San Francisco Events

Cory Allen - Now Is the Way (San Francisco Ferry Building Store)

Thursday, November 21, 2019 - 6:00pm

Through his online meditation course Release Into Now and his popular podcast The Astral Hustle, Cory Allen has helped thousands of people ease the stress of daily life through meditation, mindfulness, and mental clarity. By interviewing thought leaders and inspirational figures—like Gretchen Rubin and Lewis Howes—he sustains his progressive, positive thinking. With succinct advice and accessible insights, he cuts through the jargon and speaks to people where they are, giving them the tools to strengthen and awaken their minds.

Now Is the Way walks readers through the basics of living in the “wow of now,” even if they’re not the meditating type. Cory approaches mindfulness as a practical tool people can use to achieve greater peace, reduce anxiety and stress, and tap into their intuition. Informed by his personal journey, Now Is the Way is a manual for finding satisfaction and meaning in life.

From the wisdom he learned from tastemakers in neuroscience, mindfulness, and philosophy, Cory offers readers ways to revamp their outlook and physical wellbeing. He illuminates time-tested questions like how to be present in conversation, limit impulsivity, and curb suffering to give people the resources they need to improve themselves and enhance their happiness.

Cory Allen is a podcaster (The Astral Hustle), meditation teacher, and audio engineer. Through his popular online meditation course Release Into Now and binaural beats for meditation, he has helped thousands of people learn to meditate with clarity and simplicity. He lives in Austin, Texas.

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Robert Holmes - Pecans: Recipes & History of an American Nut (San Francisco Ferry Building Store)

Saturday, November 23, 2019 - 3:00pm

A delicious superfood, the pecan is quintessentially American but also an international favorite, prized for its buttery flavor and abundant fiber, protein, and vitamins. Pecans: Recipes & History of an American Nut gives the underrated nut its due with sixty recipes inspired by global flavors and regional traditions, plus sidebars from chefs and writers such as Vivian Howard, Virginia Willis, Gerard Craft, Nathalie Dupree, Sandra Gutierrez, Lois Ellen Frank, Wendell Brock, and Janet Fletcher.

Dishes run the gamut from breakfasts and baked goods to sauces and entrées, showcasing the pecan's delicious versatility in original recipes, including Pecan, Pineapple, and Lemon Sunrise Smoothies; Fried Pecan-Coated Oysters with Old Bay Remoulade; Penne with Turnips and Turnip Green-Pecan Pesto; Stir-Fried Pecan Kung Pao Chicken; and Mexican Dark Chocolate Pecan Shortbread Tart.

Robert Holmes is one of the world’s most successful and prolific travel photographers whose career has extended over 30 years. He has been honored by the Society of American Travel Writers with their Travel Photographer of the Year Award four times, and in 2016 was voted the Wine Photographer of The Year by an international panel of judges sponsored by Errazuriz in Chile. Holmes has worked for National Geographic, Geo, Saveur, Wine Spectator, Life, Time, and hundreds of other major magazines and international companies. He has illustrated over 40 books and has regularly been one of the world’s best photojournalists invited to participate in the acclaimed “Day in the Life” series.

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San Francisco, CA 94111

Small Business Saturday: Carolyn Jung - East Bay Cooks (San Francisco Ferry Building Store)

Saturday, November 30, 2019 - 1:00pm

With Dave Wasem • Meet & Greet Following CUESA Demo!

The East Bay has always remained true to itself. It includes Oakland, the most ethnically diverse population in the nation; Berkeley, the birthplace of the Free Speech Movement; the island of Alameda with its artisan breweries, wineries, and distilleries; and the Livermore Valley, one of California's oldest winemaking regions. East Bay Cooks is an impressive collection of 80 signature dishes from 40 of the region's leading restaurants. An uncomplicated taco with the power to stir the soul? A nourishing bowl of authentic Singaporean laksa? Shrimp and grits with layers of flavors never imagined? It's all here. And designed with home cooks in mind, recreating signature dishes from the area's favorite chefs has never been easier. It's a region that's got you covered, no matter what the craving.

Carolyn Jung is a James Beard Award-winning food writer based in the San Francisco Bay Area. Her work has appeared in local, national and international publications, including the San Francisco Chronicle, San Jose Mercury News, Silicon Valley Magazine, San Francisco Magazine, Oakland Magazine, EatingWell, Edible: Marin & Wine Country, Via Magazine, Nob Hill Gazette, Rachael Ray Every Day, Wine Spectator, and Coastal Living. She is the creator of the blog,, and is also the author of the cookbook San Francisco Chef's Table. For more, visit


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

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San Francisco, CA 94111

Small Business Saturday: Lou Bustamente - The Official Downton Abbey Cocktail Book (San Francisco Ferry Building Store)

Saturday, November 30, 2019 - 3:00pm

Timed to coincide with the much anticipated Downton Abbey movie, The Official Downton Abbey Cocktail Book celebrates the characters, customs, and drinking way of life at Downton Abbey.

Cocktails were introduced in the drawing rooms of Downton Abbey in the 1920s, when US prohibition inspired the insurgence and popularity of American-style bars and bartenders in Britain. This well-curated selection of recipes is organized by the rooms in the Abbey in which the drinks were served and spans everyday sips to party drinks plus hangover helpers and more. In addition to classic concoctions like a Mint Julep, Prince of Wales Punch, and Ginger Beer, this collection features character-specific variations such as Downton Heir, Turkish Attaché, The Valet, and The Chauffeur. The recipes reflect drinks concocted and served upstairs and down, as well as libations from village fairs, cocktail parties, and restaurant menus typical of the time. Features 40+ color photographs, including drink images photographed on the set of Downton Abbey.

Lou Bustamante is a bar, spirits, and cocktail writer who has done everything from recipe and product development and distillery work to bartending and teaching cocktail classes. He covers the local and national spirits scene for the San Francisco Chronicle, The Bold Italic, 7x7, Wine & Spirits Weekly, and many others.

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San Francisco, CA 94111

Rosemary Ann Davis - Before They Left Us

Sunday, December 1, 2019 - 3:00pm

In Before They Left Us, Rosemary Ann Davis explores all the twists and turns of San Francisco's streets on a mission to find her identity, both as a woman and as an artist. The Midwesterner finds herself in the warm embrace of a diverse community. She and her cronies experience not only the exhilarating final days of disco and the changing political scene, but also the jolting tremors of earthquakes and assassinations. Her sensuality and political activism blossom within this charged atmosphere.

In this firsthand account, Davis captures the people, politics, and history around her. From the news of the International Hotel's demolition, to the assassinations of her neighborhood's gay supervisor Harvey Milk and Democratic mayor George Moscone, to the onset of AIDS, Before They Left Us reveals one young woman's leap from a blue-collar Catholic neighborhood in Milwaukee to California's gay Main Street—the Castro. Later, she makes a series of trips from the Midwest back to California into those once and still gorgeous Victorians to tend her dying friends with AIDS. She learns that activism and art can help channel grief and that community is essential to surviving trauma.

After a long and fruitful career in video and film production, Rosemary Davis turned toward writing in 2000. She writes memoir, poetry, lyric essays, and travel. Obtaining an MFA degree in Writing from Hamline University in St. Paul, Rosemary honed her craft in creative nonfiction and poetry. While there she served on the editorial board of the Water~Stone Literary Review. Her nonfiction and poetry has been published in numerous literary journals, anthologies and online sources. In 2004-2005, Rosemary received a Loft Mentorship Series Fellowship, studying with six nationally known writers for a year.

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San Francisco, CA 94111

Andrew Blotky - Honestly Speaking (San Francisco Ferry Building Store)

Tuesday, December 3, 2019 - 6:00pm

Communication is the foundation of leadership, cultures, and relationships. It's at the core of being more fully yourself. Yet communication is one of the primary challenges of our time at work, at home, and online. Even though we have more tools at our fingertips than ever before, we still struggle to be heard and connect with others.

Honestly Speaking will revolutionize the way you lead, love, and live your life by shifting the way you communicate. Through a simple change in mindset and easy-to-use frameworks for life's most common scenarios, you'll be able to find more common ground with those you interact with and communicate far better, with confidence and authenticity in any context.

In Honestly Speaking, Andrew Blotky shares lessons and tools developed through his years as a leader, teacher, coach, and friend. He's developed new, relatable tools to help you speak honestly with everyone in your life, from the teams you lead to the people you love.

Andrew Blotky is a leadership and communications expert. He has worked directly with leaders and teams at the highest levels of the corporate world, academia, and national politics. Andrew built and led the global employee communications team at Facebook. He has worked in political communications in the White House, the US Congress and in a variety of nonprofit organizations. Andrew now leads an executive coaching and consulting firm—the Azure Leadership Group—specializing in leadership development, culture, and communications. Blotky holds a BA and JD from Stanford University, and is also a trained mindfulness and yoga teacher. He lives in San Francisco.   

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San Francisco, CA 94111

Dave Eggers - The Captain and the Glory (San Francisco Ferry Building Store)

Wednesday, December 4, 2019 - 6:00pm

When the decorated Captain of a great ship descends the gangplank for the final time, a new leader—a man with a yellow feather in his hair—vows to step forward. Though he has no experience, no knowledge of nautical navigation or maritime law, and though he has often remarked he doesn't much like boats, he solemnly swears to shake things up. Together with his band of petty thieves and confidence men known as the Upskirt Boys, the Captain thrills his passengers, writing his dreams and notions on the cafeteria wipe-away board, boasting of his exemplary anatomy, devouring cheeseburgers, and tossing overboard anyone who displeases him. Until one day a famous pirate, long feared by passengers of the Glory but revered by the Captain for how phenomenally masculine he looked without a shirt while riding a horse, appears on the horizon . . . Absurd, hilarious, and all too recognizable, The Captain and the Glory is a wicked farce of contemporary America only Dave Eggers could dream up.

Dave Eggers is the author of twelve books, including The Parade; The Monk of Mokha; The Circle; Heroes of the Frontier; A Hologram for the King, a finalist for the National Book Award; and What Is the What, a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award and winner of France's Prix Médicis Étranger and the Dayton Literary Peace Prize. His nonfiction and journalism have appeared in The Guardian, the New Yorker, The Best American Travel Writing, and the Best American Essays. He is the founder of McSweeney's, an independent publishing company, and cofounder of Voice of Witness, a book series that uses oral history to illuminate human rights crises around the world. He is the cofounder of 826 National, a network of youth writing and tutoring centers with locations around the country, and of ScholarMarch, which connects donors with students to make college accessible. He is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Letters. His work has been translated into forty-two languages. He lives in Northern California with his family.

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San Francisco, CA 94111

Jennifer Gefsky & Stacey Delo - Your Turn (San Francisco Ferry Building Store)

Thursday, December 5, 2019 - 6:00pm

Your Turn is the career coach that today’s working women need to own their career ambition and motherhood path. There are more than fifteen million employed women with children under the age of eighteen in the United States who find themselves smack in the “Messy Middle,” where job opportunity and family responsibilities collide and decisions shift into high gear. And there are also millions of women on the sidelines, many there due to impossible corporate structures, who are looking to get back in.

Your Turn helps you move the career dial to where you need it now. Jennifer Gefsky, cofounder, and Stacey Delo, CEO, of Après—the premier site for women returning to the workforce—offer advice and inspiration to help women make the best possible career decisions for themselves and their families: to get ahead of the questions and tackle them when they arise, from managing guilt and stress after maternity leave to setting expectations in a part-time position to talking with partners and managers about how to make full-time work better for you. And for those who have decided to step away from the corporate world—whether it’s for one year or twenty—Gefsky and Delo show you how to stay current and how to pivot to something more meaningful when your old job doesn’t exist anymore or if you simply want a change. Your Turn provides a clear roadmap for how to navigate key work and life transition points. It also features stories and research from the members of Après as well as insights from hundreds of companies that are making the transition work for their employees. With a unique insight into what kinds of work cultures and structures to look for, Gefsky and Delo also offer companies tangible steps to retain and cultivate female talent. Whether you’re struggling with the big question of whether to stay or quit, or looking to reenter the workforce after time away, this is the insider knowledge you need from people who have already taken the journey, as well as a step-by-step analysis to ensure you are making the right career decision for you.

Jennifer Gefsky is the cofounder of Après, the digital platform that helps women return to the workforce after a career break and companies increase their gender diversity. Jennifer is also a partner at Epstein Becker & Green, a national law firm that specializes in labor and employment law. She lives in New York with her family.

Stacey Delo is CEO of Après, which acquired her website, Maybrooks, in 2017, with a passion for making work work for women. Stacey spent eight years as a journalist with the Wall Street Journal, where she was the host of Digits, a live video program about technology, before founding her own business focused on flexibility in the workplace. She lives in San Francisco with her husband and two children.

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San Francisco, CA 94111

Dan Kurtzman - San Francisco on Instagram (San Francisco Ferry Building Store)

Saturday, December 7, 2019 - 12:00pm

Meet & Greet!

From the Golden Gate Bridge and the Palace of Fine Arts to Salesforce Tower and the Transbay Transit Center's elevated rooftop park, from Point Reyes and Muir Woods to Napa and Sonoma wine country, the San Francisco Bay Area has long been celebrated as the most photogenic region in the United States. Nowhere has that magic glittered brighter than on Instagram, where a community of dedicated photographers has captured and shared some of the most stunning images ever seen of the Bay Area.

Following the runaway success of New York City on Instagram, this collection encapsulates the San Francisco Instagram experience with fresh takes of familiar icons and fascinating glimpses of the city's newest landmarks and the natural beauty of the Bay Area's most scenic destinations. Complementing the spectacular photography is a list of "Most Instagram-Worthy Spots" — the perfect guides for both photo enthusiasts and adventurers seeking to explore the sights featured in the book. For anyone with a love of the San Francisco Bay Area and Instagram, San Francisco on Instagram will be both the perfect keepsake and a source of inspiration.

Dan Kurtzman is a travel and landscape photographer based in San Francisco. He has been a leader and organizer on Instagram since its early days, where he curates the beautiful and inspiring work of some of Instagram's most talented artists.

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San Francisco, CA 94111

Karl the Fog (San Francisco Ferry Building Store)

Saturday, December 7, 2019 - 3:00pm

Presented with Steve Mockus

San Francisco: home of cable cars, the Golden Gate Bridge—and its quintessential cool gray fog. As a resident of Silicon Valley, Karl the Fog naturally uses Twitter and Instagram accounts to document his comings and goings and the beauty of the city he loves. Beautiful, evocative photography pay homage to the fog and disdain for sunny days. This hardcover book packaged in a fog-wrapped acetate jacket includes:

  • Karl the Fog's witty takes on San Francisco paired with beautiful, evocative photography
  • 50 scenic fog "selfies" and original content
  • Entertaining observations about the city including Karl the Fog's family history and a foreword by Sutro Tower

Karl the Fog is perfect for any lover of the fog or of San Francisco.

Karl the Fog lives and works in the San Francisco Bay Area.

Steve Mockus is an Executive Editor for Entertainment for Chronicle Books. His books include Darth Vader and Son, All My Friends are Dead, the Worst-Case Scenario Survival Handbook series, and Karl the Fog.

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San Francisco, CA 94111