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Rhonda V. Magee - The Inner Work of Racial Justice (San Francisco Ferry Building Store)

Tuesday, January 21, 2020 - 6:00pm

In a society where unconscious bias, microaggressions, institutionalized racism, and systemic injustices are so deeply ingrained, healing is an ongoing process. When conflict and division are everyday realities, our instincts tell us to close ranks, to find the safety of our own tribe, and to blame others. This book shows that in order to have the difficult conversations required for working toward racial justice, inner work is essential. Through the practice of embodied mindfulness—paying attention to our thoughts, feelings, and physical sensations in an open, nonjudgmental way—we increase our emotional resilience, recognize our own biases, and become less reactive when triggered.

As Sharon Salzberg, New York Times-bestselling author of Real Happiness writes, “Rhonda Magee is a significant new voice I've wanted to hear for a long time—a voice both unabashedly powerful and deeply loving in looking at race and racism.” Magee shows that embodied mindfulness calms our fears and helps us to exercise self-compassion. These practices help us to slow down and reflect on microaggressions—to hold them with some objectivity and distance—rather than bury unpleasant experiences so they have a cumulative effect over time. Magee helps us develop the capacity to address the fears and anxieties that would otherwise lead us to re-create patterns of separation and division.

It is only by healing from injustices and dissolving our personal barriers to connection that we develop the ability to view others with compassion and to live in community with people of vastly different backgrounds and viewpoints. Incorporating mindfulness exercises, research, and Magee's hard-won insights, The Inner Work of Racial Justice offers a road map to a more peaceful world.

Rhonda V. Magee is a professor of law at the University of San Francisco. Also trained in sociology and mindfulness-based stress reduction (MBSR), she is a highly practiced facilitator of trauma-sensitive, restorative MBSR interventions for lawyers and law students, and for minimizing the effects of social-identity-based bias. Magee has been a visiting scholar at the Center for the Study of Law and Society and a visiting professor of law at the University of California, Berkeley.

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San Francisco, CA 94111

Leslie Erganian & Wolfgang Wagener - New West (San Francisco Ferry Building Store)

Wednesday, January 8, 2020 - 6:00pm

The mid-century linen postcard, recognized for its color-saturated hues and textured finish, evolved as a rare hybrid of the mediums of photography, painting, and mass printing. New West, a comprehensive publication of this popular art form, explores the evolution of the American West through these vibrant and compelling images.

The American West is renowned for its unique and spectacular natural scenery. While early images depicting vast expanses of unsettled land still persist, today, contemporary westerners are far more likely to live in cities than in the wild. New West celebrates the preexisting geography of the landscape, as well as its high-speed transformation to suit man’s need for growth, commerce, transportation, entertainment, arts, education, and public life. Looking through the lens of four waves of innovation; steam, steel, oil, and information, this book also asks the ultimate question of any exploration
of history: What innovation is next?

Wolfgang Wagener is an international architect and strategy advisor for real estate development. He is a member of the American Institute of Architects, the Royal Institute of British Architects, and a lifetime member of the Society of Architectural Historians, Southern California Chapter.

Leslie Erganian is a Chicago-born, California-bred artist and writer. Her hand-colored photographs are housed in the permanent collection of the Xerox Corporation and the California Museum of Photography. She contributed her design talents to the production of film and television for clients including Warner Bros., DreamWorks, MGM, PBS and Showtime. 

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San Francisco, CA 94111

Kathryn Lukas - The Farmhouse Culture Guide to Fermenting (San Francisco Ferry Building Store)

Saturday, January 4, 2020 - 1:30pm

Meet & Greet Following CUESA Demo!

Fermented and live-culture foods are beloved for their bold and layered flavors as well as their benefits for gut health and boosting immunity, but until now, there hasn't been a book that is both authoritative and easy to use. The Farmhouse Culture Guide to Fermenting provides you with the history, health information, and safest methods for preserving, along with 100 recipes for krauts, pickles, kimchi, fermented vegetables, hot sauces, preserved fruits and jams, kombucha, and even mead. With trusted author Kathryn Lukas, founder of mega brand Farmhouse Culture, and her thoroughly tested recipes, this is the fermentation book that every home fermenter needs--whether you are about to make your first batch of pickles or have been preserving foods for decades.

Kathryn Lukas is a former chef and the founder of Farmhouse Culture, an award-winning fermented food and beverage company based in Santa Cruz, California. A native Californian, Kathryn’s love affair with food started in her grandparents’ farmhouse kitchen where home-grown ingredients were turned into simple, yet delicious meals. Years later, she fell in love with fresh fermented sauerkraut at her restaurant in Stuttgart, Germany. Kathryn returned home to the US in the late 90s and learned how to make live-culture ferments through a Natural Culinary Program in Santa Cruz. Obsessed, she traveled the globe in pursuit of ancient fermentation techniques and in 2008 founded Farmhouse Culture. She now shares her love and knowledge of fermented, live-culture foods and their powerful healing qualities through workshops and retreats worldwide.

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We are pleased to share our Saturday mornings at the Ferry Building with our friends at CUESA, as they host well-known chefs at their demonstration kitchen. The food-portion of the events usually start at the market about an hour or so earlier than the times listed above. We invite the chefs and their fans to take a short walk over to our store where they can meet their readers and sign their books.

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San Francisco, CA 94111

Celia Stahr - Frida in America (San Francisco Ferry Building Store)

Thursday, March 5, 2020 - 6:00pm

Mexican artist Frida Kahlo adored adventure. In November, 1930, she was thrilled to realize her dream of traveling to the United States to live in San Francisco, Detroit, and New York. Still, leaving her family and her country for the first time was monumental.

Only twenty-three and newly married to the already world-famous forty-three-year-old Diego Rivera, she was at a crossroads in her life and this new place, one filled with magnificent beauty, horrific poverty, racial tension, anti-Semitism, ethnic diversity, bland Midwestern food, and a thriving music scene, pushed Frida in unexpected directions. Shifts in her style of painting began to appear, cracks in her marriage widened, and tragedy struck, twice while she was living in Detroit.

Frida in America is the first in-depth biography of these formative years spent in Gringolandia, a place Frida couldn’t always understand. But it’s precisely her feelings of being a stranger in a strange land that fueled her creative passions and an even stronger sense of Mexican identity. With vivid detail, Frida in America recreates the pivotal journey that made Senora Rivera the world famous Frida Kahlo.

Celia Stahr is a professor at the University of San Francisco, where she specializes in modern American and contemporary art with an emphasis on feminist art and gender studies, as well as African and multicultural art. She holds a Doctorate of Philosophy from the University of Iowa and lives in the Bay Area.

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San Francisco, CA 94111

Christa Reynolds - Will & Mysteria (San Francisco Ferry Building Store)

Thursday, January 30, 2020 - 6:00pm

So many of us today yearn to live an authentic life in alignment with our higher self. We enroll in meditation classes, practice yoga, engage in unique relationships to explore our feelings, while trying to truly understand ourselves and live in the present. We seek to know what fulfills and motivates us to be the best we can be. Will and Mysteria is the mythical journey of one young man–Oliver Humane. He’s an ambitious young professor who wants to make a difference in the world. He subconsciously desires to know who he really is and what he can aspire to be. Will and Mysteria are two influential yogis he comes to know through his travails; while bumping up against their rival, Edgar. Together, the three will help Oliver explore his innermost being and wake him up to the kind of divine existence we can all aspire to.

​Christa Reynolds is a seasoned Yoga and Meditation teacher, as well as an Intuitive, who currently teaches Chakra Clearing Meditation in the San Francisco area. Her meditation classes include clearing your energy field, releasing pent-up and/or restless energy through gentle breathing, while teaching you to understand how chakra management enhances your life. Christa’s classes also gently nudge practitioners towards sacred mantra which allows them to drop sweetly into both a peaceful and joyful place within. She lives in Sausalito, California and relishes her early morning walks with her dog “Noshi” down by the waters edge.

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San Francisco, CA 94111

POSTPONED: Gary Taubes - The Case for Keto (San Francisco Ferry Building Store)

Monday, April 27, 2020 - 6:00pm

Please note: This event has been postponed due to concerns for the health and well-being of our community. For updates on this event and for additional event information, please subscribe to our e-newsletter.

Tickets: $32 (includes signed copy of The Case for Keto)

Based on twenty years of investigative reporting and interviews with 100 practicing physicians who embrace the keto lifetstyle as the best prescription for their patients' health, The Case for Keto puts the ketogenic diet movement in the necessary historical and scientific perspective. It makes clear the vital misconceptions in how we've come to think about obesity and diet (no, people do not become fat simply because they eat too much; hormones play the critical role) and uses the collected clinical experience of the medical community to provide essential practical advice. This book sets out to revolutionize how we think about eating healthy, and what foods we can and can't eat to prevent and reverse both obesity and diabetes.

For years, health organizations have preached the same rules for losing weight: restrict your calories, eat less, exercise more. So why doesn't it work for everyone? Gary Taubes, whose seminal book Good Calories, Bad Calories and cover stories for The New York Times Magazine changed the way we look at nutrition and health, sets the record straight, clarifying a century of misunderstanding about the differences between diet, weight control, and health. The Case for Keto gives us a revolutionary manifesto for the twenty-first-century fight against obesity and diabetes.

Gary Taubes, an award-winning science and health journalist, is cofounder and director of the Nutrition Science Initiative (NuSI). He is the author of The Case Against Sugar, Why We Get Fat, and Good Calories, Bad Calories, and is a former staff writer for Discover and correspondent for Science. He has written three cover articles on nutrition and health for The New York Times Magazine, and his writing has also appeared in The Atlantic, Esquire, and numerous "best of" anthologies, including The Best of the Best American Science Writing (2010). He has received three Science in Society Journalism Awards from the National Association of Science Writers, and is also the recipient of a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Investigator Award in Health Policy Research. He lives in Oakland, California.

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Please note: Tickets are non-refundable

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San Francisco, CA 94111

Paul Yoon - Run Me to Earth (San Francisco Ferry Building Store)

Monday, January 27, 2020 - 6:00pm

In Conversation with Lisa Lee Herrick.

Alisak, Prany, and Noi—three orphans united by devastating loss—must do what is necessary to survive the perilous landscape of 1960s Laos. When they take shelter in a bombed out field hospital, they meet Vang, a doctor dedicated to helping the wounded at all costs. Soon the teens are serving as motorcycle couriers, delicately navigating their bikes across the fields filled with unexploded bombs, beneath the indiscriminate barrage from the sky.

In a world where the landscape and the roads have turned into an ocean of bombs, we follow their grueling days of rescuing civilians and searching for medical supplies, until Vang secures their evacuation on the last helicopters leaving the country. It’s a move with irrevocable consequences—and sets them on disparate and treacherous paths across the world.

Spanning decades and magically weaving together storylines laced with beauty and cruelty, Run Me to Earth is a breathtaking historical feat and a fierce study of the powers of hope, perseverance, and grace.

Paul Yoon is the author of two story collections, Once the Shore, which was a New York Times Notable Book, and The Mountain, which was a NPR Best Book of the Year. His novel Snow Hunters won the Young Lions Fiction Award. A recipient of fellowships from the New York Public Library’s Cullman Center for Writers and Scholars and the National Endowment for the Arts, he lives in Cambridge, Massachusetts, with his wife, the fiction writer Laura van den Berg, and their dog, Oscar.

Lisa Lee Herrick is a second-generation Hmong American writer, artist, and media specialist who helped produce the film, The Hmong and The Secret War, now available at PBS.org. She is a former television executive and award-nominated news journalist, and a founding member of the LitHop literary festival. Her essays and illustrations have been featured on or are forthcoming from The Rumpus, Food52, The Normal School, and others. She is writing a family memoir about the inheritance and aftermath of trauma, a cookbook, and two graphic novels.

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San Francisco, CA 94111

Lit Camp Basement Reading (San Francisco Ferry Building Store)

Friday, January 10, 2020 - 6:00pm

In honor of the new year, Lit Camp presents a dozen talented writers in the topic of 2020 Hindsight. We’ll be offering free wine, beer, and sparkling water…and of course, fabulous (short) readings1

$5-$10 sliding scale admission with all proceeds going to fund scholarships to the Lit Camp writers conference.

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San Francisco, CA 94111

Steve Gorman - Hard to Handle: The Life and Death of the Black Crowes (San Francisco Ferry Building Store)

Sunday, January 19, 2020 - 3:00pm

Tickets: $32 (includes signed copy of Hard to Handle)

Tickets available for purchase at the door. Please call 415-835-1020 for inquiry. 

For over two decades, the Black Crowes topped the charts and reigned supreme over the radio waves, even as hair bands, grunge, and hip-hop threatened to dethrone them. With hits like "Hard to Handle," "She Talks to Angels," and "Remedy," their massive success launched them to stardom in the early '90s, earning them a place among rock royalty. They were on the cover of Rolling Stone, MTV played their videos 24/7, and Generation X re-discovered the power of classic rock and blues by digging into multi-platinum classics like Shake Your Money Maker and The Southern Harmony and Musical Companion.

But stardom can be fleeting. For the Black Crowes, success slowly dwindled as the band members got caught up in the rock star world and lost sight of their musical ambition. Despite the drinking, drugs, and incessant fighting between Chris and Rich Robinson—the angriest brothers in rock and roll, with all due respect to Oasis and the Kinks—the band continued to tour until 2013. On any given night, they could be the best band you ever saw. (Or the most combative.) Then, one last rift caused by Chris Robinson proved insurmountable for the band to survive. After that, the Black Crowes would fly no more.

Founding member Steve Gorman was there for all of it—the coke and weed-fueled tours; the tumultuous recording sessions; the backstage hangs with legends like Robert Plant, Jimmy Page, and the Rolling Stones. As the band's drummer and voice of reason, he tried to keep the Black Crowes together musically—and in one piece emotionally. In his first-person history of the Black Crowes, Hard To Handle—the first ever account of this great American rock band's beginning, middle, and end—Gorman makes it clear just how impossible that job was. Fortunately, Gorman tells the tale with great insight, candor, and humor. They don't make bands like the Black Crowes anymore: crazy, brilliant, self-destructive, inspiring, and, ultimately, not built to last. But, man, what a ride it was while it lasted.

Steve Gorman is a founding member of the Black Crowes as well as his current band, Trigger Hippy. He has created and hosted two nationally syndicated radio shows. Hard to Handle is his first book. He lives in Nashville with his wife and two kids.

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Please note: Tickets are non-refundable

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San Francisco, CA 94111

Robert Trebor - The Haircut Who Would Be King (San Francisco Ferry Building Store)

Monday, February 3, 2020 - 6:00pm

The Haircut Who Would Be King is a farcical sendup of Donald Trump's rise to power and volatile partnership with Vladimir Putin. As a young boy, Donald Rump was less than precocious—a miserable student, prone to implacable tantrums, whose emotional intelligence ceased maturing at the age of 9. But the region of the brain responsible for egomaniacal self-assessment was prodigiously large. After some success and plenty more failure in real estate, he turns his attentions to reality TV and hosts a show called "Paycheck," each episode of which concludes with Rump singing "Don't Cry for Me Argentina."

Meanwhile, Vladimir Poutine was raised by KGB agents during the early years of Khrushchev's reign. Poutine, a latent homosexual who immerses himself in the self-consciously manly world of "physical culture," reads magazines about bodybuilding. Crushed by the demise of the Soviet Union, he copes in the most peculiar way: "he would slip into a silver lam gown, pop on a curly wig and perform Marlene Dietrich classics at a local drag bar."

Rump decides he'd like to try his hand at politics and recruits shock jock Alex Clamz from the popular but frothing radio show, "Disinfowarz." He runs for president opposite Mallory Claxton, a sensible woman with a sterling career in public service. Despite a bizarre campaign and a trail of seedy scandals, Rump wins with clandestine help from Poutine.

And then, the fun really begins.

Robert Trebor is a character actor with more than 40 years experience on stage, film and television. Two of his noteworthy roles are The Son of Sam in the film Out Of The Darkness, and Salmoneus the merchant in the Hercules and Xena TV series. Playing both a psychopath and a salesman was enormously helpful in preparing this book.

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