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Brian Copeland - Outraged (ESCOM College of Marin)

Friday, May 17, 2024 - 1:00pm

Brian Copeland


Fri., May 17, 2024 • 1:00pm PT
College of Marin • Free Event

This event will be hosted by College of Marin. Please contact with questions.

Join us in celebration of this author event at College of Marin. In this event, Brian Copeland will talk about, Outraged – A TV investigative reporter and his sister, a San Francisco PD homicide detective, look into the slayings of Bay Area cops who have shot unarmed African Americans yet faced no repercussions in this debut crime thriller.

Admission is free and all are welcome. You don't need a ticket. Parking for these events is easy and free.

More information: or (415) 485-9475. These events are sponsored by the Emeritus Students of College of Marin.



Distinguished award-winning author, playwright, and television comedian Brian Copeland, in partnership with Black Odyssey Media, is thrilled to unveil his debut crime thriller, Outraged. Set against the dynamic backdrop of the Bay Area, Copeland’s novel intricately weaves together a gripping narrative that explores the repercussions of police shootings, blending action, mystery, and insightful social commentary.

The story develops with the shocking murder of San Francisco Police Officer Mickey Driscoll. As the investigation unfolds, led by TV investigative reporter Topher Davis and his sister, SFPD Homicide Detective Lynn Sloan, the siblings find themselves immersed in a world of mystery and danger. With a looming deadline and escalating stakes, they navigate through a complex web of grieving families, African American militias, corrupt cops, and the seedy underworld.

Praised by New York Times bestselling author Jonathan Kellerman as “an explosive revelation from an excitingly fresh voice 'of color' in the crime fiction arena,” Copeland's Outraged promises a thought-provoking exploration of societal issues while delivering an intense and enthralling reading experience.


Brian Copeland is an award-winning author, playwright, actor, television comedian, and radio talk show host. He is the author of Not a Genuine Black Man, the longest-running solo play in San Francisco theatrical history, and the critically acclaimed memoir based on that work. Brian lives in the San Francisco Bay Area with his family and Bichon Frisé.


Brian Copeland photo courtesy of the publisher


Academic Center, Room 255
835 College Ave.
Kentfield, CA 94904

Guy Kawasaki - Think Remarkable (Shack15 Event)

Monday, March 18, 2024 - 6:00pm

Guy Kawasaki

Think Remarkable
9 Paths to Transform Your Life and Make a Difference

Presented by: 
Shack15 Live at the SF Ferry Building

Mon., March 18, 2024 • 6:00pm PT

This event will be hosted in-person at Shack15. Please contact with questions regarding events.

For all patrons who purchase a book at the event, they will get a pair of Merge4 socks!

Make the leap from average to exceptional and start living the remarkable life you were meant to lead

Ever wonder what sets people like Steve Wozniak, Stacey Abrams, Mark Rober, and Jane Goodall apart? Why do some people seem to eat, sleep, and breathe "awesome?"

In Think Remarkabletech titan Guy Kawasaki teams up with Madisun Nuismer, producer of the Remarkable People podcast, to share invaluable knowledge from more than 40 years of working with game-changing organizations such as Apple, Canva, Google, Mercedes Benz, and Wikipedia, and delivers insights from a collection of amazing interviews that'll kick you into high gear and get you ready to start showing the world your best, most amazing self. Together the authors show you how to lead a fulfilling life by drawing on insights from working closely with some of the world's most remarkable people. You'll learn:

  • How to find your own inner ass-kicker and unlock potential you never knew you were capable of
  • Cultivate the resilience, grit, and fearlessness needed to overcome obstacles and setbacks
  • Apply the lessons from the world's most innovative companies to your personal growth journey

Make the leap from average to exceptional. Think Remarkable is more than a book--it's a way of life. It is the gotta-read-right-now book you can't afford to miss. So, grab a copy today and start making yourself--and the world--a whole lot more remarkable.


Guy Kawasaki is the chief evangelist of Canva and host of the Remarkable People podcast. He was the chief evangelist of Apple, trustee of the Wikimedia Foundation, and brand ambassador of Mercedes-Benz. Kawasaki has a BA from Stanford University, an MBA from UCLA, and an honorary doctorate from Babson College. Madisun Nuismer is the producer of the Remarkable People podcast. Nuismer has a BA in public health from the University of Nebraska at Omaha. She also attended the Institute of Integrative Nutrition and is a certified holistic health coach.

RSVP Required // Tickets are non-refundable


Guy Kawasaki photo courtesy of the author. 

1 Ferry Building Plaza
Suite 201
San Francisco, CA 94111

Cooks with Books: Valerie Bertinelli - Indulge (PEJU Calmére Estate, Napa)

Friday, April 12, 2024 - 12:00pm

Valerie Bertinelli

Delicious and Decadent Dishes to Enjoy and Share

$175 includes the book + lunch
Fri., April 12, 2024 • 12:00pm PT

PEJU Calmére Estate - Napa

Please contact with any questions.

We are delighted to welcome beloved actress and NYT bestselling author Valerie Bertinelli for a lively Cooks with Books lunch celebrating her new cookbook, sharing secrets indulging in the kitchen, so fans can start living their best, most fulfilling lives. 

Join us at PEJU Calmére Estate in Napa for what will be a vitalizing lunch.

$175 Ticket (includes meal, wine, tax, tip, and a signed copy of Indulge

Guests will have a chance to hear Valerie speak, get their book signed, and have a candid photo taken with her!


Beloved actress and New York Times bestselling author Valerie Bertinelli returns with her most indulgent cookbook yet; a collection of 100 recipes to nourish the body and the soul.

in·dulge: to allow oneself to enjoy the pleasure of.

When Valerie Bertinelli turned 60, she said “Enough already!” and ended her battle with the scale for good. She stopped counting calories. She stopped thinking of certain foods as good or bad. She quit saying no and began saying yes, finally learning how to enjoy the pure pleasure of being alive – starting in the kitchen.  

In short, she learned how to indulge.

With this gorgeous cookbook, Valerie shares her secrets for indulging so you can start living your best, most fulfilling life too. Whether it’s splurging on fresh produce at the farmer’s market, cooking an extravagant steak dinner for one, or serving an ice cream sundae bar at a dinner party, this book is a reminder that indulging can take many shapes and forms.

You’ll discover the delicious recipes she cooks for her friends and family, including favorites like Garlic Confit BLT, Oven “Fried” Okra, Sausage and Olive Cheese Bites, Spaghetti al Limone, Salmon Burgers With Quick-Pickled Vegetables, Filet Mignon with Béarnaise Sauce and Chocolate Peanut Butter Dates, and more.  

Written in Valerie’s warmhearted and intimate style—including heartfelt essays about how to savor moments big and small—this cookbook is a permission slip to enjoy food, and more importantly, enjoy life.


Valerie Bertinelli is the author of the #1 New York Times bestsellers Enough AlreadyLosing It, and Finding It, plus fan favorites Valerie’s Home Cooking and One Dish at a Time. She was the Emmy Award–winning host of the Food Network shows Valerie’s Home Cooking and Kids Baking Championship and has starred in TV classics One Day at a Time and Hot in Cleveland.


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PEJU Calmére Estate - Napa




















Valerie Bertinelli photo credit John Russo.


PEJU Calmére Estate
2750 Las Amigas Rd
Napa, CA 94559

Anita Gail Jones - The Peach Seed (ESCOM College of Marin)

Wednesday, March 13, 2024 - 12:30pm

Anita Gail Jones

The Peach Seed

Wed., March 13, 2024 • 12:30pm PT
College of Marin • Free Event

This event will be hosted by College of Marin. Please contact with questions.

Join us in celebration of this author event at College of Marin: In this event, Anita Gail Jones will talk about, The Peach Seed, a multigenerational novel and an epic debut that explores the origins of a south Georgia family’s tradition and how its modern-day sons and daughters struggle with the legacies of America’s Civil Rights Movement.

Admission is free and all are welcome. You don't need a ticket. Parking for these events is easy and free.

More information: or (415) 485-9475. These events are sponsored by the Emeritus Students of College of Marin.

A multigenerational novel and an epic debut that explores the origins of a south Georgia family’s tradition and how its modern-day sons and daughters struggle with the legacies of America’s Civil Rights Movement and the far-reaching impacts of the 1800s slave trade from Senegal to Charleston, SC.

On a routine day, Fletcher Dukes drives his older sister, Olga, who is losing her sight, to do weekly grocery shopping at the Piggly Wiggly. On the liquor aisle, they pass a tall woman, head bowed reading a wine label. Fletcher smells her perfume first, then sees a strawberry birthmark on the nape of the woman’s neck and knows at once that this is his lost love, Altovise Benson. Fletcher and Altovise risked their lives together in sit-ins and marches, but their plan to marry was interrupted when the police turned a peaceful protest violent. The two were jailed in different towns leading to a separation that would ultimately span 52 years. Before Altovise’s departure, Fletcher carves her a peach seed monkey with diamond eyes. As we learn via harrowing flashbacks to 1800’s Senegal, an undiscovered Dukes ancestor who was sold into slavery carved the first peach seed monkey that forms the talismanic tradition, the rite of passage, that each generation of Dukes man gifts to his son on his 13th birthday — along with the tools and knowledge to carve them himself. By giving one to Altovise, Fletcher initiates a physical and spiritual break in a tradition that — like the Civil Rights Movement — irrevocably shapes the lives of future generations including Fletcher’s daughters, his grandson, Bo-D and a constellation of Dukeses in the present.

Anita Gail Jones is a visual artist and writer born and raised in Albany, Georgia. She is a Hedgebrook alumna, and a 2018 -19 Affiliate Artist at The Headlands Center for the Arts. The Peach Seed, her debut novel, was a Novella semi-finalist in a William Faulkner-William Wisdom Creative Writing Competition, and was selected as a 2021 Top Ten Finalist in the PEN/Bellwether Prize for Socially Engaged Fiction. Anita’s family—husband and millennial daughter—lives in the San Francisco Bay Area.


Anita Gail Jones photo courtesy of Adrianne Mathiowetz


Academic Center, Room 255
835 College Ave.
Kentfield, CA 94904

Colum McCann - Irish Arts & Writers Festival: The Look of the Irish (Presidio Theater)

Sunday, March 24, 2024 - 7:30pm

Colum McCann
In conversation with Kelly Candaele

Irish Arts & Writers Festival:
The Look of the Irish

Presidio Theater, SF • $25
Sun., March 24, 2024 • 7:30pm PT

 Please contact with questions regarding events.

Join us for evening with Colum McCann in conversation with Kelly Candaele. Presented with Irish Culture Bay Area’s Irish Arts & Writers Festival. Pre-signed books will be available for purchase on-site by Book Passage.

Dublin-born Colum McCann is an international award-winning author of eight novels, including Transatlantic (2013) and the National Book Award-winning Let the Great World Spin (2009). His new book, American Mother, tells the story of Diane Foley, whose son, James Foley, was captured and killed by ISIS while serving as a freelance combat reporter in Syria.

American Mother is a book that will shake your soul out. A thriller, a memoir, a mystery, a portrait of forgiveness, and a literary song of grace, Colum McCann and Diane Foley have filled the empty chair for us all. One of the most extraordinarily well-braided stories that I have read in years.” – Sting

McCann’s eighth novel, Aperigon (2020) shares the story of two men—one Israeli, and one Palestinian—whose daughters died in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. McCann shares their story in what he describes as a “novel that has not the two-state solution, but the two-story solution.”

Kelly Candaele is a filmmaker and writer who has written extensively for the Los Angeles Times, the New York Times, The Nation, and other national publications.



Colum McCann photo courtesy of the publisher.


Presidio Theater
99 Moraga Ave
San Francisco, CA 94129

Rita Chang-Eppig with Hannah Michell - Deep as the Sky, Red as the Sea (ESCOM College of Marin)

Friday, April 19, 2024 - 1:00pm

Rita Chang-Eppig
In conversation with Hannah Michell

Deep as the Sky,
Red as the Sea

Fri., April 19, 2024 • 1:00pm PT
College of Marin • Free Event

This event will be hosted by College of Marin. Please contact with questions.

Join us in celebration of this author event at College of Marin: In this event, Rita Chang-Eppig will talk about her brilliant novel, Deep as the Sky, Red as the Sea, a dazzling historical novel about a legendary Chinese pirate queen, her fight to save her fleet from the forces allied against them, and the dangerous price of power.

Admission is free and all are welcome. You don't need a ticket. Parking for these events is easy and free.

More information: or (415) 485-9475. These events are sponsored by the Emeritus Students of College of Marin.

A Good Morning America Buzz Pick

For readers of OutlawedPiranesi, and The Night Tiger, a dazzling historical novel about a legendary Chinese pirate queen, her fight to save her fleet from the forces allied against them, and the dangerous price of power.

As Recommended By
The TODAY Show * Washington Post * Goodreads * LitHub * Real Simple * Time * Popsugar * HuffPost * Los Angeles Times * Ms. Magazine * Book Riot * * The Rumpus * * Polygon * Debutiful * Electric Lit * Shondaland *

A book of salt and grit, blood and sweat, Deep as the Sky, Red as the Sea is an unmissable portrait of a woman who leads with the courage and ruthlessness of our darkest and most beloved heroes.

When Shek Yeung sees a Portuguese sailor slay her husband, a feared pirate, she knows she must act swiftly or die. Instead of mourning, Shek Yeung launches a new plan: immediately marrying her husband’s second-in-command, and agreeing to bear him a son and heir, in order to retain power over her half of the fleet.

But as Shek Yeung vies for control over the army she knows she was born to lead, larger threats loom. The Chinese Emperor has charged a brutal, crafty nobleman with ridding the South China Seas of pirates, and the Europeans—tired of losing ships, men, and money to Shek Yeung’s alliance—have new plans for the area. Even worse, Shek Yeung’s cutthroat retributions create problems all their own. As Shek Yeung navigates new motherhood and the crises of leadership, she must decide how long she is willing to fight, and at what price, or risk losing her fleet, her new family, and even her life.


Rita Chang-Eppig received her MFA in fiction from NYU. Her novel about an infamous Chinese pirate queen, Deep as the Sky, Red as the Sea, was a Barnes & Noble Discover, Indie Next, Indies Introduce, and Good Morning America Buzz pick. Her stories have appeared in The Best American Short Stories 2021, McSweeney’s Quarterly Concern, Conjunctions, Clarkesworld, Virginia Quarterly Review, One Story, and elsewhere. She has received fellowships from the Rona Jaffe Foundation, the Vermont Studio Center, the Writers Grotto, the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference, and the Martha Heasley Cox Center for Steinbeck Studies at San Jose State University.

Hannah Michell grew up in Seoul. She studied anthropology and philosophy at Cambridge University and now lives in California with her husband and children. She teaches in the Asian American and Asian Diaspora Studies Program at the University of California, Berkeley. Excavations is her American debut.







Rita Chang-Eppig photo courtesy of the author. Hannah Michell photo credit Nan Phelps.


Academic Center, Room 255
835 College Ave.
Kentfield, CA 94904

Felecia Gaston - A Brand New Start...This is Home (Dominican University of California)

Tuesday, March 26, 2024 - 6:00pm

Felecia Gaston

A Brand New Start...This Is Home
The Story of WWII Marinship and the Legacy of Marin City

Dominican University - Guzman Hall
$30 Includes Book
Tues., March 26, 2024 • 6:30pm PT

This event will be hosted by Dominican University of California. Please contact with questions regarding events.

Please join us in welcoming Felecia Gaston who will be interviewed by Elaine Petrocelli in celebration of "A Brand New Start...This is Home" on "The Story of WWII Marinship and the Legacy of Marin City". Doors open at 6:00 PM! 



A Brand New Start...This Is Home documents Marin City’s founding as a shipbuilding community during WWII, as workers migrated from the American South & Midwest to create Marin County’s only Black enclave. This book focuses mainly on housing and social challenges from 1942 to the present day, showing the community’s fierce strength and resilience.


Felecia Gaston is the Founder & Executive Director of Performing Stars, a non-profit organization, founded in 1990, to provide enrichment programs for low-income children, families and communities. The organization has transformed the lives of 3,000 of youth for over a period of 32 years.

To celebrate its 80 year history in 2022 Felecia has created the Marin City Historical & Preservation Society to tell the largely untold story of African American perseverance in Marin County.

Some of Felecia’s awards include the Marin Women & Hall of Fame (1999) and the Marin Human Rights Commission - Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Award (2002). She also has been featured on television in ABC7 Salutes by Cheryl Jennings, Anchor, KGO-TV (2006) and the Hallmark Channel-New Morning Television (2006). In 2012, Felecia was recognized with a Cultural Treasures Award by the Marin County Cultural Services Commission, as an honoree for the National Coalition of 100 Black Women’s “Bridging the Generations” event, and as a Role Model Hero of Marin by the Pacific Sun newspaper and Circle Bank. In 2015, Felecia was presented with recognition into the House of Representatives Congressional Record by the Honorable Jared Huffman. In 2020 Felecia received the Center for Volunteers and Nonprofit Leadership’s Achievement in Nonprofit Excellence award. And most recently, in 2023 The HER Community Service Award, sponsored by HERPRENUER Network. 


Felecia Gaston photo courtesy of the author


Guzman Hall
50 Acacia Ave
San Rafael, CA 94901

Ray Isle - The World in a Wineglass (Ferry Plaza Wine Merchant, San Francisco)

Saturday, February 3, 2024 - 1:00pm

Ray Isle

The World in a Wineglass
The Insider's Guide to Artisanal, Sustainable, Extraordinary Wines to Drink Now

In-Person Book Signing + Wine Tasting
Sat., February 3, 2024 • 1:00pm PT

Ferry Plaza Wine Merchant - San Francisco

Please contact with any questions.

Food & Wine editor Ray Isle does for wine what Michael Pollan’s The Omnivore’s Dilemma did for food—showing readers how to choose more delicious, interesting, and environmentally friendly wines without breaking the bank. Join us for this special book signing and wine tasting (from the book), held within the SF Ferry Building store at Ferry Plaza Wine Merchant. *Wine will be for sale by the glass.

So much of today’s wine is mass-produced, industrially farmed, corporate-owned, and essentially, ordinary. In The World in a Wineglass, veteran wine writer Ray Isle explains that the way a wine is made, and who made it, can make a huge difference when you drink it—and why that information matters much more than knowing it scored 90 points. Or that it tastes like blueberries. Or “hints of violets and black pepper.”

Drawing on his deep knowledge and genuine appreciation of winemaking, Isle takes us on a tour of several hundred independently owned wineries around the world—everywhere from France’s Burgundy to Oregon’s Willamette Valley to the Itata Valley in the southern reaches of Chile—bringing the local vintners to life and describing the different wines they produce in vivid detail. Isle’s enthusiasm for the grape growers and winemakers who are working sustainably or organically shines through as he shares his love for the way a glass of wine can express the place it comes from and capture the essence of the person who made it. Focusing on wines people can afford, rather than $500 rarities, Isle shows us where and how to find the most interesting bottles out there today.

Whether you prefer a hearty cabernet, a crisp chardonnay, or something more off the beaten path, Ray Isle’s affable, accessible guide to finding unusual or undiscovered varieties offers a window into a whole new fascinating world for wine lovers everywhere.

Ray Isle is the longtime executive wine editor for Food & Wine as well as the wine and spirits editor for Travel + Leisure. He writes Food & Wine’s monthly “What to Drink Next” column as well as regular feature articles for Food & Wine and Travel + Leisure’s print issues. His writing has appeared in Departures, Wine & Spirits, Time, The Washington Post, and many other national publications. He has won the IACP award for narrative beverage writing three times, the American Food Journalists award for beverage writing, and the North American Travel Journalists Association gold award, and has been nominated three times for a James Beard Award in beverage writing. He lives in Brooklyn, New York.



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Ferry Plaza Wine Merchant











Ray Isle photo courtesy of Marc Fiorito


1 Ferry Building
Shop 23
San Francisco, CA 94111

RuPaul - The House of Hidden Meanings : A Memoir (Curran Theater, San Francisco)

Thursday, March 14, 2024 - 7:30pm


The House of Hidden Meanings
A Memoir

Thurs., March 14th, 2024 • 7:30pm PT
Curran Theater San Francisco

This event will be hosted by Curran Theater San Francisco. Please contact with questions regarding online events.

This event is presented in partnership with Curran Theater San Francisco and SF Broadway. 

Each ticket includes a copy of THE HOUSE OF HIDDEN MEANINGS: A MEMOIR

This isn’t the RuPaul you think you know.

If we’re all born naked and the rest is drag, this is RuPaul stripped bare. Pop culture icon and international drag superstar RuPaul invites you to a spiritual awakening to celebrate the release of the highly-anticipated memoir, THE HOUSE OF HIDDEN MEANINGS. Allow your mind, body, and soul to be enveloped in RuPaul’s lyrically poignant stories on life, love, and finding your voice. During this special UNSCRIPTED event, RuPaul offers fans a manual for living—a personal philosophy that testifies to the value of chosen family, the importance of harnessing what makes you different, and the transformational power of facing yourself fearlessly. Don’t miss the opportunity to hear RuPaul’s extraordinary story as told by RuPaul.


From international drag superstar and pop culture icon RuPaul, comes his most revealing and personal work to date—a brutally honest, surprisingly poignant, and deeply intimate memoir of growing up Black, poor, and queer in a broken home to discovering the power of performance, found family, and self-acceptance. A profound introspection of his life, relationships, and identity, The House of Hidden Meanings is a self-portrait of the legendary icon on the road to global fame and changing the way the world thinks about drag.

Central to RuPaul’s success has been his chameleonic adaptability. From drag icon to powerhouse producer of one of the world’s largest television franchises, RuPaul’s ever-shifting nature has always been part of his brand as both supermodel and supermogul.

Yet that adaptability has made him enigmatic to the public. In this memoir, his most intimate and detailed book yet, RuPaul makes himself truly known.

Stripping away all artifice, RuPaul recounts the story of his life with breathtaking clarity and tenderness, bringing his signature wisdom and wit to his own biography. From his early years growing up as a queer Black kid in San Diego navigating complex relationships with his absent father and temperamental mother, to forging an identity in the punk and drag scenes of Atlanta and New York, to finding enduring love with his husband Georges LeBar and self-acceptance in sobriety, RuPaul excavates his own biography, uncovering new truths and insights in his personal history.

Here in RuPaul’s singular and extraordinary story is a manual for living—a personal philosophy that testifies to the value of chosen family, the importance of harnessing what makes you different, and the transformational power of facing yourself fearlessly.

If we’re all born naked and the rest is drag, then this is RuPaul totally out of drag. This is RuPaul stripped bare. 

RuPaul Charles is a Tony Award® -winner and the 12-time Primetime Emmy Award® -winning executive producer of one of the world’s largest television franchises, RuPaul’s Drag Race. He holds the Guinness World Records title for most Emmy wins for Outstanding Host of Reality/Competition Program, and most Emmy awards of any Black artist in history.  

A San Diego native, RuPaul became a popular fixture on the New York City nightclub scene and achieved international fame with the song "Supermodel (You Better Work)" from his 1993 debut album. He has written and recorded 18 studio albums to date.  

RuPaul gained notoriety as a captivating and influential figure known for breaking down barriers and promoting self-expression and acceptance. In 1995, he became the first face of MAC Cosmetics, raising millions for the MAC AIDS Fund and becoming the first man to land a major cosmetics campaign. The next year, he landed a TV talk show on VH1. In 2017, RuPaul was named one of the TIME 100 list of the world’s most influential people.  

RuPaul has appeared in over 50 films and television shows both in and out of drag. As an author, he has published three books: GuRu (Harper Collins, 2018), Workin' It! RuPaul's Guide to Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Style (Harper Collins, 2010), and Lettin' It All Hang Out (Hyperion Books, 1995).


RuPaul - photo courtesy of the publicist / BroadwaySF


450 Geary Street
Suite 301
San Francisco, CA 94102

Will Cockrell - Everest, Inc. (Movement SF)

Thursday, April 18, 2024 - 6:00pm

Will Cockrell

Everest, Inc.
The Renegades and Rogues Who Built an Industry at the Top of the World

Free Event // In-Person
Thurs., April 18, 2024 • 6:00pm PT

Movement San Francisco

Please contact with any questions.

Presented in partnership with Movement San Francisco as we present Will Cockrell as he presents his new book on guided climbing on Mount Everest, Everest, Inc.

Featuring original interviews with mountain guides and climbers—including Jimmy Chin and Conrad Anker—this vivid and authoritative adventure history chronicles one of the least likely industries on Earth: guided climbing on Mount Everest.

Anyone who has read Jon Krakauer’s Into Thin Air or has seen a recent photo of climbers standing in line to get to the top of Everest may think they have the mountain pretty well figured out. It’s an extreme landscape where bad weather and incredible altitude can occasionally kill, but more so an overcrowded, trashed-out recreation destination where rich clients pad their egos—and social media feeds—while exploiting local Sherpas.

There’s some truth to these clichés, but they’re a sliver of the story. Unlike any book to date, 
Everest, Inc. gets to the heart of the mountain through the definitive story of its greatest invention: the Himalayan guiding industry. It all began in the 1980s with a few boot-strapping entrepreneurs who paired raw courage and naked ambition with a new style of expedition planning. Many of them are still living and climbing today, and as a result of their astonishing success, ninety percent of the people now on Everest are clients or employees of guided expeditions.

Studded with quotes from original interviews with more than a hundred western and Sherpa climbers, clients, writers, filmmakers, and even a Hollywood actor, Everest, Inc. foregrounds the voices of the people who have made the mountain what it is today. And while there is plenty of high-altitude drama in unpacking the last forty years of Everest tragedy and triumph, it ultimately transcends stereotypes and tells the uplifting counternarrative of the army of journeymen and women who have made people’s dreams come true, and of the Nepalis who are pushing the industry into the future.  


Will Cockrell has spent more than twenty years as a senior editor, writer, and consultant for national magazines including Men’s Journal, Outside, Men’s Fitness, and GQ. His work has been awarded by the American Society of Magazine Editors and Professional Publishers Association UK. A former outdoor guide, Cockrell has covered Everest throughout his career, and has visited Everest base camp in Nepal. He lives with his family in Los Angeles, California. Find more at his website,



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Will Cockrell photo credit of Dave Mullin.


Movement San Francisco
924 Mason St
San Francisco, CA 94129


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