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Jon Varese - Spirit Photographer (San Francisco Store)

Wednesday, July 25, 2018 - 6:00pm

In Conversation with Gavin Austin
Fundraiser for Bryan Stevenson’s Equal Justice Initiative!

This event is a special fundraiser for Bryan Stevenson's Equal Justice Initiative. The event is free and open to the public but donations are encouraged at the door. Author's proceeds for books sold at this event will also go to the EJI.

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Boston, 1870. Photographer Edward Moody runs a booming business capturing the images of the spirits of the departed in his portraits. He lures grieving widows and mourning mothers into his studio with promises of catching the ghosts of their deceased loved ones with his camera. Despite the whispers around town that Moody is a fraud of the basest kind, no one has been able to expose him, and word of his gift has spread, earning him money, fame, and a growing list of illustrious clients.

One day, while developing the negative from a sitting to capture the spirit of the young son of an abolitionist senator, Moody is shocked to see a different spectral figure develop before his eyes. Instead of the staged image of the boy he was expecting, the camera has seemingly captured the spirit of a beautiful young woman. Is it possible that the spirit photographer caught a real ghost? When Moody recognizes the woman in the photograph as the daughter of an escaped slave he knew long ago, he is compelled to travel from Boston to the Louisiana bayous to resolve their unfinished business--and perhaps save his soul. But more than one person is out to stop him . . .

With dramatic twists and redolent of the mood of the Southern Gothic, The Spirit Photographer conjures the Reconstruction era South, replete with fugitive hunters, voodoo healers, and other dangers lurking in the swamp. Jon Michael Varese's deftly plotted first novel is an intense tale of death and betrayal that will thrill readers as they unravel the dreadful mystery behind the spirit in the photograph and what ultimately became of her.

Jon Michael Varese is a literary historian whose focus has been the significance of the 19th-century British novel in both Britain and America, and is the Director of Public Outreach for The Dickens Project at the University of California Santa Cruz. He is also the editor of the Signature edition of Great Expectations.

Gavin Austin has had a long career in writing and public speaking, and is a Principal Technical Writer at Salesforce. He has spoken before large audiences at Dreamforce, WritersUA, LavaCon, Midwest Dreamin', Intelligent Content Conference, Information Development World, and more. His nonfiction has appeared in Spectrum, Eclectica, Ultrarunning Magazine, and elsewhere. 

 

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$26.95
ISBN: 9781468315875
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Published: Overlook Press - April 17th, 2018

Boston, 1870. Photographer Edward Moody runs a booming business capturing the images of the spirits of the departed in his portraits. He lures grieving widows and mourning mothers into his studio with promises of catching the ghosts of their deceased loved ones with his camera.


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Kevin Allison - Risk! (San Francisco Store)

Thursday, July 26, 2018 - 6:00pm

Collecting the most celebrated stories from the hit podcast Risk!, along with all-new true tales about explosive secrets and off-the-wall adventures, this book paints a spellbinding portrait of the transformational moments we experience in life but rarely talk about. No topics are off-limits in Risk!, no memories too revealing to share. From accidentally harboring a teen fugitive to being poisoned while tripping on LSD in the Mayan ruins, these stories transport readers into uncharted territory and show how your life can change when you take an extraordinary leap.

In these jaw-dropping stories, edited and introduced by Risk! host Kevin Allison, writers reveal how they pushed drugs for a Mexican cartel only to end up kidnapped and nearly killed, how they joined a terrifying male-empowerment cult and fought desperately for a way out, how they struggled with pregnancy complications and found a hero where they least expected it, and so much more. A lifelong construction worker shares the intimate details of transitioning to being a woman, a bestselling author discusses how he assumed the identity of his babysitter online in a social experiment gone awry, and a beloved comedian discusses how a blow job from a prostitute changed his life. By turns cautionary and inspiring, RISK presents an extraordinary panorama of the breadth of human experience and a stunning tribute to the power of the truth to set us free.

Featuring essays by:

  • Aisha Tyler
  • A.J. Jacobs
  • Michael Ian Black
  • Marc Maron
  • Lili Taylor
  • Dan Savage
  • Paul F. Tompkins
  • TS Madison
  • Jonah Ray
  • And many more

With his writing and acting work on MTV's legendary sketch comedy series, The State, as well as on Reno 911!, High Maintenance, Blue Man Group and more, Kevin Allison has created all kinds of stories. In 2009, he launched Risk!, the live show and podcast where people tell true stories they never thought they'd dare to share, which is downloaded over 2.5 million times per month. Allison is also the founder of The Story Studio in New York, where he has taught the art of storytelling to bestselling authors, well-known comedians, and executives from a range of fields.

 

Risk!: True Stories People Never Thought They'd Dare to Share Cover Image
By Kevin Allison (Editor)
$16.99
ISBN: 9780316478281
Availability: Coming Soon - Available for Pre-Order Now
Published: Hachette Books - July 17th, 2018

A diverse collection of uncensored, confessional, and at times outrageously funny essays about coming of age, coming out, and the wildest experiences that define us.


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Saeeda Hafiz - The Healing (San Francisco Store)

Saturday, July 28, 2018 - 11:30am

In the memoir The Healing, a young black American woman signs up for lessons in yoga and clean eating as signifiers of her new middle class status, little realizing that her new lifestyle will bring her face to face with the inner demons fed by the domestic violence, addiction, and poverty she witnessed as a child.

Graduating, getting established in your career, and dating another professional are things many young middle-class women expect to do and take for granted. But when your parents don't support you and you have siblings in prison, those milestones seem monumental. What does growing up poor do to your self-esteem? How do patterns of stress and family violence, poor diet and poor health continue to affect you even after you escape to a higher income bracket? And what can one woman do to turn around the cycle of racism, poverty, and intergenerational suffering? Hafiz gives a frank account of the anxiety and rewards of becoming "middle class" through a complete change of diet and adopting habits such as traveling and doing yoga. While her peers pursue one kind of African American dream by climbing the corporate ladder, Hafiz finds meaning in learning to cook macrobiotic food and practice meditation. By doing so, she recovers from chronic health conditions and heals from the family trauma she has inherited.

Saeeda Hafiz is a graduate of Temple University in Philadelphia. She spent her twenties working in management, believing mainstream success was her key out. After discovering the power of yoga to transform, she took a leap of faith to train to become a yoga teacher and wellness expert. She studied yoga at the Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centers and Ashrams and holistic nutrition at Natural Gourmet Institute in New York City and keeps a busy schedule as a yoga teacher and speaker. For the past twenty years she has held leadership positions in the YMCA, the San Francisco Unified School District, and other organizations to bring a more holistic understanding of physical and mental wellness to a diverse population.

 

The Healing: One Woman's Journey from Poverty to Inner Riches Cover Image
$18.95
ISBN: 9781946764041
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Published: Parallax Press - July 17th, 2018

In this memoir of upward mobility through an unexpected route, a young black American woman signs up for lessons in yoga and clean eating as signifiers of her new middle class status, little realizing that her new lifestyle will bring her face to face with the inner demons fed by the domestic violence, addiction, and poverty she witnessed as a child.


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Arri Eisen - The Enlightened Gene (San Francisco Store)

Saturday, July 28, 2018 - 4:00pm

Eight years ago, in an unprecedented intellectual endeavor, the Dalai Lama invited Emory University to integrate modern science into the education of the thousands of Tibetan Buddhist monks and nuns in exile in India. This project, the Emory Tibet Science Initiative, became the first major change in the monastic curriculum in six centuries. Eight years in, the results are transformative. The singular backdrop of teaching science to Tibetan Buddhist monks and nuns offered provocative insights into how science and religion can work together to enrich each other, as well as to shed light on life and what it means to be a thinking, biological human. In The Enlightened Gene, Emory University Professor Dr. Arri Eisen, together with monk Geshe Yungdrung Konchok explore the striking ways in which the integration of Buddhism with cutting-edge discoveries in the biological sciences can change our understanding of life and how we live it. What this book discovers along the way will fundamentally change the way you think.

Are humans inherently good? Where does compassion come from? Is death essential for life? Is experience inherited? These questions have occupied philosophers, religious thinkers and scientists since the dawn of civilization, but in today's political discourse, much of the dialogue surrounding them and larger issues--such as climate change, abortion, genetically modified organisms, and evolution--are often framed as a dichotomy of science versus spirituality. Strikingly, many of new biological discoveries--such as the millions of microbes that we now know live together as part of each of us, the connections between those microbes and our immune systems, the nature of our genomes and how they respond to the environment, and how this response might be passed to future generations -- can actually be read as moving science closer to spiritual concepts, rather than further away. The Enlightened Gene opens up and lays a foundation for serious conversations, integrating science and spirit in tackling life's big questions. Each chapter integrates Buddhism and biology and uses striking examples of how doing so changes our understanding of life and how we lead it.

Arri Eisen is a Professor of Pedagogy in Biology, the Institute of the Liberal Arts, and the Center for Ethics at Emory University. He founded and has directed for over a decade Emory's Program in Science & Society, which develops innovative programs for the public and students in and out of the classroom in science and religion, science and ethics, and science and art.

 

The Enlightened Gene: Biology, Buddhism, and the Convergence That Explains the World Cover Image
$29.95
ISBN: 9781512600001
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Published: Foreedge - October 3rd, 2017

Eight years ago, in an unprecedented intellectual endeavor, the Dalai Lama invited Emory University to integrate modern science into the education of the thousands of Tibetan Buddhist monks and nuns in exile in India. This project, the Emory Tibet Science Initiative, became the first major change in the monastic curriculum in six centuries. Eight years in, the results are transformative.


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Jennifer Raiser - Burning Man: Art on Fire (San Francisco Store)

Tuesday, July 31, 2018 - 6:00pm

 

In Conversation with Petaluma artist Michael Garlington

Every August, tens of thousands of participants gather to celebrate artistic expression in Nevada's barren Black Rock Desert. This vastly inhospitable location, called the playa, is the site of Burning Man, where, within a 9-mile fence, artists called Burners create a temporary city devoted to art and participation. Braving extreme elements, artists create over two hundred wildly ambitious works intended to delight, provoke, involve, or amaze. In 2015, over 70,000 people attended -- the highest number ever allowed on the playa.

As Burning Man has created new context, new categories of art have emerged, including Art to Ride, Collaborative Art, and of course, Art to Burn. Burning Man: Art on Fire is an authorized collection of some of the most stunning examples of Burning Man art, now updated to include 2015. Experience the amazing sculptures, art, stories, and interviews from the world's greatest gathering of artists. Get lost in a rich gallery of images showcasing the best examples of playa art with over 200 photos. Interviews with the artists reveal not only their motivation to create art specifically for Burning Man, but they also illuminate the dramatic efforts it took to create their pieces. Featuring the incredible photography of long-time Burning Man photographers Sidney Erthal and Scott London, an introduction from Burning Man founder Larry Harvey, and a foreword from Will Chase, this stunning slipcased edition with a frameable print allows Burners and enthusiasts alike to have a piece of Burning Man with them all year around.

Jennifer Raiser is Treasurer of the Burning Man Project and serves on the Senior Executive Committee of the Board. Her bestselling book, Burning Man: Art of Fire, was first published in 2014. As she’s known in the desert, “Coco Cabana” is a Black Rock Ranger and a decade-long Burner. She’s happiest on the Playa when riding her mutant vehicle, The Kazbus or besting in her leopard-upholstered 1968 Airstream.

Join Jennifer for a lively and detailed discussion on the art and creativity of Burning Man, and the big names behind the biggest art installations to have graced the Playa. 

 

 

Burning Man: Art on Fire: Revised and Updated Cover Image
By Jennifer Raiser, Sidney Erthal (Photographer), Scott London (Photographer)
$50.00
ISBN: 9781631062568
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Published: Race Point Publishing - August 1st, 2016

Experience the scorching art of Burning Man with this visual history.


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Priya Satia - Empire of Guns (San Francisco Store)

Wednesday, August 1, 2018 - 6:00pm

We have long understood the Industrial Revolution as a triumphant story of innovation and technology. Empire of Guns, a rich and ambitious new book by award-winning historian Priya Satia, upends this conventional wisdom by placing war and Britain's prosperous gun trade at the heart of the Industrial Revolution and the state's imperial expansion.

Satia brings to life this bustling industrial society with the story of a scandal: Samuel Galton of Birmingham, one of Britain's most prominent gunmakers, has been condemned by his fellow Quakers, who argue that his profession violates the society's pacifist principles. In his fervent self-defense, Galton argues that the state's heavy reliance on industry for all of its war needs means that every member of the British industrial economy is implicated in Britain's near-constant state of war.

Satia uses the story of Galton and the gun trade, from Birmingham to the outermost edges of the British empire, to illuminate the nation's emergence as a global superpower, the roots of the state's role in economic development, and the origins of our era's debates about gun control and the "military-industrial complex" -- that thorny partnership of government, the economy, and the military. Through Satia's eyes, we acquire a radically new understanding of this critical historical moment and all that followed from it.

Sweeping in its scope and entirely original in its approach, this is a masterful new work of history -- a rigorous historical argument with a human story at its heart.

Priya Satia is a Professor of History at Stanford University. She is the author of Spies in Arabia: The Great War and the Cultural Foundations of Britain's Covert Empire in the Middle East, and her writing has appeared in Slate, the Financial Times, The Nation, and the Huffington Post, among other publications. She received a MSc in Development Studies (Economics) at the London School of Economics and a PhD in History at the University of California, Berkeley. She lives in Stanford, California with her family.

 

 

Empire of Guns: The Violent Making of the Industrial Revolution Cover Image
$35.00
ISBN: 9780735221864
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Published: Penguin Press - April 10th, 2018

By a prize-winning young historian, an authoritative work that reframes the Industrial Revolution, the expansion of British empire, and emergence of industrial capitalism by presenting them as inextricable from the gun trade


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Danielle Vincent - You-Nicorn (San Francisco Store)

Thursday, August 2, 2018 - 6:00pm

Featuring a 20-minute self-discovery workshop + Q&A

After more than 10 years of corporate cubicle life, Danielle Vincent decided to practice the lessons she learned in her last job at The Oprah Winfrey Network and craft an exciting life of travel, handmade soap, a dream home, and even goats. With the rigor of a scholar, she tested any self-help program, spiritual course, or mental practice that came her way.

You-Nicorn is a distilled collection of the 30 most important lessons she learned during that time, in daily, straightforward, easy-to-complete exercises that take between 10 and 40 minutes.

Completed solo, in a group of friends, in a book club, or even in one of Vincent's free online coaching groups, readers will have fun while building the life they love.

 

You-Nicorn: 30 Days to Find Your Inner Unicorn and Live the Life You Love Cover Image
$16.95
ISBN: 9780999439258
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Published: Hea Press LLC - April 30th, 2018

After more than 10 years of corporate cubicle life, Danielle decided to practice the lessons she learned in her last job at The Oprah Winfrey Network and craft an exciting life of travel, handmade soap, a dream home, and even goats. With the rigor of a scholar, she tested any self-help program, spiritual course, or mental practice that came her way.


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San Francisco, CA 94111

Kathleen Bershad - The Wine Lover's Apprentice (San Francisco Store)

Sunday, August 5, 2018 - 2:00pm

Meet & Greet

What's the best corkscrew to use? Should I decant? How many types of glassware should I buy? Sommelier Kathleen Bershad has the answers. In The Wine Lover's Apprentice, Bershad acknowledges the importance of tossing out the rules about wine and taking a relaxed approach to storing and serving everyday bottles.

Readers will learn tricks of the trade and strategies for navigating the shelves of a retail store or ordering wine at a restaurant. Bershad delves into the nitty-gritty details of winemaking and takes a look at the world's major wine regions. Written in short bites, readers will easily gain a quick understanding of an area's major grapes, the style or styles of wine, and the appellations that offer the best quality wine (or the best value). Topics include:

  • What You're Tasting When You Taste Wine
  • Conquering the Restaurant Wine List
  • Navigating the Wine Shop
  • Serving,Sipping, and Storing
  • And More

Bershad unravels the terms you see when reading a wine review, looking at a bottle, or listening to a wine geek talk vino. By the end of this helpful guide, readers will become empowered to know what's in a bottle, be able to make an educated guess about its flavors, and help change the culture to make drinking wine what it should be--relaxing and fun.

Kathleen Bershad has fifteen years of experience in the food and wine industry and has honed the art of matching people with wine. Through her company, Fine Wine Concierge, she advises clients on building wine collections and organizing their cellars. She resides in Armonk, New York.

 

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$14.99
ISBN: 9781510731615
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Published: Skyhorse Publishing - May 1st, 2018

The definitive book for any wine novice.

What's the best corkscrew to use? Should I decant? How many types of glassware should I buy? Sommelier Kathleen Bershad has the answers. In The Wine Lover's Apprentice, Bershad acknowledges the importance of tossing out the rules about wine and taking a relaxed approach to storing and serving everyday bottles.


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Andrew Shaffer - Hope Never Dies (San Francisco Store)

Tuesday, August 7, 2018 - 6:00pm

Vice President Joe Biden is fresh out of the Obama White House and feeling adrift when his favorite railroad conductor dies in a suspicious accident, leaving behind an ailing wife and a trail of clues. To unravel the mystery, "Amtrak Joe" re-teams with the only man he's ever fully trusted--the 44th president of the United States. Together they'll plumb the darkest corners of Delaware, traveling from cheap motels to biker bars and beyond, as they uncover the sinister forces advancing America's opioid epidemic.

Part noir thriller and part bromance novel, Hope Never Dies is essentially the first published work of Obama/Biden fiction -- and a cathartic read for anyone distressed by the current state of affairs.

Andrew Shaffer is the New York Times bestselling author of Fifty Shames of Earl Grey and other fiction and nonfiction titles. He lives in Lexington, Kentucky.

 

Hope Never Dies: An Obama Biden Mystery Cover Image
$14.99
ISBN: 9781683690399
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Published: Quirk Books - July 10th, 2018

This mystery thriller reunites Vice President Joe Biden and President Barack Obama for a political mashup full of suspense, intrigue, and laugh out loud bromance.


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Left Coast Writers®: Cheryl Krauter-Leonard - Psychosocial Care of Cancer Survivors (San Francisco Store)

Monday, August 13, 2018 - 6:00pm

Currently there is a crisis occurring in healthcare involving clinician burnout, emotional exhaustion, lack of inspiration, and loss of personal meaning. For clinicians caring for cancer survivors, these feelings are aggravated by facing the largely unknown realm of survivorship and the issues it brings to patients and clinicians alike.

As the number of cancer survivors grows, psychosocial oncology clinicians are increasingly called upon to work with the long-term aftermath of a cancer diagnosis, which requires the capacity to address the emotional and psychosocial issues that are not part of a traditional medical education. Clinicians have plenty of textbooks, but fewer hands-on, interactive guides that teach these kinds of experiential lessons that can be used in their day-to-day work lives. This accessible workbook offers a way to think about these important ideas while providing a structure to implement humanistic clinical practices. Clinical skills, communication tools, empathy as a learned capacity, cultural humility, reflective and mindful exercises designed to increase relationship skills-all of these depend upon this mode of experiential learning, as it teaches useful practices and solutions in order to increase the efficacy and satisfaction of clinical work with cancer survivors and their communities.

Psychosocial Care of Cancer Survivors: A Clinician's Guide and Workbook for Providing Wholehearted Care is a clinical resource for healthcare practitioners that presents person-centered care as an antidote to the distress both patients and clinicians face in cancer survivorship. It addresses questions of how to bring a humanistic approach and quality attention to the growing needs of patients in the post-treatment phase of a cancer diagnosis. As a workbook, it's both a guide and an applicable resource for daily clinical practice. It provides a needed structure for clinicians to help them reconnect with the meaningful aspects of their work.

Designed for busy psychosocial oncology clinicians who may feel disconnected but don't fully understand why, this workbook addresses the need for a humanistic and pragmatic approach to the psychosocial issues that arise in their work with patients. Based on personal interviews with clinicians, written feedback from clinicians, and research describing the formidable demands facing professionals working in cancer healthcare, as well as the dangers of burnout, this is highly practical, interactive guide addresses the emotional and psychological concerns of both patient and clinician. This workbook will be a much-needed resource for humanizing cancer survivorship care.

Cheryl Krauter, MFT, is an existential humanistic psychotherapist with over thirty-five years of experience in the field of depth psychology and human consciousness. She integrates her years of experience as a depth psychotherapist with her personal journey as a cancer survivor, working with clients in her private practice, presenting talks and workshops on living with the uncertainty of life-threatening illness, teaching and supervising trainees, interns, and licensed clinicians. The foundation of her work as a clinician is based on providing a humanistic, relational, person-centered approach in cancer survivor care.

 

Psychosocial Care of Cancer Survivors: A Clinician's Guide and Workbook for Providing Wholehearted Care Cover Image
$49.95
ISBN: 9780190636364
Availability: Coming Soon - Available for Pre-Order Now
Published: Oxford University Press, USA - July 13th, 2018

Currently there is a crisis occurring in healthcare involving clinician burnout, emotional exhaustion, lack of inspiration, and loss of personal meaning. For clinicians caring for cancer survivors, these feelings are aggravated by facing the largely unknown realm of survivorship and the issues it brings to patients and clinicians alike.


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