San Francisco Events

Cory Allen - Now Is the Way (San Francisco Ferry Building Store)

Thursday, November 21, 2019 - 6:00pm

Through his online meditation course Release Into Now and his popular podcast The Astral Hustle, Cory Allen has helped thousands of people ease the stress of daily life through meditation, mindfulness, and mental clarity. By interviewing thought leaders and inspirational figures—like Gretchen Rubin and Lewis Howes—he sustains his progressive, positive thinking. With succinct advice and accessible insights, he cuts through the jargon and speaks to people where they are, giving them the tools to strengthen and awaken their minds.

Now Is the Way walks readers through the basics of living in the “wow of now,” even if they’re not the meditating type. Cory approaches mindfulness as a practical tool people can use to achieve greater peace, reduce anxiety and stress, and tap into their intuition. Informed by his personal journey, Now Is the Way is a manual for finding satisfaction and meaning in life.

From the wisdom he learned from tastemakers in neuroscience, mindfulness, and philosophy, Cory offers readers ways to revamp their outlook and physical wellbeing. He illuminates time-tested questions like how to be present in conversation, limit impulsivity, and curb suffering to give people the resources they need to improve themselves and enhance their happiness.

Cory Allen is a podcaster (The Astral Hustle), meditation teacher, and audio engineer. Through his popular online meditation course Release Into Now and binaural beats for meditation, he has helped thousands of people learn to meditate with clarity and simplicity. He lives in Austin, Texas.

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San Francisco, CA 94111

Michael Koppy - Words and Music Into the Future (San Francisco Ferry Building Store)

Saturday, December 14, 2019 - 3:00pm

How did Neil Young become the "Poster Boy for Bad Songwriting"? Steve Sondheim on music: a) right? b) wrong? c) jealous? Why should composers study cultural critic Susan Sontag before even naming their songs? What makes Bob Dylan the "Donald Trump of Popular Music"? What does literary modernism have to do with what we hear every day? Paul McCartney: schooled by Sinatra, Elvis and Marvin Gaye—but did he actually learn the lesson? Was Edgar Allan Poe wrong about popular songs? Was George Carlin right?

Literary criticism, songwriting analysis, and cultural commentary, Words and Music Into the Future is an uncompromising examination of the current state of popular songs and songwriting in the English-speaking world. Devoid of hero worship and celebrity gossip, using mostly well-known songs from recent decades as examples, Michael Koppy presents a compelling case that listeners have been force-fed a steady diet of industrial illiteracy, and that the time has come for songwriting and song criticism to riser to greater heights.

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San Francisco, CA 94111

Sarah Kozloff - A Queen in Hiding (San Francisco Ferry Building Store)

Wednesday, March 11, 2020 - 6:00pm

Debut author Sarah Kozloff offers a breathtaking and cinematic epic fantasy of a ruler coming of age in A Queen in Hiding, first in the quartet of The Nine Realms series.

Exiled and hunted, Cerúlia, Princess of Weirandale, knows she has one destiny. Her enemies failed to kill her, and no one harboring her is safe. Raised in obscurity, she has no resources, no army, nothing that can help her against her enemies. Except their gods.

Sarah Kozloff holds an endowed chair as a professor of film history at Vassar College. She worked in the film industry in both television and film before becoming a professor. A Queen in Hiding is her debut fantasy novel.

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San Francisco, CA 94111

Karl the Fog (San Francisco Ferry Building Store)

Saturday, December 7, 2019 - 3:00pm

Presented with Steve Mockus

San Francisco: home of cable cars, the Golden Gate Bridge—and its quintessential cool gray fog. As a resident of Silicon Valley, Karl the Fog naturally uses Twitter and Instagram accounts to document his comings and goings and the beauty of the city he loves. Beautiful, evocative photography pay homage to the fog and disdain for sunny days. This hardcover book packaged in a fog-wrapped acetate jacket includes:

  • Karl the Fog's witty takes on San Francisco paired with beautiful, evocative photography
  • 50 scenic fog "selfies" and original content
  • Entertaining observations about the city including Karl the Fog's family history and a foreword by Sutro Tower

Karl the Fog is perfect for any lover of the fog or of San Francisco.

Karl the Fog lives and works in the San Francisco Bay Area.

Steve Mockus is an Executive Editor for Entertainment for Chronicle Books. His books include Darth Vader and Son, All My Friends are Dead, the Worst-Case Scenario Survival Handbook series, and Karl the Fog.

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San Francisco, CA 94111

The Try Guys - The Hidden Power of F*cking Up (San Francisco Ferry Building Store)

Tuesday, November 5, 2019 - 6:00pm

Tickets: $28 (includes a copy of The Hidden Power of F*cking Up) • The event will include a Q&A with the audience as well as several highlights from their favorite videos

*Limited # of tickets are still available at the door. (Check-in at the back door facing the water at the Book Passage Ferry Building store.)

To be our best selves, we must become secure in our insecurities. In The Hidden Power of F*cking Up, The Try Guys—Keith, Ned, Zach, and Eugene—reveal their philosophy of trying: how to fully embrace fear, foolishness, and embarrassment in an effort to understand how we all get paralyzed by a fear of failure. They’ll share how four shy, nerdy kids have dealt with their most poignant life struggles by attacking them head-on and reveal their—ahem—sure-fail strategies for achieving success.

But they’re not just here to talk; they’re actually going to put their advice to work. To demonstrate their unique self-improvement formula, they’ll each personally confront their deepest insecurities. A die-hard meat-lover goes vegan for the first time. A straight-laced father transforms into a fashionista. A perpetually single sidekick becomes the romantic lead. A child of divorce finally grows more intimate with his family. Through their insightful, emotional journeys and surprising, hilarious anecdotes, they’ll help you overcome your own self-doubt to become the best, most f*cked up version of yourself you can be!

The Try Guys is an internet comedy series made up of Ned Fulmer, Keith Habersberger, Zach Kornfeld, and Eugene Lee Yang, who all write, direct, produce, and shoot each of their episodes. Their viral videos have garnered over 1 billion views across social media platforms.


Please note: Tickets are non-refundable


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San Francisco, CA 94111

Rosemary Ann Davis - Before They Left Us (San Francisco Ferry Building Store)

Sunday, December 1, 2019 - 3:00pm

In Before They Left Us, Rosemary Ann Davis explores all the twists and turns of San Francisco's streets on a mission to find her identity, both as a woman and as an artist. The Midwesterner finds herself in the warm embrace of a diverse community. She and her cronies experience not only the exhilarating final days of disco and the changing political scene, but also the jolting tremors of earthquakes and assassinations. Her sensuality and political activism blossom within this charged atmosphere.

In this firsthand account, Davis captures the people, politics, and history around her. From the news of the International Hotel's demolition, to the assassinations of her neighborhood's gay supervisor Harvey Milk and Democratic mayor George Moscone, to the onset of AIDS, Before They Left Us reveals one young woman's leap from a blue-collar Catholic neighborhood in Milwaukee to California's gay Main Street—the Castro. Later, she makes a series of trips from the Midwest back to California into those once and still gorgeous Victorians to tend her dying friends with AIDS. She learns that activism and art can help channel grief and that community is essential to surviving trauma.

After a long and fruitful career in video and film production, Rosemary Davis turned toward writing in 2000. She writes memoir, poetry, lyric essays, and travel. Obtaining an MFA degree in Writing from Hamline University in St. Paul, Rosemary honed her craft in creative nonfiction and poetry. While there she served on the editorial board of the Water~Stone Literary Review. Her nonfiction and poetry has been published in numerous literary journals, anthologies and online sources. In 2004-2005, Rosemary received a Loft Mentorship Series Fellowship, studying with six nationally known writers for a year.

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San Francisco, CA 94111

Peter Kalmus - Being the Change (Ferry Building Store)

Thursday, December 12, 2019 - 6:00pm

Please note: This event has moved locations from Corte Madera to the Ferry Building

We all want to be happy. Yet as we consume ever more in a frantic bid for happiness, global warming worsens. Alarmed by drastic changes now occurring in the Earth's climate systems, Peter Kalmus, a climate scientist and suburban father of two, embarked on a journey to change his life and the world. He began by bicycling, growing food, meditating, and making other simple, fulfilling changes. Ultimately, he slashed his climate impact to under a tenth of the US average and became happier in the process.

Being the Change explores the connections between our individual daily actions and our collective predicament. It merges science, spirituality, and practical action to develop a satisfying and appropriate response to global warming.

Part one exposes our interconnected predicament: overpopulation, global warming, industrial agriculture, growth-addicted economics, a sold-out political system, and a mindset of separation from nature. It also includes a readable but authoritative overview of climate science. Part two offers a response at once obvious and unprecedented: mindfully opting out of this broken system and aligning our daily lives with the biosphere.

The core message is deeply optimistic: living without fossil fuels is not only possible, it can be better.

Peter Kalmus is a climate scientist at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory with a Ph.D. in physics from Columbia University. At work he studies the physics of clouds in a changing climate, and at home he explores how we can address climate change while living happier, more connected lives. He lives in Altadena, California, a suburb of Los Angeles, with his wife and two children on 1/10th the fossil fuels of the American average. He enjoys orcharding, beekeeping, and backpacking. Peter speaks purely on his own behalf, not on behalf of NASA or Jet Propulsion Laboratory.

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San Francisco, CA 94111

Marketing for Authors with Annemarie O'Brien (San Francisco Ferry Building Store)

Tuesday, November 12, 2019 - 6:00pm

Presented with the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators

What do potential agents, editors, other industry professionals, and readers find when they look for you online? The goal of Marketing for Authors is to arm you with 15 action items you can do now to build and improve your “brand,” i.e. who you are, what you write, and where to find you; and to improve your google ranking to expand your audience. In particular, Annemarie will cover tips on improving your website from the perspective of Google searches, using SEO to reach more targeted audiences and to build an effective and memorable author brand. This talk is designed for any writer at any stage in the publishing process. We’ll also browse for books and network over light refreshments. 

Annemarie O’Brien is an award-winning children’s author and marketing professional with twenty-plus years of global brand experience. She has a BBA in marketing, an MBA in international business, and an MFA in writing for Children & Young Adults. She teaches story marketing at Stanford Continuing Studies and writing courses at UC Berkeley Extension and Pixar. She is a frequent conference speaker on story marketing.

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San Francisco, CA 94111

Danielle Sered - Until We Reckon (San Francisco Ferry Building Store)

Monday, October 28, 2019 - 6:00pm

Although over half the people incarcerated in America today have committed violent offenses, the focus of reformers has been almost entirely on nonviolent and drug offenses. Danielle Sered's brilliant and groundbreaking Until We Reckon steers directly and unapologetically into the question of violence, offering approaches that will help end mass incarceration and increase safety.

Widely recognized as one of the leading proponents of a restorative approach to violent crime, Sered asks us to reconsider the purposes of incarceration and argues persuasively that the needs of survivors of violent crime are better met by asking people who commit violence to accept responsibility for their actions and make amends in ways that are meaningful to those they have hurt—none of which happens in the context of a criminal trial or a prison sentence.

Sered launched and directs Common Justice, one of the few organizations offering alternatives to incarceration for people who commit serious violent crime and which has produced immensely promising results.

Critically, Sered argues that the reckoning owed is not only on the part of those who have committed violence, but also by our nation's overreliance on incarceration to produce safety--at great cost to communities, survivors, racial equity, and the very fabric of our democracy.

Danielle Sered leads the award-winning Brooklyn-based Common Justice, which develops and advances solutions to violence that meet the needs of those harmed and advance racial equity without relying on incarceration.

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San Francisco, CA 94111

Marc Grossberg - The Best People (San Francisco Ferry Building Store)

Wednesday, November 6, 2019 - 6:00pm

Paddy Moran, a former cop from Brooklyn, is a newly licensed attorney in Houston with dreams and aspirations to make it big. He survives early rough bumps and ethical challenges. Then, through networking, he lands two high-profile clients. With his brash moxie and brilliant legal strategy, he gets outstanding outcomes that put him on the success trajectory to the upper echelons of the city's divorce bar. But, faced with difficult choices in high-stakes litigation, will he balance his thirst for recognition and respect with his sense of right and wrong?

The Best People also follows Pilar Galt, a sensuous, intelligent single mother from the Houston barrios, for whom a temp assignment evolves into a relationship with the richest man in town. Her path intersects with Paddy's and eventually converges with his during a pivotal time in her life when she must overcome self-destructive tendencies to survive.

A legal drama and social satire set after Enron and before the devastation of Hurricane Harvey, The Best People portrays Houston as it is: a glitzy meritocracy populated with larger-than-life characters. It is the landscape where the country-club and caf -society sets clash amidst clever legal maneuvering, big law firm politics, a Ponzi scheme, and judicial corruption.

Marc Grossberg is an observer and a listener. He has a passion for his family, friends, and clients, and for books that entertain and provoke him. He has practiced law in his native Houston for over fifty years. He has somehow overcome being a Board-Certified tax lawyer and one of the Best Lawyers in America to write The Best People. Marc is a proud product of the Houston public schools, The University of Houston, and The University of Texas School of Law. He lives in the NOW and goes wherever his "green light" tells him the intersection might be interesting.

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San Francisco, CA 94911


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