Brown Sugar Kitchen: New-Style, Down-Home Recipes from Sweet West Oakland

Tanya Holland will be signing copies of  Brown Sugar Kitchen at Books Inc. in Alameda (Fri/12, 7-9 pm), The Gardener in Berkeley (Sat/13, 11 am-1 pm), Market Hall in Oakland (Sat/13, 3-5 pm), The Left Bank in Larkspur (Sun/14, 12:30-2:30 pm), and Chronicle Books in San Francisco (Mon/15, 3-4 pm) this week.

Brown Sugar Kitchen is more than a restaurant. This soul-food outpost is a community gathering spot, a place to fill the belly, and the beating heart of West Oakland, a storied postindustrial neighborhood across the bay from San Francisco. Continue reading

Not To Be Missed: Fifty-Four Favorites from a Lifetime of Film

Kenneth Turan’s favorite films span a century of the world’s most satisfying romances and funniest comedies, the most heart-stopping dramas and chilling thrillers from All About Eve  to Seven Samurai  to Sherlock Jr.  He will be reading from his recently-published volume Not To Be Missed: Fifty-Four Favorites From A Lifetime Of Film on Monday, June 23, 2014 at 12:00PM. See details about Turan’s appearance and read an excerpt from the book here.

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John Waters: CARSICK Book Tour

by Michael Guillén

He’s been on the road straining his thumb and has written a memoir about his experiences, Carsick: John Waters Hitchhikes Across America  (Farrar, Straus and Giroux), one of New York Magazine‘s 6 Books to Read This Summer and one of Publishers Weekly‘s Best Summer Books of 2014 and probably the only audio book I will ever listen to.  Hopefully, he can catch a ride to his upcoming appearances promoting the book.  Continue reading