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Fanny Singer - Always Home (Ferry Building Store)

Saturday, March 5, 2022 - 3:00pm


Fanny Singer

Always Home

Sat., March 5 • 3:00pm PT • Ferry Building Store

This event will be hosted in-person at Book Passage's Ferry Building location


A culinary memoir-in-recipes about growing up as the daughter of revered chef and restaurateur Alice Waters: a story of food, family, and the need for beauty in all aspects of life. • With a foreword by Alice Waters

In this extraordinarily intimate portrait of her mother — and herself — Fanny Singer, daughter of food icon and activist Alice Waters, chronicles a unique world of food, wine, and travel; a world filled with colorful characters, mouthwatering traditions, and sumptuous feasts. Across dozens of vignettes with accompanying recipes, she shares the story of her own culinary coming of age and reveals a side of her legendary mother that has never been seen before. A charming, smart translation of Alice Waters's ideals and attitudes about food for a new generation, Always Home is a loving, often funny, unsentimental, and exquisitely written look at a life defined in so many ways by food, as well as the bond between mother and daughter.

Fanny Singer is a writer, editor, and co-founder of the design brand, Permanent Collection. In 2013, she received a Ph.D. on the subject of the British pop artist Richard Hamilton's late work from the University of Cambridge. In 2015, she and her mother, Alice Waters, published My Pantry, which she also illustrated. Having spent more than a decade living in the United Kingdom, Fanny recently moved back to her native California. Based in San Francisco, she travels widely, contributing art reviews and culture writing to a number of publications including Frieze, The Wall Street Journal Magazine, Apartamento, T Magazine, and Art Papers, among others.


Fanny Singer photo by Brigitte Lacombe


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Susan Meissner - The Nature of Fragile Things (Ferry Building Store)

Sunday, March 13, 2022 - 2:00pm


Susan Meissner

The Nature of Fragile Things

Sun., Mar. 13 • 2:00pm PT • Ferry Building Store

This event will be hosted in-person at Book Passage's Ferry Building location


April 18, 1906: A massive earthquake rocks San Francisco just before daybreak, igniting a devouring inferno. Lives are lost, lives are shattered, but some rise from the ashes forever changed.

Sophie Whalen is a young Irish immigrant so desperate to get out of a New York tenement that she answers a mail-order bride ad and agrees to marry a man she knows nothing about. San Francisco widower Martin Hocking proves to be as aloof as he is mesmerizingly handsome. Sophie quickly develops deep affection for Kat, Martin's silent five-year-old daughter, but Martin's odd behavior leaves her with the uneasy feeling that something about her newfound situation isn't right.

Then one early-spring evening, a stranger at the door sets in motion a transforming chain of events. Sophie discovers hidden ties to two other women. The first, pretty and pregnant, is standing on her doorstep. The second is hundreds of miles away in the American Southwest, grieving the loss of everything she once loved.

The fates of these three women intertwine on the eve of the devastating earthquake, thrusting them onto a perilous journey that will test their resiliency and resolve and, ultimately, their belief that love can overcome fear.

From the acclaimed author of The Last Year of the War and As Bright as Heaven comes a gripping novel about the bonds of friendship and mother love, and the power of female solidarity.

Susan Meissner is a former managing editor of a weekly newspaper, and an award-winning columnist. She is the award-winning author of The Last Year of the War, As Bright as Heaven, A Bridge Across the Ocean, Secrets of a Charmed Life, A Fall of Marigolds, and Stars over Sunset Boulevard, among other novels.


Susan Meissner photo courtesy of Berkley


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Gabriela Garcia - Of Women and Salt (Ferry Building Store)

Sunday, March 20, 2022 - 2:00pm


Gabriela Garcia

Of Women and Salt

Sun., March 20 • 2:00pm PT • Ferry Building Store

This event will be hosted in-person at Book Passage's Ferry Building location


Gabriela Garcia's Of Women and Salt is a sweeping, masterful debut about a daughter's fateful choice, a mother motivated by her own past, and a family legacy that begins in Cuba before either of them were born.

In present-day Miami, Jeanette is battling addiction. Daughter of Carmen, a Cuban immigrant, she is determined to learn more about her family history from her reticent mother and makes the snap decision to take in the daughter of a neighbor detained by ICE. Carmen, still wrestling with the trauma of displacement, must process her difficult relationship with her own mother while trying to raise a wayward Jeanette. Steadfast in her quest for understanding, Jeanette travels to Cuba to see her grandmother and reckon with secrets from the past destined to erupt.

From 19th-century cigar factories to present-day detention centers, from Cuba to Mexico, Of Women and Salt is a kaleidoscopic portrait of betrayals—personal and political, self-inflicted and those done by others—that have shaped the lives of these extraordinary women. A haunting meditation on the choices of mothers, the legacy of the memories they carry, and the tenacity of women who choose to tell their stories despite those who wish to silence them, this is more than a diaspora story; it is a story of America’s most tangled, honest, human roots.

Gabriela Garcia is the recipient of a Rona Jaffe Foundation Writer's Award and a Steinbeck Fellowship from San Jose State University. Her fiction and poetry have appeared in Best American Poetry, Tin House, Zyzzyva, Iowa Review, and elsewhere. She received an MFA in fiction from Purdue and lives in the Bay Area. Of Women and Salt is her first novel.


Gabriela Garcia photo by Andria Lo


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Michelle Tam and Henry Fong - Nom Nom Paleo: Let's Go! (Ferry Building Store)

Sunday, February 6, 2022 - 2:00pm


Michelle Tam & Henry Fong

Nom Nom Paleo: Let's Go!

Sun., Feb. 6 • 2:00pm PT • Ferry Building Store

This event will be hosted in-person at Book Passage's Ferry Building location


The New York Times bestselling creators of Nom Nom Paleo are back with a new collection of internationally-inspired, umami-packed dishes—including keto-friendly, Whole30, and plant-based recipes! With step-by-step photos, fun cartoons, and a dash of snarky humor, Let’s Go! will have you running into the kitchen and ready to cook!

Michelle Tam and Henry Fong know that the healthiest meal is the one you make yourself, so they’re all about getting you off your butts and into the kitchen. Whether you’re cooking for yourself, whipping up a family dinner, or preparing a special-occasion feast, Nom Nom Paleo: Let’s Go! will inspire you with deliciously nourishing meals.
Weeknight suppers should be healthy and flavor-packed but also fast and simple. Weekends and celebrations, on the other hand, are the perfect excuse to craft elevated (but easy!) crowd-pleasers. This cookbook offers crazy-delicious recipes for all occasions, and every single one is free of grains, gluten, dairy, and refined sugar. Better yet? No one in your family will notice what’s missing!
As always, Nom Nom Paleo’s recipes reflect the diverse cuisines Michelle grew up with and culinary ideas from her travels. Often Asian-inspired, Michelle’s unfussy recipes maximize flavor, optimize whole foods, and are presented with photos of each step so they’re absolutely foolproof—even for novice cooks! New recipes include:

  • Cantonese Roast Duck
  • Nom Nom Chili Crisp
  • Bacon Cheeseburger Casserole
  • Chicken Karaage
  • Instant Pot Balsamic Beef Stew
  • Paleo-Friendly Cream Puffs.

So what are you waiting for? LET’S GO!

Michelle Tam and Henry Fong are the James Beard Award nominated creators of Nom Nom Paleo, the critically acclaimed website and award-winning cooking app. Their first two cookbooks, Nom Nom Paleo: Food for Humans and Ready or Not! were both New York Times bestsellers.
Dubbed “the Martha Stewart of Paleo” by the New York Times and CBS News, Michelle is the food nerd behind Nom Nom Paleo’s recipes and personality. She has a degree in nutrition and food science from the University of California, Berkeley, and earned her doctorate in pharmacy from the University of California, San Francisco. For over a dozen years, she worked the graveyard shift at Stanford Hospital and Clinics as a night pharmacist.
Henry is a lawyer by day but moonlights as the photographer, illustrator, and designer of the Nom Nom Paleo cookbooks, blog, and app. Henry is a graduate of the University of California, Berkeley, and Yale Law School.
Michelle, Henry, and their sons Owen and Oliver split their time between Palo Alto, California, and Portland, Oregon.


Michelle Tam and Henry Fong photo courtesy of the publisher


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Governor Gavin Newsom - Ben and Emma's Big Hit (Ferry Building Store)

Sunday, December 12, 2021 - 3:00pm

Governor Gavin Newsom

Ben and Emma's Big Hit

Sun., Dec. 12 • 3:00pm PT 

Ferry Building Store

Meet & Greet, Book Signing, and Photos with Governor Newsom!

Tickets to this event are no longer available online, but tickets will be available at our SF Ferry Building store at the event. Check in begins at 2:30pm and you can purchase tickets then! 


 This event will be hosted in-person at Book Passage's Ferry Building location.
Please Note: All Attendees will be required to wear masks
For questions, please contact


Stop on by our Ferry Building Store for a special event with Governor Gavin Newsom!  Don't miss out on your opportinity to meet and take a photo with Gavin Newsom -- and to get his newest children's book signed!

Inspired by Governor Newsom’s own lifelong struggles with dyslexia, with illustrations by Alexandra Thompson, Ben and Emma's Big Hit tells the story of Ben, a kid who loves baseball and wants to fit in at school, even when his dyslexia sometimes holds him back. With the help of his teacher Ms. Kim and his classmate Emma, who also has learning challenges, Ben learns that everyone has difficulties and everyone has talents, and that even when things are hard, dedication and determination make a difference. The book’s text is printed in OpenDyslexic font to help people with dyslexia read it more easily.

Governor Newsom will be donating all proceeds of Ben and Emma’s Big Hit to the International Dyslexia Association to help create a future for all kids who struggle with dyslexia in which they have access to the tools and resources they need to thrive.

Governor Newsom said, “Tens of millions of Americans struggle with dyslexia - including me. My dyslexia was particularly difficult when I was a kid. I wondered why my younger sister quickly finished her homework while I struggled. Reading aloud in front of the class filled me with heart-pounding fear and anxiety. My self-esteem and my grades suffered until I learned about dyslexia and strategies for dealing with it; so I wrote this book in hopes of helping support young people struggling with learning disabilities.”

Gavin Newsom is the 40th Governor of California. He previously served as the 49th Lieutenant Governor of California and as the 42nd Mayor of San Francisco. Newsom attended Santa Clara University, where he majored in political science and was a left-handed pitcher for Santa Clara's baseball team. Follow him on Twitter @GavinNewsom

Alexandra Thompson is an illustrator, author, and maker living in the Oxford Hills of Maine. Her debut picture book, A Family for Louie, releases June 9th, 2020. In addition to picture books, Alexandra also works with clients creating illustrations and textile designs for children's apparel. Visit her online at and on Instagram @alexandraco_illustration


Gavin Newsom photo courtesy of the publisher 


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Bob Odenkirk - Comedy Comedy Comedy Drama (Ferry Building Upstairs)

Tuesday, March 8, 2022 - 6:00pm

Bob Odenkirk

Comedy Comedy Comedy Drama

in conversation with Dave Eggers

Tue., Mar. 8 • 6:00pm PT 

Ticketed Event - $40 • Ferry Building Store



This event will be hosted in-person at Book Passage's Ferry Building location in the event space upstairs


Hosted in the beautiful San Francisco Ferry Building, enjoy plenty of great shopping and food both before and after the event!

In this hilarious, heartfelt memoir, the star of Mr. Show, Breaking Bad, and Better Call Saul opens up about the highs and lows of showbiz, his cult status as a comedy writer, and what it’s like to reinvent himself as an action film ass-kicker at fifty. 

Bob Odenkirk’s career is inexplicable. And yet he will try like hell to explicate it for you. Charting a “Homeric” decades-long “odyssey” from his origins in the seedy comedy clubs of Chicago to a dramatic career full of award nominations—with a side-trip into the action-man world that is baffling to all who know him—it’s almost like there are many Bob Odenkirks! But there is just one and one is plenty. 

Bob embraced a life in comedy after a chance meeting with Second City’s legendary Del Close. He somehow made his way to a job as a writer at Saturday Night Live. While surviving that legendary gauntlet by the skin of his gnashing teeth, he stashed away the secrets of comedy writing—eventually employing them in the immortal “Motivational Speaker” sketch for Chris Farley, honing them on The Ben Stiller Show, and perfecting them on Mr. Show with Bob and David

In Hollywood, Bob demonstrated a bullheadedness that would shame Sisyphus himself, and when all hope was lost for the umpteenth time, the phone rang with an offer to appear on Breaking Bad—a show about how boring it is to be a high school chemistry teacher. His embrace of this strange new world of dramatic acting led him to  working with Steven Spielberg, Alexander Payne, and Greta Gerwig, and then, in a twist that will confound you, he re-re-invented himself as a bona fide action star. Why? Read this and do your own psychoanalysis—it’s fun! 

Featuring humorous tangents, never-before-seen photos, wild characters, and Bob’s trademark unflinching drive, Comedy Comedy Comedy Drama is a classic showbiz tale told by a determined idiot.

Bob Odenkirk is an actor, comedian, writer, director, and producer. Odenkirk got his start in improv comedy in the motley Chicago comedy scene of the mid-eighties and went on to write for Saturday Night Live. He has starred in AMC’s Breaking Bad and Better Call Saul and written and starred in the sketch comedy cult hit Mr. Show. He has written and produced a number of television shows, including Tim and Eric’s Awesome Show and Great Job!, and directed three films.


Bob Odenkirk photo by Sharon Alagna


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The Writers Grotto - 3 Minute Reads (Ferry Building Store)

Saturday, January 29, 2022 - 3:00pm

3 Minute Reads from the Writers Grotto!

Join us for a fast-paced and irreverent evening, showcasing new work from the students of the Writers Grotto writing classes. On this Saturday 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.


Attending authors: (list is subject to change up to and including the day of the event)





Preeti Vangani is a poet and writer from Mumbai, writing and teaching in the Bay Area. She is the author of Mother Tongue Apologize (2019), winner of the RL India Poetry Prize. Her work has been published in The Threepenny Review, Gulf Coast, Cortland Review among other places. Preeti has received fellowships and support from UCross, Tin House, Napa Valley Writers' Conference and the California Center for Cultural Innovation. She has taught poetry with Youth Speaks and at the MFA program at University of San Francisco.






Maw Shein Win’s poetry chapbooks are Ruins of a glittering palace (SPA/Commonwealth Projects) and Score and Bone. Invisible Gifts: Poems was published by Manic D Press in 2018. Win is the first poet laureate of El Cerrito, California (2016 - 2018). Her full-length poetry collection Storage Unit for the Spirit House was long listed for the PEN America Open Book Award, nominated for a Northern California Book Award for Poetry, and short listed for the California Independent Booksellers Alliance’s Golden Poppy Award for Poetry for 2021. She often collaborates with visual artists, musicians, and other writers and was a Spring 2021 ARC Poetry Fellow at UC Berkeley.






Tonya M. Foster is a poet, essayist and Black feminist scholar. She is the author of A Swarm of Bees in High Court, the bilingual chapbook La Grammaire des Os; and coeditor of Third Mind: Teaching Creative Writing through Visual Art. Her writing and research focus on poetry, poetics, ideas of place and emplacement, and on intersections between the visual and the written. She is a poetry editor at Fence Magazine and a member of the San Francisco Writers Grotto. Forthcoming publications include poetry collections—Thingifications (Ugly Duckling Presse); a chapbook—AHotB; a 2-volume compendium on the Umbra Writers Workshop (Wesleyan University Press); and an anthology of experimental creative drafts (Nightboat Books). She holds the George & Judy Marcus Endowed Chair in Poetry at San Francisco State University.

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Signing with Congressman Adam Schiff - Midnight in Washington (Ferry Building Store)

Sunday, November 14, 2021 - 2:00pm


Adam Schiff

Midnight in Washington

in store signing, personalization, and photos!

Sun., Nov. 14 • 2:00pm PT • Ferry Building Store

This event will be hosted in-person at Book Passage's Ferry Building location. Please note, this is not a speaking event.


#1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • The vital inside account of American democracy in its darkest hour, from the rise of autocracy unleashed by Trump to the January 6 insurrection, and a warning that those forces remain as potent as ever—from the congressman who led the first impeachment of Donald J. Trump

“Engaging and informative . . . a manual for how to probe and question power, how to hold leaders accountable in a time of diminishing responsibility.”—The Washington Post

In the years leading up to the election of Donald Trump, Congressman Adam Schiff had already been sounding the alarm over the resurgence of autocracy around the world, and the threat this posed to the United States. But as he led the probe into Donald Trump’s Russia and Ukraine-related abuses of presidential power, Schiff came to the terrible conclusion that the principal threat to American democracy now came from within.

In Midnight in Washington, Schiff argues that the Trump presidency has so weakened our institutions and compromised the Republican Party that the peril will last for years, requiring unprecedented vigilance against the growing and dangerous appeal of authoritarianism. The congressman chronicles step by step just how our democracy was put at such risk, and traces his own path to meeting the crisis—from serious prosecutor, to congressman with an expertise in national security and a reputation for bipartisanship, to liberal lightning rod, scourge of the right, and archenemy of a president. Schiff takes us inside his team of impeachment managers and their desperate defense of the constitution amid the rise of a distinctly American brand of autocracy.

Deepening our understanding of prominent public moments, Schiff reveals the private struggles, the internal conflicts, and the triumphs of courage that came with defending the republic against a lawless president—but also the slow surrender of people that he had worked with and admired to the dangerous immorality of a president engaged in an historic betrayal of his office. Schiff’s fight for democracy is one of the great dramas of our time, told by the man who became the president’s principal antagonist. It is a story that began with Trump but does not end with him, taking us through the disastrous culmination of the presidency and Schiff’s account of January 6, 2021, and how the anti-democratic forces Trump unleashed continue to define his party, making the future of democracy in America more uncertain than ever.

Adam Schiff is the United States Representative for California’s 28th Congressional District. In his role as Chairman of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, Schiff led the first impeachment of Donald J. Trump. Before he served in Congress, he worked as an Assistant U.S. Attorney in Los Angeles and as a California State Senator. He and his wife, Eve, have two children, Alexa and Elijah.


Adam Schiff photo courtesy of the publisher


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Vina Patel - From Gujarat With Love (Ferry Building Store)

Saturday, November 20, 2021 - 2:00pm


Vina Patel

From Gujarat With Love

in store signing & tasty treats!

Sat., Nov. 20 • 2:00pm PT • Ferry Building Store

This event will be hosted in-person at Book Passage's Ferry Building location. Please note, this is not a speaking event.


For this event, Vina Patel will be bringing: 

Chickpea Rolls: Chickpea, flour, yogurt, and turmeric are some of the main ingredients and are garnished with the tempering of mustard seeds, coconut, cilantro, and green chili. 

Handvo: is a baked vegetable dish made with rice and split lentils and corn, green peas, bottle guard, spices, and yogurt. In addition to being flavourful, it is delicious and healthy.

Both are very popular and loved by thousands. Gujarat is the KING of appetizers, and these appetizers are heart-healthy and a gift from Gujarat to the rest of the world. Every dish from my cookbook "From Gujarat With Love" offers very distinctive and palate-pleasing combinations of sweet, sour, and spicy flavors, and this is something you have never tried in any Indian restaurant before.

100 delicious and accessible vegetarian and vegan recipes from the Gujarat region of India, light and healthy yet packed with flavor.

Exploring authentic cuisine from the west coast of India, the recipes in this book adopt the region’s explosive combination of sweet, spicy, and sour flavors, and are captured visually by world-renowned photographer Jonathan Lovekin. Featuring easy recipes for classic small plates, popular street food, and everything in between, Vina Patel has made her recipes accessible for home-cooks everywhere, including those with dietary requirements. Brimming with suggestions for salads, appetizers, dals and soups, curries, breads and rice, drinks, and desserts, recipes include Garlic Burnt Rice, Smoky Eggplant Curry, Green Chickpea Salad, Spinach Chaat, Thin Layered Roti, Sapota Pudding, Rose Sorbet and many more.

Vina Patel was born in Gujarat, where she grew up watching her family and friends cook these dishes. She has since moved to California, and her passion for the food of her childhood has grown. 


Vina Patel photo by author


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San Francisco, CA 94111

Peter Mann - The Torqued Man (Ferry Building Store)

Sunday, March 6, 2022 - 2:00pm


Peter Mann

The Torqued Man

Sun., March 6 • 2:00pm PT • Ferry Building Store

This event will be hosted in-person at Book Passage's Ferry Building location


A brilliant debut novel, at once teasing literary thriller and a darkly comic blend of history and invention, The Torqued Man is set in wartime Berlin and propelled by two very different but equally mesmerizing voices: a German spy handler and his Irish secret agent, neither of whom are quite what they seem.

Berlin—September, 1945. Two manuscripts are found in rubble, each one narrating conflicting versions of the life of an Irish spy during the war. 

One of them is the journal of a German military intelligence officer and an anti-Nazi cowed into silence named Adrian de Groot, charting his relationship with his agent, friend, and sometimes lover, an Irishman named Frank Pike. In De Groot’s narrative, Pike is a charismatic IRA fighter sprung from prison in Spain to assist with the planned German invasion of Britain, but who never gets the chance to consummate his deal with the devil. 

Meanwhile, the other manuscript gives a very different account of the Irishman’s doings in the Reich. Assuming the alter ego of the Celtic hero Finn McCool, Pike appears here as the ultimate Allied saboteur. His mission: an assassination campaign of high-ranking Nazi doctors, culminating in the killing of Hitler’s personal physician.

The two manuscripts spiral around each other, leaving only the reader to know the full truth of Pike and De Groot’s relationship, their ultimate loyalties, and their efforts to resist the fascist reality in which they are caught.

Peter Mann has a PhD in Modern European history and is a past recipient of the Whiting Fellowship. He teaches history and literature at Stanford and the University of San Francisco. He is also a graphic artist and cartoonist. This is his first novel.


Peter Mann photo by author


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