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Left Coast Writers®: Special Celebration - National Poetry Month (San Francisco Store)

Monday, April 9, 2018 - 6:00pm

Join the Left Coast Writers® as we celebrate National Poetry Month with an evening filled with guest speakers and special readings. As John Keats once said, “The poetry of the earth is never dead.”


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Weike Wang - Chemistry (San Francisco Store)

Tuesday, April 10, 2018 - 6:00pm

In Conversation with Tom Barbash

At first glance, the quirky, overworked narrator of Weike Wang's debut novel seems to be on the cusp of a perfect life: her successful, supportive boyfriend has just proposed to her, and she is studying for a prestigious PhD in chemistry that will make her Chinese parents proud (or at least satisfied). But instead of feeling happy and hopeful, she is wracked with ambivalence and stress: she doesn't know how to answer her boyfriend's marriage question, her research at the lab is foundering, and the long hours and high expectations of her program comprise an exquisite pressure cooker.

When it all becomes too much and she begins breaking beakers and threatening to open the argon box to air, her life plan veers off course -- and onto a new path of questions, possibilities, and discoveries about everyone and everything she thought she knew. Smart, insightful, moving, and always funny, Chemistry is a unique and contemporary coming-of-age story that is sure to evoke a winning reaction.

Weike Wang is a graduate of Harvard University, where she earned her undergraduate degree in chemistry and her doctorate in public health. She received her MFA from Boston University. Her fiction has been published in literary magazines, including Alaska Quarterly Review, Glimmer Train, and Ploughshares, which also named Chemistry the winner of its John C. Zacharis Award. A "5 Under 35" honoree of the National Book Foundation, Weike currently lives in New York City.


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ISBN: 9780525432227
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Published: Vintage - April 3rd, 2018

A Washington Post Notable Book

One of the Best Books of the Year: NPR, Entertainment Weekly, Ann Patchett on PBS NewsHour, Minnesota Public Radio, PopSugar, Maris Kreizman, The Morning News

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Nina & Randa Nelson - The Clear Skin Diet (San Francisco Store)

Saturday, April 14, 2018 - 3:00pm

"Nina and Randa have cracked the code for curing acne with diet. These two young ladies are ideal representatives to take this important information to a desperate public." -- John McDougall, M.D., bestselling author of The Healthiest Diet on the Planet

Over $3 billion dollars is spent treating acne every year. But YouTube celebrities Nina and Randa Nelson have found a solution that is easy, affordable, and as close as your local grocery store.

Based on solid nutritional science, vetted by top nutrition experts, and proven by the authors' experiences and now so many others, The Clear Skin Diet will help you clear your skin for good. This is it: a six-week plan to take control of skin issues using the simple principles of a low-fat vegan diet, foods such as potatoes, pasta, rice, corn, beans, oatmeal and whole grains. Complete with detailed grocery lists, simple meal prep strategies, and delicious recipes using affordable, familiar ingredients, The Clear Skin Diet is an accessible guide to curing acne that will give readers, whether 13 or 43 years old, the confidence to start living life again.

Natives of Los Angeles and life-long vegans Nina and Randa were raised in the San Fernando Valley and attended Sierra Canyon School and Chaminade Prep School. They paused their college career at California State University at Northridge by taking a year off to pursue work in acting and social media. They've been busy building a successful social media presence and acting careers since.


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ISBN: 9781602865655
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Published: Hachette Books - April 10th, 2018

"Nina and Randa have cracked the code for curing acne with diet. These two young ladies are ideal representatives to take this important information to a desperate public."

-- John McDougall, M.D., bestselling author of The Healthiest Diet on the Planet

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Timothy Sandefur - Frederick Douglass: Self-Made Man (San Francisco Store)

Monday, April 16, 2018 - 6:00pm

Born into slavery in 1818, Frederick Douglass rose to become one of the nation's foremost intellectuals -- a statesman, author, lecturer, and scholar who helped lead the fight against slavery and racial oppression. Unlike other leading abolitionists, however, Douglass embraced the U.S. Constitution, insisting that it was an essentially anti-slavery document and that its guarantees for individual rights belonged to all Americans, of whatever race.

Douglass spoke in his most popular lecture, "Self-Made Men," of people who rise through their own effort and devotion rather than circumstances of privilege. "If they have traveled far, they have made the road on which they have travelled. If they have ascended high, they have built their own ladder." In this fast-paced biography, lawyer and author Timothy Sandefur examines the life and ideas of the nation's foremost "self-made man"--from his horrific experiences in slavery and his heroic escape to his eloquent demands for equal treatment by the federal government and his later career as statesman and intellectual. Throughout it all Douglass was guided by his belief in the sanctity of the individual. "There is no Negro problem," Douglass insisted. "The problem is whether the American people have honesty enough, loyalty enough, honor enough, patriotism enough, to live up to their own Constitution."

Led by his dream of an America where all people would be free to make the most of themselves without hindrance, Douglass ultimately transformed the United States. As the nation pauses to remember Douglass on his bicentennial, Frederick Douglass: Self-Made Man gives us an insightful glimpse into the mind of one of America's greatest thinkers.

Timothy Sandefur is an adjunct scholar at the Cato Institute and a principal attorney at the Pacific Legal Foundation, a nonprofit organization dedicated to defending property rights and economic liberty. He is the author of The Right to Earn a Living: Economic Freedom and the Law  and The Conscience of the Constitution, Cornerstone of Liberty: Property Rights in 21st Century America, and The Permission Society: How the Ruling Class Turns Our Freedoms into Privileges and What We Can Do About It. He is a graduate of Hillsdale College and Chapman University School of Law.


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ISBN: 9781944424855
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Published: Cato Institute - November 1st, 2017

Born into slavery in 1818, Frederick Douglass rose to become one of the nation's foremost intellectuals--a statesman, author, lecturer, and scholar who helped lead the fight against slavery and racial oppression. Unlike other leading abolitionists, however, Douglass embraced the U.S.

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Mary Pilon - The Kevin Show (San Francisco Store)

Wednesday, April 18, 2018 - 6:00pm

In Conversation with Jeff Bercovici

Meet Kevin Hall, brother, son, husband, father, and Olympic and America's Cup sailor. Kevin has an Ivy League degree, a winning smile, and throughout his adult life, he has been engaged in an ongoing battle with a person that doesn't exist to anyone but him: the Director.

Kevin suffers from what doctors are beginning to call the "Truman Show" delusion, a form of psychosis named for the 1998 movie, where the main character is trapped as the star of a reality TV show. When the Director commands Kevin to do things, the results can lead to handcuffs, hospitalization, or both. Once he nearly drove a car into Boston Harbor. His girlfriend, now wife, was in the passenger seat.

In the tradition of Kay Redfield Jamison's An Unquiet Mind, journalist Mary Pilon's The Kevin Show reveals the many-sided struggle by Kevin, his family, and the medical profession to understand and treat a psychiatric disorder whose euphoric highs and creative ties to pop culture have become inextricable from Kevin's experience of himself. Interweaving his perspective, journals, and sketches with police reports, medical records, and interviews with those who were present at key moments in his life, The Kevin Show is a bracing, suspenseful, and eye-opening view of the role that mental health can play behind the scenes in even the most seemingly normal life.

Mary Pilon is the author of the New York Times bestseller The Monopolists, the acclaimed history of the board game Monopoly. A regular contributor to The New Yorker, Esquire, Fast Company, MSNBC, Vice, and Politico, Pilon has also worked as a staff reporter at the New York Times and the Wall Street Journal and was a producer for NBC Sports at the 2016 Olympics. She lives in Brooklyn.


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ISBN: 9781632866820
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Published: Bloomsbury Publishing - March 6th, 2018

From the New York Times bestselling author of The Monopolists, the incredible story of Olympic sailor Kevin Hall, and the psychiatric syndrome that makes him believe he stars in a television show of his life.

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Townsend Walker & Steve Kohlhagen - An Evening in Conversation (San Francisco Store)

Thursday, April 19, 2018 - 6:00pm


The twelve stories in Townsend Walker's 3 Women, 4 Towns, 5 Bodies are rooted in foreign places, cemeteries, violence and strong women. The worlds his characters construct are unforgiving. Their paths cross in twisted and sometimes deadly ways.

Townsend Walker’s novella La Ronde was published in 2015. His short stories have appeared in over 75 literary journals. “A Little Love, A Little Shove” and “Holding Tight” were nominated for PEN/O.Henry Awards.


From Steve Kohlhagen -- the award-winning author of Where They Bury You and Chief of Thieves -- comes The Point of a Gun, an exciting modern addition to the political thriller genre. In the vein of such classic authors as Elmore Leonard and Michael Connelly, Kohlhagen has created an utterly unique thriller in which the twists and turns of a terrorism plot are sure to shock each reader.

Kohlhagen is an award-winning author, former economics professor at the University of California, Berkeley and former Wall Street investment banker who currently sits on several corporate boards.


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ISBN: 9781947309210
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Published: Deeds Publishing - January 16th, 2018

These twelve stories are rooted in foreign places, cemeteries, violence, and strong women. The worlds the characters construct are unforgiving. Their paths cross in tangled and sometimes deadly ways. In the title novella, three women use wit, seduction, and weapons to master the men they meet. The ribald reverend in "The Second Coming" meets his match in nineteen-year-old Charity.

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Jonathan Evison - Lawn Boy (San Francisco Store)

Friday, April 20, 2018 - 12:30pm

For Mike Muñoz, a young Chicano living in Washington State, life has been a whole lot of waiting for something to happen. Not too many years out of high school and still doing menial work—and just fired from his latest gig as a lawn boy on a landscaping crew—he knows that he’s got to be the one to shake things up if he’s ever going to change his life. But how?

In this funny, angry, touching, and ultimately deeply inspiring novel, bestselling author Jonathan Evison takes the reader into the heart and mind of a young man on a journey to discover himself, a search to find the secret to achieving the American dream of happiness and prosperity. That’s the birthright for all Americans, isn’t it? If so, then what is Mike Muñoz’s problem? Though he tries time and again to get his foot on the first rung of that ladder to success, he can’t seem to get a break. But then things start to change for Mike, and after a raucous, jarring, and challenging trip, he finds he can finally see the future and his place in it. And it’s looking really good.

Lawn Boy is an important, entertaining, and completely winning novel about social class distinctions, about overcoming cultural discrimination, and about standing up for oneself.

Jonathan Evison is the author of four previous novels, including All About Lulu, West of Here, The Revised Fundamentals of Caregiving, and This Is Your Life, Harriet Chance! He lives with his wife and family in Washington State.


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ISBN: 9781616202620
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Published: Algonquin Books - April 3rd, 2018

"Jonathan Evison's voice is pure magic. In Lawn Boy, at once a vibrant coming-of-age novel and a sharp social commentary on class, Evison offers a painfully honest portrait of one young man's struggle to overcome the hand he's been dealt in life and reach for his dreams. It's a journey you won't want to miss, with an ending you won't forget."

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Tamar Adler - Something Old, Something New (San Francisco Store)

Saturday, April 21, 2018 - 2:00pm

In Conversation with Cal Peternell

With An Everlasting Meal, Tamar Adler advocated for the pleasures of leftovers and the myriad uses of flavorful scraps, providing culinary tips for using food you might ordinarily throw away. In her new cookbook, Something Old, Something New, Adler continues her preservative quest by rekindling classic recipes. There were times past when cooking was careful, important, economical, inspired. Other than occasional kitschy throwbacks, however, like Deviled Eggs or Oysters Rockefeller, many dishes that first excited our palates have disappeared. Beneath their fussy garnishes, gratuitous sauces, and outmoded techniques, Adler unearthed great recipes worth reviving. In Something Old, Something New she presents over 100 she loves best.

From Steak Diane to Peach Melba, Adler enlivens culinary classics with ample use of acid and herbs, simplified techniques, and contemporary ways of serving. Seasonal menus, complete with wine pairings suggested by sommelier Juliette Pope, gorgeous watercolor drawings by artist Mindy Dubin, and a foreword by influential food critic Mimi Sheraton, round out the beautiful package. Something Old, Something New is a unique culinary history, filled with delicious recipes and Adler's smart, witty prose, a perfect present or aptly titled wedding gift; a book worth keeping.


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By Tamar Adler, Mimi Sheraton (Foreword by), Mindy Dubin (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9781476799612
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Published: Scribner Book Company - April 3rd, 2018

The award-winning, bestselling author of An Everlasting Meal revives and improves classic recipes in a gorgeously illustrated cookbook.

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Nigella Lawson - At My Table (San Francisco Store)

Sunday, April 22, 2018 - 12:00pm

Signing Event

Internationally bestselling author Nigella Lawson celebrates the home cook in At My Table. Engaging with fans like never before, she invites you into her home kitchen & steps into yours as well...

Nigella Lawson has written several bestselling cookbooks, including the classics How To Eat and How to Be a Domestic Goddess -- the book that launched a thousand cupcakes. She was a mentor on ABC's The Taste and has sold more than 3 million cookbooks worldwide.


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ISBN: 9781250154286
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Published: Flatiron Books - April 10th, 2018

Nigella Lawson, the international bestselling author of such classic cookbooks as How to Be a Domestic Goddess and Simply Nigella: Feel Good Food, shares recipes of the meals that she loves to cook for friends and family.

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Alex Wagner - Futureface (Ferry Building Store)

Sunday, April 22, 2018 - 4:00pm

Alex Wagner has always been fascinated by stories of exile and migration. Her father's ancestors immigrated to the United States from Ireland and Luxembourg. Her mother fled Rangoon in the 1960s, escaping Burma's military dictatorship. In her professional life, Wagner reported from the Arizona-Mexico border, where agents, drones, cameras, and military hardware guarded the line between two nations. She listened to debates about whether the United States should be a melting pot or a salad bowl. She knew that moving from one land to another--and the accompanying recombination of individual and tribal identities--was the story of America. And she was happy that her own mixed-race ancestry and late twentieth-century education had taught her that identity is mutable and meaningless, a thing we make rather than a thing we are.

When a cousin's offhand comment threw a mystery into her personal story-introducing the possibility of an exciting new twist in her already complex family history--Wagner was suddenly awakened to her own deep hunger to be something, to belong, to have an identity that mattered, a tribe of her own. Intoxicated by the possibility, she became determined to investigate her genealogy. So she set off on a quest to find the truth about her family history.

The journey takes Wagner from Burma to Luxembourg, from ruined colonial capitals with records written on banana leaves to Mormon databases and high-tech genetic labs. As she gets closer to solving the mystery of her own ancestry, she begins to grapple with a deeper question: Does it matter? Is our enduring obsession with blood and land, race and identity, worth all the trouble it's caused us?

The answers can be found in this deeply personal account of her search for belonging, a meditation on the things that define us as insiders and outsiders and make us think in terms of "us" and "them." In this time of conflict over who we are as a country, when so much emphasis is placed on ethnic, religious, and national divisions, Futureface constructs a narrative where we all belong.

Alex Wagner is an anchor and correspondent for CBS News, a contributing editor at The Atlantic, and a host of Showtime's The Circus. She was formerly the host of MSNBC's Emmy-nominated Now with Alex Wagner. She makes frequent TV appearances, including on the Today show, Morning Joe, and Real Time with Bill Maher. Wagner lives in New York City.


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ISBN: 9780812997941
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Published: One World - April 17th, 2018

An acclaimed journalist travels the globe to solve the mystery of her ancestry, confronting the question at the heart of the American experience of immigration, race, and identity: Who are my people?

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