Start: 4:00 pm
John R. Gillis discusses The Human Shore: Seacoasts in History ($27.50). In his new book, historian John R. Gillis explores the deep history of seacoasts, the original home of humankind. Beginning with the moment that Africans came down to the shore, he follows the coastal migrations which ultimately populated the entire globe. Gillis shows how we have shaped coasts, and how they have shaped us.
John R. Gillis is the author of Islands of the Mind, A World of their Own Making: Myth, Ritual, and the Quest for Family Values, and Commemorations. He is Professor History Emeritus at Rutgers University and now divides his time between two coasts: Northern California and Maine.
Start: 7:00 pm
When Women's Voices come together, a powerful song is born. Join Pam Houston (Waltzing the Cat, A Little More About Me), Zoe Fitzgerald Carter (Imperfect Endings), Mara Purl (Where the Heart Lives), Allison Bartlett (The Man Who Loved Books Too Much), Barbara Graham (Eye of My Heart), and Victoria Zackheim (Exit Laughing) as they read from their fiction and nonfiction work: novels, memoirs, essays, writing that resonates with the powerful voices of women everywhere.
Start: 6:00 pm
Join Linda Watanabe McFerrin and the Left Coast Writers® for an evening of love stories to help set the mood for Valentine’s Day. You can count on the talented writers from LCW to provide an entertaining evening full of love, lust and other appropriate emotions.
There’ll be wine an chocolate, of course, AND all who attend are invited to bring a love or lust story of 1000 words or less. Their stories will be considered for publication on the hotflashessexystsories.com website and a $100 award. You must be present to enter.
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Start: 7:00 pm
With enormous heart and dazzling agility, Amy Franklin-Willis expertly mines the fault lines in one Southern working-class family. Driven by the soulful voices of forty-two-year-old Ezekiel Cooper and his mother, Lillian, The Lost Saints of Tennessee ($15.00) journeys from the 1940s to 1980s as it follows Zeke’s evolution from anointed son, to honorable sibling, to unhinged middle-aged man.
An eighth-generation Southerner, Amy Franklin-Willis was born in Birmingham, Alabama. In 2007, she received an Emerging Writer Grant from the Elizabeth George Foundation to complete The Lost Saints of Tennessee.
Start: 6:00 pm
Selisse Berry and select readers celebrate the book launch for Out & Equal at Work: From Closet to Corner Office ($14.95). Thirty-six never-been-published stories from lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and allied business leaders make up this groundbreaking anthology.It features the stories of Maggie Stumpp, who found support as an executive at Prudential during her transition from male to female; George Kalogridis, who bravely came out and worked his way to President of Disneyland Resort; and contributors who've dealt with multiple diversity issues. Some of these contributors lost their jobs, family, friends and some even nearly their lives. But by being their authentic selves at work, many saw their careers – and companies – blossom.
Selisse Berry is Founding Executive Director of Out & Equal Workplace Advocates. Under her leadership, the organization has grown significantly with dramatic increases in attendance at the annual Workplace Summit and the expansion of programs and global initiatives. Selisse is a frequent speaker on workplace equality and has spoken across the United States and abroad including recent presentations in the United Kingdom, the Netherlands, Italy, Canada, Hungary, the West Indies, and Mexico. Her most recent awards include the Outstanding Hero Congressional Recognition from Congresswoman Nancy Pelosi; the Parks Award* in Rome, Italy; and the KQED Local Heroes Award** in San Francisco, California.
Start: 6:00 pm
In conversation with Andrea Coombes
Nine million baby boomers have already decided to choose alternatives to the traditional retirement model, to enjoy meaningful work in their “encore careers.” Another 31 million are interested in making the leap. From Marci Alboher, vice president of Encore.org, comes The Encore Career Handbook ($15.95), a road map to finding passion, purpose, and a paycheck in the second half of life.
Marci Alboher is a former New York Times career columnist and currently serves as the vice president of Encore.org
Andrea Coombes is a professional writer and editor who focuses on personal-finance topics, including retirement, taxes, investing, the job market, careers and other consumer issues. She's been a guest on national and local television and radio shows, and her stories have appeared in newspapers nationwide, including the Wall Street Journal, Miami Herald and San Francisco Chronicle.
Start: 7:00 pm
Angelico Hall, Dominican University
Tickets: $45 (includes signed book)
Registration is currently closed. To be placed on our waitlist, call (415) 927- 0960, ext. 1.
Join former vice president and #1 New York Times bestselling author Al Gore as he discusses The Future ($28.00). Ours is a time of revolutionary change that has no precedent in history. With the same passion he brought to the challenge of climate change, and with his decades of experience on the front lines of global policy, Al Gore surveys our planet’s beclouded horizon and offers a sober, learned, and ultimately hopeful forecast in the visionary tradition of Alvin Toffler’s Future Shock and John Naisbitt’s Megatrends. In The Future, Gore identifies six critical drivers of global change. As absorbing as it is visionary, this work is a map of the world to come, from a man who has looked ahead before and been proven all too right.
Former vice president Al Gore is co-founder and chairman of both Generation Investment Management and Current TV. He is also a senior partner at Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers, and a member of Apple Inc.’s board of directors. Gore spends the majority of his time as chairman of The Climate Reality Project, a nonprofit devoted to solving the climate crisis. Gore was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives four times and the U.S. Senate twice. He served eight years as vice president. He authored the bestsellers Earth in the Balance, An Inconvenient Truth, The Assault on Reason, and Our Choice. He is a co-recipient of the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize.
Start: 6:00 pm
Special event for young adult readers!
Kirby Larson shares Hattie Ever After ($16.99). After leaving Uncle Chester's homestead claim, orphan Hattie Brooks throws a lasso around a new dream, even bigger than the Montana sky. She wants to be a reporter, knowing full well that a few pieces published in the Arlington News will not suffice. Real reporters must go to Grand Places, and do Grand Things, like Hattie's hero Nellie Bly. Another girl might be stymied by this, but Hattie has faced down a hungry wolf and stood up to a mob of angry men. Nothing can squash her desire to write for a big city newspaper.
After Kirby Larson heard a snippet of a story about her great-grandmother homesteading in eastern Montana, she went on to write Hattie Big Sky, selected as a 2007 Newbery Honor Book. This sequel was written in part to answer many questions readers posed about the irrepressible Hattie.
Start: 7:00 pm
Featuring Amrit's daughter, Kamini Desai
The renowned Yogi Amrit Desai shares his piercing insight about the true nature of relationships in The Yoga of Relationships. This plain-English explanation of yogic teachings is peppered with humor, wisdom and personal anecdotes. Desai aspires to provide a spiritual and practical guide to gaining a clear understanding of how communication, gratitude, forgiveness, awareness and love itself play pivotal roles in creating lasting relationships.
Gurudev Shri Amritji (Yogi Amrit Desai) is an internationally recognized authority on yoga and holistic living. He has been honored both in the U.S. and abroad. Some of his distinguished titles include Doctor of Yoga, Jagadacharya (Universal Teacher), and the rare Vishwa Yoga Ratna, awarded by the President of India.
Start: 6:00 pm
Bestselling author and food celebrity "domestic goddess" Nigella Lawson presents Nigella's Italy: Easy Italian-Inspired Recipes ($35.00), her first Italian cookbook. Featuring 120 simple, fast recipes, from pasta to dessert, and beautiful full-color photographs that celebrates the ease, straightforwardness, and authenticity of Italian cuisine, this cookbook will inspire readers to bring the spirit of Italy into the kitchen without needing to source inaccessible ingredients or totally restock the pantry
Nigella Lawson is the bestselling author of eight cookbooks, including Nigella Kitchen, Nigella Express,and Nigella Bites, which together with her television shows on the Food Network and her iPhone apps have made her a household name around the world. She is also a contributor to The Oxford Companion to Italian Literature. Nigella lives in London with her family.
Start: 11:00 am
Rebecah Freeling is a master storyteller, experienced early childhood educator, and parent coach. New to California, she recently joined the faculty of Marin Mountain School Early Childhood Center in Corte Madera. For thirteen years she was owner, Director and Lead Teacher of Briar Rose Children's Center in her home state of Ohio. Her magical stories, both original and drawn from the folk and fairy tale traditions, are enhanced by handmade table puppets and simple marionettes. One often observes the children hearing her stories to be sitting on the edge of their seats, eyes wide and mouths open in anticipation!
Start: 12:30 pm
This event is sold out.
To be placed on the wait list, call 415-927-0979, ext. 239.
Left Bank Restaurant
Admission: $125 per person
At 17, Nigella Lawson decided she wanted to be Italian. This sentimental journey into Italian cuisine will inspire home chefs. Nigellissima combines rich Italian culinary tradition with 120 recipes with the distinct twists and insights that she learned when she lived in Italy as a young girl. She is the author of eight cookbooks including Nigella Kitchen, Nigella Fresh, and Nigella Bites. She is a TV host on the Food Network, and in 2013, she’s launching a new series with Anthony Boudain, Ludo Lefebvre and Brain Malarkey. The menu will be paired with the wonderful wines from Trione Winery.
The price includes the meal, wine, tax, tip & a signed copy of the author’s book.
Start: 1:00 pm
We all know someone who has suffered a heart attack, but how often do we learn intimate details that might help us deal with coronary artery disease before it strikes? In The Sanctuary of Illness ($15.00), Thomas Larson tells a powerful and personal story of what happens when our arteries fail us. Thomas Larson has been a staff writer for the San Diego Reader for fifteen years.
Start: 4:00 pm
This event is cancelled due to illness.
Join Zachiah Laurann Murray as she discusses Mindfulness in the Garden ($16.95). Mindfulness in the Garden offers simple mindfulness verses (gathas) composed to connect the mind and body and to bring the reader/gardener’s awareness to the details of the present moment as they work in the garden. These gathas are signposts leading to nature, to the present, and ultimately to one’s self through the love and understanding they evoke. The gathas offered with each gardening activity serves to water the seeds of mindfulness within us, and softening and preparing the ground for our ability to be present.
Zachiah Laurann Murray is a Masters in Divinity candidate at the Interfaith Center for Spiritual Enlightenment. She is also a registered landscape architect, teaches meditation and is a member of the Order of Interbeing in the lineage of Thich Nhat Hanh. She presently lives in Santa Cruz, California.