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Bill T. Jones - Story/Time: The Life of an Idea

Sunday, February 1, 2015 - 6:00pm

Spinster Sisters, Santa Rosa • Ticket: Single $95; Couple $165 (one book)

In this ceaselessly questioning book, acclaimed African American dancer, choreographer, and director Bill T. Jones reflects on his art and life as he describes the genesis of Story/Time, a recent dance work produced by his company and inspired by the modernist composer and performer John Cage. Presenting personally revealing stories, richly illustrated with striking color photographs of the work’s original stage production, and featuring a beautiful, large-format design, the book is a work of art in itself.

Like the dance work, Story/Time the book is filled with telling vignettes—about Jones’s childhood as part of a large, poor, Southern family that migrated to upstate New York; about his struggles to find a place for himself in a white-dominated dance world; and about his encounters with notable artists and musicians. In particular, Jones examines his ambivalent attraction to avant-garde modernism, which he finds liberating but also limiting in its disregard for audience response. As he strives to make his work more personal and broadly engaging, especially to an elusive African American audience, Jones—who is still drawn to the avant-garde—wrestles with questions of how an artist can remain true to himself while still caring about the popular reception of his work.

Bill T. Jones is an acclaimed dancer, choreographer, and director. He is the artistic director, cofounder, and choreographer of the Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company and executive artistic director of New York Live Arts. He is the recipient of many awards and honors, including Tony Awards for FELA! and Spring Awakening, a Kennedy Center Honor, and a MacArthur Fellowship. In 2014, President Barack Obama awarded Jones the National Medal of Arts, the country’s highest honor for achievement in the arts.

The ticket includes the meal, wine, tax, tip, and a signed copy of the book.

 

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$24.95
ISBN: 9780691162706
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Published: Princeton University Press - September 7th, 2014

In this ceaselessly questioning book, acclaimed African American dancer, choreographer, and director Bill T. Jones reflects on his art and life as he describes the genesis of Story/Time, a recent dance work produced by his company and inspired by the modernist composer and performer John Cage.


Barney Frank - Frank: A Life in Politics from the Great Society to Same-Sex Marriage

Tuesday, March 31, 2015 - 7:00pm

Please note: online ticket sales have closed. Tickets may be available at the door. For questions, call (415) 927-0960.

Angelico Hall, Dominican University
Tickets: $35 (includes signed book)

In Conversation with Dr. Mary Marcy

How did a disheveled, intellectually combative gay Jew with a thick New Jersey–Massachusetts accent become one of the most effective politicians of his time?

In Frank: A Life in Politics from the Great Society to Same-Sex Marriage, a candid and witty political memoir, Barney Frank relates his journey from the outskirts of New York City to Boston’s city hall and the Massachusetts legislature, and then to the U.S. Congress, where he played a vital role in the struggle for personal freedom and economic fairness for more than four decades. With his trademark directness and insight, Frank explores the emotional toll of living in the closet and how he became the first member of Congress to voluntarily disclose his homosexuality. And he chronicles his lifelong struggle against inequality, which culminated in cowriting the most significant Wall Street regulations since the Great Depression. He also demonstrates how he used his rhetorical skills to expose his opponents' hypocrisies and delusions, and details the endless favors, grudges, and fears that compose a legislator’s career. From the Clinton impeachment to the economic meltdown of 2008 to the repeal of Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell, Frank’s words and deeds mattered, and Frank shows why. Here is a guide to how political change really happens—composed by a master of the art—and a testament to how Democrats, if they reject purism and passivity, can rebuild trust in an active government.

Barney Frank represented the Fourth Congressional District of Massachusetts for nearly five decades, and chaired the House Financial Services Committee from 2007 to 2013. He is the first member of congress to enter a same-sex marriage while serving in office. He is a regular commentator on MSNBC and lives near Portland, Maine, with his husband.

A political scientist, President Mary Marcy earned her Doctorate of Philosophy and Master of Philosophy from the University of Oxford. Her research focuses on women in American politics, and she has published extensively on issues of diversity, leadership, and strategy in higher education. Born and raised in western Nebraska, President Marcy received her Bachelor of Arts with honors from the University of Nebraska. She became Dominican University of California’s ninth President on July 1, 2011.

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$28.00
ISBN: 9780374280307
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Published: Farrar, Straus and Giroux - March 17th, 2015

The New York Times Bestseller

How did a disheveled, intellectually combative gay Jew with a thick accent become one of the most effective (and funniest) politicians of our time?


Angelico Hall, Dominican University
50 Acacia Avenue
San Rafael, CA 94941

Kazuo Ishiguro - The Buried Giant

Wednesday, April 1, 2015 - 7:00pm

Angelico Hall, Dominican University

Tickets: $35 (includes a signed copy of the book)

Co-sponsored by OLLI along with the School of Arts Humanities and Social Science 

In conversation with Dave Eggers

In Kazuo Ishiguro’s much-anticipated new release, The Buried Giant, the Romans have long since departed, and Britain is steadily declining into ruin—but at least the wars that once ravaged the country have ceased.

The novel begins as a couple, Axl and Beatrice, set off across a troubled land of mist and rain in hopes of finding a son they have not seen for years. They expect to face many hazards--some strange and other-worldly--but they cannot yet foresee how their journey will reveal to them dark and forgotten corners of their love for one another. Sometimes savage, often intensely moving, Kazuo Ishiguro's first novel in a decade is about lost memories, love, revenge and war.

Kazuo Ishiguro is one of the most celebrated contemporary fiction authors in the English-speaking world, having received four Man Booker Prize nominations, and winning the 1989 award for his novel The Remains of the Day. In 2008, The New York Times ranked Ishiguro 32nd on their list of "The 50 greatest British writers since 1945.” Ishiguro was born in Nagasaki, Japan, in 1954 and moved to Britain at the age of 5. He is the author of 6 novels: A Pale View of Hills (1982, Winifred Holtby Memorial Prize), An Artist of the Floating World (1986, Whitbread Book of the Year Award, Premio Scanno, shortlisted for the Booker Prize), The Remains of the Day (1989, winner of the Booker Prize), The Unconsoled (1995, winner of the Cheltenham Prize), When We Were Orphans (2000, shortlisted for the Booker Prize) and Never Let Me Go (2005, Corine Internationaler Buchpreis, Serono Literary Prize, Casino de Santiago European Novel Award, shortlisted for the Booker Prize). Nocturnes, his connected stories collection, was awarded the Giuseppe Tomasi di Lampedusa International Literary Prize. Ishiguro received an OBE for Services to Literature in 1995 and the French decoration of Chevalier de L'Ordre des Arts et des Lettres in 1998.

Dave Eggers is the author of The Circle and A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius. He is the founder of McSweeney's, an independent publishing house in San Francisco that produces books, a quarterly journal of new writing (McSweeneys's Quarterly Concern), and the monthly magainze The Believer.

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$26.95
ISBN: 9780307271037
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Published: Knopf Publishing Group - March 3rd, 2015

From the author of Never Let Me Go and the Booker Prize-winning The Remains of the Day


Angelico Hall, Dominican University
50 Acacia Avenue
San Rafael, CA 94941

Cooks with Books: Heidi Insalata Krahling - Insalata's and Marinitas

Saturday, February 28, 2015 - 12:00pm

 

Insalata's in San Anselmo • Single $115; Couple $180 (one book)

 Please note: online registration for this event is now closed. Call (415) 927-0960 ext. 233 for waitlist availability.            

Heidi Insalata Krahling's newest cookbook, Insalata's and Marinitas: The Story of Two Restaurants, is a culmination of recipes from her two restaurants. Krahling brings to the home chef the ingredients, flavors, sauces, and basic techniques of her kitchen which are the building blocks that have led to her Michelin star success. Heidi's own voice is on every page, helping the chef prepare each recipe. Krahling is also the author of Insalata's Mediterranean Cookbook. Enjoy a meal featuring recipes from Krahling's new book, and spend some time with talented local chef.

The ticket includes the meal, wine, tax, tip, and a signed copy of the book.

 

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$36.00
ISBN: 9780692236710
Availability: Special Order
Published: Laura Parker Studio - November 1st, 2014

In Insalata's and Marinitas: The Story of Two Restaurants, chef Heidi Krahling brings home cooks into her kitchens to share the food and flavors that have made her San Anselmo restaurants, Insalata's and Marinitas, so beloved in Marin County, California.


Insalata's
120 Sir Francis Drake Boulevard
San Anselmo, CA 94960

Barry Lancet - Tokyo Kill

Tuesday, October 7, 2014 - 6:00pm to 9:00pm

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Japantown was named “Best Debut of 2013” no less than three times, has been nominated for a Barry Award for Best First Novel, selected as a Best Debut of Year both by Suspense Magazine and renowned mystery critic Oline Cogdill, and optioned by J. J. Abrams’ Bad Robot Productions (with Warner Bros) for a TV drama. To date, foreign rights have been sold to eight countries.

Fresh off this exciting debut, and with the second book in the series, Tokyo Kill, just out, author Barry Lancet will talk about Japanese culture, his long tenure as an American in Tokyo, how he parlayed his inside information about Japan into a popular mystery-thriller series, and more.

Barry Lancet moved from California to Tokyo in his twenties, where he has lived for more than two decades.  He spent twenty-five years working for one of the country’s largest publishers, developing books on dozens of Japanese subjects—from art to Zen—all in English and all distributed in the United States, Europe, and the rest of the world.  

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$25.00
ISBN: 9781451691726
Availability: Hard to Find
Published: Simon & Schuster - September 9th, 2014

"Best P.I. Novel" --Shamus Award FINALIST

In a "sophisticated international thriller" (The New York Times Book Review) from "a fresh voice in crime fiction" (Kirkus Reviews), antiques dealer-turned-PI Jim Brodie takes on an elusive group of killers hunting for a long-lost treasure with a dangerous history.


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$15.99
ISBN: 9781451691702
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Published: Simon & Schuster - July 22nd, 2014

"Best of Debut of the Year" --Suspense Magazine
WINNER of the Barry Award for Best Debut Novel
Optioned for TV by J.J. Abrams & Warner Bros.


Dining with Writers: Corky, Lori, Tracy & Dana Pollan - The Pollan Family Table

Sunday, November 2, 2014 - 6:00pm

Spinster Sisters, Santa Rosa • Ticket: $95 (includes book & meal)

A gorgeous, fully illustrated collection of recipes, cooking techniques, and pantry wisdom for delicious, healthy, and harmonious family meals from the incredible Pollan family--with a foreword from Michael Pollan.
In The Pollan Family Table, Corky, Lori, Dana, and Tracy Pollan invite you into their warm, inspiring kitchens, sharing more than 100 of their family's best recipes. For generations, the Pollans have used fresh, local ingredients to cook healthy, irresistible meals. Michael Pollan, whose bestselling books have changed our culture and the way we think about food, writes in his foreword about how the family meals he ate growing up shaped his worldview. This stunning and practical cookbook gives readers the tools they need to implement the Pollan food philosophy in their everyday lives and to make great, nourishing, delectable meals that bring families back to the table.


Standouts like Grand Marnier Citrus Roasted Chicken, Crispy Parmesan Zucchini Chips, and Key Lime Pie with Walnut Oatmeal Crust are easy to make yet sophisticated enough to dazzle family and friends. This instant kitchen classic will help readers create incredible meals and cultivate traditions that improve health, well-being, and family happiness.

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$30.00
ISBN: 9781476746371
Availability: Hard to Find
Published: Scribner Book Company - October 28th, 2014

A BookPage Best Cookbook of 2015

Winner of the Gourmand International Cookbook Award 2015, Best in the World, Best First Cookbook.

A gorgeous, fully illustrated collection of recipes, cooking techniques, and pantry wisdom for delicious, healthy, and harmonious family meals from the incredible Pollan family--with a foreword from Michael Pollan.


Cooks with Books: Marcus Samuelsson - Marcus Off Duty

Monday, November 3, 2014 - 12:00pm

Jardinière in San Francisco • Single $125; Couple $205 (one book)

Please note: online registration is now closed. For ticket availability, please call (415) 927-0960 ext. 1.       

For two decades, Marcus Samuelsson has captivated food lovers with his brilliant culinary interpretations. Born in Ethiopia, raised in Sweden, and trained in European kitchens, he is a world citizen turned American success story. Not only was Samuelsson the youngest chef ever to receive three stars from the New York Times, he is also a five-time James Beard Award recipient, a winner of Top Chef Masters, and a judge on Chopped. Chosen by President Obama to cook the first state dinner, he is now a charismatic TV host.

In Marcus Off Duty, the chef who former President Bill Clinton says "has reinvigorated and reimagined what it means to be American" serves up the dishes he makes at his Harlem home for his wife and friends. The recipes blend a rainbow of the flavors he experienced in his travels-Ethiopian, Swedish, Mexican, Caribbean, Italian, and Southern soul. His eclectic, casual food includes dill-spiced salmon; coconut-lime curried chicken; mac, cheese, and greens; chocolate pie spiced with Indian garam masala; and for kids, peanut noodles with slaw. This is an inside glimpse into how one of the world's top chefs cooks in his home kitchen for those nearest and dearest to him.

Marcus Samuelsson is owner of Red Rooster restaurant in Harlem and former Executive Chef and co-owner of New York's Restaurant Aquavit, AQ Cafe at Scandinavia House, and Riingo. His cookbooks include Aquavit and the New Scandinavian Cuisine, The Soul of a New Cuisine, which won the 2007 James Beard Foundation Award for best international cookbook, and New American Table.

The ticket includes the meal, wine, tax, tip, and a signed copy of the book. 

 

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$35.00
ISBN: 9780470940587
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Published: Rux Martin/Houghton Mifflin Harcourt - October 21st, 2014

The award-winning celebrity chef and New York Times best-selling author unwinds at home, sharing 150 relaxed, multicultural dishesFor two decades, Marcus Samuelsson has captivated food lovers with his brilliant culinary interpretations. Born in Ethiopia, raised in Sweden, and trained in European kitchens, he is a world citizen turned American success story.


Cooks with Books: Cal Peternell - Twelve Recipes

Sunday, December 7, 2014 - 12:30pm

Left Bank in Larkspur • Single $105; Couple $165 (includes signed book & meal)

Please note: online sales have now closed. Please call (415) 927-0960 to inquire about ticket availability.

When his oldest son was leaving for college, Cal Peternell, the chef of San Francisco's legendary Chez Panisse, realized that, although he regularly made dinners for his family, he'd never taught them the basics of cooking. Based on the life-altering course of instruction he prepared and honed through many phone calls with his son, Twelve Recipes is the ultimate introduction to the kitchen. Peternell focuses on the core foods and dishes that comprise a successful home cook's arsenal, each building skill upon skill--from toast, eggs, and beans, to vinaigrettes, pasta with tomato, and rice, to vegetables, soup, meats, and cake.

Twelve Recipes will help home cooks develop a core repertoire of skills and increase their culinary confidence. Peternell tells you what basic ingredients and tools you need for a particular recipe, and then adds variations to expand your understanding. Each tip, instruction, and recipe connects with others to weave into a larger story that illuminates the connection between food and life. A deeply personal book, it was written by the chef alone and it glows with warmth and humor as he mulls over such mundane items as toast and rice to offer surprising new insights about foods that only seem exceedingly ordinary. It's a book you're as likely to keep by your bedside as your stovetop. With Peternell as your guide, the journey is pure pleasure and the destination is delicious.

The ticket includes the meal, wine, tax, tip, and a signed copy of the book. 

 

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$27.99
ISBN: 9780062270306
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Published: William Morrow & Company - October 21st, 2014

Winner of the 2015 International Association of Culinary Professionals (IACP) Cookbook Award

Forewords by Alice Waters and Michael Pollan


Carlos Santana - The Universal Tone

Thursday, December 4, 2014 - 8:00pm

Angelico Hall, Dominican University
Tickets: $35 (includes signed book)

Please note: online ticket sales have closed. A LIMITED number of tickets will be available at the door.

In conversation with ABC 7's Cheryl Jennings

Carlos Santana's unforgettable memoir offers a page-turning tale of musical self-determination and inner self-discovery, with personal stories filled with colorful detail and life-affirming lessons. The Universal Tone traces his journey from his earliest days playing the strip bars in Tijuana while barely in his teens and brings to light the establishment of his signature guitar sound; his roles as husband, father, recording legend, and rock guitar star; his indebtedness to musical and spiritual influences -- from John Coltrane and John Lee Hooker to Miles Davis and Harry Belafonte; and his deep, lifelong dedication to a spiritual path that he developed from his Catholic upbringing, Eastern philosophies, and other mystical sources. It includes his recording some of the most popular and influential rock albums of all time, up to and beyond the 1999 sensation Supernatural, which garnered nine Grammy Awards and stands as arguably the most amazing career comeback in popular music history.

Delivered with a level of passion and soul equal to the legendary sonic charge of his guitar, the sound of Carlos Santana is one of the world's best-known musical signatures. For more than four decades—from Santana's earliest days as a groundbreaking Afro-Latin-blues-rock fusion outfit in San Francisco—Carlos has been the visionary force behind artistry that transcends musical genres and generational, cultural and geographical boundaries.

Emmy and Gracie Award winner, Cheryl Jennings, is weekday co-anchor of ABC7 News at 11:00 am and at 5:00 pm. Cheryl also files special assignment news reports and is the host of the Emmy Award winning community affairs program, Beyond the Headlines.

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$30.00
ISBN: 9780316244923
Availability: Hard to Find
Published: Little Brown and Company - November 4th, 2014

The intimate and long-awaited autobiography of a legend


Walter Isaacson - The Innovators

Wednesday, October 15, 2014 - 7:00pm

Please note, this event has been moved to our Ferry Building store.

Ticket: $42 (includes complimentary signed book) • Ferry Building store

Following his blockbuster biography of Steve Jobs, The Innovators is Walter Isaacson's revealing story of the people who created the computer and the Internet. It is destined to be the standard history of the digital revolution and an indispensable guide to how innovation really happens.

What were the talents that allowed certain inventors and entrepreneurs to turn their visionary ideas into disruptive realities? What led to their creative leaps? Why did some succeed and others fail? In his masterly saga, Isaacson begins with Ada Lovelace, Lord Byron's daughter, who pioneered computer programming in the 1840s. He explores the fascinating personalities that created our current digital revolution, such as Vannevar Bush, Alan Turing, John von Neumann, J.C.R. Licklider, Doug Engelbart, Robert Noyce, Bill Gates, Steve Wozniak, Steve Jobs, Tim Berners-Lee, and Larry Page. This is the story of how their minds worked and what made them so inventive. It's also a narrative of how their ability to collaborate and master the art of teamwork made them even more creative

Walter Isaacson is the author of Steve Jobs, Einstein: His Life and Universe, Benjamin Franklin: An American Life, and Kissinger: A Biography, and the coauthor of The Wise Men: Six Friends and the World They Made.

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$35.00
ISBN: 9781476708690
Availability: Hard to Find
Published: Simon & Schuster - October 7th, 2014

Following his blockbuster biography of Steve Jobs, The Innovators is Walter Isaacson's revealing story of the people who created the computer and the Internet. It is destined to be the standard history of the digital revolution and an indispensable guide to how innovation really happens.


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