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Larissa Zimberoff with Kate Krader - Technically Food (Online Event)

Monday, June 14, 2021 - 6:00pm


Book Passage Presents

Mon., June 14, 2021 • 6:00pm PT • Live • Online

In conversation with Kate Krader

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Eating a veggie burger used to mean consuming a mushy, flavorless patty that you would never confuse with a beef burger. But now products from companies like Beyond Meat, Impossible Foods, Eat Just, and others that were once fringe players in the food space are dominating the media, menus in restaurants, and the refrigerated sections of our grocery stores. With the help of scientists working in futuristic labs—making milk without cows and eggs without chickens—start-ups are creating wholly new food categories. Real food is being replaced by high-tech.

Technically Food: Inside Silicon Valley’s Mission to Change What We Eat by investigative reporter Larissa Zimberoff is the first comprehensive survey of the food companies at the forefront of this booming business. Zimberoff pokes holes in the mania behind today’s changing food landscape to uncover the origins of these mysterious foods and demystify them. These sometimes ultraprocessed and secretly produced foods are cheered by consumers and investors because many are plant-based—often vegan—and help address societal issues like climate change, animal rights, and our planet’s dwindling natural resources. But are these products good for our personal health?

Through news-breaking revelations, Technically Food examines the trade-offs of replacing real food with technology-driven approximations. Chapters go into detail about algae, fungi, pea protein, cultured milk and eggs, upcycled foods, plant-based burgers, vertical farms, cultured meat, and marketing methods. In the final chapter Zimberoff talks to industry voices—including Dan Barber, Mark Cuban, Marion Nestle, and Paul Shapiro—to learn where they see food in 20 years.

As our food system leaps ahead to a sterilized lab of the future, we think we know more about our food than we ever did. But because so much is happening so rapidly, we actually know less about the food we are eating. Until now.

Larissa Zimberoff is a freelance journalist who covers the intersection of food, technology, and business. Her work has appeared in the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, Bloomberg Businessweek, and many others. Zimberoff often presents on, moderates, and leads panels on food tech including at Stanford, reThink Food at CIA/Napa, and IACP. She splits her time between San Francisco, California, and New York City.

Kate Krader is the Food Editor at Bloomberg Pursuits, where she writes about news and trends around the country and all over the world for the website and the magazine. She also contributes to the Bloomberg business division. She is the former restaurant editor at Food & Wine magazine, where she oversaw its news, trend and restaurant coverage. During her long tenure at the monthly magazine, she led Food & Wine's annual search for Food & Wine Best New Chefs. She also edited the Food & Wine Cocktails, an annual guide to the hottest cocktail recipes, the best spots and the biggest trends in nightlife. A graduate of Kenyon College in Ohio, Krader received her formal culinary training at La Varenne in Paris. She resides in Manhattan.

 

Ocean Vuong with Robert Jones, Jr. - On Earth We're Briefly Gorgeous (Online Event)

Thursday, June 17, 2021 - 5:30pm


Book Passage Presents

Thurs., June 17, 2021 • 5:30pm PT • Live • Online

In conversation with Robert Jones, Jr.

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Poet Ocean Vuong’s debut novel is a shattering portrait of a family, a first love, and the redemptive power of storytelling.

On Earth We’re Briefly Gorgeous is a letter from a son to a mother who cannot read. Written when the speaker, Little Dog, is in his late twenties, the letter unearths a family’s history that began before he was born—a history whose epicenter is rooted in Vietnam—and serves as a doorway into parts of his life his mother has never known, all of it leading to an unforgettable revelation. At once a witness to the fraught yet undeniable love between a single mother and her son, it is also a brutally honest exploration of race, class, and masculinity. Asking questions central to our American moment, immersed as we are in addiction, violence, and trauma, but undergirded by compassion and tenderness, On Earth We’re Briefly Gorgeous is as much about the power of telling one’s own story as it is about the obliterating silence of not being heard.

With stunning urgency and grace, Ocean Vuong writes of people caught between disparate worlds, and asks how we heal and rescue one another without forsaking who we are. The question of how to survive, and how to make of it a kind of joy, powers the most important debut novel of many years.

Ocean Vuong is the author of the critically acclaimed poetry collection Night Sky with Exit Wounds and the New York Times bestselling novel On Earth We’re Briefly Gorgeous. A recipient of the 2019 MacArthur “Genius” Grant, he is also the winner of the Whiting Award and the T.S. Eliot Prize. His writings have been featured in The Atlantic, Harper's Magazine, The Nation, The New Republic, The New Yorker, and The New York Times. Born in Saigon, Vietnam, he currently lives in Northampton, Massachusetts.

Robert Jones, Jr. is a writer from New York City. He received his B.F.A. in creative writing, and M.F.A. in fiction from Brooklyn College. He has written for numerous publications, including The New York Times, Essence, and The Paris Review. He is the creator and curator of the social-justice, social-media community Son of Baldwin, which has over 275,000 members across platforms. The Prophets is his debut novel.

 

Ocean Vuong photo by Tom Hines; Robert Jones, Jr. photo by Alberto Vargas RainRiver Images

 

Alastair Gee and Dani Anguiano - Fire in Paradise (Online Event)

Saturday, June 5, 2021 - 4:00pm


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Book Passage Presents

Sat., June 5, 2021 • 4:00pm PT • Live • Online

In conversation with Paradise residents Iris Natividad and Skye Sedwick

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The harrowing story of the most destructive American wildfire in a century.

On November 8, 2018, the ferocious Camp Fire razed nearly every home in Paradise, California, and killed at least 85 people. Journalists Alastair Gee and Dani Anguiano reported on Paradise from the day the fire began and conducted hundreds of in-depth interviews with residents, firefighters and police, and scientific experts. Fire in Paradise is their dramatic narrative of the disaster and an unforgettable story of an American town at the forefront of the climate emergency.

Dani Anguiano writes for the Guardian and was a reporter for the Chico Enterprise-Record. She lives in the San Francisco Bay area.

Alastair Gee is an award-winning editor and reporter at the Guardian who has also written for The New Yorker online, the New York Times, and the Economist.

Iris Natividad, Paradisian and Entrepreneurial Business person, has lived on the Ridge for 20 years. Her expertise in the vehicle registration field includes starting her own title and registration company assisting automotive dealerships nationwide with title and registration solutions. Iris was also an early member of an innovative software provider company that partnered with the California DMV to automate electronic vehicle registrations. Iris also helped champion the California DMV ‘Pink Ribbon’ license plate. She worked very closely with “Survivor Sisters"—founders of the initiative—in promoting the advance orders of more than 7,500 license plates for approval and release in 2018.

Two and half years since the fire that destroyed her home and took the life of the father, Skye Sedwick has moved to Albuquerque, New Mexico to be closer to her son and his family, including her first grandchild. Her daughter, who resides in South Carolina, is currently expecting her first child (Skye's second grandchild) and is due in late October of 2021.  Skye is still awaiting her settlement from PG&E and plans to re-build in Magalia when she receives it.  She will spend her time in Albuquerque, New Mexico, Aiken, South Carolina and Magalia, California after the birth of her second grandchild.  She also enjoys creating art, spending time with friends, and attending flea markets and yard sales.

 

Alastair Gee and Dani Anguiano photo by Anastasiia Sapon

 

Lorenzo L. Beronilla - Let's Do This, Folks! (Online Event and Live Cooking Demo)

Wednesday, June 9, 2021 - 1:00pm


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Book Passage Presents

Wednesday, June 9th, 2021 • 1:00pm PT • Live • Online

Featuring a live cooking demo!

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Homemade dishes that are as fun to make as they are delicious to eat!

The Internet adores cooking tasty weeknight meals alongside Lorenzo L. Beronilla, star (and clear fan favorite) of the hit Epicurious series 4 Levels. In his epic debut cookbook, he shows you how to master the art of home cooking with 60 incredible, flavor-packed recipes that taste great and are E-Z enough for any newbie chef to whip up without a fuss.

Full of unmatched, comforting flavors, this collection of recipes is uniquely inspired by both Lorenzo’s Filipino background and his dedication to over-the-top yumminess. His casual yet calculated approach to cooking will help you get comfy and confident in your own kitchen. By breaking down intimidating dishes like roasting a whole chicken dinner (plus sides!) with straightforward methods and the use of simple ingredients, you’ll feel like you can take on any recipe! Lorenzo’s bubbly personality and endearing Dad-jokes will leave your heart as full as your belly, making you laugh along the way.

Lorenzo L. Beronilla stars in the popular Epicurious series 4 Levels. Beloved for his boisterous personality and contagious laughter, Lorenzo’s videos have gained millions of views online. He has been featured in Business Insider as one of YouTube’s newest viral food personalities. Lorenzo lives and cooks up a storm in New York’s Hudson Valley.

 

Lin-Manuel Miranda, Quiara Alegría Hudes, and Jeremy McCarter, with America Ferrera - In the Heights (Online Event)

Tuesday, June 15, 2021 - 5:00pm

Tuesday, June 15, 2021

Live • Online • 5:00pm PT • $49

Moderated by America Ferrera


Purchase a ticket for this event and receive a complimentary copy of In the Heights: Finding Home, delivered right to your door!

 

Lights up on Washington Heights!

Before Hamilton became a global phenomenon, before Lin-Manuel Miranda became a household name, a little show called In the Heights shook up Broadway with its hip-hop and salsa soundtrack and big, bilingual heart. In the new book In the Heights: Finding Home, Lin-Manuel Miranda, Quiara Alegría Hudes, and Jeremy McCarter tell the story of the show’s humble beginnings, from rehearsals in a bookstore basement to the Broadway smash (and soon-to-be feature film!) that created an unbreakable community and a new kind of family for everyone involved.

Join Miranda, Hudes, and McCarter for a very special In the Heights Virtual Book Launch on Tuesday, June 15 on Zoom. Sure to be an unforgettable conversation on creativity, community, and finding home, this is your chance to hear directly from the creative team behind the timeless story of how one neighborhood—Washington Heights—can speak to the world.

Lin-Manuel Miranda is a Pulitzer Prize, Grammy, Emmy, and Tony Award-winning songwriter, actor and director, as well as a New York Times bestselling author (Hamilton: The Revolution; Gmorning, Gnight!: Little Pep Talks for Me & You). He is the creator and original star of Broadway’s Tony-winning Hamilton and In the Heights. Additional Broadway: Freestyle Love Supreme (Co-Founder, Guest Star), Bring It On: The Musical (co-composer/co-lyricist), and West Side Story (2009 revival, Spanish translations). He is a recipient of the 2015 MacArthur Foundation Award, 2019 Portrait of a Nation Prize and 2018 Kennedy Center Honors. Mr. Miranda and The Miranda Family actively support initiatives that increase BIPOC representation in the arts and government, ensure access to women’s reproductive health, and promote resilience in Puerto Rico. He lives with his family in New York.

Quiara Alegría Hudes is the Pulitzer Prize–winning playwright of Water by the Spoonful and the author of a memoir, My Broken Language. She wrote the book for the Tony-winning Broadway musical In the Heights and later adapted it for the screen. Her notable essays include “High Tide of Heartbreak” in American Theatre magazine and “Corey Couldn’t Take It Anymore” in The Cut. As a prison reform activist, Hudes and her cousin founded Emancipated Stories, a platform where people behind bars can share one page of their life story with the world. She lives with her family in New York but frequently returns to her native Philly.

Jeremy McCarter is the author of Young Radicals and co-author, with Lin-Manuel Miranda, of the #1 New York Times bestseller Hamilton: The Revolution. He is the founder and executive producer of Make-Believe Association, a Chicago-based production company. He spent five years on the artistic staff of the Public Theater and has served on the jury of the Pulitzer Prize for Drama. He has written about culture and politics for New York magazine, The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, and other publications. He lives in Chicago with his family.

 

Lin-Manuel Miranda photo by Matthew Murphy; Quiara Alegría Hudes photo by Jon Chu; Jeremy McCarter photo by Maria Ponce

 

Alice Waters with Michael Pollan - We Are What We Eat (Online Event)

Tuesday, June 1, 2021 - 6:00pm

Tuesday, June 1, 2021

Live • Online • 6:00pm PT • $34

In conversation with Michael Pollan


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From chef and food activist Alice Waters, an impassioned plea for a radical reconsideration of the way each and every one of us cooks and eats.

In We Are What We Eat, Alice Waters urges us to take up the mantle of slow food culture, the philosophy at the core of her life's work. When Waters first opened Chez Panisse in 1971, she did so with the intention of feeding people good food during a time of political turmoil. Customers responded to the locally sourced organic ingredients, to the dishes made by hand, and to the welcoming hospitality that infused the small space—human qualities that were disappearing from a country increasingly seduced by takeout, frozen dinners, and prepackaged ingredients. Waters came to see that the phenomenon of fast food culture, which prioritized cheapness, availability, and speed, was not only ruining our health, but also dehumanizing the ways we live and relate to one another.

Over years of working with regional farmers, Waters and her partners learned how geography and seasonal fluctuations affect the ingredients on the menu, as well as about the dangers of pesticides, the plight of fieldworkers, and the social, economic, and environmental threats posed by industrial farming and food distribution. So many of the serious problems we face in the world today—from illness, to social unrest, to economic disparity, and environmental degradation—are all, at their core, connected to food. Fortunately, there is an antidote. Waters argues that by eating in a "slow food way," each of us—like the community around her restaurant—can be empowered to prioritize and nurture a different kind of culture, one that champions values such as biodiversity, seasonality, stewardship, and pleasure in work.

This is a declaration of action against fast food values, and a working theory about what we can do to change the course. As Waters makes clear, every decision we make about what we put in our mouths affects not only our bodies but also the world at large—our families, our communities, and our environment. We have the power to choose what we eat, and we have the potential for individual and global transformation—simply by shifting our relationship to food. All it takes is a taste.

Alice Waters is a chef and the founder/owner of Chez Panisse in Berkeley, California. She has won numerous awards, including the National Humanities Medal, the French Legion of Honor Medal, the Cavaliere of the Italian Republic, and three James Beards Awards. As vice president of Slow Food International and founder of the Edible Schoolyard Project, she has helped bring food awareness to people of all ages all over the world.

Michael Pollan is the author of eight books, including How to Change Your Mind, Cooked, Food Rules, In Defense of Food, The Omnivore's Dilemma, and The Botany of Desire, all of which were New York Times bestsellers, as well as the forthcoming This Is Your Mind on Plants. He is also the author of the audiobook Caffeine: How Coffee and Tea Made the Modern World. A longtime contributor to The New York Times Magazine, Pollan teaches writing at Harvard University and the University of California, Berkeley. In 2010, Time magazine named him one of the one hundred most influential people in the world.

 

Alice Waters photo by Amanda Marsalis; Michael Pollan photo by Jeannette Montgomery Barron

 

Eddie S. Glaude Jr. - Begin Again (Online Event)

Wednesday, July 28, 2021 - 1:00pm

Conversations with Authors

Wednesday, July 28, 2021 • 1:00pm PT • Live • Online



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James Baldwin grew disillusioned by the failure of the civil rights movement to force America to confront its lies about race. What can we learn from his struggle in our own moment?

“Not everything is lost. Responsibility cannot be lost, it can only be abdicated. If one refuses abdication, one begins again.” —James Baldwin

Begin Again is one of the great books on James Baldwin and a powerful reckoning with America’s ongoing failure to confront the lies it tells itself about race. Just as in Baldwin’s “after times,” argues Eddie S. Glaude Jr., when white Americans met the civil rights movement’s call for truth and justice with blind rage and the murders of movement leaders, so in our moment were the Obama presidency and the birth of Black Lives Matter answered with the ascendance of Trump and the violent resurgence of white nationalism.

In these brilliant and stirring pages, Glaude finds hope and guidance in Baldwin as he mixes biography—drawn partially from newly uncovered Baldwin interviews—with history, memoir, and poignant analysis of our current moment to reveal the painful cycle of Black resistance and white retrenchment. As Glaude bears witness to the difficult truth of racism’s continued grip on the national soul, Begin Again is a searing exploration of the tangled web of race, trauma, and memory, and a powerful interrogation of what we must ask of ourselves in order to call forth a new America.

Eddie S. Glaude Jr. is the James S. McDonnell Distinguished University Professor at Princeton University and author of Democracy in Black.

 

Eddie S. Glaude Jr. photo by Sameer A. Khan

 

Geoff Manaugh and Nicola Twilley with Alexis Madrigal - Until Proven Safe (Online Event)

Thursday, July 22, 2021 - 5:30pm

Conversations with Authors

Thursday, July 22, 2021 • 5:30pm PT • Live • Online

In conversation with Alexis Madrigal • Signed bookplates available!



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Geoff Manaugh and Nicola Twilley have been researching quarantine since long before the COVID-19 pandemic. With Until Proven Safe, they bring us a book as compelling as it is definitive, not only urgent reading for social-distanced times but also an up-to-the-minute investigation of the interplay of forces—biological, political, technological—that shape our modern world.

Quarantine is our most powerful response to uncertainty: it means waiting to see if something hidden inside us will be revealed. It is also one of our most dangerous, operating through an assumption of guilt. In quarantine, we are considered infectious until proven safe.

Until Proven Safe tracks the history and future of quarantine around the globe, chasing the story of emergency isolation through time and space—from the crumbling lazarettos of the Mediterranean, built to contain the Black Death, to an experimental Ebola unit in London, and from the hallways of the CDC to closed-door simulations where pharmaceutical execs and epidemiologists prepare for the outbreak of a novel coronavirus.

But the story of quarantine ranges far beyond the history of medical isolation. In Until Proven Safe, the authors tour a nuclear-waste isolation facility beneath the New Mexican desert, see plants stricken with a disease that threatens the world’s wheat supply, and meet NASA’s Planetary Protection Officer, tasked with saving Earth from extraterrestrial infections. They also introduce us to the corporate tech giants hoping to revolutionize quarantine through surveillance and algorithmic prediction.

We live in a disorienting historical moment that can feel both unprecedented and inevitable; Until Proven Safe helps us make sense of our new reality through a thrillingly reported, thought-provoking exploration of the meaning of freedom, governance, and mutual responsibility.

Nicola Twilley is co-host of the award-winning podcast Gastropod, which looks at food through the lens of history and science, and is an award-winning contributor to The New Yorker. She lives in Los Angeles.

Geoff Manaugh is the author of the New York Times-bestseller A Burglar’s Guide to the City, as well as the architecture and technology website BLDGBLOG. He regularly writes for The New York Times Magazine, The Atlantic, The New Yorker, Wired, and many other publications. He lives in Los Angeles.

Alexis Madrigal is the co-host of KQED's Forum and a contributing writer at The Atlantic.

 

Geoff Manaugh photo by Gleb Kuznetsov; Nicola Twilley photo by Jenny GG; Alexis Madrigal photo courtesy of author

 

Joan Steinau Lester with Valerie Joi Fiddmont - Loving Before Loving (Online Event)

Wednesday, May 19, 2021 - 6:30pm


Presented with Imagining Justice

Wed., May 19, 2021 • 6:30pm PT • Online • Live

In conversation with Valerie Joi Fiddmont • Signed copies available!



The event will begin broadcasting at 6:30pm PT. No advance registration required.

 

Committed to the struggle for civil rights, in the late 1950s Joan Steinau marched and protested as a white ally and young woman coming to terms with her own racism. She fell in love and married a fellow activist, the Black writer Julius Lester, establishing a partnership that was long and multifaceted but not free of the politics of race and gender. As the women’s movement dawned, feminism helped Lester find her voice, her pansexuality, and the courage to be herself.

Braiding intellectual, personal, and political history, Lester tells the story of a writer and activist fighting for love and justice before, during, and after the Supreme Court’s 1967 decision striking down bans on interracial marriage in Loving v. Virginia. She describes her own shifts in consciousness, from an activist climbing police barricades by day and reading and writing late into the night to a woman navigating the coming-out process in midlife, before finding the publishing success she had dreamed of. Speaking candidly about every facet of her life, Lester illuminates her journey to fulfillment and healing.

Joan Steinau Lester is an award-winning commentator, columnist, and author of critically acclaimed books, including Mama’s Child and Black, White, Other. Her writing has appeared in such publications as USA Today, the Los Angeles Times, the San Francisco Chronicle, the Chicago Tribune, Cosmopolitan, and the Huffington Post.

 

Joan Steinau Lester photo by Irene Young

 

Lisa Taddeo with Gillian Flynn - Animal (Online Event)

Monday, June 7, 2021 - 6:00pm


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Book Passage & Skylight Books Present

Mon., June 7, 2021 • 6:00pm PT • Live • Online

In conversation with Gillian Flynn

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Lisa Taddeo illustrates one woman's exhilarating transformation from prey into predator in Animal, the “ferociously beautiful” (Library Journal) debut novel from the author of the #1 New York Times bestseller and international phenomenon Three Women, named to more than thirty best-of-the-year lists and hailed as “a dazzling achievement” (Los Angeles Times) and “a heartbreaking, gripping, astonishing masterpiece” (Esquire).

I am depraved. I hope you like me.

Joan has spent a lifetime enduring the cruelties of men. But when one of them commits a shocking act of violence in front of her, she flees New York City in search of Alice, the only person alive who can help her make sense of her past. In the sweltering hills above Los Angeles, Joan unravels the horrific event she witnessed as a child—that has haunted her every waking moment—while forging the power to finally strike back.

Animal is a depiction of female rage at its rawest, and a visceral exploration of the fallout from a male-dominated society.

Lisa Taddeo is the author of Three Women. She has contributed to The New York Times, New York, Esquire, Elle, Glamour, and many other publications. Her nonfiction has been included in the anthologies Best American Political Writing and Best American Sports Writing, and her short stories have won two Pushcart Prizes. She lives with her husband and daughter in New England.

Gillian Flynn is the author of the #1 New York Times bestseller Gone Girl, for which she wrote the Golden Globe-nominated screenplay, and the New York Times bestsellers Dark Places and Sharp Objects. A former critic for Entertainment Weekly, she lives in Chicago with her husband and children.

 

Lisa Taddeo photo by J. Waite; Gillian Flynn photo by Heidi Jo Brady

 

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