Governor Gavin Newsom - Ben and Emma's Big Hit (Ferry Building Store)

Governor Gavin Newsom

Ben and Emma's Big Hit

Sun., Dec. 12 • 3:00pm PT 

Ferry Building Store

Meet & Greet, Book Signing, and Photos with Governor Newsom!

Tickets to this event are no longer available online, but tickets will be available at our SF Ferry Building store at the event. Check in begins at 2:30pm and you can purchase tickets then! 


 This event will be hosted in-person at Book Passage's Ferry Building location.
Please Note: All Attendees will be required to wear masks
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Stop on by our Ferry Building Store for a special event with Governor Gavin Newsom!  Don't miss out on your opportinity to meet and take a photo with Gavin Newsom -- and to get his newest children's book signed!

Inspired by Governor Newsom’s own lifelong struggles with dyslexia, with illustrations by Alexandra Thompson, Ben and Emma's Big Hit tells the story of Ben, a kid who loves baseball and wants to fit in at school, even when his dyslexia sometimes holds him back. With the help of his teacher Ms. Kim and his classmate Emma, who also has learning challenges, Ben learns that everyone has difficulties and everyone has talents, and that even when things are hard, dedication and determination make a difference. The book’s text is printed in OpenDyslexic font to help people with dyslexia read it more easily.

Governor Newsom will be donating all proceeds of Ben and Emma’s Big Hit to the International Dyslexia Association to help create a future for all kids who struggle with dyslexia in which they have access to the tools and resources they need to thrive.

Governor Newsom said, “Tens of millions of Americans struggle with dyslexia - including me. My dyslexia was particularly difficult when I was a kid. I wondered why my younger sister quickly finished her homework while I struggled. Reading aloud in front of the class filled me with heart-pounding fear and anxiety. My self-esteem and my grades suffered until I learned about dyslexia and strategies for dealing with it; so I wrote this book in hopes of helping support young people struggling with learning disabilities.”

Gavin Newsom is the 40th Governor of California. He previously served as the 49th Lieutenant Governor of California and as the 42nd Mayor of San Francisco. Newsom attended Santa Clara University, where he majored in political science and was a left-handed pitcher for Santa Clara's baseball team. Follow him on Twitter @GavinNewsom

Alexandra Thompson is an illustrator, author, and maker living in the Oxford Hills of Maine. Her debut picture book, A Family for Louie, releases June 9th, 2020. In addition to picture books, Alexandra also works with clients creating illustrations and textile designs for children's apparel. Visit her online at and on Instagram @alexandraco_illustration


Gavin Newsom photo courtesy of the publisher 



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