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Left Coast Writers®: Linda Watanabe McFerrin & Andy Ross - Author and Agent Relationships (San Francisco Ferry Building Store)

Monday, October 14, 2019 - 6:00pm

Join Linda Watanabe McFerrin, author of Navigating the Divide: Selected Poetry and Prose, and agent Andy Ross in conversation about the relationships between authors and agents.

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ISBN: 9781942892144
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Published: Santa Fe Writer's Project - October 2019

Navigating the Divide: Selected Poetry and Prose is a career-spanning, multi-genre collection from the award-winning Asian-American writer and indie lit legend Linda Watanabe McFerrin.

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Alain Piallat - We Rocked...We Rolled...and We Opened (San Francisco Ferry Building Store)

Tuesday, October 15, 2019 - 6:00pm

Told with expertise, grace and self-deprecating humor, We Rocked…We Rolled…and We Opened is one man’s tale from the events of October 17, 1989—the day of San Francisco’s now infamous Loma Prieta earthquake. Author Alain Piallat, then the general manager of San Francisco’s Marriott Marquis Hotel, was set to open the 1,500-room hotel on the very day that the city experienced its devastating 6.9 tremor. This compelling account combines personal anecdotes with historical facts for a story of extreme and unexpected crisis management.

As Piallat weaves his narrative, we learn about his journey up through the ranks of the hotel industry. From France to Canada, New York City to Boston and finally to San Francisco, this fascinating tale depicts the oft-times grueling hours associated with hotel life as well as that of a general manager—including residing in a hotel and all that comes with managing a large scale property. Juxtaposing actual events of the day with fictional situations, the story is at once strategic, serious, and lighthearted.

An interesting and fun read, especially for those either in the hospitality industry or people recalling where they were on that fateful day in 1989, We Rocked…We Rolled…and We Opened will keep you turning pages to see how it all turns out.

Alain Piallat is a retired executive of Marriott International where he spent 30 years climbing the corporate ladder. At the time of the Loma Prieta San Francisco earthquake he was the general manager of the then
named San Francisco Marriott, now renamed the San Francisco Marriott Marquis. Prior to retiring from Marriott International in 2005, Piallat was President of Marriott Hotels of Canada and Senior Vice President of Marriott Lodging in the midwestern part of the US. In these capacities, he was responsible for the management of some 350 hotels under different brand names. He guided the development of Revenue, Sales & Marketing strategies required to maximize sales and profits in these various businesses. During his career Piallat served as Chairman of the San Francisco Convention & Visitors Bureau. He was on the Board of Directors of Junior Achievement International, served as a member of a Advisory Board for the Hotel School of Management at Michigan State University and was member of the Advisory Board of the School of Hospitality at Guelph University in Ontario, Canada.

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Julie Lindahl - The Pendulum (San Francisco Ferry Building Store)

Wednesday, October 16, 2019 - 6:00pm

The Pendulum is a powerful memoir that traces Brazilian-born American Julie Lindahl's journey to uncover her grandparents' roles in the Third Reich as she is driven to understand how and why they became members of Hitler's elite, the SS. Out of the unbearable heart of the story--the unclaimed guilt that devours a family through the generations--emerges an unflinching will to learn the truth. In a remarkable six-year journey through Germany, Poland, Paraguay, and Brazil, Julie uncovers, among many other discoveries, that her grandfather had been a fanatic member of the SS since 1934. During World War II, he was responsible for enslavement and torture and was complicit in the murder of the local population on the large estates he oversaw in occupied Poland. He eventually fled to South America to evade a new wave of war-crimes trials. The pendulum used by Julie's grandmother to divine good from bad and true from false becomes a symbol for the elusiveness of truth and morality, but also for the false securities we cling to when we become unmoored. As Julie delves deeper into the abyss of her family's secret, discovering history anew, one precarious step at a time, the compassion of strangers is a growing force that transforms her world and the way that she sees her family--and herself.

Julie Lindahl is an author and educator living in Sweden. She is a contributor to WBUR Cognoscenti and has been featured on National Public Radio. Julie holds a BA from Wellesley College, an MPhil in international relations from Oxford University, and was a Fulbright Scholar in Frankfurt. She is the founder of Stories for Society, a nonprofit organization for renewing the art of story-making among youth for social transformation. WBUR 90.9 won the 2018 Edward R. Murrow Award for excellence in innovation and the 2018 Associated Press Media Editor's Award for innovation in storytelling based on a program series featuring her story.

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ISBN: 9781538111932
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Published: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers - October 15th, 2018

This powerful memoir traces Brazilian-born American Julie Lindahl's journey to uncover her grandparents' roles in the Third Reich as she is driven to understand how and why they became members of Hitler's elite, the SS. Out of the unbearable heart of the story--the unclaimed guilt that devours a family through the generations--emerges an unflinching will to learn the truth.

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Ann Patchett - The Dutch House (San Francisco Ferry Building Store)

Thursday, October 17, 2019 - 12:30pm

Those with a Book Passage receipt for The Dutch House may join the signing line to meet Ann Patchett. The book can be preordered at either Book Passage location or from the link below. • Event presented in partnership with Litquake

“'Do you think it’s possible to ever see the past as it actually was?’ I asked my sister. We were sitting in her car, parked in front of the Dutch House in the broad daylight of early summer.

At the end of the Second World War, Cyril Conroy combines luck and a single canny investment to begin an enormous real estate empire, propelling his family from poverty to enormous wealth. His first order of business is to buy the Dutch House, a lavish estate in the suburbs outside of Philadelphia. Meant as a surprise for his wife, the house sets in motion the undoing of everyone he loves.

The story is told by Cyril’s son Danny, as he and his older sister, the brilliantly acerbic and self-assured Maeve, are exiled from the house where they grew up by their stepmother. The two wealthy siblings are thrown back into the poverty their parents had escaped from and find that all they have to count on is one another. It is this unshakeable bond between them that both saves their lives and thwarts their futures.

Set over the course of five decades, The Dutch House is a dark fairy tale about two smart people who cannot overcome their past. Despite every outward sign of success, Danny and Maeve are only truly comfortable when they’re together. Throughout their lives they return to the well-worn story of what they’ve lost with humor and rage. But when at last they’re forced to confront the people who left them behind, the relationship between an indulged brother and his ever-protective sister is finally tested.

The Dutch House is the story of a paradise lost, a tour de force that digs deeply into questions of inheritance, love and forgiveness, of how we want to see ourselves and of who we really are. Filled with suspense, you may read it quickly to find out what happens, but what happens to Danny and Maeve will stay with you for a very long time.

Ann Patchett is the author of seven novels and three works of nonfiction. She is the winner of the PEN/Faulkner Award, England's Orange Prize, and the Book Sense Book of the Year, and was named one of Time magazine's 100 Most Influential People in the World. Her work has been translated into more than thirty languages. She is the co-owner of Parnassus Books in Nashville, Tennessee, where she lives with her husband, Karl, and their dog, Sparky.

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ISBN: 9780062963673
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Published: Harper - September 24th, 2019

A Read with Jenna Today Show Book Club Pick!

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Timothy Egan - A Pilgrimage to Eternity (San Francisco Ferry Building Store)

Thursday, October 17, 2019 - 6:00pm

At a time when Britain, America, and much of Europe have never been so secular--and when his mother's death and his Irish Catholic family's complicated history with the church prompted a reckoning with his own beliefs--Timothy Egan decided to follow in the footsteps of centuries of seekers. He embarked on a thousand-mile pilgrimage through the theological cradle of Christianity, to explore one of the biggest stories of our time: the collapse of religion in the world that it created. Egan sets out along the Via Francigena, once the major medieval trail leading the devout to Rome, and makes his way overland via the alpine peaks and small mountain towns of France, Switzerland and Italy. The goal: walking to St. Peter's Square, in hopes of meeting the galvanizing pope who is struggling to hold together the church through the worst crisis in half a millennium.

Making his way through a landscape laced with some of the most important shrines to the faith, Egan finds a modern Canterbury Tale in the chapel where Queen Bertha introduced Christianity to pagan Britain; parses the supernatural in a French town built on miracles; and journeys to the oldest abbey in the Western world, founded in 515 and home to continuous prayer over the 1,500 years that have followed. He is accompanied by a quirky cast of fellow pilgrims and by some of the towering figures of the faith--Joan of Arc, Henry VIII, Martin Luther.

A thrilling journey, a family story, and a revealing history, A Pilgrimage to Eternity looks for our future in its search for God.

Timothy Egan is a Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter and the author of eight other books, most recently The Immortal Irishman, a New York Times bestseller. His book on the Dust Bowl, The Worst Hard Time, won a National Book Award for nonfiction. His account of photographer Edward Curtis, Short Nights of the Shadow Catcher, won the Carnegie Medal for nonfiction. He writes a biweekly opinion column for The New York Times.

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ISBN: 9780735225237
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Published: Viking - October 15th, 2019

Tracing an ancient pilgrimage route from Canterbury to Rome, the bestselling and "virtuosic" (The Wall Street Journal) writer explores the past and future of Christianity

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Flynn Coleman - A Human Algorithm (San Francisco Ferry Building Store)

Friday, October 18, 2019 - 6:00pm

The Age of Intelligent Machines is upon us, and we are at a reflection point. The proliferation of fast-moving technologies, including forms of artificial intelligence, will cause us to confront profound questions about ourselves. The era of human intellectual superiority is ending, and, as a species, we need to plan for this monumental shift.

A Human Algorithm: How Artificial Intelligence Is Redefining Who We Are examines the immense impact intelligent technology will have on humanity. These machines, while challenging our personal beliefs and our socio-economic world order, also have the potential to transform our health and well-being, alleviate poverty and suffering, and reveal the mysteries of intelligence and consciousness. International human rights attorney Flynn Coleman deftly argues that it is critical we instill values, ethics, and morals into our robots, algorithms, and other forms of AI. Equally important, we need to develop and implement laws, policies, and oversight mechanisms to protect us from tech's insidious threats.

To realize AI's transcendent potential, Coleman advocates for inviting a diverse group of voices to participate in designing our intelligent machines and using our moral imagination to ensure that human rights, empathy, and equity are core principles of emerging technologies. Ultimately, A Human Algorithm is a clarion call for building a more humane future and moving conscientiously into a new frontier of our own design.

Flynn Coleman is a writer, international human rights attorney, public speaker, professor, and social innovator. She has worked with the United Nations, the United States federal government, and international corporations and human rights organizations around the world. Coleman has written extensively on issues of global citizenship, the future of work and purpose, political reconciliation, war crimes, genocide, human and civil rights, humanitarian issues, innovation and design for social impact, and improving access to justice and education. A Human Algorithm is her first book. She lives in New York City.

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ISBN: 9781640092365
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Published: Counterpoint LLC - October 2019

A groundbreaking narrative on the urgency of ethically designed AI and a guidebook to reimagining life in the era of intelligent technology

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E.R. Ramzipoor - The Ventriloquists (San Francisco Ferry Building Store)

Monday, October 21, 2019 - 6:00pm

The Nazis stole their voices. But they would not be silenced.

Brussels, 1943. Twelve-year-old street orphan Helene survives by living as a boy and selling copies of the country's most popular newspaper, Le Soir, now turned into Nazi propaganda. Helene's world changes when she befriends a rogue journalist, Marc Aubrion, who draws her into a secret network that publishes dissident underground newspapers.

The Nazis track down Aubrion's team and give them an impossible choice: turn the resistance newspapers into a Nazi propaganda bomb that will sway public opinion against the Allies, or be killed. Faced with no decision at all, Aubrion has a brilliant idea. While pretending to do the Nazis' bidding, they will instead publish a fake edition of Le Soir that pokes fun at Hitler and Stalin--daring to laugh in the face of their oppressors.

The ventriloquists have agreed to die for a joke, and they have only eighteen days to tell it.

Featuring an unforgettable cast of characters and stunning historical detail, E.R. Ramzipoor's dazzling debut novel The Ventriloquists illuminates the extraordinary acts of courage by ordinary people forgotten by time. It is a moving and powerful ode to the importance of the written word and to the unlikely heroes who went to extreme lengths to orchestrate the most stunning feat of journalism in modern history.

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ISBN: 9780778308157
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Published: Park Row - August 27th, 2019

" A] remarkable saga.... Engrossing." --Booklist, starred review

In this triumphant debut inspired by true events, a ragtag gang of journalists and resistance fighters risk everything for an elaborate scheme to undermine the Reich.

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Ginny Hogan - Toxic Femininity in the Workplace (San Francisco Ferry Building Store)

Wednesday, October 23, 2019 - 6:00pm

If there’s one thing we can agree on in a post-Trump America, it’s that sexism exists. While there are myriad books on female friendship in the marketplace, Toxic Femininity in the Workplace is the first book on the special relationship between female coworkers and gender dynamics in the workplace to hit the market in a comedic gifty way.

Talented humorist Ginny Hogan explores themes of sexism, workplace gender dynamics, and the challenges facing women at work (particularly in STEM fields) with disarming wit. Toxic Femininity includes fun short pieces (such as, “I'm Not A Sexist; I Also Ask My Male Colleagues If They’re Menstruating” and “How Silicon Valley Created The Perfect Meritocracy If You Specifically Happen To Be A Young, Straight, Well-Educated White Man”), true-false and multiple choice quizzes (including: “Are You Too Aggressive, or "Are You Politely Stating Your Opinion?” and "Are You a True Feminist, a Male Feminist, a Feminist Just to Get Laid, or a Loaf of Bread?”),  and even some surrealist essays (such as “A Woman From The Year 3018 Visits a Tech Startup” and  “The Noise-Canceling Headphone’s Lament”). Toxic Femininity is a book that can be enjoyed in little sips or in one long drink.

The variety of the pieces and the illustrations make a lovely and gifty package—this product is perfect for a mentor encouraging her mentees, a big sister preparing her little sister for the work place, or shoring up your best friend after a rough day.

A conversation piece as much as a gift, the humorous nature of the work makes it possible to face topics that can be difficult to tackle head on; and we hope that this book will be able to serve not just as a gift but as a jumping off point for those hard-to have conversations that are a part of every work place environment.

Ginny Hogan is an NYC-based stand up comic and writer. She is a contributor to the New Yorker and McSweeney's, and she’s the editor of the comedy blog Little Old Lady Comedy. She got her start as a data scientist in the mayonnaise industry, and since then she has tried to turn some of the uglier parts of the tech industry into comedy.

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ISBN: 9780062881229
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Published: Morrow Gift - September 10th, 2019

If there’s one thing we can agree on in a post-Trump America, it’s that sexism exists. While there are myriad books on female friendship in the marketplace, Toxic Femininity is the first book on the special relationship between female coworkers and gender dynamics in the workplace to hit the market in a comedic gifty way.

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Dr. Greg Nelson - The Strategic Stop (San Francisco Ferry Building Store)

Thursday, October 24, 2019 - 6:00pm

In his book The Strategic Stop, Dr. Greg Nelson is calling into question our culture’s tilt toward “doing” in contrast to “being”. The highest value in our workplaces has been productivity, and while that seems normal to us, we have paid a price as individual workers, teams, and organizations. We are jeopardizing the soul of our greatest resource: the human being side of our doers; knowing and honoring each other's strengths, preferences, and unique experiences as human beings; the challenge to bring all this essential humanity into a deeper innovative collaboration. This constant clamor of our 24/7 nonstop culture has been labeled by the World Health Organization a “modern plague.”

Why? Because we are literally killing ourselves with one To Do list after another.

How? We are neglecting some of the most significant human experiences vital to producing a life of well-being and fulfillment.

The truth is, the human system is designed to optimize life by means of regular pauses. But not just stopping. A strategic stop. Drawing from the fields of neuroscience, business, sports, and the world’s wisdom traditions to make the case, The Strategic Stop lays out nine vital pauses designed to increase human well-being and effective living in and out of the workplace; nine practices to include in the regular rhythm of your life: Start with rest, Shape your recovery, State your Why, Strengthen self-awareness, Shift limiting beliefs, Sharpen strengths, Surround yourself with support, Solidify the ballast of your leadership and organization, and Sabbath your time.These nine strategic stops will transform the way you work, manage, and live because you are you choosing to be more intentional about the kind of life you want to live. You are refusing to allow the urgent to dictate your priorities. You are taking back your life in order to really live your life. You are allowing yourself to come face to face with your fullest human potential by embracing your identity as a human “being” not merely a human “doing.” Whether you’re a leader who manages a team or heads up a company, or an independent contributor, or a parent faced with unending responsibilities to your family and work, if you’ve ever felt like you’re in bondage to your busyness and nonstop schedule and have lost a bit of yourself in the process, this book is for you. It will guide you to pay attention to these vital habits that will help you thrive not just survive.

Here’s what you will get in this book:

  • You will get a vision for what it means to shape Strategic Stops in your work and life and why it’s so vital to your well being
  • You will identify what your most significant Strategic Stop needs to be in order to bring more fullness to your life
  • You will outline specific personal and professional steps for how to maximize your stops
  • You will learn how to optimize rest and resilience in ways that leverage your own energy style
  • You will deepen your self-awareness to increase confidence, purpose, and well-being
  • You will deconstruct limiting beliefs and replace them with empowering beliefs that liberate you
  • You will learn how to build more healthy relationships on your team at work and beyond that provide you far greater support and collaboration
  • You will bring clarity to your purpose that increases your impact and influence in your organization
  • By building more strategic “stopping points” into the regular rhythm of your life, you will take back your human “being” side and live more fully alive.

Our workplace culture desperately needs to restore balance to our humanity by valuing human well-being. And when we pay attention to this priority, our engagement and productivity become more human-centered and, in the end, more effective.

Dr. Greg Nelson, author, professional speaker, and leadership and team strengths coach, has spoken to and worked with leaders and teams in organizations like Fitbit, Amazon, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Applied Materials, Walmart, Lyft, Golden Gate University, Best Buddies International, and a World Ministerial Council gathering of 15,000 church leaders.

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Clara Parkes - Vanishing Fleece (San Francisco Ferry Building Store)

Saturday, October 26, 2019 - 3:00pm

Join Clara Parkes on a cross-country adventure and meet a cast of characters that includes the shepherds, dyers, and countless workers without whom our knitting needles would be empty, our mills idle, and our feet woefully cold. Travel the country with her as she meets a flock of Saxon Merino sheep in upstate New York, tours a scouring plant in Texas, visits a steamy Maine dyehouse, helps sort freshly shorn wool on a working farm, and learns how wool fleece is measured, baled, shipped, and turned into skeins.

In pursuit of the perfect yarn, Vanishing Fleece follows Parkes as she describes a brush with the dangers of opening a bale (they can explode), and her adventures from Maine to Wisconsin (“the most knitterly state”) and back again; along the way, she presents a behind-the-scenes look at the spinners, scourers, genius inventors, and crazy-complex mill machines that populate the yarn-making industry. By the end of the book, you’ll be ready to set aside the backyard chickens and add a flock of sheep instead. Simply put, no other book exists that explores American culture through the lens of wool.

Author of six books, including the New York Times bestselling Knitlandia, Clara Parkes has dedicated her life to figuring out what makes yarn tick—and finding the right words to write about it. Through her writings, workshops, and appearances, Clara champions the notion of paying closer attention to what you knit and where it came from. She lives in Portland, Maine.


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ISBN: 9781419735318
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Published: Harry N. Abrams - October 2019

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