San Francisco Events

Scaachi Koul & Doree Shafrir - An Evening in Conversation (San Francisco)

Thursday, June 1, 2017 - 6:00pm

A debut collection of fierce and funny essays about growing up the daughter of Indian immigrants, addressing sexism, cultural stereotypes and the universal miseries of life by rising star Scaachi Koul.

In One Day We’ll All Be Dead and None of This Will Matter, Koul deploys her razor sharp humor to share all the fears, outrages, and mortifying moments of her life. She learned from an early age what made her miserable, and for Scaachi anything can be cause for despair. Whether it’s a shopping trip gone awry; enduring awkward conversations with her bikini waxer; overcoming her fear of flying while vacationing halfway around the world; dealing with internet trolls, or navigating the fears and anxieties of her parents. Alongside these personal stories are pointed observations about life as a woman of color, where every aspect of her appearance is open for critique, derision, or outright scorn. Where strict gender rules bind in both Western and Indian cultures, leaving little room for a woman not solely focused on marriage and children to have a career (and a life) for herself.

With a sharp eye and biting wit, Koul offers a hilarious, scathing, and honest look at modern life.

Scaachi Koul was born and raised in Calgary, Alberta, and is a culture writer for BuzzFeed. Her writing has also appeared in The New Yorker, The Hairpin, The Globe and Mail, and Jezebel. She lives in Toronto.

..........................................................................................................................

Mack McAllister has a $600 million dollar idea. His mindfulness app, TakeOff, is already the hottest thing in tech and he's about to launch a new and improved version that promises to bring investors running and may turn his brainchild into a $1 billion dollar business--in startup parlance, an elusive unicorn.

Katya Pasternack is hungry for a scoop that will drive traffic. An ambitious young journalist at a gossipy tech blog, Katya knows that she needs more than another PR friendly puff piece to make her the go-to byline for industry news.
Sabrina Choe Blum just wants to stay afloat. The exhausted mother of two and failed creative writer is trying to escape from her credit card debt and an inattentive husband-who also happens to be Katya's boss-as she rejoins a work force that has gotten younger, hipper, and much more computer literate since she's been away.

Before the ink on Mack's latest round of funding is dry, an errant text message hints that he may be working a bit too closely for comfort with a young social media manager in his office. When Mack's bad behavior collides with Katya's search for a salacious post, Sabrina gets caught in the middle as TakeOff goes viral for all the wrong reasons. As the fallout from Mack's scandal engulfs the lower Manhattan office building where all three work, it's up to Katya and Sabrina to write the story the men in their lives would prefer remain untold.

An assured, observant debut from the veteran online journalist Doree Shafrir, Startup is a sharp, hugely entertaining story of youth, ambition, love, money and technology's inability to hack human nature.

Doree Shafrir is a senior culture writer at BuzzFeed News and has written for New York Magazine, Slate, The Awl, Rolling Stone, Wired and other publications. A former resident of Brooklyn, she now lives in Los Angeles with her husband Matt Mira, a comedy writer and podcaster, and their dog Beau.

 

One Day We'll All Be Dead and None of This Will Matter: Essays Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9781250121028
Availability: Coming Soon - Available for Pre-Order Now
Published: Picador USA - May 2nd, 2017

Startup Cover Image
$26.00
ISBN: 9780316360388
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Little Brown and Company - April 25th, 2017


Recommended as a book to read this month by BuzzFeed, Bustle, Entertainment Weekly, Fast Company, Nylon, Town & Country and Lit Hub
One of the most anticipated books of 2017--Vulture, BuzzFeed, The Millions, Nylon, PopSugar and Book Riot's "All the Books" Podcast


1 Ferry Building
San Francisco, CA 94111

San Francisco Grotto Writers - 3 Minute Reads

Friday, June 2, 2017 - 6:45pm

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.

1 Ferry Building
San Francisco, CA 94111

Annemarie Ahearn - Full Moon Suppers at Salt Water Farm (San Francisco)

Tuesday, June 6, 2017 - 1:00pm

Full Moon Suppers at Salt Water Farm invites you to a series of magical, seasonal suppers where dear friends gather around a farm table to celebrate the bounty that the land and sea provide.

This menu-driven cookbook offers twelve beautifully crafted meals derived from more than one hundred sold-out evening events at Salt Water Farm, the author's cooking school in Maine. Even if you can't make it to one of Annemarie's monthly Full Moon Suppers, you can re-create them at home, beneath a full moon -- or any night -- for family and friends.

Each supper includes a portrait of the month: its climate, its rewards, and its ritual kitchen tasks--and a menu inspired by those characteristics. This is not only a celebration of the earth and its bounty but a reward for the hard work that goes into food production. These meals pay respect to the elements, the conditions of the earth, soil, and sea, and seasonal traditions as we round the lunar cycle.

Annemarie Ahearn founded Salt Water Farm in 2009, a cooking school for home cooks on Maine's Penobscot Bay. She began her studies at Colorado College, during which time her interest in food developed while living in Aix-en-Provence, where she studied Provincial cuisine and visited the open-air markets. Later, she apprenticed in the kitchen at Le Jardin Notre Dame in Paris.

While in New York, Annemarie worked in the editorial department at Saveur Magazine and wrote a biweekly food column for The L Magazine, entitled the "Downtown Chef." After attending the Institute of Culinary Education with a degree in both Culinary Arts and Culinary Management she worked for Dan Barber at Blue Hill Restaurant as personal assistant to Tom Colicchio of Craft Restaurants, and as a personal chef in New York. She also worked at the Slow Food Headquarters and before opening Salt Water Farm, she taught classes at Cook and Taste, a small, recreational cooking school in Barcelona.

Before turning 30, Ahearn was named "Top 30 Under 30" in Food & Wine Magazine, "changing the way America eats." In 2013, Ahearn opened Salt Water Farm Cafe & Market in Rockport Harbor, Maine, offering locally sourced fare for breakfast, lunch, and dinner and garnered acclaim in the Wall Street Journal, the New York Times, and the Boston Globe as well as Bon Appetit, Downeast Magazine, and Maine Magazine. Ahearn is also a contributing writer for Downeast Magazine, sharing recipes from her school and regularly teaches high school students in her community cooking skills through a program she calls "Back to Basics."

 

Full Moon Suppers at Salt Water Farm: Recipes from Land and Sea Cover Image
By Annemarie Ahearn, Kristin Teig (Photographer)
$35.00
ISBN: 9781611803327
Availability: Coming Soon - Available for Pre-Order Now
Published: Roost Books - May 23rd, 2017

Full Moon Suppers at Salt Water Farm invites you to a series of magical, seasonal suppers where dear friends gather around a farm table to celebrate the bounty that the land and sea provide.


51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925

Chris Haft - If These Walls Could Talk: San Francisco Giants (San Francisco)

Tuesday, June 6, 2017 - 6:00pm

The San Francisco Giants are one of baseball's most storied franchises. Through the words of the players, via multiple interviews conducted with current and past Giants, readers will meet the players, coaches, and management and share in their moments of greatness and defeat. In If These Walls Could Talk: San Francisco Giants: Stories from the San Francisco Giants Dugout, Locker Room, and Press Box, Chris Haft recounts stories from this decorated Giants dynasty, which earned World Series rings in 2010, 2012, and 2014. Giants fans will not want to be without this book.

Chris Haft has covered Major League baseball since 1991. He co-authored a book on the Giants' 2010 World Series title, This Is Our Time. A native of the San Francisco Bay Area, Haft graduated from Stanford University and has two daughters, Samantha and Stephanie. Mike Krukow is a seven-time Emmy-Award winning broadcaster and color commentator for the San Francisco Giants. He pitched for the Giants from 1983 to 1989. Brandon Crawford became the Giants' everyday shortstop in 2012. He won back-to-back Gold Glove awards for defensive excellence in 2015-16 and was named a Silver Slugger recipient as the National League's top offensive performer at his position in 2015.

 

If These Walls Could Talk: San Francisco Giants: Stories from the San Francisco Giants Dugout, Locker Room, and Press Box Cover Image
By Chris Haft, Mike Krukow (Foreword by), Brandon Crawford (Foreword by)
$16.95
ISBN: 9781629373898
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Triumph Books (IL) - May 15th, 2017

The San Francisco Giants are one of baseball's most storied franchises. Through the words of the players, via multiple interviews conducted with current and past Giants, readers will meet the players, coaches, and management and share in their moments of greatness and defeat. Haft recounts stories from this decorated Giants dynasty, which earned World Series rings in 2010, 2012, and 2014.


1 Ferry Building
San Francisco, CA 94111

Lucy Kalanithi & John Duberstein - The Bright Hour: A Memoir of Living and Dying (San Francisco)

Wednesday, June 7, 2017 - 6:00pm

In conversation with Kelly Corrigan

“We are breathless, but we love the days. They are promises. They are the only way to walk from one night to the other.”

Nina Riggs was just thirty-seven years old when initially diagnosed with breast cancer—one small spot. Within a year, the mother of two sons, ages seven and nine, and married sixteen years to her best friend, received the devastating news that her cancer was terminal. 

How does one live each day, “unattached to outcome”? How does one approach the moments, big and small, with both love and honesty?

Exploring motherhood, marriage, friendship, and memory, even as she wrestles with the legacy of her great-great-great grandfather, Ralph Waldo Emerson, Nina Riggs’s breathtaking memoir continues the urgent conversation that Paul Kalanithi began in his gorgeous When Breath Becomes Air. She asks, what makes a meaningful life when one has limited time?

Brilliantly written by Riggs and presented by Lucy Kalathini & John Duberstein, The Bright Hour is about how to love all the days, even the bad ones. It's about the way literature, especially Emerson, and Nina’s other muse, Montaigne, can be a balm and a form of prayer and looking death squarely in the face to say “this is what will be.”

Especially poignant in these uncertain times, Riggs urges us to live well and not lose sight of what makes us human: love, art, music, words.

 

The Bright Hour: A Memoir of Living and Dying Cover Image
$25.00
ISBN: 9781501169359
Availability: Coming Soon - Available for Pre-Order Now
Published: Simon & Schuster - June 6th, 2017

An exquisite memoir about how to live--and love--every day with "death in the room," from poet Nina Riggs, mother of two young sons and the direct descendant of Ralph Waldo Emerson, in the tradition of When Breath Becomes Air.
"We are breathless, but we love the days. They are promises. They are the only way to walk from one night to the other."


1 Ferry Building
San Francisco, CA 94111

Sara Bendrick - Big Impact Landscaping (San Francisco)

Thursday, June 8, 2017 - 6:00pm

Transform your outdoor space on any budget with Big Impact Landscaping: 28 DIY Projects You Can Do on a Budget to Beautify and Add Value to Your Home, featuring step-by-step DIY projects and insider knowledge. Landscaping designer Sara Bendrick packs 10 years of experience into this beautiful how-to guide that will teach readers the best, most effective ways to elevate their yard and get the most out of it at every budget. Landscaping your yard can be complex and costly, but with Sara’s insider perspective, readers can make informed decisions on when to spend their time and money and where to save while maintaining a professional look for a lot less, plus the pride of building something amazing with their own hands. The book is sure to be a big hit with crafty men and women who love to get creative and make things themselves. Sara provides the information on materials and basic designs, then readers can follow the tutorials with step-by-step photos. For big impact projects that will make your yard feel like your outdoor home, readers can build their own feature fire place, reclaimed iron trellis, dry creek bed, natural stone fire pit, BBQ counter and more.

The book also features several easy projects for readers looking for even quicker options that give any outdoor space a beautiful, homey touch, such as a mosaic potting tabletop, simple vegetable bed, pebble mosaic carpet, decomposed granite path, patina framed wall piece or an easy bridge.

With more and more people starting to DIY their own home projects, this book is the ultimate inspiration and how-to guide for high quality results. Save money and give your yard a truly unique and beautiful renovation.

Sara Bendrick is a licensed landscape designer/contractor and host of the DIY Network’s I Hate My Yard! She has her own design and construction business, Sarita Landscape Design, based in San Diego, California. Sara has been featured in numerous magazines and media outlets and is a frequent guest speaker on home improvement shows, where she dishes out advice to DIYers and landscape enthusiasts alike. She is the cohost of an empowerment chat, #DIYCourage. Sara is currently filming a new pilot for the DIY Network.

 

Big Impact Landscaping: 28 DIY Projects You Can Do on a Budget to Beautify and Add Value to Your Home Cover Image
$21.99
ISBN: 9781624143397
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Page Street Publishing - March 14th, 2017

1 Ferry Building
San Francisco, CA 94111

Danielle Krysa - Your Inner Critic is a Big Jerk (San Francisco)

Friday, June 9, 2017 - 6:00pm

This book is duct tape for the mouth of every artist's inner critic. Silencing that stifling voice once and for all, this salve for creatives introduces ten truths they must face in order to defeat self-doubt. Each encouraging chapter deconstructs a pivotal moment on the path to success—fear of the blank page, the dangers of jealousy, sharing work with others—and explains how to navigate roadblock. Your Inner Critic is a Big Jerk is packed with helpful anecdotes, thoughts from successful creatives, and practical exercises gleaned from Danielle Krysa's years of working with professional and aspiring artists—plus riotously apt illustrations from art world darling Martha Rich—this book arms readers with the most essential tool for their toolbox: the confidence they need to get down to business and make good work.

Danielle Krysa has a BFA in Fine Arts, and a post-grad in graphic design. She is the writer/curator behind the contemporary art site, The Jealous Curator.  In 2014 she published two books, both with Chronicle Books, titled Creative Block and Collage.  Along with writing, Danielle has also had the great pleasure of speaking at TEDx, PIXAR, Creative Mornings, CreativeLive and was interviewed for several video segments on oprah.com.

Your Inner Critic Is a Big Jerk: And Other Truths about Being Creative Cover Image
By Danielle Krysa, Martha Rich (Illustrator)
$16.95
ISBN: 9781452148441
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Chronicle Books - October 11th, 2016

This book is duct tape for the mouth of every artist's inner critic. Silencing that stifling voice once and for all, this salve for creatives introduces ten truths they must face in order to defeat self-doubt.


1 Ferry Building
San Francisco, CA 94111

Left Coast Writers®: Susanna Solomon - More Point Reyes Sheriff's Calls (San Francisco)

Monday, June 12, 2017 - 6:00pm

In More Point Reyes Sheriff's Calls, Susanna Solomon, a resident of both San Anselmo and Point Reyes Station, finds humor and delight in the Sheriff's Calls printed in the local newspaper the Point Reyes Light, where she draws inspiration for her short stories. This is the second collection.

Susanna Solomon makes her home in Northern California where she splits her time between Point Reyes Station and San Anselmo. She’s been writing a long time and her work has appeared in the Point Reyes Light, The MacGuffin Review, Foliate Oak Magazine, Meat for Tea – The Valley Review, the Redwood Writers Anthology, The Literary Journal of Carteret Writers, the West Wind Centennial, and online in The Mill Valley Literary Review and Harlots Sauce Radio, an ezine. Her first book of short stories, Point Reyes Sheriff’s Calls, came out in 2013. In the early seventies she started writing for newspapers, where one newspaper set her work in hot type. After covering local news, city councils and writing several investigative pieces, she made a life change in the early 80s and entered engineering school where she graduated Summa Cum Laude. She’s been an electrical engineer ever since. For the last sixteen years she’s owned and operated her own consulting business. Although electrical engineering is her profession, writing is her passion and her love.

 

More Point Reyes Sheriff's Calls Cover Image
$16.95
ISBN: 9781943588336
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Lucky Bat Books - July 22nd, 2016

1 Ferry Building
San Francisco, CA 94111

Thad Carhart - Finding Fountainebleau (San Francisco)

Tuesday, June 13, 2017 - 6:30pm

For a young American boy in the 1950s, Fontainebleau was a sight both strange and majestic, home to a continual series of adventures: a different language to learn, weekend visits to nearby Paris, family road trips to Spain and Italy. Then there was the château itself: a sprawling palace once the residence of kings, its grounds the perfect place to play hide-and-seek. The curiosities of the small town and the time with his family as expats left such an impression on him that thirty years later Thad Carhart returned to France with his wife to raise their two children. Touring Fontainebleau again as an adult, he began to appreciate its influence on French style, taste, art, and architecture. Each trip to Fontainebleau introduces him to entirely new aspects of the château’s history, enriching his memories and leading him to Patrick Ponsot, the head of the château’s restoration, who becomes Carhart’s guide to the hidden Fontainebleau.

What emerges is an intimate chronicle of a time and place few have experienced. Finding Fontainebleau is for those captivated by the French way of life, for armchair travelers, and for anyone who has ever fallen in love with a place they want to visit over and over again.

Thad Carhart grew up in a variety of places, including Washington, D.C.; Fontainebleau, France; Minneapolis; Amherst, Massachusetts; and Tokyo. After graduating from Yale, he worked for the State Department as an interpreter. He has also written The Piano Shop on the Left Bank and Across the Endless River.

Finding Fontainebleau: An American Boy in France Cover Image
$27.00
ISBN: 9780525428800
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Viking - May 17th, 2016

"While bringing alive this redolent Gallic chapter of his boyhood (baguettes from the boulangerie; inkwells and laborious handwriting exercises at school), Mr. Carhart also resurrects the mood and mores of a particular window in time: the 1950s of Ike and Elvis's America, and postwar France. . . .


1 Ferry Building
San Francisco, CA 94111

Laurie R. King - Lockdown (San Francisco)

Wednesday, June 14, 2017 - 6:00pm

A community comes together when threatened by someone with a thirst for revenge in this stunningly intricate, tautly plotted novel of rich psychological suspense from the New York Times bestselling author of the Mary Russell mysteries.

Career Day at Guadalupe Middle School: A day given to innocent hopes and youthful dreams. A day no one in attendance will ever forget.

A year ago, Principal Linda McDonald arrived at Guadalupe determined to overturn the school's reputation for truancy, gang violence, and neglect. One of her initiatives is Career Day -- bringing together children, teachers, and community presenters in a celebration of the future. But there are some in attendance who reject McDonald's bright vision.

A principal with a secret. A husband with a murky past. A cop with too many questions. A kid under pressure to prove himself. A girl struggling to escape a mother's history. A young basketball player with an affection for guns. Even the school janitor has a story he dare not reveal. But no one at the gathering anticipates the shocking turn of events that will transform a day of possibilities into an explosive confrontation.

Tense, poignant, and brilliantly paced, Lockdown charts compelling characters on a collision course -- a chain of interactions that locks together hidden lives, troubling secrets, and the bravest impulses of the human heart.

Laurie R. King is the New York Times bestselling author of fourteen Mary Russell mysteries, five contemporary novels featuring Kate Martinelli, the Stuyvesant & Grey novels Touchstone and The Bones of Paris, and the acclaimed A Darker Place, Folly, Califia’s Daughters (written under the pen name Leigh Richards), and Keeping Watch. She lives in Northern California.

 

Lockdown: A Novel of Suspense Cover Image
$28.00
ISBN: 9780804177931
Availability: Coming Soon - Available for Pre-Order Now
Published: Bantam - June 13th, 2017

A classroom is held hostage by someone with a thirst for revenge in this stunningly intricate, ripped-from-the-headlines novel of rich psychological suspense from the New York Times bestselling author of the Mary Russell mysteries.
Career Day at Guadalupe Middle School: a day given to innocent hopes and youthful dreams. A day no one in attendance will ever forget.


1 Ferry Building
San Francisco, CA 94111

Pages