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“OPEN DOOR, OPEN BOOKS, OPEN MIND, OPEN HEART” – City Lights Booksellers, North Beach, San Francisco, California

Thursday, April 19th, 2012

On Columbus near Broadway:

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Huge Stacks of Steve Jobs Biographies Form a Shrine at Costco, Right Next to the $1.50 Hot Dogs

Tuesday, October 25th, 2011

See? And this isn’t even the book section, which has another big pile of these tomes.

As high as an elephant’s eye:

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Oh and here’s the unaired Saturday Night Live Steve Jobs skit, featuring, in a way, Charlie Rose, Mark Zuckerberg, Arianna Huffington, Reed Hastings, and Rupert Murdoch.

OMG, Meet Adam Savage at Main Library on November 2: One City One Book – Packing for Mars

Monday, October 24th, 2011

Adam Savage, co-host of the television series MythBusters, will be on hand for a conversation at our Main Public Library at 6:00 PM on November 2, 2011.

It’s all a part of One City One Book, which looks at Packing for Mars this year.

And oh, Smitten Ice Cream Moon Pies are involved. Deets below.

Adam Savage packing for Mars: 

All the deets:

Mary Roach in conversation with Adam Savage

Wednesday, November 2 at 6pm, SF Main Library – Koret Auditorium, 100 Larkin St., 557-4277

What happens when one of the funniest and smartest authors around gets interviewed by a MythBuster? Hear which space legends might be as combustible as urban ones when Mary Roach and Adam Savage chat it up about Packing for Mars: The Curious Science of Life in the Void, San Francisco’s One City One Book selection for 2011.

Before the conversation, enjoy the premiere of Rockets of Yesterday, an eye-popping video tour of 1950s and 60s rocket dreams, curated by archivist and space enthusiast Megan Prelinger.

Mary Roach is the author of the bestselling books Stiff: The Curious Lives of Human Cadavers, Spook: Science Tackles the Afterlife, and Bonk: The Curious Coupling of Science and Sex. She lives in Oakland, California.

Adam Savage is an American industrial design and special effects designer/fabricator, actor, educator, and co-host of the Discovery Channel television series MythBusters.

Packing for Mars will be available for purchase from Readers Bookstore and Mary will be signing after the program.

Note: Seating is limited. Doors will open at 5:45pm.

Plus, an extra sweet partnership:

Smitten Ice Cream in Hayes Valley – the folks behind that space age-y liquid nitrogen fueled instant ice cream maker — is making a special new space-themed flavor, Moon Pie, to coincide/partner with San Francisco Public Library’s annual One City One Book which this year is Packing for Mars by Mary Roach. A space themed ice cream flavor for a space-themed book!

The Moon Pie flavor will be a marshmallow ice cream with chocolate and graham cracker cookies. Yum.

The Library will be setting up a table outside Smitten’s shop next Thursday (10/27) and Friday (10/28) at 4 p.m. and Saturday 10/29 at Noon, giving away some free copies of the Packing for Mars book to the first handful of people who order the new Moon Pie flavor. Smitten is located at: 432 Octavia Street at Linden in Hayes Valley.

Plus, the Library’s big One City One Book event on Nov. 2 (Author Mary Roach in Conversation with Adam Savage) at the Main Library will feature an extra special prize treat courtesy of Smitten.”

Llama Llama Red Pajama: Which Books Are Your Mayoral Candidates Reading Right Now?

Tuesday, October 18th, 2011

The Reader’s Review has the answers, excepting for Ed Lee and Michela Alioto Pier, who couldn’t be bothered.

Assessor Phil Ting‘s choice:

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Isn’t It a Shame that People Have to Wait Until 12 Noon to Get Into Our Main Public Library on Sundays?

Monday, August 8th, 2011

Yes. Yes it is a shame.

Just look at these poor wretches, queuing up for the big library to open.

Shouldn’t this place open at 9:00 AM instead, you know, on Sundays?

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I think so.

OMG, Drinks + Books! It’s IMBIBE at the Marina Branch Library, June 17th

Tuesday, May 24th, 2011

All right, get ready for the next IMBIBE – deets below

IMBIBE at the Marina Branch Library, June 17th, 7-10 PM

Eat, drink and be literary at a library cocktail party

San Francisco, CA— On June 17th, Friends of the San Francisco Public Library present IMBIBE—an after-hours library cocktail party for Friends members.

Throw on that spare spacesuit you have hidden in the back of your closet and join us as we celebrate the launch of this year’s One City One Book—Packing for Mars: The Curious Science of Life in the Void by acclaimed local author Mary Roach, who will be on hand to chat and stargaze with partygoers.
Guests can enjoy complimentary drinks and snacks in the Marina Branch stacks, talk at full volume and generally ignore library taboos—moon walking is encouraged. Party perks include a space-themed photo booth and giveaways of Packing for Mars. The San Francisco Amateur Astronomers will have a telescope or two set up outside, so fingers crossed for clear skies!

Open Bar provided by Anchor Steam Brewing, Reyka Vodka, Solerno Blood Orange Liqueur and Coit Liquor.

IMBIBE at the Marina Branch Library promises to be a party of astronomic proportions.
Follow us into the void and IMBIBE on June 17th!

About IMBIBE

IMBIBE is a quarterly event series where Friends Members are invited to mix and mingle amongst the stacks with special literary guests, all while enjoying complimentary food and drink in some of the most beautiful, newly-renovated branches in the San Francisco Public Library system.

Discover new and exciting resources at your library. For more information visit act.friendssfpl.org/Imbibe or call 415.626.7500.
ADDITIONAL IMBIBE DATES
September 30th: Richmond/Senator Milton Marks Branch
December 2nd: Potrero Branch
MEMBERSHIP INFORMATION:
IMBIBE is free for Friends Members.
Current members, please RSVP to Imbibe@friendssfpl.org
Non-Members can join the party by signing up online or at the door. For a limited time, Friends is offering a special, mid-year, 18-month Membership. Visit https://act.friendssfpl.org/midyear or call Mary Abler at (415) 626-7512 x107 for more information.

Friends Membership provides year-round funding and support for San Francisco Public Libraries. Support the Library and join Friends today!

WHAT: IMBIBE at the Library

WHERE: Marina Branch Library
1890 Chesnut St.
San Francisco, CA 94123
WHEN: Friday, June 17th, 7-10 PM

COST: FREE for Friends Members (includes hosted bar)
RSVP to Imbibe@friendssfpl.org Friends Memberships begin at $35+

Book Launch Tonight – “Lust for Justice” – Meet Tony Serra and Paulette Frankl at Fort Mason

Saturday, November 20th, 2010

Back in the day, back in colledge the 90′s, my schoolchums and I were taken to court just to see Tony Serra at work.

He looks just the same. Anyway, check out the news of tonight’s launch up at Fort Mason.

Book Launch–Lust for Justice, Meet Tony Serra and Paulette Frankl

LUST FOR JUSTICE: The Radical Life and Law of J. Tony Serra (Isbn # 0-615-38683-0) is the first and only book to appear about San Francisco’s charismatic counter culture lawyer, acclaimed one of the ten top criminal defense lawyers of the century. His long career has made him an icon of the underdog and a champion of civil rights leaders, a hero to some, a trickster to others, always a force to be reckoned with in court. Get the inside scoop on law through the eyes of one of its greatest practitioners in this newly-released biography.


Serra’s successful defense of Black Panther leader Huey Newton launched him into the orb of great criminal defense lawyers. His cases are the subject of the Hollywood film “True Believer” and TV docudramas. His tax issues with the IRS landed him in Lompoc Prison Camp for 10 months, which he chronicled in essays and poetry sampled in this book.

Meet Tony Serra and author/artist Paulette Frankl at the book launch from 5:00 – 8:00 p.m. on Saturday, November 20, 2010, at the San Francisco Fort Mason Center, Room C-370. Books as well as signed courtroom art in original and print form will be available. More about LUST FOR JUSTICE can be seen at www.lustforjustice.net

This book took seventeen years to come to fruition. Frankl spent over a decade in and out of the courtroom with Serra in order to know her subject in depth.

Book Launch Lust for Justice: The Radical Life and Law of J. Tony Serra Saturday November 20, 2010 5:00 to 8:00 p.m. Fort Mason Center, Room C-370 San Francisco 94123 Wheelchair accessible.

OMG, David Eggers is Coming! David Eggers is Coming This Thursday to Our Main Library – It’s One City One Book 2010

Tuesday, October 12th, 2010

Our San Francisco Public Library invites you to a talk by author Dave Eggers, at the Koret Auditorium in the S.F. Main Library. It’s a part of One City One Book 2010:

Dave Eggers will be in conversation with humorist/writer Beth Lisick on Thursday, Oct. 14, starting at 6 p.m. He’ll be talking about his book, Zeitoun, the One City One Book selection for 2010. The event is at the San Francisco Main Library, 100 Larkin Street, San Francisco, in the Koret Auditorium. It’s one of the few chances to hear Dave live and for free. There will be no taping of this event, so it’s the only chance to see him.”

Check it out:

The San Francisco Public Library invites San Franciscans to participate in the 6th annual One City One Book: San Francisco Reads program, by announcing the selection of Zeitoun by Dave Eggers.

“The One City One Book program strives to provide a book that is thought provoking and illuminating for our diverse residents while uniting us in a common literary effort,” said City Librarian Luis Herrera. “The selection of San Francisco writer Dave Eggers’ book about a family in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina brings forth important issues about communities in the wake of disaster that is sure to resonate with readers citywide.”

Eggers’ nonfiction book is about Abdulrahman Zeitoun, a prosperous Syrian-American father of four, who chose to stay in New Orleans when Hurricane Katrina struck to protect his house and his contracting business. In the days that followed, he traveled the flooded streets in a secondhand canoe, passing on supplies and helping those he could.
 
 Eggers’s riveting nonfiction book, three years in the making, explores Zeitoun’s roots in Syria, his marriage to Kathy—an American who converted to Islam—and their children, and the surreal atmosphere (in New Orleans and the U.S., in general) in which what happened to Abdulrahman Zeitoun became possible. Zeitoun was written in close collaboration with its subjects and involved vast research—in the U.S., Spain, and Syria.
 
This true story is a page turner that is sure to engage readers this summer and the Library encourages them to participate in informative programs in September and October.

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Condoleezza Rice to Speak at the Commonwealth Club on October 18th – New Book: “Extraordinary, Ordinary People”

Tuesday, September 14th, 2010

Former U.S. Secretary of State Condy Rice is coming to town on October 18th, 2010, so mark your calendars.

You already know what she looks like, but have you seen her oil tanker? From back in the day. before Chevron changed the name to Altair Voyager:

All the deets:

The Commonwealth Club -the nation’s premier public affairs forum
 
SPEAKER:    Former U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice
 
TITLE:           Rice Family Memoir:  The Childhood That Shaped a Political Career
 
DATE:            Monday, October 18, 2010
 
TIME:            11 a.m. Check-in, Noon Program, 1 p.m. Book Signing
 
PLACE:         Intercontinental Mark Hopkins Hotel, 999 California St., San Francisco
 
PRICE:          $15 Members, $30 Non-members, $7 Students
Premium including copy of Rice’s book and seating in first few rows is
$60 Members, $80 Non-members
 
ALSO KNOW:  Attendees may be subject to search.  Underwritten by the Koret Foundation.
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Former U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, the first African-American woman to hold this title, will provide a rare glimpse at the life experiences that have shaped her world outlook and will give her views on current issues.  It is Rice’s first public appearance since the publication of her latest book, Extraordinary, Ordinary People: A Memoir of Family.
 
The Stanford University political science professor and Hoover Institution senior fellow will recount her childhood memories growing up in the 1950s in segregated Alabama surrounded by racism, and in the 1960s when she saw friends lose their lives to the violence and bloodshed of the era.
 
Rice will also discuss the people and experiences that have guided her on her path to occupying one of the nation’s highest offices.  When she became the 66th Secretary of State in 2004, Rice pioneered a policy called “Transformational Diplomacy” which sought to build democracy, particularly in the Middle East.
 
In 2001, George W. Bush appointed Rice the first female National Security Adviser.  In 1997, she served on the Federal Advisory Committee on Gender-Integrated Training in the Military.  In 1989, she became director of Soviet and East European affairs with the National Security Council and special assistant to George Bush during the dissolution of the Soviet Union.
 
In 1993, she was the first African American woman to become a Stanford provost, a post she held to 1999.  Rice earned a bachelor’s degree in political science from the University of Denver, a master’s degree from the University of Notre Dame; and Ph.D. from the University of Denver.

“The Lost Dogs” – New Book Details How the Bay Area Helped Michael Vick’s Abused Pit Bulls

Wednesday, September 8th, 2010

Going on sale next week, on September 16, 2010, is THE LOST DOGS: Michael Vick’s Dogs and Their Tale of Rescue and Redemption from author and journalist Jim Gorant.

This book will have the story about how some Bay Area organizations like Oakland-based BAD RAP (Bay Area Doglovers Responsible About Pit Bulls) and San Francisco-based Our Pack, Inc. Pit Bull Rescue helped heal some of the victimized pooches.

Here’s the video, the official website and a bit from Parade Magazine.

Stay tuned, more to come…