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Jory John - Penguin Problems (Ferry Building)

Saturday, October 15, 2016 - 12:30pm

Special Children's Event!

In Penguin Problems, all of your problems will surely be blown away by the icy winds of that lawless paradise of Antarctica…won’t they? Think again, my friend. 

Jory John is the author of the picture books I Will Chomp You!Quit Calling Me a Monster!, and the E.B. White Read-Aloud Honor Book Goodnight Already!. He is the co-author of the New York Times bestselling novel, The Terrible Two, and the national bestseller All my friends are dead, among many other books. He is also the editor of Thanks and Have Fun Running the Country: Kids' Letters to President Obama. For six years, Jory taught writing at 826 Valencia, a nonprofit writing and educational center in San Francisco.

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By Jory John, Lane Smith (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780553513370
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Published: Random House Books for Young Readers - September 27th, 2016

A penguin levels with human readers about what penguin life is really like and it isn t all fun and games. A hilarious first collaboration from Jory John (All my friends are dead. and Quit Calling Me a Monster ) and Lane Smith (The Stinky Cheese Man and Other Fairly Stupid Tales).

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Shawn Guo - San Francisco Edge (San Francisco)

Wednesday, August 24, 2016 - 6:30pm

San Francisco Edge is an exhilarating new work that presents San Francisco in the form of a photographic and graphically lush essay immersed in a mélange of color and typography. Each page provides an intimate and unique revelation into the City pulse through a reinterpretation of landmarks, an exposé of the vibrant mural arts scene, and an exquisite snapshot of some of the most outstanding epicurean artistry in the world. The author is Shawn Guo, whose background at the Rhode Island School of Design inspired him to chronicle his exploration, presenting insights, details, and nuance that will surely inspire others to reimagine this amazing urban landscape as well. Guo begins his work with a study of iconic attractions, presenting them from his unique perspective. His innovative rendition makes us take a second look and overwrite our prior memories with dramatic flair. In this work, he has succeeded in serving up a dazzling visual triumph. This book will captivate those who would embrace the opportunity to spark a new, closer relationship with the City by the Bay, and who will use this exquisite work as a launch point for doing so.

Shawn Guo was born in Xi’an, the geographic center of China and the start of the ancient Silk Road. He grew up with that historical and cultural largesse as his backdrop. He moved with his family to Vancouver, Canada when he was young. The confluence of influences from both cultures informed Shawn’s aesthetic, and he began exploring in several genres of art until he finally decided to pursue study in graphic design. He chose RISD because of its reputation for encouraging experimentation while at the same time providing an open intellectual landscape that allows students to develop and freely exchange and communicate their ideas. One area of discovery for him was book arts. This, combined with his passion for San Francisco, inspired him to write a book that captured the rich nuance of this great city.


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Ian Scheffler - Cracking the Cube (San Francisco)

Saturday, October 29, 2016 - 4:00pm

When Hungarian professor Ernő Rubik invented the Rubik’s Cube (or, rather, his Cube) in the 1970s out of wooden blocks, rubber bands, and paper clips, he didn’t even know if it could be solved, let alone that it would become the world’s most popular puzzle. Since its creation, the Cube has become many things to many people: one of the bestselling children’s toys of all time, a symbol of intellectual prowess, a frustrating puzzle with 43.2 quintillion possible permutations, and now a worldwide sporting phenomenon that is introducing the classic brainteaser to a new generation.

In Cracking the Cube, Ian Scheffler reveals that cubing isn’t just fun and games. Along with participating in speedcubing competitions—from the World Championship to local tournaments—and interviewing key figures from the Cube’s history, he journeys to Budapest to seek a meeting with the legendary and notoriously reclusive Rubik, who is still tinkering away with puzzles in his seventies.

Getting sucked into the competitive circuit himself, Scheffler becomes engrossed in solving Rubik’s Cube in under twenty seconds, the quasi-mystical barrier known as “sub-20,” which is to cubing what four minutes is to the mile: the difference between the best and everyone else. For Scheffler, the road to sub-20 is not just about memorizing algorithms or even solving the Rubik’s Cube. As he learns from the many gurus who cross his path, from pint-sized kids to engineering professors, it’s about learning to solve yourself.

Ian Scheffler’s ties to the Cube go back to his childhood, as does his interest in math, science, and engineering. In 2008 his team won the US Department of Energy’s National Science Bowl, a Jeopardy-style competition, and he traveled as a delegate to the 49th London International Youth Science Forum. He has written for The New Yorker, The Guardian, Los Angeles Times, and the Los Angeles Review of Books. He holds a degree in English from Columbia University, where he co-edited the Columbia Review. He lives in New York City.


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ISBN: 9781501121920
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Published: Touchstone Books - October 18th, 2016

A journalist and aspiring speedcuber attempts to break into the international phenomenon of speedsolving the Rubik's Cube think chess played at the speed of Ping-Pong while exploring the Cube's rise to iconic status around the globe and the lessons that can be learned through solving it.

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Kathy Aarons - Behind Chocolate Bars (San Francisco)

Saturday, October 22, 2016 - 12:30pm

Kathy Aarons, the national bestselling author of Truffled to Death returns with a mystery full of tricks and treats in Behind Chocolate Bars: A Chocolate Covered Mystery.

Friends and business partners Michelle and Erica have a monstrous to-do list as they prepare for the annual West Riverdale Halloween Fair. Their shop, Chocolates and Chapters, will have a booth at the event where Michelle will serve spooky treats while Erica will display an assortment of spine-chilling books. Thank goodness the teenagers from Erica’s comic book club are chipping in to help. But after one of the teens is accused of murder, Michelle and Erica find themselves going door-to-door to unmask a killer…

Kathy Aarons is the national bestselling author of the Chocolate Covered Mysteries, including Truffled to Death and Death Is Like a Box of Chocolates.


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ISBN: 9780425267257
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Published: Berkley Books - October 4th, 2016

The national bestselling author of "Truffled to Death "returns with a mystery full of tricks and treats...

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Lindsey Vonn - Strong is the New Beautiful (San Francisco)

Tuesday, October 11, 2016 - 6:00pm

Ticket: $35 (includes signed book & photo op)

Olympic Alpine skier Lindsey Vonn wants women to stop thinking about “losing weight fast,” and instead focus on loving their bodies for what they are and what they can do.

Vonn is a small-town Minnesota girl at heart turned world champion skier, but that didn’t come without hard work. In Strong Is the New Beautiful, Vonn lays out the never-before-seen training routines and her overall philosophy that have helped her become the best female skier in the world—tailored for women of all shapes and sizes. Vonn backs up her fitness program with advice on what to eat and how to work out, and kicks readers into high-gear, helping bolster their self-confidence and build a better body image, with the tips and tricks she’s learned as a pro.

This is Vonn’s regimen, and she encourages people to take from it what will work for them. She bounced back from injury not by doing every single thing a trainer said, but instead, by thinking about the fitness plan that would work for her, and eating the right foods that would make her feel and get healthy. She interweaves her training and diet regimen with compelling stories of her life growing up in the heartland, her love of skiing, the challenges she’s faced—including injuries, illness, and depression—and her secrets to wellness, fitness, and recovery.

Supported by cutting-edge science and the latest studies on health and exercise, filled with routines even those hitting the bunny hill of working out can master, and illustrated with dozens of workout shots and photos from Vonn’s own collection, this book will inspire and motivate you—whether you’re an aspiring athlete, want to get back into shape, or are eager to up your game—to make your body stronger than ever before, inside and out.

Lindsey Vonn is an Olympic gold medal-winning alpine ski racer and a member of the U.S. Ski Team. The most successful American skier in history, she holds four overall World Cup titles and is one of only six women to have won World Cup races in all five disciplines of alpine skiing. She was also an NBC news correspondent during the 2014 Winter Olympics, and is the founder of the Lindsey Vonn Foundation. She is currently training for the 2018 Winter Olympics, for which she has been named an International Games Ambassador. She lives in Vail, Colorado.


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ISBN: 9780062400581
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Published: Dey Street Books - October 4th, 2016

Lessons in strength, fitness, food, and attitude from the popular world champion skier and beauty icon Olympic gold medalist Lindsey Vonn.

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Sherry Amatenstein - How Does That Make You Feel (San Francisco)

Wednesday, October 5, 2016 - 6:00pm

How Does That Make You Feel? obliterates the boundaries between the shrink and the one being shrunk with unabashedly candid writers breaking confidentiality and telling all about their experiences in therapy.

This revelatory, no-punches-pulled book brings to light both sides of the “relationship” between therapist and client—a bond that can feel pure and profound, even if it is, at times, illusory.

Contributors include an array of essayists, authors, TV/film writers and therapists, including Patti Davis, Beverly Donofrio, Royal Young, Molly Peacock, Susan Shapiro, Charlie Rubin, Estelle Erasmus, and Dennis Palumbo.

Sherry Amatenstein is a therapist and the author of The Q&A Dating Book: Love Lessons from Bad Breakups and The Complete Marriage Counselor: Relationship-Saving Advice from America's Top 50+ Couples Therapists. Amatenstein is an adjunct writing professor at the New School and NYU, and a former editor at Hearst and Her writing has appeared in publications like Marie Claire, and she has offered relationship advice on Today, Early Show, HuffPost Live, NPR, and more.


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ISBN: 9781580056243
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Published: Seal Press (CA) - September 6th, 2016

How Does That Make You Feel? obliterates the boundaries between the shrink and the one being shrunk with unabashedly candid writers breaking confidentiality and telling all about their experiences in therapy.

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Eowyn Ivey - To the Bright Edge of the World (San Francisco)

Tuesday, October 4, 2016 - 6:00pm

In the winter of 1885, decorated war hero Colonel Allen Forrester leads a small band of men on an expedition that has been deemed impossible: to venture up the Wolverine River and pierce the vast, untamed Alaska Territory. Leaving behind Sophie, his newly pregnant wife, Colonel Forrester records his extraordinary experiences in hopes that his journal will reach her if he doesn't return--once he passes beyond the edge of the known world, there's no telling what awaits him.

The Wolverine River Valley is not only breathtaking and forbidding but also terrifying in ways that the colonel and his men never could have imagined. As they map the territory and gather information on the native tribes, whose understanding of the natural world is unlike anything they have ever encountered, Forrester and his men discover the blurred lines between human and wild animal, the living and the dead. And while the men knew they would face starvation and danger, they cannot escape the sense that some greater, mysterious force threatens their lives.

Meanwhile, on her own at Vancouver Barracks, Sophie chafes under the social restrictions and yearns to travel alongside her husband. She does not know that the winter will require as much of her as it does her husband, that both her courage and faith will be tested to the breaking point. Can her exploration of nature through the new art of photography help her to rediscover her sense of beauty and wonder?

In To the Bright Edge of the World, the truths that Allen and Sophie discover over the course of that fateful year change both of their lives -- and the lives of those who hear their stories long after they're gone -- forever.

Eowyn LeMay Ivey was raised in Alaska and continues to live there with her husband and two daughters. She received her BA in journalism and minor in creative writing through the honors program at Western Washington University, studied creative nonfiction at the University of Alaska Anchorage graduate program, and worked for nearly 10 years as an award-winning reporter at the Frontiersman newspaper. She is the author of the New York Times bestseller The Snow Child.


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ISBN: 9780316242851
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Published: Little Brown and Company - August 2nd, 2016

An atmospheric, transporting tale of adventure, love, and survival from the bestselling author of The Snow Child, finalist for the Pulitzer Prize.

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Thais Mazur & Wendy Wood - Do No Harm (San Francisco)

Monday, September 26, 2016 - 6:00pm

There is growing concern about the state of the world and how we may navigate and at the very least, mitigate complex global challenges.

People are searching for guidance and ways to create effective and sustainable change. In the groundbreaking new book Do No Harm: Mindful Engagement for a World in Crisis, with both sensitivity and boldness, Dr. Wendy Wood and Dr. Thaïs Mazur examine the nature and qualities of collective social and environmental responsibility. The book shares the stories of people who are active in the fields of social and environmental justice, health, education, and peace and reconciliation, and the qualities they have found to be critical in their work.The reader is called upon to search deeply within about how his or her own experiences might be shaped by these qualities of mindful engagement and altruism, thus helping to answer the profound question: What is truly required to work in ways that Do No Harm?

Wendy Wood holds a doctorate in Human Science and is an author and mediator. She directs international projects in peace building and environmental/social justice focusing on traumatized and marginalized individuals, families, communities, and organizations including conflict prevention and intervention, women and children's health, and survivors of genocide.

Thaïs Mazur holds a doctorate in Human Science, is an author and an award-winning investigative journalist, and has been published in numerous news journals and magazines. She directs international projects in integrative health and environmental/social justice focusing on marginalized communities including refugees, women inmates, and survivors of genocide.


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ISBN: 9780998008103
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Published: Riokai Press - June 25th, 2016

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Affinity Konar - Mischling (San Francisco)

Wednesday, September 21, 2016 - 6:00pm

Co-Sponsored by Emanu-El

It's 1944 when a pair of twin sisters arrive at Auschwitz with their mother and grandfather. In their benighted new world, Pearl and Stasha Zagorski take refuge in their identical natures, comforting themselves with the private language and shared games of their childhood. As part of the experimental population of twins known as Mengele's Zoo, the girls experience privileges and horrors unknown to others, and they find themselves changed, stripped of the personalities they once shared, their identities altered by the burdens of guilt and pain.

That winter, at a concert orchestrated by Mengele, Pearl disappears. Stasha grieves for her twin, but clings to the possibility that Pearl remains alive. When the camp is liberated by the Red Army, she and her companion Feliks--a boy bent on vengeance for his own lost twin--travel through Poland's devastation. Undeterred by injury, starvation, or the chaos around them, motivated by equal parts danger and hope, they encounter hostile villagers, Jewish resistance fighters, and fellow refugees, their quest enabled by the notion that Mengele may be captured and brought to justice within the ruins of the Warsaw Zoo. As the young survivors discover what has become of the world, they must try to imagine a future within it.

A superbly crafted story, told in a voice as exquisite as it is boundlessly original, Mischling defies every expectation, traversing one of the darkest moments in human history to show us the way toward ethereal beauty, moral reckoning, and soaring hope.

Affinity Konar was raised in California. She has an MFA in fiction from Columbia University.


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ISBN: 9780316308106
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Published: Lee Boudreaux Books - September 6th, 2016

"One of the most harrowing, powerful, and imaginative books of the year" (Anthony Doerr) about twin sisters fighting to survive the evils of World War II.
Pearl is in charge of: the sad, the good, the past.
Stasha must care for: the funny, the future, the bad.

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Gayle Forman - Leave Me (San Francisco)

Friday, September 16, 2016 - 12:30pm

Every woman who has ever fantasized about driving past her exit on the highway instead of going home to make dinner, and every woman who has ever dreamed of boarding a train to a place where no one needs constant attention--meet Maribeth Klein. A harried working mother who’s so busy taking care of her husband and twins, she doesn’t even realize she’s had a heart attack.

Surprised to discover that her recuperation seems to be an imposition on those who rely on her, Maribeth does the unthinkable: she packs a bag and leaves. But, as is often the case, once we get where we’re going we see our lives from a different perspective. Far from the demands of family and career and with the help of liberating new friendships, Maribeth is able to own up to secrets she has been keeping from herself and those she loves.

With bighearted characters--husbands, wives, friends, and lovers--who stumble and trip, grow and forgive, Leave Me is about facing the fears we’re all running from. Gayle Forman is a dazzling observer of human nature. She has written an irresistible novel that confronts the ambivalence of modern motherhood head on and asks, what happens when a grown woman runs away from home?

Gayle Forman is a bestselling, award-winning author of young adult novels. Her novel If I Stay won the 2009 NAIBA Book of the Year Award and was a 2010 Indie Choice Honor Award winner. The film adaptation of If I Stay was released in 2014. Forman is also a journalist whose articles have appeared in numerous publications, including Seventeen, Cosmopolitan, and Elle. She has visited more than forty countries and wrote a nonfiction book about her travels titled You Can't Get There from Here: A Year on the Fringes of a Shrinking World. Forman lives in Brooklyn, New York, with her husband and two daughters.


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ISBN: 9781616206178
Availability: Coming Soon - Available for Pre-Order Now
Published: Algonquin Books - September 6th, 2016

Every woman who has ever fantasized about driving past her exit on the highway instead of going home to make dinner, and every woman who has ever dreamed of boarding a train to a place where no one needs constant attention--meet Maribeth Klein. A harried working mother who's so busy taking care of her husband and twins, she doesn t even realize she's had a heart attack.

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