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Dave Pell with Phil Bronstein and Peter Coyote - Please Scream Inside Your Heart (Online Event)

Friday, November 12, 2021 - 5:00pm

Dave Pell

Please Scream Inside Your Heart

in conversation with Phil Bronstein & Peter Coyote

Fri., Nov. 12, 2021 • 5:00pm PT • Live • Online

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From the publisher of the NextDraft newsletter comes a cathartic and humorous ride through the unnerving, maddening hellscape of the 2020 press cycle, reestablishing the line between "real" news and real life.

Please lower your shoulder restraint and keep your hands and feet in. You’re about to board a roller coaster ride through a year that was at once laughable and lethal.
If you’ve got an anti-anxiety prescription, now would probably be a good time to call in a refill.

Please Scream Inside Your Heart is a time capsule; a real-time ride through the maddening hell that was the 2020 news cycle—when historic turmoil and media mania stretched American sanity, democracy, and toilet paper. Who better to examine this unhinged period in all of its twists and turns than news addict Dave Pell, aka the internet’s Managing Editor? Fueled by the wisdom and advice of his two Holocaust-surviving parents, for whom parts of this story were all too familiar, Pell puts the key stories of 2020 into context with pith and punch; highlighting turning points that widened America’s divisions, deepened our obsession with a media-driven civil war, and nearly knocked the country off its tracks. 

Pell also examines the role of technology in society—and how we somehow built the exact opposite of what we thought we were building. Why did the lies spread faster than the truth? How did our tech addiction contribute to the nightmare? Why do you feel a vibration in your pocket right now?

In 2020, the news was everywhere, and everything was political—even the air we breathed. So brace yourself as you’re hurtled through the twists and turns of the corkscrewiest year in American history; one that included two impeachment trials, a global pandemic, Black Lives Matter, the biggest election of a lifetime, a slide towards autocracy, and a warning from the makers of Lysol not to drink their products.

Dave Pell has been writing about news, technology, and media since 1999. He writes NextDraft, a newsletter offering a quick and entertaining look at the day's most fascinating news. He's been news obsessed since he was child and he is known to his readers as the Internet's Managing Editor. He has also been investing in and advising startups since the earliest days of the internet, and has written extensively on the role of technology in our lives. He is a graduate of UC Berkeley and the Harvard Graduate School of Education. He sits on the board of 826 Valencia and is a longtime advisor to the Center for Investigative Reporting.

Phil Bronstein was a Pulitzer-finalist for his war reporting before becoming the Executive Editor of the San Francisco Examiner and later holding the same position at The San Francisco Chronicle. Most recently, he was the Executive Chair at the Center for Investigative Reporting. He once famously got into cage with a Komodo dragon but, to his credit, he never did it again.

Peter Coyote is an award-winning actor, author, director, screenwriter, and narrator who has worked with some of the world’s most distinguished filmmakers. Recognized for his narration work, he narrated the PBS series The Pacific Century, winning an Emmy award, as well as eight Ken Burns documentaries, including The Roosevelts, for which he won a second Emmy. In 2011 he was ordained as a Zen Buddhist priest and in 2015 received “transmission” from his teacher, making him an independent Zen teacher. The author of several books, he lives in northern California.

 

Dave Pell photo by Adam Moore; Phil Bronstein photo courtesy of the author

 

Alan Grantz - Meet the Author + Q&A (Online Event)

Friday, January 21, 2022 - 2:15pm

Alan Gratz

Meet the Author + Q&A

Fri., Jan. 21, 2021 • 2:15pm PT • Live • Online

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Join Alan Gratz, the New York Times bestselling author of the middle grade novels Ground Zero, Refugee, Allies, Prisoner B-3087, Ban This Book, and more, for a presentation about the inspiration behind some of his biggest books, followed by an interactive Q&A!

 

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Drew Barrymore and Pilar Valdes - Rebel Homemaker (Online Ticketed Event)

Wednesday, November 3, 2021 - 4:00pm

 

Drew Barrymore and Pilar Valdes

Rebel Homemaker

in conversation with Jake Cohen

Wed., Nov. 3, 2021 • 4:00pm PT • Live • Ticketed Event • Online

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Drew Barrymore has always done things in her own unique way—including how she cooks, lives, and finds happiness at home. In her first lifestyle and cookbook, Drew shares recipes, stories from her life, and personal photos that show how she lives a healthy, delicious, and joyful life through her own rebellious brand of homemaking.

In her first lifestyle book, Drew Barrymore will take you inside her kitchen and her life, sharing thirty-six amazing recipes, from Soft-Scrambled Yuzu Kosho Eggs to Brie and Apple Grilled Cheese to Harissa Spaghetti, which she developed along with chef Pilar Valdes, a personal friend and a regular guest on Drew’s CBS talk show.
 
The book will also feature beautiful photos, many taken by Drew herself, as well as personal essays and stories about how Drew found her way in the kitchen, learned to cook, planted a garden and raised her first chickens. And, of course, how she learned to slow down, turn to nature as a teacher, always remembering to be humble and present while celebrating the joys of her family and friends around the table, both during special occasions as well as amidst the beautiful chaos of everyday life!

Drew Barrymore is a mother, actor, producer, entrepreneur and New York Times bestselling author.  She captured our hearts when she starred in E.T. at the age of six and has gone on to win critical acclaim for her work in movies such as The Wedding Singer, Ever After, Charlie's Angels, and Grey Gardens, to name a few. She is the host of the Drew Barrymore Show, as well as the founder of Flower Films, Flower Beauty, the kitchen brand Beautiful.

Pilar Valdes was born and raised in the sticky tropical hearth of Manila, Philippines, amidst the spin of her family's lazy susan. She graduated with a BA from Sarah Lawrence College and spent the early years of her professional life working with young people through popular education workshops and video storytelling. In 2010, longing for both the proverbial stove of her childhood and relationships forged over shared meals, she switched careers and co-founded Kickshaw Cookery, a bespoke catering company placing a premium on carefully-sourced ingredients and thoughtfully-crafted menus. She currently works as a private chef and is a regular culinary contributor on the Drew Barrymore Show. She has always been a good eater.

 

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Drew Barrymore and Pilar Valdes photo by Graydon Herriott

 

Andrea Scher with SARK - Wonder Seeker (Online Event)

Wednesday, December 1, 2021 - 4:00pm

Andrea Scher

Wonder Seeker

in conversation with SARK

Wed., Dec. 1 • 4:00pm PT • Live • Online

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Spark your sense of wonder and lift your spirits with this collection of fun, creative activities and ideas to help cultivate daily joy, illustrated with full-color photographs, artful watercolors, and inspiring stories.  

Do you remember the first time you saw the night sky blanketed in stars? Or that feeling of magic when you found your first sand dollar on the beach? Maybe it’s when you rode a bicycle for the first time and it felt like flying. Wonder taps us into the joy of being alive, opening our eyes to how much beauty there is in the world and how life can surprise us in the most delightful of ways. 

Wonder Seeker reminds us that no one is too busy (or too old) to experience daily gratitude and delight. Filled with 52 fun, easy, and incredibly creative prompts and activities, this guide to joy helps us to step out of our ordinary lives, even for just a moment or two each day, to witness the magic all around us.  

Andrea provides simple practices that bridge creativity and mindfulness and allow the imagination to play. These activities can be done anywhere and can be enjoyed solo, or with friends, family, and even strangers. The fun activities and suggestions in Wonder Seeker include:

  • Taking a curiosity walk
  • Writing a banana love note
  • Going on a wonder date 
  • Writing a paint chip poem      
  • Hosting a bubble flash mob
  • Making a wish tree
  • Choosing a superhero name

And much, much more!

As Andrea makes clear, you don’t need to be an artist or consider yourself “creative.” All you need is an open heart and a clear intention to find wonder and awe. It will renew your creative spirit, remind you of the marvels around you, and make your soul sing. Reclaim your inner happiness—let Wonder Seeker show you how.

Andrea Scher is a writer, artist, and life coach whose work is driven by her belief in the transformative power of creativity for joy and wellbeing. For nearly two decades, through her award-winning blog Superhero Journal, her international workshops, her Creative Superheroes podcast, and her bestselling e-courses, Andrea has thrilled others with their own power to find magic all around them.

SARK (Susan Ariel Rainbow Kennedy) began by creating her iconic How To Be An Artist poster in her Magic Cottage in San Francisco, and has now operated her highly successful creative business for over 30 years. She is the best-selling author and artist of eighteen books, selling over three million copies. Her art, programs, products and services have sold around the world. She is an acclaimed teacher and mentor, and her wisdom has touched and transformed the lives of millions. She lives and creates joyfully in San Francisco with her beloved partner David.

 

Andrea Scher photo courtesy of the author; SARK photo courtesy of the author

Jordan Salama with Devi Lockwood- Every Day the River Changes (Online Event)

Thursday, December 9, 2021 - 5:30pm

Jordan Salama

Every Day the River Changes

In-Conversation w/ Devi Lockwood

Thurs., Dec. 9, 2021 • 5:30pm PT • Live • Online

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An exhilarating travelogue for a new generation about a journey along Colombia’s Magdalena River, exploring life by the banks of a majestic river now at risk, and how a country recovers from conflict.

An American writer of Argentine, Syrian, and Iraqi Jewish descent, Jordan Salama tells the story of the Río Magdalena, nearly one thousand miles long, the heart of Colombia. This is Gabriel García Márquez’s territory—rumor has it Macondo was partly inspired by the port town of Mompox—as much as that of the Middle Eastern immigrants who run fabric stores by its banks.

Following the river from its source high in the Andes to its mouth on the Caribbean coast, journeying by boat, bus, and improvised motobalinera, Salama writes against stereotype and toward the rich lives of those he meets. Among them are a canoe builder, biologists who study invasive hippopotamuses, a Queens transplant managing a failing hotel, a jeweler practicing the art of silver filigree, and a traveling librarian whose donkeys, Alfa and Beto, haul books to rural children. Joy, mourning, and humor come together in this astonishing debut, about a country too often seen as only a site of war, and a tale of lively adventure following a legendary river.

Jordan Salama’s work has appeared in outlets including the New York Times, National Geographic, and Scientific American. A 2019 graduate of Princeton University, he lives in New York.

Devi Lockwood has written about science, climate change, and technology for the New York Times, The Guardian, Slate, and The Washington Post, among others. She spent five years traveling in twenty countries on six continents to document 1,001 stories on water and climate change. Her first book, 1,001 Voices on Climate Change, was published with Simon & Schuster in August. 

Jordan Salama photo courtesy of the author; Devi Lockwood photo by Cheryle St. Onge

 

Brené Brown - Atlas of the Heart (Online Ticketed Event)

Thursday, December 2, 2021 - 5:00pm

Brené Brown

Atlas of the Heart

Thurs., Dec. 2, 2021 • 5:00pm PT • Live • Ticketed Event-$35 • Online

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In her latest book, five-time #1 New York Times bestselling author Dr. Brené Brown writes, “If we want to find the way back to ourselves and one another, we need language and the grounded confidence to both tell our stories and to be stewards of the stories that we hear. This is the framework for meaningful connection."

In Atlas of the Heart, Brown takes us on a journey through eighty-seven of the emotions and experiences that define what it means to be human. As she maps the necessary skills and an actionable framework for meaningful connection, she gives us the language and tools to access a universe of new choices and second chances—a universe where we can share and steward the stories of our bravest and most heartbreaking moments with one another in a way that builds connection.

Over the past two decades, Brown’s extensive research into the experiences that make us who we are has shaped the cultural conversation and helped define what it means to be courageous with our lives. Atlas of the Heart draws on this research, as well as on Brown’s singular skills as a storyteller, to show us how accurately naming an experience doesn’t give the experience more power, it gives us the power of understanding, meaning, and choice.

Brown shares, “I want this book to be an atlas for all of us, because I believe that, with an adventurous heart and the right maps, we can travel anywhere and never fear losing ourselves.”

Brené Brown is a research professor at the University of Houston, where she holds the Huffington Foundation–Brené Brown Endowed Chair at the Graduate College of Social Work. She is also a visiting professor in management at the University of Texas at Austin’s McCombs School of Business. Brown has spent the past two decades studying courage, vulnerability, shame, and empathy and is the author of five #1 New York Times bestsellers: The Gifts of Imperfection, Daring Greatly, Rising Strong, Braving the Wilderness, and Dare to Lead, which is the culmination of a seven-year study on courage and leadership. With Tarana Burke, she co-edited the bestselling anthology You Are Your Best Thing: Vulnerability, Shame Resilience, and The Black Experience. She hosts the Unlocking Us and Dare to Lead podcasts, and her TEDx talk, “The Power of Vulnerability,” is one of the top five most-viewed TED talks in the world with more than 50 million views. Her Netflix special, The Call to Courage, is the first filmed lecture by a researcher on the streaming service. Brown lives in Houston, Texas, with her husband, Steve. They have two children, Ellen and Charlie.

 

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Brene Brown photo courtesy of the author

 

Zach Norris - Defund Fear (Online Event)

Tuesday, November 2, 2021 - 1:00pm

Zach Norris

Defund Fear

in conversation with Marlena Henderson

Tues., Nov, 2 • 1:00pm PT • Live • Online

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Defund Fear: Safety Without Policing, Prisons and Punishment is a new vision of a care-based strategy for public safety that overturns more than 200 years of fear-based discrimination, othering, and punishment. Despite the United States’ long-standing tradition of aggressive policing and imprisonment, we still don’t feel safe. It’s clear that our current approaches to justice aren’t working. They blame our problems on a subset of scapegoats and marginalized Others we’ve been indoctrinated to perceive as criminals, decreasing our societal capacity to hold powerful institutions and individuals accountable. Community leader and lawyer Zach Norris lays out a radical way to shift the conversation about public safety away from fear and punishment toward growth and support systems for our families and communities. Defund Fear is a blueprint of how to hold people accountable while still holding them in community.

Zach Norris is the Executive Director of the Ella Baker Center for Human Rights and co-founder of Restore Oakland, a community advocacy and training center that will empower Bay Area community members to transform local economic and justice systems and make a safe and secure future possible for themselves and for their families.

Marlena Henderson is an advocate for Criminal Justice reform and Mental Health reform. As a victim and survivor of the mass incarceration movement she brings a unique perspective to many of the systems failures and opportunities. Marlena has worked in management, as an entrepreneur, a board member, a champion for equity in education and most recently as an advocate for Safety reform. 
 

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Andrew Lawler - Under Jerusalem (Online Event)

Tuesday, November 30, 2021 - 5:30pm

Andrew Lawler

Under Jerusalem

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Tues., Nov. 30, 2021 • 5:30pm PT • Live • Online

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A sweeping history of the hidden world below the Holy City—a saga of biblical treasures, intrepid explorers, and political upheaval.

In 1863, a French senator arrived in Jerusalem hoping to unearth relics dating to biblical times. Digging deep underground, he discovered an ancient grave that, he claimed, belonged to an Old Testament queen. News of his find ricocheted around the world, evoking awe and envy alike, and inspiring others to explore Jerusalem’s storied past.
 
In the century and a half since the Frenchman broke ground, Jerusalem has drawn a global cast of fortune seekers and missionaries, archaeologists and zealots, all of them eager to extract the biblical past from beneath the city’s streets and shrines. Their efforts have had profound effects, not only on our understanding of Jerusalem’s history, but on its hotly disputed present.  The quest to retrieve ancient Jewish heritage has sparked bloody riots and thwarted international peace agreements.  It has served as a cudgel, a way to stake a claim to the most contested city on the planet.  Today, the earth below Jerusalem remains a battleground in the struggle to control the city above.
 
Under Jerusalem takes readers into the tombs, tunnels, and trenches of the Holy City. It brings to life the indelible characters who have investigated this subterranean landscape. With clarity and verve, acclaimed journalist Andrew Lawler reveals how their pursuit has not only defined the conflict over modern Jerusalem, but could provide a map for two peoples and three faiths to peacefully coexist.

Andrew Lawler is author of the bestselling The Secret Token: Myth, Obsession, and the Search for the Lost Colony of Roanoke, and the acclaimed Why Did the Chicken Cross the World?: The Epic Saga of the Bird that Powers Civilization. His work has appeared in The New York Times, The Washington Post, National Geographic, and Smithsonian. He is a contributing writer for Science and a contributing editor for Archaeology. Lawler's work has appeared several times in The Best of Science and Nature Writing.

 

Mitch Albom - The Stranger in the Lifeboat (Online Ticketed Event)

Friday, November 5, 2021 - 4:30pm

Mitch Albom

The Stranger in the Lifeboat

Fri., Nov. 5, 2021 • 4:30pm PT • Ticket $24 Online 

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What would happen if we called on God for help and God actually appeared? In Mitch Albom’s profound new novel of hope and faith, a group of shipwrecked passengers pull a strange man from the sea. He claims to be “the Lord.” And he says he can only save them if they all believe in him.

Adrift in a raft after a deadly ship explosion, nine people struggle for survival at sea. Three days pass. Short on water, food and hope, they spot a man floating in the waves. They pull him in.

“Thank the Lord we found you,” a passenger says.

“I am the Lord,” the man whispers.

So begins Mitch Albom’s most beguiling and inspiring novel yet.

Albom has written of heaven in the celebrated number one bestsellers The Five People You Meet in Heaven and The First Phone Call from Heaven. Now, for the first time in his fiction, he ponders what we would do if, after crying out for divine help, God actually appeared before us? What might the Lord look, sound and act like?

In The Stranger in the Lifeboat, Albom keeps us guessing until the end: Is this strange and quiet man really who he claims to be? What actually happened to cause the explosion? Are the survivors already in heaven, or are they in hell?

The story is narrated by Benji, one of the passengers, who recounts the events in a notebook that is later discovered—a year later—when the empty life raft washes up on the island of Montserrat.

It falls to the island’s chief inspector, Jarty LeFleur, a man battling his own demons, to solve the mystery of what really happened. 

A fast-paced, compelling novel that makes you ponder your deepest beliefs, The Stranger in the Lifeboat suggests that answers to our prayers may be found where we least expect them.

Mitch Albom is the author of numerous books of fiction and nonfiction, which have collectively sold more than forty million copies in forty-seven languages worldwide. He has written seven number-one New York Times bestsellers – including Tuesdays with Morrie, the bestselling memoir of all time, which topped the list for four straight years – award-winning TV films, stage plays, screenplays, a nationally syndicated newspaper column, and a musical. Through his work at the Detroit Free Press, he was inducted into both the National Sports Media Association and Michigan Sports halls of fame and is the recipient of the 2010 Red Smith Award for lifetime achievement. After bestselling memoir Finding Chika and “Human Touch,” the weekly serial written and published online in real-time to raise funds for pandemic relief, his latest work is a return to fiction with The Stranger in the Lifeboat (Harper, November 2021). He founded and oversees SAY Detroit, a consortium of nine different charitable operations in his hometown, including a nonprofit dessert shop and food product line to fund programs for Detroit’s most underserved citizens. He also operates an orphanage in Port-Au-Prince, Haiti, which he visits monthly. He lives with his wife, Janine, in Michigan.


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Peter Coyote with Anne Lamott - The Lone Ranger and Tonto Meet Buddha (Online Event)

Tuesday, December 7, 2021 - 5:30pm

Peter Coyote

The Lone Ranger and Tonto Meet Buddha

in conversation with Anne Lamott

Tues., Dec. 7, 2021 • 5:30pm PT • Live • Online

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Reveals how to use masks, meditation, and improvisation to free yourself from overthinking, self-doubt, and fixed ideas of who you think you are.

• Shares a series of mindfulness techniques and improv exercises with masks to suppress the ego, calm the mind, and allow spontaneous playfulness and spaciousness to arise from your deepest nature.

• Draws on Buddhist philosophy to describe how and why the exercises work.

• Woven throughout with a lighthearted parable of an overweight and out-of-work Lone Ranger and Tonto who meet Buddha and experience spiritual awakening.

Sharing a series of mindfulness techniques and acting exercises that show how malleable the self can be, award-winning actor, narrator, and Zen Buddhist priest Peter Coyote reveals how to use masks, meditation, and improvisation to free yourself from fixed ideas of who you think you are and help you release your ego from constant defensive strategizing, calm the mind’s overactivity, and allow spontaneous playfulness to arise out of your deepest nature. Developed through 40 years of research and personal study, Coyote’s synthesis of mask-based improv games and Zen practices is specifically designed to create an ego-suppressed state, akin to the mystical experiences of meditation or the spiritual awakenings of psychedelics. After preparatory exercises, seeing yourself in a mask will temporarily displace your familiar self and the spirit of the mask will take over.

Likening the liberated state induced by mask-work to “Enlightenment-lite,” Coyote draws on Buddhist philosophy to describe how and why the exercises work as well as how to make your newly awakened and confident self part of daily life. In true Zen form, woven throughout the narrative is a lighthearted parable of an out-of-work Lone Ranger and Tonto, who meet Buddha and experience spiritual awakening. Illuminating the lessons of mask-work, the transformation of the Lone Ranger mirrors that of the individual pursuing this practice, revealing how you will come to realize that the world is more magical and vaster than you thought possible.

Peter Coyote is an award-winning actor, author, director, screenwriter, and narrator who has worked with some of the world’s most distinguished filmmakers. Recognized for his narration work, he narrated the PBS series The Pacific Century, winning an Emmy award, as well as eight Ken Burns documentaries, including The Roosevelts, for which he won a second Emmy. In 2011 he was ordained as a Zen Buddhist priest and in 2015 received “transmission” from his teacher, making him an independent Zen teacher. The author of several books, he lives in northern California.

Anne Lamott is the author of The New York Times bestsellers Almost Everything; Hallelujah Anyway; Small Victories; Stitches; Help, Thanks, Wow; Some Assembly Required; Grace (Eventually); Plan B; and Traveling Mercies, as well as several novels. A past recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship and an inductee to the California Hall of Fame, she lives in Northern California.

 

 

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