San Francisco Events

San Francisco Public Press - Wild West on the Waterfront (San Francisco)

Thursday, April 13, 2017 - 6:00pm to 8:00pm

Join the San Francisco Public Press for a conversation about climate change and sea level rise at a launch party for Issue No. 21, featuring a special report about recent changes in state and local regulations for waterfront development. Officials and developers in San Francisco and other Bay Area cities are actively promoting large developments in zones that are likely to flood in coming decades, despite dire warnings from climate scientists. This investigation follows on a Public Press report from 2015 that identified more than two-dozen sites around the bay likely to be under water by 2100 according to consensus projections for sea level rise. Thanks to Book Passage for hosting this event at its Ferry Building location, which offers a perfect perspective on San Francisco's threatened waterfront and its uncertain future.

The San Francisco Public Press investigates social, economic and environmental problems, engaging the community in seeking solutions. Through our newspaper, website and audio platforms — and strategic partnerships with other nonprofit newsrooms — the Public Press produces award-winning, data-driven reports that help set the local news agenda. We are nonprofit, noncommercial and supported by local readers.

 

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Marcus Thompson - Golden (San Francisco)

Friday, April 14, 2017 - 6:00pm

When it comes to Stephen Curry—point guard for the Golden State Warriors and reigning MVP of the NBA—journalists, fans, and sports analysts are running out of ways to say “wow.” Deemed too small and too short at 6’3 and 180 pounds by NBA coaches around the league, Curry has taken the game back from the bigger men who usually dominate the court. With his incredible shooting ability that started a “three-point revolution” he led the Warriors to seventy-three wins in the 2015-2016 season, beating out Michael Jordan and the 1996 Chicago Bulls’ long-time record.

Told by Marcus Thompson, a lifelong Warriors insider who has been reporting on the team for twelve seasons, Golden is the definitive story of this singular talent. Thompson explores this all-star player, his love for the game and his team, and his close-knit and supportive family—including his Instagram celebrity chef wife Ayesha and adorable young daughters. From avid fans to newcomers of the sport, Curry has become a role model for both children and aspiring players everywhere. And he leads the ultimate team, a collection of talent and personalities that complement Curry’s game and push him to heights no one ever imagined for a kid from Davidson or this beleaguered franchise. These Warriors have carved out their place in history as one of the most memorable and transformative the NBA has ever seen. And they are led by a superstar who has solidified his place among the greats.

Marcus Thompson II is a sports columnist for the Mercury News and East Bay Times, the flagship publications of Bay Area News Group. Before expanding to reporting and opining on the NFL and other San Francisco Bay Area pro and college sports, he covered the Golden State Warriors exclusively as beat writer for ten seasons. Thompson is a graduate of Clark Atlanta University, where he received a BA in mass media arts with a concentration on journalism. He lives with his wife, Dawn, and daughter, Sharon, in Oakland, CA. This is his first book.

Golden: The Miraculous Rise of Steph Curry Cover Image
$26.00
ISBN: 9781501147838
Availability: Coming Soon - Available for Pre-Order Now
Published: Touchstone Books - April 11th, 2017

The incredible and inspiring story of Stephen Curry, the greatest shooter basketball has ever seen, and the ascension of the Golden State Warriors, a team on the verge of being an NBA dynasty, by long-time Warriors beat reporter and Bay Area News Group sports columnist Marcus Thompson.


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David Callahan - The Givers (San Francisco)

Tuesday, April 18, 2017 - 6:00pm

The Givers: Wealth, Power, and Philanthropy in a New Gilded Age is an inside look at the secretive world of elite philanthropists and how they’re quietly wielding ever more power to shape American life in ways both good and bad.

While media attention focuses on famous philanthropists such as Bill Gates and Charles Koch, thousands of donors are at work below the radar promoting a wide range of causes. David Callahan charts the rise of these new power players and the ways they are converting the fortunes of a second Gilded Age into influence. He shows how this elite works behind the scenes on education, the environment, science, LGBT rights, and many other issues—with deep impact on government policy. Above all, he shows that the influence of the Givers is only just beginning, as new waves of billionaires like Mark Zuckerberg turn to philanthropy. Based on extensive research and interviews with countless donors and policy experts, this is not a brief for or against the Givers, but a fascinating investigation of a power shift in American society that has implications for us all.

David Callahan is the author of seven previous nonfiction books including The Cheating Culture: Why More Americans Are Doing Wrong to Get Ahead and Fortunes of Change: The Rise of the Liberal Rich and the Remaking America. He is founder and editor of the media site Inside Philanthropy, and co-founder of the national think tank Demos. His writing has appeared in numerous publications, including The New York Times, USA Today, the Los Angeles Times, and the Washington Post, and he is a frequent media commentator. He is a graduate of Hampshire College and holds a Ph.D. in politics from Princeton University.

 

The Givers: Wealth, Power, and Philanthropy in a New Gilded Age Cover Image
$28.95
ISBN: 9781101947050
Availability: Coming Soon - Available for Pre-Order Now
Published: Knopf Publishing Group - April 11th, 2017

An inside look at the secretive world of elite philanthropists--and how they're quietly wielding ever more power to shape American life in ways both good and bad.


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Chelsea Clinton - It's Your World (San Francisco)

Wednesday, April 19, 2017 - 5:00pm

Tickets: $15 (includes signed book)

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IMPORTANT EVENT INFORMATION

  • Come meet Chelsea Clinton and have your book signed
  • Customers must have a ticket to stand in line
  • Tickets to signing given with purchase of It's Your World from Book Passage
  • Copies of It’s Your World purchased at Book Passage may be personalized with customer’s first name

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You can make a difference. You can make a change. It’s your world.

In It’s Your World: Get Informed, Get Inspired & Get Going, Chelsea Clinton tackles some of the biggest challenges facing our world today, especially for kids. Using data, charts and stories she unpacks challenges related to Poverty, Climate Change, Gender Equality, Health, Endangered Species and more. She also talks about what’s being done to make a difference in each area, particularly by kids and teenagers. With lots of suggestions and ideas for action, Chelsea Clinton shares her passion for helping others and shows readers that the world belongs to every single one of us, and every one of us counts. The book will have three main thrusts:

  • Informing young readers using facts and research
  • Inspiring them with stories of hope and empowerment
  • Suggesting practical ways that young readers can make a difference in their own communities and in the larger world.

Filled with visuals including charts, graphs and photographs, this book has the potential to influence an entire generation’s activism and involvement in local and global issues.

Chelsea Clinton has always been interested in making the world a better place. When she was a child in Little Rock, Arkansas, one of her favorite books was 50 Simple Things Kids Can Do to Save the Earth, and as a teenager in Washington, D.C., she led her school’s service club. While she was at Stanford, Chelsea worked as a reading and writing tutor and volunteered at the Children’s Hospital. Today, she is Vice Chair of the Bill, Hillary and Chelsea Clinton Foundation where she helps lead the work of the Foundation across its various initiatives, with a particular focus on work related to health, women and girls, creating service opportunities, and empowering the next generation of leaders. Chelsea holds a BA from Stanford University, an MPH from Columbia University, and an MPhil and doctorate degree in international relations from Oxford University.

She lives in New York City with her husband Marc, their daughter Charlotte, their son, Aidan, and their dog Soren. You can follow her on Twitter at @ChelseaClinton or on Facebook at www.facebook.com/ChelseaClinton.

 

It's Your World: Get Informed, Get Inspired & Get Going! Cover Image
$9.99
ISBN: 9780399545320
Availability: Coming Soon - Available for Pre-Order Now
Published: Puffin Books - April 4th, 2017

Now in paperback with a great new look First daughter turned activist and mother Chelsea Clinton shows kids how they can make a difference in their world. Filled with charts, photos, and lots of input from real kids, this is sure to inspire young readers.


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Lindsey Tramuta - A New Paris (San Francisco)

Saturday, April 22, 2017 - 1:00pm

The city long-adored for its medieval beauty, old-timey brasseries, and corner cafes has even more to offer today. In the last few years, a flood of new ideas and creative locals has infused a once-static, traditional city with a new open-minded sensibility and energy. Journalist Lindsey Tramuta offers detailed insight into the rapidly evolving worlds of food, wine, pastry, coffee, beer, fashion, and design in the delightful city of Paris. Tramuta puts the spotlight on the new trends and people that are making France's capital a more whimsical, creative, vibrant, and curious place to explore than its classical reputation might suggest. With hundreds of striking photographs that capture this fresh, animated spirit, The New Paris shows us the storied City of Light as never before.

Lindsey Tramuta, an American who has lived in Paris for a decade, writes the award-winning blog 'Lost in Cheeseland' and contributes to the New York Times, Afar Magazine, Conde Nast Traveler, and Bon Appetit, where she writes extensively on Paris and French culture.

 

The New Paris: The People, Places & Ideas Fueling a Movement Cover Image
By Lindsey Tramuta, Charissa Fay (Photographer)
$29.95
ISBN: 9781419724039
Availability: Coming Soon - Available for Pre-Order Now
Published: ABRAMS - April 18th, 2017

The city long-adored for its medieval beauty, old-timey brasseries, and corner cafes has even more to offer today. In the last few years, a flood of new ideas and creative locals has infused a once-static, traditional city with a new open-minded sensibility and energy.


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Megan Miranda - The Perfect Stranger (San Francisco)

Monday, April 24, 2017 - 6:00pm

In The Perfect Stranger—the masterful follow-up to the runaway hit All the Missing Girls—a journalist sets out to find a missing friend, a friend who may never have existed at all.

Confronted by a restraining order and the threat of a lawsuit, failed journalist Leah Stevens needs to get out of Boston when she runs into an old friend, Emmy Grey, who has just left a troubled relationship. Emmy proposes they move to rural Pennsylvania, where Leah can get a teaching position and both women can start again. But their new start is threatened when a woman with an eerie resemblance to Leah is assaulted by the lake, and Emmy disappears days later.

Determined to find Emmy, Leah cooperates with Kyle Donovan, a handsome young police officer on the case. As they investigate her friend’s life for clues, Leah begins to wonder: did she ever really know Emmy at all? With no friends, family, or a digital footprint, the police begin to suspect that there is no Emmy Grey. Soon Leah’s credibility is at stake, and she is forced to revisit her past: the article that ruined her career. To save herself, Leah must uncover the truth about Emmy Grey—and along the way, confront her old demons, find out who she can really trust, and clear her own name.

Everyone in this rural Pennsylvanian town has something to hide—including Leah herself. How do you uncover the truth when you are busy hiding your own?

Megan Miranda is the author of several books for young adults, including Fracture, Hysteria, Vengeance, and Soulprint. She grew up in New Jersey, attended MIT, and lives in North Carolina with her husband and two children.

 

The Perfect Stranger Cover Image
$25.00
ISBN: 9781501107993
Availability: Coming Soon - Available for Pre-Order Now
Published: Simon & Schuster - April 11th, 2017

In the masterful follow-up to the New York Times bestseller All the Missing Girls---think: Luckiest Girl Alive, The Girl on the Train, Gone Girl- (TheSkimm)--a journalist sets out to find a missing friend, a friend who may never have existed at all.


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Alex Daly - The Crowdsourceress (San Francisco)

Tuesday, April 25, 2017 - 6:00pm

The crowdfunding expert known as “The Crowdsourceress”—who has a 100% success rate and some of the biggest and most famous Kickstarter campaigns in her portfolio—writes the definitive guide for anyone looking to raise money for a creative endeavor, product, or cause.

In recent years, the crowdfunding industry has generated several billions in funding. But the harsh reality is that around 60 percent of Kickstarter campaigns fail. Enter Alex Daly, a crowdfunding expert who has raised over $20 million for her clients' campaigns. She has run some of Kickstarter's biggest projects -- TLC's newest album, Neil Young's audio player, and Joan Didion's documentary. In The Crowdsourceress, Daly takes readers deep inside her most successful campaigns, showing you how to

  • Get fans and influencers excited about your launch
  • Build an appealing and powerfully designed campaign
  • Access proven video tips, pitching tactics, press releases, and rewards ideas
  • Avoid the most common headaches and pitfalls

Here you'll get tangible tools to run your own crowdfunding campaigns and fully connect with the crowd, get people to pay attention, and inspire them to act.

Alex Daly is the founder of Vann Alexandra -- a creative services agency that gets projects financed through crowdfunding -- and is the industry's "Crowdsourceress," a name she received in the press for her expertise in crowdfunding. Alex has served on panels at distinguished film festivals and universities and is a featured columnist for the Big Think. Before transitioning into crowdfunding Alex was a producer and production manager; her films have been selected by the world's most prestigious festivals including Sundance and Tribeca. Before that, she was a journalist for numerous publications, including New York magazine and SPIN, as well as the sole researcher for WSJ magazine.

 

The Crowdsourceress: Get Smart, Get Funded, and Kickstart Your Next Big Idea Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9781610397605
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: PublicAffairs - March 28th, 2017

"Neil Young's Pono campaign was the third most successful hardware campaign of all time, and Alex deserves much of the credit, second only to Neil, of course. The Crowdsourceress will give you everything you need to make your campaign a success." --Phil Baker, COO, Pono


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San Francisco, CA 94111

Connor Franta - Note to Self (San Francisco)

Wednesday, April 26, 2017 - 5:00pm

IMPORTANT EVENT INFO:

Every fan planning to attend must purchase a copy of NOTE TO SELF from Book Passage. You may click here to purchase or call (415) 927-0960 or 415-835-1020. Buying the book from Book Passage includes a ticket to meet Connor.  You will receive an email telling you where  will-call for ticket pick-up will be at the event.  Will -call opens at 3:30 that day.  You will receive your signed book when you meet Connor.

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GUIDELINES FOR FANS

We want all fans to have the best possible experience on the NOTE TO SELF tour. In the interest of time and to maximize the number of fans that Connor can visit with, the following rules will be in effect for all NOTE TO SELF signings. We are putting these rules in place for the safety and enjoyment of everyone involved. Please respect each other and Connor. We look forward to seeing you on tour!

* Every fan must purchase a book from Book Passage to attend the event. This event may sell out, so we urge you to place your order as soon as possible.

* All books will be pre-signed by Connor. No additional personalization is possible.

* Every fan will have a professional photograph taken that is retrievable at (site TBD). No personal photographs with cell phones or digital cameras are allowed.

* Please see below for additional Q&A.

Can I have merchandise signed?
Unfortunately due to time limitations, no additional merchandise can be signed.

Can I bring my friends?
No, all those queuing MUST have purchased a copy of NOTE TO SELF from Book Passage. To avoid disappointment, we must stress that there will be no opportunity to meet Connor for anyone who has not purchased NOTE TO SELF from Book Passage.

What if I want or already have an additional copy of the book?
Unfortunately, everyone must buy their copy of NOTE TO SELF from Book Passage to be allowed into the line. Purchases from other retailers will not be allowed in store.

Can I have my picture taken with Connor?
At the event, a professional photographer will take your picture with Connor. This photo will be available after the event at (site TBD). No cell phone photos or personal photos outside of the professional photographer will be allowed in the interest of time. Furthermore, all attendees who come as a group will be allowed one photo per group.

If I cannot make the event on the day, can I have a book reserved and signed?
Unfortunately due to the unique nature of this event, we cannot reserve or have copies signed for those unable to attend on the day.

Can I bring a gift or letter for Connor?
Sure, but it must be in clear packaging or totally unwrapped. The store will box all gifts for Connor so he can appreciate them after the event.

Customers Under the age of 14
Please note that any customers under the age of 14 years old attending the signing MUST be accompanied by an adult. The accompanying adult will not need to purchase a copy of NOTE TO SELF from Book Passage. Due to time and space restrictions, accompanying adults may not be able to access the signing area.

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In his New York Times bestselling memoir, A Work in Progress, Connor Franta shared his journey from small-town Midwestern boy to full-fledged Internet sensation. Exploring his past with humor and astounding insight, Connor reminded his fans of why they first fell in love with him on YouTube—and revealed to newcomers how he relates to his millions of dedicated followers.

Now, two years later, Connor is ready to bring to light a side of himself he’s rarely shown on or off camera. In this diary-like look at his life since A Work In Progress, Connor talks about his battles with clinical depression, social anxiety, self-love, and acceptance; his desire to maintain an authentic self in a world that values shares and likes over true connections; his struggles with love and loss; and his renewed efforts to be in the moment—with others and himself.

Told through short essays, letters to his past and future selves, poetry, and original photography, Note to Self is a raw, in-the-moment look at the fascinating interior life of a young creator turning inward in order to move forward.

Connor Franta is an award-winning Internet personality, bestselling author, dedicated LGBTQ+ philanthropist, and entrepreneur with millions of followers across his social media platforms. His first work of non-fiction, A Work in Progress, was a New York Times bestseller and the Goodreads Choice Award Winner for Best Memoir & Autobiography (2015). He is the founder of the lifestyle brand, Common Culture, which offers superior clothing, premium coffee, and a variety of undiscovered musical talent under Heard Well, the first label powered by social tastemakers. To learn more, visit ConnorFrantaBooks.com and @ConnorFranta on YouTube, Instagram, and Twitter.

 

 

 

Note to Self Cover Image
$24.00
ISBN: 9781501158018
Availability: Coming Soon - Available for Pre-Order Now
Published: Atria Books - April 18th, 2017

In his New York Times bestselling memoir, A Work in Progress, Connor Franta shared his journey from small-town Midwestern boy to full-fledged Internet sensation. Exploring his past with humor and astounding insight, Connor reminded his fans of why they first fell in love with him on YouTube--and revealed to newcomers how he relates to his millions of dedicated followers.


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San Francisco, CA 94111

Lisen Stromberg - Work, PAUSE, Thrive (San Francisco)

Thursday, April 27, 2017 - 6:00pm

We worry putting our family first means we'll be forced to abandon our careers. We're afraid if we pause our careers, we'll be forever off-track. This thinking is outdated--forget what you've heard about how pauses are career limiting, about how those who pause lack ambition, or that if you do pause you won't be able to re-enter the paid workforce. That's a flawed reality, one that doesn't reflect the truth of the careers of some of the most successful women in this country.

Author Lisen Stromberg knows this success firsthand. After the birth of her second child, she did something she never imagined she would do: she opted out to focus on her family. But her career didn't end there. Lisen paused then pivoted to become first a social entrepreneur and then an award-winning journalist writing about women, work, and life in Silicon Valley. Along the way, she learned she wasn't alone. Lisen met many highly successful women who told her they never "opted out" but who had, in fact, temporarily downshifted or paused their careers. Their hidden journeys revealed alternative nonlinear paths to the top that enabled them to achieve their personal and professional goals.

In Work PAUSE Thrive, Lisen shares their stories. Deeply rooted in social science research, cutting-edge data collected from nearly 1,500 women, and through 186 first-person interviews, this book reveals how trailblazing women have disrupted the traditional career paradigm. What worked for them can work for you.

After a successful career in marketing and advertising, Lisen Stromberg left the business world frustrated by the lack of support for mothers in the workplace. She pivoted to become an award-winning journalist whose work can be found in The New York Times, Fortune, Newsweek, Salon, and other high profile media outlets. Now Lisen is back to her business roots as CEO and Founder of PrismWork, a culture innovation consultancy. She and her team partner with companies, leaders, and advocates to innovate the workplace so the next generation isn't forced to choose between work and family. A sought after speaker and moderator, Lisen has inspired thousands with her talks on work+life integration, corporate talent innovation, disrupting the traditional career paradigm, and empowering women in the workplace. She has been seen on stage at SXSW, TEDx, The 3% Conference, and more. Lisen and her family live in San Francisco.

 

Work Pause Thrive: How to Pause for Parenthood Without Killing Your Career Cover Image
$24.95
ISBN: 9781942952732
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Benbella Books - January 31st, 2017

We worry putting our family first means we'll be forced to abandon our careers. We're afraid if we pause our careers, we'll be forever off-track. This thinking is outdated--forget what you've heard about how pauses are career limiting, about how those who pause lack ambition, or that if you do pause you won't be able to re-enter the paid workforce.


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San Francisco, CA 94111

Matthew Isaac Sobin - The Last Machine in the Solar System (San Francisco)

Friday, April 28, 2017 - 6:00pm

In The Last Machine in the Solar System, life on Earth ended billions of years ago, but the last machine carries on. 

Nearly three billion years into the future, the solar system is a very different place. Earth is long gone, and the sun is a gray, shrunken dwarf. All that remains of humanity and conscious thought is Jonathan—the last machine.

Created to survive Earth’s destruction by our ever-expanding sun, Jonathan witnessed the end of life on Earth. This is his story and that of his creator, Nikolai. It is also the story of the human race, which failed to disentangle its destiny from the star that gave rise to all life-forms on Earth.

Matthew Isaac Sobin grew up in Huntington, New York, and graduated from Tufts University with a bachelor's degree in history, with studies in astronomy and geology. He currently lives in Hayward, California, with his partner, sculptor Patricia Gonzalez, and works with the Peter Beren Literary Agency. This is his first published work.

 

The Last Machine in the Solar System Cover Image
$9.99
ISBN: 9781942645191
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Inkshares - April 11th, 2017

Nearly three billion years into the future, the solar system is a very different place. Earth is long gone, and the sun is a gray, shrunken dwarf. All that remains of humanity and conscious thought is Jonathan--the last machine.


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