Tennis wrote the advice column "Since You Asked," which appeared on Salon.com for twelve years. As an advice columnist, he never missed a deadline, but in his literary writing, he found himself stalled. Through the Finishing School method that he created, he completed his novel and now helps others through theirs in his writing workshops and international retreats.

Danelle Morton is a journalist and the coauthor of fifteen books. Morton has worked for The New York Times, was an associate bureau chief for People, and has been a foreign correspondent. She was a finalist for the PEN/USA Literary Nonfiction Award and the ASME magazine award in the public interest category.She has received investigative journalism grants from The Nation Institute and the George Polk Foundation.

 

Finishing School: The Happy Ending to That Writing Project You Can't Seem to Get Done Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9780399184703
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Published: Tarcherperigee - January 10th, 2017

All too many people start a writing project with grand ambitions but reach a crisis of completion. Finishing School helps writers reignite the passion that started them on the project in the first place and work steadily to get it done.


1 Ferry Building
San Francisco, CA 94111

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