San Francisco Events

Andrea Freeman - Ruin Their Crops on the Ground (Ferry Building Event)

Sunday, July 28, 2024 - 2:00pm

Andrea Freeman

Ruin Their Crops on the Ground
The Politics of Food in the United States, from the Trail of Tears to School Lunch

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

Sun., July 28th, 2024 • 2:00pm PT

This event is free to attend and will be hosted live at Book Passage's San Francisco Store. Please contact with questions regarding live events.

The first and definitive history of the use of food in United States law and politics as a weapon of conquest and control, a Fast Food Nation for the Black Lives Matter era

In 1779, to subjugate Indigenous nations, George Washington ordered his troops to “ruin their crops now in the ground and prevent their planting more.” Destroying harvests is just one way that the United States has used food as a political tool. Trying to prevent enslaved people from rising up, enslavers restricted their consumption, providing only enough to fuel labor. Since the Great Depression, school lunches have served as dumping grounds for unwanted agricultural surpluses.

From frybread to government cheese, Ruin Their Crops on the Ground draws on over fifteen years of research to argue that U.S. food law and policy have created and maintained racial and social inequality. In an epic, sweeping account, Andrea Freeman, who pioneered the term “food oppression,” moves from colonization to slavery to the Americanization of immigrant food culture, to the commodities supplied to Native reservations, to milk as a symbol of white supremacy. She traces the long-standing alliance between the government and food industries that have produced gaping racial health disparities, and she shows how these practices continue to this day, through the marketing of unhealthy goods that target marginalized communities, causing diabetes, high blood pressure, and premature death.

Ruin Their Crops on the Ground is a groundbreaking addition to the history and politics of food. It will permanently upend the notion that we freely and equally choose what we put on our plates.


Andrea Freeman, a pioneer in the field of food politics, is a professor at Southwestern Law School. A Fulbright scholar and author of Skimmed: Breastfeeding, Race, and Injustice, Freeman has published and appeared in the Washington PostSalonThe Takeaway, Here & Now, the Atlanta Journal-ConstitutionBlack Agenda Report, and more. She lives in Los Angeles.


"A useful reminder that food can oppress, coerce, and undermine the bodies and aspirations of vulnerable minorities."

"Ruin Their Crops on the Ground nourishes readers with jaw-dropping stories and revelatory data about the use of food as a tool of oppression. This passionate book enlightens and enrages. A glass of milk will never be the same."
—Paul Butler, author of Chokehold: Policing Black Men



Andrea Freeman - photo credit Corey Action

1 Ferry Building Plaza
San Francisco, CA 94111

Yvie Oddly with Michael Bach - All About Yvie : Into the Oddity (Ferry Building Ticketed Event)

Saturday, August 10, 2024 - 1:00pm

Book Signing and Photo Opportunity!

Yvie Oddly
In conversation with Michael Bach

All About Yvie
Into the Oddity

Book Passage (SF Ferry Building) • $31 Ticket Includes Book
+ entry into meet & greet signing line with photo opportunity!
 Sat., August 10th, 2024 • 1:00pm PT

This event will be hosted live at Book Passage's San Francisco Store. Please contact with questions regarding live events.

Come join us at the Ferry Building as we celebrate the world's oddest drag artist and winner of RuPaul's Drag Race season 11, Yvie Oddly with an extraordinary meet & greet book signing for her inspiring new memoir All About Yvie.

Each ticket to this non-seated event will include entry to the signing line plus an opportunity for a candid photo taken with Yvie Oddly.


The world's oddest drag artist

This book is an intimate and in-depth look into the life of Yvie Oddly, winner of season eleven of RuPaul's Drag Race. It begins with their childhood and then tells of their coming out and coming to terms with their sexuality, gender and how those things impact their journey as an artist. It then follows them through their experience on Drag Race (season 11 and All Stars, All Winners), and their rise to super stardom. It's a close glimpse into their wonderful and sometimes turbulent relationships with their friends, family, and all the people they met along their journey. And it's an exploration of Yvie's unique expression of drag as an art form.

Yvie Oddly's memoir will inspire readers as Yvie candidly shares their evolution into their current identity and learning to balance their private and public personas. Readers will follow them on a journey they will sympathize with, and many may even see themselves in their struggles.


Yvie Oddly is a revolutionary drag queen performer, rapper, and fine artist from Denver, Colorado. They captured the attention of the world when they won season 11 of RuPaul's Drag Race. In their forthcoming book All About Yvie: Into The Oddity (June 2024), the reader gets an in-depth glimpse into their childhood, their coming out and coming to terms with their sexuality and gender, and, of course, spills some Drag Race tea. 

New York Magazine named Oddly one of the most powerful drag queens in June 2019 because of their ability to push the boundaries of drag performance art. Following their win on Drag Race, Yvie competed on the seventh season of RuPaul's Drag Race All Stars, an all-winners season, did a residency in Vegas and continues to perform across the country. Yvie released their debut album, Drag Trap, in 2020. In addition to music videos and performances, Yvie explores what they see as a transformative power of drag by making thrift store finds into wearable art. Yvie currently resides in Brooklyn, New York with their husband, Doug Illsley.


Michael Bach is a nationally and internationally recognized thought leader and subject matter expert in the fields of inclusion, diversity, equity, and accessibility. He is the founder of the Canadian Centre for Diversity and Inclusion (CCDI), CCDI Consulting and Pride at Work Canada.

Michael has worked professionally in the areas of inclusion, diversity, equity and accessibility for nearly 20 years, most recently as the founding CEO of CCDI and CCDI Consulting. Prior to taking on this role, he was the national leader for diversity, equity, and inclusion for KPMG Canada.

He recently co-authored All About Yvie: Into The Oddity (June 2024), a memoir about revolutionary drag queen, Yvie Oddly, who went from being a staple on the drag scene to winning season 11 of RuPaul’s Drag Race. Michael released his first book, Birds of All Feathers: Doing Diversity and Inclusion Rightwhich became an Amazon bestseller and won countless awards, in 2020 and Alphabet Soup: The Essential Guide to LGBTQ2+ Inclusion at Work in 2022.

Michael has received numerous awards for his work, including Women of Influence’s Canadian Diversity Champions, Catalyst Canada Honours Human Resources/Diversity Leader, Inspire Award as LGBTQ Person of the Year, Out on Bay Street Leaders to be Proud of LGBT Advocate Workplace Award, Toronto Region Immigrant Employment Council’s IS Award, and the Canadian HR Reporter Individual Achievement Award. In 2023, he was named as one of the 10 Most Influential DE&I Leaders Revamping The Future by CIO Views Magazine.

Michael has a Post-graduate Certificate in Diversity Management from Cornell University and holds the Cornell Certified Diversity Professional, Advanced Practitioner (CCDP/AP) designation. He is originally from Toronto and now lives in Palm Springs with his husband Mike, and their two fur-babies Sasha and Pepper.



Yvie Oddly photo courtesy of the publicist. Michael Bach photo courtesy of the author.


Book Passage Ferry Building
1 Ferry Building
San Francisco, CA 94111

Maria Zizka - The Hostess Handbook (Ferry Plaza Farmers Market)

Saturday, July 27, 2024 - 12:00pm
author photo author photo

Maria Zizka

The Hostess Handbook
A Modern Guide to Entertaining

Meet & Greet Book Signing Only • SF Ferry Plaza Farmers Market

Sat., July 27th, 2024 • 12:00pm PT

This event is a non-seated Meet & Greet signing only. This event will be hosted at the Ferry Plaza Farmers Market (Foodwise Classroom tent) at the SF Ferry Building. Please contact with questions regarding events.
Please join us for a special meet & greet signing event with award-winning cookbook author Maria Zizka accompanying her Foodwise demo (starting at 11am) at the Ferry Plaza Farmers Market. This signing is in celebration of The Hostess Handbook...everything you need to know to throw your next epic dinner party!

From the author of The Newlywed Table, this helpful handbook offers readers 100 easy entertaining recipes, party planning advice, and curated menus to pull off the most delicious and delightful of gatherings, from an epic holiday bash to a casual get-together in the backyard, or an inspired dinner party.

Ready to throw a dinner party? It’s easier than you think. With 100 crowd-pleasing recipes and expert tips and tricks, 
The Hostess Handbook shows how to create an event that’s warm, joyous, and imbued with the special glowy feeling of a celebration that we never want to end.

Everything you need to know is here. How to plan a fantastic menu with foolproof recipes for finger foods, make-ahead mains (because you don’t want to be in the kitchen when your guests arrive), and festive desserts. How to get your home party-ready, whether hosting two people or twenty, with primers on setting the table, the art of serving, and flower arranging. And drinks, of course—including recipes for both classic cocktails and delicious nonalcoholic libations. Cheers!


Maria Zizka is the author of numerous award-winning cookbooks. She studied biology at UC Berkeley and food culture at UNISG in northern Italy, where she now teaches as a visiting lecturer. She was named by Forbes as one of the most influential people under 30 in the world of food and drink. Zizka lives and cooks in the Berkeley Hills with her husband and two sons.


“This comprehensive and unpretentious guide is packed with elegant, approachable recipes plus tips and strategies to lessen the burden of hosting. It promises all the pleasures of good hospitality with less stress so you can be present from the first sip of wine to the last bite of dessert.”
 —Claire Saffitz, author of Dessert Person and What’s for Dessert

The Hostess Handbook showcases Maria’s knack of pulling the whole show together with her beautiful recipes—plus drinks, playlists, and a checklist for hosting—and her trademark ease and joy.”
 ——Elisabeth Prueitt, author and cofounder of Tartine Bakery



Maria Zizka photo courtesy of the Aya Brackett


1 Ferry Building Plaza
San Francisco, CA 94111

Marjan Kamali - The Lion Women of Tehran (Ferry Building Store)

Sunday, July 7, 2024 - 2:00pm

Marjan Kamali

The Lion Women of Tehran
A Novel

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

Sun., July 7th, 2024 • 2:00pm PT

This event will be hosted in-person at Book Passage's SF Ferry Building Store. Please contact with questions regarding events.

From the nationally bestselling author of the “powerful, heartbreaking” (Shelf AwarenessThe Stationery Shop, a heartfelt, epic new novel of friendship, betrayal, and redemption set against three transformative decades in Tehran, Iran.

In 1950s Tehran, seven-year-old Ellie lives in grand comfort until the untimely death of her father, forcing Ellie and her mother to move to a tiny home downtown. Lonely and bearing the brunt of her mother’s endless grievances, Ellie dreams of a friend to alleviate her isolation.

Luckily, on the first day of school, she meets Homa, a kind, passionate girl with a brave and irrepressible spirit. Together, the two girls play games, learn to cook in the stone kitchen of Homa’s warm home, wander through the colorful stalls of the Grand Bazaar, and share their ambitions for becoming “lion women.”

But their happiness is disrupted when Ellie and her mother are afforded the opportunity to return to their previous bourgeois life. Now a popular student at the best girls’ high school in Iran, Ellie’s memories of Homa begin to fade. Years later, however, her sudden reappearance in Ellie’s privileged world alters the course of both of their lives.

Together, the two young women come of age and pursue their own goals for meaningful futures. But as the political turmoil in Iran builds to a breaking point, one earth-shattering betrayal will have enormous consequences.

Written with Marjan Kamali’s signature “evocative, devastating, and hauntingly beautiful” (Whitney Scharer, author of The Age of Light) prose, 
The Lion Women of Tehran is a sweeping exploration of how profoundly we are shaped by those we meet when we are young, and the way love and courage transforms our lives.


Marjan Kamali, born in Turkey to Iranian parents, spent her childhood in Kenya, Germany, Turkey, Iran, and the United States. She holds degrees from UC Berkeley, Columbia University, and New York University. She is the 2022 recipient of the National Endowment for the Arts Creative Writing Award. She is the author of The Lion Women of TehranThe Stationery Shop, and Together Tea. Marjan lives with her husband in the Boston area. They have two children.


“Kamali tells a moving story of an unforgiving time, an unlikely friendship, and how a country’s transformation, in turn, transforms the lives of two unforgettable women. Simultaneously heartbreaking and life affirming, it’s a book that you won’t be able to put down until you’ve read every word.” —Adrienne Brodeur, New York Times bestselling author of Little Monsters

"The Lion Women of Tehran had me under arrest from the start. A deeply nuanced story of family, sacrifice, and the unbreakable bond of true friendship. It is as heart wrenching as it is achingly beautiful." Sadeqa Johnson, New York Times bestselling author of The House of Eve



Marjan Kamali - photo credit David E. 

Book Passage Ferry Building
1 Ferry Building
San Francisco, CA 94111

Adrienne Chung - Organs of Little Importance (Ferry Building Event)

Sunday, July 14, 2024 - 2:00pm

Adrienne Chung

Organs of Little Importance

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

Sun., July 14th, 2024 • 2:00pm PT

This event will be hosted live at Book Passage's San Francisco Store. Please contact with questions regarding live events.

From National Poetry Series winner Adrienne Chung, a debut poetry collection about psychology, love, and memory

Taking its title from Darwin’s On the Origin of Species, Adrienne Chung’s debut collection asks why we cling so dearly to the vestigial parts of our psychologies—residues of first impressions, thought spirals to nowhere, memories that persist despite outliving their usefulness. The speaker in these poems tries to wear more color, indulges in Y2K nostalgia and falls in and out of love; a Jungian psychoanalyst has a field day with her dreams. 

While Darwin was perplexed and ultimately dismissive of these seemingly useless body parts, 
Organs of Little Importance reframes and repositions the apparent uselessness of our compulsions, superstitions, errant thoughts, and other selves. In diptychs and ghazals, sonnets and lullabies, Chung collects and preserves pieces of psychological debris as one would care for precious heirlooms, revealing their surprising potential to become sites of meaning and connection.


Adrienne Chung is the author of Organs of Little Importance (Penguin, 2023), a winner of the National Poetry Series. Her poetry and fiction have been published in The Yale Review, The Chicago Review, Joyland, Diagram, and elsewhere. A recipient of fellowships from MacDowell, Bread Loaf, and the Wisconsin Institute for Creative Writing, she is an Visiting Assistant Professor at Willamette University and on the faculty of the Berlin Writers' Workshop.


“Mind detritus becomes the stuff of great art in the hands of poet Adrienne Chung . . . a poet in complete command of her craft.” —

Organs of Little Importance is a riotous feat . . . Ferocious. Funny. Deeply intelligent. Adrienne Chung leaves a charred wake.” —Solmaz Sharif, author of Customs and Look

“With a sardonic wit and the kind of 'perfect-SAT' intelligence that can lead to solipsism or worse, Chung, an American based in Berlin, dares the reader to draw the same glib conclusion as the ex-lover who tells the speaker to 'stop thinking so much.' Yet behind the façade of hip cogitation is a reticent yearning for authentic connection, as the poet confronts 'the private, the public, the chthonic lore' of failed love and the meaning of life. In poems ranging from a therapy notebook annotated with dream footnotes to a crown of sonnets that aches for a primal, lover’s garden just outside the dungeon of selfhood, Chung assembles a bracingly funny and desolate debut.” Lit Hub

Organs of Little Importance alternates between frame-breaking experiments and revivified traditions . . . [a] taut tug-of-war between becoming and trauma, fantasy and reminiscence.” Poetry



Adrienne Chung - photo courtesy of the author

1 Ferry Building Plaza
San Francisco, CA 94111

Karl Dunn - How to Burn a Rainbow (Ferry Building Store)

Saturday, June 22, 2024 - 3:00pm

Karl Dunn

How to Burn a Rainbow
My Gay Marriage Didn't Make Me Whole, My Divorce Did

Ferry Building Store
Sat., June 22nd, 2024 • 3:00pm PT

This event is free to attend and will be hosted in-person at Book Passage's Ferry Building Store. Please contact with questions regarding events.

In honor of PRIDE month 2024, Book Passage is proud to uplift LGBTQ+ voices, stories and issues. The event will feature exciting new and established authors on the literary landscape discussing their writings, the importance of Queer books and their take on political and social issues within the community.

Whether you are part of the LGBTQ+ community or an ally, this is a discussion you don’t want to miss!


What readers are calling the gay Eat, Pray, Love...

Sometimes, to find yourself, you must first burn everything down. Karl had it all; a husband, a home in the Los Angeles Hills, success. When his marriage ended suddenly, his perfect life and sense of self were shattered. His legal battles threatened everything he had, and he soon found himself working non-stop, leading to a downward spiral filled with anxious days and sleepless nights of rage and fear. Ironically, Karl's divorce ignited a journey of self-discovery-a quest for identity, love, and acceptance that took him from LA to a mid-divorce crash-landing in Berlin.

This raw and unflinching memoir welcomes readers into the heart of Karl's transformative journey-burning the scripts written for him by both the gay and straight worlds, facing down his deepest fears, and forging his own path to self-love. How To Burn A Rainbow is a gripping narrative of resilience and courage that dares to ask the hard questions about love, equality, and the price of happiness.

In the end, Karl's marriage didn't make him whole, his divorce did.


Karl Dunn - A multi-award-winning advertising Creative Director formerly based in LA, Karl's is a riches-to-rags journey. Feeling like a failure during his divorce - especially to the LGBTQ+ community - Karl sought out books to guide him on the complexities of gay divorce, only to find, as he puts it, "gay divorce was a desert. And I was a broken unicorn walking blindly through it." Frustrated by the lack of resources, he took matters into his own hands, deciding to write a book that would address the void and still be interesting to a general audience.




Karl Dunn photo courtesy of the author.

1 Ferry Building Plaza
San Francisco, CA 94111

DC Frost and Kate Gale with Saul Gonzalez - A Punishing Breed and Under a Neon Sun (Ferry Building Store)

Saturday, July 27, 2024 - 3:00pm

DC Frost and Kate Gale
In conversation with Saul Gonzalez

A Punishing Breed and Under a Neon Sun

Book Passage (SF Ferry Building)
Sat., July 27th, 2024 • 3:00pm PT

This event is free to attend and will be hosted in-person at Book Passage's SF Ferry Building Store. Please contact with questions regarding events.

A Punishing Breed, the first in a series of novels featuring Detective DJ Arias, is a murder mystery that takes place in Los Angeles, the city of angels, freeways, Santa Ana winds, and honeysuckle slithering through chain-link fences and perfuming LA's dark streets and neighborhoods.

Detective Arias hunts for a murderer on a liberal arts campus that prides itself on its progressive curriculum but is rife with jealousy, racial and sexual tensions, and a hierarchy as real and destructive as a medieval fortress. DJ Arias, good at his job because he sees the worst in people, is challenged by the college community, a neighborhood recluse, and a young Latino gardener he sent to jail ten years ago for a hit-and-run accident. Through the course of his investigation, Arias will find out no one is who they appear to be. He begins to reclaim his humanity by adopting a dog he names Evidence and finding the clues to a crime born from a dark secret not contained in the past but alive in the present, which will cast destruction and murder on the denizens of the small liberal arts campus.


DC Frost is a second-generation Angeleno. For almost twenty years, she has worked at a small private liberal arts college in the heart of Los Angeles. DC loves and respects Southern California, a melting pot of class and culture that is often misrepresented and misunderstood in popular fiction and media. DC lives in Eagle Rock, California, with her husband, who is an NPR journalist and reporter, and three rescue dogs. DC and her husband have an adult son, a filmmaker, who resides in Los Angeles.


"In this mystery debut novelist DC Frost takes us through the lush world of a tiny liberal arts college and its murderous undergrowth. Masterfully moving between voices, the plot and the psychological twists push us forward, keeping us compulsively reading to the very last page."
--Désirée Zamorano, author of Human Cargo and The Amado Women



Unable to afford rent, Mia--a community college student--lives out of her car, cleaning houses of the well-to-do in the LA area to meet her shoestring budget. Then Covid hits, and everything changes.

For people living in houses and apartments, with stay-at-home jobs, the pandemic was inconvenient. For Mia--a student and housekeeper whose budget is so tight she lives in her car--the pandemic destroys the very source of her paltry income. Fortunately, gutsy and funny Mia is a determined survivor. After weeks of cutting her limited spending even further, missing meals along the way, her wealthy employers become desperate for her services again. This time, she's determined not to let them take advantage of her as they have in the past. Her newfound confidence gives her new hope as she works to escape the shackles of poverty on her own terms. Sally Rooney meets Elizabeth Strout in this brilliant fiction debut.


Kate Gale is the co-founder and managing editor of Red Hen Press, which has been publishing for thirty years in Los Angeles. She is also the author of seven books of poetry including The Goldilocks Zone and The Loneliest Girl, as well as several librettos including Rio de Sangre with Don Davis—who wrote the music to the Matrix movies. Rio de Sangre premiered at the Florentine opera. Her current opera projects are Che Guevara and Esther. Kate grew up in an intentional community. Since leaving, she has put herself through school, ultimately receiving a Ph.D. in English Literature from Claremont Graduate University. She had no one after she left the Farm to depend on, and spent years writing “No one,” as her emergency contact. When she briefly met her father, a professor at the University of Pennsylvania, he asked where she was living. She said, “my car,” and he asked what kind of car. From those beginnings, she has built a press in Los Angeles, raised a family, and lived a life as a writer and publisher on the West Coast. Since 1989, she has taught writing at universities in Los Angeles every semester. She has also taught publishing at Oxford, Columbia University, Harvard University, and USC, and was the President of Pen USA from 2005–2006. Currently, Kate teaches publishing and poetry at Chapman University and lives in Los Angeles.


"30 Books We Can't Wait to Read" --Write or Die Magazine

"Kate Gale's impressive debut as a novelist showcases her genuine flair for the kind of distinctive narrative driven storytelling that fully engages the readers attention and is an entertaining, thought-provoking, deftly crafted read from start to finish, Under a Neon Sun will be of particular interest to fans of contemporary women's fiction raised to an impressive level of literary excellence." --Midwest Review of Books

"Always compelling, alternately biting and funny, tragic and hopeful, Under a Neon Sun offers an unusual view into lives of people who are often unseen and unheard. They, and their world, are the beating heart of this story." --Mom Egg Review


Saul Gonzalez has been the Los Angeles co-host of public radio’s statewide show, The California Report since 2019, covering such issues as homelessness and housing policy, the state's response to climate change and the ravages of the Covid pandemic. Whenever possible, Saul tries to report from the field, connecting these issues to the daily lives of Californians. 

 Before joining KQED, Saul was a correspondent and producer for public broadcasting shows, like the PBS NewsHour. He also hosted the podcast series "There Goes the Neighborhood" about gentrification in L.A.. For his work, Saul has been honored with several Emmys and is a two-time winner of the L.A. Press Club's Radio Journalist of the Year Award.  





DC Frost photo courtesy of the author Kate Gale photo courtesy of the author. Saul Gonzalez photo courtesy of the author.

Book Passage Ferry Building
1 Ferry Building
San Francisco, CA 94111

Suzannah Weiss with Dr. Carol Queen - Subjectified (Ferry Building Store)

Thursday, July 11, 2024 - 5:30pm

Suzannah Weiss
In conversation with Dr. Carol Queen

Becoming a Sexual Subject

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

Thurs., July 11th • 5:30pm PT

This event is free to attend and will be hosted live at Book Passage's San Francisco Store. Please contact with questions regarding live events.

Subjectified is a book about subjects, objects, and verbs. It is also a book about clothing-optional resorts, group masturbation circles, and sex parties.

Suzannah Weiss takes the reader through her adventures as a sex and relationship writer to explore how we can create a world with less objectification and more subjectification -- placing women and other marginalized groups in the subject role of sentences and actions. Offering a deeply personal account and powerful critique of sexual empowerment movements, Suzannah Weiss presents a way forward that focuses more on what women desire, and less on what men desire from them. She makes a bold yet compassionate call for women everywhere to inhabit their bodies and hearts -- to remain connected to their inner eye and their inner "I," even in a world where they are disproportionately "you," "she," or "them."

The book is for everybody wanting to understand themselves better as subjects. Wholeheartedly, the author invites you to follow her search for subjecthood and, should you desire, forge your own path out of objecthood.


Suzannah Weiss is a writer and sexologist based in Los Angeles. She is the author of Subjectified: Becoming a Sexual Subject, which describes her search for sexual empowerment and her vision for a world where women are subjects, not just objects, of desire. She has written over 8800 articles, which have appeared in publications such as The New York Times and The Washington Post. As a sex educator certified by the American Association of Sexuality Educators, Counselors, and Therapists, Suzannah has taught courses and given talks on topics including consent, orgasms, childbirth, non-monogamy, and neurodiversity. She is regularly quoted as an expert in publications like Cosmopolitan and Men's Health and also works as a sex/love coach, birth doula, and sexual assault counselor. She holds a Master of Professional Studies in Sexual Health from the University of Minnesota, a Bachelor of Science in Cognitive Neuroscience from Brown University, and a Bachelor of Arts in Gender & Sexuality Studies and Modern Culture & Media from Brown University.


Dr. Carol Queen co-founded the Center for Sex & Culture with Dr. Robert Morgan Lawrence in San Francisco and is staff sexologist and Company Historian at Good Vibrations, the woman-founded sex shop, where she has worked since 1990. A noted cultural sexologist whose work has been widely published, she's written, co-authored or edited several books, most recently The Sex & Pleasure Book: Good Vibrations Guide to Great Sex for Everyone. She has been speaking publicly about sexuality for over 45 years; she frequently speaks to conferences and academic, general and specialized audiences. 

Twitter: @CarolQueen & centrsexculture; 

IG: carolqueen8 & centersexculture; 

FB: carolqueen & centersexculture;



“Subjectified is delightfully nerdy, zeroing in on the details of how language informs our feelings and framings. The way Suzannah Weiss weaves personal and societal together is absolutely stunning. Thanks to her for sharing this with me, and the world.”
Jessica Stoya, porn icon and sex columnist

“This is the inclusive feminist manifesto of destigmatization and personal power we need today. Weiss asserts a unified imagined future of possibility that can speak to anyone who has grown up in the last several decades. An important voice in the modern fight for liberation and human thriving.”
Kiran Gandhi, musician, activist, and free-bleeding runner at the 2015 London Marathon

“Authentic and moving. Challenging and uplifting. This book couldn’t be more relevant to the battleground that is women’s bodies.”
Victoria Bateman, University of Cambridge, author of Naked Feminism: Breaking the Cult of Female Modesty

“Suzannah Weiss rediscovers sex-positivity as she returns our agency, worth, and subjectivity to ourselves, our own voice and vision, our ‘I.’ This radical script-flipping of women’s selfhood sees Suzannah dancing with language and gifting us the wonderful, powerful identity ‘subject of desire.’”
Carol Queen, staff sexologist at Good Vibes and author of Exhibitionism for the Shy: Show Off, Dress Up and Talk Hot!


Suzannah Weiss photo credit Joey DeRusha. Dr. Carol Queen - photo courtesy of the publicist.

1 Ferry Building Plaza
San Francisco, CA 94111

Leslie Stephens with Kyla Zhao - You're Safe Here (Ferry Building Store)

Thursday, June 27, 2024 - 5:30pm

Leslie Stephens
In conversation with Kyla Zhao

You're Safe Here
A Novel

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

Thurs., June 27th • 5:30pm PT

This event is free to attend and will be hosted live at Book Passage's San Francisco Store. Please contact with questions regarding live events.

Wellness, motherhood, and technology converge in a near future California, as three women’s seemingly innocuous decisions have further-reaching consequences than any of them could imagine in this timely, clever, and white-knuckled thriller.

In 2060, the WellPod is the latest launch from the largest tech company the world has ever seen—a fleet of floating personal paradises scattered throughout the Pacific Ocean, focused entirely on health, solitude, and relaxation. Created by an enigmatic founder who will stop at nothing to ensure her company’s success, it is the long-awaited pinnacle of wellness technology. For newly pregnant Maggie, the six-week program is the perfect chance to get away…especially since the baby isn’t her partner’s.

Noa Behar isn’t a perfect fiancée. She’s too distracted, too focused on her work in helping program the WellPod to give Maggie the attention she deserves. But when she discovers something rotten beneath WellPod’s shiny exterior—a history of faulty tech and dangerous cover-ups—she knows one thing: she’ll do whatever it takes to keep Maggie safe.

The problem? The malfunctioning WellPods are already at sea. And there’s a storm coming...


Leslie Stephens is the creator of the popular newsletter Morning Person. Her work has appeared in the Los Angeles Review of BooksEater, and other outlets including Cupcakes & Cashmere, where she worked as an editor. A graduate of Wellesley College, she is currently earning her master’s in counseling, with specializations in addiction and ecotherapy, from Lewis and Clark College in Portland, Oregon, where she lives with her pit-mix, Toast. You can find her at and subscribe at


Kyla Zhao writes novels starring women of color in the workplace. Her latest book Valley Verified follows the adventures of a fashion transplant at a Silicon Valley startup. She and her books have been featured by media outlets such as Vogue, Elle, Cosmopolitan, Buzzfeed, CBS, FOX, South China Morning Post, etc.

Kyla was also selected by Forbes for its 30 Under 30 list and Tatler as a Leader of Tomorrow. In addition, she was awarded a Certificate of Recognition by the California State Assembly for her contributions to Asian media representation. She now works at a tech company in Silicon Valley after graduating from Stanford University in 2021.





“[D]ramatic dystopian debut…seamlessly interweaving a chilling tech dystopia, a corporate thriller, and a rocky romance. It’s a heart-pumping ride.” —Publishers Weekly

Stephens' debut novel is dystopia at its best… You’re Safe Here is a brilliant book which explores several themes at once, never losing a beat while doing so.” —Booklist

“Leslie Stephens delivers a debut with a punch: a near-future, Silicon Valley psychological thriller that takes the wellness industry to its dystopian extreme. You’re Safe Here forces us to reexamine the costs of love, safety, and reality in a world where climate chaos has battered the land and biotechnology has pervaded every crevice of human life. And get ready for a ride, because even in a future where Big Tech has made secrets a luxury of the obscenely rich, Leslie Stephens serves up twists on twists on twists, building to an ending that no amount of AI-powered computing could ever hope to predict.” —Nick Fuller Googins, author of THE GREAT TRANSITION



Leslie Stephens photo credit Paige Jones. Kyla Zhao photo courtesy of the publicist.

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San Francisco, CA 94111

Sara Calvosa Olson - Chími Nu'am: Native California Foodways for the Contemporary Kitchen (Ferry Plaza Farmers Market)

Saturday, August 24, 2024 - 12:00pm
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Sara Calvosa Olson

Chími Nu'am
Native California Foodways for the Contemporary Kitchen

Meet & Greet Book Signing Only • SF Ferry Plaza Market

Sat., August 24th, 2024

11:00am PT Food Demo // 12:00pm PT Book Signing

This event is a non-seated Meet & Greet signing only. This event will be hosted at the Ferry Plaza Farmers Market (Foodwise Classroom tent) at the SF Ferry Building. Please contact with questions regarding events.
Please join us for a special meet & greet signing event food writer Sara Calvosa Olson acompanying her Foodwise demo at the Ferry Plaza Farmers Market. This signing is in celebration of Chími Nu'am: Native California Foodways for the Contemporary Kitchen.

More than seventy delectable recipes that bring California's Indigenous cuisines into kitchens today.

Finalist for the 2023 Glenn Goldman Award for Cooking, Chosen by the California Booksellers Alliance

In this sumptuous cookbook, Sara Calvosa Olson (Karuk) reimagines some of the oldest foods in California for home cooks today. Meaning "Let's eat " in the Karuk language, Ch mi Nu'am shares the author's delicious and inventive takes on Native food styles from across California. Over seventy seasonal recipes centered on a rich array of Indigenous ingredients follow the year from Fall (elk chili beans, acorn crepes) to Winter (wild boar pozole, huckleberry hand pies) to Spring (wildflower spring rolls, peppernut mole chicken) to Summer (blackberry braised smoked salmon, acorn milk freezer pops). Special sections offer guidance on acorn preparation, traditional uses of proteins, and mindful ingredient sourcing.

Calvosa Olson has spent many years connecting her family's foodways with a growing community, and these recipes, techniques, and insights invite everyone to Calvosa Olson's table. Designed as an accessible entry for people beginning their journey toward a decolonized diet, Ch mi Nu'am welcomes readers in with Calvosa Olson's politically attuned and irresistibly funny writing. With more than 100 photographs, this cookbook is a culinary gift that will add warmth and mouthwatering aromas to any kitchen.



Sara Calvosa Olson (Karuk) is a food writer and editor living in the Bay Area with her husband and two teenage sons. Her work dwells at the intersection of storytelling, Indigenous food systems, security, sovereignty, reconnection, and recipe development. Her writing has appeared in News from Native California and Edible Shasta-Butte. Visit her website at, and follow her on Instagram at @thefrybreadriot. She lives in Mill Valley, California, which is the unceded ancestral homeland of the Coast Miwok.



Sara Calvosa Olson photo courtesy of Foodwise.


1 Ferry Building Plaza
San Francisco, CA 94111


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