San Francisco Events

Bruce Jenkins - Shop Around (San Francisco)

Thursday, November 10, 2016 - 6:00pm

Bruce Jenkins was twelve years old, living in Malibu with his parents, when he heard the original “Shop Around” single, by “The Miracles featuring Bill ‘Smokey’ Robinson,” the first Billboard No. 1 R&B single for Motown’s Tamla label. Released nationally in October 1960, the single would ultimately make it into the Grammy Hall of Fame, but for young Bruce, the first times he heard the song were a revelation. Jenkins grew up surrounded by music. His father, Gordon Jenkins, was a composer and arranger who worked with artists from Ella Fitzgerald and Billie Holiday to Louis Armstrong and Johnny Cash, but was best known for his close collaboration with Frank Sinatra. His mother, Beverly, was a singer.

For Bruce, “Shop Around” ushered him into a new world of loving Motown. In Shop Around, he brings to life the first thrill of having the music claim him, provides the back story of the recording (and rerecording) of the hit single, shares sketches from his life with his father and mother, and traces how his love of music has grown and evolved over the years and how he still loves driving around San Francisco with Motown cranked up on his car stereo.

A San Francisco Chronicle sportswriter since 1973, and a sports columnist since 1989, Bruce Jenkins has covered twenty-seven World Series and nineteen Wimbledons. In 1999 he was named one of the nation’s top ten columnists in the Associated Press Sports Editors awards and has twice been nominated for the Pulitzer Prize. His previous books include Goodbye: In Search of Gordon Jenkins, about his father, A Good Man: The Pete Newell Story, and North Shore Chronicles: Big-Wave Surfing in Hawaii. He lives in Montara, CA, with his wife and daughter.

Shop Around: Growing Up with Motown in a Sinatra Household Cover Image
$12.99
ISBN: 9780986189814
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Wellstone Books - June 28th, 2016

Bruce Jenkins was twelve years old, living in Malibu with his parents, when he heard the original Shop Around single, by The Miracles featuring Bill Smokey Robinson, the first Billboard No. 1 R&B single for Motown's Tamla label.


1 Ferry Building
San Francisco, CA 94111

Donna Kaz - Un/Masked (San Francisco)

Wednesday, November 16, 2016 - 6:00pm

Co-sponsored by The Mesa Refuge

UN/MASKED: Memoirs of a Guerrilla Girl On Tour follows the surprising twenty-five-year journey of a young artist, Donna Kaz, who is swept off her feet by a rising star and carried to a beach house in Malibu. The actor introduces her to Hollywood’s elite by day and knocks her head in by night. When OJ Simpson kills his former wife in Brentwood, a bell goes off and awakens her angry, activist spirit. Always an outsider, she takes one step further into invisibility and becomes a Guerrilla Girl, a feminist activist who never appears in public without wearing a rubber gorilla mask and who uses the name of a dead woman artist instead of her own. As a Guerrilla Girl, Aphra Behn creates comedic art and theatre that blasts the blatant sexism of the theatre world while proving feminists are funny at the same time.

These two narratives—that of a young victim of domestic violence at the hands of a successful actor and that of an artist so fed up with sexism in the theatre world that she puts on a gorilla mask and takes the name of a dead woman artist to provoke change—have been lived by one woman. Donna Kaz offers her compelling first-hand account—illuminated by twenty behind-the-scenes photographs—of her transition from a silent observer to an unapologetic activist.

Donna Kaz is a multigenre writer. Her play JOAN was voted Best Production of 2000 by the Scranton Times and received a Jason Miller award for Excellence in Theatre. Her alter ego, Aphra Behn is a performer, playwright, producer, and the artistic director of Guerrilla Girls On Tour! They both live in New York City.

Un/Masked: Memoirs of a Guerrilla Girl on Tour Cover Image
$24.99
ISBN: 9781510709430
Availability: Coming Soon - Available for Pre-Order Now
Published: Skyhorse Publishing - November 2016

An unknown actress on movie star's arm was how she began. An anonymous activist in a rubber gorilla mask is where she wound up.


1 Ferry Building
San Francisco, CA 94111

Affinity Konar - Mischling (San Francisco)

Thursday, September 29, 2016 - 6:00pm

Co-sponsored by Temple Emanu El

Pearl is in charge of: the sad, the good, the past.

Stasha must care for: the funny, the future, the bad.

It's 1944 when the 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.

Mischling Cover Image
$27.00
ISBN: 9780316308106
Availability: Coming Soon - Available for Pre-Order Now
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.


1 Ferry Building
San Francisco, CA 94111

Anne Clermont - Learning to Fall (San Francisco)

Tuesday, September 20, 2016 - 6:00pm

A behind-the-curtains peek into the glamorous but often heartbreaking world of competitive show jumping, Learning to Fall is a universal story of healing, hope, and what it means to love. 

Brynn honors her passion for horses by studying at the toughest veterinary program in the country. Months from graduating, tragedy strikes—tragedy for which she can’t help but feel responsible. Brynn feels suffocated by the weight of her father’s legacy and his dusty hopes for horse show jumping success. When Brynn’s frenetic efforts to dig the family business out of debt fail, she’s down to one desperate hope. Enter Jason Lander, who understands what it’s like to walk away from the ring. The onetime champion agrees to train Brynn, and her horse Jett, for an all-or-nothing run at the prestigious Million Dollar Gold Cup. But going all the way means doing it his way, which has Brynn questioning her decisions, her loyalties, and her growing feelings for Jason—complicating her relationship with her lover. Set in Northern California against a stunning backdrop of coastal hills and valleys, this book is about discovering how to let go—and how to hang on with your heart. Fans of Seabiscuit and The Horse Whisperer will love this beautifully written debut; one they’re bound to add to their shelf of favorites.

Anne Clermont is a Canadian living in the U.S., born in Kraków and raised outside of Toronto. She spent fifteen years in California before relocating to the beautiful Pacific Northwest. She holds a BS in animal biology, and an MBA. Her background ranges from studying animal behavior to carrying out pancreatic cancer research at one of the world's largest and most innovative biotech companies. Inspired to write Learning to Fall in part by her own experience of running a show jumping business, she now devotes her time to writing and working as a developmental editor. She lives on an island in the middle of Puget Sound with her husband and two children.

Learning to Fall Cover Image
$16.95
ISBN: 9781940716787
Availability: Coming Soon - Available for Pre-Order Now
Published: Sparkpress - August 2nd, 2016

Brynn honors her passion for horses by studying at the toughest veterinary program in the country. Months from graduating, tragedy strikes tragedy for which she can t help but feel responsible. Brynn feels suffocated by the weight of her father's legacy and his dusty hopes for horse show jumping success.


1 Ferry Building
San Francisco, CA 94111

Gretchen Atwood - Lost Champions (San Francisco)

Wednesday, September 7, 2016 - 6:00pm

By 1933, after an initial brush with integration in the late 1920s, all black players had left or been forced out of the National Football League. The influence of powerful owners and the collusion of others would force them to be excluded from the NFL again until after World War II.

In 1939, Kenny Washington, star running back on the UCLA football team alongside Jackie Robinson, led the nation in total offense and became the first consensus All-American in UCLA football history. Legendary owner George Halas tried to sign Washington for his Chicago Bears in 1940 but was blocked by other NFL owners, so Washington played semi-professionally until he was drafted late in World War II and took part in freeing Jewish prisoners from Auschwitz. When the Cleveland Rams moved to Los Angeles in 1946, public pressure made integrating the team an imperative, and Washington broke the NFL’s color barrier in March 1946, soon followed by his former UCLA teammate Woody Strode. The door was opened, and by 1950 almost every NFL team had been integrated. 

Washington and the others endured the same deep racist sentiment that Jackie Robinson faced, but their heroic and dramatic story has been overlooked for 70 years. Narrating it for the first time, culminating in the dramatic 1950 NFL championship game that pitted black stars against each other, Gretchen Atwood illuminates a vitally important piece of American sports and cultural history in Lost Champions.

Gretchen Atwood is a writer whose articles on professional football have appeared in LA Weekly, and is a member of the Professional Football Researchers Association. This is her first trade book. She lives in San Francisco, CA

Lost Champions: Four Men, Two Teams, and the Breaking of Pro Football S Color Line Cover Image
$27.00
ISBN: 9781620406007
Availability: Coming Soon - Available for Pre-Order Now
Published: Bloomsbury USA - September 6th, 2016

Many know the story of Jackie Robinson integrating major league baseball in 1947. But few know that the NFL integrated a year earlier, when Kenny Washington stepped on the field for the Los Angeles Rams.


1 Ferry Building
San Francisco, CA 94111

Peter Marra & Chris Santella - Cat Wars

Wednesday, October 19, 2016 - 6:00pm

In 1894, a lighthouse keeper named David Lyall arrived on Stephens Island off New Zealand with a cat named Tibbles. In just over a year, the Stephens Island Wren, a rare bird endemic to the island, was rendered extinct. Mounting scientific evidence confirms what many conservationists have suspected for some time—that in the United States alone, free-ranging cats are killing birds and other animals by the billions. Equally alarming are the little-known but potentially devastating public health consequences of rabies and parasitic Toxoplasma passing from cats to humans at rising rates. Cat Wars: The Devastating Consequences of a Cuddly Killer tells the story of the threats free-ranging cats pose to biodiversity and public health throughout the world, and sheds new light on the controversies surrounding the management of the explosion of these cat populations.

This compelling book traces the historical and cultural ties between humans and cats from early domestication to the current boom in pet ownership, along the way accessibly explaining the science of extinction, population modeling, and feline diseases. It charts the developments that have led to our present impasse—from Stan Temple’s breakthrough studies on cat predation in Wisconsin to cat-eradication programs underway in Australia today. It describes how a small but vocal minority of cat advocates has campaigned successfully for no action in much the same way that special interest groups have stymied attempts to curtail smoking and climate change.

This work paints a revealing picture of a complex global problem—and proposes solutions that foresee a time when wildlife and humans are no longer vulnerable to the impacts of free-ranging cats.

Peter Marra has written more than 175 scientific publications, is the coeditor of Birds of Two Worlds, and directs the Smithsonian Migratory Bird Center.

Chris Santella is the author of many books, including the Fifty Places travel and outdoor series and The Tug Is the Drug. His writing has appeared in such publications as the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, the New Yorker, and Trout.

 

Cat Wars: The Devastating Consequences of a Cuddly Killer Cover Image
$24.95
ISBN: 9780691167411
Availability: Coming Soon - Available for Pre-Order Now
Published: Princeton University Press - September 13th, 2016

In 1894, a lighthouse keeper named David Lyall arrived on Stephens Island off New Zealand with a cat named Tibbles. In just over a year, the Stephens Island Wren, a rare bird endemic to the island, was rendered extinct.


1 Ferry Building
San Francisco, CA 94111

Stanley Ginsberg - The Rye Baker

Saturday, October 8, 2016 - 12:30pm

“A must-have for all serious bread bakers; an instant classic.” — Peter Reinhart, author of Bread Revolution

To many Americans, rye bread is a bland, store-bought loaf with an oval cross-section and, sometimes, a sprinkling of caraway. But true rye bread— the kind that stands at the center of northern and eastern European food culture—is so much more. In The Rye Baker: Classic Breads from Europe and America, Stanley Ginsberg brings this overlooked grain into the culinary limelight, introducing readers to the rich and unimaginably diverse world of rye bread.

Readers will find more than 70 classic recipes that span rye’s regions and terroir, from dark, intense Russian Borodinsky and orange-infused Swedish Gotland Rye to near-black Westphalian Pumpernickel (which gets its musky sweetness from a 24-hour bake), Spiced Honey Rye from France’s Auvergne, and the rye breads of America’s melting-pot, such as Boston Brown Bread and Old Milwaukee Rye. Chapters detailing rye’s history, unique chemistry, and centuries-old baking methods round out The Rye Baker, making it the definitive resource for professional and home bakers alike.

Stanley Ginsberg, owner-proprietor of The New York Bakers, a seller of baking ingredients, received the IACP Jane Grigson Award for his first book, Inside the Jewish Bakery. A native New Yorker, he lives with his wife in San Diego.

 

The Rye Baker: Classic Breads from Europe and America Cover Image
$35.00
ISBN: 9780393245219
Availability: Coming Soon - Available for Pre-Order Now
Published: W. W. Norton & Company - September 27th, 2016

To many Americans, rye bread is a bland, store-bought loaf with an oval cross-section and, sometimes, a sprinkling of caraway. But true rye bread the kind that stands at the center of northern and eastern European food culture is so much more.


1 Ferry Building
San Francisco, CA 94111

Colin Dickey - Ghostland

Wednesday, October 5, 2016 - 6:00pm

In Ghostland: An American History in Haunted Places, Colin Dickey takes readers on a road trip of the most famous haunted places in America. Discovering legends and unpacking vital histories cloaked in superstition from the haunted brothels of Reno, to the industrial ruins of Detroit, to buried treasure in the uneasy lands of the Mississippi Delta, to a Portland park famous for murder, Dickey reveals a history left out of the textbooks, one of things left undone.

Dickey introduces us to fringe characters and stories that rub up against conventional narratives about American life and expose important currents of discrimination, suffering, and disenfranchisement. A prison, once infamous for its inhumane conditions and now closed, is repurposed as a tourist attraction for ghost seekers and a desperately needed source of income for a fading Southern town fallen on hard times. A wealthy widow at the turn of the century uses her inherited fortune to build an architectural masterpiece, a permanently unfinished and massive Victorian with dazzlingly illogical design. Shunned by her community as a crank and a hysteric during her life, she becomes the ghostly overseer of the most famous haunted mansion in America after her death.

With boundless curiosity, Dickey conjures the dead by focusing on questions of the living, paying attention not only to the true facts behind a ghost story, but also to the ways in which changes to those facts are made—and why those changes are made. This is the amazing story of how ghosts have shaped how we view our country’s past, and how we can use them to make sense of the present and the future.

As a writer, scholar, speaker, and co-editor of The Morbid Anatomy Anthology, Colin Dickey has established himself as an exciting new voice among American cultural historians. Dickey’s work has been anthologized and published widely, at Lapham’s Quarterly, BOMB, The Paris Review, The New Inquiry, and many others. He is a member of the Order of the Good Death, a collective of artists, writers, and death industry professionals interested in improving the Western world’s relationship with mortality. He holds a PhD in comparative literature from the University of Southern California, and is an associate professor of creative writing at National University.

 

Ghostland: An American History in Haunted Places Cover Image
$27.00
ISBN: 9781101980194
Availability: Coming Soon - Available for Pre-Order Now
Published: Viking - October 4th, 2016

1 Ferry Building
San Francisco, CA 94111

Leland Faust - A Capitalist’s Lament

Thursday, October 13, 2016 - 6:00pm

A Capitalist’s Lament: How Wall Street Is Fleecing You and Ruining America is just as astonishing and eye-opening as it sounds. Wall Street is ruining America, and Leland Faust has given us the only protection available: education.

By giving readers a high-level view of how the financial-services industry misleads them, overcharges them, and exposes them to needless risk, Faust exposes Wall Street’s unsavory tactics in powerful detail and documents its many masked failures—alluring come-ons, airbrushed risks, high-stakes gambling, distortions, half-truths, false promises, misleading statements, falsified research, outlandish predications, tricks to overcharge customers, bad deals, and outright fraud by the most prominent and renowned of Wall Street’s players.

This is a book about ethical issues—about what happens when financial firms and their employees forget whose interest they are supposed to protect. It shows how making foolish or wrong predictions is of no consequence and how Wall Street luminaries with poor track records still garner celebrity status. And most of all, it spotlights how Wall Street manipulates the system and furthers its own interests at its customers’ expense and puts us all at great risk.

Financial insiders have turned a rational Wall Street into the glitz of the Vegas Strip. Leland Faust protects readers from business as usual and helps them get ahead instead of getting taken.

Leland Faust is an honors graduate from UC Berkeley (economics) and Harvard Law School. He was the founder of CSI Capital Management where he served as chief investment officer from 1978 through 2011 and managed over $1.5 billion. He has represented over one hundred NFL, NBA and MLB all stars. Barron’s has named him four times to its annual list of top 100 independent investment advisors in the country. He has also been named to the Sporting News’ list of the 100 most powerful people in sports, one of only two investment advisors ever to be included in that roster.

 

A Capitalist's Lament: How Wall Street Is Fleecing You and Ruining America Cover Image
$24.99
ISBN: 9781510713628
Availability: Coming Soon - Available for Pre-Order Now
Published: Skyhorse Publishing - October 4th, 2016

Leland Faust unmasks Wall Street's unsavory tactics in powerful detail by giving readers a high-level view of how the financial services industry misleads them, overcharges them, and exposes them to needless risk.


1 Ferry Building
San Francisco, CA 94111

Doug Gist - When San Francisco Burned

Thursday, September 15, 2016 - 6:00pm

Early one spring morning, disaster struck San Francisco, and a young man grabbed his camera and started documenting the destruction and death surrounding him. Fearlessly going to the center of the devastation, the man captured scenes of fires, collapsing buildings, and people fleeing for their lives—scenes that no one else had a chance to record. His photographs were preserved in a family photo album, unseen by the public for over a hundred years.

In When San Francisco Burned, Doug Gist presents for the first time the photographs that young man, Louis P. Selby, took of the Great San Francisco Earthquake and Fire of 1906. These amazingly detailed and dramatic photographs show the earthquake and its aftermath from a street-level perspective, giving readers an unprecedented look at what it was like to be in San Francisco during those terrible days.

Selby’s photographs document the immediate damage of the earthquake; horrific action shots of fire consuming San Francisco; the heroic efforts of police, soldiers, and ordinary citizens to maintain order and protect the people; the somber ruins of San Francisco after the blaze; the misery and pluck of the refugee camps; and the city’s earliest days of rebirth and rebuilding.

These unique, never-before-published photographs show the horrors of the earthquake and fire—and the stubborn resistance of the people of San Francisco—like you’ve never seen them before.

An invaluable addition to the historical record, this is a must-have book for anyone who loves San Francisco and its history.

 

When San Francisco Burned: A Photographic Memoir of the Great San Francisco Earthquake and Fire of 1927 Cover Image
$21.95
ISBN: 9781610352451
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Craven Street Books - March 2016

Early one spring morning, disaster struck San Francisco, and a young man grabbed his camera and started documenting the destruction and death surrounding him. Fearlessly going to the center of the devastation, the man captured scenes of fires, collapsing buildings, and people fleeing for their lives scenes that no one else had a chance to record.


1 Ferry Building
San Francisco, CA 94111

Pages

Subscribe to RSS - San Francisco Events