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Jeanne McWilliams Blasberg - The Nine (San Francisco Ferry Building Store)

Tuesday, November 19, 2019 - 6:00pm

Hannah Webber fears she will never be a mother, but her prayers are finally answered when she gives birth to a son. In an era of high-stakes parenting, nurturing Sam’s intellect becomes Hannah’s life purpose. She invests body and soul into his development, much to the detriment of her marriage. She convinces herself, however, that Sam’s acceptance at age fourteen to the most prestigious of New England boarding schools overseen by an illustrious headmaster, justifies her choices. When he arrives at Dunning, Sam is glad to be out from under his mother’s close watch. And he enjoys his newfound freedom―until, late one night, he stumbles upon evidence of sexual misconduct at the school and is unable to shake the discovery. Both a coming-of-age novel and a portrait of an evolving mother-son relationship, The Nine is the story of young man who chooses to expose a corrupt world operating under its own set of rules―even if it means jeopardizing his mother’s hopes and dreams.

Jeanne Blasberg is the author of Eden: A Novel, winner of the Beverly Hills Book Awards for Women's Fiction and finalist for the Benjamin Franklin Award for Best New Voice in Fiction and Sarton Women's Book Award for Historical Fiction. After graduating from Smith College, she embarked on a career in finance. Though she worked primarily with numbers, she was always interested in writing. After holding jobs on Wall Street, at Macy’s, and writing case studies at Harvard Business School, she turned her attention to writing memoir and fiction. Blasberg founded the Westerly Memoir Project. She sits on the board of the Boston Book Festival and Grub Street, one of the country’s preeminent creative writing centers, where she enjoys being part of a community of enthusiastic learners. She and her husband have three grown children and split time between Boston, MA and Westerly, RI. She loves to travel, play squash, ski, and take in the glorious sunsets over Little Narragansett Bay.

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$16.95
ISBN: 9781631526527
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Published: She Writes Press - August 20th, 2019

Hannah Webber fears she will never be a mother, but her prayers are finally answered when she gives birth to a son. In an era of high-stakes parenting, nurturing Sam's intellect becomes Hannah's life purpose. She invests body and soul into his development, much to the detriment of her marriage.


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Robert Bilott with Mark Ruffalo - Exposure (San Francisco Ferry Building Store)

Monday, October 7, 2019 - 12:00pm

Tickets: $31 (includes a copy of Exposure)

Silent Spring meets Erin Brockovich in this riveting true story of the lawyer who spent twenty years building a case against DuPont for its use of the hazardous, unregulated chemical PFOA, uncovering a history of environmental contamination that affects virtually every person on the planet, and the cover-up that kept it a secret for decades.

In 1998, Rob Bilott was a young lawyer specializing in helping big corporations stay on the right side of environmental laws and regulations. His life and career took an unexpected turn when he got a phone call from a West Virginia farmer named Earl Tennant, who was convinced his cattle were being poisoned by runoff into a stream from a neighboring DuPont landfill. Earl hadn’t been able to get a water sample tested by any state or federal regulatory agency or find a local lawyer willing to take the case. As soon as they heard the name DuPont—the area’s largest employer—they shut him down.

Agreeing to help Earl, Rob ultimately gains access to hundreds of thousands of pages of DuPont documents that reveal the company has been holding onto decades of studies proving the harmful effects of a chemical called PFOA, used in making Teflon. More toxic than lead, PFOA is often called a “forever chemical,” because once it gets inside the human body, it remains there, building up faster than the body can excrete it. What starts as the case of one farmer soon spawns a class action suit on behalf of seventy thousand residents—and the shocking realization that virtually every person on the planet has been exposed to PFOA and carries the chemical in his or her blood.

Exposure is an unforgettable David and Goliath legal drama about malice and manipulation, the failings of environmental regulation, and one lawyer’s twenty-year struggle to expose the truth about this previously unknown—and still unregulated—chemical that presents one of the greatest environmental and human health crises of the twenty-first century.

Robert Bilott is a partner at the law firm Taft Stettinius & Hollister, LLP in Cincinnati, Ohio where he has practiced environmental law and litigation for more than twenty-eight years. He has been selected as one of the Best Lawyers in America for several years running and has received numerous honors for his work in environmental law and litigation. Rob is a former chair of the Cincinnati Bar Association’s Environmental Law Committee and a graduate of New College in Sarasota, Florida (BA) and the Ohio State University College of Law (JD, cum laude). In 2017, Rob received the international Right Livelihood Award, commonly known as the “Alternative Nobel Prize,” for his years of work on PFOA.

Mark Ruffalo is an Academy Award®, Golden Globe®, BAFTA, and Emmy® nominee who will play Rob Bilott in Participant’s upcoming film, Dark Waters, distributed by Focus Features, about the DuPont pollution scandal that also stars Anne Hathaway, Bill Pullman, and Tim Robbins. He is currently in production on I Know This Much Is True, an eight-episode limited series at HBO based off the best-selling novel of the same name that he is both starring in and producing. He has been nominated for three Academy Awards within five years for his performances in The Kids Are All Right, Bennett Miller’s Foxcatcher, and Thomas McCarthy’s Spotlight, which followed The Boston Globe’s coverage of the Catholic Church sex abuse scandal for which the newspaper won the 2003 Pulitzer Prize for Public Service. Ruffalo advocates for addressing climate change and increasing renewable energy. In 2012, Ruffalo helped launch The Solutions Project as part of his mission to share science, business and culture that demonstrates the feasibility of sustainable energy.

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Please note that tickets are non-refundable.

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Dr. Laura Little - Guilty Pleasures (San Francisco Store)

Sunday, September 29, 2019 - 3:00pm

Few people associate law books with humor. Yet the legal world--in particular the American legal system--is itself frequently funny. Indeed, jokes about the profession are staples of American comedy. And there is actually humor within the world of law too: both lawyers and judges occasionally strive to be funny to deal with the drudgery of their duties. Just as importantly, though, our legal system is a strong regulator of humor. It encourages some types of humor while muzzling or punishing others. In a sense, law and humor engage a two-way feedback loop: humor provides the raw material for legal regulation and legal regulation inspires humor. In Guilty Pleasures, legal scholar Laura Little provides a multi-faceted account of American law and humor, looking at constraints on humor (and humor's effect on law), humor about law, and humor in law. In addition to interspersing amusing episodes from the legal world throughout the book, the book contains 75 New Yorker cartoons about lawyers and a preface by Bob Mankoff, the cartoon editor for the New Yorker.

Laura Little is a Professor of Law and Government at Temple University Law School.

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$29.95
ISBN: 9780190625764
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Published: Oxford University Press, USA - December 31st, 2018

Few people associate law books with humor. Yet the legal world--in particular the American legal system--is itself frequently funny. Indeed, jokes about the profession are staples of American comedy. And there is actually humor within the world of law too: both lawyers and judges occasionally strive to be funny to deal with the drudgery of their duties.


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Dr. John Kruse - Recognizing Adult ADHD (San Francisco Ferry Building Store)

Saturday, September 14, 2019 - 3:00pm

ADHD causes more than just distractibility and restlessness. Dr. John Kruse capitalizes on his training in neuroscience and his decades of experience as a psychiatrist to explain how the concept of "executive function deficits" illuminates why ADHD can manifest as impulsivity, inconsistency, spontaneity, emotional volatility, poor follow-through, extreme candor, and troubles prioritizing. We avert tragedies by accurately identifying and treating adult ADHD, yet far too often we fail to recognize the condition.

Through his political prominence, Mr. Trump nominated himself to be the poster child for adult ADHD. The President also showcases how we frequently ignore or mischaracterize even florid and daily ADHD-driven behaviors, particularly in individuals who also display other mental health conditions. Recognizing Adult ADHD utilizes information in the public record to demonstrate how Mr. Trump robustly fulfills the objective, behavioral diagnostic criteria for ADHD.

Recognizing Adult ADHD explores feedback loops by which sleep, diet, exercise, social media, and Mr. Trump himself, drive our society in evermore ADHD-like directions. Dr. Kruse charts a path for reducing stigma around ADHD and other mental health conditions by delving into the intertwined fields of neuroscience, psychiatry, ethics, and politics. While the frenetic pace and information overload of our ADHD world threatens to submerge each day in new angst, this book adds nuance to help us navigate our lives.

John Kruse has practiced psychiatry in San Francisco for the last twenty-five years, after completing both his MD and PhD (Neuroscience) at the University of Rochester. Witnessing an unending stream of undiagnosed adults with ADHD kindled his awareness that our world needs greater understanding of, and empathy for, those individuals with the complex and potentially disabling condition of adult ADHD. Outside of his clinical work, Dr. Kruse enjoys time with his family, runs marathons, bird-watches, and bakes.

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ISBN: 9781949642247
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Published: Authority Publishing - July 19th, 2019

ADHD causes more than just distractibility and restlessness. Dr. John Kruse capitalizes on his training in neuroscience and his decades of experience as a psychiatrist to explain how the concept of "executive function deficits" illuminates why ADHD can manifest as impulsivity, inconsistency, spontaneity, emotional volatility, poor follow-through, extreme candor, and troubles prioritizing.


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"Mamma Mia!" Screening and "Queen Meryl" Signing with Erin Carlson (Sweetwater Music Hall)

Saturday, October 12, 2019 - 1:00pm

Part of the Mill Valley Film Festival • The event is free, but tickets are required: mvff.com (tickets available starting on September 14)

Join Queen Meryl author Erin Carlson at a fun-filled book signing and film screening of Mamma Mia! The Movie during the Mill Valley Film Festival at the Sweetwater Music Hall. This Meryl Streep film is a musical romantic comedy featuring songs by the pop group ABBA. An ideal outing for mothers and daughters—costumes encouraged! Prior to the screening, author Erin Carlson will share anecdotes about her bookwriting experience with Meryl Streep.

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ISBN: 9780316485272
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Published: Hachette Books - September 24th, 2019

A captivating and inspiring portrait of legendary actress Meryl Streep and her work, Queen Meryl explores the fearless icon's trailblazing roles in film, her feminist activism, and the indelible mark she's left on pop culture.


Sweetwater Music Hall
19 Corte Madera Ave.
Mill Valley, CA 94941

Anthony Daniels - I Am C-3PO (San Francisco Ferry Building Store)

Saturday, November 9, 2019 - 2:00pm

Tickets: $27.50 (includes a signed copy of I Am C-3PO)

"Did you hear that? They've shut down the main reactor! We'll be destroyed for sure. This is madness."

These words were the very first to be spoken in any Star Wars movie, and they were spoken by a droid: C-3PO.

With his gleaming golden body and good-intentioned (yet worrisome) personality, C-3PO was there at the very beginning. Of course, C-3PO wasn't actually a robot, or some amazing early animatronic creation—he was actually a man named Anthony Daniels. Now, for the very first time, Anthony Daniels will tell C-3PO's story in its entirety, from seeing the first concept images to the early stages of the final film in the Skywalker saga, Star Wars: Episode IX, and in the process, will also tell his own. This includes his encounters with movie legends such as Sir Alec Guinness, what it was like working closely with George Lucas, and the friendships he formed with Mark Hamill, Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, and others. But being encased in a solid shell for countless hours also involved hardships, pain, and in some cases real physical danger.

In I Am C-3PO: The Inside Story, Daniels candidly relays his humorous, unvarnished, and extraordinary story as the man inside the machine, providing fresh new insights for even the most die-hard of Star Wars fans.

Anthony Daniels has appeared in more Star Wars movies than any other actor (10 of the 11 so far released or currently in production). In addition, as one of the first actors to become involved in the production of the original Star Wars in 1975, Daniels has a unique perspective on the creation of the entire Star Wars saga, spanning 40 years of incredible movie-making magic.

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Please note: Tickets are non-refundable. Anthony Daniels will be signing and personalizing copies of I Am C-3PO, however he will not be signing any additional memorabilia. Photos from the signing line are permitted, but he will not be posing for photos.

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Alain Piallat - We Rocked...We Rolled...and We Opened (San Francisco Ferry Building Store)

Tuesday, October 15, 2019 - 6:00pm

Told with expertise, grace and self-deprecating humor, We Rocked…We Rolled…and We Opened is one man’s tale from the events of October 17, 1989—the day of San Francisco’s now infamous Loma Prieta earthquake. Author Alain Piallat, then the general manager of San Francisco’s Marriott Marquis Hotel, was set to open the 1,500-room hotel on the very day that the city experienced its devastating 6.9 tremor. This compelling account combines personal anecdotes with historical facts for a story of extreme and unexpected crisis management.

As Piallat weaves his narrative, we learn about his journey up through the ranks of the hotel industry. From France to Canada, New York City to Boston and finally to San Francisco, this fascinating tale depicts the oft-times grueling hours associated with hotel life as well as that of a general manager—including residing in a hotel and all that comes with managing a large scale property. Juxtaposing actual events of the day with fictional situations, the story is at once strategic, serious, and lighthearted.

An interesting and fun read, especially for those either in the hospitality industry or people recalling where they were on that fateful day in 1989, We Rocked…We Rolled…and We Opened will keep you turning pages to see how it all turns out.

Alain Piallat is a retired executive of Marriott International where he spent 30 years climbing the corporate ladder. At the time of the Loma Prieta San Francisco earthquake he was the general manager of the then
named San Francisco Marriott, now renamed the San Francisco Marriott Marquis. Prior to retiring from Marriott International in 2005, Piallat was President of Marriott Hotels of Canada and Senior Vice President of Marriott Lodging in the midwestern part of the US. In these capacities, he was responsible for the management of some 350 hotels under different brand names. He guided the development of Revenue, Sales & Marketing strategies required to maximize sales and profits in these various businesses. During his career Piallat served as Chairman of the San Francisco Convention & Visitors Bureau. He was on the Board of Directors of Junior Achievement International, served as a member of a Advisory Board for the Hotel School of Management at Michigan State University and was member of the Advisory Board of the School of Hospitality at Guelph University in Ontario, Canada.

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Left Coast Writers®: Linda Watanabe McFerrin & Andy Ross - Author and Agent Relationships (San Francisco Ferry Building Store)

Monday, October 14, 2019 - 6:00pm

Join Linda Watanabe McFerrin, author of Navigating the Divide: Selected Poetry and Prose, and agent Andy Ross in conversation about the relationships between authors and agents.

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Published: Santa Fe Writer's Project - October 2019

Navigating the Divide: Selected Poetry and Prose is a career-spanning, multi-genre collection from the award-winning Asian-American writer and indie lit legend Linda Watanabe McFerrin.


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Left Coast Writers®: David Hathwell - The Power of Telling (San Francisco Ferry Building Store)

Monday, September 9, 2019 - 6:00pm

In The Power of the Telling, his shining collection, David Hathwell gathers his previously published poems together with new poems, enhancing the luster of the whole with illuminating commentaries.

Hathwell's finely crafted poems have won wide acclaim. Richard Wilbur, twice winner of the Pulitzer Prize, praised the leading poem in Muses as "concretely evocative, with a clear flow of argument, and a seriousness that allows itself to be locally playful." California poet laureate Dana Gioia commended Hathwell for "writing with quiet intensity about significant things." These qualities distinguish Hathwell's poems overall.

Hathwell has published two prior collections, Muses and Between Dog and Wolf.

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Published: David R. Hathwell - April 12th, 2019

In The Power of the Telling, his shining collection, David Hathwell gathers his previously published poems together with new poems, enhancing the luster of the whole with illuminating commentaries.


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San Francisco, CA 94111

Clara Parkes - Vanishing Fleece (San Francisco Ferry Building Store)

Saturday, October 26, 2019 - 3:00pm

Join Clara Parkes on a cross-country adventure and meet a cast of characters that includes the shepherds, dyers, and countless workers without whom our knitting needles would be empty, our mills idle, and our feet woefully cold. Travel the country with her as she meets a flock of Saxon Merino sheep in upstate New York, tours a scouring plant in Texas, visits a steamy Maine dyehouse, helps sort freshly shorn wool on a working farm, and learns how wool fleece is measured, baled, shipped, and turned into skeins.

In pursuit of the perfect yarn, Vanishing Fleece follows Parkes as she describes a brush with the dangers of opening a bale (they can explode), and her adventures from Maine to Wisconsin (“the most knitterly state”) and back again; along the way, she presents a behind-the-scenes look at the spinners, scourers, genius inventors, and crazy-complex mill machines that populate the yarn-making industry. By the end of the book, you’ll be ready to set aside the backyard chickens and add a flock of sheep instead. Simply put, no other book exists that explores American culture through the lens of wool.

Author of six books, including the New York Times bestselling Knitlandia, Clara Parkes has dedicated her life to figuring out what makes yarn tick—and finding the right words to write about it. Through her writings, workshops, and appearances, Clara champions the notion of paying closer attention to what you knit and where it came from. She lives in Portland, Maine.

 

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Published: Abrams Press - October 2019

A fast-paced account of the year Clara Parkes spent transforming a 676-pound bale of fleece into saleable yarn, and the people and vanishing industry she discovered along the way 

Join Clara Parkes on a cross-country adventure and meet a cast of characters that includes the shepherds, dyers, and countless workers without whom our knitting needles would be empty, our mi


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