SF – The Fade Out Signing


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

SF – Tetris: The Games People Play Signing


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

SF – Rolling Blackouts Signing


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

SF – Mara Wilson Signing


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.

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

SF – Fight Club 2 Signing


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

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

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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.

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

Are You My Mother? Book Tour

Acclaimed cartoonist Alison Bechdel goes on a book tour of North America to promote her new graphic memoir, Are You My Mother?

Tuesday May 1, 2012
Barnes & Noble, 7pm
2289 Broadway @ 82nd Street, New York City, NY

Wednesday May 2, 2012 
The Brattle Theatre, 6pm
40 Brattle Street, Cambridge, MA
Sponsored by the Harvard Bookstore

Thursday May 3, 2012 
Free Library of Philadelphia, 7:30
1901 Vine Street, Philadelphia, PA

Friday May 4, 2012 
Politics & Prose, 7pm
5015 Connecticut Ave NW, Washington, DC

Saturday May 5, 2012 Toronto
Toronto Comic Arts Festival

Sunday May 6, 2012 
Left Bank Books, 4pm
321 N. 10th Street, St Louis, MO

Monday May 7, 2012
Boswell Book Co., 7pm
2559 N. Downer Ave, Milwaukee, WI

Tuesday May 8, 2012 
Books Inc, 7pm
1760 Fourth Street, Berkeley, CA

Wednesday May 9, 2012
The Booksmith, 7:30
1644 Haight Street, San Francisco, CA

Thursday May 10, 2012 
Los Angeles Public Library, 7pm
Format: On-stage interview with Deborah Vankin
Mark Taper Auditorium—Central Library
630 W. Fifth Street, Los Angeles, CA

Friday May 11, 2012 
University Bookstore, 7pm
4326 University Way NE, Seattle, WA

Saturday May 12, 2012 
The Bagdad Theater, 5pm
3702 SE Hawthorne Blvd, Portland, OR
Sponsored by Powell’s

Wednesday May 16, 2012 
Swedish American Museum, 7:30pm
5211 N. Clark Street, Chicago, IL
Sponsored by Women and Children First Bookstore

CA – An Evening with Neil Gaiman

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Press Release:

The Booksmith and Berkeley Arts & Letters Present An Evening with NEIL GAIMAN Celebrating the Tenth Anniversary of American Gods on June 27, 2011 at 7:30 pm.

Tickets $12, available at Brown Paper Tickets online, or 800-838-3006, and at The Booksmith on Haight Street in San Francisco

“Mystery, satire, sex, horror, poetic prose.If you have enjoyed John Crowley’s Little, Big or Stephen King’s The Stand or the urbane horror fiction of Jonathan Carrollthen American Gods arrives just in time.”  — Washington Post

“Dark fun, and nourishing to the soul.” — Michael Chabon, author of The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay

It has been a decade since #1 New York Times bestselling author Neil Gaiman (Sandman, Anansi Boys, The Graveyard Book) rocked the literary world with American Gods — his breathtaking tale of the war on Earth between old gods and new. For those who have yet to experience Gaiman’s bestselling tour de force — a novel USA Today called “a powerful, searing force that makes readers confront what is real and what is not” — and for those eager to enter this astonishing world again, comes the Author’s Preferred Text 10th Anniversary Edition. Winner of the Hugo, Nebula, Locus, and Bram Stoker Awards, with a special introduction by the author, this is American Gods as Neil Gaiman always meant it to be.

Purchasing your copy of American Gods, The Tenth Anniversary Edition ahead of time guarantees a signed copy. This new edition is offered at a 20% discount; price includes applicable state sales tax. (Unsigned copies will also be for sale at the event.)

You may purchase a copy in advance via Brown Paper Tickets, or at The Booksmith in person, by phone (415-863-8688), online, or by email (orders@booksmith.com). Your printed receipt is your voucher, and may be redeemed immediately before the event at check-in. You must present your ticket voucher at the time of pickup. Please do not bring books purchased elsewhere.

First Congregational Church of Berkeley
2345 Channing Way at Dana (enter via courtyard on Dana), Berkeley, CA 94704

Wilson Signing Tour

Dan Clowes embarks on his tour this week in support of his first ever original graphic novel. In each city, Dan will be talking with a special guest moderator complete with slide show. (and it’s a great slide show) And in Boston you get to see Ghost World after the event, with an introduction by Dan himself.

05/03/10 | 7 PM Washington DC POLITICS & PROSE With Dan Kois

05/04/10 | 6 PM Cambridge BRATTLE THEATER & HARVARD BOOKSTORE With Hillary Chute

05/05/10 | 7 PM NYC THE STRAND With David Hajdu

05/07/10 | 7 PM Toronto TCAF & TPL With Mark Medley

05/08/10-05/09/10 Toronto TCAF & TPL

05/13/10 | 7:30 PM San Francisco THE BOOKSMITH With Glen David Gold

05/14/10 | 7:30 PM Los Angeles SKYLIGHT BOOKS With Dana Gould

05/16/10 | 7:30 PM Portland POWELLS With Greg Netzer, Director of Wordstock

06/03/10 | 7 PM Oakland DIESEL With Eli Horowitz

06/12/10 | 7 PM Chicago QUIMBY’S (signing only)

06/13/10 | TBA Chicago PRINTERS ROW With Ray Pride

ABOUT WILSON: Meet Wilson, an opinionated middle-aged loner who loves his dog and quite possibly no one else. In an ongoing quest to find human connection, he badgers friend and stranger alike into a series of one-sided conversations, punctuating his own lofty discursions with a brutally honest, self-negating sense of humor. After his father dies, Wilson, now irrevocably alone, sets out to find his ex-wife with the hope of rekindling their long-dead relationship, and discovers he has a teenage daughter, born after the marriage ended and given up for adoption. Wilson eventually forces all three to reconnect as a family – a doomed mission that will surely, inevitably backfire.