San Francisco Events

Susanne Babbel - Heal the Body, Heal the Mind (San Francisco Store)

Tuesday, September 4, 2018 - 6:00pm

Traumatic events can leave mental and physical scars -- but these scars don't have to define you. Heal the Body, Heal the Mind takes trauma survivors on a supportive and healing journey toward well-being. By practicing the somatic exercises and mind-body interventions in this compassionate guide, you'll learn to move past difficult experiences, restore relationships, and cultivate spiritual awareness.

When trauma occurs, the logical mind is hijacked and physiology takes over in an effort to protect you. This leaves an imprint -- your body wants to ensure that nothing like that will ever happen again. Being reminded of a traumatic event can trigger these automatic responses, leaving you feeling paralyzed or unable to take action. This book will help you understand why and how unresolved trauma can infiltrate all aspects of your life, including your mind and body -- even when you're not aware of its influence.

With this gentle guide, you'll learn about different types of trauma, find helpful assessments, and discover how traumatic experiences -- even childhood and incidental traumas--can affect all aspects of your life: your relationship choices, the roles you play in them, your sense of pleasure and desire, and how you approach your career, spirituality, and interactions with others.

Using the combination of mind-body interventions, cognitive behavioral theories, research, case studies, and exercises woven into each chapter of this warm-hearted, relatable book, you'll begin to address the unresolved trauma held in your body and advance your healing process. So, if you're ready to move beyond the trauma that's been holding you back in your relationships, at work, and in your spiritual practice, this guide will show you how.

Susanne Babbel, PhD, is a licensed psychotherapist practicing with a trauma specialty in her private practice in San Francisco, CA. She is a member of the California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists (CAMFT), as well as the United States Association for Body Psychotherapy (USABP) and European Association for Body Psychotherapy (EABP). A contributing author for nearly a decade to the Psychology Today online blog, Babbel also writes for magazines and newspapers, appears on radio shows, creates CDs for healing, and co-taught the UC Davis Extension online course on trauma bonding. Foreword writer Marti Glenn, PhD, is cofounder and clinical director of Ryzio Institute, and founding president of Santa Barbara Graduate Institute. She holds degrees in prenatal, perinatal, somatic, and clinical psychology. Glenn served on the board of directors and chaired several Association for Prenatal and Perinatal Psychology and Health (APPPAH) conferences. She coproduced the documentary "Trauma, Brain, and Relationship: Helping Children Heal;" and has appeared in "What Babies Want; What Babies Know;" and "Reducing Infant Mortality andImproving the Health of Babies." She conducts training programs and speaks at conferences worldwide.


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By Susanne Babbel, Marti Glenn (Foreword by)
ISBN: 9781684031047
Availability: Coming Soon - Available for Pre-Order Now
Published: New Harbinger Publications - September 1st, 2018

Traumatic events can leave mental and physical scars--but these scars don't have to define you. Heal the Body, Heal the Mind takes trauma survivors on a supportive and healing journey toward well-being.

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San Francisco, CA 94111

Dave Eggers & More - International Congress of Youth Voices (Nourse Theater)

Saturday, August 4, 2018 - 7:30pm

Tickets: $10-$100
To purchase tickets, click the City Box Office logo below.

In its inaugural year, The International Congress of Youth Voices will unite 100 extraordinary young writers and activists, ages 16 to 20, for a weekend of collaboration with one another and with accomplished leaders in publishing, activism, and beyond. Co-founded by author Dave Eggers and nonprofit leader Amanda Uhle, this event is open to the public and features guest speakers including Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, Jose Antonio Vargas, Khaled Hosseini and more. Expect readings of students' original writing and a chance to learn about young people's perspectives worldwide.

For more information, please visit To take part as a sponsor, volunteer, or partner organization, please email co-founder Amanda Uhle,


Nourse Theater
275 Hayes Street
San Francisco, CA 94102

Alice Waters & More - Ripe: California's Organic Farmers Plan for the Next Generation (San Francisco Store)

Monday, August 6, 2018 - 6:00pm to 8:00pm

Ferry Building Port Commission Hearing Room
Tickets: $15 (includes copy of the current issue of Alta and access to reception featuring light refreshments)
Proceeds from ticket sales benefit CUESA. No one will be turned away for lack of funds. Please contact for scholarship information.

The West Coast farmers who were pioneers of the organic farming movement are now searching for their successors. With the average age of farmer 58 and rising, passing on this legacy is more vital than ever. Join The Journal of Alta California and CUESA (Center for Urban Education about Sustainable Agriculture) for a panel discussion about how the organic farming community can survive for generations to come. Moderated by Alta publisher William R. Hearst III, the panel will explore California's aging organic farmers as well as succession planning for the next generation.


  • William R. Hearst III (moderator), Alta
  • Alice Waters, Chez Panisse
  • Warren Weber, Star Route Farms
  • Nikiko Masumoto, Masumoto Family Farm
  • Reggie Knox, California FarmLink

About Alta

Alta is a magazine that revels in everything that’s special about California and the West, featuring original work from some of the best writers, photographers, and illustrators in the state. Each issue is full of penetrating investigative articles, entertaining essays, historical narratives, insightful Q&As and gorgeous photo galleries, along with smart reviews of the latest in books, movies, the arts, technology, tools and food. Each large-format issue of Alta provides a fresh, sharp view of the culture, personalities, issues, politics, lifestyle and history that make California so golden.


CUESA (Center for Urban Education about Sustainable Agriculture) is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit dedicated to cultivating a sustainable food system through the operation of farmers markets and educational programs. Founded in 1994, CUESA operates the world-renowned Ferry Plaza Farmers Market and Mission Community Market in San Francisco, and the Jack London Square Farmers Market in Oakland. CUESA is a cutting-edge force in influencing how people grow, produce, and eat food in the Bay Area and beyond.


Ferry Building Port Commission Hearing Room
1 Ferry Building, 2nd Floor
San Francisco, CA 94111

Dawn Raffel - The Strange Case of Dr. Couney (San Francisco Store)

Thursday, August 23, 2018 - 6:00pm

In Conversation with Adair Lara

What kind of doctor puts his patients on display?

As Dawn Raffel artfully recounts, Dr. Couney figured out he could use incubators and careful nursing to keep previously doomed infants alive, and at the same time make good money displaying these babies alongside sword swallowers, bearded ladies, and burlesque shows. How this turn-of-the-twentieth-century migr became the savior to families with premature infants, known then as "weaklings" -- while ignoring the scorn of the medical establishment and fighting the climate of eugenics--is one of the most astounding stories of modern medicine. And as readers will find, Dr. Couney, for all his opportunistic entrepreneurial gusto, is a surprisingly appealing character, someone who genuinely cared for the well-being of his tiny patients. But he had something to hide.

Drawing on historical documents, original reportage, and interviews with surviving patients, The Strange Case of Dr. Couney tells the marvelously eccentric story of Couney's mysterious carnival career, his larger-than-life personality, and his unprecedented success as the savior of tiny babies.

Dawn Raffel is a journalist, memoirist, and short story writer whose work has been widely anthologized. A longtime magazine editor, she helped launch O, The Oprah Magazine. She has also taught creative writing in the MFA program at Columbia University; at Summer Literary Seminars in St. Petersburg, Russia; Montreal; and Vilnius, Lithuania; and at the Center for Fiction in New York. She now works as an independent editor and book reviewer.


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ISBN: 9780399175749
Availability: Coming Soon - Available for Pre-Order Now
Published: Blue Rider Press - July 31st, 2018

The extraordinary tale of how a mysterious immigrant "doctor" became the revolutionary innovator of saving premature babies--by placing them in incubators in World's Fair side shows and on Coney Island and Atlantic City.

What kind of doctor puts his patients on display?

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San Francisco, CA 94111

Jonathan Miles - Anatomy of a Miracle (San Francisco Store)

Wednesday, August 22, 2018 - 6:00pm

Anatomy of a Miracle is a profound new novel about a paralyzed young man's unexplainable recovery -- a stunning exploration of faith, science, mystery, and the meaning of life

Rendered paraplegic after a traumatic event four years ago, Cameron Harris has been living his new existence alongside his sister, Tanya, in their battered Biloxi, Mississippi neighborhood where only half the houses made it through Katrina. One stiflingly hot August afternoon, as Cameron sits waiting for Tanya during their daily run to the Biz-E-Bee convenience store, he suddenly and inexplicably rises up and out of his wheelchair.

In the aftermath of this "miracle," Cameron finds himself a celebrity at the center of a contentious debate about what's taken place. And when scientists, journalists, and a Vatican investigator start digging, Cameron's deepest secrets--the key to his injury, to his identity, and, in some eyes, to the nature of his recovery--become increasingly endangered. Was Cameron's recovery a genuine miracle, or a medical breakthrough? And, finding himself transformed into a symbol, how can he hope to retain his humanity?

Brilliantly written as closely observed journalistic reportage and filtered through a wide lens that encompasses the vibrant characters affected by Cameron's story, Anatomy of a Miracle will be read, championed, and celebrated as a powerful story of our time, and the work of a true literary master.

Jonathan Miles is the author of the novels Dear American Airlines and Want Not, both New York Times Notable Books. He is a former columnist for the New York Times, has served as a Contributing Editor to magazines ranging from Details to Field & Stream, and his journalism has been frequently anthologized in Best American Sports Writing and Best American Crime Writing. He is also the author of a book on fish and game cookery, The Wild Chef, and competed in the Dakar Rally, an off-road race through Africa.


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ISBN: 9780553447583
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Hogarth Press - March 13th, 2018

"Funny, bighearted...Miles specializes in giving fully rounded humanity to characters who might elsewhere be treated as stock figures...pitch-perfect."
-- New York Times Book Review

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San Francisco, CA 94111

Paula Saunders - The Distance Home (San Francisco Store)

Thursday, August 16, 2018 - 6:00pm

In the years after World War II, the bleak yet beautiful plains of South Dakota still embody all the contradictions -- the ruggedness and the promise -- of the old frontier. This is a place where you can eat strawberries from wild vines, where lightning reveals a boundless horizon, where descendants of white settlers and native Indians continue to collide, and where, for most, there are limited options.

Ren shares a home, a family, and a passion for dance with her older brother, Leon. Yet for all they have in common, their lives are on remarkably different paths. In contrast to Ren , a born spitfire, Leon is a gentle soul. The only boy in their ballet class, Leon silently endures often brutal teasing. Meanwhile, Ren excels at everything she touches, basking in the delighted gaze of their father, whom Leon seems to disappoint no matter how hard he tries.

As the years pass, Ren and Leon's parents fight with increasing frequency -- and ferocity. Their father -- a cattle broker -- spends more time on the road, his sporadic homecomings both yearned for and dreaded by the children. And as Ren and Leon grow up, they grow apart. They grasp whatever they can to stay afloat--a word of praise, a grandmother's outstretched hand, the seductive attention of a stranger--as Ren works to save herself, crossing the border into a larger, more hopeful world, while Leon embarks on a path of despair and self-destruction.

Tender, searing, and unforgettable, The Distance Home is a profoundly American story spanning decades -- a tale of haves and have-nots, of how our ideas of winning and losing, success and failure, lead us inevitably into various problems with empathy and caring for one another. It's a portrait of beauty and brutality in which the author's compassionate narration allows us to sympathize, in turn, with everyone involved.

Paula Saunders grew up in Rapid City, South Dakota. She is a graduate of the Syracuse University creative writing program, and was awarded a postgraduate Albert Schweitzer Fellowship at the State University of New York at Albany, under then-Schweitzer chair Toni Morrison. She lives in California with her husband. They have two grown daughters.


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ISBN: 9780525508748
Availability: Coming Soon - Available for Pre-Order Now
Published: Random House - August 7th, 2018

"A deeply involving portrait of the American postwar family" (Jennifer Egan) about sibling rivalry, dark secrets, and a young girl's struggle with freedom and artistic desire

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San Francisco, CA 94111

Leslie Jonath - The Art of Foraging (San Francisco Store)

Saturday, July 21, 2018 - 11:00am

Come see Leslie Jonath at the CUESA Market Booth before her Book Passage Meet & Greet!

Please note: this event will be followed by another Meet & Greet with authors Stephane Hénaut & Jeni Mitchell!

In the spirit of land artists like Andy Goldsworthy, the book is as much about discovery as it is about creation. Leaves shaped like lips might inspire a face; an array of rocks might be become an eclectic mosaic; winter's first snow might be carved into glowing luminaria.

Whether you love to look for heart-shaped flowers or want to make a peacock made with flower petals, readers will find great inspiration and joy in Foraged Art.

Art, meditation, and nature meet in this adult focused activity book, with projects that take inspiration from the natural environment, using blooms, pods, branches, stones, and other natural elements. Divided into chapters by natural elements -- flowers, leaves, rocks and pods, and more, the book will encourage readers to forage and play outside using nature's seasonal art box. With quotes by artists on nature and creativity, the book is about making art from what you find and finding art in what you see.

Leslie Jonath is an author, a book packager and producer specializing in content for food, art, design, and children's projects. She is the author of many books including Snowmen, Everyone Loves Paris, Give Yourself A Gold Star and Love Found. She lives in San Francisco.


Foraged Art: Creating Projects Using Blooms, Branches, Leaves, Stones, and Other Elements Discovered in Nature Cover Image
ISBN: 9781681882598
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Bluestreak - June 5th, 2018

In the spirit of land artists like Andy Goldsworthy, the book is as much about discovery as it is about creation.

1 Ferry Building
San Francisco, CA 94111

Lisa Newman - For the Love of Apricots (San Francisco Store)

Saturday, July 14, 2018 - 12:00pm

Meet & Greet

SF Bay Area’s World-Renowned Santa Clara Valley’s Orchard History and Treasured Apricot Recipes Are Brought Together in a Highly Personal Cookbook by Saratoga Native Lisa Prince Newman

Inspired by her memories of growing up in Saratoga, Northern California, during the 1960s when fruit orchards spread out in every direction, San Francisco Bay Area author Lisa Prince Newman focuses her passion for fresh ingredients and pleasurable cooking on apricots. This cookbook will satisfy your love of apricots in all forms: fresh, dried, preserves, and liqueurs, through recipes that begin with breakfast and end with cocktails. Once the top apricot producer in the world, California apricots have unparalleled flavor and a rich history.

For the Love of Apricots takes you on a nostalgic journey with Lisa, an accomplished baker, cook, and city planner. Short essays sprinkled throughout the cookbook evoke the 100-year orchard era, and the rapid transformation of the Santa Clara Valley, affectionately known as the Valley of Heart’s Delight, into Silicon Valley in one generation. Lisa’s recipes include several from Bay Area orchardists and culinary mentors, including Jim Dodge, Mary Risley and Heidi Krahling, that make this cookbook an enriching resource for apricot lovers and home cooks.

Lisa Prince Newman began an apricot journey several years ago to reconnect with her orchard roots in the Santa Clara Valley. “The inspiration to bring my love of apricots, baking, and orchard heritage together in a cookbook struck me during a winter orchard walk with my elderly father. I began cultivating relationships with many of the remaining apricot orchardists in the region. For the Love of Apricots is my tribute to these orchardists who keep a vibrant flame alive in the Valley of Heart’s Delight. I hope that they will find a way to continue for generations to come.”

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By Lisa Prince Newman, Jessica Yager (Contributor), Eric Larson (Contributor)
ISBN: 9780692084861
Availability: Special Order
Published: Prince of the Orchards Publication - May 31st, 2018

For the Love of Apricots: Recipes and Memories of the Santa Clara Valley is a feast for the eyes as well as the mind. Beautiful food photography blends with images of California’s apricot orchards; from today as well as not so long ago, when fruit orchards covered much of the Santa Clara Valley landscape.

1 Ferry Building
San Francisco, CA 94111

David Sedaris - Calypso (San Francisco Store)

Sunday, June 24, 2018 - 3:00pm

Signing with David Sedaris
Limited Tickets Available!

Tickets: $30.50 (includes book)

*Tickets are available for purchase at the door.

If you've ever laughed your way through David Sedaris's cheerfully misanthropic stories, you might think you know what you're getting with Calypso. You'd be wrong.

When he buys a beach house on the Carolina coast, Sedaris envisions long, relaxing vacations spent playing board games and lounging in the sun with those he loves most. And life at the Sea Section, as he names the vacation home, is exactly as idyllic as he imagined, except for one tiny, vexing realization: it's impossible to take a vacation from yourself.

With Calypso, Sedaris sets his formidable powers of observation toward middle age and mortality. Make no mistake: these stories are very, very funny--it's a book that can make you laugh 'til you snort, the way only family can. Sedaris's powers of observation have never been sharper, and his ability to shock readers into laughter unparalleled. But much of the comedy here is born out of that vertiginous moment when your own body betrays you and you realize that the story of your life is made up of more past than future.

This is beach reading for people who detest beaches, required reading for those who loathe small talk and love a good tumor joke. Calypso is simultaneously Sedaris's darkest and warmest book yet--and it just might be his very best.


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ISBN: 9780316392389
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Little Brown and Company - May 29th, 2018

David Sedaris returns with his most deeply personal and darkly hilarious book.

If you've ever laughed your way through David Sedaris's cheerfully misanthropic stories, you might think you know what you're getting with Calypso. You'd be wrong.

1 Ferry Building
San Francisco, CA 94111

Barbara Kingsolver - Unsheltered (San Francisco Store)

Wednesday, October 24, 2018 - 1:00pm

Barbara Kingsolver, the New York Times bestselling author of Flight Behavior, The Lacuna, and The Poisonwood Bible and recipient of numerous literary awards—including the National Humanities Medal, the Dayton Literary Peace Prize, and the Orange Prize—returns with Unsheltered, a timely novel that interweaves past and present to explore the human capacity for resiliency and compassion in times of great upheaval.

Willa Knox has always prided herself on being the embodiment of responsibility for her family. Which is why it’s so unnerving that she’s arrived at middle age with nothing to show for her hard work and dedication but a stack of unpaid bills and an inherited brick home in Vineland, New Jersey, that is literally falling apart. The magazine where she worked has folded, and the college where her husband had tenure has closed. The dilapidated house is also home to her ailing and cantankerous Greek father-in-law and her two grown children: her stubborn, free-spirited daughter, Tig, and her dutiful debt-ridden, ivy educated son, Zeke, who has arrived with his unplanned baby in the wake of a life-shattering development.

In an act of desperation, Willa begins to investigate the history of her home, hoping that the local historical preservation society might take an interest and provide funding for its direly needed repairs. Through her research into Vineland’s past and its creation as a Utopian community, she discovers a kindred spirit from the 1880s, Thatcher Greenwood.

A science teacher with a lifelong passion for honest investigation, Thatcher finds himself under siege in his community for telling the truth: his employer forbids him to speak of the exciting new theory recently published by Charles Darwin. Thatcher’s friendships with a brilliant woman scientist and a renegade newspaper editor draw him into a vendetta with the town’s most powerful men. At home, his new wife and status-conscious mother-in-law bristle at the risk of scandal, and dismiss his financial worries and the news that their elegant house is structurally unsound.

Brilliantly executed and compulsively readable, Unsheltered is the story of two families, in two centuries, who live at the corner of Sixth and Plum, as they navigate the challenges of surviving a world in the throes of major cultural shifts. In this mesmerizing story told in alternating chapters, Willa and Thatcher come to realize that though the future is uncertain, even unnerving, shelter can be found in the bonds of kindred—whether family or friends—and in the strength of the human spirit.


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ISBN: 9780062684561
Availability: Coming Soon - Available for Pre-Order Now
Published: Harper - October 16th, 2018

The New York Times bestselling author of Flight Behavior, The Lacuna, and The Poisonwood Bible and recipient of numerous literary awards—including the National Humanities Medal, the Dayton Literary Peace Prize, and the Orange Prize—returns with a timely novel that interweaves past and present to explore the human capacity for resiliency and compassion in t

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