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Michael Ondaatje with Michael David Lukas - A Year of Last Things (Dominican University of California)

Wednesday, April 17, 2024 - 7:00pm

Michael Ondaatje
In conversation with Michael David Lukas

A Year of Last Things
{ Poems }

$40 Ticket includes hardcover book
Weds., April 17th, 2024 • 7:00pm PT

Angelico Hall - Dominican University of California

This event will be hosted by Dominican University of California. Please contact with questions regarding online events.

From one of the most influential writers of his generation, a gorgeously surprising poetry collection about memory, history, and the act of looking back

Following several of his internationally acclaimed novels, A Year of Last Things is Michael Ondaatje’s long-awaited return to poetry. In pieces that are sometimes witty, sometimes moving, and always wise, we journey back through time by way of alchemical leaps, unearthing writings by revered masters, moments of shared tenderness, and the abandoned landscapes we hold on to to rediscover the influence of every border crossed.

Moving from a Sri Lankan boarding school to Molière’s chair during his last stage performance, to Bulgarian churches and their icons, to the California coast and his beloved Canadian rivers, Michael Ondaatje casts a brilliant eye that merges memory with the present, in the way memory as the distant shores of art and lost friends continue to influence everything that surrounds him.

From his poem "His chair, a narrow bed, a motel room, the fox":

     At the Hacienda Motel in Los Angeles Sam Cooke was shot dead.
     ‘See that shadow on the wall . . .’ All those motels and hotels
     in literature and song, where X wrote this,
     where Y got drunk, where Z overdosed.
     The one Hank Williams was driven past, dead already in his car.
     The Slavianski Bazaar Hotel in "The Lady with a Dog,"
     where Dmitri imagines their dark but hopeful future.
     The Hôtel de ville de Courtrai, where Verlaine shot Rimbaud.
     The Casa Verdi in Milan, where retired opera singers were welcomed
     along with various heteronyms of Fernando Pessoa in their afterlife.

MICHAEL ONDAATJE is the author of seven novels, a memoir, a nonfiction book on film, and several books of poetry. His novel The English Patient won the Booker Prize in 1992 and became a major motion picture that won nine Academy Awards, including Best Film; Anil's Ghost won the Irish Times International Fiction Prize, the Scotiabank Giller Prize, and the Prix Médicis. Born in Sri Lanka, Michael Ondaatje now lives in Toronto.


Michael David Lukas has been a Fulbright Scholar in Turkey, a night-shift proofreader in Tel Aviv, a student at the American University of Cairo, and a waiter at the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference in Vermont. Translated into more than a dozen languages, his first novel The Oracle of Stamboul was a finalist for the California Book Award, the NCIBA Book of the Year Award, and the Harold U. Ribalow Prize. His second novel, The Last Watchman of Old Cairo, won the Sami Rohr Prize, the National Jewish Book Award, the Prix Interallié for Foreign Fiction, and the ALA’s Sophie Brody Medal. A graduate of Brown University and the University of Maryland, he is a recipient of scholarships from the National Endowment for the Arts, Montalvo Arts Center, New York State Summer Writers’ Institute, Squaw Valley Community of Writers, and Elizabeth George Foundation. His writing has appeared in The New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Slate, National Geographic Traveler, and Georgia Review. He lives in Oakland and teaches at San Francisco State University.





Michael Ondaatje photo courtesy of the publisher. Michael David Lukas photo courtesy of Michael David Lukas


20 Olive Ave
Dominican University of California
San Rafael, CA 94901

Professor Dacher Keltner - Awe (Congregation Rodef Sholom & Online)

Wednesday, April 17, 2024 - 7:00pm

Professor Dacher Keltner

The New Science of Everyday Wonder and How It Can Transform Your Life

Wed., April 17th, 2024 • 7:00pm PT
Congregation Rodef Sholom & Online • Free Event

This event will be hosted by Rodef Sholom. Please contact with questions.

Professor Dacher Keltner presents Awe: The New Science of Everyday Wonder and How It Can Transform Your Life
Wednesday, April 17th, 7pm

The REAL Mental Health Initiative at Congregation Rodef Sholom is proud to welcome UC Berkeley Professor of Psychology Dacher Keltner for a conversation about how to bring a bit more awe into your life.

Presented in-person at Congregation Rodef Sholom and virtually. Register HERE.


"Read this book to connect with your highest self.”
—Susan Cain, #1 New York Times bestselling author of Bittersweet and Quiet

From a foremost expert on the science of emotions, a groundbreaking and essential exploration into the history, science, and greater understanding of awe.

Awe is mysterious. How do we begin to quantify the goose bumps we feel when we see the Grand Canyon, or our utter amazement when we watch a child walk for the first time? Until recently, there was no science of awe, that feeling we experience when we encounter vast mysteries that transcend our understanding of the world. Revolutionary thinking, though, has shown how humans have survived over the course of evolution thanks to our capacities to cooperate, form communities, and create culture—all of which are spurred by awe.

Awe, Dacher Keltner presents a sweeping investigation and deeply personal inquiry into this elusive feeling. Revealing new research alongside an examination of awe across history, culture, and within his own life, Keltner shows us how cultivating awe in our everyday lives leads us to appreciate what is most humane in our human nature. At turns radical and profound, brimming with enlightening and practical insights, Awe is our field guide for how to place this emotion as a vital force within our lives.


Dacher Keltner is a professor of psychology at the University of California, Berkeley, and the faculty director of UC Berkeley’s Greater Good Science Center. A renowned expert in the science of human emotion, Dr. Keltner studies compassion and awe, how we express emotion, and how emotions guide our moral identities and search for meaning. His research interests also span issues of power, status, inequality, and social class. He is the author of The Power Paradox, the bestselling books Born to Be Good and Awe, and the coeditor of The Compassionate Instinct.


“Humanity has a lot of loss to work through. Keltner has written the perfect guidebook for this journey, interweaving discoveries that he and his disciples have made since he pioneered the scientific study of awe 20 years ago with highly personal—and at times excruciatingly tender—meditations on the death of his brother Rolf.” —Harvard Business Review

“A gifted storyteller, Keltner draws on the experiences of individuals across the world to document the salutary impact of everyday, wild and mystical encounters with nature, music, visual art, literature, religion, the birth of children, and the death of loved ones.” —Psychology Today



The REAL Mental Health Initiative at Rodef Sholom is supported by the Laszlo N. Tauber Family Foundation


Dacher Keltner photo credit Natalie Keltner McNeil


Congregation Rodef Sholom + Online
170 North San Pedro Road
San Rafael, CA 94903

Will Cockrell - Everest, Inc. (Movement SF)

Thursday, April 18, 2024 - 6:00pm

Will Cockrell

Everest, Inc.
The Renegades and Rogues Who Built an Industry at the Top of the World

Free Event – RSVP BELOW // In-Person
Thurs., April 18, 2024 • 6:00pm PT

Movement San Francisco

Free event, please RSVP. Please contact with any questions.

Presented in partnership with Movement San Francisco as we present Will Cockrell as he presents his new book on guided climbing on Mount Everest, Everest, Inc.

Featuring original interviews with mountain guides and climbers—including Jimmy Chin and Conrad Anker—this vivid and authoritative adventure history chronicles one of the least likely industries on Earth: guided climbing on Mount Everest.

Anyone who has read Jon Krakauer’s Into Thin Air or has seen a recent photo of climbers standing in line to get to the top of Everest may think they have the mountain pretty well figured out. It’s an extreme landscape where bad weather and incredible altitude can occasionally kill, but more so an overcrowded, trashed-out recreation destination where rich clients pad their egos—and social media feeds—while exploiting local Sherpas.

There’s some truth to these clichés, but they’re a sliver of the story. Unlike any book to date, 
Everest, Inc. gets to the heart of the mountain through the definitive story of its greatest invention: the Himalayan guiding industry. It all began in the 1980s with a few boot-strapping entrepreneurs who paired raw courage and naked ambition with a new style of expedition planning. Many of them are still living and climbing today, and as a result of their astonishing success, ninety percent of the people now on Everest are clients or employees of guided expeditions.

Studded with quotes from original interviews with more than a hundred western and Sherpa climbers, clients, writers, filmmakers, and even a Hollywood actor, Everest, Inc. foregrounds the voices of the people who have made the mountain what it is today. And while there is plenty of high-altitude drama in unpacking the last forty years of Everest tragedy and triumph, it ultimately transcends stereotypes and tells the uplifting counternarrative of the army of journeymen and women who have made people’s dreams come true, and of the Nepalis who are pushing the industry into the future.  


Will Cockrell has spent more than twenty years as a senior editor, writer, and consultant for national magazines including Men’s Journal, Outside, Men’s Fitness, and GQ. His work has been awarded by the American Society of Magazine Editors and Professional Publishers Association UK. A former outdoor guide, Cockrell has covered Everest throughout his career, and has visited Everest base camp in Nepal. He lives with his family in Los Angeles, California. Find more at his website,



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Will Cockrell photo credit of Dave Mullin.


Movement San Francisco
924 Mason St
San Francisco, CA 94129

Rita Chang-Eppig with Hannah Michell - Deep as the Sky, Red as the Sea (ESCOM College of Marin)

Friday, April 19, 2024 - 1:00pm

Rita Chang-Eppig
In conversation with Hannah Michell

Deep as the Sky,
Red as the Sea

Fri., April 19, 2024 • 1:00pm PT
College of Marin • Free Event

This event will be hosted by College of Marin. Please contact with questions.

Join us in celebration of this author event at College of Marin: In this event, Rita Chang-Eppig will talk about her brilliant novel, Deep as the Sky, Red as the Sea, a dazzling historical novel about a legendary Chinese pirate queen, her fight to save her fleet from the forces allied against them, and the dangerous price of power.

Admission is free and all are welcome. You don't need a ticket. Parking for these events is easy and free.

More information: or (415) 485-9475. These events are sponsored by the Emeritus Students of College of Marin.

A Good Morning America Buzz Pick

For readers of OutlawedPiranesi, and The Night Tiger, a dazzling historical novel about a legendary Chinese pirate queen, her fight to save her fleet from the forces allied against them, and the dangerous price of power.

As Recommended By
The TODAY Show * Washington Post * Goodreads * LitHub * Real Simple * Time * Popsugar * HuffPost * Los Angeles Times * Ms. Magazine * Book Riot * * The Rumpus * * Polygon * Debutiful * Electric Lit * Shondaland *

A book of salt and grit, blood and sweat, Deep as the Sky, Red as the Sea is an unmissable portrait of a woman who leads with the courage and ruthlessness of our darkest and most beloved heroes.

When Shek Yeung sees a Portuguese sailor slay her husband, a feared pirate, she knows she must act swiftly or die. Instead of mourning, Shek Yeung launches a new plan: immediately marrying her husband’s second-in-command, and agreeing to bear him a son and heir, in order to retain power over her half of the fleet.

But as Shek Yeung vies for control over the army she knows she was born to lead, larger threats loom. The Chinese Emperor has charged a brutal, crafty nobleman with ridding the South China Seas of pirates, and the Europeans—tired of losing ships, men, and money to Shek Yeung’s alliance—have new plans for the area. Even worse, Shek Yeung’s cutthroat retributions create problems all their own. As Shek Yeung navigates new motherhood and the crises of leadership, she must decide how long she is willing to fight, and at what price, or risk losing her fleet, her new family, and even her life.


Rita Chang-Eppig received her MFA in fiction from NYU. Her novel about an infamous Chinese pirate queen, Deep as the Sky, Red as the Sea, was a Barnes & Noble Discover, Indie Next, Indies Introduce, and Good Morning America Buzz pick. Her stories have appeared in The Best American Short Stories 2021, McSweeney’s Quarterly Concern, Conjunctions, Clarkesworld, Virginia Quarterly Review, One Story, and elsewhere. She has received fellowships from the Rona Jaffe Foundation, the Vermont Studio Center, the Writers Grotto, the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference, and the Martha Heasley Cox Center for Steinbeck Studies at San Jose State University.

Hannah Michell grew up in Seoul. She studied anthropology and philosophy at Cambridge University and now lives in California with her husband and children. She teaches in the Asian American and Asian Diaspora Studies Program at the University of California, Berkeley. Excavations is her American debut.







Rita Chang-Eppig photo courtesy of the author. Hannah Michell photo credit Nan Phelps.


Academic Center, Room 255
835 College Ave.
Kentfield, CA 94904

Amy Tan with Keith Hansen - The Backyard Bird Chronicles (Dominican University of California & Online)

Tuesday, April 23, 2024 - 7:00pm

Amy Tan
in conversation with Keith Hansen

The Backyard Bird Chronicles

In-Person and Streaming Online!
$45 Ticket includes hardcover book
Tues., April 23rd, 2024 • 7:00pm PT

Angelico Hall - Dominican University of California

This event will be hosted by Dominican University of California. Please contact with questions regarding online events.

We are thrilled to welcome local author, legendary novelist, and great friend of the store, Amy Tan to Dominican University of California, for an evening celebrating the release of her latest book, a unique and mesmerizing reflection on birding, life and the natural world loving illustrated by the author herself. She'll be joined onstage by fellow birder, illustrator and author Keith Hansen.

A gorgeous, witty account of birding, nature, and the beauty around us that hides in plain sight, written and illustrated by the best-selling author of The Joy Luck Club • With a foreword by David Allen Sibley

“Unexpected and spectacular” —Ann Patchett, best-selling author of These Precious Days

"The drawings and essays in this book do a lot more than just describe the birds. They carry a sense of discovery through observation and drawing, suggest the layers of patterns in the natural world, and emphasize a deep personal connection between the watcher and the watched. The birds that inhabit Amy Tan’s backyard seem a lot like the characters in her novels.” —David Allen Sibley, from the foreword

Tracking the natural beauty that surrounds us, 
The Backyard Bird Chronicles maps the passage of time through daily entries, thoughtful questions, and beautiful original sketches. With boundless charm and wit, author Amy Tan charts her foray into birding and the natural wonders of the world.

In 2016, Amy Tan grew overwhelmed by the state of the world: Hatred and misinformation became a daily presence on social media, and the country felt more divisive than ever. In search of peace, Tan turned toward the natural world just beyond her window and, specifically, the birds visiting her yard. But what began as an attempt to find solace turned into something far greater—an opportunity to savor quiet moments during a volatile time, connect to nature in a meaningful way, and imagine the intricate lives of the birds she admired.

AMY TAN is the author of several novels, including The Joy Luck Club and The Bonesetter's Daughter. She is a co-producer and co-screenwriter of the film version of The Joy Luck Club and is on the board of American Bird Conservancy. She lives in Sausalito, California.

Keith Hansen illustrated and coauthored Hansen’s Field Guide to the Birds of the Sierra Nevada (Heyday,2021), a field guide companion to Birds of the Sierra Nevada: Their Natural History, Status, and Distribution. He is a professional bird illustrator whose images have been featured in Discovering Sierra BirdsBirds of Yosemite and the East Slope; and Natural History of the Point Reyes Peninsula, among other books.










Amy Tan photo courtesy of the publisher. Keith Hansen photo courtesy of the author.


20 Olive Ave
Dominican University of California
San Rafael, CA 94901

Jen Psaki - Say More (Dominican University of California)

Thursday, May 16, 2024 - 7:00pm

Jen Psaki

Say More
Lessons from Work, the White House, and the World

Dominican University - Angelico Hall
$40 Includes Book
Thurs., May 16, 2024 • 7:00pm PT

This event will be hosted by Dominican University of California. Please contact with questions regarding events.

Former White House Press Secretary and current MSNBC host Jen Psaki shares the surprising lessons she’s learned on her path to success and offers unique yet universal advice about how to be a more effective communicator in any situation.

Not many White House Press Secretaries capture the nation’s interest the way Jen Psaki did. Refreshingly candid and clear, Psaki quickly became known for her ability to break through the noise and successfully deliver her message. In her highly anticipated book, Psaki shares her journey to the Briefing Room and beyond, taking readers along the campaign trail, to the State Department, and inside the White House under two Presidents. With her signature wit, Psaki writes about reporting to bosses from the hot-tempered Rahm Emanuel to the coolly intellectual Barack Obama to the surprisingly tenderhearted John Kerry. She also talks about her time working closely with President Joe Biden from the start of his administration to set a new tone for the country, restoring a sense of calm and respect for the role of the media in our Democracy.

Since leaving the White House, Psaki’s star has continued to rise. She launched a highly rated show on MSNBC and was so successful that in just six months she was given an additional primetime Monday slot, ahead of Rachel Maddow. And Psaki’s work doesn’t end at the office. She is the mother of two young children and shares her stories about the journey of communicating as a parent: During one bedtime briefing, her young daughter asked the question, “Why do wars start?”, which Jen carefully explained and then got a follow up: “Have you ever seen a unicorn?”

Say More, Psaki explains her straightforward approach to communication, walking readers through difficult conversations as well as moments where humor saves the day—whether it is with preschoolers, partners, or presidents. She addresses the best ways to give and receive feedback, how to connect with your audience, how to listen actively, and much more. Say More is the book Psaki wishes she had when she started her career, and is a trove of entertaining, essential lessons from one of the most prominent voices in American politics today.

Jen Psaki is the host of MSNBC’s Sunday afternoon and Monday evening program, Inside with Jen Psaki. She served as the thirty-fourth White House Press Secretary under President Biden until May 2022. Over the course of her twenty years in public service, Psaki also served as White House Communications Director under President Obama, as the spokesperson for the State Department under then Secretary of State John Kerry, and worked on three presidential campaigns. She lives in Arlington, Virginia, with her husband and two children.


Jen Psaki photo courtesy of Patrick Randak - MSNBC.


Angelico Hall - Dominican University
20 Olive Ave
San Rafael, CA 94901

Cooks with Books: Ruth Reichl - The Paris Novel (Left Bank Brasserie Larkspur)

Friday, May 17, 2024 - 12:30pm

Registration reopened!

Ruth Reichl

The Paris Novel

$130 includes the book + lunch
Fri., May 17, 2024 • 12:30pm PT

Left Bank Brasserie - Larkspur

Please contact with any questions.

* Registration has reopened! Limited number of tickets now available. Please email with any questions. 


We are overjoyed to welcome legendary writer and food critic Ruth Reichl for a joyous Cooks with Books lunch celebrating her new novel, a wild adventure of all the good things in life in 1980s Paris.

Join us at Left Bank Brasserie in Larkspur for what will be an unforgettable lunch with one of our great voices in food.

$130 Ticket (includes meal, wine, tax, tip, and a signed copy of The Paris Novel)

Guests will have a chance to hear Ruth speak, get their book signed, and have a candid photo taken with her!

Bestselling author Ruth Reichl takes readers on an adventure of food, art, and fashion in 1980s Paris in this dazzling, heartfelt novel.

Stella reached for an oyster, tipped her head and tossed it back. It was cool and slippery, the flavor so briny it was like diving into the ocean... Oysters, she thought, where have they been all my life?

When her estranged mother dies, Stella is left with an unusual inheritance: a one-way plane ticket and a note reading Go to Paris. But Stella is hardly cut out for adventure; a childhood trauma has kept her confined to the strict routines of her comfort zone. When her boss encourages her to take time off, Stella resigns herself to honoring her mother’s last wishes.

Alone in a foreign city, Stella falls into old habits, living cautiously and frugally. Then she stumbles across a vintage store where she tries on a fabulous Dior dress. The shopkeeper insists that this dress was meant for Stella and, for the first time in her life, Stella does something impulsive. She buys the dress and together they embark on an adventure. 

Her first stop: iconic brasserie Les Deux Magots, where Stella tastes her first oysters, and then meets an octogenarian art collector who decides to take her under his wing. As Jules introduces her to a veritable who’s who of the 1980s Paris literary, art, and culinary worlds, Stella begins to understand what it might mean to live a larger life.

As weeks—and many decadent meals—go by, Stella ends up living as a “tumbleweed” at famed bookstore Shakespeare & Company, uncovers a hundred-year-old mystery in a Manet painting, and discovers a passion for food that may be connected to her past. A feast for the senses, this novel is a testament to living deliciously, taking chances, and finding your true home.

Ruth Reichl is the New York Times bestselling author of five memoirs, the novel Delicious!, and the cookbook My Kitchen Year. She was editor in chief of Gourmet magazine, and previously served as restaurant critic for The New York Times, as well as food editor and restaurant critic for the Los Angeles Times. She has been honored with six James Beard Awards.


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Ruth Reichl  photo courtesy of Michael Singer.


Left Bank Larkspur Brasserie
507 Magnolia Ave
Larkspur, CA 94939

Brian Copeland - Outraged (ESCOM College of Marin)

Friday, May 17, 2024 - 1:00pm

Brian Copeland


Fri., May 17, 2024 • 1:00pm PT
College of Marin • Free Event

This event will be hosted by College of Marin. Please contact with questions.

Join us in celebration of this author event at College of Marin. In this event, Brian Copeland will talk about, Outraged – A TV investigative reporter and his sister, a San Francisco PD homicide detective, look into the slayings of Bay Area cops who have shot unarmed African Americans yet faced no repercussions in this debut crime thriller.

Admission is free and all are welcome. You don't need a ticket. Parking for these events is easy and free.

More information: or (415) 485-9475. These events are sponsored by the Emeritus Students of College of Marin.



Distinguished award-winning author, playwright, and television comedian Brian Copeland, in partnership with Black Odyssey Media, is thrilled to unveil his debut crime thriller, Outraged. Set against the dynamic backdrop of the Bay Area, Copeland’s novel intricately weaves together a gripping narrative that explores the repercussions of police shootings, blending action, mystery, and insightful social commentary.

The story develops with the shocking murder of San Francisco Police Officer Mickey Driscoll. As the investigation unfolds, led by TV investigative reporter Topher Davis and his sister, SFPD Homicide Detective Lynn Sloan, the siblings find themselves immersed in a world of mystery and danger. With a looming deadline and escalating stakes, they navigate through a complex web of grieving families, African American militias, corrupt cops, and the seedy underworld.

Praised by New York Times bestselling author Jonathan Kellerman as “an explosive revelation from an excitingly fresh voice 'of color' in the crime fiction arena,” Copeland's Outraged promises a thought-provoking exploration of societal issues while delivering an intense and enthralling reading experience.


Brian Copeland is an award-winning author, playwright, actor, television comedian, and radio talk show host. He is the author of Not a Genuine Black Man, the longest-running solo play in San Francisco theatrical history, and the critically acclaimed memoir based on that work. Brian lives in the San Francisco Bay Area with his family and Bichon Frisé.


Brian Copeland photo courtesy of the publisher


Academic Center, Room 255
835 College Ave.
Kentfield, CA 94904

Lauren Graham with Sam Pancake - Have I Told You This Already? (Curran Theater, San Francisco)

Saturday, May 18, 2024 - 4:00pm
This event will be held at Curran Theater San Francisco. Please contact with questions regarding online events.

This event is presented by BroadwaySF, an ATG Entertainment company.

Books made available for purchase at the event courtesy of Book Passage.

On May 18th, it’s time to set your watches to Stars Hollow time! Join Lauren Graham for a charming afternoon at the Curran Theatre celebrating the paperback launch of “Have I Told You This Already?” Come for the Gilmore Girls nostalgia, stay for the laughter and heartwarming stories.    

Lauren Graham says her book, “Have I Told You This Already?” was born out of her “habit of re-telling the same stories.” Join her for one afternoon only in SF as she shares the moments in her life that made it into the book, what’s next for “Gilmore Girls” and takes audience questions. Book Passage will be on-site with copies of Ms. Graham’s book..   




NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • From the beloved star of Gilmore Girls and the New York Times bestselling author of Talking as Fast as I Can comes an “insightful, honest, funny, and moving collection of captivating stories” (BuzzFeed).

“Graham is fast and furiously funny. . . . Where Graham leads, we will definitely follow.”—E! Online

Lauren Graham has graced countless television screens with her quick-witted characters and hilarious talk show appearances, earning a reputation as a pop culture icon who always has something to say. In her latest book, Have I Told You This Already?, Graham combines her signature sense of humor with down-to-earth storytelling. Graham shares personal stories about her life and career—from her early days spent pounding the pavement while waitressing in New York City, to living on her aunt’s couch during her first Los Angeles pilot season, to thoughts on aging gracefully in Hollywood.

In “R.I.P. Barneys New York” Graham writes about an early job as a salesperson at the legendary department store (and the time she inadvertently shoplifted from it); in “Ryan Gosling Cannot Confirm,” she attempts to navigate the unspoken rules of Hollywood hierarchies; in “Boobs of the ’90s” she worries her bras haven’t kept up with the times; and in “Actor-y Factory” she recounts what a day in the life of an actor looks like (unless you’re Brad Pitt). 

Filled with surprising anecdotes, sage advice, and laugh-out-loud observations, these all-new, original essays showcase the winning charm and wry humor that have delighted Graham’s millions of fans.


Lauren Graham is an actor, writer, and producer best known for her roles on the critically acclaimed series Gilmore Girls and Parenthood. She is currently an executive producer on the Disney+ show The Mighty Ducks: Game Changers, in which she also stars. She is the three-time New York Times bestselling author of In Conclusion, Don’t Worry About It; Talking as Fast as I Can; and the novel Someday, Someday, Maybe. She has been a successful actor for nearly three decades, appearing in TV, film, and on Broadway. She holds a BA in English from Barnard College and an MFA in acting from Southern Methodist University. Lauren Graham lives in New York and Los Angeles.


“Graham’s latest book is an insightful, honest, funny, and moving collection of captivating stories.”BuzzFeed
“Graham is fast and furiously funny in her latest collection of essays. . . . Where Graham leads, we will definitely follow.”E! Online


Lauren Graham - photo courtesy of Broadway SF


450 Geary Street
Suite 301
San Francisco, CA 94102

Nicholas D. Kristof with Darrell Steinberg - Chasing Hope (Calvary Presbyterian SF)

Monday, May 20, 2024 - 7:00pm

Nicholas D. Kristof
In conversation with Darrell Steinberg

Chasing Hope
A Reporter's Life

Calvary Presbyterian SAN FRANCISCO
$40 includes book

Mon., May 20, 2024 • 7:00pm PT

 Please contact with questions regarding events.

Presented in partnership with Calvary Presbyterian San Francisco.


From New York Times columnist, Pulitzer Prize winner, and best-selling author Nicholas D. Kristof, an intimate and gripping memoir about a life in journalism

Since 1984, Nicholas Kristof has worked almost continuously for The New York Times as a reporter, foreign correspondent, bureau chief, and now columnist, becoming one of the foremost reporters of his generation. Here, he recounts his event-filled path from a small-town farm in Oregon to every corner of the world.

Reporting from Hong Kong, Beijing, and Tokyo, while traveling far afield to India, Africa, and Europe, Kristof witnessed and wrote about century-defining events: the Tiananmen Square protests and massacre, the Yemeni civil war, the Darfur genocide in Sudan, and the wave of addiction and despair that swept through his hometown and a broad swath of working-class America. Fully aware that coverage of atrocities generates considerably fewer page views than the coverage of politics, he nevertheless continued to weaponize his pen against regimes and groups violating basic human rights, raising the cost of oppression and torture. Some of the risks he took while doing so make for hair-raising reading.

Kristof writes about some of the great members of his profession and introduces us to extraordinary people he has met, such as the dissident whom he helped escape from China and a Catholic nun who browbeat a warlord into releasing schoolgirls he had kidnapped. These are the people, the heroes, who have allowed Kristof to remain optimistic. Side by side with the worst of humanity, you always see the best.

This is a candid memoir of vulnerability and courage, humility and purpose, mistakes and learning—a singular tale of the trials, tribulations, and hope to be found in a life dedicated to the pursuit of truth.

NICHOLAS D. KRISTOF is an op-ed columnist for The New York Times, where he was previously bureau chief in Hong Kong, Beijing, and Tokyo. He is the coauthor, with his wife, Sheryl WuDunn, of five previous books: TightropeA Path AppearsHalf the SkyThunder from the East, and China Wakes. He was awarded two Pulitzer Prizes, one with WuDunn in 1990 for their coverage of China, and the second in 2006 for his columns on Darfur.


Darrell Steinberg is the Mayor of Sacramento and was the Senate President pro Tempore in the California Legislature. He is one of Sacramento’s most accomplished public servants, serving the Sacramento community for over 20 years.









Nicholas Kristof photo courtesy of David Hume Kennerly. Darrell Steinberg photo courtesy of the publicist.


Calvary Presbyterian
2515 Fillmore St
San Francisco, CA 94115