Dr. Richard Smith - The World Beneath (San Francisco Ferry Building Store)

Monday, September 23, 2019 - 6:00pm

From Dr. Richard Smith--one of the world's premier marine biologists, an award-winning underwater photographer, and a leading expert on seahorses--comes a spectacular guide to hundreds of the ocean's fishes and coral reefs.

In this richly informative volume, brimming with new discoveries and more than three hundred colorful images, you'll swim in the Atlantic, Pacific, and Indian Oceans; you'll be dazzled in the Coral Triangle and amazed in Triton Bay. Up close you'll meet the Cenderawasih fairy wrasse, with its florescent yellow streak; the polka-dot longnose filefish; and the multicolored seadragon. There are scarlet-colored corals, baby-blue sponges, daffodil crinoids, and all sorts of mystifying creatures that change color at the drop of a hat. The whale shark is almost larger than life and the author's beloved pygmy seahorse, unless photographed, is almost too tiny to see.

The wondrous creatures inside The World Beneath excel in the arts of seduction and deception, and you'll have the rare chance to see and delight in their antics. You'll also learn what they eat, how they play, and how they care for one another, live on one another, and mimic others when they're afraid. There is also compelling insight into the naming process, which creatures are facing extinction, and how we can help them before it's too late.

Dr. Smith is an internationally-renowned marine biologist who has dived into the ocean more than thirty-five hundred times.

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ISBN: 9781948062220
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Published: Apollo Publishers - September 10th, 2019

Meet the world's most fascinating sea creatures--see the lives and curiosities of colorful fish and coral reefs--this spectacular volume has more than 300 color photos and extraordinary text from a leading marine biologist and underwater photographer, and an international expert on seahorses.

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Petina Gappah - Out of Darkness, Shining Light (Corte Madera Store)

Monday, September 23, 2019 - 7:00pm

“This is how we carried out of Africa the poor broken body of Bwana Daudi, the Doctor, David Livingstone, so that he could be borne across the sea and buried in his own land.” So begins Petina Gappah's powerful novel of exploration and adventure in nineteenth-century Africa—the captivating story of the loyal men and women who carried explorer and missionary Dr. Livingstone's body, his papers and maps, fifteen hundred miles across the continent of Africa, so his remains could be returned home to England and his work preserved there. Narrated by Halima, the doctor's sharp-tongued cook, and Jacob Wainwright, a rigidly pious freed slave, Out of Darkness, Shining Light is a story that encompasses all of the hypocrisy of slavery and colonization—the hypocrisy at the core of the human heart—while celebrating resilience, loyalty, and love.

Petina Gappah is an award-winning and widely translated Zimbabwean writer. She is the author of two novels, Out of Darkness, Shining Light, The Book of Memory, and two short story collections, Rotten Row and An Elegy for Easterly. Her work has also been published in, among others, The New Yorker, Der Spiegel, The Financial Times, and the Africa Report. For many years, Petina worked as an international trade lawyer at the highest levels of diplomacy in Geneva where she advised more than seventy developing countries from Africa, Asia, the Caribbean and Latin America on trade law and policy.  Petina has also been a DAAD Writing Fellow in Berlin, an Open Society Fellow and a Livingstone Scholar at Cambridge University.  She has law degrees from Cambridge, Graz University in Austria, and the University of Zimbabwe. She currently lives in Harare.

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ISBN: 9781982110338
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Published: Scribner - September 10th, 2019

“Engrossing, beautiful, and deeply imaginative, Out of Darkness, Shining Light is a novel that lends voice to those who appeared only as footnotes in history, yet whose final, brave act of loyalty and respect changed the course of it.

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Class: Pamela Feinsilber - Meet the Author Book Group

Monday, September 23, 2019 - 7:00pm
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Four Mondays: Sep 23, Oct 21, Nov 18 & Dec 16, 2019 • 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm • Tuition: $100

We’ll have intimate conversations with the authors of... a life-affirming novel about an obese parent who wants to make his son's suicide "mean something" by losing 200 pounds; ten powerful, subtle stories—"imagine [Elena] Ferrante telling a family's story from prismatic perspectives"—spanning 30 years; a bold, "often bleak but poignant" tale of a woman who tries to escape terrible wartime events in a San Francisco bookstore; and an acclaimed, "keenly observed" debut novel in which a frazzled new mother flees to the high desert with her baby. Pamela Feinsilber is a Path to Publishing editor, book editor, and freelance writing consultant.

  • September: The Weight of Him - Ethel Rohan
  • October:      My Old Faithful: Stories - Yang Huang
  • November:  Through the Bookstore Window - Bill Petrocelli
  • December:  The Golden State - Lydia Kiesling

Pamela Feinsilber is a Path to Publishing mentor, book editor, and freelance writing consultant.

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ISBN: 9781250092120
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Published: St. Martin's Press - February 14th, 2017

"Deeply moving and memorable." —Roxane Gay, author of Bad Feminist and Hunger

"First-time novelist Rohan shows impressive acuity in portraying the many facets of Billy's and his family's grief." --Booklist

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ISBN: 9781625343369
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Published: University of Massachusetts Press - March 23rd, 2018

Showing both the drama of familial intimacy and the ups and downs of the everyday, My Old Faithful introduces readers to a close-knit Chinese family. These ten interconnected short stories, which take place in China and the United States over a thirty-year period, merge to paint a nuanced portrait of family life, full of pain, surprises, and subtle acts of courage.

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ISBN: 9781945572906
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Published: Rare Bird Books, a Vireo Book - March 13th, 2018

"I don't know if I sought out bookselling, or whether bookselling sought me out. But when you are hiding from a past that can blow up in your face at any minute, immersing yourself in the stories of others may be a good place to hide."

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ISBN: 9781250238115
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Published: Picador - September 3rd, 2019


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Mike German - Disrupt, Discredit, and Divide (San Francisco Ferry Building Store)

Tuesday, September 24, 2019 - 6:00pm

After sixteen years working as a Special Agent in the FBI, including undercover operations in neo-Nazi and militia groups, Mike German left the bureau in 2004 as a whistleblower. His new book Disrupt, Discredit, and Divide: How The New FBI Damages Democracy provides a unique contemporary history of the FBI, showing how its operations in the wake of 9/11 exploited the nation’s fear of terrorism to demand expanded authorities that it used to target the most vulnerable communities in America. Yet, even with its new powers and with far less government oversight, the FBI failed to monitor burgeoning white nationalist movements or crack down on white collar crime and foreign intelligence operations that compromised the 2016 election.

Drawing on personal interviews with former FBI agents, analysts, and whistleblowers, German offers an at once thrilling and troubling account of how the FBI refused to acknowledge its mistakes leading up to 9/11 and adopted a “disruption” strategy targeting communities of color, immigrants, religious minorities, and political dissidents. As German explains, this misinformed hunt for terrorists based on a discredited theory of “radicalization” would lead to a reallocation of vital resources that further threatened national security. For example, the FBI transferred about 500 agents from white collar crime to terrorism, leaving only one hundred agents to address the growing mortgage fraud crisis which the FBI had been warned of in 2004. Agents within the bureau also became targets. Foreign-born agents whose knowledge, experience, and language skills would have otherwise made them prime candidates for counterterrorism subjected them, instead, to internal investigations and polygraph exams. Religious converts, especially to Islam, found their careers blocked. And any agents who reported misconduct or discrimination, if not punished, found themselves in a bureaucratic maze.

The new FBI, as German explains, also crucially failed to view white nationalist violence as a security threat although far-right extremists kill more people in the US in an average year than any other terrorist groups. Additionally, white collar crime is treated as “too big to jail,” a blind spot exemplified in James Comey’s failure to pursue allegations that Russia was illicitly supporting Trump campaign in 2016.

Disrupt, Discredit, and Divide is an engaging and unsettling contemporary history of the FBI and a bold call for reform, told by a longtime counterterrorism undercover agent who has become a widely admired whistleblower and a critic for civil liberties and accountable government.

Mike German is a fellow with the Liberty and National Security program at the Brennan Center for Justice at NYU Law School. He has worked at the ACLU and served sixteen years as an FBI special agent. He co-wrote the feature film Imperium starring Daniel Radcliffe based on his undercover assignments in neo-Nazi groups. He has appeared on all major network and cable news channels as well as PBS Frontline, Democracy Now! and C-SPAN. He is also the author of Thinking Like a Terrorist.

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ISBN: 9781620973790
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Published: New Press - September 10th, 2019

A former FBI undercover agent and whistleblower gives us a riveting and troubling account of the contemporary FBI--essential reading for our times

Impressively researched and eloquently argued, former special agent Mike German's Disrupt, Discredit, and Divide tells the story of the transformation of the FBI after the 9/11 attacks from a law enforcement agency, made famous by pro

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Josh Campbell - Crossfire Hurricane (Corte Madera Store)

Tuesday, September 24, 2019 - 7:00pm

Titled after the FBI code name for the initial investigation into the Trump campaign’s ties to Russia, Crossfire Hurricane chronicles President Trump's relentless attacks on the FBI. Josh Campbell, a career special agent who served under Presidents George W. Bush, Barack Obama, and Donald J. Trump before resigning from the FBI in February 2018, takes readers behind the scenes of the Russia investigation’s earliest days and makes a compelling case that Trump's campaign of attack poses a threat to public safety.

Campbell, who has twelve years' experience working on some of the FBI's highest-profile operations and is now a national security expert for CNN, was special assistant to James Comey. Using a combination of firsthand experience and reporting from sources still within the Bureau, he offers an inside perspective into the FBI that will captivate readers struggling to make sense of a news cycle careening out of control.

Josh Campbell is a CNN analyst, providing insight on crime, justice, and national security issues. Prior to joining the network, Campbell was a Supervisory Special Agent with the FBI and served as Special Assistant to FBI Director James Comey. During his twelve-year career, he conducted numerous high-profile terrorism and kidnapping investigations, served overseas in multiple diplomatic and operational assignments, and managed the bureau's interagency communication response strategy following crisis incidents. He received four FBI Combat Theater Awards for his work embedded with military special operations and CIA teams abroad. Campbell has a Master of Arts in Communication from Johns Hopkins, a Bachelor of Arts in Government from the University of Texas at Austin, and completed the Arabic language immersion training program at Middlebury College. He is an officer in the U.S. Navy Reserve and a term member with the Council on Foreign Relations.

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ISBN: 9781616209506
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Published: Algonquin Books - September 17th, 2019

“An indispensable and riveting insider’s account of one of the most dramatic and controversial periods in the history of the FBI. Crossfire Hurricane is a must-read for all Americans.” —Daniel Silva, New York Times bestselling author

“Campbell speaks both from the heart and experience.

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Margaret Atwood with Kelly Corrigan - The Testaments (Carol Channing Theater)

Tuesday, September 24, 2019 - 7:00pm

Tickets: $65 (includes a copy of The Testaments) • Please note: This event is sold out

Book Passage and Curran will present a special one-night-only event featuring a conversation with acclaimed novelist Margaret Atwood—moderated by best-selling author and host of “Foreword,” Kelly Corrigan—at the Carol Channing Theater at San Francisco’s Lowell High School (1101 Eucalyptus Drive) on Tuesday, September 24 at 7 p.m. The conversation will center on The Testaments, Atwood’s long-awaited sequel to her seminal novel, The Handmaid’s Tale.

In her brilliant sequel to The Handmaid’s Tale, Margaret Atwood answers the questions that have tantalized readers for decades. When the van door slammed on Offred’s future at the end of The Handmaid’s Tale, readers had no way of telling what lay ahead for her—freedom, prison or death. With The Testaments, the wait is over.  Atwood’s sequel picks up the story 15 years after Offred stepped into the unknown, with the explosive testaments of three female narrators from Gilead.
Says Atwood, “Dear Readers: Everything you’ve ever asked me about Gilead and its inner workings is the inspiration for this book. Well, almost everything! The other inspiration is the world we’ve been living in.”
Margaret Atwood, whose work has been published in thirty-five countries, is the author of more than forty books of fiction, poetry, and critical essays. In addition to The Handmaid’s Tale, her novels include Cat’s Eye, short-listed for the 1989 Booker Prize; Alias Grace, which won the Giller Prize in Canada and the Premio Mondello in Italy; The Blind Assassin, winner of the 2000 Booker Prize; Oryx and Crake, short-listed for the 2003 Man Booker Prize; The Year of the Flood; and MaddAddam. She is the recipient of the Los Angeles Times Innovator’s Award, and lives in Toronto with the writer Graeme Gibson.

Kelly Corrigan is the author of four New York Times bestselling memoirs including The Middle Place and her most recent book, Tell Me More.  She has written for O Magazine and been on the Today Show five times. She is also the creative force behind Notes & Words, an annual concert for UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital in Oakland, which has raised over $12 million in the last 10 years.  


The event is part of Curran’s popular SHOW & TELL series, featuring topical and entertaining events. From the White House to the Great White Way, Curran’s SHOW & TELL all-star lineup has previously featured Former FBI Director James Comey,  Senator Kamala Harris, former White House photographer Pete Souza, the writers and creative minds behind SOFT POWER, David Henry Hwang and Jeanine Tesori and Broadway legend Patti LuPone, comedians Megan Mullally and Nick Offerman, and Monty Python original member Eric Idle.

The Curran’s official reopening in 2016, following an extensive, two-year, top-to-bottom renovation, became one of the most widely discussed and covered cultural happenings in San Francisco. A key component of the national movement to renovate and revitalize America’s great culture palaces from coast-to-coast, Curran’s impact has resonated far beyond the seven square miles of its hometown. Curran’s impact extends to the Bay Area’s education system, with a strong emphasis on student-focused initiatives and programming, including hosting student performances of HEAD OVER HEELS, ECLIPSED, THE ENCOUNTER, and THE JUNGLE as well as presenting the first ever amateur performances of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s SCHOOL OF ROCK: THE MUSICAL, which were performed entirely by the students of Oakland School for the Arts.

“With Harry Potter and the Cursed Child occupying our Curran stage starting this fall, we have the great opportunity to expand our canvas beyond the stage and into the Bay Area with Curran About Town,” says Carole Shorenstein Hays. “Keep your eyes peeled for Curran events and activities around the city that complement the programming at the theater—including more SHOW & TELL’s and partnerships with our friends at Book Passage. I’m thrilled to present this conversation between two brilliant female authors as part of this effort.”




*Click on the link below to purchase a copy of The Testaments. (Please note this link is for buying the book only. Tickets for the event are sold out.)

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ISBN: 9780385543781
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Published: Nan A. Talese - September 10th, 2019


Margaret Atwood's dystopian masterpiece, The Handmaid's Tale, has become a modern classic—and now she brings the iconic story to a dramatic conclusion in this riveting sequel.

Carol Channing Theater, Lowell High School
1101 Eucalyptus Drive
San Francisco, CA 94132