SF – Baking With Kafka Signing

Cartoonist Tom Gauld appears in conversation with Mallory Ortberg at The Booksmith on Tuesday, November 7, 2017 at 7:30 PM to present and sign his new book BAKING WITH KAFKA.

Tom Gauld is a cartoonist and illustrator. He has weekly comic strips in The Guardian and New Scientist and his comics have been published in The New York Times and The Believer. In addition to his graphic novels Goliath, You’re All Just Jealous of My Jetpack, and Mooncop, he has designed a number of book covers. Gauld lives and works in London.

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1644 Haight St, San Francisco, CA 94117
(415) 863-8688

SF – Big Mushy Happy Lump Signing

Cartoonist Sarah Andersen, creator of the webcomic Sarah’s Scribbles, appears at The Booksmith on Tuesday, March 28, 2017 at 7:30 PM to sign her latest collection Big Mushy Happy Lump!

Sarah Andersen’s hugely popular, world-famous Sarah’s Scribbles comics are for those of us who boast bookstore-ready bodies and Netflix-ready hair, who are always down for all-night reading-in-bed parties and extremely exclusive after-hour one-person music festivals.

In addition to the most recent Sarah’s Scribbles fan favorites and dozens of all-new comics, this volume contains illustrated personal essays on Sarah’s real-life experiences with anxiety, career, relationships and other adulthood challenges that will remind readers of Allie Brosh’s Hyperbole and a Half and Jenny Lawson’s Let’s Pretend This Never Happened. The same uniquely frank, real, yet humorous and uplifting tone that makes Sarah’s Scribbles so relatable blooms beautifully in this new longer form.

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(415) 863-8688

SF – She Changed Comics Signing

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Join The Booksmith on Wednesday, December 7th at 7:30 PM for an evening with Mariko Tamaki (This One Summer), Lee Marrs (The Further Fattening Adventures of Pudge, Girl Blimp), and Trina Robbins (Wimmen’s Comix), moderated by She Changed Comics editor and contributor Betsy Gomez!

CBLDF presents: She Changed Comics is the definitive history of the women who changed free expression in comics. Within its pages are profiles of more than 60 groundbreaking female professionals as well as interviews with the women who are changing today’s medium. She Changed Comics also examines the plights of women imprisoned and threatened for making comics, and explores the work of women whose work is being banned here in the United States.

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(415) 863-8688

SF – The Fade Out Signing

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Press Release:

Award-winning comics writer Ed Brubaker comes to the Booksmith on Monday, October 24 at 7:30 PM to celebrate the release of the deluxe edition of The Fade Out; the epic graphic novel of murder, intrigue, and morality in blacklist-era Hollywood, illustrated by Sean Phillips and colored by Elizabeth Breitweiser. This beautiful oversized hardback edition collects issues #1-12 and includes behind-the-scenes extras, sketches, layouts, illustrations, and historical essays.

Ed Brubaker has won the Best Writer Award in the Harveys and the Eisners five times since 2006. His work with Sean Phillips on Criminal, Incognito, Fatale, and The Fade Out has been translated around the world to great acclaim. He was raised partly on Navy bases, and credits being forced to go to his mother’s AA meetings throughout much of his childhood with planting the seed of writing in his brain, and his father’s love of comics and movies for nurturing it. He currently lives in Los Angeles with his wife Melanie and their dog Roscoe, where he works in comics, film, and television.

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(415) 863-8688

SF – Tetris: The Games People Play Signing

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Award-winning cartoonist and illustrator Box Brown appears in conversation with Ed Luce at the Booksmith on Monday, October 17th at 7:30 PM to discuss Tetris: The Games People Play, a comics history of the beloved, addictive game. In 1984, Alexy Pajitnov created Tetris in his spare time while developing software for the Soviet government. Once Tetris emerged from behind the Iron Curtain, it became a megahit, sparking a bidding war among the major game developers where no tactic was too underhanded to secure the game for distribution. New York Times-bestselling author Box Brown untangles this complex history and demonstrates the impact a well-designed game can have on art, culture, and commerce across the world.

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(415) 863-8688

SF – Rolling Blackouts Signing

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Sarah Glidden presents Rolling Blackouts at The Booksmith on Thursday, October 6, 2016 at 7:30 PM!

Cartoonist Sarah Glidden follows up her acclaimed debut with Rolling Blackouts, a travel memoir of her two-month long journey through Turkey, Iraq, and Syria. Glidden accompanies two reporters and a former Marine as they research the impact of the Iraq War on the region’s refugees. Everyone has a story to tell: Glidden interviews bloggers, UN officials, taxi drivers, US deportees, and American soldiers with a sympathetic and searching eye. Her trademark muted watercolors and self-effacing humor cement Glidden’s place as one of the comics world’s most original nonfiction voices.

Sarah Glidden’s debut book, How to Understand Israel in 60 Days or Less landed on several best of the year lists, including Entertainment Weekly; earned a YALSA Great Graphic Novels for Teens distinction; and won an Ignatz Award. A graduate of Boston University, she now lives in Seattle

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SF – Mara Wilson Signing

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Mara Wilson appears at The Booksmith to sign her new memoir Where Am I Now?: True Stories of Girlhood and Accidental Fame on Thursday, September 22, 2016 at 7:30pm!

Join us for a night of storytelling, as Mara Wilson presents Where Am I Now? True Stories of Girlhood and Accidental Fame. Mara Wilson earned her fame as a child starring in Mrs. Doubtfire and Matilda. She grew up to be a twitter superstar, an incisive live storyteller, and a person who struggles openly with mental illness in the public sphere. Containing stories about her mother’s death from cancer, to her relationship with Robin Williams, to dating misadventures, this essay collection is brave and sincere, poignant and funny, and always relatable. It will almost certainly teach you a thing or two about fame, feelings, and yourself.

Mara Wilson is a writer, playwright, actor, and storyteller perhaps best known as the little girl from Mrs. Doubtfire, Miracle on 34th Street, and Matilda. A graduate of NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts, she regularly appears at live storytelling and comedy shows, including her own, What Are You Afraid Of?. Her writing can be found on Jezebel, The Toast, McSweeney’s, the Daily Beast, and Cracked.com, and on her blog, MaraWilsonWritesStuff.com. She has appeared on Broad City and the popular podcast Welcome to Night Vale, and will guest star on upcoming episodes of BoJack Horseman. She lives in New York City.

Please note: Seating is first-come, first-served. If you would like to reserve a seat, order a copy of Where Am I Now? below and put your request in the notes field. One book = one seat.

RSVP appreciated but not required. If you cannot attend the event, but would like to request a signed copy of Where Am I Now?, order below and put your request in the notes field.

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1644 Haight St, San Francisco, CA 94117
(415) 863-8688

SF – Fight Club 2 Signing

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Author Chuck Palahniuk presents Fight Club 2 for a signing only event at The Booksmith on Thursday, June 30, 2016 at 4:00 PM!

Press Release:

New York Times best-selling novelist Chuck Palahniuk and acclaimed artist Cameron Stewart (with cover art by legendary artist David Mack) have collaborated for one of the most highly anticipated comic book and literary event of 2016… the return of Tyler Durden. Ten years after starting Project Mayhem, Tyler Durden lives a mundane life. A kid, a wife. Pills to keep his destiny at bay. But it won’t last long, the wife has seen to that. He’s back where he started, but this go-round he’s got more at stake than his own life. The time has arrived . . . Rize or Die.

Tickets: $33, includes a copy Fight Club 2.

A ticket must be purchased in advance to be included in the signing event. Only copies of Fight Club 2 purchased through Booksmith will be signed. One ticket admits only one person into the signing line, no exceptions.

Please note:

  • This FIGHT CLUB 2 appearance is a signing ONLY. Chuck will not be performing or reading at this event.
  • This is a ticketed event, and each ticket will include a copy of the Fight Club 2 ($29.95).
  • Tickets must be purchased in advance in order to join the signing line. One ticket admits only one person into the signing line, no exceptions.
  • In addition to Fight Club 2, Chuck will sign TWO other items only (a piece of memorabilia or book).
  • Chuck will happily pose for photos with fans.
  • Line formation will begin at 4pm and could last several hours.

The Booksmith
1644 Haight St, San Francisco, CA 94117
(415) 863-8688

SF – There is No Right Way to Meditate Signing

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00-Yumi-SakugawaYumi Sakugawa appears at The Booksmith on Wednesday, November 11, 2015 at 7:30pm!

Award-winning artist Yumi Sakugawa’s book There is No Right Way to Meditate is an illustrated guide on how to lead a more peaceful and balanced life. it’s also a tour through the ups and downs of life, and offers awesome and relatable advice on how we can all love ourselves a little more as we weather our collective emotional storms. Brilliant, beautiful, badass, and with captivating ink illustrations and encouraging ideas, this new work is as enchanting as Yumi’s previous titles, I Think I’m in Friend-Love with You and Your Illustrated Guide to Becoming One with the Universe.

Yumi Sakugawa is a comic book artist, illustrator, and the author of I Think I Am in Friend-Love with You and Your Illustrated Guide to Becoming One with the Universe. A graduate from the fine art program of University of California, Los Angeles, she is a regular comic contributor to WonderHowTo and The Rumpus. Her short comic stories have been selected as Notable Comics of 2012 and 2013 by the Best American Comics Anthology editors (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt), and her comic works have also been published in Bitch, The Best American Nonrequired Reading 2014, Folio, Fjords Review, Slake, and other publications. She lives in Los Angeles.

The Booksmith
1644 Haight St, San Francisco, CA 94117
(415) 863-8688

SF – Killing and Dying Signing

October 15, 2015 by  
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Adrian Tomine presents Killing and Dying in-conversation with Vendela Vida at The Booksmith on Tuesday, November 10, 2015 at 7:30 PM!

Killing and Dying is a collection of interconnected and darkly funny stories told in comic form. Tomine’s gift for capturing intimate moments and subtle emotion is on full display in his latest collection of graphic shorts. A California native, Tomine is particularly adept at evoking a sense of place in just a few clean lines—you may recognize Oakland storefronts or BART stations alongside subways and skyscrapers. Dealing with issues of identity and hyperconnectivity, parenthood, mortality, and the daily struggles of contemporary life, Tomine’s characters—aging baseball fans, insecure comedians, horticulturists, out-of-touch parents among them—are artfully drawn, a cast of searchers and stumblers who you can’t help but recognize.

Adrian Tomine was born in 1974 in Sacramento, California. He began self-publishing his comic book series Optic Nerve. His comics have been anthologized in publications such as McSweeney’s, Best American Comics, and Best American Nonrequired Reading, and his graphic novel Shortcomings was a New York Times Notable Book of 2007. Since 1999, Tomine has been a regular contributor to The New Yorker. He lives in Brooklyn with his wife and daughters.

Vendela Vida is the award-winning author of four books and a founding editor of The Believer magazine. She is also the co-editor of Always Apprentices, a collection of interviews with writers, and Confidence, or the Appearance of Confidence, a collection of interviews with musicians. Two of Vida’s novels have been New York Times Notable Books of the year, and she is the winner of the Kate Chopin Award, given to a writer whose female protagonist chooses an unconventional path. She lives in Northern California with her husband and two children, and since 2002 has served on the board of 826 Valencia, a nonprofit writing and tutoring lab for youth.

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1644 Haight St, San Francisco, CA 94117
(415) 863-8688

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