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Peniel Joseph with Waldo Martin - The Third Reconstruction (Ferry Building Store)

Saturday, September 17, 2022 - 3:00pm

Peniel Joseph
in conversation with Waldo Martin

The Third Reconstruction

An In-Person Event • Book Passage (SF Ferry Building)

Sat., September 17th • 3:00pm PT

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One of our preeminent historians of race and democracy argues that the period since 2008 has marked nothing less than America’s Third Reconstruction

In The Third Reconstruction, distinguished historian Peniel E. Joseph offers a powerful and personal new interpretation of recent history. The racial reckoning that unfolded in 2020, he argues, marked the climax of a Third Reconstruction: a new struggle for citizenship and dignity for Black Americans, just as momentous as the movements that arose after the Civil War and during the civil rights era. Joseph draws revealing connections and insights across centuries as he traces this Third Reconstruction from the election of Barack Obama to the rise of Black Lives Matter to the failed assault on the Capitol.

America’s first and second Reconstructions fell tragically short of their grand aims. Our Third Reconstruction offers a new chance to achieve Black dignity and citizenship at last—an opportunity to choose hope over fear.

Peniel E. Joseph is the Barbara Jordan Chair in Ethics and Political Values, Founding Director of the Center for the Study of Race and Democracy, and Associate Dean for Justice, Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion at the LBJ School of Public Affairs and Professor of History at the University of Texas at Austin. He is the author of award-winning books on African American history, including The Sword and the Shield and Stokely: A Life. He lives in Austin, Texas.  

Waldo E. Martin Jr. is a professor of history at the University of California, Berkeley. His teaching interests include modern American history and culture with an emphasis on the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, and principal areas of research and writing on African American intellectual and cultural history. He is the author of A Change is Gonna Come: Black Movement, Culture, and the Transformation of America 1945-1975. His latest book, In a Time of Panthers will be released in September.

 

Peniel Joseph photo courtesy of the author; Waldo Martin photo courtesy of the author

 

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Victoria Lilienthal with Linda Watanabe McFerrin - The T Room (Ferry Building Store)

Sunday, September 25, 2022 - 2:00pm

Victoria Lilienthal
in conversation with Linda Watanabe McFerrin

The T Room

Ferry Buildling Store

Sun., September 25 2022 • 2:00pm PT

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When her charismatic mentor, Ernesto, publicly chooses her as his professional partner, all indications are that Vera's bodywork career is about to ignite. There is just one glitch — no, make that two. Vera — single mother of savvy, smart teenage India and her scruffy mutt, Francisco — is fucking Ernesto. As for her new promotion . . . Ernesto took it from his wife, Jean, in order to give it to her. As Vera becomes increasingly embroiled in Ernesto and Jean's dark shenanigans, she quickly realizes that what seemed like an exciting opportunity is more like a deal with the Devil. Confronted with the consequences of her own yearning for male validation, it takes India, a glamorous and aristocratic client named Grace, and the mysterious goddess White Tara, Tibetan Goddess of compassion, to teach Vera the virtues of a sustainable path to self-authority.

A fast-paced, humorous tale, The T Room is sure to prove irresistible to every adventurous woman familiar with that Saturday-morning-bookstore trajectory that starts with Self-Help, diverts into Romance, and lands heartfirst in Spirituality.

Since childhood, Victoria Lilienthal has been captivated by symbols, rituals and myths. She studied Intellectual History at University of Colorado at Boulder and is a certified sound healer, a practice that uses sound to relax the mind and body. It is with an appreciation for the silly, the sexy and the sacred that Victoria draws upon her studies, and her mentorship with cultural anthropologist Angeles Arrien as inspiration for her first novel, The T Room. She lives in Northern California along with her husband and their senior citizen dachshund, Luigi.

Linda Watanabe McFerrin is a poet, travel writer, and novelist. She is the author of two poetry collections, two novels, a collection of award-winning short stories, and a travel guidebook. Her literary honors include the Katherine Anne Porter Prize for Fiction and various travel writing, poetry, and fiction awards. Dead Love, was a Bram Stoker Award Finalist for Superior Achievement in a Novel. As the founder of Left Coast Writers, Watanabe McFerrin has taught and mentored a long list of writers and is a beloved figure in California’s rich, historic literary culture. She has led workshops around the world, and with ASP author Joanna Biggar, she co-founded the Wanderland Writers series of workshops and anthologies, which they co-edit.

 

 

Victoria Lilienthal photo courtesy of the author; Linda Watanabe McFerrin photo courtesy of the author

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Rebecca Woolf with Kate Schatz - All of This (Ferry Building Store)

Sunday, September 11, 2022 - 2:00pm

Rebecca Woolf
in conversation with Kate Schatz 

All of This

An In-Person Event • Book Passage (SF Ferry Building)

Sun., September 11th • 2:00pm PT

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After years of struggling in a tumultuous marriage, writer Rebecca Woolf was finally ready to leave her husband. Two weeks after telling him she wanted a divorce, he was diagnosed with stage four pancreatic cancer. Four months later, at the age of forty-four, he died.

In All of This, Woolf chronicles the months before her husband’s death — and her rebirth after he was gone. With rigorous honesty and incredible awareness, she reflects on the end of her marriage: how her husband’s illness finally gave her the space to make peace with his humanity and her own.

Stunning, compelling, and brilliantly nuanced, All of This is one woman’s story of embracing the complexities of grief without shame — as a mother, a widow, and a sexual being — and emerging on the other side of a relationship with gratitude and relief.

Rebecca Woolf has worked as a freelance writer since age 16 when she became a leading contributor to the hit 90s book series, Chicken Soup for the Teenage Soul and its subsequent Teen Love Series books. Since then, Woolf has contributed to numerous publications, websites and anthologies, most notably her own award-winning personal blog, Girl’s Gone Child, which attracted millions of unique visitors worldwide. As well as launching her own successful blog, Woolf has contributed dozens of personal essays to publications both on and offline including Refinery29, Huffington Post, Parenting, and Romper and in 2012 hosted Childstyle, a web series on HGTV.com. She has appeared on CNN and NPR and has been featured in The New York Times, Time Magazine and New York Mag. She lives in Los Angeles with her son and three daughters. 

Kate Schatz is a queer feminist author, activist, public speaker, and educator. She's the New York Times-bestselling author of the "Rad Women" book series; the 33 ⅓ book Rid of Me: A Story; and Do the Work: An Anti-Racist Activity Book, co-written with W. Kamau Bell.

 

Rebecca Woolf photo courtesy of the author; Kate Schatz photo courtesy of the author

 

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Ramit Sethi - I Will Teach You to Be Rich, The Journal (Ferry Building Store)

Thursday, October 6, 2022 - 6:00pm

Ramit Sethi

 I Will Teach You to Be Rich: The Journal

An In-Person Event • Book Passage (SF Ferry Building)

Thurs., October 6th • 6:00pm PT

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What’s Your Rich Life? An interactive journal from the bestselling author of I Will Teach You to Be Rich

If someone asked you that question, would you know the answer? Most of us have never thought about what our Rich Life looks like beyond “Doing what I want, when I want.” Or, we’re told all our lives to save… but then what? How do we enjoy the results?

Using this journal, you can finally give yourself the time to design your Rich Life. Work through eye-opening exercises and powerful prompts to understand how to:
— Get to the root of your money beliefs and rewire them for the next chapter of your life.
— Ask $30,000 questions instead of $3 ones.
— Identify your Money Dials — the things you love spending on, like travel, eating out, health, or convenience — and develop a plan to spend more on what matters to you most.

Once you know what your Rich Life looks like, you can start to live it. No more vague goals. No more procrastinating. Just beautiful, detailed vision and the confidence to make it real.
So find a quiet room, grab a cup of coffee, and let’s get to work.

Ramit Sethi writes about money, business, and psychology for a million readers each month at iwillteachyoutoberich.com. He’s been featured in Fortune, the New York Times, the Tim Ferris podcast, and the Wall Street Journal. He studied technology and psychology at Stanford and lives in New York.

 

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Sarah Gailey with Maggie Tokuda-Hall - Just Like Home (Ferry Building Store)

Thursday, July 21, 2022 - 5:00pm

Sarah Gailey
in conversation with Maggie Tokuda-Hall 

Just Like Home

An In-Person Event • Book Passage (SF Ferry Building)

Thurs., July 21st • 5:00pm PT

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Just Like Home is a darkly gothic thriller from nationally bestselling author Sarah Gailey, perfect for fans of Netflix's The Haunting of Hill House as well as HBO's true crime masterpiece I'll Be Gone in the Dark.

“Come home.” Vera’s mother called and Vera obeyed. In spite of their long estrangement, in spite of the memories — she's come back to the home of a serial killer. Back to face the love she had for her father and the bodies he buried there, beneath the house he'd built for his family.

Coming home is hard enough for Vera, and to make things worse, she and her mother aren’t alone. A parasitic artist has moved into the guest house out back and is slowly stripping Vera’s childhood for spare parts. He insists that he isn’t the one leaving notes around the house in her father’s handwriting… but who else could it possibly be?

There are secrets yet undiscovered in the foundations of the notorious Crowder House. Vera must face them and find out for herself just how deep the rot goes.

Hugo Award-winning and bestselling author Sarah Gailey is the author of the novels The Echo Wife and Magic for Liars. Their nonfiction has been published by Mashable and The Boston Globe, and they won a Hugo Award for Best Fan Writer. Their fiction credits also include Vice and The Atlantic. Their debut novella, River of Teeth, was a 2018 finalist for both the Hugo and Nebula Awards.

Maggie Tokuda-Hall has an MFA in creative writing from USF, and a strong cake-decorating game. She is the author of the 2017 Parent's Choice Gold Medal winning picture book, Also an Octopus, illustrated by Benji Davies. The Mermaid, the Witch, and the Sea is her debut young adult novel, which was an NPR, Kirkus, School Library Journal and Book Page Best Book of 2020. Her graphic novel, Squad, is an Ignyte and Locus Award nominated comic book, and her newest picture book, Love in the Library, has received starred reviews from Book Page, School Library Journal, Booklist, and Publisher’s Weekly. She lives in Oakland, California with her husband, son, and objectively perfect dog.

 

Sarah Gailey photo courtesy of Allan Amato; Maggie Tokuda-Hall photo courtesy of the author

 

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Alex Aster with Selene Velez - Lightlark (Ferry Building Ticketed)

Sunday, August 28, 2022 - 2:00pm
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Alex Aster
in conversation with Selene Velez

Lightlark 

An In-Person Event • Book Passage (SF Ferry Building)

Sun., August 28th • 2:00pm PT • $25

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#BookTok phenomenon and award-winning author Alex Aster delivers readers a masterfully written, utterly gripping YA fantasy novel

Welcome to the Centennial.

Every 100 years, the island of Lightlark appears to host the Centennial, a deadly game that only the rulers of six realms are invited to play. The invitation is a summons — a call to embrace victory and ruin, baubles and blood. The Centennial offers the six rulers one final chance to break the curses that have plagued their realms for centuries. Each ruler has something to hide. Each realm’s curse is uniquely wicked. To destroy the curses, one ruler must die.   

Isla Crown is the young ruler of Wildling — a realm of temptresses cursed to kill anyone they fall in love with. They are feared and despised, and are counting on Isla to end their suffering by succeeding at the Centennial.

To survive, Isla must lie, cheat, and betray… even as love complicates everything.

Filled with secrets, deception, romance, and twists worthy of the darkest thrillers, Lightlark is a must-read for fans of legendary fantasy writers Marie Lu, Marissa Meyer, and Leigh Bardugo.

Alex Aster is an author of YA fiction as well as award-winning middle grade fiction, including the Emblem Island series, which was published to critical acclaim. Alex graduated summa cum laude from the University of Pennsylvania, where she studied creative writing. Find out more on TikTok (@alex.aster) or Instagram (@byalexaster).

Selene Velez (@moongirlreads_) loves to share her passion for uplifting diverse stories and authors with her audience of over 223,000 book lovers on Tiktok! She is soon to enter her third year of university where she will continue studying English. Selene has been featured in The New York Times, BBC World Service, The Economist, and her grandpa's Facebook page. 

 

Alex Aster photo courtesy of Jennifer Trahan; Selene Velez photo courtesy of the author

 

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Peter Merts - Ex Crucible (Ferry Building Store)

Sunday, July 17, 2022 - 2:00pm

Peter Merts

Ex Crucible

An In-Person Event • Book Passage (SF Ferry Building)

Sun., July 17th • 2:00pm PT

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The photographs of Ex Crucible show incarcerated men and women creating artworks with a talent, passion, and authenticity that illuminate the humanity of the artists. These intimate photographs demonstrate the importance that creativity can have in these bleak, controlled spaces.

Peter Merts is a photographer residing in the San Francisco area. For decades he has focused on documenting the work of several arts-based non-profit (NGO) organizations. He is co-author of Paths of Discovery: Art Practice and Its Impact in California Prisons (2nd edition).

 

Peter Merts photo courtesy of author

 

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Reem Assil - Arabiyya (Ferry Building Store)

Saturday, August 27, 2022 - 1:00pm

Reem Assil

Arabiyya

An In-Person Book Signing • Book Passage (SF Ferry Building)

Sat., August 27th • 1:00pm PT

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Visit the Ferry Plaza Farmers Market first for a cooking demo with Reem Assil at 12:00. Details here.
 

A collection of 100+ bright, bold recipes influenced by the vibrant flavors and convivial culture of the Arab world, filled with moving personal essays on food, family, and identity and mixed with a pinch of California cool, from chef and activist Reem Assil.

ONE OF FOOD52’S MOST ANTICIPATED COOKBOOKS OF 2022

Arabiyya celebrates the alluring aromas and flavors of Arab food and the welcoming spirit with which they are shared. Written from her point of view as an Arab in diaspora, Reem takes readers on a journey through her Palestinian and Syrian roots, showing how her heritage has inspired her recipes for flatbreads, dips, snacks, platters to share, and more. With a section specializing in breads of the Arab bakery, plus recipes for favorites such as Salatet Fattoush, Falafel Mahshi, Mujaddarra, and Hummus Bil Awarma, Arabiyya showcases the origins and evolution of Arab cuisine and opens up a whole new world of flavor.

Alongside the tempting recipes, Reem shares stories of the power of Arab communities to turn hardship into brilliant, nourishing meals and any occasion into a celebratory feast. Reem then translates this spirit into her own work in California, creating restaurants that define hospitality at all levels. Yes, there are tender lamb dishes, piles of fresh breads, and perfectly cooked rice, but there is also food for thought about what it takes to create a more equitable society, where workers and people often at the margins are brought to the center. Reem's glorious dishes draw in readers and customers, but it is her infectious warmth that keeps them at the table.

With gorgeous photography, original artwork, and transporting writing, Reem helps readers better understand the Arab diaspora and its global influence on food and culture. She then invites everyone to sit at a table where all are welcome.

Reem Assil is a two-time James Beard Award semifinalist for Best Chef: West, a James Beard Award finalist for Outstanding Chef, and the owner of Reem’s California, a bakery with locations in Oakland and San Francisco. She was also the opening chef for Dyafa, an Arab fine-dining restaurant that was awarded a coveted Michelin Bib Gourmand in its first year. She has established herself at the intersection of food, Arab culture, and social justice.

 

Reem Assil photo courtesy of Andria Lo

 

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San Francisco, CA 94111

Linda Shiue - Spicebox Kitchen (Ferry Building Store)

Saturday, July 23, 2022 - 1:00pm

Linda Shiue

Spicebox Kitchen

An In-Person Book Signing • Book Passage (SF Ferry Building)

Sat., July 23th • 1:00pm PT

This event will be hosted live at Book Passage's San Francisco Store. Please contact webmaster@bookpassage.com with questions regarding live events.
 
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Visit the Ferry Plaza Farmers Market first for a cooking demo with Linda Shiue at 12:00. Details here.
 

A renowned chef and physician shares her secrets to a healthy life in this cookbook filled with healthy recipes that will fuel and energize your body and mind.

"I like to think of a spicebox as the cook's equivalent of a doctor's bag--containing the essential tools to use in the art of cooking. Learning to use spices is the best way to add interest and vibrancy to simple home cooking."
—from the Introduction

In her first cookbook, chef and physician Linda Shiue puts the phrase "let food be thy medicine" to the test. With 175 vegetarian and pescatarian recipes curated from her own kitchen, Dr. Shiue takes you on a journey of vibrant, fresh flavors through a range of spices from amchar masala to za'atar. With a comprehensive "Healthy Cooking 101" chapter, lists of the healthiest ingredients out there, and tips for prevention, Spicebox Kitchen is a culinary wellness trip you can take in your own kitchen.

Linda Shiue is a physician, chef and founder of a teaching kitchen for patients. She believes that the best medicine is prevention. Her cooking classes showcase seasonal produce, lavishly flavored with spices and fresh herbs. Her food writing has been published widely and she has been interviewed frequently on television and in print. Dr. Shiue has served as faculty at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) and Stanford University and serves on the board of the San Francisco-Marin Food Bank. She is a graduate of Brown University, San Francisco Cooking School, UCSF and the kitchen of Michelin-starred restaurant, Mourad, in San Francisco. She also has a Certificate in Plant Based Nutrition from Cornell University.

 

Linda Shiue photo courtesy of the publisher

 

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1 Ferry Building
San Francisco, CA 94111

Wesley Straton with Shanna Farrell - The Bartender's Cure (Ferry Building Store)

Saturday, July 9, 2022 - 3:00pm

Wesley Straton
in conversation with Shanna Farrell

The Bartender's Cure

An In-Person Event • Book Passage (SF Ferry Building)

Sat., July 9th • 3:00pm PT

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Wesley Straton's The Bartender's Cure is a fiercely relatable debut novel about an aspiring bartender at the perfect neighborhood bar, filled with cocktail recipes and bartending tips and tricks.

Samantha Fisher definitely does not want to be a bartender. But after a breakup and breakdown in San Francisco, she decides to defer law school for a year to move to New York, crashing on her best friend’s couch. When she is offered a job at Joe’s Apothecary, a beloved neighborhood bar in Brooklyn, she tells herself it’s only temporary.

As Sam learns more about bartending and gets to know the service industry lifers and loyal regulars at Joe’s, she is increasingly seduced by her new job. She finds acceptance in her tight-knit community and even begins a new relationship. But as the year draws to a close, Sam is increasingly pulled between the life she thought she wanted and the possibility of a different kind of future. When destructive cycles from her past threaten to consume her again, Sam must decide how much she’s willing to let go of to finally belong.

Wesley Straton is a writer and bartender based in Brooklyn. She writes fiction about found families, alienation, and how where we live shapes who we are. She studied fiction at Brooklyn College, where she received the Himan Brown Creative Writing Award and served as an editor for the Brooklyn Review. Her fiction has appeared in Glimmer Train and has been shortlisted for the Disquiet Literary Prize, and she has written about international bar culture for Roads & Kingdoms, GQ, and Difford’s GuideThe Bartender’s Cure is her debut.

Shanna Farrell is an interviewer at UC Berkeley's Oral History Center, where she works on a wide variety of projects and specializes in beverage cultural and environmental history. She is the author of A Good Drink: In Pursuit of Sustainable Spirits and Bay Area Cocktails: A History of Culture, Community and Craft and the forthcoming Her writing has appeared in Imbibe, Life & ThymePUNCH, The San Francisco Chronicle, and other publications. She holds an Interdisciplinary MA from New York University and an MA in Oral History from Columbia University.

 

Wesley Straton photo courtesy of Bridget Badore; Shanna Farrell in conversation with Nicola Parisi

 

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