San Francisco Events

Mark Rogers - Canines of San Francisco (San Francisco Ferry Building Store)

Saturday, January 11, 2020 - 3:00pm

A joyful celebration of the vibrant dog community in and around San Francisco, Canines of San Francisco collects close to 500 engaging photos taken by acclaimed Bay Area photographer Mark Rogers throughout every neighborhood in this passionate, dog-loving city.

In this book featuring some 300 photographs of the dogs that call The City by the Bay their home, acclaimed Bay Area and dog rescue photographer Mark Rogers has a unique talent for capturing each dog’s individual personality, as tiny puppies dominate even the most iconic landmarks. From the Golden Gate Bridge to Haight-Ashbury, from Alcatraz to the Embarcadero, this book is adorable tribute to the city's most fetching four-legged inhabitants.

Mark Rogers is a pet photographer whose eye-catching, often humorous images of dogs and cats appear in books, magazines and national advertising campaigns. Mark lives in San Francisco with his wife, Anne, their dog, Bizzy, and their cat, the mischievous Jimmy Chew.

1 Ferry Building
San Francisco, CA 94111

Ingrid Newkirk - Animalkind (San Francisco Ferry Building Store)

Wednesday, January 29, 2020 - 6:00pm

In the last few decades, a wealth of new information has emerged about who animals are—intelligent, aware, and empathetic. Studies show that animals are astounding beings with intelligence, emotions, intricate communications networks, and myriad abilities. In Animalkind, Ingrid Newkirk and Gene Stone present these findings in a concise and awe-inspiring way, detailing a range of surprising discoveries: that geese fall in love and stay with a partner for life, that fish “sing” underwater, and that elephants use their trunks to send subsonic signals, alerting other herds to danger miles away.

Newkirk and Stone pair their tour of the astounding lives of animals with a guide to the exciting new tools that allow humans to avoid using or abusing animals as we once did. They show readers what they can do in their everyday lives to ensure that the animal world is protected from needless harm. Whether it’s medicine, product testing, entertainment, clothing, or food, there are now better options to all the uses animals once served in human life. We can substitute warmer, lighter faux fleece for wool, choose vegan versions of everything from shrimp to sausage and milk to marshmallows, reap the benefits of medical research that no longer requires monkeys to be caged in laboratories, and scrap captive orca exhibits and elephant rides for virtual reality and animatronics.

Animalkind is a fascinating study of why our fellow living beings deserve our respect, and moreover, the steps every reader can take to put this new understanding into action.

Ingrid Newkirk founded PETA (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals), the largest animal rights organization in the world, with affiliates in eight countries, in 1980. She is the author of Save the Animals! 101 Things You Can Do, Kids Can Save the Animals, The Compassionate Cook, and several other books available in multiple languages.

1 Ferry Building
San Francisco, CA 94111

Carolina De Robertis - Cantoras (San Francisco Ferry Building Store)

Thursday, January 23, 2020 - 6:00pm

In conversation with Nancy Au

In 1977 Uruguay, a military government crushed political dissent with ruthless force. In this environment, where the everyday rights of people are under attack, homosexuality is a dangerous transgression to be punished. And yet Romina, Flaca, Anita "La Venus," Paz, and Malena—five cantoras, women who "sing"—somehow, miraculously, find one another. Together, they discover an isolated, nearly uninhabited cape, Cabo Polonio, which they claim as their secret sanctuary. Over the next thirty-five years, their lives move back and forth between Cabo Polonio and Montevideo, the city they call home, as they return, sometimes together, sometimes in pairs, with lovers in tow, or alone. And throughout, again and again, the women will be tested—by their families, lovers, society, and one another—as they fight to live authentic lives.

A genre-defining novel and Carolina De Robertis's masterpiece, Cantoras is a breathtaking portrait of queer love, community, forgotten history, and the strength of the human spirit. At once timeless and groundbreaking, Cantoras is a tale about the fire in all our souls and those who make it burn.

Carolina De Robertis is a writer of Uruguayan origins and the author of The Gods of Tango, Perla, and the international bestseller The Invisible Mountain. Her novels have been translated into seventeen languages and have garnered a Stonewall Book Award, Italy's Rhegium Julii Prize, a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship, and numerous other honors. She is also a translator of Latin American and Spanish literature and editor of the anthology Radical Hope: Letters of Love and Dissent in Dangerous Times. In 2017, the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts named De Robertis on its 100 List of "people, organizations, and movements that are shaping the future of culture." She teaches at San Francisco State University and lives in Oakland, California, with her wife and two children.

Nancy Au’s essays and stories appear in many journals including Redivider, Gulf Coast, Foglifter, and Michigan Quarterly Review. She teaches creative writing (to biology majors!) at CSU Stanislaus. She is co-founder of The Escapery, a writing and art unschool. Her flash fiction is included in the Best Small Fictions 2018 anthology, in The Vestal Review as the winner of their 2018 VERA Flash Fiction Prize, and has won Redivider's 2018 Blurred Genre Contest. Her full-length collection, Spider Love Song & Other Stories, is longlisted for the 2020 PEN/Robert W. Bingham Prize for Debut Short Story Collection.

1 Ferry Building
San Francisco, CA 94111

POSTPONED: Courtney Carver with Tiffany Shlain - Project 333 (San Francisco Ferry Building Store)

Monday, March 30, 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: $33 (includes copy of Project 333) • In conversation with Tiffany Shlain

In Project 333, minimalist expert and author of Soulful Simplicity Courtney Carver takes a new approach to living simply—starting with your wardrobe. Project 333 promises that not only can you survive with just 33 items in your closet for 3 months, but you'll thrive just like the thousands of woman who have taken on the challenge and never looked back. Let the de-cluttering begin!

Ever ask yourself how many of the items in your closet you actually wear? In search of a way to pare down on her expensive shopping habit, consistent lack of satisfaction with her purchases, and ever-growing closet, Carver created Project 333. In this book, she guides readers through their closets item-by-item, sifting through all the emotional baggage associated with those oh-so strappy high-heel sandals that cost a fortune but destroy your feet every time you walk more than a few steps to that extensive collection of never-worn little black dresses, to locate the items that actually look and feel like you. As Carver reveals in this book, once we finally release ourselves from the cyclical nature of consumerism and focus less on our shoes and more on our self-care, we not only look great but we feel great—and we can see a clear path to make other important changes in our lives that reach far beyond our closets. With tips, solutions, and a closet-full of inspiration, this life-changing minimalist manual shows readers that we are so much more than what we wear, and that who we are and what we have is so much more than enough.

Courtney Carver launched her blog "Be More with Less" in 2010 and is one of the top bloggers in the world on the subject of minimalism. She has been featured in countless articles, podcasts, and interviews on simplicity, and is the creator of the minimalist fashion challenge, Project 333, which was featured in O: The Oprah Magazine and Real Simple.

Honored by Newsweek as one of the “Women Shaping the 21st Century,” Tiffany Shlain is an Emmy-nominated filmmaker, and founder of The Webby Awards. Tiffany’s films and work have received over eighty awards and distinctions including being selected for the Albert Einstein Foundation’s Genius: 100 Visions of the Future. NPR named her UC Berkeley address as one of its best commencement speeches and her films have premiered at top festivals including Sundance. She lectures worldwide on the relationship between technology and humanity. Find out more at and follow @TiffanyShlain.

1 Ferry Building
San Francisco, CA 94111

Small Business Saturday 2019

Saturday, November 30, 2019 - 11:00am to 4:00pm

The day after Black Friday, join us in celebrating Small Business Saturday! We've got a great lineup of events at both our Corte Madera and San Francisco Ferry Building locations and we hope to see you all at the festivities.


Corte Madera

11:00 am: Jigsaw Puzzle Swap
If you come by our Corte Madera store with at least one puzzle to swap (including all the pieces and the box) you’ll be able to buy brand new puzzles at 20% off! Kick back with a coffee and find some new puzzles to work on while hanging out with other puzzle-minded folks.

1:00 pm: INK Young Authors Event
Join us for a reading event with the authors from our INK writing groups! Young teen and pre-teen writers from our two INK Groups will be reading from their works in progress. Stop by and listen to some of tomorrow’s award-winning authors.

4:00 pm: Meet & Greet: Misha and Vicki Collins - The Adventurous Eaters Club
Don't miss our meet and greet with Supernatural star Misha Collins and his wife Vicki Collins celebrating the release of their cookbook The Adventurous Eaters Club! Tickets available now.


San Francisco

1:00 pm: Carolyn Jung - East Bay Cooks
Meet & Greet following CUESA demo! At 1:00pm, James Beard Award-winning food writer Carolyn Jung will be stopping by our Ferry Building location to sign copies of her book East Bay Cooks, a collection of 80 signature dishes from 40 of the East Bay's leading restaurants, including everything from tacos to Singaporean laksa to shrimp and grits.

3:00 pm: Lou Bustamente - The Official Downton Abbey Cocktail Book
Celebrating the characters, customs, and drinking way of life at Downtown Abbey, The Official Downtown Abbey Cocktail Book is organized by the rooms in the Abbey in which drinks were served, spanning everyday sips to party drinks to hangover helpers and more. Learn more with bar, spirits, and cocktail writer Lou Bustamente!

Corte Madera & San Francisco

POSTPONED: Pamela Chanel Monasch David - The Reinvented Life (San Francisco Ferry Building Store)

Saturday, March 14, 2020 - 3:00pm

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.

The hummingbird represents joy, hope, love, and life itself. They are known for their perpetual motion. They can hover, and they can fly forward. They are also the only known bird that can fly backward. So, as in life, even if you fall backward momentarily, this book is a guide for helping you to stay in motion. Symbolically, this perpetual motion has hummingbirds operating in the present.

In The Reinvented Life, Pamela Chanel Monasch David shares her personal challenges, insights, and vulnerabilities as she transforms herself from being morbidly obese to living a life that focuses on health, wellness, and mindfulness. But this is more than a weight loss story. It's a guide to reinventing every aspect of your life by starting with just one thing—that one thing has a ripple effect on your entire world. It's a process of engaging with yourself to think about the life you want...and then taking the steps to get there. Pamela inspires you with her personal journey when she turned a "life or death" situation into a life of purpose.

Learn how to be the hummingbird in your own life. Stay in motion, enjoy the ride, and create your life's reinvention.

Pamela is a fifth-generation San Franciscan. She earned a BS in Speech and Auditory Sciences from University of California at Santa Barbara and Masters of Business Administration (MBA) from Drexel University in Philadelphia, PA. Her career highlights include an extensive career in the Cosmetic and Fragrance industry with Bullocks Wilshire, I.Magnin and Macy*s Department stores; even earning her the nickname Chanel! She served as President of the San Francisco Cosmetic & Fragrance Association.

Transforming her retail experience to that of entrepreneurship, she parlayed her retail background and experience into non-traditional revenue generation in the Media (Radio) and point-of-sale industries.  She founded a Special Events company serving the Greater SF Bay Area and Sacramento, CA markets for innumerable corporate, CA State Capital and Private Events. Pamela is also proud owner of a Healthy Beverage online store and has nine years experience in the Network Marketing/Direct Selling Industry.

Pamela is dedicated to empowering and transforming businesses and individuals. She has served her community as a Board Member for The River City Theatre Company (RCTC), as an Ambassador for the Sacramento Metro Chamber of Commerce and various community organizations.

1 Ferry Building Plaza
San Francisco, CA 94111

POSTPONED: Emily Gould - Perfect Tunes (San Francisco Ferry Building Store)

Sunday, April 19, 2020 - 3:00pm

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.

It’s the early days of the new millennium, and Laura has arrived in New York City’s East Village with the hopes of recording her first album. A songwriter with a one-of-a-kind talent, she’s just beginning to book gigs when she falls hard for Dylan, a troubled but magnetic musician whose star is on the rise. Their time together is stormy and short-lived—Dylan dies a few months into their relationship—but will reverberate for the rest of Laura’s life.

Flash forward fourteen years: Laura’s daughter, Marie, is asking ques­tions about the father she never knew, questions that Laura does not want to answer. Laura has built a quiet life that bears little resemblance to the one she envisioned when she left Ohio all those years ago, and she’s taken pains to close the door on what was and what might have been. But Marie won’t let her, and when she attempts to track down Dylan’s family, both mother and daughter are forced to confront the heartbreak at the root of their relationship.

Funny, wise, and utterly immersive, Perfect Tunes explores the fault lines between parents and children, and asks whether dreams deferred can ever be reclaimed.

Emily Gould is the author of the novel Friendship and the essay collection And the Heart Says Whatever. With Ruth Curry, she runs Emily Books, which publishes books by women as an imprint of Coffee House Press. She has written for the New York TimesNew YorkThe New YorkerBookforum, and many other publications. She lives in New York City with her family.

1 Ferry Building
San Francisco, CA 94111

Valerie Caccia - How to Eat a Millennial .. One Byte at a Time (San Francisco Ferry Building Store)

Saturday, January 18, 2020 - 3:00pm

Bay Area brunches, private plane lunches & the Contessa Ghibli await in How to Eat a Millennial...One Byte at a Time, a hilarious, imaginative and insightful start up book taking on the most creative generation of all time: the Millennials! Armed with a rotary phone and gluten, and with the help of friends and family from each generation, ranging in ages from 1 to 106 years old, Valerie Caccia reminds the modern world how to respectfully laugh at itself with everyone in it.

Valerie Caccia is a Wine Country based real estate salesperson, comedy writer and humorist. Born and raised in San Francisco, she lives in Sonoma, California with the greatest of Great Pyrenees, C.

1 Ferry Building
San Francisco, CA 94111

Tom Brokaw - The Fall of Richard Nixon (San Francisco Ferry Building Store)

Friday, November 29, 2019 - 4:00pm

Free to Attend • Event will include a speaking portion followed by a signing

In August 1974, after his involvement in the Watergate scandal could no longer be denied, Richard Nixon became the first and only president to resign from office in anticipation of certain impeachment. The year preceding that moment was filled with shocking revelations and bizarre events, full of power politics, legal jujitsu, and high-stakes showdowns, and with head-shaking surprises every day. As the country’s top reporters worked to discover the truth, the public was overwhelmed by the confusing and almost unbelievable stories about activities in the Oval Office.

Tom Brokaw, who was then the young NBC News White House correspondent, gives us a nuanced and thoughtful chronicle, recalling the players, the strategies, and the scandal that brought down a president. He takes readers from crowds of shouting protesters to shocking press conferences, from meetings with Attorney General Elliot Richardson and White House Chief of Staff Alexander Haig, to overseas missions alongside Henry Kissinger. He recounts Nixon’s claims of executive privilege to withhold White House tape recordings of Oval Office conversations; the bribery scandal that led to the resignation of Vice President Spiro Agnew and his replacement by Gerald Ford; the firing of Special Prosecutor Archibald Cox; how in the midst of Watergate Nixon organized emergency military relief for Israel during the Yom Kippur War; the unanimous decision of the Supreme Court that required Nixon to turn over the tapes; and other insider moments from this important and dramatic period.

The Fall of Richard Nixon allows readers to experience this American epic from the perspective of a journalist on the ground and at the center of it all.

Tom Brokaw is the author of seven bestsellers: The Greatest Generation, The Greatest Generation Speaks, An Album of Memories, A Long Way from Home, Boom!, The Time of Our Lives, and A Lucky Life Interrupted. A native of South Dakota, he graduated from the University of South Dakota with a degree in political science. He began his journalism career in Omaha and Atlanta before joining NBC News in 1966. Brokaw was the White House correspondent for NBC News during Watergate, and from 1976 to 1981 he anchored Today on NBC. He was the sole anchor and managing editor of NBC Nightly News with Tom Brokaw from 1983 to 2005. In 2008 he anchored Meet the Press for nine months following the death of his friend Tim Russert. He continues to report for NBC News, producing long-form documentaries and providing expertise during breaking news events. Brokaw has won every major award in broadcast journalism, including two duPonts, two Peabody Awards, and several Emmys. In 2014, he was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom. He lives in New York and Montana.

1 Ferry Building
San Francisco, CA 94111

POSTPONED: Nguyễn Phan Quế Mai - The Mountains Sing (San Francisco Ferry Building Store)

Thursday, April 2, 2020 - 12:30pm

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.

With the epic sweep of Min Jin Lee’s Pachinko or Yaa Gyasi’s Homegoing and the lyrical beauty of Vaddey Ratner’s In the Shadow of the BanyanThe Mountains Sing tells an enveloping, multigenerational tale of the Trần family, set against the backdrop of the Việt Nam War. Trần Diệu Lan, who was born in 1920, was forced to flee her family farm with her six children during the Land Reform as the Communist government rose in the North. Years later in Hà Nội, her young granddaughter, Hương, comes of age as her parents and uncles head off down the Hồ Chí Minh Trail to fight in a conflict that tore not just her beloved country, but her family apart.

Vivid, gripping, and steeped in the language and traditions of Việt Nam, The Mountains Sing brings to life the human costs of this conflict from the point of view of the Vietnamese people themselves, while showing us the true power of kindness and hope.

The Mountains Sing is celebrated Vietnamese poet Nguyễn Phan Quế Mai’s first novel in English. Born into the Viet Nam War in 1973, Nguyen Phan Que Mai grew up witnessing the war’s devastation and its aftermath. She worked as a street seller and rice farmer before winning a scholarship to attend university in Australia. She is the author of eight books of poetry, fiction and non-fiction published in Vietnamese, and her writing has been translated and published in more than 10 countries, most recently in Norton’s Inheriting the War anthology. She has been honored with many awards, including the Poetry of the Year 2010 Award from the Ha Noi Writers Association, as well as many grants and fellowships. Married to a European diplomat, Que Mai is currently living in Jakarta with her two teenage children. For more information about Nguyen Phan Que Mai, visit her at

1 Ferry Building
San Francisco, CA 94111


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