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Atticus - Love Her Wild (San Francisco)

Sunday, October 22, 2017 - 4:00pm

The first collection of poetry by Instagram sensation Atticus.

Love Her Wild is a collection of new and beloved poems from Atticus, the young writer who has captured the hearts and minds of hundreds of thousands of avid followers on his Instagram account @atticuspoetry, including superstars like Karlie Kloss and Shay Mitchell. He was dubbed the "#1 poet to follow" by Teen Vogue and "the world's most tattoo-able" poet by Galore magazine. In his first published collection, Atticus captures what is both raw and relatable about the smallest and the grandest moments in life: the first glimpse of a new love in Paris; skinny dipping on a summer's night; the irrepressible exuberance of the female spirit; or drinking whiskey in the desert watching the rising sun. With honesty, poignancy, and romantic flair, Atticus distills the most exhilarating highs and the heartbreaking lows of life and love into a few perfectly evocative lines, ensuring that his words will become etched in your mind--and will awaken your sense of adventure.

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By Atticus
$17.99
ISBN: 9781501171239
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Published: Atria Books - July 11th, 2017

The first collection of poetry by Instagram sensation Atticus.


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Beth Macy - Truevine (San Francisco)

Monday, October 23, 2017 - 6:00pm

The year was 1899 and the place a sweltering tobacco farm in the Jim Crow South town of Truevine, Virginia. George and Willie Muse were two little boys born to a sharecropper family. One day a white man offered them a piece of candy, setting off events that would take them around the world and change their lives forever. Captured into the circus, the Muse brothers performed for royalty at Buckingham Palace and headlined over a dozen sold-out shows at New York's Madison Square Garden. They were global superstars in a pre-broadcast era. But the very root of their success was in the color of their skin and in the outrageous caricatures they were forced to assume: supposed cannibals, sheep-headed freaks, even "Ambassadors from Mars." Back home, their mother never accepted that they were "gone" and spent 28 years trying to get them back. 

Through hundreds of interviews and decades of research, Beth Macy expertly explores a central and difficult question: Where were the brothers better off? On the world stage as stars or in poverty at home? Truevine is a compelling narrative rich in historical detail and rife with implications to race relations today.

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$28.00
ISBN: 9780316337540
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Published: Little Brown and Company - October 18th, 2016

The true story of two African-American brothers who were kidnapped and displayed as circus freaks, and whose mother endured a 28-year struggle to get them back.


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Reza Farazmand - Comics for a Strange World (San Francisco)

Tuesday, October 24, 2017 - 6:00pm

In the follow-up to the New York Times bestselling Poorly Drawn Lines, beloved webcomic artist Reza Farazmand returns with a new collection of comics that hilariously skewers our modern age. Comics for a Strange World takes readers through time, space, and alternate realities, reuniting fans with favorite characters and presenting even more ridiculous scenarios. A squirrel adapts to human society by purchasing a cell phone—and a gun. And an old man shares memories of the Internet with his granddaughter: “A vast network of millions of idiots. Together, the idiots created endless shitty ideas. It was a true renaissance of shit.” In the world of Poorly Drawn Lines, nothing is too weird or too outlandish for parody.

Featuring 50 percent brand-new content alongside some of the most popular comics of the past year, Comics for a Strange World will be the perfect gift for your most sardonic friend or family member.

Reza Farazmand lives and draws in San Francisco. He started putting his comics on the Internet in college at pdlcomics.tumblr.com, and was soon surprised to learn that this activity could make for an actual career. His work has since been featured in and around such places as television sets, websites, magazines, and now this book. When he’s not writing or drawing, Reza enjoys drinking coffee and looking at things on screens. He is generally a pretty good guy.

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$20.00
ISBN: 9780735219885
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Published: Plume Books - October 24th, 2017

Absurd comics for our absurd times, from the artist behind the wildly popular webcomic Poorly Drawn Lines.


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Nan Alexander Doyal - Dig Where You Are (San Francisco)

Thursday, October 26, 2017 - 6:00pm

For anyone who has ever wondered if what they do matters or how they might make a difference but doesn’t know where to start– Nan Alexander Doyal’s voice is what you’ve been waiting for. 

In her book Dig Where You Are she introduces us to seven men and women who have solved some of the biggest challenges facing our societies today. Their stories are entertaining, heart-breaking, inspiring and at their core, empowering. From the slums of Mumbai, the villages of Tibet and northeast Thailand, the inner cities of Philadelphia and San Francisco, and a ghetto outside Stockholm, Dig Where You Are tells of an artist, a surgeon, a teacher, a criminologist, an economist, a community organizer and a general physician each of whom saw a way beyond suffering and injustice, took responsibility for the wellbeing of others and ended up transforming lives and communities across the world. 

There is a human perspective to these stories that strips away the heroic veneer of its characters and shows recognizable, even average people making a big impact on the world around them. Before becoming a writer, Nan Doyal worked across the world with people from many different cultures, walks of life and disciplines. As such she is more than a narrator; she is a guide in the deepest sense. She leads us with knowledge and empathy, sharing stories that are both inspiring and empowering. Like all great guides, she gives us much more than we asked for.

Nan Alexander Doyal has lived and worked in North America, Europe and Asia for more than three decades, most recently as President of The International Forum – an organization designing active learning experiences for the leaders of global corporations. For years she sought out people from all walks of life who were digging where they are –doing what they know how to do in order to make meaningful and sustainable change for the good.

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$15.95
ISBN: 9780997320305
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Published: Casper Press - January 17th, 2017

For anyone who has ever wondered if what they do matters or how they might make a difference but doesn’t know where to start– Nan Alexander Doyal’s voice is what you’ve been waiting for. In her book Dig Where You Are she introduces us to seven men and women who have solved some of the biggest challenges facing our societies today.


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Chris Sorensen & John Adler - The Blue Apron Cookbook (Ferry Building)

Saturday, October 28, 2017 - 12:00pm

 

Meet & Greet

The Joy of Cooking for a new generation: A collection of easy-to-make, delicious, and original recipes from the kitchens of Blue Apron—the beloved national meal-delivery service—featuring 165 step-by-step, technique-driven dishes that will transform novice cooks into confident home chefs and will excite experienced cooks too

Named for the uniform of apprentice chefs in professional kitchens, Blue Apron has made its mark from its exemplary meal-delivery service, but its true passion is culinary education—a value that infuses their commitment to providing healthy, sustainably sourced, seasonal foundations for creative cooking.

Now in The Blue Apron Cookbook, this trusted national brand steps into the kitchens of home cooks everywhere, taking its familiar step-by-step instructional style to a new level in a technique-driven cookbook intended to build confidence and expertise through meals that are as beautiful to look at as they are mouth-wateringly delicious to enjoy.

Organized around essential meals that explain both the “how” and the “why” of cooking techniques, The Blue Apron Cookbook excites, educates, and inspires. With the help of 800 stunning color photographs and unparalleled step-by-step instruction, amateur home cooks will grow into competent home chefs, perfecting and creating variations of classics ranging from roast chicken to risottos, pastas, soups, salads, and desserts. Each chapter starts with the basics and builds from there—as you cook through the recipes, even experienced cooks will appreciate the basics in a new way, learning how one dish or technique can be transformed into many others.

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$39.99
ISBN: 9780062562760
Availability: Coming Soon - Available for Pre-Order Now
Published: Harper Wave - October 24th, 2017

The Joy of Cooking for a new generation: A collection of easy-to-make, delicious, and original recipes from the kitchens of Blue Apron--the beloved national meal-delivery service--featuring 165 step-by-step, technique-driven dishes that will transform novice cooks into confident home chefs and will excite experienced cooks too.


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Erika Mailman - The Murderer's Maid (San Francisco)

Saturday, October 28, 2017 - 2:00pm

Bram Stoker Award finalist Erika Mailman brings the chilling legend of Lizzie Borden into new focus by adding a riveting contemporary narrative. The true story of the brutal murder of Lizzie Borden’s father and stepmother haunts American history, and Mailman’s prose brings the tale squarely into the modern world, ensuring its relevance to a new generation of readers.

The Murderer's Maid interweaves the stories of two women: one, the servant of infamous murderer Lizzie Borden, and the other a modern-day barista fleeing from an attempt on her life. Trapped by servitude and afraid for her own safety, Irish maid Bridget finds herself an unwilling witness to the tensions in the volatile Borden household. Lizzie, the younger sister, seethes with resentment against her father and stepmother. As conditions deteriorate, Bridget tries to perform her duties and keep her mouth shut. Unknowingly connected to the legendary murderer, Brooke, the illegitimate daughter of an immigrant maid, struggles to conceal her identity and stay a jump ahead of the men she thinks want to kill her. When she meets Anthony, an attorney who believes in second chances, she has to decide whether to stop running and begin her life anew.

With historical detail and taut, modern storytelling, Erika Mailman writes a captivating novel about identity, choices, freedom, and murder. She offers readers a fresh perspective on a brutal American myth and explores the trials of immigrants seeking a better life while facing down fear and oppression, today and throughout history. Intelligent and detailed, THE MURDERER’S MAID is a gripping read from beginning to bloody conclusion.

Erika Mailman is the author of The Witch's Trinity, a San Francisco Chronicle Notable Book and Bram Stoker Award finalist, and Woman of Ill Fame, a Pushcart Press Editor's Book Award nominee. She's a Yaddo fellow and lives in Northern California with her family.

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$25.00
ISBN: 9780997066449
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Published: Bonhomie Press - October 30th, 2017

Bram Stoker Award finalist Erika Mailman brings the true story of the brutal murder of Lizzie Borden's father and stepmother into new focus by adding a riveting contemporary narrative.

The Murderer's Maid interweaves the stories of two women: one, the servant of infamous Lizzie Borden, and the other a modern-day barista fleeing from an attempt on her life.


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Maryn McKenna - Big Chicken (San Francisco)

Monday, October 30, 2017 - 6:00pm

In Big Chicken, acclaimed health journalist and National Geographic contributer Maryn McKenna documents how antibiotics transformed chicken from local delicacy to industrial commodity--and human health threat--uncovering the ways we can make America's favorite meat safer again.

What you eat matters--for your health, for the environment, and for future generations. In this riveting investigative narrative, McKenna dives deep into the world of modern agriculture by way of chicken: from the farm where it's raised directly to your dinner table. Consumed more than any other meat in the United States, chicken is emblematic of today's mass food-processing practices and their profound influence on our lives and health. Tracing its meteoric rise from scarce treat to ubiquitous global commodity, McKenna reveals the astounding role of antibiotics in industrial farming, documenting how and why "wonder drugs" revolutionized the way the world eats--and not necessarily for the better. Rich with scientific, historical, and cultural insights, this spellbinding cautionary tale shines a light on one of America's favorite foods--and shows us the way to safer, healthier eating for ourselves and our children.

Maryn McKenna is an award-winning journalist and the author of two critically acclaimed books, Superbug and Beating Back the Devil. She writes for Wired, National Geographic, Scientific American, Slate, Nature, The Atlantic, the Guardian, National Geographic magazine's online science salon Phenomena, and others, and is a senior fellow of the Schuster Institute for Investigative Journalism at Brandeis University.

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$27.00
ISBN: 9781426217661
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Published: National Geographic Society - September 12th, 2017

In this eye-opening expose, acclaimed health journalist and National Geographic contributor Maryn McKenna documents how antibiotics transformed chicken from local delicacy to industrial commodity--and human health threat--uncovering the ways we can make America's favorite meat safer again.


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Emily Midorikawa & Emma Claire Sweeney - A Secret Sisterhood (San Francisco)

Wednesday, November 1, 2017 - 6:00pm

Join the Women's National Book Association of San Francisco, co-sponsors of the evening, to celebrate literary sisterhoods. Optional donations will benefit the Hedgebrook Scholarship for women authoring change at Saint Mary's College of CA.

Male literary friendships are the stuff of legend; think Byron and Shelley, Fitzgerald and Hemingway. But the world’s best-loved female authors are usually mythologized as solitary eccentrics or isolated geniuses. Coauthors and real-life friends Emily Midorikawa and Emma Claire Sweeney prove this wrong, thanks to their discovery of a wealth of surprising collaborations: the friendship between Jane Austen and one of the family servants, playwright Anne Sharp; the daring feminist author Mary Taylor, who shaped the work of Charlotte Brontë; the transatlantic friendship of the seemingly aloof George Eliot and Harriet Beecher Stowe; and Virginia Woolf and Katherine Mansfield, most often portrayed as bitter foes, but who, in fact, enjoyed a complex friendship fired by an underlying erotic charge.

Through letters and diaries that have never been published before, A Secret Sisterhood resurrects these forgotten stories of female friendships. They were sometimes scandalous and volatile, sometimes supportive and inspiring, but always—until now—tantalizingly consigned to the shadows.

Emily Midorikawa's work has been published in the Daily Telegraph, the Independent on Sunday, and the Times. She is a winner of the Lucy Cavendish Fiction Prize and was a runner-up in the SI Leeds Literary Prize (judged by Margaret Busby) and the Yeovil Literary Prize (judged by Tracy Chevalier). She has a history degree from University College London, and is a graduate of the University of East Anglia's creative writing masters program. She now teaches at New York University-London.

Emma Claire Sweeney work has been published in the Guardian, the Independent, and the Times. She has won Arts Council and Royal Literary Fund Awards, and her debut novel, Owl Song at Dawn, came out to critical acclaim in 2016. Emma holds an English literature degree from the University of Cambridge, a creative writing MA from the University of East Anglia, and her Ph.D. focused on Virginia Woolf. Emma now teaches at New York University-London.

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$27.00
ISBN: 9780544883734
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Published: Houghton Mifflin - October 17th, 2017

Male literary friendships are the stuff of legend; think Byron and Shelley, Fitzgerald and Hemingway. But the world's best-loved female authors are usually mythologized as solitary eccentrics or isolated geniuses.


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Melinda M. Ponder - Katherine Lee Bates: From Sea to Shining Sea (San Francisco)

Thursday, November 2, 2017 - 6:00pm

Katharine Lee Bates' America the Beautiful resonates for many people as the most patriotic and beloved American anthem. Her words remind us of why we love our country--the beauty of our land, the historic sacrifices of our people, and our ideals of hope and brotherhood. That has never been more important than today.

Drawing on extensive research in Bates family diaries, letters, and memoirs, biographer Melinda M. Ponder brings Katharine to vivid life in her latest Katherine Lee Bates: From Sea to Shining Sea

Although her passion was poetry, Katharine's three alluring suitors (two men and a woman) pulled her into major reform movements in a changing America after the Civil War.

Teacher, poet, community builder, and patriot, she challenged Americans to make their country the best it could become in its values and literature. You will find yourself rooting for the unlikely triumph of this complicated woman on her journeys "from sea to shining sea."

Melinda M. Ponder is a graduate of Katharine Lee Bates’s Wellesley College and received a M.A. in American Studies and a Ph.D. in English and American Literature from Boston College. She has published numerous articles and given many talks and interviews on Katharine Lee Bates, and has published two books on Nathaniel Hawthorne as well. Born in Indianapolis, Ponder now resides in Cambridge, Massachusetts. She is Professor of English Emerita at Pine Manor College in Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts.

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Brian Dear - The Friendly Orange Glow (San Francisco)

Tuesday, November 7, 2017 - 12:30pm

At a time when Steve Jobs was only a teenager and Mark Zuckerberg wasn't even born, a group of visionary engineers and designers--some of them only high school students--in the late 1960s and 1970s created a computer system called PLATO, which was light-years ahead in experimenting with how people would learn, engage, communicate, and play through connected computers. Not only did PLATO engineers make significant hardware breakthroughs with plasma displays and touch screens but PLATO programmers also came up with a long list of software innovations: chat rooms, instant messaging, message boards, screen savers, multiplayer games, online newspapers, interactive fiction, and emoticons. Together, the PLATO community pioneered what we now collectively engage in as cyberculture. They were among the first to identify and also realize the potential and scope of the social interconnectivity of computers, well before the creation of the internet. PLATO was the foundational model for every online community that was to follow in its footsteps.

The Friendly Orange Glow is the first history to recount in fascinating detail the remarkable accomplishments and inspiring personal stories of the PLATO community. The addictive nature of PLATO both ruined many a college career and launched pathbreaking multimillion-dollar software products. Its development, impact, and eventual disappearance provides an instructive case study of technological innovation and disruption, project management, and missed opportunities. Above all, this book at last reveals new perspectives on the origins of social computing and our internet-infatuated world.

Brian Dear is a longtime tech-startup entrepreneur and the founder of companies including Coconut Computing, FlatWorks, Eventful, and Nettle. He has also worked at a variety of dot-com companies, including MP3 and eBay. He worked in the field of computer-based education for eight years, including five on the PLATO system. He has written for Educational Technology, BYTE, IEEE Expert, and the San Diego Reader. He lives with his wife in Santa Fe, New Mexico.

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$40.00
ISBN: 9781101871553
Availability: Coming Soon - Available for Pre-Order Now
Published: Pantheon Books - November 14th, 2017

At a time when Steve Jobs was only a teenager and Mark Zuckerberg wasn't even born, a group of visionary engineers and designers--some of them only high school students--in the late 1960s and 1970s created a computer system called PLATO, which was light-years ahead in experimenting with how people would learn, engage, communicate, and play through connected computers.


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