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Eric Idle - Always Look on the Bright Side of Life (Curran)

Tuesday, October 9, 2018 - 7:00pm

Curran Theater, San Francisco
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We know him best for his unforgettable roles on Monty Python -- from the Flying Circus to The Meaning of Life. Now, Eric Idle reflects on the meaning of his own life in this entertaining memoir that takes us on a remarkable journey from his childhood in an austere boarding school through his successful career in comedy, television, theater, and film. Coming of age as a writer and comedian during the Sixties and Seventies, Eric stumbled into the crossroads of the cultural revolution and found himself rubbing shoulders with the likes of George Harrison, David Bowie, and Robin Williams, all of whom became dear lifelong friends.

With anecdotes sprinkled throughout involving other close friends and luminaries such as Mike Nichols, Mick Jagger, Steve Martin, Paul Simon, Lorne Michaels, and many more, as well as the Pythons themselves, Eric captures a time of tremendous creative output with equal parts hilarity and heart. In Always Look on the Bright Side of Life, named for the song he wrote for Life of Brian and which has since become the number one song played at funerals in the UK, he shares the highlights of his life and career with the kind of offbeat humor that has delighted audiences for five decades. The year 2019 marks the fiftieth anniversary of The Pythons, and Eric is marking the occasion with this hilarious memoir chock full of behind-the-scenes stories from a high-flying life featuring everyone from Princess Leia to Queen Elizabeth.

Eric Idle is a comedian, actor, author, and singer-songwriter who found immediate fame on television with the sketch-comedy show Monty Python's Flying Circus. Following its success, they began making films that include Monty Python and the Holy Grail (1975), Life of Brian (1979) and The Meaning of Life (1983). Eric wrote, directed, and created The Rutles, the world's first-ever mockumentary, as well as the Tony Award-winning musical, Spamalot (2005). He lives in Los Angeles.

 

Always Look on the Bright Side of Life: A Sortabiography Cover Image
$27.00
ISBN: 9781984822581
Availability: Coming Soon - Available for Pre-Order Now
Published: Crown Archetype - October 2nd, 2018

From the ingenious comic performer, founding member of Monty Python, and creator of Spamalot, comes an absurdly funny memoir of unparalleled wit and heartfelt candor


Curran
445 Geary Street
San Francisco, CA 94102

Cooks with Books: Dorie Greenspan - Everyday Dorie (Left Bank Restaurant)

Thursday, November 8, 2018 - 6:30pm

Left Bank Restaurant, Larkspur
Tickets: $120 per person; $185 per couple (includes meal & book)

The New York Times called her a “culinary guru” and from the looks of her latest cookbook, we can see why. In Everyday Dorie, she invites us to savor her family dishes, from Miso-Glazed Salmon to her yummy Lemon Goop. What makes her recipes stand out? She has a small surprise in each recipe that she writes about while teaching home chefs taste and technique. You’ll find practical recipes made with common ingredients easily found at the market or farmer’s markets and any of these can be used for a simple weeknight meal or for dinner with guests. Dorie Greenspan is the five-time James Beard Award-winner for many of her cookbooks and magazine articles. She has collaborated with many celebrated chefs, she has an online weekly baking club, and currently writes for the New York Times’ Sunday Magazine “On Dessert” monthly column.

 

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$35.00
ISBN: 9780544826984
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Published: Rux Martin/Houghton Mifflin Harcourt - October 23rd, 2018

Left Bank Restaurant
507 Magnolia Ave.
Larkspur, CA 94939

Cooks with Books: Cara Black - Murder on the Left Bank (Left Bank Restaurant)

Thursday, September 20, 2018 - 6:30pm

Left Bank Restaurant, Larkspur
Tickets: $100 per person; $160 per couple (includes meal & book)

What better way to solve a murder mystery on the Left Bank than to be at the Left Bank? Join us for a fun evening with fellow sleuths and foodies for a French-inspired meal and discussion with Cara Black, author of eighteen books in the New York Times bestselling detective series set in Paris. Murder on the Left Bank is a beautifully crafted page turner that has all of Black’s trademark ingredients including suspenseful plotting, sharp dialogue, and colorful sights and smells of Paris. Readers will visit an ancient royal tapestry factory, art galleries, pungent cafes, and lesser known parts of Paris—all on a pink Vespa.

 

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$27.95
ISBN: 9781616959272
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Soho Crime - June 19th, 2018

A confession fifty years in the making puts everyone's favorite Paris d t ctive tr's chic, Aim e Leduc, on a collision course with the "Hand," a cabal of corrupt Parisian cops among who masterminded her father's murder--and among whose ranks he might have once found membership.


Left Bank Restaurant
507 Magnolia Ave.
Larkspur, CA 94939

John Kerry - Every Day is Extra (Dominican University)

Thursday, September 13, 2018 - 7:00pm

Angelico Hall, Dominican University
Ticket: $45 (includes signed book)

Every Day Is Extra is John Kerry’s candid personal story. A Yale graduate, Kerry enlisted in the US Navy in 1966, and served in Vietnam. He returned home highly decorated but disillusioned, and testified powerfully before Congress as a young veteran opposed to the war.

Kerry served as a prosecutor in Massachusetts, then as lieutenant governor, and was elected to the Senate in 1984, eventually serving five terms. In 2004 he was the Democratic presidential nominee and came within one state—Ohio—of winning. Kerry returned to the Senate, chaired the important Foreign Relations Committee, and succeeded Hillary Clinton as Secretary of State in 2013. In that position he tried to find peace in the Middle East; dealt with the Syrian civil war while combatting ISIS; and negotiated the Iran nuclear deal and the Paris climate agreement.

Every Day Is Extra is Kerry’s passionate, insightful, sometimes funny, always moving account of his life. Kerry tells wonderful stories about colleagues Ted Kennedy and John McCain, as well as President Obama and other major figures. He writes movingly of recovering his faith while in the Senate, and deplores the hyper-partisanship that has infected Washington.

Few books convey as convincingly as this one the life of public service like that which John Kerry has lived for fifty years. Every Day Is Extra shows Kerry for the dedicated, witty, and authentic man that he is, and provides forceful testimony for the importance of diplomacy and American leadership to address the increasingly complex challenges of a more globalized world.

John Forbes Kerry is a former Secretary of State and five-term US Senator. Kerry is the author of Every Day Is Extra; A Call to Service: My Vision for a Better America; The New War; and the bestselling This Moment on Earth. He is currently a Distinguished Fellow for Global Affairs at Yale University as well as the inaugural Visiting Distinguished Statesman for the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace. Kerry and his wife, Teresa Heinz Kerry, have two daughters, three sons, and seven grandchildren.

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$35.00
ISBN: 9781501178955
Availability: Coming Soon - Available for Pre-Order Now
Published: Simon & Schuster - September 4th, 2018

Angelico Hall, Dominican University
20 Olive Avenue
San Rafael, CA 94941

Sally Field - In Pieces (Dominican University)

Saturday, September 29, 2018 - 1:00pm

Angelico Hall, Dominican University
Ticket: $40 (includes signed book)

One of the most celebrated, beloved, and enduring actors of our time, Sally Field has an infectious charm that has captivated the nation for more than five decades, beginning with her first TV role at the age of seventeen. From Gidget's sweet-faced "girl next door" to the dazzling complexity of Sybil to the Academy Award-worthy ferocity and depth of Norma Rae and Mary Todd Lincoln, Field has stunned audiences time and time again with her artistic range and emotional acuity. Yet there is one character who always remained hidden: the shy and anxious little girl within.

With raw honesty and the fresh, pitch-perfect prose of a natural-born writer, and with all the humility and authenticity her fans have come to expect, Field brings readers behind-the-scenes for not only the highs and lows of her star-studded early career in Hollywood, but deep into the truth of her lifelong relationships -- including her complicated love for her own mother. Powerful and unforgettable, In Pieces is an inspiring and important account of life as a woman in the second half of the twentieth century.

Sally Field is a two-time Academy Award and three-time Emmy Award winning actor who has portrayed dozens of iconic roles on both the large and small screens. In 2012, she was inducted into the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and in 2015 she was honored by President Obama with the National Medal of Arts. She has served on the Board of Directors of Vital Voices since 2002 and also served on the Board of The Sundance Institute from 1994 to 2010. She has three sons and five grandchildren.

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$29.00
ISBN: 9781538763025
Availability: Coming Soon - Available for Pre-Order Now
Published: Grand Central Publishing - September 18th, 2018

In this intimate, haunting literary memoir, an American icon tells her story for the first time, and in her own gorgeous words--about a challenging and lonely childhood, the craft that helped her find her voice, and a powerful emotional legacy that shaped her journey as a daughter and a mother.


Angelico Hall, Dominican University
20 Olive Avenue
San Rafael, CA 94901

Michael Beschloss - Presidents of War (Dominican University)

Thursday, October 18, 2018 - 7:00pm

Angelico Hall, Dominican University
Ticket: $45 (includes signed book)

Ten years in the research and writing, Presidents of War is a fresh, magisterial, intimate look at a procession of American leaders as they took the nation into conflict and mobilized their country for victory. It brings us into the room as they make the most difficult decisions that face any President, at times sending hundreds of thousands of American men and women to their deaths.

From James Madison and the War of 1812 to recent times, we see them struggling with Congress, the courts, the press, their own advisors and antiwar protesters; seeking comfort from their spouses, families and friends; and dropping to their knees in prayer. We come to understand how these Presidents were able to withstand the pressures of war--both physically and emotionally--or were broken by them.

Beschloss's interviews with surviving participants in the drama and his findings in original letters, diaries, once-classified national security documents, and other sources help him to tell this story in a way it has not been told before. Presidents of War combines the sense of being there with the overarching context of two centuries of American history. This important book shows how far we have traveled from the time of our Founders, who tried to constrain presidential power, to our modern day, when a single leader has the potential to launch nuclear weapons that can destroy much of the human race.

Michael Beschloss is the author of nine books on Presidential history, including, most recently, the New York Times bestsellers Presidential Courage and The Conquerors, and was editor of the number-one global bestseller, Jacqueline Kennedy. He is the NBC News Presidential Historian and a PBS NewsHour contributor and has received an Emmy and six honorary degrees. He lives in Washington, D.C.

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$35.00
ISBN: 9780307409607
Availability: Coming Soon - Available for Pre-Order Now
Published: Crown Publishing Group (NY) - October 9th, 2018

From a preeminent presidential historian comes a groundbreaking and often surprising saga of America's wartime chief executives


Angelico Hall, Dominican University
20 Olive Avenue
San Rafael, CA 94901

Cooks with Books: Georgeanne Brennan - Windows on Provence (Left Bank)

Sunday, May 20, 2018 - 6:30pm

Left Bank Restaurant, Larkspur
Tickets: $120 per person; $175 per couple (includes meal and one book)

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Famous for its radiant light, vibrant colors, beautiful architecture, flavorful foods, and opulent wines, Provence is one of the most visited destinations of the world. To turn the pages of Windows on Provence: Musings on the Food, Wine, and Culture of the South of France is to be immersed in the magical region.

With each photograph and chapter, the reader is transported to the beaches of Nice under a white umbrella, to the twisting streets of Aix-en-Provence, to the 2,000-year-old ruins of Cimiez, and beyond.

Georgeanne Brennan evocatively renders an insider’s knowledge of Provence’s villages and their ancient customs and traditions. Through rich essays, each examining a unique facet of Provençal culture, she shares her view of the southern region of the country. Brennan’s engaging text, together with alluring photographs, takes the reader on an unforgettable tour, from the sun-drenched Côte d’Azur to the craggy mountains of Haute Provence; to lavender, poppy and wheat fields; through markets full of richly-hued fabrics, antiques and seasonal specialties; to harbors filled with fishermen selling the morning’s catch; over hills covered in vines; and into centuries-old buildings and castle ruins, all brought to life through the author’s eyes.

Included in the bounty are four distinct Provençal recipes as well as indispensable driving tips to help drivers find their way without stress.

This is a book for travelers, for dreamers, for Francophiles, for lovers of Provençal craft and cuisine, and for anyone who wants to be a part of something beautiful and special.

Georgeanne Brennan is the author of the popular food memoir, A Pig in Provence, as well as the culinary classic, Potager. She is also the author of My Culinary Journey:Food and Fetes of Provence. She lives in both France and Northern California.

 

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$29.95
ISBN: 9780999160206
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Published: Yellow Pear Press - April 10th, 2018

Famous for its radiant light, vibrant colors, beautiful architecture, flavorful foods, and opulent wines, Provence is one of the most visited destinations of the world. To turn the pages of Windows on Provence: Musings on the Food, Wine, and Culture of the South of France is to be immersed in the magical region.


Left Bank Restaurant
507 Magnolia Ave.
Larkspur, CA 94939

Cooks with Books: Gayle Pirie & John Clark - The Foreign Cinema Cookbook

Thursday, June 7, 2018 - 6:30pm

Foreign Cinema Restaurant, San Francisco
Tickets (includes meal and book): $125 per person, $200 per couple

Ticket sales are now closed.

A festive evening unfolds with an intimate book signing, generous pours of carefully sourced wine selections, thirst quenching cocktails, and tapas style dinner served al fresco, under the stars with live felliniesque entertainment throughout the evening.

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Foreign Cinema opened its doors in 1999 in the Mission District of San Francisco, pioneers in transforming the neighborhood into a culinary destination. The dramatic experience of dining in the sweeping courtyard, where films screen nightly, still enchant visitors 18 years later. Now, for the first time, chef-owners Gayle Pirie and John Clark share the best from their distinctive North African, California-Mediterranean menu.

Featuring 125 signature dishes, The Foreign Cinema Cookbook spans Pirie and Clark’s award-winning brunch favorites like Champagne Omelet and Persian Bloody Mary, cocktail hour with Lavender Baked Goat Cheese in Fig Leaves, and dinner fare including a Five-Spice Duck Breast with Cassis Sauce and Madras Curry Fried Chicken with Spiced Honey, alongside instructions for how to blend spice staples like Ras el Hanout. With rich storytelling throughout, Pirie and Clark offer home cooks a chance to take the restaurant into their own kitchen.

Gayle Pirie and John Clark are the chef-owners of Foreign Cinema. In 2010, Pirie was inducted into Les Dames d’Escoffier International. The couple have published two previous books; they live in Berkeley, California, with their two children.

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By Gayle Pirie, John Clark, Alice Waters (Foreword by)
$40.00
ISBN: 9781419729041
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Published: ABRAMS - May 15th, 2018

Foreign Cinema opened its doors in 1999 in the Mission District of San Francisco, pioneers in transforming the neighborhood into a culinary destination. The dramatic experience of dining in the sweeping atrium, where films screen nightly, still enchant visitors 18 years later.


Foreign Cinema
2534 Mission St.
San Francisco, CA 94110

Pete Souza - Obama: An Intimate Portrait (In Partnership with the Curran)

Thursday, May 10, 2018 - 7:00pm

The Curran, San Francisco
Tickets: $65-$85 (includes book); $135 for VIP (includes book and reception)

A Book Passage at the Curran Event

During Barack Obama's two terms, Pete Souza was with the President during more crucial moments than anyone else -- and he photographed them all. Souza captured nearly two million photographs of President Obama, in moments highly classified and disarmingly candid.

Obama: An Intimate Portrait reproduces more than 300 of Souza's most iconic photographs with fine-art print quality in an oversize collectible format. Together they document the most consequential hours of the Presidency -- including the historic image of President Obama and his advisors in the Situation Room during the bin Laden mission--alongside unguarded moments with the President's family, his encounters with children, interactions with world leaders and cultural figures, and more.

Souza's photographs, with the behind-the-scenes captions and stories that accompany them, communicate the pace and power of our nation's highest office. They also reveal the spirit of the extraordinary man who became our President. We see President Obama lead our nation through monumental challenges, comfort us in calamity and loss, share in hard-won victories, and set a singular example to "be kind and be useful," as he would instruct his daughters.

This book puts you in the White House with President Obama, and will be a treasured record of a landmark era in American history.

Pete Souza was the Chief Official White House Photographer for President Obama and the Director of the White House Photo Office. Previously Souza was an Assistant Professor of Photojournalism at Ohio University, the national photographer for the Chicago Tribune, a freelancer for National Geographic, and an Official White House Photographer for President Reagan. His books include the New York Times bestseller The Rise of Barack Obama, which documents the president's meteoric ascent from his first day in the United States Senate through the 2008 Pennsylvania presidential primary. Souza is currently a freelance photographer based in Washington, D.C. and is a Professor Emeritus at Ohio University's School of Visual Communication.

 

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By Pete Souza, Barack Obama (Foreword by)
$50.00
ISBN: 9780316512589
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Published: Little Brown and Company - November 7th, 2017

Relive the extraordinary Presidency of Barack Obama through White House photographer Pete Souza's behind-the-scenes images and stories in this #1 New York Times bestseller--with a foreword from the President himself.


The Curran
445 Geary St.
San Francisco, CA 94102

James Comey - A Higher Loyalty (The Curran)

Monday, April 23, 2018 - 7:00pm

The Curran, San Francisco
Tickets: $45-$85 (includes book)

Please note: this event is sold out. More more information, please visit the Curran's event listing.

In his forthcoming book, A Higher Loyalty, former FBI director James Comey shares his never-before-told experiences from some of the highest-stakes situations of his career in the past two decades of American government, exploring what good, ethical leadership looks like, and how it drives sound decisions. His journey provides an unprecedented entry into the corridors of power, and a remarkable lesson in what makes an effective leader.

Mr. Comey served as director of the FBI from 2013 to 2017, appointed to the post by President Barack Obama. He previously served as U.S. attorney for the Southern District of New York, and the U.S. deputy attorney general in the administration of President George W. Bush. From prosecuting the Mafia and Martha Stewart to helping change the Bush administration's policies on torture and electronic surveillance, overseeing the Hillary Clinton e-mail investigation as well as ties between the Trump campaign and Russia, Comey has been involved in some of the most consequential cases and policies of recent history.

On September 4, 2013, James B. Comey was sworn in as the seventh Director of the FBI. A Yonkers, New York native, Jim Comey attended the College of William and Mary and the University of Chicago Law School. After law school, Comey returned to New York and joined the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York as an Assistant U.S. Attorney. There, he took on numerous crimes, most notably Organized Crime in the case of the United States v. John Gambino, et al. Afterwards, Comey became an Assistant U.S. Attorney in the Eastern District of Virginia, where he prosecuted the high-profile case that followed the 1996 terrorist attack on the U.S. military’s Khobar Towers in Khobar, Saudi Arabia.

Comey returned to New York after 9/11 to become the U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York. At the end of 2003, he was tapped to be the Deputy Attorney General at the Department of Justice (DOJ) under then-U.S. Attorney General John Ashcroft and moved to the Washington, D.C. area. Comey left DOJ in 2005 to serve as General Counsel and Senior Vice President at Defense contractor Lockheed Martin. Five years later, he joined Bridgewater Associates, a Connecticut-based investment fund, as its General Counsel. In early 2013, Comey became a Lecturer in Law, a Senior Research Scholar, and Hertog Fellow in National Security Law at Columbia Law School.

 

A Higher Loyalty: Truth, Lies, and Leadership Cover Image
$29.99
ISBN: 9781250192455
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Flatiron Books - April 17th, 2018

In his book, former FBI director James Comey shares his never-before-told experiences from some of the highest-stakes situations of his career in the past two decades of American government, exploring what good, ethical leadership looks like, and how it drives sound decisions.


The Curran
445 Geary St.
San Francisco, CA 94102

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