Start: 10:00 am
Special event for kids! Ron Berman is a native San Franciscan who loves to write about the city.The Cable Car That Couldn’t Clang ($6.95) is Ron’ s latest book. Have you ever lost your voice? What a nuisance! But can you imagine the horror of a Cable Car losing its Clang? This is what happens to Clyde as he and his old buddy, Sasha the Sea Lion, roam the hills and beaches of San Francisco in search of his Clang. On the way, he runs across all the great sounds of the city from Fisherman’s Wharf, to the S.F.Zoo, the ballet, Chinatown and more. Ron worked as a copy writer and Creative Director in SF which is not even nearly as much fun as writing children’s books. He lives just 15 minutes away from Book Passage where he’s purchased books for his wife, Ellie, two daughters, three grandchildren and three grand dogs. Along with illustrator Frank Hill, Ron has also written Sasha the San Francisco Sea Lion and Dude the Surfin’ Sea Otter. He also created Old McDonald Had a Wedding with illustrations by Brian Gerrity.
Start: 1:00 pm
In this fun and informative presentation Kyle Ellison, author of Moon Maui ($19.99), will share unique and environmental ways for travelers to enjoy Maui—complete with gorgeous photos! By educating visitors about environmental issues, volunteer opportunities, and ways to lessen their impact on the island, Ellison will help you to become a responsible visitor while enjoying an unforgettable Maui vacation. Travelers are always looking for ways to be more eco-friendly, and as an outdoor enthusiast and Maui native, Ellison can offer them essential advice for minimizing their footprint while making the most of this dynamic destination. Outdoor enthusiast, travel writer, and Maui expert Kyle Ellison knows the best ways to experience Hawaii’s second largest island. From the endless stretches of golden sand to the sparkling waters off of Wai’anapanapa State Park, residents and visitors alike can agree that there’s something magical about Maui. With itineraries like “Best of Maui in 10 Days,” “Best Surfing,” and “Best for Honeymooners,” Moon Maui truly has something for every traveler—no matter their reason for visiting the Valley Isle. Kyle Ellison began researching Maui when he first moved there at age five. The island has changed considerably since then, but his love of Maui has remained. Today he works as a freelance travel writer for Gadling, Viator, AOL Travel, Matador, and Journey and lives in Lahaina with his wife Heather.
Start: 4:00 pm
Networking is why the term, "It's who you know,” is relevant in society today. Networking has provided the vital introductions for which many well known celebrities can credit their success. And now, Networking Magic: How to Find Connections That Transform Your Life ($17.95), reveals the tricks and illusions that surround truly magical networking. Networking, for many, is purely a selfish act; friendships are only maintained until one person gets everything they can get from the other and then they sever the bond. However, true and effective networking, as explained by networking legends Jill Lublin and Rick Frishman, is built upon the foundation of relationships and a core of generosity. Networking is the act of giving to others. Lublin and Frishman provide the key networking habits and tips to help readers build, maintain, and grow their networking database and reputation as a giver. This work recognizes that networking should also be intentional. Readers should choose to develop a network of supportive people that will willingly and gladly help them reach their goals. To help readers be intentional networkers, Lublin provides action steps that make readers aware of the impressions they give, and guides them in how to connect more authentically with their peers and those they want to meet. Jill Lublin is the three time bestselling author of Guerrilla Publicity, Get Noticed…Get Referrals, and Networking Magic. As an international speaker, Jill is an audience favorite for her lively and interactive keynote speeches, seminars, and special programs. Her unparalleled knowledge of publicity and networking has gotten the attention of ABC, NBC, CBS, the New York Times, Entrepreneur magazine, Fortune Small Business and a long list of media outlets worldwide. When Jill isn’t travelling, she hosts her own television show, Messages of Hope.
Start: 7:00 pm
The Sicilian Mafia: A True Crime Travel Guide ($18.95) is the first book of its kind in any language: the ultimate Cosa Nostra experience. Since 2006, author Carl Russo has photographed Mafia hotspots on the Italian island of Sicily: where the murders happened, where the godfathers lived, where their victims are buried. From the sunbaked fishing villages of the Mediterranean to the darkest alleys of Palermo, western Sicily is the exotic backdrop for more than 100 meticulously researched tales of murder and mayhem, packed with 200 photographs of the actual locations. The book’s historical sweep covers 150 years of revolutions, world wars, politics and popular culture—all inextricably bound to Cosa Nostra. They include the childhood home of gangster Lucky Luciano, the hideouts of the fearsome bosses of Corleone, the tombs of the “Robin Hood” bandit Giuliano and the legendary dons, Calogero Vizzini and Giuseppe Genco Russo, the roots of the American and Canadian mafias, Mussolini, the Allied landing, pistol-packing priests, the Room of Death, the political assassinations, the playgrounds of the new Mafia. the anti-Mafia movement…. All of these Cosa Nostra sites and associations are depicted in sharp prose and revealing images, introducing many stories to English readers for the first time. Street directions are included for the adventurous traveler. Whether you’re planning a trip to Sicily or sticking to the comfort of your armchair, this provocative book will take you closer to the Sicilian Mafia than you dared to think possible. Carl Russo is a San Francisco writer who has covered film for various publications, including the Oakland Tribune, indieWIRE.com and KUSF-FM. He fell in love with Sicily on his first trip to the island in 1999 and has returned nearly every year since. In 2010, he started writing a blog, Mafia Exposed, which became the basis for this book.