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San Francisco Grotto Writers - 3 Minute Reads (San Francisco)

Friday, August 25, 2017 - 6:00pm

3 Minute Reads from San Francisco Grotto Writers • 50+ Writers, 3 Minutes Each!

Join us for a fast-paced and irreverent evening, showcasing new work from the students of the San Francisco Writer's Grotto writing classes. On this Friday evening, both fiction and nonfiction writers will read their work — but only for 3 minutes each! Their instructors (Grotto authors) will enforce the time limit. Join us for wine, fun, and fresh new writing.


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San Francisco, CA 94111

Michelle Tam & Henry Fong - Ready or Not! (San Francisco)

Tuesday, August 29, 2017 - 6:00pm

A new cookbook from the James Beard award-nominees and New York Times best-selling creators of Nom Nom Paleo, the wildly popular blog, app, and best-selling cookbook

You know how it is: some days, you're fired up and ready to cook; other days, you dread the thought of making dinner. More often than not, you find yourself floating somewhere between inspiration and desperation. What's a crazy busy (but kind of lazy) home cook to do?

The answer: pick up this book. Ready or Not makes healthy Paleo home cooking a breeze, no matter if there's time to prepare or just minutes to spare. Whether you're a fastidious planner or a last-minute improviser, you'll find plenty of deliciously nourishing options, from make-ahead feasts to lightning-fast leftover makeovers. Presented in Nom Nom Paleo's deliriously fun comic book style, Ready or Not makes Paleo cooking easy, no matter how much time you have. In fact, this cookbook is organized into color-coded sections to match your readiness level: 

  • GET SET First, stock your kitchen with essential building blocks--from store-bought necessities to D.I.Y. ingredients that'll set you up for anytime cooking.
  • READY Got time to cook? Turn to these recipes for make-ahead meals and spectacular dishes like Pressure Cooker Bo Ssam and Strawberry Almond Semifreddo
  • KINDA READY Learn how to transform pantry staples and leftovers into impromptu meals that'll satisfy the most discriminating palates.
  • NOT READY Emergency meals can be delicious, too. In this section, you'll find super-fast recipes like savory stir-fries and sheet pan suppers.

Along with colorfully written and gorgeously photographed step-by-step recipes presented in a cheeky cartoon format, this book features kitchen hacks, Paleo ingredient guides, meal plans, shopping lists and more.

Michelle Tam and Henry Fong are the critically acclaimed co-creators of Nom Nom Paleo, the Saveur Award winning food blog and Webby Award winning cooking app. Their first cookbook, Nom Nom Paleo: Food for Humans, became a New York Times bestseller, and was nominated for a James Beard Foundation Award. Michelle is the working mom and food nerd behind Nom Nom Paleo's recipes and personality. Her obsessions include dark chocolate, trashy reality television shows, and miniature toy food from Japan. Michelle has a degree in nutrition and food science from the University of California at Berkeley, and earned her doctorate in pharmacy from the University of California at San Francisco. For over a dozen years, she worked the graveyard shift at Stanford Hospital and Clinics as a night pharmacist. Henry is a lawyer by day, but moonlights as the photographer, illustrator, and designer of the Nom Nom Paleo cookbooks, app, and blog. Henry is a graduate of the University of California at Berkeley and Yale Law School. Michelle, Henry, and their sons Owen and Oliver currently split their time between Palo Alto, California and Portland, Oregon.

Ready or Not!: 150+ Make-Ahead, Make-Over, and Make-Now Recipes by Nom Nom Paleo Cover Image
ISBN: 9781449478292
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Published: Andrews McMeel Publishing - August 1st, 2017

Ready or Not, it's a new cookbook from the James Beard award-nominees and New York Times best-selling creators of Nom Nom Paleo, the wildly popular blog, app, and best-selling cookbook

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San Francisco, CA 94111

Rafe Bartholomew - Two and Two (San Francisco)

Wednesday, September 6, 2017 - 6:00pm

Since it opened in 1854, McSorley's Old Ale House has been a New York institution. This is the landmark watering hole where Abraham Lincoln campaigned and Boss Tweed kicked back with the Tammany Hall machine. Where a pair of Houdini's handcuffs found their final resting place. And where soldiers left behind wishbones before departing for the First World War, never to return and collect them. Many of the bar's traditions remain intact, from the newspaper-covered walls to the plates of cheese and raw onions, the sawdust-strewn floors to the tall-tales told by its bartenders.

But in addition to the bar's rich history, McSorley's is home to a deeply personal story about two men: Rafe Bartholomew, the writer who grew up in the landmark pub, and his father, Geoffrey "Bart" Bartholomew, a career bartender who has been working the taps for forty-five years.

On weekends, Rafe Bartholomew would tag along for the early hours of his dad's shift, polishing brass doorknobs, watching over the bar cats, and handling other odd jobs until he grew old enough to join Bart behind the bar. McSorley's was a place of bizarre rituals, bawdy humor, and tasks as unique as the bar itself: protecting the decades-old dust that had gathered on treasured artifacts; shot-putting thirty-pound grease traps into high-walled Dumpsters; and trying to keep McSorley's open through the worst of Hurricane Sandy. But for Rafe, the bar means home. It's the place where he and his father have worked side by side, serving light and dark ale, always in pairs, the way it's always been done. Where they've celebrated victories, like the publication of his father's first book of poetry, and coped with misfortune, like the death of Rafe's mother. Where Rafe learned to be part of something bigger than himself and also how to be his own man.

By turns touching, crude, and wildly funny, Two and Two reveals universal truths about family, loss, and the bursting history of one of New York's most beloved institutions.

Rafe Bartholomew is the author of Pacific Rims. He was one of the original editors of Grantland, where he wrote and edited sports features from 2011 to 2015, and his work has appeared in Slate, the New York Times, the Chicago Reader, Deadspin and other leading online and print publications. Several of his stories have been honored in the Best American Sports Writing series. He lives in Los Angeles.


Two and Two: McSorley's, My Dad, and Me Cover Image
ISBN: 9780316231596
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Published: Little Brown and Company - May 9th, 2017

A deeply stirring memoir of fathers, sons, and the oldest bar in New York City

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San Francisco, CA 94111

Nancy Pearl - George and Lizzie (San Francisco)

Thursday, September 7, 2017 - 6:00pm

George and Lizzie have radically different understandings of what love and marriage should be. George grew up in a warm and loving family—his father an orthodontist, his mother a stay-at-home mom—while Lizzie grew up as the only child of two famous psychologists, who viewed her more as an in-house experiment than a child to love.

Over the course of their marriage, nothing has changed—George is happy; Lizzie remains…unfulfilled. When a shameful secret from Lizzie’s past resurfaces, she’ll need to face her fears in order to accept the true nature of the relationship she and George have built over a decade together.

With pitch-perfect prose and compassion and humor to spare, George and Lizzie is an intimate story of new and past loves, the scars of childhood, and an imperfect marriage at its defining moments.

Nancy Pearl is known as “America’s Librarian.” She speaks about the pleasures of reading at library conferences, to literacy organizations and community groups throughout the world and comments on books regularly on KUOW FM in Seattle, as well as KWGS in Tulsa, Oklahoma and Wisconsin Public Radio. Born and raised in Detroit, she received her master’s degree in library science in 1967 from the University of Michigan. She also received an MA in history from Oklahoma State University in 1977. Among her many honors and awards are the 2011 Librarian of the Year Award from Library Journal; and the 2011 Lifetime Achievement Award from the Pacific Northwest Booksellers Association. She also hosts a monthly television show, Book Lust with Nancy Pearl. She lives in Seattle with her husband.

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ISBN: 9781501162893
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Published: Touchstone Books - September 5th, 2017

From "America's librarian" and NPR books commentator Nancy Pearl comes an emotionally riveting debut novel about an unlikely marriage at a crossroads.

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San Francisco, CA 94111

Dan Kovalik - The Plot to Scapegoat Russia (San Francisco)

Saturday, September 9, 2017 - 2:00pm

Since 1945, the US has justified numerous wars, interventions, and military build-ups based on the pretext of the Russian Red Menace, even after the Soviet Union collapsed at the end of 1991 and Russia stopped being Red. In fact, the two biggest post-war American conflicts, the Korean and Vietnam wars, were not, as has been frequently claimed, about stopping Soviet aggression or even influence, but about maintaining old colonial relationships. Similarly, many lesser interventions and conflicts, such as those in Latin America, were also based upon an alleged Soviet threat, which was greatly overblown or nonexistent. And now the specter of a Russian Menace has been raised again in the wake of Donald Trump's election.

The Plot to Scapegoat Russia examines the recent proliferation of stories, usually sourced from American state actors, blaming and manipulating the threat of Russia, and the long history of which this episode is but the latest chapter. It will show readers two key things: (1) the ways in which the United States has needlessly provoked Russia, especially after the collapse of the USSR, thereby squandering hopes for peace and cooperation; and (2) how Americans have lost out from this missed opportunity, and from decades of conflicts based upon false premises. These revelations, amongst other, make this book one of the timeliest reads of 2017.

Daniel Kovalik has been a labor and human rights lawyer since graduating from Columbia Law School in 1993. He has represented plaintiffs in ATS cases arising out of egregious human rights abuses in Colombia. He received the David W. Mills Mentoring Fellowship from Stanford Law School, has written extensively for the Huffington Post and Counterpunch, and has lectured throughout the world.

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By Dan Kovalik, David Talbot (Introduction by)
ISBN: 9781510730328
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Published: Skyhorse Publishing - June 6th, 2017

An in-depth look at the decades-long effort to escalate hostilities with Russia and what it portends for the future.

1 Ferry Building
San Francisco, CA 94111

Left Coast Writers®: David Hathwell - Between Dog and Wolf (San Francisco)

Monday, September 11, 2017 - 6:00pm

The French entre chien et loup describes moments at dusk when the eye, no longer to be trusted, can’t distinguish between a dog and a wolf. The poems in David Hathwell’s second collection take place on the threshold between light and darkness: between the familiar and the unknown, the expected and the unforeseen, safety and danger. Erica Dawson calls the poems “sharp and unsettling,” and Between Dog and Wolf “an important book for times like these.”

David Hathwell published Muses, his debut collection, in 2016, to acclaim from, among others, Richard Wilbur, Dana Gioia, and Edmund White. His poems have appeared in more than a dozen literary magazines. A former English teacher, he has degrees in English from Stanford and Columbia, and a degree in music theory from Queens College of CUNY. He has studied piano at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music and sung baritone in the Lesbian/Gay Chorus of San Francisco and the San Francisco Choral Society. 

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ISBN: 9781625492364
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Published: David Robert Books - June 11th, 2017

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San Francisco, CA 94111

Anne Hitz - Images of America: San Francisco's Ferry Building (San Francisco)

Tuesday, September 12, 2017 - 6:00pm

Images of America: San Francisco's Ferry Building covers the many years visitors have traveled to San Francisco via ferry welcomed by one of San Francisco’s most famous landmarks, the Ferry Building. In the 1920s, the Ferry Building was the world’s second-busiest transit terminal (after Charing Cross, London), with more than 50,000 people a day passing through the elegant structure, designed by architect A. Page Brown and opened in 1898. When the 1906 earthquake struck and the ensuing fire was destroying the city, the venerable waterfront icon stood above the ruins, giving residents hope that the city would recover and rise from the ashes. By 1939, with the Golden Gate Bridge and the Bay Bridge both open, ferry traffic fell off. By the late 1950s, ferry service ended altogether, and the building’s beautiful facade was blocked by the double-decker Embarcadero Freeway. With the freeway’s demise after the 1989 Loma Prieta earthquake, the Ferry Building was restored and reopened in 2003. It is once again a beacon of civic pride, a landmark listed in the National Register of Historic Places, and a public space that anchors the San Francisco waterfront.

Anne Evers Hitz, a fifth-generation San Franciscan, has gathered together images from libraries and private collections to tell the Ferry Building story.

1 Ferry Building
San Francisco, CA 94111

Charla Miller - Wonder and Beauty (San Francisco)

Saturday, September 16, 2017 - 3:30pm

Wonder and Beauty: My Journey from Heartbreak to Healing through the Wonder of Horses is a story about a mother’s choice to quit fighting in the courtroom after years of custody battles that result in parental alienation and the eventual abduction of her only child. Charla Miller made the choice to save herself and her child by leaving and going back to the birthplace of her son in San Francisco, California. She begins to rebuild her life in the midst of the global financial crash of 2008 after seeing her real estate business collapse, her home foreclosed upon and her life savings vanish in the midst of the hundreds of court cases that took place between her and her ex-husband.

She arrives in Northern California at the home of a close friend that witnessed the unraveling of her life and begins the arduous task to heal without her son. Her story takes the reader from her happier memories of her past and leads you through each step she took from new employment and friends to a stronger resolve to live. Her longing and grief over the loss of her child begins to lessen and her spirit grows stronger with each passing day

Miller visits a local library and stumbles upon films about horses and notices a remarkable difference in how she feels while watching them. She had been a part of many types of traditional and holistic therapies, but nothing made her feel as unburdened as she did when she watched films about horses. One day she typed the words “healing and horses” into Google and a door to a new way of healing was made available. Equine therapy became Miller’s focus and shortly after making this discovery she met the equine therapist that would lead her to the new life she lives today. 

While writing her book the author continued to move forward with the hope that one day she would reunite with her son. One morning in the early hours a dream came to her and she turned it into a chapter of the book. This dream of reunification with her son was the first of many gifts to come. Her time with horses introduced her to the language of the heart and how once linked in love this bond can never be dissolved. The author and her fiancé moved to a property in Idaho to begin their life together with the dream that includes horses and all of their children.

Charla Miller is the founder of — a website and blog that integrates emotional and physical beauty. As a makeup and hair artist she shows women how to take care of their skin and shows them how to bring out their full beauty through the use of simple makeup and hair techniques. Her website introduces different types of healing practices, skin care and makeup tips and inspiring events. Charla started as a makeup and hair artist in Hollywood and she continues to work in film and advertising campaigns, and as an artist in global cosmetic brands. She is a premier destination wedding artist in the Boise, Idaho area and beyond. In 2012 she created the website, as way to communicate her love and commitment to her stolen son. The site has a global following and the desire to inspire other parents and family members to start believing that the possibility of reunion exists, even in the midst of their child’s absence. After five years Charla decided it was time to write the story of reclaiming her life that led to the reunion with her stolen son.

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ISBN: 9781504361767
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Published: Balboa Press - October 14th, 2016

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San Francisco, CA 94111

Marion McGovern - Thriving in the Gig Economy (San Francisco)

Thursday, September 21, 2017 - 6:00pm

In the last five years, the world of work has changed dramatically. Thanks to technology companies like Uber, TaskRabbit, and Instacart, the new “gig economy” seems to constantly be in the news. But most of the media focus is on the low end of the skill spectrum; little attention is being paid to the best-in-class professionals who have chosen an independent path. New digital talent platforms are developing at a rapid clip with a wide variety of business models, many catering to very precise, high-value skill sets.

Thriving in the Gig Economy is an actionable guidebook outlining ways to maneuver in this new world to create a path that optimizes success. You will learn:

  • The differences between the gig economy and the sharing and on-demand economies.
  • The best ways to work with digital talent platforms and traditional consulting intermediaries.
  • Commonsense logistics around digital branding, contracts, and employment issues.
  • The tools and services to enhance your practice.

The growth in this marketplace is exponential, and Thriving in the Gig Economy is one way for you to take advantage of all its potential.

Marion McGovern was the founder and CEO of M Squared Consulting, one of the first gig- economy talent intermediaries before the term was even coined. She also founded Collabrus, a company focused on independent contractor compliance. McGovern is the author of A New Brand of Expertise: How Independent Consultants, Free Agents, and Interim Managers Are Transforming the World of Work. She sits on several private company and nonprofit boards and actively mentors entrepreneurs in the human capital space.

Thriving in the Gig Economy: How to Capitalize and Compete in the New World of Work Cover Image
By Marion McGovern, George Gendron (Foreword by)
ISBN: 9781632650955
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Published: Career Press - July 24th, 2017

In the last five years, the world of work has changed dramatically. Thanks to technology companies like Uber, TaskRabbit, and Instacart, the new "gig economy" seems to constantly be in the news. But most of the media focus is on the low end of the skill spectrum; little attention is being paid to the best-in-class professionals who have chosen an independent path.

1 Ferry Building
San Francisco, CA 94111

Matthew Dolan - Simply Fish (San Francisco)

Saturday, September 23, 2017 - 1:00pm

In conversation with Liam Mayclem

The frequency of eating fish and seafood has grown worldwide due to the rising interest in healthy living and the desire to add more variety to our diets. Simply Fish explores a wide range of recipes, techniques, and secrets to delivering a restaurant-quality experience in your own home, simply through cooking fish

Chef Matthew Dolan offers his own collection of stories and delicious fish and seafood recipes for a great variety of appetizers, main courses, sauces, side dishes, and desserts--even adding a scattering of wine pairing suggestions along the way. In Simply Fish, you will learn how to cook healthy and delicious fish for every season, from casual and quick get-togethers to the adventurous larger gatherings.

Recipes in this helpful guide include:

  • Almond Milk Poached Local Cod
  • Barbecued Oysters
  • Seared Bay Scallop Fish Tacos
  • Beer Steamed Mussels

And more! 

Matthew Dolan is an established chef and restaurant owner who trained at the Culinary Institute of America in New York. His restaurant, Twenty Five Lusk, was named Esquire Magazine's Best New Restaurant and Open Table Diners Choice Top Hot Spot Restaurants in the United States since its opening in 2010. He resides in San Francisco, California.

Simply Fish: 75 Modern and Delicious Recipes for Sustainable Seafood Cover Image
ISBN: 9781510717503
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Published: Skyhorse Publishing - May 16th, 2017

The frequency of eating fish and seafood has grown worldwide due to the rising interest in healthy living and the desire to add more variety to our diets. Simply Fish explores a wide range of recipes, techniques, and secrets to delivering a restaurant-quality experience in your own home, simply through cooking fish

1 Ferry Building
San Francisco, CA 94111