San Francisco Events

Chris Mavraedis - Falling in Love with Baseball (San Francisco)

Wednesday, September 27, 2017 - 6:00pm

Falling in Love with Baseball is a beautiful full-color hardbound book loaded with great anecdotes, and remembrances by a man who truly loves baseball. When Lou Gehrig’s disease robbed Chris Mavraedis of the ability to speak, he translated his passion for the game into stories, blog posts, and emails. These pieces and photographs (24, in honor of Willie Mays Jersey number) are inspiring, often hilarious, at times heartrending, and will delight anyone who ever fell in love with baseball.

Chris Mavraedis, author, was diagnosed with Lou Gehrig's Disease a few years ago. "Falling in Love with Baseball" is a project being commissioned by Chris and supported by the San Francisco Giants and the ALS Golden West Chapter.

1 Ferry Building
San Francisco, CA 94111

Douglas Dale - Wolfdale's Cuisine Unique (San Francisco)

Saturday, September 30, 2017 - 1:00pm

More than a cookbook, Wolfdale’s Cuisine Unique is an autobiography in which Chef Douglas Dale shares stories of culinary passion and creativity. Each chapters begins with a personal account from a different period of his life, followed by signature recipes across Starters, Soups & Salads, Entrees, Sauces, Basics, Desserts, and Spirits. Throughout the book’ s 220 pages, stunning photography compliments each of nearly 70 recipes and provides a visual timeline of his years in Buffalo Boston, studying in Japan, the early days of Wolfdale’ s, and its current location in Tahoe City, California. Chef Dale’ s dedication to always look for that inspiring element, new technique and unconventional combination of flavors, has helped him become a successful chef and restaurant owner in a resort town for nearly 4 decades.   

Nationally known for his cutting edge cuisine, Chef Dale’ s culinary fundamentals are essentially Asian and European fused with a California spirit. Holding a time-tested kitchen motto “Fresh Food Simply Prepared,” Wolfdale’ s menu and wine selection changes frequently to reflect the availability of locally sourced, fresh ingredients and newly released vintages. Wolfdale’s Restaurant is considered one of Lake Tahoe’ s finest and most creative dining experiences offering a unique style of East-West cuisine, an award winning wine selection, and original cocktails.  

Leading with a forward from Larry Ruvo, Senior Managing Director at Southern Wine & Spirits of NV, Wolfdale’s Cuisine Unique is lined with heart-felt testimonials from legendary clients.

Douglas Dale was born in Buffalo, New York and grew up working in the kitchen of the Club Sheridan where his Dad performed as an entertainer. In his twenties, he studied Oshojin ryori “Purification Food” while living at Mineji Temple in southern Japan. Upon returning to the United States in 1976 he apprenticed under one of the first ‘celebrity chefs’, Hiroshi Hayashi at the bustling Seventh Inn Restaurant in Boston. Douglas moved to North Lake Tahoe to open “Wolfdales” with former partner & brother-in-law Jerry “Wolf” and his sister Deborah Dale Wolf in Homewood in 1978. A few years later Douglas, and wife Kathleen Dale, moved the restaurant to its present day Tahoe City location, a historic building that was barged across Lake Tahoe from Glenbrook in 1901. Douglas is passionate about his career because he is always learning and enjoys celebrating the positive experiences of his guests. He loves Tahoe City because of the healthy lifestyle and connection with nature.

1 Ferry Building
San Francisco, CA 94111

Kathryn Sermak - Miss D & Me (San Francisco)

Wednesday, October 4, 2017 - 6:00pm

Miss D and Me is a story of two powerful women, one at the end of her life and the other at the beginning. As Bette Davis aged she was looking for an assistant, but she found something more than that in Kathryn Sermak: a loyal and loving buddy, a co-conspirator in her jokes and schemes, and a competent assistant whom she trained never to miss a detail. But Miss D had strict rules for Kathryn about everything from how to eat a salad to how to wear her hair...even the spelling of Kathryn's name was changed (adding the "y") per Miss D's request. Throughout their time together, the two grew incredibly close, and Kathryn had a front-row seat to the larger-than-life Davis's career renaissance in her later years, as well as to the humiliating public betrayal that nearly killed Miss D.

The frame of this story is a four-day road trip Kathryn and Davis took from Biarritz to Paris, during which they disentangled their ferocious dependency. Miss D and Me is a window into the world of the unique and formidable Bette Davis, told by the person who perhaps knew her best of all.

Kathryn Sermak is the co-founder of the Bette Davis Foundation and co-executor of the Bette Davis Estate. In addition to Bette Davis, Kathryn has been personal assistant to HH Princess Shams Pahlavi; French actress, Isabelle Adjani; the statesman and journalist, Pierre Salinger; astronaut Dr. Buzz Aldrin, Motown Founder, Berry Gordy Jr.; famed American designer, Patrick Kelly; and the co-creator of Where's Waldo, Michael Gornall. Kathryn was also among the first to receive the Personal Assistant Career Award in 2003.

Miss D and Me: Life with the Invincible Bette Davis Cover Image
ISBN: 9780316507844
Availability: Coming Soon - Available for Pre-Order Now
Published: Hachette Books - September 12th, 2017

For ten years Kathryn Sermak was at Bette Davis's side--first as an employee, and then as her closest friend--and in Miss D and Me she tells the story of the great star's harrowing but inspiring final years, a story fans have been waiting decades to hear.

1 Ferry Building
San Francisco, CA 94111

Joan Marie Johnson - Funding Feminism (San Francisco)

Tuesday, October 10, 2017 - 6:00pm

Funding Feminism examines an understudied dimension of women’s history in the United States: how a group of affluent white women from the late nineteenth through the mid-twentieth centuries advanced the status of all women through acts of philanthropy. This cadre of activists included Phoebe Hearst, the mother of William Randolph Hearst; Grace Dodge, granddaughter of Wall Street “Merchant Prince” William Earle Dodge; and Ava Belmont, who married into the Vanderbilt family fortune. Motivated by their own experiences with sexism, and focusing on women’s need for economic independence, these benefactors sought to expand women’s access to higher education, promote suffrage, and champion reproductive rights, as well as to provide assistance to working-class women. In a time when women still wielded limited political power, philanthropy was perhaps the most potent tool they had. But even as these wealthy women exercised considerable influence, their activism had significant limits. As Joan Marie Johnson argues, restrictions tied to their giving engendered resentment and jeopardized efforts to establish coalitions across racial and class lines.
As the struggle for full economic and political power and self-determination for women continues today, this history reveals how generous women helped shape the movement. And Johnson shows us that tensions over wealth and power that persist in the modern movement have deep historical roots.
Joan Marie Johnson is a historian and faculty coordinator for the Office of the Provost at Northwestern University.

Funding Feminism: Monied Women, Philanthropy, and the Women's Movement, 1870-1967 Cover Image
ISBN: 9781469634692
Availability: Coming Soon - Available for Pre-Order Now
Published: University of North Carolina Press - October 2nd, 2017

1 Ferry Building
San Francisco, CA 94111

Tyler Kyle - Mask By Mask (San Francisco)

Saturday, October 14, 2017 - 3:30pm

We wear masks with colleagues, family, and lovers, but what about the masks we use to hide from ourselves? Mask by Mask is a character study of fiercely independent and unabashedly carnal Ada as she returns to Barcelona in search of a hole in her memory. She has everything the modern woman could want: a stunning career as a sought-after wedding photographer, clothes to raise the envy of fashionistas, loyal friends, and a list of lovers rich in body and pocket. After accepting the proposal of her latest conquest, Paulo, she flies to Spain in search of the one man she could never seduce, and what happened on the night they met ten years ago.

Tyler Kyle began traveling through Europe at the age of seventeen, living and working in an Austrian castle, visiting Russia, Israel, Japan, and Spain. She holds a Master of Arts in Spanish and a Master of Arts in Education, and is a translator, sommelier, and yoga instructor. Tyler lives with her twin daughter and French bulldog in Napa, California, where she is currently studying Spanish vintages.

Mask by Mask Cover Image
ISBN: 9781504371322
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Balboa Press - February 24th, 2017

1 Ferry Building
San Francisco, CA 94111

Ned Colletti - The Big Chair (San Francisco)

Monday, October 16, 2017 - 6:00pm

During his tenure with the Dodgers, Ned Colletti had the highest winning percentage of any general manager in the National League. In The Big Chair, he lets readers in on the real GM experience—something no one in the position has ever done before—sharing the inner workings of three of the top franchises in the sport, revealing the out-of-the-headlines machinations behind the trades, the hires and the deals; how the money really works; how the decision-making really works; how much power the players really have and why—the real brass tacks of some of the most pivotal decisions made in baseball history that led to great success along with heartbreak and failure on the field. Baseball fans will come for the grit and insight, stay for the heart, and pass it on for the wisdom.

Colletti began his MLB career with his beloved hometown team, the Chicago Cubs, more than 35 years ago. He worked in Chicago for a dozen years and was in the front office when the Cubs won the National League East in 1984 and 1989, after which he moved on as director of baseball operations for the SF Giants. By 1996, he became the Assistant GM for the Giants, before being hired as the GM in Los Angeles in 2006. There he oversaw the Dodgers through the highly publicized and acrimonious divorce battle between Frank and Jamie McCourt that culminated in the equally highly publicized sale of the team. He was present at the press conference where Don Mattingly, having just watched his team eliminated from the playoffs, used the post-season conference to vehemently discuss his lack of a contract extension. He brought marquee names like Greg Maddux and Clayton Kershaw to LA, as well as marquee drama with the likes of Manny Ramirez and Yasiel Puig; hired future Hall of Famer Joe Torre as manager; and oversaw fourteen Dodgers playoff wins. And these are just a few of the highlights. Colletti serves up a huge dish of first-hand experiences with some of the biggest names in baseball history (Barry Bonds, Greg Maddux, Don Mattingly, Don Zimmer, Tommy Lasorda, Scott Boras, Vin Scully, and more). From his humble early years living in a Chicago garage to his path to one of the most prestigious positions in professional sports, his very public and illustrious career has left a permanent handprint in the history of America’s sport—and now he’s ready to share the insight only those who have sat in The Big Chair have ever seen.

Ned Colletti is the former General Manager of the Los Angeles Dodgers, where he had a widely successful tenure from 2006-2014. Before the Dodgers, he served as assistant General Manager of the San Francisco Giants, after getting his start with the Chicago Cubs, his beloved home team. He currently appears as a baseball analyst on Spectrum SportsNet LA before and after most Dodgers games.

The Big Chair: The Smooth Hops and Bad Bounces from the Inside World of the Acclaimed Los Angeles Dodgers General Manager Cover Image
ISBN: 9780735215726
Availability: Coming Soon - Available for Pre-Order Now
Published: G.P. Putnam's Sons - October 3rd, 2017

An unprecedented, behind-the-scenes look at the career of famed former Los Angeles Dodgers General Manager (a position also known as "The Big Chair"), whose tenure spanned nine of the most exciting and turbulent years in the franchise's history.

1 Ferry Building
San Francisco, CA 94111

Khary Lazarre-White - Passage (Ferry Building)

Wednesday, October 18, 2017 - 6:00pm

Passage tells the story of Warrior, a young black man navigating the snowy winter streets of Harlem and Brooklyn in 1993. Warrior is surrounded by deep family love and a sustaining connection to his history, bonds that arm him as he confronts the urban forces that surround him—both supernatural and human—including some that seek his very destruction.

For Warrior and his peers, the reminders that they, as black men, aren’t meant to be fully free, are everywhere. The high schools are filled with teachers who aren’t qualified and don’t care as much about their students’ welfare as that they pass the state exams. Getting from point A to point B usually means eluding violence, and possibly death, at the hands of the “blue soldiers” and your own brothers. Making it home means accepting that you may open the door to find that someone you love did not have the same good fortune.

Warrior isn’t even safe in his own mind. He’s haunted by the spirits of ancestors and of the demons of the system of oppression. Though the story told in Passage takes place in 1993, there is a striking parallel between Warrior’s experience and the experiences of black male youth today, since nothing has really changed. Every memory in the novel is the memory of thousands of black families. Every conversation is a message both to those still in their youth and those who left their youth behind long ago. Passage is a novel for then and now.

Khary Lazarre-White is a writer, social justice advocate, attorney, and activist who has dedicated his life to the educational outcome and opportunities for young people of color at key life stages. His support base is far-reaching and diverse, built over the past twenty-two years as co-founder and executive director of The Brotherhood/Sister Sol. He has received awards for his work, including the Oprah Winfrey Angel Network Use Your Life Award, the Ford Foundation Leadership for a Changing World Award, awards from Black Girls Rock! and the Andrew Goodman Foundation, and a Resident Fellowship Award to the Rockefeller Foundation’s Bellagio Center. Khary Lazarre-White is a highly influential presence among national policymakers and broadcast, print, and social media outlets. He has written for the Huffington Post, NYU Press, Nation Books, and, and has edited three books, The Brotherhood Speaks, Voices of the Brotherhood/Sister Sol, and Off the Subject. He lives in Harlem, New York City.

Passage Cover Image
ISBN: 9781609807832
Availability: Coming Soon - Available for Pre-Order Now
Published: Seven Stories Press - September 26th, 2017

"In Lazarre-White's] world, mysticism and madness walk hand in hand with the waking reality of so many young Black men in America, a reality that by any rational measure is itself insane." --Susan L. Taylor

1 Ferry Building
San Francisco, CA 94111

Phyllis Good - Stock the Crock (San Francisco)

Saturday, October 21, 2017 - 12:00pm

Meet & Greet Event

The ultimate resource for a new generation of slow-cooker fans from the New York Times bestselling author who has sold 12 million cookbooks!

Stock the Crock brings together the expertise of America's most popular slow-cooker authority with a fresh collection of 100 essential, innovative, and easy-to-prepare recipes-each with variations allowing readers to customize the dish according to their dietary needs. You'll find beloved classics, as well as dishes you might be surprised can be done successfully in a slow cooker. (Hello, slow-cooker cr?me br?l?e!) Whether you are looking to accommodate gluten-free, paleo, or vegetarian diets, or prefer slow-cooker meals perfectly sized for one or two people, this cookbook provides smart ideas, more than 100 recipe photos, and cooking hacks that will change the way you use your favorite fuss-free cooking appliance. Learn simple make-ahead tricks, convenient baking tips, and how to make two recipes at once using the same cooker, so you can simplify cooking and spend more time enjoying your family and friends around a wonderful, delicious meal.

Phyllis Good is the New York Times bestselling author of Fix-It and Forget It. Her cookbooks have sold 12 million copies. Phyllis and her husband, Merle, live in Lancaster, Pennsylvania. Visit her at

Stock the Crock: 100 Must-Have Slow-Cooker Recipes, 200 Variations for Every Appetite Cover Image
ISBN: 9780848753146
Availability: Coming Soon - Available for Pre-Order Now
Published: Oxmoor House - September 5th, 2017

The ultimate resource for a new generation of slow-cooker fans from the New York Times bestselling author who has sold 12 million cookbooks

1 Ferry Building
San Francisco, CA 94111

Lynn Dow - Nightingale Tales (San Francisco)

Saturday, October 21, 2017 - 4:00pm

In the 1950s, nurses served as handmaidens to the physician; by the start of the new millennium, they had become admired independent practitioners. Nightingale Tales is a peek into that transition, as told by a nurse who lived it. Each chapter is a stand-alone story depicting the ridiculous mores nurses have been subjected to over the years, the archaic equipment they’ve had to struggle with, and the changes in the profession, brought about by time, the feminist movement, and advances in technology. Told with humor and compassion, the stories of this book provides an unusual—and highly entertaining—window into the world of medicine from the mid-twentieth century to the present.

Lynn Dow, is a registered nurse who spent fifty years in the profession in a variety of positions-staff nurse, head nurse, teacher, and mentor-at large medical centers on both the East and West Coasts. Now retired, she has finally found the time to write about her experiences. She lives with her husband in San Francisco.

Nightingale Tales: Stories from My Life as a Nurse Cover Image
ISBN: 9781631522765
Availability: Coming Soon - Available for Pre-Order Now
Published: She Writes Press - October 3rd, 2017

1 Ferry Building
San Francisco, CA 94111

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, 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.

Comics for a Strange World: A Book of Poorly Drawn Lines Cover Image
ISBN: 9780735219885
Availability: Coming Soon - Available for Pre-Order Now
Published: Plume Books - October 24th, 2017

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

1 Ferry Building
San Francisco, CA 94111