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John Connolly - He (San Francisco Store)

Tuesday, April 24, 2018 - 6:00pm

In He, John Connolly recreates the Golden Age of Hollywood in this moving, literary portrait of two men who found their true selves in a comedic partnership. When Stan Laurel was paired with Oliver Hardy, affectionately known as Babe, the history of comedy--not to mention their personal and professional lives--would be altered forever.

Laurel followed in the wake of Charlie Chaplin, who blazed a trail from the vaudeville stages of England to the dynamic, if often seedy and highly volatile, movie studios of Los Angeles in the early 20th century. Awed like everyone else by Chaplin's genius (and ambition and cruelty), Laurel despaired of ever finding his own path to success -- or happiness. But success and happiness did find Laurel, following the inspired decision by impresario Hal Roach to put him and Oliver Hardy together on screen. Initially a calculated marriage of opposites in an era of highly disposable short films, the partnership bloomed into a professional and personal relationship of lifelong depth.

Eventually, Laurel became one of the greatest screen comedians the world has ever known: a man who knew both adoration and humiliation; who loved, and was loved in turn; who betrayed, and was betrayed; who never sought to cause pain to anyone else, yet left a trail of affairs and broken marriages in his wake. And whose life was ultimately defined by one relationship of such astonishing tenderness and devotion that only death could sever their profound connection.

John Connolly is author of the Charlie Parker mysteries, The Book of Lost Things, the Samuel Johnson novels for young adults and, with his partner, Jennifer Ridyard, the co-author of the Chronicles of the Invaders. He debut, Every Dead Thing, swiftly launched him into the top rank of thriller writers, and all his subsequent novels have been Sunday Times bestsellers. He was the first non-American writer to win the U.S. Shamus award, and the first Irish writer to be awarded the Edgar by the Mystery Writers of America.


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ISBN: 9781635060577
Availability: Coming Soon - Available for Pre-Order Now
Published: Quercus Books - May 1st, 2018

John Connolly recreates the Golden Age of Hollywood in this moving, literary portrait of two men who found their true selves in a comedic partnership. When Stan Laurel was paired with Oliver Hardy, affectionately known as Babe, the history of comedy--not to mention their personal and professional lives--would be altered forever.

1 Ferry Building
San Francisco, CA 94111

Nina Collins - What Would Virginia Woolf Do (San Francisco Store)

Wednesday, April 25, 2018 - 6:00pm

In Conversation with Danelle Morton

When Nina Collins entered her forties she found herself awash in a sea of hormones. As symptoms of perimenopause set in, she began to fear losing her health, looks, sexuality, sense of humor-perhaps all at once. Craving a place to discuss her questions and concerns, and finding none, Nina started a Facebook group with the ironic name, "What Would Virginia Woolf Do?," which has grown exponentially into a place where women-most with strong opinions and fierce senses of humor--have surprisingly candid, lively, and intimate conversations.

Mid-life is a time when women want to think about purpose, about how to be their best selves, and how to love themselves as they enter the second half of life. They yearn to acknowledge the nostalgia and sadness that comes with aging, but also want to revel in their hard-earned wisdom.

Part memoir and part resource on everything from fashion and skincare to sex and surviving the empty nest, What Would Virginia Woolf Do? is a frank and intimate conversation mixed with anecdotes and honesty, wrapped up in a literary joke. It's also a destination, a place where readers can nestle in and see what happens when women feel comfortable enough to get real with each other: defy the shame that the culture often throws their way, find solace and laugh out loud, and revel in this new phase of life.


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ISBN: 9781538727959
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Published: Grand Central Life & Style - April 10th, 2018

When Nina Collins entered her forties she found herself awash in a sea of hormones. As symptoms of perimenopause set in, she began to fear losing her health, looks, sexuality, sense of humor-perhaps all at once.

1 Ferry Building
San Francisco, CA 94111

Special Event - Independent Bookstore Day (All Three Stores)

Saturday, April 28, 2018 - 9:00am to 9:00pm


The time has once again arrived to celebrate Independent Bookstore Day! All three of our stores will be marking the occasion with a day of special activities. We’ll also have limited edition IBD merchandise for sale (items and availability varies by store)!



Beauty & the Beast Storytime
10:00 - 11:30 a.m.
Bring your little ones and come dressed in your fairy tale finest for this special storytime where we’ll read Beauty & the Beast, make arts and crafts, and even be visited by Belle and Gaston!

Vote on Our Hall of Fame Book Display!
We’re turning one of our display tables into a collection of your favorite books for Independent Bookstore Day! To participate, email Zack Ruskin ( with your nominated titles and a sentence about why each should be included,. Come by April 28 to see what the people have chosen!

We'll also be hosting events throughout the day:

1:00 p.m - Carol Rosenberger

4:00 p.m. - Carla Gambescia

7:00 p.m. - Liza Gershman

7:00 p.m. - Elizabeth Partridge

8:00 p.m. - Secretary Madeleine Albright (at Dominican University of California)



We love celebrating Independent Bookstore Day in the Ferry Building, and hosting local authors with their books. Additionally, here’s your chance to get limited-release merchandise created just for Indie Day! Join us for “Meet and Greet” events with these authors for their books:

10:00 a.m.
Judd Winick, author of the middle-grade Hilo series

11:00 a.m.
Alexandra Boiger, author of the picture books Max and Marla, Max and Marla are Having a Picnic, She Persisted (illustrator), and She Persisted Around the World (illustrator)

1:00 p.m.
Nate Pollak & Heidi Gibson, founders and chefs at American Grilled Cheese Kitchen. They’ll bring small tastes from their cookbooks, Grilled Cheese Kitchen: Bread + Cheese + Everything in Between and Muffins & Biscuits: 50 Recipes to Start Your Day with a Smile.

2:00 p.m.
Lou Bustamante, author of The Complete Cocktail Manual. He will be serving samples from his book!



Come meet local Sausalito authors and raise a toast to our one year anniversary and to Independent Bookstore Day. We’ll also be offering limited edition IBD merchandise for sale.

Our festivities on the waterfront will occur from 3:00 - 5:00 p.m and features:

  • Janet Chapman
  • Mike Denney
  • Jane Kriss
  • Rachel Lehmann-Haupt
  • Kimberley Lovato
  • Ciji Ware
  • Wilfred Welch


(All Three Stores)

Corey Pein - Live Work Work Work Die (San Francisco Store)

Tuesday, May 1, 2018 - 6:00pm

At the height of the startup boom, journalist Corey Pein set out for Silicon Valley with little more than a smartphone and his wits. His goal: to learn how such an overhyped industry could possibly sustain itself as long as it has. But to truly understand the delirious reality of the tech entrepreneurs, he knew he would have to inhabit that perspective -- he would have to become an entrepreneur himself. Thus Pein begins his journey--skulking through gimmicky tech conferences, pitching his over-the-top business ideas to investors, and rooming with a succession of naive upstart programmers whose entire lives are managed by their employers -- who work endlessly and obediently, never thinking to question their place in the system.

In showing us this frantic world, Pein challenges the positive, feel-good self-image that the tech tycoons have crafted -- as nerdy and benevolent creators of wealth and opportunity -- revealing their self-justifying views and their insidious visions for the future. Vivid and incisive, Live Work Work Work Die is a troubling portrait of a self-obsessed industry bent on imposing its disturbing visions on the rest of us.

Corey Pein is an investigative reporter and a regular contributor to The Baffler. A former staff writer for Willamette Week, he has also written for Slate, Salon, Foreign Policy, The American Prospect, and the Columbia Journalism Review, among other publications. He lives in Portland, Oregon.


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ISBN: 9781627794855
Availability: Coming Soon - Available for Pre-Order Now
Published: Metropolitan Books - April 24th, 2018

A scathing, sardonic exploration of Silicon Valley tech culture, laying bare the greed, hubris, and retrograde politics of an industry that aspires to radically transform society for its own benefit

1 Ferry Building
San Francisco, CA 94111

Laurie Cameron - The Mindful Day (San Francisco Store)

Wednesday, May 2, 2018 - 6:00pm

The Mindful Day is for overscheduled professionals looking to incorporate mindfulness into their daily lives, this step-by-step guide draws on contemplative traditions, modern neuroscience, and leading psychology to bring peace and focus to the home, in the workplace, and beyond.

Designed for busy professionals looking to integrate mindfulness into their daily lives, this ultimate guide draws on contemplative practice, modern neuroscience, and positive psychology to bring peace and focus to the home, in the workplace, and beyond. 

In this enriching book, noted mindfulness expert and international teacher and business leader Laurie J. Cameron - a veteran of the Search Inside Yourself Leadership Institute, a Senior Fellow at the Center for the Advancement of Well-Being at George Mason, and 20-year mindfulness meditation practitioner- shows how to seamlessly weave mindfulness and compassion practices into your life. Timeless teachings, compelling science and straightforward exercises designed for busy schedules -- from waking up to joy, the morning commute, to back-to-back meetings and evening dinners - show how mindfulness practice can help you navigate life's complexity with mastery, clarity and ease. Cameron's practical wisdom and concrete how-to steps will help you make the most of the present moment, creating a roadmap for inner peace - and a life of deeper purpose and joy.

Leadership coach and teacher Laurie J. Cameron combines Eastern traditions, positive psychology, and neuroscience to help bring mindfulness to business, education, and parenting. In addition to founding PurposeBlue, a leadership company dedicated to mindfulness, Cameron is a certified teacher for Google's Search Inside Yourself Leadership Institute, which uses mind training and modern technology to help professionals thrive. With 25 years of international management consulting and business leadership experience, Cameron is a sought-after speaker in the United States, Europe, and Asia and has worked with such companies as Google, Deloitte, NASDAQ, Scripps Networks, Accenture, Blue Shield, Williams-Sonoma, Chevron, and H.J. Heinz.

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ISBN: 9781426218361
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: National Geographic Society - March 27th, 2018

For overscheduled professionals looking to incorporate mindfulness into their daily lives, this step-by-step guide draws on contemplative traditions, modern neuroscience, and leading psychology to bring peace and focus to the home, in the workplace, and beyond.

1 Ferry Building
San Francisco, CA 94111

Jonah Sachs - Unsafe Thinking (San Francisco Store)

Thursday, May 3, 2018 - 6:00pm


In Unsafe Thinking, learn how to take the bold yet intelligent risks that will help you thrive in business--and in life.

How can you challenge and change yourself when you need it most? We're creatures of habit, programmed by evolution to favor the safe and familiar, especially when the stakes are high. This bias no longer serves us in a world of constant change. In fact, today, safe thinking has become extremely dangerous.

Through stories of trailblazers in business, health, education and activism, and leveraging decades of research into creativity and performance, Jonah Sachs reveals a path to higher performance and creativity for anyone ready to step out of their comfort zone. He introduces troublemakers willing to challenge corporate culture like the executive who convinced CVS to drop its multibillion-dollar tobacco business. She now leads the pharmacy giant. Readers will get firsthand accounts of breaking from the status quo from a Nobel prize winning doctor who nearly got himself thrown out medicine, a two-time NBA championship coach who brought joy back to his team by tuning down the focus on competition, a CEO who rebuilt her reputation and life from the ashes from one of the biggest flops in internet history and a Colombian mayor who started an incredibly successful career of political reform by mooning an angry crowd. 

Unsafe Thinking is full of counter-intuitive insights that will challenge you to rethink how you work. You'll learn: 

  • Why your area of deep expertise is often where you'll find your biggest blind spots
  • Why anxiety can be fuel for creativity
  • When to trust intuition and when to challenge it
  • How collaborating only with those that share your values stunts your creativity
  • How to build an organization that embraces intelligent risk.

An inspiring and accessible read, Unsafe Thinking has the power to change both the way you approach your work and your life. 

Jonah Sachs is the founder and a partner of Free Range Studios, a brand and innovation company that transforms companies through unsafe thinking. For his work he has been awarded "best of" honors three times at the South by Southwest interactive festival, earned a Webby award, and been featured at the Sundance Film Festival.

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ISBN: 9780738220147
Availability: Coming Soon - Available for Pre-Order Now
Published: Da Capo Lifelong Books - April 24th, 2018

Learn how to take the bold yet intelligent risks that will help you thrive in business--and in life.

1 Ferry Building
San Francisco, CA 94111

Jess Kidd - Mr. Flood's Last Resort (San Francisco Store)

Friday, May 4, 2018 - 6:00pm

Maud Drennan is a dedicated caregiver whose sunny disposition masks a deep sadness. A tragic childhood event left her haunted, in the company of a cast of prattling saints who pop in and out of her life like tourists. Other than visiting her agoraphobic neighbor, Maud keeps to herself, finding solace in her work and in her humble existence–until she meets Mr. Flood.

Cathal Flood is a menace by all accounts. The lone occupant of a Gothic mansion crawling with feral cats, he has been waging war against his son’s attempts to put him into an old-age home and sent his last caretaker running for the madhouse. But Maud is this impossible man’s last chance: if she can help him get the house in order, he just might be able to stay. So the unlikely pair begins to cooperate, bonding over their shared love of Irish folktales and mutual dislike of Mr. Flood’s overbearing son.

Still, shadows are growing in the cluttered corners of the mansion, hinting at buried family secrets, and reminding Maud that she doesn’t really know this man at all. When the forgotten case of a missing schoolgirl comes to light, she starts poking around, and a full-steam search for answers begins. Packed with eccentric charms, twisted comedy, and a whole lot of heart, Mr. Flood’s Last Resort is a mesmerizing tale that examines the space between sin and sainthood, reminding us that often the most meaningful forgiveness that we can offer is to ourselves.

Jess Kidd is an award-winning author with a PhD in creative writing from St. Mary’s University in London. She grew up as part of a large family from Ireland’s County Mayo and now lives in London with her daughter. Her first book, Himself, was shortlisted for the Irish Book Awards.



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ISBN: 9781501180637
Availability: Coming Soon - Available for Pre-Order Now
Published: Atria Books - May 1st, 2018

From the award-winning author of Himself, the spellbinding tale of a lonely caregiver and a cranky hoarder with a house full of secrets.

"A magically entertaining read...Jess Kidd has a gift for creating characters you'll love with a few cleverly chosen words." --Good Housekeeping (UK), Book of the Month

1 Ferry Building
San Francisco, CA 94111

Kristin Rowe-Finkbeiner - Keep Marching (San Francisco Store)

Monday, May 7, 2018 - 6:00pm

Keep Marching: How Every Woman Can Take Action and Change Our World is a thorough, well-researched guide, comprised of straightforward How To’s, lists of policy recommendations, and strategies in how we can foster an intersectional movement for women’s equality and equity.  With candor and an unflinching passion, Kristin Rowe-Finkbeiner narrates the struggles and successes of every day women. Each chapter is supported by numerous data, anecdotal pieces of evidence, and concrete tips for moving forward, thus leaving readers with one essential fact—women can succeed, and we have succeeded, in spite of the challenges that confront us.  

In the process of unpacking systemic biases that contribute to the wage gap, rape culture, the maternal mortality rate, just to name a few of the topics covered in the book, Kristin shows us the power women have in numbers to implement change. Her book provides the tools, incentive, and information we need to lead, come together, and rise. Ultimately, Kristin will have you nodding in affirmation, fuming in frustration, and ignited to make a difference. Her book is the must-have guide for all women as we pull forward in today’s movement.

Kristin is the cofounder and CEO of MomsRising, an organization with over a million members across the nation working to increase economic security, decrease discrimination, and to build a nation where everyone can thrive. She has also been published and featured in numerous outlets, including: Politico, USA Today, CNN, MSNBC, the Washington Post, and HuffPost.  

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ISBN: 9780316515566
Availability: Coming Soon - Available for Pre-Order Now
Published: Hachette Books - May 1st, 2018


"A perfect primer for women everywhere who want to take action-whether their heading to their first town hall meeting or running for office."
-Cecile Richards, New York Times bestselling author of Make Trouble and President of Planned Parenthood

1 Ferry Building
San Francisco, CA 94111

Susan Ronald - A Dangerous Woman (San Francisco Store)

Wednesday, May 9, 2018 - 6:00pm

Born in turn-of-the-century San Francisco to French parents, Florence Lacaze fled the city in the aftermath of the great earthquake of 1906. Living in Paris with her mother, she was taught that only money brought respectability and happiness, and developed a lifelong snobbery to match her aspirations. Marrying first “the boy next door” from the Bay Area to regain her U.S. citizenship, then hooking the already-married Frank Jay Gould (youngest son of notorious robber baron Jay Gould), Florence rewrote her personal history to match her new super-rich pedigree. While enjoying the fruits of an open marriage with Frank, Florence guided his millions into investments in hotels and casinos, creating the first luxury hotel and casino group in France. She was the first to bring the Italian Mafia to the Riviera, and made her name entertaining celebrities such as Zelda and Scott Fitzgerald, Pablo Picasso, Ernest Hemingway, Maurice Chevalier, Joseph Kennedy, and a raft of Hollywood stars, some of whom (like Charlie Chaplin) became her lovers.
While the party ended for most Americans after the Great Crash of 1929, Frank and Florence Gould refused to return to America. (He had abandoned the U.S. in 1913 when federal income taxes were introduced, and the IRS eagerly awaited his return.) During the Nazi occupation of France, Florence took scores of German lovers, traded with the Nazis, and hosted a controversial salon for collaborators and underground Résistants alike. As the Allies closed in on the city, the unscrupulous Florence became embroiled in a money laundering operation for high-ranking Nazis fleeing the country.
Despite the best efforts of J. Edgar Hoover and the French Sûreté, Florence avoided treason charges after the war, and lived as part of France’s upper-crust until her death in 1983. Her vast fortune was put to good use through the Florence Gould Foundation, buying her eternal respectability as a patron of the arts and sciences in New York City and beyond. A Dangerous Woman is a colorful and damning portrait of a woman who could have been a character in the great literary works of Ibsen or Chekhov, and a cautionary lesson that while money can buy happiness, it requires a lack of concern for the repercussions of your actions.

Susan Ronald was born and raised in the United States and has lived in England for more than twenty-five years. She is the author of several books, including Hitler's Art Thief and Heretic Queen.

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ISBN: 9781250092212
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Published: St. Martin's Press - February 20th, 2018

A revealing biography of Florence Gould, fabulously wealthy socialite and patron of the arts, who hid a dark past as a Nazi collaborator in 1940's Paris.

1 Ferry Building
San Francisco, CA 94941

Janelle Hanchett - I'm Just Happy to Be Here (Ferry Building)

Thursday, May 10, 2018 - 6:00pm

In I'm Just Happy to be HereJanelle Hanchett, pregnant at 21 by a man she'd known three months, embraced motherhood with the determined optimism of the recklessly self-confident. After giving birth, she found herself bored, directionless, and seeking relief in wine, which she justified as sophisticated and going well with chicken.

But over time, her questionable drinking habit spiraled into full-blown dependence, until life became bedtime stories and splitting hangovers, cubicles and multi-day drug binges--and eventually, an inconceivable separation from her children. For ten years, Hanchett grappled with the unyielding progression of addiction, bouncing from rehab to therapy to the occasional hippie cleansing ritual on her quest for sobriety, before finding it in a way she never expected.

Hers is a story we rarely hear--of the addict mother not redeemed by her children; who longs for normalcy but cannot maintain it; and who, having traveled to seemingly irreversible depths, makes it back, only to discover she is still an outsider. Like her irreverent, laugh-out-loud funny, and unflinchingly honest blog, Hanchett's memoir calls out the rhetoric surrounding "the sanctity of motherhood" as tired and empty, boldly recounting instead how she grew to accept an imperfect self within an imperfect life--and think, "Well, I'll be damned, i'm just happy to be here."

Janelle Hanchett created the website "Renegade Mothering" in 2011 because she needed to know if the rest of the mothering world was crazy or she was. Writing after her kids went to bed and while she was supposed to be working, Janelle attracted an audience of hundreds of thousands of readers. She holds a BA in English from University of California at Davis and an MA in English literature from Sacramento State. She lives in northern California with her four children and husband, Mac, who thinks "getting dressed up" means shaving his forearm tattoo.

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ISBN: 9780316503778
Availability: Coming Soon - Available for Pre-Order Now
Published: Hachette Books - May 1st, 2018

From the creator of the blog "Renegade Mothering," Janelle Hanchett's forthright, darkly funny, and ultimately empowering memoir chronicling her tumultuous journey from young motherhood to abysmal addiction and a recovery she never imagined possible.

1 Ferry Building
San Francisco, CA 94111