San Francisco Events

Heather Harpham - Happiness (San Francisco)

Tuesday, August 8, 2017 - 6:00pm

Happiness begins with a charming courtship between hopelessly attracted opposites: Heather, a world-roaming California girl, and Brian, an intellectual, homebody writer, kind and slyly funny, but loath to leave his Upper West Side studio. Their magical interlude ends, full stop, when Heather becomes pregnant—Brian is sure he loves her, only he doesn't want kids. Heather returns to California to deliver their daughter alone, buoyed by family and friends. Mere hours after Gracie's arrival, Heather's bliss is interrupted when a nurse wakes her, "Get dressed, your baby is in trouble." 

This is not how Heather had imagined new motherhood – alone, heartsick, an unexpectedly solo caretaker of a baby who smelled "like sliced apples and salted pretzels" but might be perilously ill. Brian reappears as Gracie's condition grows dire; together Heather and Brian have to decide what they are willing to risk to ensure their girl sees adulthood.

The grace and humor that ripple through Heather Harpham's writing transform the dross of heartbreak and parental fears into a clear-eyed, warm-hearted view of the world. Profoundly moving and subtly written, Happiness radiates in many directions--new, romantic love; gratitude for a beautiful, inscrutable world; deep, abiding friendship; the passion a parent has for a child; and the many unlikely ways to build a family. Ultimately it's a story about love and happiness, in their many crooked configurations.

Heather Harpham has written six solo plays, including BURNING which toured nationally. Her fiction, essays and reviews have appeared in MORE Magazine and Water~Stone Review. Harpham is the recipient of the Brenda Ueland Prose Prize, a Marin Arts Council Independent Artist Grant and a grant from the Barbara Deming Memorial Fund. She teaches at Sarah Lawrence College and SUNY Purchase and lives along the Hudson River with her family.

Happiness: A Memoir: The Crooked Little Road to Semi-Ever After Cover Image
$27.00
ISBN: 9781250131560
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Henry Holt & Company - August 1st, 2017

A shirt-grabbing, page-turning love story that follows a one-of-a-kind family through twists of fate that require nearly unimaginable choices.


1 Ferry Building
San Francisco, CA 94111

UC Berkeley Extension - Student Reading (San Francisco)

Sunday, May 21, 2017 - 2:00pm

UC Berkeley Extension celebrates the work of students from The Writing Program, reading works of fiction, nonfiction, and poetry, at their 20th Annual Student Reading Event.

1 Ferry Building
San Francisco, CA 94111

Danzy Senna - New People (San Francisco)

Tuesday, August 15, 2017 - 6:00pm

As the twentieth century draws to a close, Maria is at the start of a life she never thought possible. She and Khalil, her college sweetheart, are planning their wedding. They are the perfect couple, “King and Queen of the Racially Nebulous Prom.” Their skin is the same shade of beige. They live together in a black bohemian enclave in Brooklyn, where Khalil is riding the wave of the first dot-com boom and Maria is plugging away at her dissertation, on the Jonestown massacre. They’ve even landed a starring role in a documentary about “new people” like them, who are blurring the old boundaries as a brave new era dawns. Everything Maria knows she should want lies before her—yet she can’t stop daydreaming about another man, a poet she barely knows. As fantasy escalates to fixation, it dredges up secrets from the past and threatens to unravel not only Maria’s perfect new life but her very persona.

Heartbreaking and darkly comic, New People is a bold and unfettered page-turner that challenges our every assumption about how we define one another, and ourselves.

Danzy Senna’s first novel, the bestselling Caucasia, won the Stephen Crane Award for Best New Fiction and the American Library Association’s Alex Award, was a finalist for the International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award, and was translated into close to a dozen languages. A recipient of the Whiting Writers Award, Senna is also the author of the novel Symptomatic, the memoir Where Did You Sleep Last Night?, and the story collection You Are Free. She lives in Los Angeles with her husband, the novelist Percival Everett, and their sons.
 

New People Cover Image
$26.00
ISBN: 9781594487095
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Riverhead Books - August 1st, 2017

Named a BEST BOOK OF THE YEAR BY THE NEW YORK TIMES BOOK REVIEW, VOGUE, TIME MAGAZINE, NPR and THE ROOT


1 Ferry Building
San Francisco, CA 94111

Amy Ettinger - Sweet Spot (San Francisco)

Saturday, July 1, 2017 - 1:00pm

Join Amy Ettinger for a Meet & Greet opportunity!

For Amy Ettinger, ice cream is not just a delicious snack but a circumstance and a time of year—frozen forever in memory. As the youngest child and only girl, ice cream embodied unstructured summers, freedom from the tyranny of her classmates, and a comforting escape from her chaotic, demanding family.

Now as an adult and journalist, her love of ice cream has led to a fascinating journey to understand ice cream’s evolution and enduring power, complete with insight into the surprising history behind America’s early obsession with ice cream and her experience in an immersive ice-cream boot camp to learn from the masters. From a visit to the one place in the United States that makes real frozen custard in a mammoth machine known as the Iron Lung, to the vicious competition among small ice-cream makers and the turf wars among ice-cream trucks, to extreme flavors like foie gras and oyster, Ettinger encounters larger-than-life characters and uncovers what’s really behind America’s favorite frozen treats.

Sweet Spot is a fun and spirited exploration of a treat Americans can’t get enough of—one that transports us back to our childhoods and will have you walking to the nearest shop for a cone.

Amy Ettinger is an essayist, journalist and editor. She has written for the New York Times, New York Magazine, The Washington Post, Salon, and the Huffington Post. She lives in Santa Cruz, California, with her husband and daughter.

Sweet Spot: An Ice Cream Binge Across America Cover Image
$26.00
ISBN: 9781101984192
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Dutton Books - June 27th, 2017

A journalist channels her ice-cream obsession, scouring the United States for the best artisanal brands and delving into the surprising history of ice cream and frozen treats in America.


1 Ferry Building
San Francisco, CA 94111

[Bookstore Day] Lou Bustamante - The Complete Cocktail Manual (San Francisco)

Saturday, April 29, 2017 - 2:00pm

 

Special Independent Bookstore Day Event!

Learn everything you need to know to craft the perfect cocktail -- or two, or three...but who's counting? Spirits writer and expert Lou Bustamante, in partnership with the United States Bartenders' Guild, collects the best cocktail recipes, techniques, and histories in this must-have volume that has a place in every home bar. From worldwide classics to creative new combinations and packed with expert tips from bartenders across the globe, The Complete Cocktail Manual will help you stock your bar, impress your friends, and throw one hell of a party. 

Lou Bustamante is a bar, spirits, and cocktail writer who has done everything from recipe and product development and distillery work to bartending and teaching cocktail classes. He covers the local and national spirits scene for the San Francisco Chronicle, The Bold Italic, 7x7, Wine & Spirits Weekly, and many others.

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Book Passage is thrilled to once again be participating in Independent Bookstore Day. We'll have a selection of limited edition items (see the list here), as well as events at our stores.

In San Francisco, we'll also have an "Under the Yellow Umbrella" tribute to beloved author Amy Krouse Rosenthal, and our "Baking Booksellers" will choose some of their favorite cookie recipes from featured books, put in some overtime in the kitchen, and share the bounty. We will also be participating in an SF Bicycle Book Tour. For more info, click here

San Francisco Events for April 29:

10:00 am - Meg Lentz, Ready, Set, Build
10:30 am - Eleanor Burke, Meet and Greet
12:00 pm - Chris Santella, The Tug is the Drug
2:00 pm - Lou Bustamante, The Complete Cocktail Manual

Corte Madera Events for April 29:

4:00 pm - Artist Reception with Sylvia Gonzalez
7:00 pm - Movie Night: The Outsiders

 

 

 

The Complete Cocktail Manual: 285 Tips, Tricks, and Recipes Cover Image
$29.00
ISBN: 9781681880990
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Weldon Owen - October 18th, 2016

2017 Spirited Awards(R) Nominee BEST NEW COCKTAIL & BARTENDING BOOK


1 Ferry Building
San Francisco, CA 94111

[Bookstore Day] Meg Lentz - Ready, Set, Build (San Francisco)

Saturday, April 29, 2017 - 10:00am

 

Special Independent Bookstore Day Event!

In Ready, Set, Build, readers follow a busy dog builder as he sketches and plans his dream, clears rubble to make space, and gets to work digging, lifting, and sawing. He builds a house for himself and his bird friend, and satisfied after a hard day's work, they takes in all they've done and look forward to the next day of building.

Meg Fleming has built many wonders in the field of construction. Her greatest architectural achievement is a 17-foot gum wrapper chain that she made in the car when she was eleven years old. She loves hatching ideas, then building . . . and building . . . until they become her favorite thing: a story. Meg writes from her home outside of San Francisco, California, with her husband and kids who build things out of wood and wheels, flour and sugar, and bits and bytes. She also has a dog who always wears a hardhat.

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Book Passage is thrilled to once again be participating in Independent Bookstore Day. We'll have a selection of limited edition items (see the list here), as well as events at our stores.

In San Francisco, we'll also have an "Under the Yellow Umbrella" tribute to beloved author Amy Krouse Rosenthal, and our "Baking Booksellers" will choose some of their favorite cookie recipes from featured books, put in some overtime in the kitchen, and share the bounty. We will also be participating in an SF Bicycle Book Tour. For more info, click here

San Francisco Events for April 29:

10:00 am - Meg Lentz, Ready, Set, Build
10:30 am - Eleanor Burke, Meet and Greet
12:00 pm - Chris Santella, The Tug is the Drug
2:00 pm - Lou Bustamante, The Complete Cocktail Manual

Corte Madera Events for April 29:

4:00 pm - Artist Reception with Sylvia Gonzalez
7:00 pm - Movie Night: The Outsiders

 

 

 

Ready, Set, Build! Cover Image
By Meg Fleming, Jarvis (Illustrator)
$16.99
ISBN: 9781499801750
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Little Bee Books - April 4th, 2017

Grab your hard hat and get ready for a day of construction fun with a busy builder and his friend

Grab your hard hat, tie your boots.

Pack your lunch. Ready? Scoot

Sketch a dream. Post a chart.

Hatch the plan before you start.


1 Ferry Building
San Francisco, CA 94111

Cooks with Books: Deepa Thomas - Deepa's Secrets (San Francisco)

Saturday, July 29, 2017 - 12:30pm

Customers who are unable to attend this event are welcome to request autographed copies prior to July 29. Simply order a copy of Deepa's Secret here and mention you preference for an autograph and any inscription at the comments field at checkout. 

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Taj Campton Place, San Francisco • $150 per person
Event ticket includes meal, wine, tip, tax, and a signed copy of the book.

Online sales now closed. Please call (415) 927-0960 ext. 1 for waitlist availability.

When Deepa Thomas discovered that carbs were the culprits for her husband’s Type 2 diabetes, she deconstructed and reinvented her native Indian cuisine. The result is New Indian-- healthy, flavorpacked, visually stunning fare. Michelin two-star chef Srijith Gopinath will collaborate with Deepa in his Campton Place kitchen to serve up her secrets, as she shares the fusion techniques and kitchen wisdom from her cookbook.

**Deepa is donating all her royalties from the book to FoodCorps, a nonprofit that connects children to healthy food in schools.**

Deepa’s Secrets is not only filled with delicious, healthy, and healing recipes but with wonderful stories about a colorful and inspiring life.”— Mark Hyman, MD, author of Eat Fat Get Thin, & Director, Cleveland Clinic Center for Functional Medicine

“They’re no longer secrets! Home cooks and professional chefs will be inspired to use Deepa’s original, simple methods for harnessing complex flavors to create amazing tastes.”
—Srijith Gopinathan, executive chef of two-Michelin starred Taj Campton Place.

 

Deepa's Secrets: Slow Carb New Indian Cuisine Cover Image
By Deepa Thomas, Curt Ellis (Foreword by)
$24.99
ISBN: 9781510718982
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Skyhorse Publishing - July 4th, 2017

Winner of the World Gourmand Cookbook Awards, India category Shortlisted for the NCIBA Book Awards, Best Cookbook

A journey from old traditions to modern Indian cooking with deliciously simple and gut-healing recipes that leave you feeling fulfilled--rather than full.


Taj Campton Place
340 Stockton Street
San Francisco, CA 94108

Liyana Silver - Feminine Genius (San Francisco)

Thursday, June 29, 2017 - 6:30pm

“Women are like candle flames,” writes Liyana Silver. “We can be dazzling sources of light and fire. But most of us are dimmed down, stressed out, and burnt out. The woman who will help to light and heal our world does the radical act of turning her own inner flame back on.” Feminine Genius combines Liyana’s insightful prose with nitty-gritty practices to help us break free of the conditioned cages that keep us trapped and reclaim the sensuality, power, and wild intelligence hidden within.

There is a particular kind of insanity running rampant in the world that compels most women to stuff down, ignore, or hide parts of ourselves in order to be acceptable, attractive, or taken seriously.

Which doesn’t work. It actually ensures we remain unfulfilled, miserable, and at war with ourselves—and that is a war no woman can win.

So now comes the good news: There is a path to help you become the woman you are aching to become.

This path is unruly, messy, a wee bit naughty, and audaciously asks you trust the very parts of you that you previously warred against. While this path has no script, map, or blueprint, you’ll learn to use your sensuous, desirous, wildly feeling female body as a steadfast and trustworthy compass.

Liyana Silver is a coach, teacher, and speaker who helps women find the full expression of their feminine strength in work and life. Her offerings include the mentorship program Woman: The Embodiment Experience and The Inner Feminine Badass Bootcamp online course. She lives in the San Francisco Bay area.

Feminine Genius: The Provocative Path to Waking Up and Turning on the Wisdom of Being a Woman Cover Image
$17.95
ISBN: 9781622038299
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Sounds True - June 1st, 2017

There is a particular kind of insanity running rampant in the world that compels most women to stuff down, ignore, or hide parts of ourselves in order to be acceptable, attractive, or taken seriously.

Which doesn't work. It actually ensures we remain unfulfilled, miserable, and at war with ourselves--and that is a war no woman can win.


1 Ferry Building
San Francisco, CA 94111

Laurie R. King & More - The Anatomy of Innocence (San Francisco)

Wednesday, June 28, 2017 - 6:00pm

Co-Sponsored by Mystery Writers of America & The Innocence Project

San Francisco Public Library (Koret Auditorium) • Free to the Public • Refreshments afterward

This unique book recalls the work of the great muckrakers of the past, as an outraged team of America’s bestselling writers confront the disasters of wrongful convictions. The Anatomy of Innocence is a ground-breaking anthology, in which 14 exonerated inmates narrate their stories to a roster of high-profile mystery and thriller writers. These writers, in turn, have captured the harrowing experiences of these wrongfully convicted individuals.

The panel includes lawyer/writers Laura Caldwell and Leslie S. Klinger, editors of Anatomy of Innocence; Linda Starr, cofounder and legal director of the Northern California Innocence Project; and bestselling crime writer Laurie R. King, a contributor to the project.

 

Anatomy of Innocence: Testimonies of the Wrongfully Convicted Cover Image
By Laura Caldwell (Editor), Leslie S. Klinger (Editor), Scott Turow (Introduction by)
$26.95
ISBN: 9781631490880
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Liveright Publishing Corporation - March 28th, 2017

Wrongful convictions, long regarded as statistical anomalies in an otherwise sound justice system, now appear with frightening regularity. But few people understand just how or why they happen and, more important, the immeasurable consequences that often haunt the lucky few who are acquitted, years after they are proven innocent.


Koret Auditorium
100 Larkin Street
San Francisco, CA 94102

Annemarie Ahearn - Full Moon Suppers at Salt Water Farm (San Francisco)

Tuesday, June 6, 2017 - 1:00pm

Full Moon Suppers at Salt Water Farm invites you to a series of magical, seasonal suppers where dear friends gather around a farm table to celebrate the bounty that the land and sea provide.

This menu-driven cookbook offers twelve beautifully crafted meals derived from more than one hundred sold-out evening events at Salt Water Farm, the author's cooking school in Maine. Even if you can't make it to one of Annemarie's monthly Full Moon Suppers, you can re-create them at home, beneath a full moon -- or any night -- for family and friends.

Each supper includes a portrait of the month: its climate, its rewards, and its ritual kitchen tasks--and a menu inspired by those characteristics. This is not only a celebration of the earth and its bounty but a reward for the hard work that goes into food production. These meals pay respect to the elements, the conditions of the earth, soil, and sea, and seasonal traditions as we round the lunar cycle.

Annemarie Ahearn founded Salt Water Farm in 2009, a cooking school for home cooks on Maine's Penobscot Bay. She began her studies at Colorado College, during which time her interest in food developed while living in Aix-en-Provence, where she studied Provincial cuisine and visited the open-air markets. Later, she apprenticed in the kitchen at Le Jardin Notre Dame in Paris.

While in New York, Annemarie worked in the editorial department at Saveur Magazine and wrote a biweekly food column for The L Magazine, entitled the "Downtown Chef." After attending the Institute of Culinary Education with a degree in both Culinary Arts and Culinary Management she worked for Dan Barber at Blue Hill Restaurant as personal assistant to Tom Colicchio of Craft Restaurants, and as a personal chef in New York. She also worked at the Slow Food Headquarters and before opening Salt Water Farm, she taught classes at Cook and Taste, a small, recreational cooking school in Barcelona.

Before turning 30, Ahearn was named "Top 30 Under 30" in Food & Wine Magazine, "changing the way America eats." In 2013, Ahearn opened Salt Water Farm Cafe & Market in Rockport Harbor, Maine, offering locally sourced fare for breakfast, lunch, and dinner and garnered acclaim in the Wall Street Journal, the New York Times, and the Boston Globe as well as Bon Appetit, Downeast Magazine, and Maine Magazine. Ahearn is also a contributing writer for Downeast Magazine, sharing recipes from her school and regularly teaches high school students in her community cooking skills through a program she calls "Back to Basics."

 

Full Moon Suppers at Salt Water Farm: Recipes from Land and Sea Cover Image
By Annemarie Ahearn, Kristin Teig (Photographer)
$35.00
ISBN: 9781611803327
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Roost Books - May 23rd, 2017

Full Moon Suppers at Salt Water Farm invites you to a series of magical, seasonal suppers where dear friends gather around a farm table to celebrate the bounty that the land and sea provide.


51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925

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