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With 4,000 percent growth in just six months, 17 million users, and a record for more referral traffic than YouTube, Google+, and LinkedIn combined, Pinterest delivers an unbelievable opportunity for marketers . . . if they know how to effectively use it. In Ultimate Guide for Pinterest for Business ($21.95), Karen Leland acquaints business owners with the newest social media kid on the block.

Karen Leland is the best-selling author of seven books and a freelance writer who has been published in Self, Woman’s Day, Spirituality & Health, Entrepreneur, the Los Angeles Times and others. In addition, she is the founder of Sterling Consulting and Marketing Group. Her clients have included Apple Computer, American Express, Marriott Hotels, Johnson & Johnson and others.

 

Start: 7:00 pm

In conversation with David Corbett

The New York Times and internationally bestselling Danish crime writer Jussi Adler-Olsen returns with A Conspiracy of Faith ($26.95), the third thriller in his exhilarating Department Q series. Detective Carl Mørck has received a bottle that holds an old and decayed message written in blood. It’s a cry for help from two young brothers, tied and bound in a boathouse by the sea. After floating in the ocean for years before turning up, the bottle sat forgotten, unopened, on a police department windowsill, before the seal was cracked and the gruesome message, written in Danish, was analyzed. Could it be real? Who are these boys, and why weren’t they reported missing? Could they possibly still be alive? In this heart-pounding thriller, Carl and his colleagues Assad and Rose must use every resource available to uncover the horrifying truth set adrift in that bottle all those years ago.

Jussi Adler-Olsen is Denmark's #1 crime writer and a New York Times bestseller. His books routinely top the bestseller lists in Europe, and he's won many prestigious Nordic crime-writing awards, including the Glass Key Award—also won by Henning Mankell, Jo Nesbø, Stieg Larsson, and Peter Høeg. He lives in Denmark.

 

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Co-sponsored by The Brain Injury Network of the Bay Area

With refreshing candor, Maria Ross shares how the relentless pace of her life came to a screeching halt when a brain aneurysm ruptured and nearly killed her. Rebooting My Brain: How a Freak Aneurysm Reframed My Life ($14.95) describes her stubborn road back to health and the resulting cognitive and emotional challenges that forced Ross to reframe her life, work, and identity.

Maria Ross is a brand strategist, author, speaker and actress. She is the creator of Red Slice, a brand consultancy and business blog. Maria previosuly authored the marketing guide Branding Basics for Small Business. A dynamic speaker, Maria has appeared in numerous media outlets such as MSNBC, ABC News, NPR, Entrepreneur Magazine, the L.A. Times and locally on KGO Radio.

 

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In Crafting Calm: Projects and Practices for Creativity and Contemplation ($16.95), Maggie Olman Shannon explored new forms of creative spiritual practice and the benefits they provide.  Artisans and everyday crafters are finding a renewed satisfaction in making something with their own hands; some are even communicating about the inherent physical- and mental-health benefits found in handwork—and, even more than that, they are framing their handwork as meditation or spiritual practice. This book serves as an inspirational resource guide to a broad assortment of spiritual practices gathered from the global arts-and-crafts communities, as well as from people who don’t consider themselves artists but who have adopted creatively expressive forms of spiritual practice.

Rev. Maggie Oman Shannon, M.A., is an interfaith minister, spiritual director, workshop and retreat facilitator, and author of five books. In 2000, Oman Shannon founded The New Story, a coaching and consulting business focused on helping people create deeper meaning in their lives.

 

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Five thousand miles from the harsh extremes of her native South Africa, Emma Brockes’s mother charmingly dismissed their quaint village outside London. Glamorous, no-nonsense, and fiercely protective, Brockes’s mother Paula was a nurturing but mysterious presence throughout her daughter’s life. Why she abandoned South Africa in the first place--and why she refused to return for thirty years--was never explained. She Left Me the Gun ($26.95) is the story of Emma Brockes’s quest to uncover her mother’s secret life.

Emma Brockes writes for The Guardian’s Weekend magazine and has contributed to The New York TimesVogue, Harper’s Bazaar, and Elle. She is the winner of two British Press awards—Young Journalist of the Year and Feature Writer of the Year—and while at Oxford won the Philip Geddes Memorial Prize for Journalism. She lives in New York.

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A glorious debut that T.C. Boyle calls "powerful and deeply moving" that follows two young Mormon missionaries in Brazil and their tense, peculiar friendship. Elder McLeod—outspoken, surly, a brash American—is nearing the end of his mission in Brazil. For nearly two years he has spent his days studying the Bible and the Book of Mormon, knocking on doors, teaching missionary lessons—“experimenting on the word.” His new partner is Elder Passos, a devout, ambitious Brazilian who found salvation and solace in the church after his mother’s early death. The two men are at first suspicious of each other, and their work together is frustrating, fruitless. That changes when a beautiful woman and her husband offer the missionaries a chance to be heard, to put all of their practice to good use, to test the mettle of their faith.  But before they can bring the couple to baptism, they must confront their own long-held beliefs and doubts, and the simmering tensions at the heart of their friendship. A novel of unsparing honesty and beauty, Elders ($26.00) announces Ryan McIlvain as a writer of enormous talent.

Ryan McIlvain grew up in the Mormon Church and resigned his membership from it in his mid-twenties. His fiction and nonfiction have appeared in many journals, including The Paris Review. A Stegner Fellow at Stanford from 2009 to 2011, he currently lives with his wife in Los Angeles.

 

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In Bee Ridgway’s wonderfully imaginative debut novel The River of No Return ($27.95), a man and a woman travel through time in a quest to bring down a secret society that controls the past and, thus, the future. In 1815, Julia Percy mourns the death of her beloved grandfather, an earl who could play with time. On his deathbed he whispers in her ear: “Pretend!” Pretend what? When Nick returns home as if from the dead, older than he should be and battle scarred, Julia begins to suspect that her very life depends upon the secrets Grandfather never told her. Soon enough Julia and Nick are caught up in an adventure that stretches up and down the river of time. As their knowledge of the Guild and their feelings for each other grow, the fate of the future itself is hanging in the balance.

Bee Ridgway holds a PhD in literature from Cornell University and is a professor of English literature at Bryn Mawr College. She lived in England for several years and now makes her home in Philadelphia.

 

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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!

 

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A poignant and inspirational love story set in Burma, The Art of Hearing Heartbeats ($14.95) spans the decades between the 1950s and the present.  When a successful New York lawyer suddenly disappears without a trace, neither his wife nor his daughter Julia has any idea where he might be…until they find a love letter he wrote many years ago, to a Burmese woman they have never heard of. Intent on solving the mystery and coming to terms with her father’s past, Julia decides to travel to the village where the woman lived. There she uncovers a tale of unimaginable hardship, resilience, and passion that will reaffirm the reader’s belief in the power of love to move mountains.

Jan-Philipp Sendker
, born in Hamburg in 1960, was the American correspondent for Stern from 1990 to 1995, and its Asian correspondent from 1995 to 1999. In 2000 he published Cracks in the Great Wall, a nonfiction book about China. The Art of Hearing Heartbeats is his first novel. He lives in Berlin with his family.

 

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In the opening of Holding Silvan ($16.95), Monica Wesolowska gives birth to her first child, a healthy-seeming boy who is taken from her arms for "observation" when he won't stop crying. Within days, Monica and her husband have been given the grimmest of prognoses for Silvan. They must make a choice about his life. The story that follows is not of typical maternal heroism. There is no medical miracle here. Instead, we find the strangest of hopes. In clear and unflinching prose, this startling memoir bears witness not only to a son's brief life but to the evolution of the writer herself - from Catholic girl yearning after sainthood to maternal struggle to give her son the best she can. The result is a page-turning testimony to the power of love. By raising ethical questions about how a death can be good in the age of modern medicine, Wesolowska's memoir becomes a paean to what makes life itself good.

Monica Wesolowska has published both fiction and memoir in numerous literary journals and anthologies including Best New American Voices 2000, the Carolina Quarterly, Quarter After Eight, Literary Mama, and the New York Times bestseller My Little Red Book. A graduate of Reed College and a recipient of a fellowship from the Fine Arts Works Center in Provincetown, she has taught writing at UC Berkeley Extension for a decade. She lives with her family in Berkeley, California.

 

Start: 7:00 pm

Meticulously researched and masterfully told, Operation Storm: Japan's Top Secret Submarines and Its Plan to Change the Course of World War II ($28.00) tells the harrowing story of the Sen Toku, their desperate push into Allied waters, and the dramatic chase of this juggernaut sub by the US navy. In 1941, the architects of Japan's sneak attack on Pearl Harbor planned a bold follow-up: a potentially devastating air raid--this time against New York City and Washington, DC. The classified Japanese program required developing a squadron of top secret submarines--the Sen-toku or I-400 class--which were, by far, the largest and among the most deadly subs of World War II.  Incredibly, the subs were designed as underwater aircraft carriers, each equipped with three Aichi M6A1 attack bombers painted to look like US aircraft.  Author John Geoghegan’s first person accounts from the last surviving members of both the I-401 crew and the US boarding party that captured her create a highly intimate portrait of this fascinating, and until now forgotten story of war in the Pacific.

John Geoghegan has written extensively about aviation history, underwater exploration and marine engineering for the New York Times science section, Smithsonian Air & Space, Wired, Popular Science, Aviation History, Military Heritage, Flight Journal and the San Francisco Chronicle Sunday Magazine.

 



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