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Jenna Fischer - The Actor's Life (San Francisco)

Wednesday, December 13, 2017 - 6:00pm

 

Please note: in order to join the signing line and meet Jenna, you must purchase a copy of The Actor's Life from Book Passage. You can purchase your copy in advance online, over the phone, or in person at any of our three locations. You are also welcome to wait and purchase the book at the event. There is no ticket required for entry to the event.

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In Conversation with Kelly Corrigan

"I loved reading Jenna's honest and sincere appraisal of the actualities of breaking into, finding one’s way, and then thriving in this business. I hope it is given out as a guidebook of sorts to any young actor when they land at LAX."
—Jon Hamm

Jenna Fischer's Hollywood journey began at the age of 22 when she moved to Los Angeles from her hometown of St. Louis. With a theater degree in hand, she was determined, she was confident, she was ready to work hard. So, what could go wrong?

Uh, basically everything.  The path to being a professional actor was so much more vast and competitive than she’d imagined.  It would be eight long years before she landed her iconic role on The Office, nearly a decade of frustration, struggle, rejection and doubt. If only she’d had a handbook for the aspiring actor. Or, better yet, someone to show her the way—an established actor who could educate her about the business, manage her expectations, and reassure her in those moments of despair. Jenna wants to be that person for you.   

With amusing candor and wit, Fischer spells out the nuts and bolts of getting established in the profession, based on her own memorable and hilarious experiences.  In The Actor's Life: A Survival Guide, she tells you how to get the right headshot, what to look for in representation, and the importance of joining forces with other like-minded artists and creating your own work—invaluable advice personally acquired from her many years of struggle.  She provides helpful hints on how to be gutsy and take risks, the tricks to good auditioning and callbacks, and how not to fall for certain scams (auditions in a guy’s apartment are probably not legit—or at least not for the kind of part you’re looking for!). Her inspiring, helpful guidance feels like a trusted friend who’s made the journey, and has now returned to walk beside you, pointing out the pitfalls as you blaze your own path towards the life of a professional actor. 

Jenna Fischer is best known for playing Pam Beesly on the acclaimed television show The Office, for which she received an Emmy nomination for Best Supporting Actress and two SAG Awards for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble Comedy. After wrapping The Office, Fischer went on to star in the UK/SKY B limited series You, Me and the Apocalypse along with Rob Lowe and Megan Mullally. She also starred in the Off-Broadway play Reasons to Be Happy, written and directed by Neil LaBute. Most recently, Fischer was on stage in the world premiere of Steve Martin's newest absurdist play Meteor Shower for a record-breaking run at the Old Globe Theatre. Fischer's film credits include The Giant Mechanical Man (which she also produced), The Farrelly Brothers’ comedy Hall Pass, Solitary Man, opposite Michael Douglas, Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story, produced by Judd Apatow, and Blades of Glory, opposite Will Ferrell. She is upcoming in the Mike White feature Brad's Status starring Ben Stiller.

 

The Actor's Life: A Survival Guide Cover Image
By Jenna Fischer, Steve Carell (Foreword by)
$17.95
ISBN: 9781944648220
Availability: Backordered
Published: Benbella Books - November 14th, 2017

Jenna Fischer's Hollywood journey began at the age of 22 when she moved to Los Angeles from her hometown of St. Louis. With a theater degree in hand, she was determined, she was confident, she was ready to work hard. So, what could go wrong?


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The Writers Studio - The Writers Studio's at 30 (San Francisco)

Tuesday, January 16, 2018 - 6:00pm

Founded by the Pulitzer Prize-winning poet Philip Schultz, The Writers Studio is a landmark school of creative writing. The Writers Studio's at 30 celebrates the school's 30th anniversary with 500 pages of fiction and poetry by over 100 authors—students and teachers, as well as the advisory board and other distinguished writers who have helped build this prestigious independent literary community. 

Featuring:

Kathie Jacobson
Her work has appeared in Crack the Spine, Driftwood Press, Pithead Chapel, Necessary Fiction, Twisted Vine and other literary journals and has been featured as a Longform Fiction Pick-of-the-Week. Her story “Thirst” was nominated for a 2017 Pushcart Prize. She teaches at the San Francisco Writers Studio and is a member of the Masters class.

Tamara Schuyler
Her fiction has appeared in CutBank, Mulberry Fork Review, Crack the Spine, and SmokeLong Quarterly. Two of her stories have been nominated for the Pushcart Prize, and one was awarded honorary mention in Glimmer Train's "Very Short Fiction Contest" (March/April 2016). She started attending workshops with The Writers Studio in 2011 and is currently a member of The Writers Studio Masters class.

Tristan Silverman
She began writing poetry in Chicago’s poetry community and has been living in San Francisco for the last three years. Tristan is a recent Alum of the Community of Writers at Squaw Valley (2016), and is published in numerous journals including Boxcar Poetry, decomP, Pedestal Magazine, Up The Staircase Quarterly, and November 3rd Club. Tristan began with The Writers Studio in 2015.

 

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San Francisco, CA 94105

Kirk Schneider - The Spirituality of Awe: Challenges to the Robotic Revolution (San Francisco)

Wednesday, January 17, 2018 - 6:00pm

"Schneider has produced a...work of passion, insight, advocacy, and public vision on perhaps the most important social topic of our time. Furthermore it comes in a very readable package of short, digestible chapters, ideally suited for discussion in classrooms, book groups, and other platforms of learning. Like the work of our best public intellectuals, it is a scholarly treatise in which the scholarship supports the message without interfering with or obscuring the topic at hand."

-Daniel Leichty, PhD, Journal of Sociology and Social Welfare, Dec. 2017

In The Spirituality of Awe, the robotic revolution is here and there's no going back. From the way we raise our children, to our work settings, to our governments, and even our wars, the quick fix-instant result society is roiling our world. Yet what is lost in this delirium is depth, the awesomeness, not just of our machines, but of our flesh, our capacity to feel, and our capacity to dwell in the miracle of the unknown. This book dwells in the miracle of the unknown.  It is an intimate trek into the evolving spirituality of awe--the humility and wonder; sense of adventure toward life.  Can we preserve awe--the arguable "heart" of humanity--in spite of and even in light of our technologies?  Or will we devolve into mechanically driven puppets, numb to our possibilities, blind to our servitude?  There is no more critical problem for our age.

Kirk Schneider, Ph.D., is a leading spokesperson for contemporary existential-humanistic psychology. Dr. Schneider is the recent past past president of the Society for Humanistic Psychology of the American Psychological Association, editor of the Journal of Humanistic Psychology (2005-2012), president of the Existential-Humanistic Institute (EHI), and adjunct faculty at Saybrook University, Teachers College, Columbia University. A Fellow of the American Psychological Association (APA), Dr. Schneider has published over 100 articles and chapters and has authored or edited 11 books including Awakening to Awe: Personal Stories of Profound Transformation and The Polarized Mind: Why It's Killing Us and What We Can Do About It

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$14.95
ISBN: 9781945949692
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Waterside Productions, Incorporated - August 18th, 2017

About the Book The robotic revolution is here and there's no going back. From the way we raise our children, to our work settings, to our governments, and even our wars, the quick fix-instant result society is roiling our world.


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San Francisco, CA 94105

Susan Ronald - A Dangerous Woman (San Francisco)

Tuesday, March 13, 2018 - 6:00pm

Born in turn-of-the-century San Francisco to French parents, Florence Lacaze fled the city in the aftermath of the great earthquake of 1906. Living in Paris with her mother, she was taught that only money brought respectability and happiness, and developed a lifelong snobbery to match her aspirations. Marrying first “the boy next door” from the Bay Area to regain her U.S. citizenship, then hooking the already-married Frank Jay Gould (youngest son of notorious robber baron Jay Gould), Florence rewrote her personal history to match her new super-rich pedigree. While enjoying the fruits of an open marriage with Frank, Florence guided his millions into investments in hotels and casinos, creating the first luxury hotel and casino group in France. She was the first to bring the Italian Mafia to the Riviera, and made her name entertaining celebrities such as Zelda and Scott Fitzgerald, Pablo Picasso, Ernest Hemingway, Maurice Chevalier, Joseph Kennedy, and a raft of Hollywood stars, some of whom (like Charlie Chaplin) became her lovers.
 
While the party ended for most Americans after the Great Crash of 1929, Frank and Florence Gould refused to return to America. (He had abandoned the U.S. in 1913 when federal income taxes were introduced, and the IRS eagerly awaited his return.) During the Nazi occupation of France, Florence took scores of German lovers, traded with the Nazis, and hosted a controversial salon for collaborators and underground Résistants alike. As the Allies closed in on the city, the unscrupulous Florence became embroiled in a money laundering operation for high-ranking Nazis fleeing the country.
 
Despite the best efforts of J. Edgar Hoover and the French Sûreté, Florence avoided treason charges after the war, and lived as part of France’s upper-crust until her death in 1983. Her vast fortune was put to good use through the Florence Gould Foundation, buying her eternal respectability as a patron of the arts and sciences in New York City and beyond. A Dangerous Woman is a colorful and damning portrait of a woman who could have been a character in the great literary works of Ibsen or Chekhov, and a cautionary lesson that while money can buy happiness, it requires a lack of concern for the repercussions of your actions.

Susan Ronald was born and raised in the United States and has lived in England for more than twenty-five years. She is the author of several books, including Hitler's Art Thief and Heretic Queen.

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$27.99
ISBN: 9781250092212
Availability: Coming Soon - Available for Pre-Order Now
Published: St. Martin's Press - February 20th, 2018

A revealing biography of Florence Gould, fabulously wealthy socialite and patron of the arts, who hid a dark past as a Nazi collaborator in 1940's Paris.


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San Francisco, CA 94941

Steven Saylor - The Throne of Caesar (San Francisco)

Thursday, March 15, 2018 - 6:00pm

Julius Caesar, appointed dictator for life by the Roman Senate, has pardoned his remaining enemies and rewarded his friends. Now Caesar is preparing to leave Rome with his legions to wage a war of conquest against the Parthian Empire. But he has a few more things to do before he goes.

Gordianus the Finder, after decades of investigating crimes and murders involving the powerful, has been raised to Equestrian rank and has firmly and finally decided to retire. But on the morning of March 10th, he's first summoned to meet with Cicero and then with Caesar himself. Both have the same request of Gordianus--keep your ear to the ground, ask around, and find out if there are any conspiracies against Caesar's life. And Caesar has one other matter of vital importance to discuss. Gordianus's adopted son Meto has long been one of Caesar's closest confidants. To honor Meto, Caesar plans to bestow on Gordianus an honor which will change not only his life but the destiny of his entire family. It will happen when the Senate next convenes on the 15th of March.

Gordianus must dust off his old skills and see what plots against Julius Caesar, if any, he can uncover. But more than one conspiracy is afoot. The Ides of March is fast approaching and at least one murder is inevitable in The Throne of Caesar.

Steven Saylor is the author of the acclaimed Roma Sub Rosa series of historical mystery novels featuring Gordianus the Finder, beginning with Roman Blood, as well as the internationally bestselling historical novels Empire and Roma. He has appeared on the History Channel as an expert on Roman politics and life. He divides his time between Berkeley, California, and Austin, Texas.

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$27.99
ISBN: 9781250087126
Availability: Coming Soon - Available for Pre-Order Now
Published: Minotaur Books - February 20th, 2018

"What a marvel ...Saylor's masterful storytelling puts you right there, wonderstruck and wide-eyed. Deliciously immersive, captivating entertainment from a justly celebrated writer." --Margaret George


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San Francisco, CA 94111

Lee Bruno - Misfits, Merchants & Mayhem (San Francisco)

Thursday, March 29, 2018 - 6:00pm

The waterfront is where it all began for San Francisco. It's where untold numbers of adventurers and fortune-hunters first stepped foot upon the land that embodied possibility. It's where ships from around the world, carrying sea-faring gold seekers, maritime traders, free-spirited mavericks, and hopeful immigrants, came to anchor. And it's where the unconventional, opportunistic, and indefatigable embarked. Misfits, Merchants & Mayhem: Tales from San Francisco's Historic Waterfront, 1849-1934 shares the stories of exceptional newcomers and outliers, whose intrepid spirits helped to transform a small port into one of the most beautiful, unpredictable, and beloved cities in the world.

Lee Bruno explores nearly a century of waterfront history, ranging from the Gold Rush to the Jazz Age, telling the tales of the enterprising entrepreneurs, reckless financiers, tireless reformers, visionary architects and city planners, and bohemian artists, musicians, and poets who all heeded the call of promise. With more than 100 historical images, Misfits, Merchants & Mayhem celebrates the famous (and infamous) characters whose charismatic personalities and perseverance created the institutions, businesses, and cultural fabric of San Francisco.

Lee Bruno has been digging into San Francisco’s rich history ever since discovering his great grandfather Reuben Hale’s inspiring letters and speeches. Lee, who received his MS in science journalism from Boston University, is the author of Panorama: Tales from San Francisco's 1915 Pan-Pacific International Exposition (Cameron + Company) and has been writing for over 20 years about business and technology for the Economist, the Guardian, MIT Technology Review, Red Herring magazine, and Wired, among others. He has lived in San Francisco for more than 30 years, raising a family of four boys with his wife and enjoying long open-water swims with the eccentrics at the South End Rowing Club.

Misfits, Merchants & Mayhem: Tales from San Francisco's Historic Waterfront, 1849-1934 Cover Image
By Lee Bruno, Charles Fracchia (Foreword by)
$35.00
ISBN: 9781944903275
Availability: Coming Soon - Available for Pre-Order Now
Published: Cameron & Company - February 6th, 2018

The waterfront is where it all began for San Francisco. It's where untold numbers of adventurers and fortune-hunters first stepped foot upon the land that embodied possibility. It's where ships from around the world, carrying sea-faring gold seekers, maritime traders, free-spirited mavericks, and hopeful immigrants, came to anchor.


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San Francisco, CA 94105