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Shelley Lindgren & Kate Leahy - Italian Wine (Ferry Building Store)

Saturday, December 2, 2023 - 1:00pm
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Shelley Lindgren
& Kate Leahy

Italian Wine
The History, Regions, and Grapes of an Iconic Wine Country

In-Person Meet & Greet Book Signing Event • Book Passage (SF Ferry Building)

Sat., December 2nd • 1:00pm PT

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Journey through all twenty regions of Italy to discover the grapes, terrain, and historical techniques that have influenced modern Italian winemaking in this accessible and stunning guide to Italian wines.

“A brilliant look into the past, present, and future of wine and food in Italy.”—Rajat Parr, owner-operator of Phelan Farm and author of Secrets of Sommeliers and The Sommelier’s Atlas of Taste

From award-winning sommelier Shelley Lindgren, who has long been recognized (and now knighted!) for her promotion of lesser-known Italian wines, and acclaimed cookbook author Kate Leahy comes a user-friendly and charming guide to Italian wines two decades in the making. The dynamic storytelling duo takes you through a beautifully photographed and delightfully comprehensive journey to understand what Italian wine looks like today: the makers shaping the industry, the innovative ways farmers are adapting to climate change, and the history that paved the path for this current movement.

Travel vicariously through all twenty regions with Leahy and Lindgren and expand your palate beyond Chianti, Pinot Grigio, and Lambrusco. Immerse yourself in the untold stories of how ancient winemaking techniques, the shifts of power and the movement of families, and the terrain and climate have influenced modern Italian winemaking. The curiosity and passion Lindgren and Leahy have is infectious and inviting, and you’ll leave with a buzz and a richer understanding of the country’s wines.

Italian Wine be your in-depth and fun guide into this endlessly fascinating, diverse world of wine.

Shelley Lindgren is the wine director and owner of San Francisco’s beloved Italian restaurant A16. She has received the James Beard Award for Outstanding Wine Program; has received the Slow Wine Fair Award for Best Selection of Good, Clean, and Fair Italian Wine; and has been knighted by the Italian government, receiving the prestigious “Cavaliere dell'Ordine Della Stella Italia” (Dott.ssa) distinction for her professional dedication to Italian wine. Shelley’s work has been featured in The Wall Street Journal, Food & WinePunchSan Francisco Chronicle, and many other publications. She served on the board of La Cocina, the Guild of Sommeliers, and Slide Ranch and is a member of Les Dames d’ Escoffier. She lives in San Francisco with her husband, two sons, and a border collie.

Kate Leahy is an author and coauthor of more than a dozen books, including Wine StyleLavashLa Buvette, and Burma Superstar. Her work has been featured in Food & WineBon Appétit, and Smithsonian Magazine. A former line cook turned writer, she lives in San Francisco with her partner and their corgi.

Shelley and Kate’s first book, A16 Food + Wine, was IACP’s Cookbook of the Year. They are also coauthors of SPQR: Modern Italian Food and Wine. This is their third book together, a culmination of two decades of traveling to Italy and tasting Italian wines.


Shelley Lindgren photo courtesy of Frankie Frankeny. Kate Leahy photo courtesy of John Lee.


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Pierre Thiam - Simply West African (Ferry Building Store)

Saturday, September 23, 2023 - 1:00pm
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Pierre Thiam

Simply West African:
Easy, Joyful Recipes for Every Kitchen: A Cookbook

An In-Person Meet & Greet Book Signing • Book Passage (SF Ferry Building)

Sat., Sept. 23, 2023 • 1:00pm PT

This event will be hosted live at Book Passage's San Francisco Store. Please contact with questions regarding live events.

Join us for a special meet and greet signing with chef Pierre Thiam for his latest cookbook, Simply West African: Easy, Joyful Recipes for Every Kitchen: A Cookbook.

This signing follows and accompanies a 12pm demonstration put on by Foodwise. Read more about the demo here.

Experience the vibrant cuisines of West Africa any night of the week with 80 easy, accessible recipes
“Chef Pierre Thiam offers an entry point into the cooking of a region that has been ignored by the mainstream food culture for way too long.”—Jessica B. Harris, culinary historian and author of High on the Hog: A Culinary Journey from Africa to America

This is West African food for every kitchen, a generous, warm welcome to its delicious, irresistible culinary mainstays and rhythms. If you already cook with ingredients like hearty greens, yams, black-eyed peas, and okra, or have enjoyed Southern staples like jambalaya and gumbo, you have tasted the deep culinary influences of this interconnected region that spans Senegal, Ghana, Côte d'Ivoire, Cameroon, Nigeria, and more. 

Now, in 
Simply West African, celebrated chef and West African cooking authority Pierre Thiam unlocks the region’s essential tastes for the everyday home cook. With helpful tips and tricks that teach readers the basics of the cuisine, Pierre shows how seamlessly these flavorful, easy-to-execute dishes can become weeknight staples or the star of your table for weekend gatherings. Introduce family and friends to:

· Familiar dishes with a distinctly West African vibe: Chicken Yassa Tacos; Saucy Shrimp and Fonio Grits; Maman’s Crispy Herb-Crusted Chicken; Blackened Salmon with Moyo Sauce
· One-pot crowd pleasers: Root Vegetable Mafe; Chicken Stew with Eggplant; Tomato, and Ginger; Braised Beef and Collard Greens
· Hearty vegetables and starchy soak-em-ups: Roasted Eggplant in Peanut Sauce; Double Coconut Rice and Peas; Smoky Black-Eyed Pea Mash

With this book, you too will fill your kitchen with the comforting, irresistible flavors and beautiful spirit of West Africa.

Chef, restaurateur, and cookbook author Pierre Thiam was raised in Dakar, Senegal. He is the executive chef of the award-winning restaurant Nok by Alara in Lagos, Nigeria and the Signature Chef of the five-star Pullman Hotel in Dakar, Senegal as well as the executive chef and co-owner of Teranga, in New York City. He lives in El Cerrito, California with his wife Lisa, their daughter Na’ia, and dog Malcolm. Lisa Katayama is a Tokyo-born writer who has been featured in Wired and The New York Times Magazine and is the author of Urawaza: Secret Everyday Tips and Tricks from Japan.


Pierre Thiam photo courtesy of Evan Sung.


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Joshua Weissman - Texture Over Taste (Ferry Building Store)

Wednesday, November 8, 2023 - 4:00pm
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Joshua Weissman

Texture Over Taste

~ An In-Person Meet & Greet w/ Personalization & Photo Opportunity Non-Seated Event ~

$40 Ticket Includes Book
SF Ferry Building Store

Weds., Nov. 8, 2023 • 4:00pm PT

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Join us for this special meet & greet signing/personalization + photo opportunity with internet superstar chef Joshua Weissman! There will be a complimentary signature caramel corn treat for each patron, so come hungry!

Fresh off of his #1 New York Times bestseller, Joshua Weissman: An Unapologetic Cookbook, Joshua Weissman is back with a bold and exciting new cookbook that will take your cooking to an entirely different level!

Everyone knows flavor is important, right? But what's that secret sauce that turns eating into an unforgettable experience? It's the secret sauce that nobody seems to talk about enough—it's not flavor, it's texture! When flavor meets textures like creamy, chewy, or crunchy, the eating experience evolves into something entirely new and utterly fantastic. Flavor is one thing, but texture is what really makes the experience complete.

 Joshua Weissman: Texture Over TasteJoshua Weissman introduces you to the elements of flavor, then uses stories and fun visualizations to dive deeper and teach you about the six fundamental textures that create some of the greatest food experiences you'll ever enjoy. Joshua then explores each texture through over 75 spectacular recipes. In the "Crunchy" chapter, you'll learn how to make recipes like the most amazing fried chicken you've ever tasted, french fries (of course), and arancini. "Chewy" is where you'll discover recipes like his personal never-been-shared recipe for New York bagels, jjolmyeon (spicy chewy noodles), and brown sugar boba tea. "Aerated" features a cheese foam, challah bourbon french toast casserole, and a lighter-than-air glazed donut. "Creamy" is where you'll indulge in one-pound-of-butter mashed potatoes, perfectly baked mac and cheese, and decadent tres leches. In "Fluid" you'll dive into juicy birria tacos, diner-style milkshakes, and matzo ball soup. Finally, "Fatty" features a 72-hour short rib with coffee caramel, hamachi crudo, and a Texas toast smashburger. Each chapter opens with an irreverent introduction to the featured texture that explains how it impacts flavor, written from the unique perspective that only Joshua can provide.

With Joshua Weissman, there is no compromising; he'll challenge you to think about cooking and food in an entirely different way. You'll experience cooking exactly as it's supposed to be—fun and maybe even a little dangerous!

Joshua Weissman has been obsessed with food from an early age. When other kids were asking for video games for their birthdays, he was asking for whole animals to butcher and prepare. Joshua began cooking professionally at age 19 and has worked at some of the top fine-dining restaurants in the United States. With his uncompromising, over-the-top approach to food, he entertains and instructs more than 20 million fans across his online platforms. He’s the author of the #1 New York Times-bestselling cookbook Joshua Weissman: An Unapologetic Cookbook. Joshua lives in Austin, Texas, where he can usually be found working at his studio or at home cooking for his wife.


Joshua Weissman photo courtesy of the publisher.


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Andrew Chan with Aisha Harris - Why Mariah Carey Matters (Ferry Building Store)

Thursday, September 28, 2023 - 5:00pm

Andrew Chan
in conversation with Aisha Harris

Why Mariah Carey Matters

In-Person Event • Book Passage (SF Ferry Building)

Thurs., September 28th • 5:00pm PT

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The first book to critically examine the legacy of pop superstar Mariah Carey.

When it comes to Mariah Carey, star power is never in doubt. She has sold hundreds of millions of albums and cut more chart-topping hits than any other solo artist—ever. And she has that extraordinary five-octave vocal range. But there is more to her legacy than eye-popping numbers.

Why Mariah Carey Matters examines the creative evolution and complicated biography of a true diva, making the case that, despite her celebrity, Carey’s musicianship and influence are insufficiently appreciated. A pioneering songwriter and producer, Carey pairs her vocal gifts with intimate lyrics and richly layered sonic details. In the mid-1990s, she perfected a blend of pop, hip-hop, and R&B with songs such as “Fantasy” and “Honey” and drew from her turbulent life to create the introspective masterpiece Butterfly. Andrew Chan looks beyond Carey’s glamorous persona to explore her experience as a mixed-race woman in show business, her adventurous forays into house music and gospel, and her appeal to multiple generations of queer audiences. He also reckons with the transcendent ideal of the voice that Carey represents, showing how this international icon taught artists around the world to sing with soul-shaking intensity and a spirit of innovation.

Andrew Chan writes regularly about music, film, and books for 4Columns. His work has also been published by the Criterion Collection, Film Comment, NPR, the New Yorker, and Reverse Shot.

Aisha Harris is a culture critic and co-host of the award-winning NPR podcast Pop Culture Happy Hour and the author of Wannabe: Reckonings With the Pop Culture That Shapes Me. She previously covered arts and culture for the New York Times and Slate as a writer and editor, and was the creator and host of Slate's TV and film podcast Represent. Born and raised in Connecticut, she earned her bachelor's degree in theatre from Northwestern University and her master's degree in cinema studies from New York University.


Andrew Chan photo courtesy of Grant Delin. Aisha Harris photo courtesy of Shelby Macena.

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Micah and Joshua Siva - 1, 2, 3, Nosh With Me (Ferry Building Store)

Saturday, August 26, 2023 - 1:00pm
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Special Meet & Greet event for kids 0-6 and for all kids at heart! 

Micah & Joshua Siva 

1, 2, 3, Nosh With Me

In-Person Meet & Greet Event • Book Passage (SF Ferry Building)

Sat., August 26th • 1:00pm PT

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In Jewish families (like many others), food is sacred—and a wonderful way to express love. Many families in America are familiar with Italian and Chinese delicacies; however, how many are familiar with Jewish fare? In 1, 2, 3, Nosh With Me, authors and spouses Micah and Joshua Siva offer a fun romp through traditional Jewish foods with an educational twist for toddlers, preschoolers, and early readers—and their admirers! Following Buckwheat, a very hungry and curious dog, kids will turn the pages and count a variety of “yummy in the tummy” treats—matzo balls, bagels, kugels, knishes, and more. While practicing their numbers, from one golden challah to celebrate Shabbat to ten crispy latkes served by candlelight on Hanukkah, little ones will be introduced to cherished Jewish foods rich in cultural meaning.

Featuring catchy text and lively full-color illustrations, 1, 2, 3, NOSH WITH ME is the perfect book for moms, dads, bubbies, papas, aunties, and other grown-ups to read to their favorite tots—over and over again. Hungry for more? The book wraps up with Micah’s trusted Simple Challah recipe, with illustrated instructions for how to braid or coil the challah, with additional creative ideas for toppings.

Micah Siva is a trained chef, registered dietitian, recipe writer, and food photographer, specializing in modern Jewish cuisine. After graduating from the Natural Gourmet Institute of Health & Culinary Arts, she pursued a career in nutrition and later worked for global brands, media outlets, and publications in food media. She shares Jewish-inspired, plant-forward recipes through her blog, Nosh with Micah. Micah lives in San Francisco, California, with her husband, Josh, and their mini sheepadoodle, Buckwheat.

Josh Siva is a lifelong lover of Jewish food, including his everyday favorite: matzah with cream cheese and everything bagel seasoning. Originally from Buffalo, NY, Josh has made a career marketing life-changing medicines and medical devices to people in need. Through his work, he’s lived around the world and is proud to make San Francisco home, along with his wife, Micah, and dog, Buckwheat. As Micah’s husband, when Josh isn’t working his day job, he’s working as a full-time taste tester and dishwasher for her latest recipe!  

Sviatoslav Franko is a children’s book illustrator who enjoys collaborating with independent authors and publishers. He is fascinated by the complexity of nature and combines digital illustration and oil painting to reflect it in his work. Sviatoslav lives in Ukraine where the mountains are his favorite place for rest and inspiration.


Micah Siva, Josh Siva and Buckwheat - photo courtesy of the Hannah Lovano


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Vauhini Vara with R.O. Kwon - This Is Salvaged (Ferry Building Store)

Monday, October 23, 2023 - 5:30pm

Vauhini Vara
in conversation with R.O. Kwon

This Is Salvaged

In-Person Event • Book Passage (SF Ferry Building)

Mon., October 23rd • 5:30pm PT

This event will be hosted in-person at Book Passage's SF Ferry Building Store. Please contact with questions regarding events.

Named a most anticipated book of the year by Literary HubElectric Literature and The Millions

A Best Book of Fall 2023 by Bustle.

Pushing intimacy to its limits in prose of unearthly beauty, Vauhini Vara explores the nature of being a child, parent, friend, sibling, neighbor, or lover, and the relationships between self and others. A young girl reads the encyclopedia to her elderly neighbor, who is descending into dementia. A pair of teenagers seek intimacy as phone-sex operators. A competitive sibling tries to rise above the drunken mess of her own life to become a loving aunt. One sister consumes the ashes of another. And, in the title story, an experimental artist takes on his most ambitious project yet: constructing a life-size ark according to the Bible’s specifications. In a world defined by estrangement, where is communion to be found? The characters in This Is Salvaged, unmoored in turbulence, are searching fervently for meaning, through one another.

Vauhini Vara has been a reporter and editor for the Wall Street JournalThe New Yorker, and the New York Times Magazine, and is the prize-winning author of The Immortal King Rao. She lives in Fort Collins, Colorado.

R.O. Kwon’s nationally bestselling first novel, The Incendiaries, has been translated into seven languages and was named a best book of the year by over forty publications. The Incendiaries was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle John Leonard Award. Kwon and Garth Greenwell coedited the bestselling Kink, a New York Times Notable Book and the recipient of the inaugural Joy Award.

Kwon’s writing has appeared in The New York Times, Vanity Fair, New Yorker, and elsewhere. She has received fellowships and awards from the National Endowment for the Arts, Yaddo, and MacDowell. Born in Seoul, Kwon has lived most of her life in the United States.


Vauhini Vara photo courtesy of Andrew Altschul. R.O. Kwon photo courtesy of Smeeta Mahanti.

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Kashmir Hill with Alexis Madrigal - Your Face Belongs to Us (Ferry Building Store)

Monday, October 2, 2023 - 5:30pm

Kashmir Hill
in conversation with Alexis Madrigal

Your Face Belongs to Us:
A Secretive Startup's Quest to End Privacy as We Know It

In-Person Event • Book Passage (SF Ferry Building)

Mon., October 2nd • 5:30pm PT

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The story of a small AI company that gave facial recognition to law enforcement, billionaires, and businesses, threatening to end privacy as we know it.

“The dystopian future portrayed in some science-fiction movies is already upon us. Kashmir Hill’s fascinating book brings home the scary implications of this new reality.”—John Carreyrou, author of Bad Blood

New York Times tech reporter Kashmir Hill was skeptical when she got a tip about a mysterious app called Clearview AI that claimed it could, with 99 percent accuracy, identify anyone based on just one snapshot of their face. The app could supposedly scan a face and, in just seconds, surface every detail of a person’s online life: their name, social media profiles, friends and family members, home address, and photos that they might not have even known existed. If it was everything it claimed to be, it would be the ultimate surveillance tool, and it would open the door to everything from stalking to totalitarian state control. Could it be true?

In this riveting account, Hill tracks the improbable rise of Clearview AI, helmed by Hoan Ton-That, an Australian computer engineer, and Richard Schwartz, a former Rudy Giuliani advisor, and its astounding collection of billions of faces from the internet. The company was boosted by a cast of controversial characters, including conservative provocateur Charles C. Johnson and billionaire Donald Trump backer Peter Thiel—who all seemed eager to release this society-altering technology on the public. Google and Facebook decided that a tool to identify strangers was too radical to release, but Clearview forged ahead, sharing the app with private investors, pitching it to businesses, and offering it to thousands of law enforcement agencies around the world.
Facial recognition technology has been quietly growing more powerful for decades. This technology has already been used in wrongful arrests in the United States. Unregulated, it could expand the reach of policing, as it has in China and Russia, to a terrifying, dystopian level.

Your Face Belongs to Us is a gripping true story about the rise of a technological superpower and an urgent warning that, in the absence of vigilance and government regulation, Clearview AI is one of many new technologies that challenge what Supreme Court Justice Louis Brandeis once called “the right to be let alone.”

Kashmir Hill is a tech reporter at The New York Times, where her writing about the intersection of privacy and technology pioneered the genre. Hill has worked and written for a number of publications, including The New Yorker, The Washington Post, Gizmodo, Popular Science, Forbes, and many others.

Alexis Madrigal is a contributing writer at The Atlantic and the host of KQED’s Forum. He is the author of Powering the Dream and the forthcoming The Pacific Circuit. He created the podcast Containers and the television show Real Future. He previously worked at Wired, at Univision, and in various editorial roles at The Atlantic.


Kashmir Hill photo courtesy of Earl Wilson.

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Jill K. Robinson - San Francisco Scavenger (Ferry Building Store)

Sunday, November 19, 2023 - 2:00pm

Jill K. Robinson

San Francisco Scavenger

In-Person Event • Book Passage (SF Ferry Building)

Sun., November 19th • 2:00pm PT

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San Francisco lures people in search of a wide variety of treasure: fame, wealth, property, inspiration, love, family, community, freedom, and a fresh start. With this book in your hands, you hold a treasure map to the history of the City by the Bay—from its earliest days to more modern times.

Solve 360 rhyming clues that take you on a scavenger hunt through 19 different neighborhoods across the 49 square miles of San Francisco. Each riddle includes a photo to help you find museums, public artworks, historical sites, bars and restaurants, architectural highlights, and more. Whether you love the thrill of solving a puzzle, have a desire to learn a little history, feel the urge to get out and explore, or even rediscover a city you thought you knew, find the true spirit of San Francisco in the pages of this book.

Author and travel journalist Jill K. Robinson left her heart in San Francisco in her earliest childhood years. She brings her years of research, love for the city, and countless hours of exploring to this epic scavenger quest. Come with an adventurous spirit, and whether you solve the clues alone or with family and friends, this creative excursion will help you unlock the secrets of San Francisco.

Jill K. Robinson writes about travel and adventure for National Geographic, AFAR, Condé Nast Traveler, Travel + Leisure, Outside, Sierra, Virtuoso The Magazine, Hemispheres, and more. She has won three Lowell Thomas Awards from the Society of American Travel Writers Foundation in the categories of Foreign Travel, Culinary-Related Travel, and Environmental and Sustainable Tourism. Jill’s books include 100 Things to Do in San Francisco Before You Die (2018, Reedy Press), Gordon Ramsay’s Uncharted: A Culinary Adventure with 60 Recipes From Around the Globe (2023, National Geographic Books), Great Outdoors U.S.A.: 1,000 Adventures Across All 50 States (2023, National Geographic Books), and San Francisco Scavenger (2023, Reedy Press). For more on Jill, please visit


Jill K. Robinson photo courtesy of the author.

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Sarah Blakley-Cartwright - Alice Sadie Celine (Ferry Building)

Wednesday, November 29, 2023 - 5:00pm
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Sarah Blakley-Cartwright

Alice Sadie Celine

In-Person Event • Book Passage (SF Ferry Building)

Weds., November 29th • 5:00pm PT

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“Obsessed!” —Chloë Sevigny
“I am literally obsessed.” —Busy Philipps

A hypnotic, sexy, and incisive debut adult novel following one woman’s affair with her daughter’s best friend that tests the limits of love and ambition from #1 New York Times bestselling author of Red Riding Hood.

It’s opening night, but Alice’s performance in the local Bay Area production of The Winter’s Tale is far from glamorous. She doesn’t have dreams of stardom, but the basement theater in a wildfire-choked town isn’t exactly what she envisioned for her career back home in Los Angeles. To make matters worse, her best friend Sadie is not even coming.

Pragmatic, serious Sadie and flighty, creative Alice have been best friends since high school—really one another’s only friends—but now that they are through with college (which they attended together) and living on opposite ends of California, Alice would at least expect her friend’s support. Sadie, determined not to cancel her plans with her boyfriend, ends up enlisting the help of her mother, Celine.

A professor of women’s and gender studies at UC Berkeley, Celine’s landmark treatise on sex and identity made her notorious, but she’s struggling to write her new book in a post-second-wave feminist world. So, when Sadie begs her to attend Alice’s play, she relents, if only to escape writer’s block. But in a turn of perplexing events, Celine becomes entranced by Alice’s performance and realizes that her daughter’s once lanky, slightly annoying best friend is now an irresistible young woman.

Set over the course of decades—from Alice and Sadie’s early friendship days and Celine’s decision to leave her husband to the radical movements of 1990s Berkeley and navigating contemporary Hollywood—Alice and Celine’s affair will test the limits of their love for Sadie and their own beliefs of power, agency, and feminism. Witty and relatable, sexy and surprising, Sarah Blakley-Cartwright’s debut adult novel is a mesmerizing portrait of the inner lives of three very different women.

Sarah Blakley-Cartwright is the author of Red Riding Hood, a #1 New York Times bestseller published worldwide in thirty-eight editions and fifteen languages. She is the editor of Hauser & Wirth’s The Artist's Library for Ursula magazine. She is publishing director of the Chicago Review of Books, and associate editor of A Public Space.



Sarah Blakley-Cartwright photo courtesy of Beowulf Sheehan.


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Matt Gutman - No Time to Panic (Ferry Building)

Thursday, September 21, 2023 - 5:30pm
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Matt Gutman

No Time to Panic

In-Person Event • Book Passage (SF Ferry Building)

Thurs., September 21st • 5:30pm PT

This event will be hosted live at Book Passage's San Francisco Store. Please contact with questions regarding live events.

By ABC News’s chief national correspondent, an unflinching look at panic attacks by a reporter whose career was nearly derailed by them, offering readers a guide to making a truce with their warring minds

"Brave, reassuring, and practical...A balm for anyone who has ever suffered panic attacks and who longs to be released from their grip." —Dr. Nicole LePera, #1 New York Times bestselling author of How to Do the Work

“Seamlessly weaves page-turning personal experiences with scientific discoveries…A tour de force." —Ethan Kross, New York Times bestselling author of Chatter

Matt Gutman can tell you the precise moment that his life was upended, even if he can’t quite remember it. Reporting live in January 2020, Gutman found himself in the throes of an on-air panic attack—and not for the first time. The truth is that Gutman had been suffering panic attacks in secret for twenty years: gut-wrenching episodes that left his vision constricted, his body damp, his nerves shot. Despite the affliction, he had managed to carve out a formidable career for himself, reporting from war zones and natural disasters before millions of viewers on Good Morning America and World News Tonight. He had always managed to “punch through” his panic, his TV appearances kinetic and often unforgettable.

But Gutman’s January 2020 broadcast was noteworthy for all the wrong reasons. Mid-panic he would misstate the facts of a story, a blunder that led to a month-long suspension, not to mention heaps of shame and regret.

It was a wake-up call. Gutman’s panic attacks were too much for him to bear in secret. He needed help.

So begins the author's personal journey into the science and treatment of panic attacks. He would talk to the world’s foremost scholars on panic and anxiety—they would show him that his mind wasn’t broken, merely in need of recalibration. He would consult therapists and shamans, trying everything from group treatment and CBT to ayahuasca and psilocybin. And he would take a hard look at the way the trauma of his youth—including his father’s death in a plane crash at forty-two—still reverberated inside him.

Unsparing, perceptive, and often funny, this is the story of a panic sufferer who decided to take on the monster within. Filled with wisdom and actionable insights, it’s both an inspirational journey and a roadmap—if not toward a singular cure, then to something only more worthy: peace of mind.

MATT GUTMAN is ABC News’s chief national correspondent. A multi-award winning reporter, Gutman contributes regularly to World News Tonight with David Muir20/20Good Morning America, and Nightline. He has reported from fifty countries across the globe and is the author of The Boys in the Cave: Deep Inside the Impossible Rescue in Thailand.  He lives in Los Angeles with his wife and two children.






Matt Gutman photo courtesy of Eddie Diaz.


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