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Ian Urbina - The Outlaw Ocean (Estuary & Ocean Science Center, Tiburon)

Wednesday, October 16, 2019 - 5:00pm

Attendance is free • Please click below to RSVP • In conversation with Dr. Karina Nielsen, Executive Director of the Estuary & Ocean Science Center

There are few remaining frontiers on our planet. But perhaps the wildest, and least understood, are the world's oceans: too big to police, and under no clear international authority, these immense regions of treacherous water play host to rampant criminality and exploitation.

Traffickers and smugglers, pirates and mercenaries, wreck thieves and repo men, vigilante conservationists and elusive poachers, seabound abortion providers, clandestine oil-dumpers, shackled slaves and cast-adrift stowaways—drawing on five years of perilous and intrepid reporting, often hundreds of miles from shore, Ian Urbina introduces us to the inhabitants of this hidden world. Through their stories of astonishing courage and brutality, survival and tragedy, he uncovers a globe-spanning network of crime and exploitation that emanates from the fishing, oil and shipping industries, and on which the world's economies rely.

Both a gripping adventure story and a stunning exposé, The Outlaw Ocean is a unique work of reportage that brings fully into view for the first time the disturbing reality of a floating world that connects us all, a place where anyone can do anything because no one is watching.

Ian Urbina is an investigative reporter for The New York Times. He has won a Pulitzer Prize for Breaking News and a George Polk Award for Foreign Reporting. Several of his stories have been developed into major feature films and one was nominated for an Emmy Award. He has degrees in history and cultural anthropology from Georgetown University and the University of Chicago. Before joining the Times, he was a Fulbright Fellow in Cuba and he also wrote about the Middle East and Africa for various outlets including the Los Angeles Times, Vanity Fair, and Harper's Magazine. He lives in Washington, D.C., with his family.

Estuary & Ocean Science Center at Romberg Tiburon Campus
3152 Paradise Drive
Tiburon, CA 94920

National Kidney Foundation - 31st Annual San Francisco Author Luncheon (Marriott Marquis San Francisco)

Saturday, November 2, 2019 - 10:00am

San Francisco Marriott Marquis
Tickets: $145 (individual tickets); $1350 (tables)

 The National Kidney Foundation’s 31st Annual Authors Luncheon is the largest literary event of its kind in the Bay Area, bringing together those who are passionate about literature and saving lives through kidney disease research, advocacy, and education.

Welcoming nearly 1,000 guests annually, the event celebrates a group of renowned, bestselling authors, and includes many leading corporate, medical, community, and literary partners.  Attendees have the opportunity to meet each author during book signing sessions.

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2019 Presenting Authors (to date)

Pam Jenoff
The author of several novels of historical fiction, including the New York Times bestsellers The Lost Girls of Paris and The Orphan’s Tale. She holds a bachelor’s degree in international affairs from George Washington University and a master’s degree in history from Cambridge, and she received her J.D. from the University of Pennsylvania. Jenoff’s novels are inspired by her experiences working at the Pentagon and also as a diplomat for the State Department handling Holocaust issues in Poland. She lives outside Philadelphia with her husband and three children.

Adam Mansbach
A novelist, screenwriter, humorist, and cultural critic (in addition to having built an obscene fake children's book empire). His books include Rage Is Back, the California Book Award-winning The End of the Jews, and the best sellers Angry Black White Boy and For This We Left Egypt?, cowritten with Dave Barry and Alan Zweibel. Mansbach was nominated for an Independent Spirit Award for his screenplay for the Netflix Original Barry, and is currently adapting his middle-grade novel Jake the Fake Keeps It Real for the Disney Channel. His forthcoming book is F---, Now There Are Two of You.

Gianna Marino
Born in San Francisco, she spent her early years galloping horses through Golden Gate Park. She's made a living as an apprentice to a muralist, a jewelry designer, a product designer, and a horse carriage driver. Addicted to foreign adventure, Marino has traveled worldwide, including Europe, Asia, Australia, and Central and South America. Between explorations, she lives and works in Northern California and still gallops on horses. Her latest book is Just Like My Brother.

John McReynolds
The author of the Stone Edge Farm Cookbook (2013), winner of the 2014 Cookbook of the Year and Best First Book awards from the International Association of Culinary Professionals (a historic first for a self-published cookbook). He was the founding chef and co-owner of Café La Haye in Sonoma, CA for ten years and is the Executive Chef and Culinary Director of Stone Edge Farm Estate Vineyards and Winery. His recipes have appeared in numerous magazines, newspapers, and cookbooks. His latest cookbook is the Stone Edge Farm Kitchen Larder Cookbook.

Julia Flynn Siler
A New York Times best-selling author and journalist, and most recently the author of The White Devil's Daughters. She is also the author of Lost Kingdom: Hawaii's Last Queen, the Sugar Kings, and America's First Imperial Adventure, and her first book, The House of Mondavi: The Rise and Fall of an American Wine Dynasty, was a finalist for a James Beard Award and a Gerald Loeb Award for distinguished reporting. A veteran journalist, Siler is a longtime contributor and former staff writer for The Wall Street Journal and has been a guest commentator on CNBC, CNN, and the BBC.

Tiffany Shlain
Honored by Newsweek as one of the “Women Shaping the 21st Century,” she is an Emmy-nominated filmmaker and founder of the Webby Awards. Her films and work have received more than eighty awards and distinctions, including being selected for the Albert Einstein Foundation’s Genius: 100 Visions of the Future. NPR names Shlain’s UC Berkeley address on their list of best commencement speeches, and her films have premiered at top festivals, including Sundance. Find out more on TiffanyShlain.com and follow @TiffanyShlain.

Monique Truong
Her first novel, The Book of Salt, was a New York Times Notable Book.  It won the New York Public Library Young Lions Fiction Award, the 2003 Bard Fiction Prize, the Stonewall Book Award-Barbara Gittings Literature Award, and the 7th Annual Asian American Literary Award, and was a finalist for the Lambda Literary Award and Britain's Guardian First Book Award. She is the recipient of the PEN/Robert Bingham Fellowship, Princeton University's Hodder Fellowship, and a 2010 Guggenheim Fellowship. Her latest book is The Sweetest Fruits.

San Francisco Marriott Marquis
780 Mission Street
San Francisco, CA 94103

Raina Telgemeier - Guts (Palace of Fine Arts)

Saturday, September 21, 2019 - 2:00pm

Tickets from $22 - $45 (includes a copy of Guts)

Raina wakes up one night with a terrible upset stomach. Her mom has one, too, so it's probably just a bug. Raina eventually returns to school, where she's dealing with the usual highs and lows: friends, not-friends, and classmates who think the school year is just one long gross-out session. It soon becomes clear that Raina's tummy trouble isn't going away... and it coincides with her worries about food, school, and changing friendships. What's going on?

In Guts, Raina Telgemeier once again brings us a thoughtful, charming, and funny true story about growing up and gathering the courage to face--and conquer--her fears.

Raina Telgemeier is the #1 New York Times bestselling, multiple Eisner Award-winning creator of Smile and Sisters, which are both graphic memoirs based on her childhood. She is also the creator of Drama and Ghosts, and is the adapter and illustrator of four Baby-sitters Club graphic novels. Raina lives in the San Francisco Bay Area. To learn more, visit her online at goRaina.com.

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Each ticket includes a copy of Guts as well as a special signed book plate. Patrons will also have the opportunity to take a photo with Raina after the event, with higher-tier tickets guaranteeing an earlier place in line. Though Raina will not be signing any memorabilia, autographed copies of her other books will be available for sale before and after the event.

 

Palace of Fine Arts Theatre
3301 Lyon Street
San Francisco, CA 94123

Cooks with Books: Erin Gleeson - The Forest Feast Mediterranean (Left Bank Restaurant)

Sunday, September 22, 2019 - 12:30pm

Presented by Book Passage at Left Bank, Larkspur
Tickets: $115 per person; $185 per couple (includes meal & book)

Registration is now closed. Sold out event. 

Erin Gleeson, New York Times bestselling author, returns with a gorgeously illustrated cookbook that will transport readers to the Mediterranean coast.

For years, Forest Feast readers have been transported to Erin Gleeson’s picturesque cabin in the woods through her stunning photography of magical gatherings and vibrant vegetarian cooking. Now, Gleeson transports readers to Europe, with recipes inspired by her exploration of the cultures and cuisines of France, Portugal, Spain, and Italy during an extended family trip. Reimagining the flavors and signature dishes of this part of the Mediterranean, Gleeson presents 100 vegetarian recipes for creating effortless, unforgettable meals. Filled with atmospheric images of coastal villages, charming watercolor illustrations, and mouthwatering food photography, The Forest Feast Mediterranean is an irresistible escape from the everyday, no matter where you might live.

Erin Gleeson is the author, illustrator, and photographer behind the New York Times bestselling cookbook The Forest Feast, The Forest Feast for Kids, The Forest Feast Gatherings, and the popular blog by the same name. Gleeson lives in a cabin in the woods in Northern California.

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Our award-winning Cooks with Books events are held at outstanding Bay Area restaurants. The meal is inspired by the author/chefs who discuss their cookbooks with guests throughout the meal. These are happy, convivial events that often sell out quickly, so don’t wait to register! Event tickets include the meal, wine, tip, and a signed copy of the book.

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Left Bank Brasserie
507 Magnolia Ave
Larkspur, CA 94939

Cooks with Books: Sean Brock - South (Insalata's Restaurant)

Sunday, November 10, 2019 - 6:30pm

Please note: This event is currently at capacity
Presented by Book Passage at Insalata's, San Anselmo • Tickets: $125 per person; $200 per couple (includes meal & book)

Southern food is one of the most beloved and delicious cuisines in America. And who better to give us the key elements of Southern cuisine than Sean Brock, the award-winning chef and Southern-food crusader. In South, Brock shares his recipes for key components of the cuisine, from grits and fried chicken to collard greens and corn bread. Recipes can be mixed and matched to make a meal or eaten on their own. Taken together, they make up the essential elements of Southern cuisine, from fried green tomatoes to smoked baby back ribs and from tomato okra stew to biscuits. Regional differences are highlighted in recipes for shrimp and grits, corn bread, fried chicken, and more. Includes key Southern knowledge too: how to fry, how to care for cast iron, how to cook over a hearth, and more. This is the book fans of Sean Brock have been waiting for, and it’s the book Southern-food lovers the world over will use as their bible.

Sean Brock is the founding chef of the award-winning Husk restaurants and the chef/owner of a forthcoming to-be-named restaurant in Nashville. His first book, Heritage, was the winner of the James Beard Award for Best American Cookbook and the IACP Julia Child First Book Award in 2015 and was called “the blue-ribbon chef cookbook of the year” by the New York Times. Brock won the James Beard Award for Best Chef Southeast in 2010 and was a finalist for Outstanding Chef in 2013, 2014, and 2015. His TV résumé includes Chef’s Table and The Mind of a Chef, for which he was nominated for an Emmy. Raised in rural Virginia, Brock is passionate about preserving and restoring heirloom ingredients. He lives in Nashville, Tennessee. Find him on Instagram @hseanbrock.

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Our award-winning Cooks with Books events are held at outstanding Bay Area restaurants. The meal is inspired by the author/chefs who discuss their cookbooks with guests throughout the meal. These are happy, convivial events that often sell out quickly, so don’t wait to register! Event tickets include the meal, wine, tip, and a signed copy of the book.

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Insalata's Restaurant
120 Sir Francis Drake Blvd
San Anselmo, CA 94960

Cooks with Books: John Becker & Megan Scott - The Joy of Cooking (Left Bank Restaurant)

Saturday, December 7, 2019 - 12:30pm

Presented by Book Passage at Left Bank, Larkspur
Tickets: $125 per person; $200 per couple (includes meal & book)

Please Note: This event is now sold out.

One of the 150 most important and influential books of the twentieth century (The New York Public Library), The Joy of Cooking has taught tens of millions of people to cook. Since 1931, the Rombauer-Becker family has revised and updated their bestselling cookbook—a book Julia Child called the “fundamental resource for any American cook.” Eighty-eight years after Irma Rombauer self-published the first edition, her great-grandson, John Becker, and his wife Megan Scott, have translated this comprehensive culinary resource for a new generation of home cooks, bringing the latest version of The Joy of Cooking into the future while drawing on the best of its storied past.

In the 2019 edition of Joy, readers will find many beloved recipes from previous editions retested and updated, as well as over 600 new recipes geared to modern tastes and the way we cook today. From quick, weeknight-friendly recipes and meals you can cook ahead to show-stopping, celebratory dishes and DIY projects such as fermenting foods and making sausages, the new Joy has dishes for every occasion, whim, and skill level. Each chapter has been thoughtfully reconsidered and improved upon, always with an eye to what has made Joy a practical, approachable, indispensable companion in the kitchen.

The 2019 edition features:
—A large selection of vegan, vegetarian, and gluten free recipes;
—Baking chapters that include weight measures for greater accuracy and easier clean-up;
—“Streamlined Cooking,” a new chapter devoted to saving time, effort, and money in the kitchen;
—Expanded coverage of new ingredients and cooking techniques;
—A thorough, up-to-date nutrition chapter and food safety guidelines;
—New illustrations and beautiful chapter-opening papercuts that harken back to the artwork in the original Joy.

Irma Rombauer self-published the first Joy of Cooking in 1931. In 1936, the first commercial edition was published by Bobbs-Merrill. Marion Rombauer Becker, Irma’s daughter, helped revise and update each subsequent edition until 1951. The 1963 edition was the first after Irma’s death and was completely Marion’s. Her son, Ethan Becker, helped Marion revise the 1975 edition, and then oversaw the 1997 and 75th Anniversary editions. Ethan’s son, John Becker and his wife, Megan Scott are the first of the family to be solely responsible for testing, revising, and updating the book since 1975, ensuring the latest edition is given the same love and attention to detail that made this culinary resource an American classic.

Ethan Becker is the son of Marion Rombauer Becker and the grandson of Irma S. Rombauer, the original author of The Joy of Cooking. He attended Le Cordon Bleu in Paris, but learned how to cook from his mom. An outdoors-man, he is a master of the grill and at cooking game. His outdoor gear and survival and combat knives are sold internationally under the brand Becker Knife and Tool. Ethan and his wife, Susan, a writer, editor, and artist, live in East Tennessee at their home, Half Moon Ridge. His website is TheJoyKitchen.com.

John Becker, great-grandson of Irma Rombauer, grew up surrounded by the natural splendor of the Pacific Northwest. Spending his childhood between Portland, Oregon and the Becker family home in Cincinnati, John learned to appreciate a range of approaches to cooking. Influenced by his father Ethan’s improvisational style, and his mother’s love of international foods and spices, John has an insatiable curiosity when it comes to food and cooking. After earning an English degree, he helped publish seventeen collections of literary essays before dedicating himself to the family business and updating Joy for a new generation. John currently lives in Portland, Oregon with his wife, Megan.

Megan Scott started worked for the Joy of Cooking in 2010, when she and John Becker met and immediately bonded over a shared love of blue cheese. Megan’s culinary education began in North Carolina, where she learned to cook from a long line of matriarchs. She grew up in a farming family, shucking corn and snapping green beans as far back as she can remember. She has been a cheesemaker’s apprentice, a baker, and an assistant pastry chef, and in addition to her work for Joy she is the culinary director for a marketing agency that specializes in food. Megan lives in Portland, Oregon, with her husband John and their two cats, Loki and Kishu.

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Our award-winning Cooks with Books events are held at outstanding Bay Area restaurants. The meal is inspired by the author/chefs who discuss their cookbooks with guests throughout the meal. These are happy, convivial events that often sell out quickly, so don’t wait to register! Event tickets include the meal, wine, tip, and a signed copy of the book.

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Left Bank Brasserie
507 Magnolia Ave
Larkspur, CA 94939

David Rothenberg - Nightingales in Berlin (Marin Art & Garden Center)

Sunday, June 30, 2019 - 3:00pm

A celebrated figure in myth, song, and story, the nightingale has captivated the imagination for millennia, its complex song evoking a prism of human emotions—from melancholy to joy, from the fear of death to the immortality of art. But have you ever listened closely to a nightingale’s song? It’s a strange and unsettling sort of composition—an eclectic assortment of chirps, whirs, trills, clicks, whistles, twitters, and gurgles. At times it is mellifluous, at others downright guttural. It is a rhythmic assault, always eluding capture. What happens if you decide to join in?

As philosopher and musician David Rothenberg shows in this searching and personal new book, the nightingale’s song is so peculiar in part because it reflects our own cacophony back at us. As vocal learners, nightingales acquire their music through the world around them, singing amidst the sounds of humanity in all its contradictions of noise and beauty, hard machinery and soft melody. Rather than try to capture a sound not made for us to understand, Rothenberg seeks these musical creatures out, clarinet in tow, and makes a new sound with them. He takes us to the urban landscape of Berlin—longtime home to nightingale colonies where the birds sing ever louder in order to be heard—and invites us to listen in on their remarkable collaboration as birds and instruments riff off of each other’s sounds. Through dialogue, travel records, sonograms, tours of Berlin’s city parks, and musings on the place animal music occupies in our collective imagination, Rothenberg takes us on a quest for a new sonic alchemy, a music impossible for any one species to make alone. In the tradition of The Hidden Life of Trees and The Invention of Nature, Nightingales in Berlin is a provocative and accessible book to attune us ever closer to the natural environment around us.

David Rothenberg is distinguished professor of philosophy and music at the New Jersey Institute of Technology. He is the author of many books investigating music in nature, including Why Birds Sing, Survival of the Beautiful, and Bug Music: How Insects Gave Us Rhythm and Noise. His writings have been translated into more than eleven languages and among his twenty one music CDs is One Dark Night I Left My Silent House, on ECM.

Marin Art & Garden Center
30 Sir Francis Drake Blvd
Ross, CA 94957

NEW DATE: Pete Souza - Shade (Dominican University)

Monday, November 11, 2019 - 7:00pm

Angelico Hall, Dominican University of California • Tickets: $40 (includes book)
NEW DATE: Monday, November 11, 7:00pm

*Registration is now closed. Tickets are available for purchase at Angelico Hall, Dominican University beginning at 6pm!

As Chief Official White House Photographer, Pete Souza spent more time alongside President Barack Obama than almost anyone else. His years photographing the President gave him an intimate behind-the-scenes view of the unique gravity of the Office of the Presidency--and the tremendous responsibility that comes with it.

Now, as a concerned citizen observing the Trump administration, he is standing up and speaking out.

Shade is a portrait in Presidential contrasts, telling the tale of the Obama and Trump administrations through a series of visual juxtapositions. Here, more than one hundred of Souza's unforgettable images of President Obama deliver new power and meaning when framed by the tweets, news headlines, and quotes that have defined the Trump White House. What began with Souza's Instagram posts soon after President Trump's inauguration in January 2017 has become a potent commentary on the state of the Presidency, and our country. Some call this "throwing shade." Souza calls it telling the truth.

In Shade, Souza's photographs are more than a rejoinder to the chaos, abuses of power, and destructive policies that now define our nation's highest office. They are a reminder of a President we could believe in, and a courageous defense of American values.

Pete Souza has been the Official Chief White House Photographer for the entire tenure of the Presidency of Barack Obama. He has been a professional photographer since the 1970's and was the Washington Photographer for the Chicago Sun-Times for several years and was an official White House Photographer during the Reagan years. His work has appeared in Life and National Geographic and he is the author of several books.

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Please note: Tickets are non-refundable

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

Malcolm Gladwell - Talking to Strangers (Dominican University)

Sunday, September 22, 2019 - 1:00pm

Tickets: $40 (includes a copy of Talking to Strangers)

ATTENTION: Please note, registration is now closed for this event.

How did Fidel Castro fool the CIA for a generation? Why did Neville Chamberlain think he could trust Adolf Hitler? Why are campus sexual assaults on the rise? Do television sitcoms teach us something about the way we relate to each other that isn't true?

Talking to Strangers is a classically Gladwellian intellectual adventure, a challenging and controversial excursion through history, psychology, and scandals taken straight from the news. He revisits the deceptions of Bernie Madoff, the trial of Amanda Knox, the suicide of Sylvia Plath, the Jerry Sandusky pedophilia scandal at Penn State University, and the death of Sandra Bland---throwing our understanding of these and other stories into doubt. Something is very wrong, Gladwell argues, with the tools and strategies we use to make sense of people we don't know. And because we don't know how to talk to strangers, we are inviting conflict and misunderstanding in ways that have a profound effect on our lives and our world. In his first book since his #1 bestseller, David and Goliath, Malcolm Gladwell has written a gripping guidebook for troubled times.

Malcolm Gladwell is the author of five New York Times bestsellers: The Tipping Point, Blink, Outliers, What the Dog Saw, and David and Goliath. He is the host of the podcast Revisionist History and is a staff writer at The New Yorker. He was named one of the 100 most influential people by Time magazine and one of the Foreign Policy's Top Global Thinkers. Previously, he was a reporter with the Washington Post, where he covered business and science, and then served as the newspaper's New York City bureau chief. He graduated from the University of Toronto, Trinity College, with a degree in history. Gladwell was born in England and grew up in rural Ontario. He lives in New York.

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Please note that tickets are non-refundable.

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

Katy Butler - The Art of Dying Well (Sausalito Public Library)

Friday, September 13, 2019 - 7:00pm

Join an inspiring discussion with bestselling Mill Valley author Katy Butler on how to thrive from vigorous midlife to final breath. Her new book, The Art of Dying Well, is about living as well as possible for as long as possible, and adapting successfully to change. Packed with helpful insights and inspiring true stories, it can help you thrive in later life (even if coping with a chronic medical condition) get the best from our health care system, and make your own "good death" more likely. Book signing to follow.

Award-winning journalist and dynamic end-of-life speaker (and former Sausalito waterfront resident) Katy Butler worked as a reporter for the San Francisco Chronicle. Her first book, Knocking on Heaven's Door, was a 2013 New York Times bestseller and Notable Book of the Year. Her writing has been published in the New York Times Magazine, Atlantic, The Washington Post, WSJ, Best American Essays, and Best Buddhist Writing.

"Surprisingly comforting. Belongs on the same shelf as Atul Gawande's best-selling Being Mortal!" --Washington Post

Sausalito Public Library
420 Litho St.
Sausalito, CA 94965

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