Bryan Stevenson - Just Mercy

Bryan Stevenson was a young lawyer when he founded the Equal Justice Initiative, a legal practice dedicated to defending those most desperate and in need: the poor, the wrongly condemned, and women and children trapped in the farthest reaches of our criminal justice system. One of his first cases was that of Walter McMillian, a young man who was sentenced to die for a notorious murder he insisted he didn’t commit. The case drew Bryan into a tangle of conspiracy, political machination, and legal brinksmanship—and transformed his understanding of mercy and justice forever. Just Mercy is at once an unforgettable account of an idealistic, gifted young lawyer’s coming of age, a moving window into the lives of those he has defended, and an inspiring argument for compassion in the pursuit of justice.

Bryan Stevenson is the executive director of the Equal Justice Initiative in Montgomery, Alabama, and a professor of law at New York University Law School. He has won relief for dozens of condemned prisoners, argued five times before the Supreme Court, and won national acclaim for his work challenging bias against the poor and people of color. He has received numerous awards, including the MacArthur Foundation “Genius” Grant.

Location: 
Street:
51 Tamal Vista Blvd
City:
Corte Madera
,
Postal Code:
94925
Country:
United States
$28.00
ISBN-13: 9780812994520
Availability: Coming Soon - Available for Pre-Order Now
Published: Spiegel & Grau, 10/2014

Margarita Carrillo Arronte - Mexico: The Cookbook

The first truly comprehensive bible of authentic Mexican home cooking, written by a living culinary legend, Mexico: The Cookbook features an unprecedented 700 recipes from across the entire country, showcasing the rich diversity and flavors of Mexican cuisine. Author Margarita Carrillo Arronte has dedicated 30 years to researching, teaching, and cooking Mexican food, resulting in this impressive collection of Snacks and Street Food, Starters and Salads, Eggs, Soups, Fish, Meat, Vegetables, Accompaniments, Rice and Beans, Breads and Pastries, and Drinks and Desserts.

Chef and restaurateur Margarita Carrillo Arronte was born into a large family who respected their deep cultural and culinary roots, and has devoted nearly 35 years to help traditional Mexican cuisine find its way to every corner of the world. She has lectured about Mexican food at schools, including The Culinary Institute of America and Le Cordon Bleu.

 

 

Location: 
Street:
1 Ferry Building
City:
San Francisco
,
Postal Code:
94111
$49.95
ISBN-13: 9780714867526
Availability: Coming Soon - Available for Pre-Order Now
Published: Phaidon Press, 10/2014

Class: Nina Schuyler - Creating Compelling Characters

11/06/2014 6:00 pm

Four Thursdays: November 6, 13, 20 & December 4 • 4:00-6:00pm • $200

 

 

 

Character is at the center of all fiction. Your fiction is only as compelling as the characters who populate it. In this series, we’ll discuss craft and theory. You'll read excerpts from published work and use these excerpts as a springboard to create your own work. I want to consider emotional engagement, internal conflict, voice, multidimensionality, and personal stakes, among other things. By the end of the series, you will have deepened your characters, turning them into characters who linger with your readers long after the story's last line. 

Location: 
Street:
51 Tamal Vista Blvd
City:
Corte Madera
,
Postal Code:
94925

J.M. Mitchell - The Height of Secrecy

High on a treacherous canyon wall, a man from the pueblo clings to a ledge. Furiously working to rescue him, Ranger Jack Chastain is nearly killed. Now he wants an explanation and the man refuses to talk. Jack learns the secret revolves around a death sixteen years before, and a lot more is now at stake. While looking for answers, ghosts from Jack's past threaten his new life in New Mexico, forcing him to choose sides between a man who can save a collapsing coalition or a Native American with something to hide.

The Height of Secrecy
is the second Jack Chastain Mystery, a Prairie Plum Press national park mystery novel.

J.M. Mitchell was chief of the National Park Service's Biological Resource Management Division and retired after 36 years of service, having worked in Yosemite, Grand Canyon and Zion National Parks, Washington, D.C., and Fort Collins, Colorado.

 

Location: 
Street:
1 Ferry Building
City:
San Francisco
,
Postal Code:
94111

Height of Secrecy (Paperback)

$14.95
ISBN-13: 9780985227258
Availability: Coming Soon - Available for Pre-Order Now
Published: Prairie Plum Press, 10/2014

Heather Greene - Whisk(e)y Distilled

Whiskey is in the midst of a huge renaissance. Ten years ago, the United States housed sixty-nine craft distillers; today, there are more than four hundred. Exports of Scotch whisky grew 12 percent just last year. Sales are skyrocketing, and specialty bars are popping up around the country, from New York City to Chicago to Houston. Yet whiskey drinkers—especially novices—are more confused than ever. Over the past decade, whiskey expert Heather Greene has been bombarded with thousands of questions, including: Can I have ice in my whiskey? Why is it sometimes spelled "whisky"? What makes bourbon different? In the lively and authoritative guide, Whisk(e)y Distilled: A Populist Guide to the Water of Life, Greene introduces audiences to the spirit’s charms and challenges the boys' club sensibilities that have made whiskey seem inaccessible.

Heather Greene is the director of the Whiskey School at the Flatiron Room in Manhattan, which offers courses on tasting and history that sell out every time. She is New York City's first female whiskey sommelier.

 

Location: 
Street:
51 Tamal Vista Blvd
City:
Corte Madera
,
Postal Code:
94925
$27.00
ISBN-13: 9780670016808
Availability: Coming Soon - Available for Pre-Order Now
Published: Studio, 10/2014

Class: Kerrin Meis- Persephone's Island: An Art and Architectural Tour of Sicily

11/07/2014 12:00 pm
Three Fridays: Nov. 7-21 • 10:00-12:00 pm • $110
 
 
 
 
 
Sicily, the meeting place of Africa and Europe in the Mediterranean was occupied by the Greeks, the Romans, the Arabs, and the Normans. All left marvelous monuments: Temples in Segesta and Agrigento, the Greco-Roman theatre in Taormina and fascinating mosaics of Villa Romana Casale, and the Capella Palatina in Palermo as well as its churches and the great cathedral at Monreale. We visit Noto and Siracusa for spectacular Baroque architecture and Reggio Calabria to view the Riace Bronzes.
 
Kerrin Meis taught art history at SFSU for ten years and now lectures for the College of Marin and Dominican University and leads study tours in Europe. Her Book Passage classes have been big favorites for years!
 
Recommended Reading:
The Leopard by Giuseppe Di Lampedusa
On Persephone's Island by Mary Taylor Simeti
Seeking Sicily by John Keahy
Lonely Planet's Sicily
 

 
 
 
Location: 
Street:
51 Tamal Vista Blvd
City:
Corte Madera
,
Postal Code:
94925


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