David Litt - Thanks Obama (Corte Madera)

Thursday, September 28, 2017 - 7:00pm

More than any other presidency, Barack Obama's eight years in the White House were defined by young people - twenty-somethings who didn't have much experience in politics (or anything else, for that matter), yet suddenly found themselves in the most high-stakes office building on earth. David Litt was one of those twenty-somethings. After graduating from college in 2008, he went straight to the Obama campaign. In 2011, he became one of the youngest White House speechwriters in history. Until leaving the White House in 2016, he wrote on topics from healthcare to climate change to criminal justice reform. As President Obama's go-to comedy writer, he also took the lead on the White House Correspondents' Dinner, the so-called "State of the Union of jokes."

Now, in this refreshingly honest memoir, David Litt brings us inside Obamaworld. With a humorists' eye for detail, he describes what it's like to accidentally trigger an international incident or nearly set a president's hair aflame. He answers questions you never knew you had: Which White House men's room is the classiest? What do you do when the commander in chief gets your name wrong? Where should you never, under any circumstances, change clothes on Air Force One? With nearly a decade of stories to tell, Litt makes clear that politics is completely, hopelessly absurd.

But it's also important. For all the moments of chaos, frustration, and yes, disillusionment, Litt remains a believer in the words that first drew him to the Obama campaign: "People who love this country can change it." In telling his own story, Litt sheds fresh light on his former boss's legacy. And he argues that, despite the current political climate, the politics championed by Barack Obama will outlive the presidency of Donald Trump.

Full of hilarious stories and told in a truly original voice, Thanks, Obama is an exciting debut about what it means - personally, professionally, and politically - to grow up.

David Litt entered the White House in 2011 and left in 2016 as a special assistant to the president and senior presidential speechwriter. Described as the “comic muse for the president,” David was the lead writer on four White House Correspondents’ Dinner presentations and has contributed jokes to President Obama’s speeches since 2009. He is currently the head writer/producer for Funny or Die’s office in Washington, DC. David has also written for The Onion, McSweeney’s Internet Tendency, Cosmopolitan, Vanity Fair, The Atlantic, and the New York Times. He lives in Washington with his girlfriend and their two goldfish, Humphrey and Camille.

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$27.99
ISBN: 9780062568458
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Published: Ecco Press - September 19th, 2017

Remember when presidents spoke in complete sentences instead of in unhinged tweets? Former Obama speechwriter David Litt does. In his comic, coming-of-age memoir, he takes us back to the Obama years - and charts a path forward in the age of Trump.


51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925

Carson Buck - Sausalito Story Time (Sausalito)

Friday, September 29, 2017 - 11:00am

Please join us Fridays at 11 AM for our new weekly Book Passage Sausalito story time. Carson, our bookseller, will read new and classic picture books sure to engage and delight. Storytime is perfect for five-and-unders and their parents. Join us!

 

100 Bay St.
Sausalito, CA 94965

Back to School Link: Deborah Underwood - Super Saurus Saves Kindergarten & Teacher Cat (Corte Madera)

Friday, September 29, 2017 - 4:00pm

Special Children's Event!

Join us for a "Back to School Link" social on Friday, September 29 at 4pm when author Deborah Underwood will read and sign her new school books, Super Saurus Saves Kindergarten and Here Comes Teacher Cat. Parents, teachers and kids can make new friends, buy some fun books and raise money for the school at the same time.

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Here Comes Teacher Cat
Cat is not pleased to be tapped as substitute teacher. Not only is it cutting into his naptime, but a roomful of kittens is a little, well, scary. At school, he’s faced with six adorable kittens and follows the lesson plan of music, building, and painting—only in pure, mischief-making Cat style. By the end, Cat has learned a thing or two about inspiring others by being himself.

Super Saurus Saves Kindergarten
When Arnold has concerns about the first day of school (what if the teacher turns out to be the villain, Zorgo?), he sends his alter ego, Super Saurus, to kindergarten instead. His teacher Mr. Z welcomes both Arnold and his super-sized imagination, and when classroom events take a surprising turn, Super Saurus saves the day.

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Deborah Underwood is the author of many picture books, including Interstellar Cinderella; Good Night, Baddies; and New York Times bestsellers The Quiet Book, The Loud Book, and Here Comes Easter Cat. Please visit her online at DeborahUnderwoodBooks.com.

 

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By Deborah Underwood, Claudia Rueda (Illustrator)
$16.99
ISBN: 9780399539053
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Published: Dial Books - August 8th, 2017

It's back to school for the New York Times bestselling Cat when he steps in as a substitute teacher.


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By Deborah Underwood, Ned Young (Illustrator)
$16.99
ISBN: 9781423175681
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Published: Disney-Hyperion - June 27th, 2017

51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925

SF-Marin Food Bank Benefit: Todd Parr - Love the World (Corte Madera)

Saturday, September 30, 2017 - 11:00am

Tickets: $25
Ticket price includes entry for a family of up to four people, one copy of Love the World, and a $5 donation to SF-Marin Food Bank

Come celebrate the release of Todd Parr’s latest book, Love the World, and help feed your neighbors in need at the same time.  Todd has decided to turn his launch party at Book Passage in Mill Valley into a fundraiser for his new friends at the SF-Marin Food Bank.  With 1 in 5 people in need of food assistance in Marin County alone, it’s more important than ever that we all band together to make sure families, children, seniors and people with disabilities all have access to healthy, nutritious food. SF-Marin Food Bank will have food collection barrels at the event and someone on hand to collect additional donations and volunteer names. 

Todd Parr is the award-winning author and illustrator of more than 40 children’s books. Empathy is at the core of Todd’s stories; they are about acceptance, differences, and promoting empowerment for kids in a simple, fun way. Through his books, Todd has partnered with Target, Reach Out and Read, People Magazine, and several other organizations to promote reading. He has created merchandise for Macy’s, developed his own children’s clothing line, and had work displayed in the windows of FAO Schwarz.

About SF-Marin Food Bank

The SF-Marin Food Bank’s mission is to end hunger in San Francisco and Marin, where one in four neighbors is at risk of hunger. We envision a community where everyone is able to obtain enough nutritious food in a dignified manner to support the health and well-being of themselves and their families. We address hunger head on: from our pantry network and home-delivered groceries, to our nutrition-education classes and food-stamp enrollment, we work in many ways to nourish and empower neighbors in need.  We are on target to distribute more than 48 million pounds of food this year, 60% of which is fresh fruits and vegetables. Learn more at www.sfmfoodbank.org.

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$17.99
ISBN: 9780316506588
Availability: Coming Soon - Available for Pre-Order Now
Published: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers - September 26th, 2017

A celebration of love, respect, peace, and unity by bestselling author and illustrator Todd Parr.

Love your grin. Love your skin.
Love the bees. Love the trees.
Love giving a hand. Love taking a stand.
LOVE YOURSELF. LOVE THE WORLD


51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925

Douglas Dale - Wolfdale's Cuisine Unique (San Francisco)

Saturday, September 30, 2017 - 1:00pm

More than a cookbook, Wolfdale’s Cuisine Unique is an autobiography in which Chef Douglas Dale shares stories of culinary passion and creativity. Each chapters begins with a personal account from a different period of his life, followed by signature recipes across Starters, Soups & Salads, Entrees, Sauces, Basics, Desserts, and Spirits. Throughout the book’ s 220 pages, stunning photography compliments each of nearly 70 recipes and provides a visual timeline of his years in Buffalo Boston, studying in Japan, the early days of Wolfdale’ s, and its current location in Tahoe City, California. Chef Dale’ s dedication to always look for that inspiring element, new technique and unconventional combination of flavors, has helped him become a successful chef and restaurant owner in a resort town for nearly 4 decades.   

Nationally known for his cutting edge cuisine, Chef Dale’ s culinary fundamentals are essentially Asian and European fused with a California spirit. Holding a time-tested kitchen motto “Fresh Food Simply Prepared,” Wolfdale’ s menu and wine selection changes frequently to reflect the availability of locally sourced, fresh ingredients and newly released vintages. Wolfdale’s Restaurant is considered one of Lake Tahoe’ s finest and most creative dining experiences offering a unique style of East-West cuisine, an award winning wine selection, and original cocktails.  

Leading with a forward from Larry Ruvo, Senior Managing Director at Southern Wine & Spirits of NV, Wolfdale’s Cuisine Unique is lined with heart-felt testimonials from legendary clients.

Douglas Dale was born in Buffalo, New York and grew up working in the kitchen of the Club Sheridan where his Dad performed as an entertainer. In his twenties, he studied Oshojin ryori “Purification Food” while living at Mineji Temple in southern Japan. Upon returning to the United States in 1976 he apprenticed under one of the first ‘celebrity chefs’, Hiroshi Hayashi at the bustling Seventh Inn Restaurant in Boston. Douglas moved to North Lake Tahoe to open “Wolfdales” with former partner & brother-in-law Jerry “Wolf” and his sister Deborah Dale Wolf in Homewood in 1978. A few years later Douglas, and wife Kathleen Dale, moved the restaurant to its present day Tahoe City location, a historic building that was barged across Lake Tahoe from Glenbrook in 1901. Douglas is passionate about his career because he is always learning and enjoys celebrating the positive experiences of his guests. He loves Tahoe City because of the healthy lifestyle and connection with nature.

1 Ferry Building
San Francisco, CA 94111

Aaron Pribble - Teacherland (Corte Madera)

Saturday, September 30, 2017 - 1:00pm

In the popular narrative teachers are cast as saints or slouches, heroes or zeros. They either forgo their material well-being for the reward of a higher calling, or they show movies, have too much time off, and are impossible to fire. Teacherland fills the gap between these two cliches with insight, humor, and conviction. How do you manage a room of energetic adolescents and ensure everyone is learning? What happens when some students begin with a distinct disadvantage while others have every opportunity? How do colleagues and friends help counteract the profession's inherent isolation? What happens when you make embarrassing comments in class, or can't use the bathroom when desired? How do you deal with Back to School Night and Open House, staff meetings and rallies and dances? These are but a few of the questions Teacherland considers, with the ultimate goal of improving our education system by humanizing the teaching profession. It aims to reframe the debate about what it means to teach and learn and to show--for real--what life is like behind the curtains of one of America's most important occupations.

Aaron Pribble is the author of Pitching in the Promised Land: A Story of the First and Only Season in the Israel Baseball League (2011). An award-winning educator whose work includes "Pribble is a Chiller" Student Input and Teacher Evaluations, Dreaming of Baseball in Havana, and Fastball in the Desert among other publications, Aaron teaches social studies at Tamalpais High School in Mill Valley, California.
 

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$30.00
ISBN: 9781475836134
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Published: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers - August 31st, 2017

In the popular narrative teachers are cast as saints or slouches, heroes or zeros. They either forgo their material well-being for the reward of a higher calling, or they show movies, have too much time off, and are impossible to fire. Teacherland fills the gap between these two cliches with insight, humor, and conviction.


51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925

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