Small Business Saturday

Saturday, November 29, 2014 - 9:00am to 3:00pm

Forget all the Black Friday and Cyber Monday hoopla; the real fun this Thanksgiving weekend is at independent bookstores on Small Business Saturday

Last year, famed author Sherman Alexie issued an “Indies First” challenge to his fellow writers, urging them to spend an “amazing day” at their local bookstore:

We book nerds will become booksellers. We will make recommendations. We will practice nepotism and urge readers to buy multiple copies of our friends’ books.

A great many authors took up the challenge, and now it has become an annual tradition.

Come by our Ferry Building store and schmooze with well-known authors who will be helping out. They may be behind the counter, but they will more likely be out on the floor chatting about books with customers.

We will be joined by some of the authors and illustrators from Cameron & Company publishing. Here are some of the “Booksellers-for-a-shift” that you can expect to meet at the Ferry Building:

9:00am Sara Deseran
Author of Tacolicious and co-owner of the famed SF restaurant.

10:00am Amy Novesky & Arlo Crawford
Amy is the author of Me, Frida; Mister & Lady Day; and Georgia in Hawaii. Arlo is the author of the intimate memoir A Farm Dies Once a Year.

11:00am Tom Barbash & Amy Gutierrez (Amy G)
Tom is a famed short story writer whose latest collection is Stay Up With Me. Amy G is the sideline and San Francisco Giants reporter for Comcast SportsNet Bay Area and the author of Smarty Marty's Got Game.

1:00pm Author Event: Evan Morgan Williams - Thorn

1:00pm Mati McDonough
Illustrator of I Carry Your Heart With Me.

1:30pm Mac Barnett & Jory John
Mac's outrageously funny kids’ books include Telephone, the Brixton Brothers series, and the forthcoming The Terrible Two, with Jory John (who will join his fellow prankster). 

2:00pm Lewis Buzbee
Author of The Yellow-Lighted Bookshop. Buzbee’s latest book is Blackboard: A Personal History of the Classroom.


Tacolicious: Festive Recipes for Tacos, Snacks, Cocktails, and More [A Cookbook] Cover Image
ISBN: 9781607745624
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Ten Speed Press - September 2nd, 2014

A collection of recipes for fun, accessible taqueria fare—including colorful salsas, tasty snacks, irresistible cocktails, and of course tacos galore—from the wildly popular San Francisco restaurants and acclaimed Ferry Plaza Farmer's Market food stand, Tacolicious.

Me, Frida Cover Image
By Amy Novesky, David Diaz (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780810989696
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Harry N. Abrams - October 2010

Mister and Lady Day: Billie Holiday and the Dog Who Loved Her Cover Image
ISBN: 9780152058067
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: HMH Books for Young Readers - June 18th, 2013

Billie Holiday—also known as Lady Day—had fame, style, a stellar voice, big gardenias in her hair, and lots of dogs. She had a coat-pocket poodle, a beagle, Chihuahuas, a Great Dane, and more, but her favorite was a boxer named Mister. Mister was always there to bolster her courage through good times and bad, even before her legendary appearance at New York’s Carnegie Hall.

A Farm Dies Once a Year: A Memoir Cover Image
ISBN: 9780805098167
Availability: Out of Print
Published: Henry Holt and Co. - April 2014

A Book of the Month for GQ, The New Yorker, and Flavorwire

"Beautifully told…In this one season of life, Crawford's writing about the work, people, nature and his family legacy reveals much about a simple life, and reminds us all to appreciate life's riches."—Seattle Post Intelligencer

Stay Up With Me: Stories Cover Image
ISBN: 9780062258137
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Ecco - May 20th, 2014

In the tradition of classic short stories by John Cheever and Tobias Wolff, those in Tom Barbash's evocative collection explore the myriad ways we try to connect to one another and to the sometimes cruel world around us. The newly single mother in "The Break" interferes with her son's love life over his Christmas vacation from college.

Smarty Marty's Got Game Cover Image
By Amy Gutierrez, Adam McCauley (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9781937359515
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Cameron - October 15th, 2013

Thorn: Short Stories Cover Image
ISBN: 9781886157941
Availability: Special Order
Published: BkMk Press of the University of Missouri-Kans - November 2014

Fiction. "The seductive beauty of these subtle, troubling fictions reflect their author's dreamy, voice-drenched visions of underdog lives," writes Al Young, who selected THORN as the winner of the G.S. Sharat Chandra Prize for Short fiction, in his foreword to this lush collection of short stories by Evan Morgan Williams.

I Carry Your Heart with Me Cover Image
By E.E. Cummings, Mati McDonough (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9781937359522
Availability: Hard to Find
Published: Cameron - April 2014

Telephone Cover Image
By Mac Barnett, Jen Corace (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9781452110233
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Chronicle Books - September 9th, 2014

It's time to fly home for dinner! In this witty picture book from award-winning and bestselling author Mac Barnett, a mother bird gives the bird next to her a message for little Peter. But passing messages on a telephone line isn't as simple as it sounds. Each subsequent bird understands Mama's message according to its own very particular hobbies. Will Peter ever get home for dinner?

The Terrible Two Cover Image
By Mac Barnett, Jory John (With), Kevin Cornell (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9781419714917
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Harry N. Abrams - January 13th, 2015

The Yellow-Lighted Bookshop: A Memoir, a History Cover Image
ISBN: 9781555975104
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Graywolf Press - September 30th, 2008

In The Yellow-Lighted Bookshop, a Book Sense selection, Lewis Buzbee celebrates the unique experience of the bookstore-the smell and touch of books, the joy of getting lost in the deep canyons of shelves, and the silent community of readers. He shares his passion for books, which began with ordering through the Weekly Reader in grade school.

Blackboard: A Personal History of the Classroom Cover Image
ISBN: 9781555976835
Availability: Special Order
Published: Graywolf Press - August 5th, 2014

A captivating meditation on education from the author of The Yellow-Lighted Bookshop