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Karen Wickre - Taking the Work Out of Networking (San Francisco Store)

Tuesday, November 27, 2018 - 6:00pm

Networking has garnered a reputation as a sort of necessary evil in the modern business world. Some do relish the opportunity to boldly work the room, introduce themselves to strangers, and find common career ground—but for many others, the experience is often awkward, or even terrifying.

The common networking advice for introverts are variations on the theme of overcoming or “fixing” their quiet tendencies. But Karen Wickre is a self-described introvert who has worked in Silicon Valley for 30 years. She shows you to embrace your true nature to create sustainable connections that can be called upon for you to get—and give—career assistance, advice, introductions, and lasting connections.

Karen’s “embrace your quiet side” approach is for anyone who finds themselves shying away from traditional networking activities, or for those who would rather be curled up with a good book on a Friday night than out at a party. For example, if you’re anxious about that big professional mixer full of people you don’t know, she advises you to consider skipping it (many of these are not productive), and instead set up an intimate, one-on-one coffee date. She shows how to truly make the most out of social media to sustain what she calls “the loose touch habit” to build your own brain trust to last a lifetime.

With compelling arguments and creative strategies, Taking the Work Out of Networking, is perfect not only for introverts, but for anyone who wants for a less conventional approach to get ahead in today’s job market.

Silicon Valley veteran Karen Wickre is the former Editorial Director at Twitter, where she landed after a decade-long career at Google. An advisor to startups and a lifelong information seeker, she is a member of the Board of Visitors for the John S. Knight Journalism Fellowships at Stanford University, and serves on the boards of the International Center for Journalists, the News Literacy Project, and the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts. She has been a featured columnist for and is a cofounder of Newsgeist, an annual gathering conference fostering new approaches to news and information. She is the author of Taking the Work Out of Networking and lives in San Francisco.


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ISBN: 9781501199271
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Published: Touchstone - November 27th, 2018

The former Google executive, editorial director of Twitter and self-described introvert offers networking advice for anyone who has ever cancelled a coffee date due to social anxiety—about how to nurture a vibrant circle of reliable contacts without leaving your comfort zone.

Networking has garnered a reputation as a sort of necessary evil in the modern business world.

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Alissa Quart - Squeezed (San Francisco Store)

Wednesday, November 28, 2018 - 6:00pm

Families today are squeezed on every side—from high childcare costs and harsh employment policies to workplaces without paid family leave or even dependable and regular working hours. Many realize that attaining the standard of living their parents managed has become impossible.

Alissa Quart, executive editor of the Economic Hardship Reporting Project, examines the lives of many middle-class Americans who can now barely afford to raise children. Through gripping firsthand storytelling, Quart shows how our country has failed its families. Her subjects—from professors to lawyers to caregivers to nurses—have been wrung out by a system that doesn’t support them, and enriches only a tiny elite.

Interlacing her own experience with close-up reporting on families that are just getting by, Quart reveals parenthood itself to be financially overwhelming, except for the wealthiest. She offers real solutions to these problems, including outlining necessary policy shifts, as well as detailing the DIY tactics some families are already putting into motion, and argues for the cultural reevaluation of parenthood and caregiving.

Written in the spirit of Barbara Ehrenreich and Jennifer Senior, Squeezed is an eye-opening page-turner. Powerfully argued, deeply reported, and ultimately hopeful, it casts a bright, clarifying light on families struggling to thrive in an economy that holds too few options. It will make readers think differently about their lives and those of their neighbors.

Alissa Quart  is the executive editor of the journalism non-profit Economic Hardship Reporting Project. She co-founded its current incarnation with Barbara Ehrenreich. She is also the author of four previous acclaimed books, Branded, Republic of Outsiders, Hothouse Kids’and the poetry book Monetized. She writes the Outclassed column for The Guardian and has published features and reported commentary in many magazines and newspapers, most recently for The Atlantic, The New York Times, The Nation and The New York Review of Books. She has won the Columbia Journalism School’s 2018 Alumni Award and the LA Press Club Award for Commentary, was a 2010 Nieman fellow at Harvard University, and has been nominated for an Emmy and a National Magazine Award.



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ISBN: 9780062412256
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Published: Ecco - June 26th, 2018

One of TIME’s Best New Books to Read This Summer

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Lindsay-Jean Heard - Cooking with Scraps (San Francisco Store)

Saturday, December 1, 2018 - 1:00pm

Presented with CUESA

In 85 innovative recipes, Lindsay-Jean Hard—who writes the “Cooking with Scraps” column for Food52—shows just how delicious and surprising the all-too-often-discarded parts of food can be, transforming what might be considered trash into culinary treasure.

Cooking with Scraps shows how to put those seeds, stems, tops, rinds to good use for more delicious (and more frugal) cooking: Carrot greens—bright, fresh, and packed with flavor—make a zesty pesto. Water from canned beans behaves just like egg whites, perfect for vegan mayonnaise that even non-vegans will love. And serve broccoli stems olive-oil poached on lemony ricotta toast. It’s pure food genius, all the while critically reducing waste one dish at a time.

Lindsay-Jean Hard received her Master's in Urban Planning from the University of Michigan. Her education and passion for sustainability went on to inform and inspire her work in the garden, home, and community. The seeds of this book were planted in her Food52 column of the same name. Today she works to share her passion for great food and great communities as a marketer at Zingerman's Bakehouse. She lives, writes, loves, and creates in Ann Arbor, Michigan.


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ISBN: 9780761193036
Availability: Coming Soon - Available for Pre-Order Now
Published: Workman Publishing Company - October 30th, 2018

“A whole new way to celebrate ingredients that have long been wasted.

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Left Coast Writers®: Wanderland Writers - Wandering in Cuba (San Francisco Store)

Monday, December 10, 2018 - 6:00pm

Once again Wanderland Writers head south to explore—this time to Cuba, an island country that has paid a high price for self-determination:  revolution, isolation and hardship. But somehow this nation and its amazing people continue to reinvent themselves and fascinate us with their marvelous creativity and vitality. In Wandering in Cuba: Revolution and Beyond, work from Linda Watanbe McFerrin, Joanna Biggar, and more take readers from city to countryside, enjoying the history, the rhythms, the tastes, the sights, and the soul of this intriguing island nation. Everywhere, of course, we encountered its Revolution and recorded our understanding of its triumphs and failures. We met and wrote about traditional Cuba: its heroes—José Martí, Fidel, Che, Hemingway—and its enduring culture as found in food, music and its African-based religion, Santería. But we also experienced Cuba in its present reality, beyond the Revolution. We found poets, artists, filmmakers and a whole generation of young people who embrace and are shaping Cuba’s future. 

You will meet them here.


Linda Watanabe McFerrin and Joanna Biggar have floated down the Canal du Midi in France, danced in the sunlight of southern Greece, toasted the best of times in Ireland, devoured the culture and countryside of southern Italy, wandered through landscapes lost and found in Costa Rica, and explored the Indonesian island that is known as an earthly Paradise. In each destination, they eat and drink, laugh and get lost, explore and expound with their merry band of travel writers. And they always return with a varied collection of tales, some mystical, some funny, some terrifying—each told in a different, highly personal voice.


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Kimberley Lovato & Jill Robinson - 100 Things to Do in San Francisco Before You Die (San Francisco Store)

Thursday, December 13, 2018 - 6:00pm

In Conversation with Don George

Travel through San Francisco with the authors of 100 Things to Do in San Francisco Before You Die.

How could we stop at only 100 things to do in a city like San Francisco? We cheated a little bit. There are 100 more than 100 addresses inside the pages of 100 Things to Do in San Francisco Before You Die. No book on San Francisco would be true to itself without mentioning landmarks like cable cars, the Golden Gate Bridge, Lombard Street, Fisherman's Wharf, the Presidio, the Ferry Building, and Coit Tower. But turn the pages and you'll fall deeper into San Francisco’s scene.

We tell you which hotels have the hippest bar scenes, where to eat egg tarts in Chinatown, and what exactly a Mission-style burrito is. We point the way to a world-renowned tequila bar in the back of a family restaurant, and to some of the city's best neighborhood street fairs. We've covered the city’s world-class museums, including one that hosts a weekly cocktail party. We also tell you where to shop for tie-dye, browse for local art, listen to live music, and follow in the footsteps of the Beat Generation. Plus so much more. Make your list, and get out and explore!

Kimberley Lovato is a freelance travel journalist whose work has been published by some of the country's top magazines and websites, including National Geographic Traveler, Robb Report, Virtuoso Life, Southwest: The Magazine and many more. Her writing has won numerous awards including a Gold Medal from the Society of American Travel Writers for her culinary travel book, Walnut Wine & Truffle Groves.

Bay Area native and tequila expert Jill K. Robinson writes about travel and adventure for AFAR, National Geographic Traveler, Travel + Leisure, Outside, the San Francisco Chronicle, and many other print and digital publications. The Travelers' Tales books have features her essays, and her magazine and newspaper articles have won numerous awards.

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ISBN: 9781681061658
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Published: Reedy Press - September 1st, 2018

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Women’s National Book Association - 50th Anniversary Celebration (San Francisco Store)

Sunday, December 16, 2018 - 4:00pm

Please join us for a celebrations of 50 years of women writers with member authors of the San Francisco Chapter of the WNBA.

Before women had the right to vote, the Women’s National Book Association was advocating for women writers, booksellers, editors and “women in the world of books,” starting in 1917. WNBA-SF was founded in 1968 and this vital part of the Northern California publishing community includes New York Times bestselling authors, writing coaches, award-winning editors, literary agents, National Book Critics, book to film creatives, librarians, and an Indiefab Publisher of the Year, offering insider secrets to getting your book published.

In this "50th Anniversary Showcase," authors from the WNBA-SF will read from their books and join in a panel discussion of how women’s voices and those of diversity are more important than ever before. Q&A to follow.


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