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Marc Grossberg - The Best People (San Francisco Ferry Building Store)

Wednesday, November 6, 2019 - 6:00pm

Paddy Moran, a former cop from Brooklyn, is a newly licensed attorney in Houston with dreams and aspirations to make it big. He survives early rough bumps and ethical challenges. Then, through networking, he lands two high-profile clients. With his brash moxie and brilliant legal strategy, he gets outstanding outcomes that put him on the success trajectory to the upper echelons of the city's divorce bar. But, faced with difficult choices in high-stakes litigation, will he balance his thirst for recognition and respect with his sense of right and wrong?

The Best People also follows Pilar Galt, a sensuous, intelligent single mother from the Houston barrios, for whom a temp assignment evolves into a relationship with the richest man in town. Her path intersects with Paddy's and eventually converges with his during a pivotal time in her life when she must overcome self-destructive tendencies to survive.

A legal drama and social satire set after Enron and before the devastation of Hurricane Harvey, The Best People portrays Houston as it is: a glitzy meritocracy populated with larger-than-life characters. It is the landscape where the country-club and caf -society sets clash amidst clever legal maneuvering, big law firm politics, a Ponzi scheme, and judicial corruption.

Marc Grossberg is an observer and a listener. He has a passion for his family, friends, and clients, and for books that entertain and provoke him. He has practiced law in his native Houston for over fifty years. He has somehow overcome being a Board-Certified tax lawyer and one of the Best Lawyers in America to write The Best People. Marc is a proud product of the Houston public schools, The University of Houston, and The University of Texas School of Law. He lives in the NOW and goes wherever his "green light" tells him the intersection might be interesting.

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ISBN: 9781626346550
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Published: Greenleaf Book Group Press - October 8th, 2019

Paddy Moran, a former cop from Brooklyn, is a newly licensed attorney in Houston with dreams and aspirations to make it big. He survives early rough bumps and ethical challenges. Then, through networking, he lands two high-profile clients.

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Leah Greenberg and Ezra Levin with Dan Pfeiffer - We Are Indivisible: A Blueprint for Democracy After Trump (San Francisco Ferry Building Store)

Friday, November 8, 2019 - 6:00pm

Moderated by Pod Save America's Dan Pfeiffer

Shortly after Trump’s election, two outraged former congressional staffers wrote and posted a tactical guide to resisting the Trump agenda. This Google Doc entitled “Indivisible” was meant to be read by friends and family. No one could have predicted what happened next. It went viral, sparking the creation of thousands of local Indivisible groups in red, blue, and purple states, mobilizing millions of people and evolving into a defining movement of the Trump Era. From crowding town halls to killing TrumpCare to rallying around candidates to build the Blue Wave, Indivisibles powered the fight against Trump—and pushed the limits of what was politically possible.

In We Are Indivisible: A Blueprint for Democracy After Trumpthe (still-married!) co-executive directors of Indivisible tell the story of the movement. They offer a behind-the-scenes look at how change comes to Washington, whether Washington wants it or not. And they explain how we’ll win the coming fight for the future of American democracy. We Are Indivisible isn’t a book of platitudes about hope; it’s a steely-eyed guide to people power—how to find it, how to build it, and how to use it to usher in the post-Trump era.

*All proceeds to the author go to Indivisible's Save Democracy Fund

Leah Greenberg and Ezra Levin are the co-authors of the Indivisible Guide and co-Executive Directors of Indivisible, where they lead a national staff in Washington DC and across the country supporting the Indivisible movement in advocacy, elections, and grassroots organizing. The two have been listed in the Politico 50 list, GQ’s 50 Most Powerful People in Trump’s Washington and Roll Call’s People to Watch in 2019.

Leah was a human trafficking policy advocate before joining the office of Congressman Tom Perriello on Capitol Hill. Working for a progressive in the red fifth district of Virginia at the rise of the Tea Party, she saw firsthand the power that organized constituent power could have—and she took notes. After Perriello’s loss in 2010, she returned to human trafficking policy—until the 2016 election, when she started writing a quick guide to constituent power with her spouse Ezra.

Before Indivisible, Ezra was a congressional staffer and anti-poverty advocate. He started out working on local homelessness issues, and during the late Bush II and early Obama eras he served as a senior legislative and campaign staffer for Congressman Lloyd Doggett (D-TX). He escaped Capitol Hill and spent a few years as a think tanker and advocate, writing papers on progressive tax policy that Leah begrudgingly edited and trying to get Congress to listen about anti-poverty reforms.

Dan Pfeiffer is a former White House Senior Advisor, Pod Save America co-host, CNN contributor, and bestselling author of Yes We (Still) Can: Politics in the Age of Obama, Twitter and Trump.

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ISBN: 9781982129972
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Published: Atria/One Signal Publishers - November 5th, 2019

“The breakout star of the new activists.” —The Economist

“If Democrats are able to retake the House in 2018, it will be a victory built from Greenberg and Levin’s blueprint.” —Politico

“One of the biggest successes so far this year...Indivisible has played a leading role in turning out voters at congress

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Anthony Daniels - I Am C-3PO (San Francisco Ferry Building Store)

Saturday, November 9, 2019 - 2:00pm

Tickets: $27.50 (includes a signed copy of I Am C-3PO)

"Did you hear that? They've shut down the main reactor! We'll be destroyed for sure. This is madness."

These words were the very first to be spoken in any Star Wars movie, and they were spoken by a droid: C-3PO.

With his gleaming golden body and good-intentioned (yet worrisome) personality, C-3PO was there at the very beginning. Of course, C-3PO wasn't actually a robot, or some amazing early animatronic creation—he was actually a man named Anthony Daniels. Now, for the very first time, Anthony Daniels will tell C-3PO's story in its entirety, from seeing the first concept images to the early stages of the final film in the Skywalker saga, Star Wars: Episode IX, and in the process, will also tell his own. This includes his encounters with movie legends such as Sir Alec Guinness, what it was like working closely with George Lucas, and the friendships he formed with Mark Hamill, Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, and others. But being encased in a solid shell for countless hours also involved hardships, pain, and in some cases real physical danger.

In I Am C-3PO: The Inside Story, Daniels candidly relays his humorous, unvarnished, and extraordinary story as the man inside the machine, providing fresh new insights for even the most die-hard of Star Wars fans.

Anthony Daniels has appeared in more Star Wars movies than any other actor (10 of the 11 so far released or currently in production). In addition, as one of the first actors to become involved in the production of the original Star Wars in 1975, Daniels has a unique perspective on the creation of the entire Star Wars saga, spanning 40 years of incredible movie-making magic.


Please note: Tickets are non-refundable. Anthony Daniels will be signing and personalizing copies of I Am C-3PO, however he will not be signing any additional memorabilia. Photos from the signing line are permitted, but he will not be posing for photos.


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Pat Mitchell - Becoming a Dangerous Woman (San Francisco Ferry Building Store)

Sunday, November 10, 2019 - 3:00pm

Pat Mitchell has won 37 Emmy awards and five Peabodys for her work as a pioneering journalist and media executive. She was the first woman to host a national television show created entirely by women; the first President of CNN Productions; the first female president of PBS; and the first journalist to get Fidel Castro on camera stating that yes, those warheads aimed at the United States were armed with nuclear material. Taking personal and career risks, she traveled to in El Salvador, Sarajevo and the Middle East to report the stories of women on the frontlines of conflict and peace-making. After an accomplished career in media, leveraging her positions to elevate women’s representation, she is currently focused on connecting women leaders to optimize the power of women working together. 

So when she was invited to a strategy session on how best to protect and advance women’s rights in the wake of President Trump’s inauguration, she was quick to agree. But as she sat in the circle of movie stars, activists, and presidents of international organizations, she wasn’t sure how to introduce herself. How could she explain, in a few words, why she deserved to be in the room? When her turn came, she heard herself saying: “I’m Pat Mitchell, and I’m a dangerous woman.”

Becoming a Dangerous Woman: Embracing Risk to Change the World offers instructive anecdotes and hard-earned insight from Mitchell’s extraordinary life, alongside interviews with dangerous women including director Ava DuVernay; journalist Christiane Amanpour, Democratic leader Stacey Abrams, activist and scholar Kimberlé Crenshaw, Mary Robinson (former President of Ireland), and many others.

When Mitchell first identified herself as a “dangerous woman” she was thinking that, having already had a successful career, she had “little to lose and less to prove,” as she put it, when standing up to injustice. Now, she says, she realizes that women can be dangerous at any age. All it takes—and this is no small thing—is a willingness to rebel against what society expects of you, to embrace your full power to create systemic change, to do what you know is right even and especially when the people in charge call you crazy. Women who do those things are dangerous to a power structure that traditionally sidelines women, or worse. 

Mitchell’s story is not all glamour and success—or even mostly. Mitchell is very clear about the mistakes she made along the way, especially when it comes to money. She also talks about the sexual abuse she experienced as a child, and the harassment from certain male colleagues as an adult. Though Becoming a Dangerous Woman tells the story of a woman who witnessed—and made—history, it’s also a road map for others on their own journeys to become more dangerous… complete with the views of historic landmarks and the very large potholes in the road.

Pat Mitchell is the Editorial Director of TEDWomen, chair of the Women’s Media Center and Sundance Institute boards, a founding board member of the V-Day global movement to end violence against women, and a member of the Council on Foreign Relations. She lives in Atlanta and New York—but mostly on airplanes.

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ISBN: 9781580059299
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Published: Seal Press - October 8th, 2019

An intimate and inspiring memoir and call to action from Pat Mitchell -- groundbreaking media icon, global advocate for women's rights, and co-founder and curator of TEDWomen

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Left Coast Writers®: Joanna Biggar - Melanie's Song (San Francisco Ferry Building Store)

Monday, November 11, 2019 - 6:00pm

Five young college women from California who shared their junior year in Paris once banded together to form a network of friendships they believed would last all their lives. Twelve years later, one goes missing. The instigator of the Paris trip, J.J., now a journalist, decides to uncover the fate of the missing Melanie Hart on a quest both professional and personal. Last seen, Melanie was the meek, besotted wife of a young classical musician. Now, rumors abound: Melanie had a breakdown and left him. She was seen at Woodstock. She was running drugs. She became a mystic, a mother, a radical. She may be on the lam. She may be dead. J.J.’s investigation leads her into a world of off-the-grid radical activists and bad cops, as well as the Hart family’s own carefully constructed version of events. Played out against a background of Vietnam War protests, the Watergate scandal, and Richard Nixon’s eventual resignation, Melanie's Song calls into question the very nature of choice, and what it means to lead an authentic life.

A native Californian, Joanna Biggar is a fiction and travel writer, journalist and teacher, and co-founder of the international travel writers' workshop, Wanderland Writers. Her articles, profiles, and travel writing have been appeared in hundreds of publications. For four decades, she has been a teacher of creative writing, journalism, essay writing, and literature on both coasts and abroad.

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ISBN: 9781942892106
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Published: Santa Fe Writer's Project - October 1st, 2019

Five young college women from California who shared their junior year in Paris once banded together to form a network of friendships they believed would last all their lives. Twelve years later, one goes missing. The instigator of the Paris trip, J.J., now a journalist, decides to uncover the fate of the missing Melanie Hart on a quest both professional and personal.

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Marketing for Authors with Annemarie O'Brien (San Francisco Store)

Tuesday, November 12, 2019 - 6:00pm

Presented with the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators

What do potential agents, editors, other industry professionals, and readers find when they look for you online? The goal of Marketing for Authors is to arm you with 15 action items you can do now to build and improve your “brand,” i.e. who you are, what you write, and where to find you; and to improve your google ranking to expand your audience. In particular, Annemarie will cover tips on improving your website from the perspective of Google searches, using SEO to reach more targeted audiences and to build an effective and memorable author brand. This talk is designed for any writer at any stage in the publishing process. We’ll also browse for books and network over light refreshments. 

Annemarie O’Brien is an award-winning children’s author and marketing professional with twenty-plus years of global brand experience. She has a BBA in marketing, an MBA in international business, and an MFA in writing for Children & Young Adults. She teaches story marketing at Stanford Continuing Studies and writing courses at UC Berkeley Extension and Pixar. She is a frequent conference speaker on story marketing.

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Karine Jean-Pierre - Moving Forward (San Francisco Ferry Building Store)

Wednesday, November 13, 2019 - 6:00pm

So many of us harbor pent-up anger about the political climate and the actions of those in power, yet politics seems like terra incognita. What can we do—and how? Karine Jean-Pierre implicitly understands our frustration. This former Obama White House staffer, now the chief public affairs officer for, was not born into the privileged ruling class. The naturalized daughter of Haitian immigrants, she is an openly gay woman of color. Her own political awakening came relatively late—while in graduate school—and her political education and path to activism followed an unusual learning curve. In her inspiring memoir-slash-call-to-arms, Moving Forward, Jean-Pierre offers a timely manifesto for progressive change.

“Perhaps you’ve never voted and need friendly encouragement,” Jean-Pierre writes. “Perhaps you are embarrassed to admit you don’t know how to register to vote. Maybe you keep up with the news but don’t understand the core differences between Democrats and Republicans. Maybe you have a yearning to run for office yourself but need guidance. I’m here to help. Everyone, regardless of their age, their socioeconomic status, their location, their education, has something unique to offer. My goal in writing this book is not just to tell my story, but to show that politics can be accessible to anyone who wants to take part, no matter how or where they grew up or how young or old they might be.”

As she chronicles her own life story—born in Martinique and raised in Queens and on Long Island by hardworking immigrant parents—Jean-Pierre knows she speaks for the millions of people who do not have a voice in our society. Woven into the details of her unique, yet in many ways universal experience, she offers step-by-step, specific and practical advice for getting involved in progressive causes. She explains the difference between policy and politics and how engagement in making society more just and fair doesn’t always mean working with a politician. Jean-Pierre believes there has been a sea change in this country, making millions of people want to engage in politics as never before. In the age of Donald Trump, the need for all of us to participate has never been more crucial, she says, and together we will create positive change.

Karine Jean-Pierre's professional experience has ranged widely from presidential campaigns to grassroots activism, to local politics, to working in the White House. Jean-Pierre is the Chief Public Affairs Officer for MoveOn and an MSNBC Political Analyst. In 2011, Jean-Pierre served as Deputy Battleground States Director for President Obama's 2012 re-election campaign, managing the President's political engagement in key states while leading the delegate selection and ballot access process. Before joining the re-election campaign, Jean-Pierre served as the Regional Political Director for the White House Office of Political Affairs. She received her MPA from Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs (SIPA) in 2005 and joined its faculty in 2014. She lives in Washington, D.C.

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Published: Hanover Square Press - November 5th, 2019

"One of the most important voices of her generation." --Joy-Ann Reid

"A useful roadmap for all of us about how to make a difference." --David Axelrod

"Moving Forward will inspire you." --Valerie Jarrett

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Steph Cha - Your House Will Pay (San Francisco Ferry Building Store)

Thursday, November 14, 2019 - 6:00pm

Over a span of two weeks in the spring of 1991, racial tensions in Los Angeles hit a frenzied high. On March 3, Rodney King was brutally beaten by four white LAPD officers, and two weeks later, on March 16, Latasha Harlins was murdered by a Korean convenience store owner. These inciting incidents would lead to massive civil unrest, when the woman who killed Harlins was sentenced to probation and a small fine, and a few months later the officers who beat King were acquitted, sparking six days of riot and rebellion in the spring of 1992. Steph Cha was a child at the time, unaware of these events and their implications, even growing up in Los Angeles’ tight-knit Korean-American community. But as an adult, she saw how the events of the early ‘90s shaped her city, and how their impact reached the present day. After years of grappling with how crime, violence, and injustice permeate communities and families, Cha wrote an incredibly tense, powerful novel, inspired by this underexamined period of Los Angeles history.
Your House Will Pay is a stunning novel that tackles head-on the major themes of racial tension, police violence, social movements, and cultural identity, from the perspective of a Los Angeles native.This novel marks a bold new direction for Steph Cha, further establishing her as one of the strongest voices in the next generation of both crime and literary writers – compelled by the notion that crime is a fundamental part of life and exploring what that means for the individual as well as society at large.

Steph Cha, author of the Juniper Song crime trilogy, is now the Noir Editor at The Los Angeles Review of Books and a contributing book reviewer for The Los Angeles Times. She lives in Los Angeles with her husband and two basset hounds.

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ISBN: 9780062868855
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Published: Ecco - October 15th, 2019

“[A] suspense-filled page-turner.” —Viet Thanh Nguyen, winner of the Pulitzer Prize for The Sympathizer

"A touching portrait of two families bound together by a split-second decision.” —Attica Locke, Edgar-Award winning author of Bluebird, Bluebird

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Whitney Otawka - The Saltwater Table (San Francisco Ferry Building Store)

Saturday, November 16, 2019 - 1:00pm

Meet & Greet Following CUESA Demo!

Whitney Otawka is the award-winning chef of Greyfield, a celebrated Carnegie-built inn located on Cumberland Island, Georgia—a magical and remote barrier island that has been left undeveloped as a National Seashore. Cumberland Island and the exceptional local ingredients to be found there are Otawka’s muse, inspiring her to celebrate the beloved food found along the Southeast coast. Offering a modern perspective on southern flavors with a strong emphasis on vegetables and fresh ingredients, the book contains 125 approachable and flavorful recipes, such as summer tomatoes topped with crispy okra, flakey buttermilk biscuits with ginger-spiked jam, and sweet Atlantic shrimp poached with beer, citrus, and bay leaves. This beautifully photographed book also shows us how to enjoy iconic southern meals, everything from an oyster roast, to a fish fry, to a Low Country boil. The Saltwater Table transports readers to the mysterious, lush Cumberland Island, allowing us to recreate a taste of this vibrant world in our own kitchens.

Whitney Otawka is the chef of Greyfield Inn, on Cumberland Island, Georgia. She previously worked as a sous chef at Hugh Acheson’s 5&10 and has held stages at Per Se, Le Bernadin, and Blue Hill at Stone Barns. Otawka appeared on season nine of Top Chef.


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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By Whitney Otawka, Emily Dorio (By (photographer))
ISBN: 9781419738159
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Published: Abrams - October 22nd, 2019

A culinary travel fantasy, celebrating the food of the Southeastern coast 

Whitney Otawka is the award-winning chef of Greyfield, a celebrated Carnegie-built inn located on Cumberland Island, Georgia—a magical and remote barrier island that has been left undeveloped as a National Seashore.

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Jeanne McWilliams Blasberg - The Nine (San Francisco Ferry Building Store)

Tuesday, November 19, 2019 - 6:00pm

Hannah Webber fears she will never be a mother, but her prayers are finally answered when she gives birth to a son. In an era of high-stakes parenting, nurturing Sam’s intellect becomes Hannah’s life purpose. She invests body and soul into his development, much to the detriment of her marriage. She convinces herself, however, that Sam’s acceptance at age fourteen to the most prestigious of New England boarding schools overseen by an illustrious headmaster, justifies her choices. When he arrives at Dunning, Sam is glad to be out from under his mother’s close watch. And he enjoys his newfound freedom―until, late one night, he stumbles upon evidence of sexual misconduct at the school and is unable to shake the discovery. Both a coming-of-age novel and a portrait of an evolving mother-son relationship, The Nine is the story of young man who chooses to expose a corrupt world operating under its own set of rules―even if it means jeopardizing his mother’s hopes and dreams.

Jeanne Blasberg is the author of Eden: A Novel, winner of the Beverly Hills Book Awards for Women's Fiction and finalist for the Benjamin Franklin Award for Best New Voice in Fiction and Sarton Women's Book Award for Historical Fiction. After graduating from Smith College, she embarked on a career in finance. Though she worked primarily with numbers, she was always interested in writing. After holding jobs on Wall Street, at Macy’s, and writing case studies at Harvard Business School, she turned her attention to writing memoir and fiction. Blasberg founded the Westerly Memoir Project. She sits on the board of the Boston Book Festival and Grub Street, one of the country’s preeminent creative writing centers, where she enjoys being part of a community of enthusiastic learners. She and her husband have three grown children and split time between Boston, MA and Westerly, RI. She loves to travel, play squash, ski, and take in the glorious sunsets over Little Narragansett Bay.

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ISBN: 9781631526527
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Published: She Writes Press - August 20th, 2019

Hannah Webber fears she will never be a mother, but her prayers are finally answered when she gives birth to a son. In an era of high-stakes parenting, nurturing Sam's intellect becomes Hannah's life purpose. She invests body and soul into his development, much to the detriment of her marriage.

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