Thank You Thursday with Karen Benke (San Francisco Ferry Building Store)

Thursday, July 25, 2019 - 6:00pm

Join us for our second “Thank You Thursday!” It’s a movement!

Start the habit of writing a note of gratitude on Thursdays – every week, or month, or even occasionally. Led by Karen Benke, author of Write Back Soon! and project founder Susan Birnbaum, we’ll provide thank-you cards, pens, and postage. Who would you thank? A teacher, a favorite author, a store clerk? We’ll hand-write cards and think about gratitude.

ALL ages are welcome!

Write Back Soon!: Adventures in Letter Writing Cover Image
$16.95
ISBN: 9781611802689
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Roost Books - September 22nd, 2015

Connect to your friends through handwritten notes, cards, letters, and postcards—an interactive workbook that encourages creative interactions between friends through the written word, complete with cross-outs, smudges, and parenthetical asides.


1 Ferry Building
San Francisco, CA 94111

Peter Orner - Maggie Brown & Others (Corte Madera Store)

Thursday, July 25, 2019 - 7:00pm

In Conversation with Melissa Cistaro

In his orchestral and moving new book, Peter Orner--a writer who "doesn't simply bring his characters to life, he gives them souls" (New York Times Book Review)--chronicles people whose lives are at inflection points. In forty-four compressed gems, he grips us with a series of defining moments. Whether it's a first date that turns into a late-night road trip to a séance in an abandoned airplane hangar, or a family's memories of the painful mystery surrounding a forgotten uncle's demise, Orner reveals how our fleeting decisions between kindness and abandonment chase us across time. These stories are anchored by a poignant novella that delivers not only the joys and travails of a forty-year marriage, but an entire era in small-town New England. Bristling with the crackling energy of life itself, Maggie Brown & Others marks the most sustained achievement to date for "a master of his form" (New York Times).

Peter Orner, a two-time recipient of the Pushcart Prize, is the author of five previous books, including the novel Love and Shame and Love and the collection Esther Stories, a finalist for the PEN/Hemingway Award. His fiction has appeared in The Atlantic, The Paris Review, Tin House, and Granta, and has been anthologized in The Best American Short Stories. The winner of the Rome Prize and a Guggenheim Fellowship, Orner teaches at Dartmouth College.

Melissa Cistaro is the author of the award-winning memoir Pieces of My Mother. Her stories, essays and interviews have appeared in numerous literary journals and national publications. She also works as an event coordinator at Book Passage and has taught memoir writing classes in the Bay Area and beyond.

Maggie Brown & Others: Stories Cover Image
$27.00
ISBN: 9780316516112
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Little, Brown and Company - July 2nd, 2019

In this powerful and virtuosic collection of interlocking stories, a National Book Critics Circle Award finalist takes the form to new heights.


51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925

Class: Kerrin Meis - A Taste for Modernism: The William S. Paley Collection

Friday, July 26, 2019 - 10:30am
photo of art history teacher Kerrin Meis

Two Fridays: July 26, August 2 • 10:30 am – 12:30 pm • $75

Kerrin Meis offers  two lectures analyzing a brilliant selection of masterpieces from MoMA in New York City. We will study major works from the artists associated with The School of Paris: Paul Gauguin, Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec, Henri Matisse, Pablo Picasso, Andre Derain, and Georges Rouault and the artists of the Nabis group: Edouard Vuillard and Pierre Bonnard. They will be considered within the context of the evolution of Modernism as well as what they tell about the collector's taste. 

Kerrin Meis taught art history at SFSU for ten years, and she leads study tours in Europe. Her Book Passage classes have been favorites for years.

51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925

John McReynolds - Stone Edge Farm Kitchen Larder Cookbook (San Francisco Ferry Building Store)

Saturday, July 27, 2019 - 12:00pm

Meet & Greet Following CUESA Demo

Celebrating the bounty of the estate's organic kitchen garden, groves, and olive orchard, the Stone Edge Farm Kitchen Larder Cookbook makes the ultimate gift for cooks looking for new creative and efficient means to make the most of abundance and is a thoughtful, practical inspiration for building one's own repertoire of versatile staples and resourceful dishes combining delicious and dependable larder recipes with fresh, seasonal ingredients.

Divided into chapters around ten classic ingredients--Lemons and Citrus, Herbs, Garlic, Potatoes, Tomatoes, Peppers, Figs, Quince, Olives and Olive Oil, and Grapes--seventy-five delectable recipes show readers how to prepare pantry staples, such as preserves, infused oils, and conservas, and then how to use those same products and ingredients in fully composed seasonal cocktails, dishes, and desserts for family meals and entertaining. Recipes include: Warm Olives with Preserved Lemon, Stone Fruit Salad with Onions, Wild Pecans, and Black Garlic Dressing, Potato and Green Garlic Ravioli, Herb-Crusted Fillet of Beef with Red Wine Jus, and Honey Sage Whiskey Sour.

Step-by-step photographs guide the reader through preservation techniques and recipes and inspire with views of finished and composed dishes and scenery from wine country.

John McReynolds is the author of the Stone Edge Farm Cookbook (2013), winner of the 2014 Cookbook of the Year and Best First Book awards from the International Association of Culinary Professionals (a historic first for a self-published cookbook). He was the founding chef and co-owner of Café La Haye in Sonoma, CA for ten years and is the Executive Chef and Culinary Director of Stone Edge Farm Estate Vineyards and Winery. His recipes have appeared in numerous magazines, newspapers, and cookbooks.

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We are pleased to share our Saturday mornings at the Ferry Building with our friends at CUESA, as they host well-known chefs at their demonstration kitchen. The food-portion of the events usually start at the market about an hour or so earlier than the times listed below. We invite the chefs and their fans to take a short walk over to our store where they can meet their readers and sign their books.

Stone Edge Farm Kitchen Larder Cookbook Cover Image
$35.00
ISBN: 9780847864546
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Rizzoli - March 12th, 2019

Focusing on ten ingredients, this book will enliven and inspire the way you harvest, shop, stock your pantry, and cook for everyday meals and special occasions.


1 Ferry Building
San Francisco, CA 94111

James Vlahos - Talk to Me (Corte Madera Store)

Saturday, July 27, 2019 - 7:00pm

The next great technological disruption is coming. The titans of Silicon Valley are racing to build the last, best computer that the world will ever need. They know that whoever successfully creates it will revolutionize our relationship with technology—and make billions of dollars in the process. They call it conversational AI.

Computers that can speak and think like humans may seem like the stuff of science fiction, but they are rapidly moving toward reality. In Talk to Me, veteran tech journalist James Vlahos meets the researchers at Amazon, Google, and Apple who are leading the way. He explores how voice tech will transform every sector of society: handing untold new powers to businesses, overturning traditional notions of privacy, upending how we access information, and fundamentally altering the way we understand human consciousness. And he even tries to understand the significance of the voice-computing revolution first-hand — by building a chatbot version of his terminally ill father.

Vlahos’s research leads him to one fundamental question: What happens when our computers become as articulate, compassionate, and creative as we are?

James Vlahos covers the frontiers of technological change for publications like Wired, the New York Times Magazine, Popular Science, and Scientific American; he also writes for The Atlantic and GQ. In 2017 he engineered a chatbot that helps preserve the personality and tell the life story of his late father, a project that resulted in a Wired cover story and attracted attention from around the world. He lives in El Cerrito, California.

 

Talk to Me: How Voice Computing Will Transform the Way We Live, Work, and Think Cover Image
$28.00
ISBN: 9781328799302
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Eamon Dolan/Houghton Mifflin Harcourt - March 26th, 2019

**To chat with the author, ask your Alexa device to "open the voice computing book."**

The next great technological disruption is coming


The titans of Silicon Valley are racing to build the last, best computer that the world will ever need.


51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925

Literary Luncheon: Janet Fitch - Chimes of a Lost Cathedral (Corte Madera Store)

Sunday, July 28, 2019 - 12:00pm

Ticket: $55 (includes meal & signed book)

After the events of The Revolution of Marina M., the young Marina Makarova finds herself on her own amid the devastation of the Russian Civil War--pregnant and adrift in the Russian countryside, forced onto her own resourcefulness to find a place to wait out the birth of her child. She finds new strength and self-reliance to fortify her in her sojourn, and to prepare her for the hardships and dilemmas still to come.

When she finally returns to Petrograd, the city almost unrecognizable after two years of revolution, the haunted, half-emptied, starving Capital of Once Had Been, she finds the streets teeming with homeless children, victims of war. Now fully a woman, she takes on the challenge of caring for these civil war orphans, until they become the tool of tragedy from an unexpected direction. But despite the ordeal of war and revolution, betrayal and privation and unimaginable loss, Marina at last emerges as the poet she was always meant to be.

Chimes of a Lost Cathedral finishes the epic story of Marina's journey through some of the most dramatic events of the last century---as a woman and an artist, entering her full power, passion, and creativity just as her revolution reveals its true direction for the future.

Janet Fitch's first novel, White Oleander, a #1 bestseller and Oprah's Book Club selection, has been translated into 24 languages and was made into a feature film. Her most recent novel, Paint It Black, hit bestseller lists across the country and has also been made into a film. She lives in Los Angeles.

 

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Please note: Tickets are non-refundable

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51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925

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