NEW DATE: James Bostwick - Acts of Omission (San Francisco Ferry Building Store)

Monday, July 29, 2019 - 6:00pm

Down on his luck after a string of lost cases and a recent divorce, personal injury lawyer Matt Taylor hopes his next trial will be an easy win. But when he meets a devastatingly injured young man desperate for help, Matt finds himself embroiled in an impossible lawsuit against Salvatore Conte, a powerful lawyer with sinister connections. Despite all warnings, Matt courageously pulls out all the stops to uncover the truth and right a horrific legal wrong. What follows in Acts of Omission is an epic multi-million-dollar battle of wills, intrigue, and outright violence that could cost Matt everything he cares about—his career, his family, his heart….and his life.

James S. Bostwick is a nationally recognized trial lawyer with over forty years of experience representing catastrophically injured people throughout the country. In this first novel, he uses his vast experience to provide a rare glimpse into the world of civil trial lawyers, what motivates them, the enormous risks they take, and the choices that define them professionally and personally. Bostwick is an invited member of the Inner Circle of Advocates (limited to the top 100 plaintiff’s trial lawyers in the U.S.), and is a past President of the International Academy of Trial Lawyers (limited to the top 500 plaintiff and defense trial lawyers in the U.S.). He has received many honors and awards for his work as a civil plaintiff’s trial lawyer. Bostwick has obtained several record results for his clients over the years, including the largest medical malpractice jury verdict in U.S. history. He is the father of five. He practices law with his son and with his law partner of over twenty years. His office is in the San Francisco Bay Area where he lives with his wife and their two dogs.

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ISBN: 9781642932614
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Published: Post Hill Press - May 28th, 2019

A brilliant and dogged young trial lawyer in San Francisco risks everything he holds dear to bring the most dangerous legal adversary in town to justice. 

Down on his luck after a string of lost cases and a recent divorce, personal injury lawyer Matt Taylor hopes his next trial will be an easy win.

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San Francisco, CA 94111

Cuong Lu - The Buddha in Jail (San Francisco Ferry Building Store)

Tuesday, July 30, 2019 - 6:00pm

As a prison chaplain, Cuong Lu discovered that when the men inside allowed themselves to feel their pain--including remorse for committing crimes--knowing and feeling the truth became a source of strength for them.

This is a book of fifty-two vignettes--stories and teachings about Lu's six years as a prison chaplain. He found that when the inmates felt listened to, understood and not judged, it transformed their sense of who they are, and as a result changed their attitudes and their behavior. Cuong Lu opens our eyes beyond prejudice to see others--and ourselves--in a larger perspective. When we look at prisoners without judgment, we connect with those we might never know, and with our own basic goodness. The message of The Buddha in Jail is one of redemption.

This book is not just about the prisoners. It's about all of us. We're all caught in distorted and limiting ideas of ourselves. We don't believe freedom and happiness are attainable. But when we come to believe in ourselves, we discover the freedom and happiness already within. Cuong Lu shows us that this approach works. It can be applied to all prisons, and also to our own lives.

Cuong Lu, Buddhist teacher, scholar, and writer, was born in Nha Trang, Vietnam, in 1968. He majored in East Asian studies at the University of Leiden, and in 1993 was ordained a monk at Plum Village in France under the guidance of Thich Nhat Hanh. In 2000, he was recognized as a teacher in the Lieu Quan line of the Linji School of Zen Buddhism. In 2009, Lu returned to lay life in the Netherlands, where, together with five colleagues, he stood at the birth of the Buddhist Spiritual Care Program within Holland's penitentiary system. In 2015, he received a master's degree in Buddhist Spiritual Care at Vrije University in Amsterdam. Lu is the founder of Mind Only School, in Gouda, South Holland, where he teaches Buddhist philosophy and psychology, specializing in Yogachara Buddhism combined with the Madhyamaka (Middle Way) School of Nagarjuna.

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By Cuong Lu, Roshi Joan Halifax (Foreword by)
ISBN: 9781949017137
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Published: OR Books - April 2nd, 2019

A Buddhist teacher shares insights into the prisoner's mindset, something with implications for us all, whether or not we are in a conventional jail

As a prison chaplain, Cuong Lu discovered that when the men inside allowed themselves to feel their pain--including remorse for committing crimes--knowing and feeling the truth became a source of strength for them.

1 Ferry Building Plaza
San Francisco, CA 94111

R. O. Kwon with C Pam Zhang - The Incendiaries (Corte Madera Store)

Tuesday, July 30, 2019 - 7:00pm

In Conversation with C Pam Zhang

Phoebe Lin and Will Kendall meet in their first month at prestigious Edwards University. Phoebe is a glamorous girl who doesn't tell anyone she blames herself for her mother's recent death. Will is a misfit scholarship boy who transfers to Edwards from Bible college, waiting tables to get by. What he knows for sure is that he loves Phoebe.

Grieving and guilt-ridden, Phoebe is drawn into a secretive cult founded by a charismatic former student with an enigmatic past. When the group commits a violent act in the name of faith, Will finds himself struggling to confront a new version of the fanaticism he's worked so hard to escape. Haunting and intense, The Incendiaries is a fractured love story that explores what can befall those who lose what they love most.

R. O. Kwon is a National Endowment for the Arts Literature Fellow. Her writing is published or forthcoming in the New York Times, New York, The Guardian, Vice, Buzzfeed, Time, Noon, Electric Literature, Playboy, and elsewhere. Born in South Korea, she has lived most of her life in the United States.

Born in Beijing but mostly an artifact of the United States, C Pam Zhang is the recipient of support from Tin House, Bread Loaf, Aspen Words, and elsewhere. Her work lives in publications such as Kenyon Review, The Pushcart Prize Anthology, and McSweeney's Quarterly; she herself has lived in thirteen cities across four countries and is still pondering home.

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ISBN: 9780735213906
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Published: Riverhead Books - July 30th, 2019

Now a National Bestseller

"Religion, politics, and love collide in this slim but powerful novel reminiscent of Donna Tartt's The Secret History, with menace and mystery lurking in every corner." --People Magazine

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Corte Madera, CA 94925

William McKeever - Emperors of the Deep (Corte Madera Store)

Wednesday, July 31, 2019 - 7:00pm

From the Jaws blockbusters to Shark Week, we are conditioned to see sharks as terrifying cold-blooded underwater predators. But as Safeguard the Seasfounder William McKeever reveals, sharks are evolutionary marvels essential to maintaining a balanced ecosystem. We can learn much from sharks, he argues, and our knowledge about them continues to grow. The first book to reveal in full the hidden lives of sharks, Emperors of the Deep examines four species—Mako, Tiger, Hammerhead, and Great White—as never before, and includes fascinating details such as:

  • Sharks are 50-million years older than trees;
  • Sharks have survived five extinction level events, including the one that killed off the dinosaurs;
  • Sharks have electroreception, a sixth-sense that lets them pick up on electric fields generated by living things;
  • Sharks can dive 4,000 feet below the surface;
  • Sharks account for only 6 human fatalities per year, while humans kill 100 million sharks per year.

McKeever goes back through time to probe the shark’s pre-historic secrets and how it has become the world’s most feared and most misunderstood predator, and takes us on a pulse-pounding tour around the world and deep under the water’s surface, from the frigid waters of the Arctic Circle to the coral reefs of the tropical Central Pacific, to see sharks up close in their natural habitat. He also interviews ecologists, conservationists, and world-renowned shark experts, including the founders of Greenpeace’s Rainbow Warrior, the head of the Massachusetts Shark Research Program, and the self-professed “last great shark hunter.”

At once a deep-dive into the misunderstood world of sharks and an urgent call to protect them, Emperors of the Deep celebrates this wild species that hold the key to unlocking the mysteries of the ocean—if we can prevent their extinction from climate change and human hunters.

William McKeever is the founder of Ocean Guardian, a NGO dedicated to ocean conservation. He is the producer and director of the forthcoming feature-length documentary Man Bites Shark, which will premier in the spring.


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ISBN: 9780062880321
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Published: HarperOne - June 25th, 2019

Emperors of the Deep is a must-read for anyone in love with our oceans and concerned with averting the looming ecological destruction of our planet. McKeever brings to light the importance of sharks and their role as ancient guardians of the seas.”—John Hocevar, Oceans Campaign Director, Greenpeace USA

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Corte Madera, CA 94925

Andrew Shaffer - Hope Rides Again

Saturday, August 3, 2019 - 2:00pm

Following a long but successful book tour, Joe Biden has one more stop before he can return home: Chicago. His old pal Barack Obama has invited him to meet a wealthy benefactor whose endorsement could turn the tide for Joe if he decides to run for president.

The two friends barely have time to catch up before another mystery lands in their laps: Obama’s prized Blackberry is stolen. When their number-one suspect winds up full of lead on the South Side, the police are content to write it off as just another gangland shooting. But Joe and Obama smell a rat...

Set against the backdrop of a raucous city on St. Patrick’s Day, Hope Rides Again follows Joe and Obama as they race to find the shooter, only to uncover a vast conspiracy that goes deeper than the waters of Lake Michigan—which is exactly where they’ll spend the rest of their retirement if they’re not careful.

Andrew Shaffer is the New York Times best-selling author of more than a dozen books, including the national best seller Hope Never Dies: An Obama Biden Mystery. He lives with his wife, the novelist Tiffany Reisz, in Kentucky.

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ISBN: 9781683691228
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Published: Quirk Books - July 9th, 2019

In the sequel to the New York Times best-selling novel Hope Never Dies, Obama and Biden reprise their roles as BFFs-turned-detectives as they chase Obama's stolen cell phone through the streets of Chicago--and right into a vast conspiracy.

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San Francisco, CA 94111

September Williams - The Elephant in the Room (Corte Madera Store)

Saturday, August 3, 2019 - 4:00pm

In Conversation with Susan Martinelli and Pauline Sakamoto • Proceeds Benefit Mothers' Milk Bank, San Jose

September Williams is an American physician-writer, bioethicist, and filmmaker who is a member of the National Writers Union and an affiliate of the International Federation of Journalists. Researching her first novel of the Chasing Mercury Toxic Trilogy she came across material showing cow’s milk-based formula poses a greater risk of infant exposure to mercury and lead than does breastfeeding. There, the seed was planted for The Elephant in the Room: Bioethical Concerns in Human Milk Banking. Seriously humorous, informative and timely, The Elephant in the Room takes a sexy look at bioethics. The year 2018 will be remembered as pivotal in modern history because that’s when the first mother-model (in more ways than one) helped empower all families by breastfeeding her baby at work, on a runway during Fashion Week.

How did we come to this point where breastfeeding is sensational? Dr. Williams defines bioethical problem-solving techniques, wades through some heady science, and breaks public health into bite-sized bits ingestible by ‘everybody and their mothers’. “Should we let babies starve?” It is a not so ‘tongue in cheek’ example of a simplified moral question. The Elephant in the Room worries about the pain of disproportionate infant mortality and maternal morbidity by race and class. Evidence is given for why mothers and their babies plagued by high infant mortality and morbidity might benefit from mind-body skill development. She notes traps inherent in our dependence on biotechnology and neonatal intensive care units if we do not place equal focus on diminishing root causes for those needs. Using the history of moral travesties related to the commodification of women and their bodies, in the service of science and technology, she warns that we risk repeated deviations from our health evolution.

The Elephant in the Room trumpets a song that can be easily heard by a wide range of people—women and men, healthcare professionals, owners of restaurants, movie theaters, and bookstores. The clarion call? “More breast milk, please,”  through the normalization of breastfeeding in society.

The first week of August 2019 is World Breastfeeding Week.  A member of the California Breastfeeding Coalition, Susan Martinelli, (BCLC) based at the Marin Community Clinics will join the discussion. Also, Pauline Sakamoto, MS, RN, PHN, Mothers’ Milk Bank San Jose’s founding executive director will join  September Williams, MD, as a resource for this book talk. In recognition of decades of lactation advocacy, feeding frail babies, and the wisdom to identify milk inequity— proceeds from the sale of the Elephant in the Room: Bioethical Concerns in Human Milk Banking go to Mothers’ Milk Bank, San Jose.

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ISBN: 9780692179109
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Published: Cove International Publishers - September 24th, 2018

From bioethicist September Williams, MD, the author of 'Chasing Mercury, ' with Mothers' Milk Bank, San Jose, comes The Elephant in the Room: Bioethical Concerns in Human Milk Banking. Seriously humorous, informative and timely, The Elephant... makes bioethics look sexy. The year 2018 will be remembered as pivotal in modern history.

51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925