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Lee Bruno - Misfits, Merchants & Mayhem (San Francisco)

Thursday, March 29, 2018 - 6:00pm

The waterfront is where it all began for San Francisco. It's where untold numbers of adventurers and fortune-hunters first stepped foot upon the land that embodied possibility. It's where ships from around the world, carrying sea-faring gold seekers, maritime traders, free-spirited mavericks, and hopeful immigrants, came to anchor. And it's where the unconventional, opportunistic, and indefatigable embarked. Misfits, Merchants & Mayhem: Tales from San Francisco's Historic Waterfront, 1849-1934 shares the stories of exceptional newcomers and outliers, whose intrepid spirits helped to transform a small port into one of the most beautiful, unpredictable, and beloved cities in the world.

Lee Bruno explores nearly a century of waterfront history, ranging from the Gold Rush to the Jazz Age, telling the tales of the enterprising entrepreneurs, reckless financiers, tireless reformers, visionary architects and city planners, and bohemian artists, musicians, and poets who all heeded the call of promise. With more than 100 historical images, Misfits, Merchants & Mayhem celebrates the famous (and infamous) characters whose charismatic personalities and perseverance created the institutions, businesses, and cultural fabric of San Francisco.

Lee Bruno has been digging into San Francisco’s rich history ever since discovering his great grandfather Reuben Hale’s inspiring letters and speeches. Lee, who received his MS in science journalism from Boston University, is the author of Panorama: Tales from San Francisco's 1915 Pan-Pacific International Exposition (Cameron + Company) and has been writing for over 20 years about business and technology for the Economist, the Guardian, MIT Technology Review, Red Herring magazine, and Wired, among others. He has lived in San Francisco for more than 30 years, raising a family of four boys with his wife and enjoying long open-water swims with the eccentrics at the South End Rowing Club.

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By Lee Bruno, Charles Fracchia (Foreword by)
$35.00
ISBN: 9781944903275
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Published: Cameron & Company - February 6th, 2018

The waterfront is where it all began for San Francisco. It's where untold numbers of adventurers and fortune-hunters first stepped foot upon the land that embodied possibility. It's where ships from around the world, carrying sea-faring gold seekers, maritime traders, free-spirited mavericks, and hopeful immigrants, came to anchor.


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Steven Saylor - The Throne of Caesar (San Francisco)

Thursday, March 15, 2018 - 6:00pm

Julius Caesar, appointed dictator for life by the Roman Senate, has pardoned his remaining enemies and rewarded his friends. Now Caesar is preparing to leave Rome with his legions to wage a war of conquest against the Parthian Empire. But he has a few more things to do before he goes.

Gordianus the Finder, after decades of investigating crimes and murders involving the powerful, has been raised to Equestrian rank and has firmly and finally decided to retire. But on the morning of March 10th, he's first summoned to meet with Cicero and then with Caesar himself. Both have the same request of Gordianus--keep your ear to the ground, ask around, and find out if there are any conspiracies against Caesar's life. And Caesar has one other matter of vital importance to discuss. Gordianus's adopted son Meto has long been one of Caesar's closest confidants. To honor Meto, Caesar plans to bestow on Gordianus an honor which will change not only his life but the destiny of his entire family. It will happen when the Senate next convenes on the 15th of March.

Gordianus must dust off his old skills and see what plots against Julius Caesar, if any, he can uncover. But more than one conspiracy is afoot. The Ides of March is fast approaching and at least one murder is inevitable in The Throne of Caesar.

Steven Saylor is the author of the acclaimed Roma Sub Rosa series of historical mystery novels featuring Gordianus the Finder, beginning with Roman Blood, as well as the internationally bestselling historical novels Empire and Roma. He has appeared on the History Channel as an expert on Roman politics and life. He divides his time between Berkeley, California, and Austin, Texas.

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$27.99
ISBN: 9781250087126
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Published: Minotaur Books - February 20th, 2018

"What a marvel ...Saylor's masterful storytelling puts you right there, wonderstruck and wide-eyed. Deliciously immersive, captivating entertainment from a justly celebrated writer." --Margaret George


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Small Business Saturday: Greg D'Alesandre - Dandelion Chocolate Tasting (San Francisco)

Saturday, November 25, 2017 - 1:00pm

Join us in celebration of Small Business Saturday!
Don't Miss Our Meet & Greet with Paul Madonna (All Over Coffee) at 11 a.m.

Join Dandelion Chocolate "chocolate sourcerer" Greg D'Alesandre for a chocolate tasting and chat!

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From nationally-lauded San Francisco chocolate maker, Dandelion Chocolate, comes the first ever complete guide to making chocolate from scratch. From the simplest techniques and technology—like hair dryers to rolling pins—to the science and mechanics of making chocolate from bean to bar, Making Chocolate holds everything the founders and makers behind San Francisco’s beloved chocolate factory have learned since the day they first cracked open cocoa bean.

Best known for their single origin chocolate made with only two ingredients—cocoa beans and cane sugar—Dandelion Chocolate shares all their tips and tricks to working with cocoa beans from different regions around the world. There are kitchen hacks for making chocolate at home, a deep look into the nuts, bolts, and ethics of sourcing beans and building relationships with producers along the supply chain, and for ambitious makers, tips for scaling up. Complete with 30 recipes from the chocolate factory's much-loved pastry kitchen, Making Chocolate is a resource for hobbyists and more ambitious makers alike, as well as anyone looking for maybe the very best chocolate chip cookie recipe in the world.

Greg D'Alesandre is Dandelion Chocolate's vice president of research and development and chocolate sourcerer. He travels year round to build strong, trusting relationships with the cacao producers who partner with Dandelion Chocolate. He's been a product manager for Google, and designed laser tracking and torpedo guidance systems, but he knew he'd end up in chocolate since the day he "borrowed" liquid nitrogen from the physics lab in college to make frozen truffles. He feels strongly about direct sourcing cacao and building strong relationships with the network of cacao producers and chocolate makers around the world.

 

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$40.00
ISBN: 9780451495358
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Published: Clarkson Potter Publishers - November 14th, 2017

From nationally-lauded San Francisco chocolate maker, Dandelion Chocolate, comes the first ever complete guide to making chocolate from scratch.


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Kirk Schneider - The Spirituality of Awe: Challenges to the Robotic Revolution (San Francisco)

Wednesday, January 17, 2018 - 6:00pm

"Schneider has produced a...work of passion, insight, advocacy, and public vision on perhaps the most important social topic of our time. Furthermore it comes in a very readable package of short, digestible chapters, ideally suited for discussion in classrooms, book groups, and other platforms of learning. Like the work of our best public intellectuals, it is a scholarly treatise in which the scholarship supports the message without interfering with or obscuring the topic at hand."

-Daniel Leichty, PhD, Journal of Sociology and Social Welfare, Dec. 2017

In The Spirituality of Awe, the robotic revolution is here and there's no going back. From the way we raise our children, to our work settings, to our governments, and even our wars, the quick fix-instant result society is roiling our world. Yet what is lost in this delirium is depth, the awesomeness, not just of our machines, but of our flesh, our capacity to feel, and our capacity to dwell in the miracle of the unknown. This book dwells in the miracle of the unknown.  It is an intimate trek into the evolving spirituality of awe--the humility and wonder; sense of adventure toward life.  Can we preserve awe--the arguable "heart" of humanity--in spite of and even in light of our technologies?  Or will we devolve into mechanically driven puppets, numb to our possibilities, blind to our servitude?  There is no more critical problem for our age.

Kirk Schneider, Ph.D., is a leading spokesperson for contemporary existential-humanistic psychology. Dr. Schneider is the recent past past president of the Society for Humanistic Psychology of the American Psychological Association, editor of the Journal of Humanistic Psychology (2005-2012), president of the Existential-Humanistic Institute (EHI), and adjunct faculty at Saybrook University, Teachers College, Columbia University. A Fellow of the American Psychological Association (APA), Dr. Schneider has published over 100 articles and chapters and has authored or edited 11 books including Awakening to Awe: Personal Stories of Profound Transformation and The Polarized Mind: Why It's Killing Us and What We Can Do About It

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$14.95
ISBN: 9781945949692
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Published: Waterside Productions, Incorporated - August 18th, 2017

About the Book The robotic revolution is here and there's no going back. From the way we raise our children, to our work settings, to our governments, and even our wars, the quick fix-instant result society is roiling our world.


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Asa Akira - Asarotica (San Francisco)

Wednesday, November 29, 2017 - 6:00pm

Also featuring contributors Dana Dearmond and Jiz Lee!

No one knows the world of sex and eroticism better than those in “the industry.” They’ve seen and done it all, from the weirdest fetishes to the most extreme positions, and now in this hot, new erotic collection they are going to test our own sexual repertoire. Asarotica features twenty-two erotic short stories by some of your favorite porn stars: Joanna Angel, Kayden Kross, Nina Hartley, and Asa Akira herself, among others. 

Original, authentic, eye opening, and arousing, this book guarantees to “get you there,” and to inspire a whole new generation to seek out unexpected pleasures…in books or in the bedroom.

Asa Akira is a Japanese-American actress who has appeared in over 300 adult films. Her many awards include AVN's "Performer of the Year" award in 2013. In addition to acting and writing, she hosts a regular podcast on sex and relationships and is the author of Insatiable: Porn, a Love Story.
 

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By Asa Akira (Editor)
$16.95
ISBN: 9781627782265
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Published: Cleis Press - November 14th, 2017

"What do porn stars find erotic?" is a question that has baffled the minds of adult film fans for decades. Thanks to adult film star and best-selling author of Insatiable and Dirty Thirty, Asa Akira, we finally get our answer--everything


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The Writers Studio - The Writers Studio's at 30 (San Francisco)

Tuesday, January 16, 2018 - 6:00pm

Founded by the Pulitzer Prize-winning poet Philip Schultz, The Writers Studio is a landmark school of creative writing. The Writers Studio's at 30 celebrates the school's 30th anniversary with 500 pages of fiction and poetry by over 100 authors—students and teachers, as well as the advisory board and other distinguished writers who have helped build this prestigious independent literary community. 

Featuring:

Kathie Jacobson
Her work has appeared in Crack the Spine, Driftwood Press, Pithead Chapel, Necessary Fiction, Twisted Vine and other literary journals and has been featured as a Longform Fiction Pick-of-the-Week. Her story “Thirst” was nominated for a 2017 Pushcart Prize. She teaches at the San Francisco Writers Studio and is a member of the Masters class.

Tamara Schuyler
Her fiction has appeared in CutBank, Mulberry Fork Review, Crack the Spine, and SmokeLong Quarterly. Two of her stories have been nominated for the Pushcart Prize, and one was awarded honorary mention in Glimmer Train's "Very Short Fiction Contest" (March/April 2016). She started attending workshops with The Writers Studio in 2011 and is currently a member of The Writers Studio Masters class.

Tristan Silverman
She began writing poetry in Chicago’s poetry community and has been living in San Francisco for the last three years. Tristan is a recent Alum of the Community of Writers at Squaw Valley (2016), and is published in numerous journals including Boxcar Poetry, decomP, Pedestal Magazine, Up The Staircase Quarterly, and November 3rd Club. Tristan began with The Writers Studio in 2015.

 

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Marie Reginato - Alternative Vegan (San Francisco)

Saturday, December 2, 2017 - 12:00pm

Flexible vegans, look no further. Marie Reginato makes plant-based cooking more exciting with over 75 healthy recipes with the option of adding in seafood or eggs.

Marie’s recipes are inspired by her healthy-cooking journey and allow for experimentation so you can make each dish your own. Recipes include Cupboard Curry, Minty-Pistachio Falafels, Veggie Filled Miso To-Go, Basil-Stuffed Zucchini Rolls, and Caramelized Fennel and Dill Cakes.

With delicious recipes―a majority of which are dairy, egg and gluten free― and the wiggle room to stick to a healthy lifestyle long term, Alternative Vegan is the carefully-crafted, modern approach to ditching the “one size fits all” mentality.

Marie Reginato is a food photographer, writer and recipe developer, and has been cooking and blogging about her most popular recipes on her blog and Instagram account 8th and Lake, named one of the "Best Healthy Food Accounts" by MindBodyGreen. She is a native of San Francisco, California and lives there today.

 

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$21.99
ISBN: 9781624144677
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Published: Page Street Publishing - November 21st, 2017

Vibrant and Veggie-Rich Recipes for All Kinds of Vegans

Flexible vegans, look no further. Marie Reginato makes plant-based cooking more exciting with over 75 healthy recipes with the option of adding in seafood or eggs.


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Vanda Krefft - The Man Who Made the Movies (San Francisco)

Tuesday, December 12, 2017 - 6:00pm

In conversation with Anita Monga

A riveting story of ambition, greed, and genius unfolding with the dawn of modern America, this landmark biography of William Fox brings into focus a fascinating, brilliant entrepreneur—like Steve Jobs or Walt Disney, a true American visionary—who risked everything to realize his bold dream of a Hollywood empire.

A major studio still bears William Fox’s name, though the man himself has mostly been forgotten by history, even written off as a failure. Now, Vanda Krefft corrects the record, explaining why Fox’s legacy is central to the history of Hollywood.

William Fox’s life story encapsulates the American Dream—intertwining with the fate of the nineteenth-century immigrants who flooded into New York; with the city’s vibrant and ruthless Gilded Age history; and with the birth of America’s movie industry. Drawing on a decade of original research, The Man Who Made the Movies is a rich, compelling look at a multi-dimensional character emblematic of his time, one of the most fascinating and formative eras in American history.

Growing up in Lower East Side tenements, the eldest son of impoverished Hungarian immigrants, William Fox began selling candy on the street—and that entreprenurial ambition eventually grew one small Brooklyn theater into a $300 million empire of deluxe studios and theaters that rivaled those of the legendary Adolph Zukor, Marcus Loew, and Warner brothers, and launched stars like Theda Bara. Amid the euphoric Roaring Twenties, these moguls waged a fierce battle for control of their industry. A fearless risk taker, Fox won. He was hailed as a genius—until a confluence of circumstances, culminating with the 1929 crash, led to his ruin.

The Man Who Made the Movies includes two 8-page black-and-white photo inserts.

Vanda Krefft is a former magazine and newspaper journalist who has covered the entertainment industry for publications such as Elle and the Los Angeles Times. She lives in Santa Monica, California. This is her first book.
 

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$40.00
ISBN: 9780061136061
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Published: Harper - November 28th, 2017

A riveting story of ambition, greed, and genius unfolding at the dawn of modern America. This landmark biography brings into focus a fascinating brilliant entrepreneur--like Steve Jobs or Walt Disney, a true American visionary--who risked everything to realize his bold dream of a Hollywood empire.


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San Francisco, CA 94105

Small Business Saturday: Paul Madonna - Close Enough for the Angels (San Francisco)

Saturday, November 25, 2017 - 11:00am

Join us in celebration of Small Business Saturday!
Don't Miss Our Chocolate Tasting with Dandelion Chocolate's Greg D'Alesandre at 1 p.m.

Emit Hopper was a one-hit wonder--twice. First as a rock and roller in the 80s, then as a literary darling in the 90s. Now it's twenty years later, and despite his desire to remain a simple laundromat owner, stardom has found him once again. As he's drawn back into the limelight he meets Julia, a former celebrity chef with a dark past. But when she disappears while hiking with two other women, Emit finds himself chasing down a mystery that promises to leave him forever changed.

With his signature blend of drawing and storytelling, Paul Madonna (All Over Coffee, Everything is its own reward) delivers a beautiful and entertaining novel filled with suspense, surprise, and humor. Paired with over a hundred lush and haunting drawings from Thailand to Japan, Close Enough for the Angels is a profound visual and narrative ride.

Paul Madonna is the creator of the series All Over Coffee (San Francisco Chronicle 2004-15), and the author of three books, All Over Coffee (City Lights 2007), Everything is its own reward (City Lights 2011; winner of the 2011 NCBR Recognition Award for Best Book) and On to the Next Dream (City Lights 2017). His drawings and stories have appeared in numerous international books and journals as well as galleries and museums, including the San Francisco Contemporary Jewish Museum, the Oakland Museum of California, and an upcoming solo exhibition at the Legion of Honor in San Francisco (November 2017). Paul is the former Comics Editor for TheRumpus.net (2009-16), has taught drawing at the University of San Francisco, and frequently lectures on creative practice, even when not asked. He holds a BFA from Carnegie Mellon University, and was the first (ever!) Art Intern at MAD Magazine (1993-94), for which he proudly received no money.

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$34.99
ISBN: 9781513260815
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Published: Petty Curse Books - September 5th, 2017

Emit Hopper was a one-hit wonder--twice. First as a rock and roller in the 80s, then as a literary darling in the 90s. Now it's twenty years later, and despite his desire to remain a simple laundromat owner, stardom has found him once again. As he's drawn back into the limelight he meets Julia, a former celebrity chef with a dark past.


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San Francisco, CA 94105

Michael Ausiello - Spoiler Alert: The Hero Dies (San Francisco)

Saturday, December 9, 2017 - 4:00pm

 

In conversation with Barrett Foa of NCIS:Los Angeles!

In this evocative and gorgeously wrought memoir reminiscent of Rob Sheffield’s Love Is a Mixtape and George Hodgman’s Bettyville, Michael Ausiello—a respected TV columnist and founder and editor-in-chief of TVLine.com—remembers his late husband, and the lessons, love, and laughter that they shared throughout their fourteen years together.

For the past decade, TV fans of all stripes have counted upon Michael Ausiello’s insider knowledge to get the scoop on their favorite shows and stars. From his time at Soaps in Depth to his influential stints at TV Guide and Entertainment Weekly to his current role as founder and editor-in-chief of the wildly popular website TVLine.com, Michael has established himself as the go-to expert when it comes to our most popular form of entertainment.

What many of his fans don’t know, however, is that while his professional life was in full swing, Michael had to endure the greatest of personal tragedies: his husband, Kit Cowan, was diagnosed with a rare and very aggressive form of neuroendocrine cancer. Over the course of eleven months, Kit and Michael did their best to combat the deadly disease, but Kit succumbed to his illness in February 2015.

In this heartbreaking and darkly hilarious memoir, Michael tells the story of his harrowing and challenging last year with Kit while revisiting the thirteen years that preceded it, and how the undeniably powerful bond between him and Kit carried them through all manner of difficulty—always with laughter front and center in their relationship. Instead of a tale of sadness and loss, Spoiler Alert: The Hero Dies is an unforgettable, inspiring, and beautiful testament to the resilience and strength of true love.

Michael Ausiello began his publishing career at Soaps In Depth magazine in 1997, before moving on to TVGuide.com in 2000. It was there that he launched his signature Ask Ausiello column and established himself as a major player in the world of TV journalism. In 2008, he jumped to Entertainment Weekly where he penned a weekly column in the magazine as well as an award-winning blog on EW.com (both titled The Ausiello Files). Three years later, he joined Jay Penske’s expanding media empire as founder and editor-in-chief of TVLine.com.

Prior to his role on NCIS: Los Angeles, Barrett Foa played the lead in "Avenue Q" and "The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee" on Broadway, and was featured in the original Broadway cast of "Mamma Mia!."  Also, Foa played Jesus in the 30th anniversary production of "Godspell" and can be heard on the recording.  Recently, he tackled the role of Harold Hill in "The Music Man" at the Connecticut Repertory Theater.  He was also the first official social media correspondent for "The 2013 Tony Awards" on CBS, giving fans a behind-the-scenes look during rehearsals and on show day. Foa's television credits include guest starring roles on Numb3rs, NCIS, Entourage, and The Closer.

 

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$26.00
ISBN: 9781501134968
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Published: Atria Books - September 12th, 2017

In this evocative and gorgeously wrought memoir reminiscent of Rob Sheffield's Love Is a Mixtape and George Hodgman's Bettyville, Michael Ausiello--a respected TV columnist and founder and editor-in-chief of TVLine.com--remembers his late husband, and the lessons, love, and laughter that they shared throughout their fourteen years together.


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