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David Corbett & Galadrielle Allman - Crime + Music (San Francisco)

Friday, December 9, 2016 - 6:00pm

CRIME + MUSIC: The Sounds of Noir collects twenty darkly intense, music-related noir stories by world-renowned mystery authors including David Corbett, Tyler Dilts, Brendan DuBois, Bill Fitzhugh, Alison Gaylin, A.J. Hartley, Craig Johnson, David Liss, Val McDermid, Gary Phillips, Peter Robinson, and Zoe Sharp, and, from the music world, Galadrielle Allman, author of Please Be With Me: A Song for My Father, Duane Allman and award-winning songwriter-novelist Willy Vlautin. Edited by novelist and Wall Street Journal rock and pop music critic Jim Fusilli.

The lively anthology's chilling, sinister tales tap into the span of rock and pop history, ranging from Peter Blauner's heart-wrenching "The Last Temptation of Frankie Lymon" to Fusilli's "Boy Wonder", set in the world of contemporary electronic dance music; from Naomi Rand's "The Misfits", a punk-rock revenge saga to Mark Haskell Smith's menacingly comedic "1968 Pelham Blue SG Jr."; from Reed Farrel Coleman's study of a one-hit wonder, "Look at Me/Don't Look at Me" to Erica Wright's account of betrayal among minor talents in "A Place You're Likely to Find" and many more.

 

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By Jim Fusilli (Editor), Craig Johnson (Contribution by), David Liss (Contribution by)
$19.95
ISBN: 9781941110454
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Published: Three Rooms Press - October 18th, 2016

CRIME + MUSIC: The Sounds of Noir, collects twenty darkly intense, music-related noir stories by world-renowned mystery authors including David Corbett, Tyler Dilts, Brendan DuBois, Bill Fitzhugh, Alison Gaylin, A.J.


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Erin Gleeson - The Forest Feast Gatherings (San Francisco)

Saturday, December 10, 2016 - 11:00am

Erin Gleeson, the New York Times bestselling author of The Forest Feast, returns with a gorgeously illustrated cookbook packed with 100 brand-new simple vegetarian recipes designed for relaxed entertaining.

When food photographer and stylist Erin Gleeson left New York City to live in a cabin in the woods of northern California, she started the blog "The Forest Feast" to document her vegetable-centric, seasonal approach to cooking. Her readers are drawn to her healthy recipes that anyone can make—dishes that are easy enough to prepare after a long day at work, yet impressive enough for a party—as well as to her visually stunning photography and watercolors. Erin handwrites each recipe over her photos to create diagram-like, step-by-step instructions that are vibrant, unique, and most important, easy to cook from.

Erin’s recipes have always been ideal for entertaining, but now in The Forest Feast Gatherings she offers detailed guidance on hosting casual, yet thoughtful, get-togethers from start to finish with recipes that serve 6 to 8. The book offers 100 new, innovative vegetarian recipes, along with some fan favorites from the blog, arranged in a series of artfully designed menus that are tailored around specific occasions and seasons—whether a summer dinner party, a laid-back brunch, a vegan and gluten-free gathering, or holiday cocktails. Sample recipes include:

  • Pomegranate Punch
  • Quinoa Crunch Salad
  • Floral Summer Rolls
  • Vietnamese Lentil Tacos
  • Kale-Hazelnut Salad
  • Pear-Thyme Galettes

Menus feature recipes for drinks, appetizers, entrees, side dishes, and desserts, accented by quick decorating ideas for flower arrangements, signage, and table settings.

Lushly illustrated with hundreds of watercolor drawings and photographs, this is an inspiring reference for anyone who wants to share good food with good friends, simply, easily, and beautifully.

Erin Gleeson is the author, illustrator, and photographer behind the New York Times bestselling cookbook The Forest Feast, The Forest Feast for Kids, and the popular blog of the same name. Erin also teaches photography in Continuing Studies at Stanford University. Her work has been featured in the New York Times, the Kitchn, Design Sponge, Food52, InStyle, Country Living, Better Homes and Gardens, Bon Appetit, and Saveur, and appears in a line of stationery products from Abrams Noterie that includes journals, art prints, and calendars. Erin lives in a cabin in the woods in Northern California where she creates simple and delicious vegetarian recipes, inspired by her weekly farm box.

 

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$35.00
ISBN: 9781419722455
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Published: ABRAMS - September 27th, 2016

Erin Gleeson, the New York Times bestselling author of The Forest Feast, returns with a gorgeously illustrated cookbook packed with 100 brand-new simple vegetarian recipes designed for relaxed entertaining.


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Left Coast Writers®: Book Launch - Wandering in Andalusia (San Francisco)

Monday, December 12, 2016 - 6:00pm

Join us for an evening in fabulosa España! We are celebrating the publication of Wandering in Andalusia, the fifth anthology in the award-winning Wandering series.

In many ways, Andalusia, situated as it is, at the southern boundary of the Iberian Peninsula, is a crossroads, a caravansary where settlers from northern Europe, Africa, the Mediterranean and the Middle East have left their mark. Our writers went from Córdoba to Málaga, from Granada and its Alhambra to Cadíz to bring back stories of cities, rivers, coasts, plains, food, spirit and passion. All embarked upon new roads of discovery, and all were well rewarded in their investigations. These, after all, are the landscapes that inspired Cervantes, Lorca, Machado, Navarro, Unamuno, Hemingway, Conrad and Menocal.

In the words of poet and rock idol, Jim Morrison, “Andalusia with fields ripe with grain, I want to see you again and again.”

Wandering editors Linda Watanabe McFerrin and Joanna Biggar and a selection of contributors will be on hand to share tales, treats and info on the next Big Adventure.

 

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Terence Ward - The Guardian of Mercy (San Francisco)

Thursday, January 5, 2017 - 6:00pm

Now celebrated as one of the great painters of the Renaissance, Michelangelo Merisi da Caravaggio fled Rome in 1606 to escape retribution for killing a man in a brawl. Three years later he was in Naples, where he painted The Seven Acts of Mercy. A year later he died at the age of thirty-eight under mysterious circumstances. Exploring Caravaggio's singular masterwork, in The Guardian of Mercy, Terence Ward offers an incredible narrative journey into the heart of his artistry and his metamorphosis from fugitive to visionary.

Ward's guide in this journey is a contemporary artist whose own life was transformed by the painting, a simple man named Angelo who shows him where it still hangs in a small church in Naples and whose story helps him see its many layers. As Ward unfolds the structure of the painting, he explains each of the seven mercies and its influence on Caravaggio’s troubled existence. Caravaggio encountered the whole range of Naples’s vertical social layers, from the lowest ranks of poverty to lofty gilded aristocratic circles, and Ward reveals the old city behind today's metropolis. Fusing elements of history, biography, memoir, travelogue, and journalism, his narrative maps the movement from estrangement to grace, as we witness Caravaggio’s bruised life gradually redeemed by art.

Terence Ward was born in Boulder, Colorado, and spent his childhood in Saudi Arabia and Iran. Also the author of Searching for Hassan, he is a cross-cultural consultant who has advised corporations and governments in the Islamic world and the West.

 

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$24.99
ISBN: 9781628725926
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Published: Arcade Publishing - February 9th, 2016

Now celebrated as one of the great painters of the Renaissance, Michelangelo Merisi da Caravaggio fled Rome in 1606 to escape retribution for killing a man in a brawl. Three years later he was in Naples, where he painted "The Seven Acts of Mercy." A year later he died at the age of thirty-eight under mysterious circumstances.


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Michael Healy - BART: The Dramatic History of the Bay Area Rapid Transit System (San Francisco)

Wednesday, January 11, 2017 - 6:00pm

When BART was opened in the San Francisco Bay Area in 1972, it became a catalyst for a renaissance in modern rail transit, both nationally and internationally. The concept as sold to Bay Area voters was gargantuan: by adopting aerospace technologies such as micro chips for ground transportation, the new computeroperated rail system would bridge counties and curb urban sprawl amid a booming automobile culture. But it all came within a gnat’s eyelash of not happening. The question raised by pundits and taxpayers alike was: would this space-age plan actually work, or be the biggest boondoggle in the country’s history?

In BART: The Dramatic History of the Bay Area Rapid Transit System, the first-ever history book about BART, longtime agency spokesman Michael C. Healy gives an insider’s account of the rapid transit system’s inception, hard-won approval, construction, and operations, “warts and all.” Written with a master storyteller’s homey with and sharp attention to detail, Healy recreates the politically fraught venture to bring a new kind of public transit to the West Coast. What emerges is a sense of the individuals who made (and make) BART happen. From tales of staying up until 3:00 a.m. with Bill Stokes and Jack Everson to hear the election results for the rapid transit vote to weathering scandals, strikes, and growing pains, this look behind the scenes of an iconic, seemingly monolithic structure reveals peoples at their most-human – and determined to change the status quo.

Nicknamed “Mr. BART” by his colleagues, Michael C. Healy was responsible for BART’s media affairs and marketing activities from 1971 - about ten months before trains started running - until his retirement in 2004. He wrote for radio and film and was the editor of the Sausalito News before taking a public relations job at the nascent transit agency. He is an alumnus of the University of Southern California.

 

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Thomas Perry - The Old Man (San Francisco)

Tuesday, January 17, 2017 - 6:00pm

The toppling of a Middle Eastern government suddenly makes a decades-old case a priority again for American military intelligence in this new high-wire act from bestselling author Thomas Perry 

Edgar Award-winning author Thomas Perry writes thrillers that move “almost faster than a speeding bullet” (Wall Street Journal). The Old Man is his latest whip-smart standalone novel.

To all appearances, Dan Chase is a harmless retiree in Vermont with two big mutts and a grown daughter he keeps in touch with by phone. But most sixty-year-old widowers don’t have multiple driver’s licenses, savings stockpiled in banks across the country, and a bugout kit with two Beretta Nanos stashed in the spare bedroom closet. Most have not spent decades on the run. Thirty-five years ago, as a young hotshot in army intelligence, Chase was sent to Libya to covertly assist a rebel army. When the plan turned sour, Chase reacted according to his own ideas of right and wrong, triggering consequences he could never have anticipated. And someone still wants him dead because of them. Just as he had begun to think himself finally safe, Chase must reawaken his survival instincts to contend with the history he has spent his adult life trying to escape. Armed mercenaries, spectacularly crashed cars, a precarious love interest, and an unforgettable chase scene through the snow—this is lethal plotting from one of the best in crime fiction.

Thomas Perry is the bestselling author of over twenty novels, including the critically acclaimed Jane Whitefield series, Forty Thieves, and The Butcher’s Boy, which won the Edgar Award. He lives in Southern California.

 

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$26.00
ISBN: 9780802125866
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Published: Mysterious Press - January 3rd, 2017

Edgar Award-winning author Thomas Perry writes thrillers that move almost faster than a speeding bullet (Wall Street Journal). The Old Man is his latest whip-smart standalone novel.


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David Kulczyk - California's Deadliest Women (San Francisco)

Thursday, January 19, 2017 - 6:00pm

We like to think of women as nurturers, not murderers, but women do kill. California's Deadliest Women is David Kulczyk's definitive guide to the murderesses of the Golden State, a horrifying compendium of women driven to kill by jealousy, greed, desperation, or their own inner demons. From Brynn Hartman, who killed her husband, comedian Phil Hartman, to chemist Larissa Shuster, who dissolved her husband in acid, to dominatrix Omaima Aree Nelson, who cooked and ate her husband, the 28 women profiled in this book show that the fairer sex can be as evil and as deadly as any man.

David Kulczyk (pronounced Coal-check) is a Sacramento-based crime historian. His previous books include California Justice, Death in California and California Fruits, Flakes and Nuts, all available from Craven Street Books.

 

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By David Kulczyk, Olaf Jens (Illustrator)
$14.95
ISBN: 9781610352802
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Published: Craven Street Books - September 2016

We like to think of women as nurturers, not murderers, but women do kill. California's Deadliest Women is the definitive guide to the murderesses of the Golden State, a horrifying compendium of women driven to kill by jealousy, greed, desperation, or their own inner demons.


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Sheila Kohler - Once We Were Sisters (Corte Madera)

Sunday, January 22, 2017 - 1:00pm

When Sheila Kohler was thirty-seven, she received the heart-stopping news that her sister Maxine, only two years older, was killed when her husband drove them off a deserted road in Johannesburg. Stunned by the news, she immediately flew back to the country where she was born, determined to find answers and forced to reckon with his history of violence and the lingering effects of their most unusual childhood—one marked by death and the misguided love of their mother.

In her signature spare and incisive prose, Shelia Kohler recounts the lives she and her sister led. Flashing back to their storybook childhood at the family estate, Crossways, Kohler tells of the death of her father when she and Maxine were girls, which led to the family abandoning their house and the girls being raised by their mother, at turns distant and suffocating. We follow them to the cloistered Anglican boarding school where they first learn of separation and later their studies in Rome and Paris where they plan grand lives for themselves—lives that are interrupted when both marry young and discover they have made poor choices. Kohler evokes the bond between sisters and shows how that bond changes but never breaks, even after death.

Once We Were Sisters is a stunningly beautiful, heartrending literary memoir about the tragic death of the author’s beloved older sister and a tribute to their bond.

Sheila Kohler was born in Johannesburg, South Africa. She is the author of fourteen works of fiction including the novels Dreaming for Freud, Becoming Jane Eyre, and Cracks, which was nominated for the IMPAC Dublin Literary Award and made into a film starring Eva Green. Her work has been featured in the New York Times and O Magazine and included in the Best American Short Stories. She has twice won an O’Henry Prize, as well as an Open Fiction Award, a Willa Cather Prize, and a Smart Family Foundation Prize. She teaches at Princeton University and lives in New York City.

 

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$16.00
ISBN: 9780143129295
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Published: Penguin Books - January 17th, 2017

A beautiful and disturbing memoir of a beloved sister who died at the age of thirty-nine in circumstances that strongly suggest murder. . . . Highly recommended. Joyce Carol Oates


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Deborah Kennedy - Nature Speaks (San Francisco)

Tuesday, January 24, 2017 - 6:00pm

In Nature Speaks, Deborah Kennedy's captivating poetry and illustrations bring to life the profound bond between ourselves and the larger natural world. Kennedy focuses on the ecological themes of our time, infusing art and science with insight and passion. Her powerful poetry and earth-toned ink illustrations feature the elegance of birds and strength of redwood trees, appealing to the eye, the mind, and the heart. Kennedy invites us to listen to the earth to appreciate nature's grace, complexity, and vigoras we move toward pathways for healing ourselves and the earth.

An artist and poet, Deborah Kennedy's work has exhibited in the United States and Europe. Her art appeared on The Berlin Wall shortly before it was torn down and was an inspiration to thousands who witnessed art at the service of social change. She lives in San Jose, CA.

 

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$19.99
ISBN: 9781940468464
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Published: White Cloud Press - November 2016

Poetry and art to heal ourselves and the Earth


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Jennifer Monahan - This Trip Will Change Your Life (San Francisco)

Thursday, January 26, 2017 - 6:00pm

One woman’s inspirational story of finding her life purpose and the messages and training she received from the spirit world as she became a shamanic healer. 

While Jennifer Monahan has always felt connected to the spirit world, she didn’t fully realize how it had been orchestrating her life until a spur-of-the-moment trip to Yucatan, Mexico and a chance meeting with a Mayan shaman changed her life forever.

This is the true story of Monahan’s journey to finding and living her life purpose as a shaman. Filled with wisdom from her spirit guides and teachers that can benefit others looking for their life purpose, This Trip Will Change Your Life: Shaman's Story of Spirit Evolution shows how finding her true path made all the synchronistic “threads” in Monahan’s life come together into a beautifully woven tapestry and life purpose that she could have never imagined on her own.

Jennifer Monahan is a business strategy consultant turned Mayan-trained shaman who incorporates natural health and life coaching in her shamanic practices. She travels to the Yucatan several times a year to continue her training and more deeply connect with the magic and mystery of the Mayan ruins. Originally from New England, she currently lives in San Francisco, CA and provides shamanic services to clients in the United States and internationally.

 

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$16.95
ISBN: 9781631521119
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Published: She Writes Press - November 2016

While Jennifer Monahan has always felt connected to the spirit world, she didn t fully realize how it had been orchestrating her life until a spur-of-the-moment trip to Yucatan, Mexico and a chance meeting with a Mayan shaman changed her life forever.


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