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Special Event - Independent Bookstore Day (All Three Stores)

Saturday, April 28, 2018 - 9:00am to 9:00pm


The time has once again arrived to celebrate Independent Bookstore Day! All three of our stores will be marking the occasion with a day of special activities. We’ll also have limited edition IBD merchandise for sale (items and availability varies by store)!



Beauty & the Beast Storytime
10:00 - 11:30 a.m.
Bring your little ones and come dressed in your fairy tale finest for this special storytime where we’ll read Beauty & the Beast, make arts and crafts, and even be visited by Belle and Gaston!

Vote on Our Hall of Fame Book Display!
We’re turning one of our display tables into a collection of your favorite books for Independent Bookstore Day! To participate, email Zack Ruskin ( with your nominated titles and a sentence about why each should be included,. Come by April 28 to see what the people have chosen!

We'll also be hosting events throughout the day:

1:00 p.m - Carol Rosenberger

4:00 p.m. - Carla Gambescia

7:00 p.m. - Liza Gershman

7:00 p.m. - Elizabeth Partridge

8:00 p.m. - Secretary Madeleine Albright (at Dominican University of California)



We love celebrating Independent Bookstore Day in the Ferry Building, and hosting local authors with their books. Additionally, here’s your chance to get limited-release merchandise created just for Indie Day! Join us for “Meet and Greet” events with these authors for their books:

10:00 a.m.
Judd Winick, author of the middle-grade Hilo series

11:00 a.m.
Alexandra Boiger, author of the picture books Max and Marla, Max and Marla are Having a Picnic, She Persisted (illustrator), and She Persisted Around the World (illustrator)

1:00 p.m.
Nate Pollak & Heidi Gibson, founders and chefs at American Grilled Cheese Kitchen. They’ll bring small tastes from their cookbooks, Grilled Cheese Kitchen: Bread + Cheese + Everything in Between and Muffins & Biscuits: 50 Recipes to Start Your Day with a Smile.

2:00 p.m.
Lou Bustamante, author of The Complete Cocktail Manual. He will be serving samples from his book!



Come meet local Sausalito authors and raise a toast to our one year anniversary and to Independent Bookstore Day. We’ll also be offering limited edition IBD merchandise for sale.

Our festivities on the waterfront will occur from 3:00 - 5:00 p.m and features:

  • Janet Chapman
  • Mike Denney
  • Jane Kriss
  • Rachel Lehmann-Haupt
  • Kimberley Lovato
  • Ciji Ware
  • Wilfred Welch


(All Three Stores)

Elise Hooper - The Other Alcott (San Francisco Store)

Wednesday, May 23, 2018 - 6:00pm

The Other Alcott is the debut novel from author Elise Hooper.  Many of us grew up knowing the story of the March sisters, heroines of Louisa May Alcott’s Little Women.  But while most fans cheer on Jo March, based on Louisa herself, Amy March is often the least favorite sister.  Now, it’s time to learn the truth about the “real Amy”: Louisa’s sister, May.  In this captivating work of historical fiction, Elise Hooper gives readers a glimpse into the youngest Alcott’s artistic pursuits and her side of the sibling rivalry.

Author Elise Hooper grew up near the Alcott’s home in Concord, Massachusetts and has been fascinated by the Alcotts (local legends) since her childhood. She remembers visiting The Orchard House museum at age ten and exploring Louisa Alcott’s restored bedroom. There, at a small desk in the corner, was where Louisa had written her classic Little Women in two feverish months. Hooper recalls backing away from the desk and entering May’s room, the youngest of the Alcott sisters, better known to the world as Amy March from Little Women where pencil sketches of angels and animals adorned the walls. This lesser-known sister, the free spirit, the girl who decorated her walls—was she really the brat she was portrayed to be in her sister’s novel?  Elise felt suspicious of Louisa’s account of her. After all, what would our siblings write about us if given the chance? Almost three decades later as Elise embarked on writing a novel, there was no question what she would write about. Her childhood obsession: the Alcotts. And there was May, the sister she and the rest of us knew very little about.  Who was she?  What was it like to be portrayed negatively in your sister’s novel for all the world to read? 

In the book, life for the Alcott family has never been easy, but the most pressing of their financial struggles are eased when Louisa’s Little Women is published. Everyone agrees the novel is charming, but May is struck to the core by the portrayal of selfish, spoiled “Amy March.” Is this what her beloved sister really thinks of her? She begins to question her relationship with her sister as well as her dream to be an artist when her illustrations for Little Women are received poorly by reviewers. This inspires May to embark on a quest to discover her own true identity: as an artist and a woman. Starting with art lessons in Boston and moving on to Rome, London, and Paris, this brave, talented, and determined woman forges a life on her own terms, making her so much more than merely “The Other Alcott.”

This novel is a distinctive and enjoyable read which will include samples of May Alcott’s original (and panned!) illustrations for Little Women.  

Bio: Although a New Englander by birth (and at heart), Elise lives with her husband and two young daughters in Seattle, where she teaches history and literature. This is her first novel.

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ISBN: 9780062645333
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Published: William Morrow & Company - September 5th, 2017

A People Magazine and POPSUGAR pick

" May's] adventures illuminate the world of intrepid female artists in the late 1800s ...] The Other Alcott comes alive in its development of the relationship between Louisa and May." --The New York Times

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San Francisco, CA 94111

Nina Collins - What Would Virginia Woolf Do (San Francisco Store)

Wednesday, April 25, 2018 - 6:00pm

In Conversation with Danelle Morton

When Nina Collins entered her forties she found herself awash in a sea of hormones. As symptoms of perimenopause set in, she began to fear losing her health, looks, sexuality, sense of humor-perhaps all at once. Craving a place to discuss her questions and concerns, and finding none, Nina started a Facebook group with the ironic name, "What Would Virginia Woolf Do?," which has grown exponentially into a place where women-most with strong opinions and fierce senses of humor--have surprisingly candid, lively, and intimate conversations.

Mid-life is a time when women want to think about purpose, about how to be their best selves, and how to love themselves as they enter the second half of life. They yearn to acknowledge the nostalgia and sadness that comes with aging, but also want to revel in their hard-earned wisdom.

Part memoir and part resource on everything from fashion and skincare to sex and surviving the empty nest, What Would Virginia Woolf Do? is a frank and intimate conversation mixed with anecdotes and honesty, wrapped up in a literary joke. It's also a destination, a place where readers can nestle in and see what happens when women feel comfortable enough to get real with each other: defy the shame that the culture often throws their way, find solace and laugh out loud, and revel in this new phase of life.


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ISBN: 9781538727959
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Published: Grand Central Life & Style - April 10th, 2018

When Nina Collins entered her forties she found herself awash in a sea of hormones. As symptoms of perimenopause set in, she began to fear losing her health, looks, sexuality, sense of humor-perhaps all at once.

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San Francisco, CA 94111

John Connolly - He (San Francisco Store)

Tuesday, April 24, 2018 - 6:00pm

In He, John Connolly recreates the Golden Age of Hollywood in this moving, literary portrait of two men who found their true selves in a comedic partnership. When Stan Laurel was paired with Oliver Hardy, affectionately known as Babe, the history of comedy--not to mention their personal and professional lives--would be altered forever.

Laurel followed in the wake of Charlie Chaplin, who blazed a trail from the vaudeville stages of England to the dynamic, if often seedy and highly volatile, movie studios of Los Angeles in the early 20th century. Awed like everyone else by Chaplin's genius (and ambition and cruelty), Laurel despaired of ever finding his own path to success -- or happiness. But success and happiness did find Laurel, following the inspired decision by impresario Hal Roach to put him and Oliver Hardy together on screen. Initially a calculated marriage of opposites in an era of highly disposable short films, the partnership bloomed into a professional and personal relationship of lifelong depth.

Eventually, Laurel became one of the greatest screen comedians the world has ever known: a man who knew both adoration and humiliation; who loved, and was loved in turn; who betrayed, and was betrayed; who never sought to cause pain to anyone else, yet left a trail of affairs and broken marriages in his wake. And whose life was ultimately defined by one relationship of such astonishing tenderness and devotion that only death could sever their profound connection.

John Connolly is author of the Charlie Parker mysteries, The Book of Lost Things, the Samuel Johnson novels for young adults and, with his partner, Jennifer Ridyard, the co-author of the Chronicles of the Invaders. He debut, Every Dead Thing, swiftly launched him into the top rank of thriller writers, and all his subsequent novels have been Sunday Times bestsellers. He was the first non-American writer to win the U.S. Shamus award, and the first Irish writer to be awarded the Edgar by the Mystery Writers of America.


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ISBN: 9781635060577
Availability: Coming Soon - Available for Pre-Order Now
Published: Quercus Books - May 1st, 2018

John Connolly recreates the Golden Age of Hollywood in this moving, literary portrait of two men who found their true selves in a comedic partnership. When Stan Laurel was paired with Oliver Hardy, affectionately known as Babe, the history of comedy--not to mention their personal and professional lives--would be altered forever.

1 Ferry Building
San Francisco, CA 94111

Alex Wagner - Futureface (Ferry Building Store)

Sunday, April 22, 2018 - 4:00pm

Alex Wagner has always been fascinated by stories of exile and migration. Her father's ancestors immigrated to the United States from Ireland and Luxembourg. Her mother fled Rangoon in the 1960s, escaping Burma's military dictatorship. In her professional life, Wagner reported from the Arizona-Mexico border, where agents, drones, cameras, and military hardware guarded the line between two nations. She listened to debates about whether the United States should be a melting pot or a salad bowl. She knew that moving from one land to another--and the accompanying recombination of individual and tribal identities--was the story of America. And she was happy that her own mixed-race ancestry and late twentieth-century education had taught her that identity is mutable and meaningless, a thing we make rather than a thing we are.

When a cousin's offhand comment threw a mystery into her personal story-introducing the possibility of an exciting new twist in her already complex family history--Wagner was suddenly awakened to her own deep hunger to be something, to belong, to have an identity that mattered, a tribe of her own. Intoxicated by the possibility, she became determined to investigate her genealogy. So she set off on a quest to find the truth about her family history.

The journey takes Wagner from Burma to Luxembourg, from ruined colonial capitals with records written on banana leaves to Mormon databases and high-tech genetic labs. As she gets closer to solving the mystery of her own ancestry, she begins to grapple with a deeper question: Does it matter? Is our enduring obsession with blood and land, race and identity, worth all the trouble it's caused us?

The answers can be found in this deeply personal account of her search for belonging, a meditation on the things that define us as insiders and outsiders and make us think in terms of "us" and "them." In this time of conflict over who we are as a country, when so much emphasis is placed on ethnic, religious, and national divisions, Futureface constructs a narrative where we all belong.

Alex Wagner is an anchor and correspondent for CBS News, a contributing editor at The Atlantic, and a host of Showtime's The Circus. She was formerly the host of MSNBC's Emmy-nominated Now with Alex Wagner. She makes frequent TV appearances, including on the Today show, Morning Joe, and Real Time with Bill Maher. Wagner lives in New York City.


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ISBN: 9780812997941
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Published: One World - April 17th, 2018

An acclaimed journalist travels the globe to solve the mystery of her ancestry, confronting the question at the heart of the American experience of immigration, race, and identity: Who are my people?

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San Francisco, CA 94111

Nigella Lawson - At My Table (San Francisco Store)

Sunday, April 22, 2018 - 12:00pm

Signing Event

Internationally bestselling author Nigella Lawson celebrates the home cook in At My Table. Engaging with fans like never before, she invites you into her home kitchen & steps into yours as well...

Nigella Lawson has written several bestselling cookbooks, including the classics How To Eat and How to Be a Domestic Goddess -- the book that launched a thousand cupcakes. She was a mentor on ABC's The Taste and has sold more than 3 million cookbooks worldwide.


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ISBN: 9781250154286
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Published: Flatiron Books - April 10th, 2018

Nigella Lawson, the international bestselling author of such classic cookbooks as How to Be a Domestic Goddess and Simply Nigella: Feel Good Food, shares recipes of the meals that she loves to cook for friends and family.

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San Francisco, CA 94111

Tamar Adler - Something Old, Something New (San Francisco Store)

Saturday, April 21, 2018 - 2:00pm

In Conversation with Cal Peternell

With An Everlasting Meal, Tamar Adler advocated for the pleasures of leftovers and the myriad uses of flavorful scraps, providing culinary tips for using food you might ordinarily throw away. In her new cookbook, Something Old, Something New, Adler continues her preservative quest by rekindling classic recipes. There were times past when cooking was careful, important, economical, inspired. Other than occasional kitschy throwbacks, however, like Deviled Eggs or Oysters Rockefeller, many dishes that first excited our palates have disappeared. Beneath their fussy garnishes, gratuitous sauces, and outmoded techniques, Adler unearthed great recipes worth reviving. In Something Old, Something New she presents over 100 she loves best.

From Steak Diane to Peach Melba, Adler enlivens culinary classics with ample use of acid and herbs, simplified techniques, and contemporary ways of serving. Seasonal menus, complete with wine pairings suggested by sommelier Juliette Pope, gorgeous watercolor drawings by artist Mindy Dubin, and a foreword by influential food critic Mimi Sheraton, round out the beautiful package. Something Old, Something New is a unique culinary history, filled with delicious recipes and Adler's smart, witty prose, a perfect present or aptly titled wedding gift; a book worth keeping.


Something Old, Something New: Classic Recipes Revised Cover Image
By Tamar Adler, Mimi Sheraton (Foreword by), Mindy Dubin (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9781476799612
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Published: Scribner Book Company - April 3rd, 2018

The award-winning, bestselling author of An Everlasting Meal revives and improves classic recipes in a gorgeously illustrated cookbook.

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San Francisco, CA 94111

Townsend Walker & Steve Kohlhagen - An Evening in Conversation (San Francisco Store)

Thursday, April 19, 2018 - 6:00pm


The twelve stories in Townsend Walker's 3 Women, 4 Towns, 5 Bodies are rooted in foreign places, cemeteries, violence and strong women. The worlds his characters construct are unforgiving. Their paths cross in twisted and sometimes deadly ways.

Townsend Walker’s novella La Ronde was published in 2015. His short stories have appeared in over 75 literary journals. “A Little Love, A Little Shove” and “Holding Tight” were nominated for PEN/O.Henry Awards.


From Steve Kohlhagen -- the award-winning author of Where They Bury You and Chief of Thieves -- comes The Point of a Gun, an exciting modern addition to the political thriller genre. In the vein of such classic authors as Elmore Leonard and Michael Connelly, Kohlhagen has created an utterly unique thriller in which the twists and turns of a terrorism plot are sure to shock each reader.

Kohlhagen is an award-winning author, former economics professor at the University of California, Berkeley and former Wall Street investment banker who currently sits on several corporate boards.


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ISBN: 9781947309210
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Published: Deeds Publishing - January 16th, 2018

These twelve stories are rooted in foreign places, cemeteries, violence, and strong women. The worlds the characters construct are unforgiving. Their paths cross in tangled and sometimes deadly ways. In the title novella, three women use wit, seduction, and weapons to master the men they meet. The ribald reverend in "The Second Coming" meets his match in nineteen-year-old Charity.

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San Francisco, CA 94111

Mary Pilon - The Kevin Show (San Francisco Store)

Wednesday, April 18, 2018 - 6:00pm

In Conversation with Jeff Bercovici

Meet Kevin Hall, brother, son, husband, father, and Olympic and America's Cup sailor. Kevin has an Ivy League degree, a winning smile, and throughout his adult life, he has been engaged in an ongoing battle with a person that doesn't exist to anyone but him: the Director.

Kevin suffers from what doctors are beginning to call the "Truman Show" delusion, a form of psychosis named for the 1998 movie, where the main character is trapped as the star of a reality TV show. When the Director commands Kevin to do things, the results can lead to handcuffs, hospitalization, or both. Once he nearly drove a car into Boston Harbor. His girlfriend, now wife, was in the passenger seat.

In the tradition of Kay Redfield Jamison's An Unquiet Mind, journalist Mary Pilon's The Kevin Show reveals the many-sided struggle by Kevin, his family, and the medical profession to understand and treat a psychiatric disorder whose euphoric highs and creative ties to pop culture have become inextricable from Kevin's experience of himself. Interweaving his perspective, journals, and sketches with police reports, medical records, and interviews with those who were present at key moments in his life, The Kevin Show is a bracing, suspenseful, and eye-opening view of the role that mental health can play behind the scenes in even the most seemingly normal life.

Mary Pilon is the author of the New York Times bestseller The Monopolists, the acclaimed history of the board game Monopoly. A regular contributor to The New Yorker, Esquire, Fast Company, MSNBC, Vice, and Politico, Pilon has also worked as a staff reporter at the New York Times and the Wall Street Journal and was a producer for NBC Sports at the 2016 Olympics. She lives in Brooklyn.


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ISBN: 9781632866820
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Published: Bloomsbury Publishing - March 6th, 2018

From the NYT bestselling author of The Monopolists, the "fascinating" (People) story of Olympian Kevin Hall and the syndrome that makes him believe he stars in a television show of his life.

1 Ferry Building
San Francisco, CA 94111

Left Coast Writers®: Chris Cornell - Abandoned Places (San Francisco Store)

Monday, March 12, 2018 - 6:00pm

Left Coast Writers® Launch Event

In Abandoned Places, twenty-one writers embark on a tour of the lonely, the rejected and the uninhabited. This anthology of short genre fiction co-edited by Chris Cornell features stories of science fiction, fantasy and horror by rising new authors and classic tales by Ray Bradbury, Dashiell Hammett, Edgar Allen Poe and M. R. James.




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ISBN: 9781948182003
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Published: Shohola Group LLC - March 9th, 2018

Twenty-one writers embark on a tour of the lonely, the rejected and the uninhabited. Featuring stories of science fiction, fantasy and horror by rising new authors and classic tales by Ray Bradbury, Dashiell Hammett, Edgar Allan Poe and M. R. James.

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San Francisco, CA 94111


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