San Francisco Events

Dan Simmons - The Fifth Heart

Thursday, March 26, 2015 - 6:00pm

The Fifth Heart opens on a cold night in 1893. Author Henry James is on a Paris bridge holding his sister’s ashes, haunted by a humiliating opening night of his newest play and ready to end his life in the Seine. Also on the bridge that night: renowned detective Sherlock Holmes, whom everyone thinks dead. He faked his own death three years earlier, fooling his beloved friend Dr. Watson and leading him on a wild goose chase for the villainous Moriarty.

$28.00
ISBN: 9780316198820
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Published: Little Brown and Company - March 24th, 2015


In 1893, Sherlock Holmes and Henry James come to America together to solve the mystery of the 1885 death of Clover Adams, wife of the esteemed historian Henry Adams--member of the Adams family that has given the United States two Presidents. Clover's suicide appears to be more than it at first seemed; the suspected foul play may involve matters of national importance.


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CANCELLED: Mary Doria Russell - Epitaph: A Novel of the O.K. Corral

Friday, March 27, 2015 - 12:30pm

Please note: due to unforseen circumstances, this event has been cancelled.

A deeply divided nation. Vicious politics. A shamelessly partisan media. A president loathed by half the populace. Smuggling and gang warfare along the Mexican border. Armed citizens willing to stand their ground and take law into their own hands...

That was America in 1881.

All those forces came to bear on the afternoon of October 26th when Doc Holliday and the Earp brothers faced off against the Clantons and the McLaurys in Tombstone, Arizona. It should have been a simple misdemeanor arrest. Thirty seconds and thirty bullets later, three officers were wounded and three citizens lay dead in the dirt.

Wyatt Earp was the last man standing, the only one unscathed. The lies began before the smoke cleared, but the gunfight at the O.K. Corral would soon become central to American beliefs about the Old West.

Epitaph: A Novel of the O.K. Corral tells Wyatt’s real story, unearthing the Homeric tragedy buried under 130 years of mythology, misrepresentation, and sheer indifference to fact. Epic and intimate, this novel gives voice to the real men and women whose lives were changed forever by those fatal 30 seconds in Tombstone. At its heart is the woman behind the myth: Josephine Sarah Marcus, who loved Wyatt Earp for forty-nine years and who carefully chipped away at the truth until she had crafted the heroic legend that would become the epitaph her husband deserved.

Mary Doria Russell is the author of The Sparrow, considered a classic of speculative fiction and its sequel, Children of God, which, combined, have won eight regional, national and international awards. Her third novel, A Thread of Grace, was nominated for a Pulitzer Prize, and her fourth novel, Dreamers of the Day, was nominated for the 2008 IMPAC Dublin Literary Prize. Her fifth novel, Doc, was also nominated for the Pulitzer Prize. She holds a Ph.D. in Biological Anthropology and previously taught human gross anatomy.

 

$27.99
ISBN: 9780062198761
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Published: Ecco Press - March 3rd, 2015

From the bestselling, award-winning author of Doc, The Sparrow, and A Thread of Grace comes Epitaph, a richly detailed novel of the infamous gunfight at the O.K. Corral and the making of the mythology that surrounds it to this day


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San Francisco, CA 94111

San Francisco Grotto Writers - 3 Minute Reads

Friday, March 27, 2015 - 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.

 

Robin Rinaldi - The Wild Oats Project

Tuesday, March 31, 2015 - 6:00pm

“GOOD GIRL SEEKS EXPERIENCE” began the Craigslist ad in the Casual Encounters w4m section. “I’M A 44-YEAR-OLD PROFESSIONAL, EDUCATED, ATTRACTIVE WOMAN IN AN OPEN MARRIAGE, SEEKING SINGLE MEN AGE 35-50 TO HELP ME EXPLORE MY SEXUALITY.”

$26.00
ISBN: 9780374290214
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Published: Sarah Crichton Books - March 17th, 2015

What if for just one year you let desire call the shots?


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Rachel Brathen - Yoga Girl (Signing)

Wednesday, April 1, 2015 - 6:00pm

Please note: this event is a signing only.

$19.99
ISBN: 9781501106767
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Published: Touchstone Books - March 24th, 2015

By the yoga instructor who inspires more than one million followers on Instagram every day.


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San Francisco, CA 94111

Dana Thomas - Gods and Kings: The Rise and Fall of Alexander McQueen and John Galliano

Thursday, April 2, 2015 - 6:00pm

In February 2011, John Galliano, the lauded head of Christian Dior, imploded with a drunken, anti-Semitic public tirade. Exactly a year earlier, celebrated designer Alexander McQueen took his own life three weeks before his women’s wear show. Both were casualties of the war between art and commerce that has raged within fashion for the last two decades.

$29.95
ISBN: 9781594204944
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Published: Penguin Press - February 10th, 2015

More than two decades ago, John Galliano and Alexander McQueen arrived on the fashions scene when the business was in an artistic and economic rut. Both wanted to revolutionize fashion in a way no one had in decades. They shook the establishment out of its bourgeois, minimalist stupor with daring, sexy designs.


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San Francisco, CA 94111

San Francisco Grotto Writers - 3 Minute Reads

Friday, April 3, 2015 - 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.

Cathy Erway - The Food of Taiwan

Saturday, April 4, 2015 - 12:30pm

Taiwan, an island the size of Massachusetts, has a big presence in food and culture here in the states. Best-selling American authors, NBA stars, chefs, actors, scientists, journalists and many more hold a connection to the island and its traditions. Surprisingly, there has yet to be a collection of food insights and history of Taiwan—until now at least. In The Food of Taiwan, author Cathy Erway brings into focus those foods and the wild array of flavors that define Taiwan.

$30.00
ISBN: 9780544303010
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Published: Houghton Mifflin - March 24th, 2015

Acclaimed author Cathy Erway offers an insider's look at Taiwanese cooking--from home-style dishes to authentic street food


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San Francisco, CA 94111

Matt Kepnes - How to Travel the World on $50 a Day

Wednesday, April 8, 2015 - 6:00pm

Growing up in Boston, Matt Kepnes was never a big traveler. He didn’t take his first trip overseas until he was 23. Outside a cruise and college trip to Montreal, he had no travel experience. Then he went on a tour trip in Costa Rica, and got hooked on travel. He quit his desk job and decided to take a year off to travel. That was in 2006, the trip lasted 18 months, and Matt is still on the road.

Since then, Matt has been showing readers of his enormously popular travel blog (nomadicmatt.com) that traveling isn’t expensive and that it’s affordable to all. He proves that as long as you think out of the box and travel like locals, your trip doesn’t have to break your bank.

His definitive book How to Travel the World on $50 a Day gets an upgrade in this new revised and expanded edition—it still has Matt’s signature tips, tricks, and secrets to comfortable budget travel based on his experience traveling the world without giving up the sushi meals and comfortable beds he enjoys, but it also has brand-new content, including new chapters on China, Japan, and India.

Matt Kepnes is a native of Boston but calls the world home now. After a trip to Thailand in 2005 inspired him to travel more, he quit his job and set off around the world. He is still exploring new lands and helping others do the same.

$15.00
ISBN: 9780399173288
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Perigee Books - January 6th, 2015

"New York Times "bestseller
No money? No problem. You can start packing your bags for that trip you've been dreaming a lifetime about.


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Rae Dunn - Wilma’s World: Good Advice from a Good Dog

Saturday, April 11, 2015 - 12:30pm

Welcome to Wilma’s World, where life is full of joy and adventure lies around every corner. This charming book of photographs celebrates the insights of a special dog whose musings remind us to slow down and see the beauty in simple things:

be open to WHEREVER life takes you
admit when you are wrong
the grass is green on both sides of the fence
surround yourself with love

$15.95
ISBN: 9781452140223
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Published: Chronicle Books (CA) - March 3rd, 2015

Welcome to Wilma's World, where life is full of joy and adventure lies around every corner. This charming book of photographs celebrates the wise insights of a special dog whose musings remind us to slow down and see the beauty in simple things. Wilma's handmade style and playful personality will inspire adventurous spirits everywhere.


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