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Books Inc. and The A.C.T. present GLEN BERGER at Books Inc. in the Castro

Books Inc. and co-sponsor The American Conservatory Theater (A.C.T.) proudly present Emmy Award-winning television and theater writer Glen Berger author of Song of Spider-Man:  The Inside Story of the Most Controversial Musical in Broadway History, his first hand account of a theatrical dream or nightmare come true.

Renowned director Julie Taymor picked Glen Berger to cowrite the book for a $25 million Spider-Man musical. Together along with U2 s Bono and Edge they would shape a work that was technically daring and emotionally profound, with a story fueled by the hero s quest for love and the villains quest for revenge. Or at least, that's what they'd hoped for.

But when charismatic producer Tony Adams died suddenly, the show began to lose its footing. Soon the budget was ballooning, financing was evaporating, and producers were jumping ship or getting demoted. And then came the injuries. And "then" came word-of- mouth about the show itself. What followed was a pageant of foul-ups, falling-outs, ever-more-harrowing mishaps, and a whole lot of malfunctioning spider legs. This circus-rock-and-roll-drama, with its $65 million price tag, had become more of a spectacle than its creators ever wished for. During the show s unprecedented seven months of previews, the company s struggles to reach opening night inspired breathless tabloid coverage and garnered international notoriety.

Through it all, Berger observed the chaos with his signature mix of big ambition and self-deprecating humor. Song of Spider-Man records the journey of this cast and crew as a hilarious memoir about friendship, collaboration, the foibles of hubris, and the power of art to remind us that we re alive.

 


Save up to 50% on Glen Berger’s Underneath the Lintel at A.C.T.
Academy Award nominee David Strathairn (Lincoln; Good Night, and Good Luck; Scorched at A.C.T.) returns to A.C.T. in the captivating solo drama Underneath the Lintel. In this riveting mystery, an eccentric librarian finds a weather-beaten book in a return bin—and discovers that it is 113 years overdue. Sparked by a message left in its margins, he sets off on a quest to unravel the secrets of the book and the person who borrowed it. Hailed as "a theatrical miracle . . . a cosmic puzzle that makes The Da Vinci Code seem like a game of hide-and-seek" (Variety), Books Inc customers are invited to save up to 50% off select performances now through Nov. 20.

To Save: use code OVERDUE when ordering tickets online at www.act-sf.org/lintel or by phone at 415.749.2228. Tickets must be ordered by November 5. All tickets subject to availability. Discount cannot be applied to previously ordered tickets.

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Published: Simon & Schuster - November 5th, 2013

DAVID SCHUEMANN at Books Inc. Opera Plaza

Owner and creative director of CF Napa--wine label and branding specialists in the Napa Valley--David Schuemann shares the beautifully bound 99 Bottles of Wine: The Making of the Contemporary Wine Label. Complete with a foreword by Agustin Huneeus Sr., the renowned creator of Quintessa wine, 99 Bottles of Wine offers wine lovers, serious collectors, and design aficionados a rare, behind-the-scenes look at how contemporary packaging and innovative design are driving the success of today's leading wine brands. CF Napa is kindly providing tastings for this evening.

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By Cf Napa Design (Created by), David Schuemann (Text by (Art/Photo Books)), Agustin Huneeus, Sr. (Foreword by)
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ISBN: 9780984884940
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Published: Val de Grace Books - July 9th, 2013

MOLLIE KATZEN at Books Inc. Opera Plaza

Listed by the New York Times as one of the bestselling cookbook authors of all time, James Beard Cookbook Hall of Fame-inductee Mollie Katzen shares her latest inspirational cookbook, The Heart of the Plate: Vegetarian Recipes for a New Generation, a complete reinvention of the vegetarian repertoire featuring light, sharp, simple, and modular recipes, vibrant illustrations and photographs by Mollie, and of course her inimitable helpful, clear, and funny voice.

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$34.99
ISBN: 9780547571591
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Published: Rux Martin/Houghton Mifflin Harcourt - September 17th, 2013

Poetry Panel with ALAN SOLDOFSKY and JACK MARSHALL at Books Inc. Opera Plaza

Books Inc. Opera Plaza proudly presents a night of poetry with Alan Soldofsky, Director of San Jose State University's Creative Writing Program, and with poems featured in The Nation and The North American Review, among others, sharing In the Buddha Factory, a captivating collection of poetry featuring the backdrop of Silicon Valley. Joining Alan for this lovely evening is PEN Center USA Award-recipient, two time Northern California Book Award-winner, and National Book Critics Circle finalist, Jack Marshall, sharing Spiral Trace, an unflinching, and soulful poetic lament on a ravaged planet. 

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ISBN: 9781566893275
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Published: Coffee House Press - May 28th, 2013

SF Bear Pride Week Celebration with TRAVIS SMITH and CHRIS BALE at Books Inc. in The Castro

What are you? A Bear? An Otter? Perhaps a wolf? Guide for the Modern Bear answers this question and more as it explores the modern bear family. Think of it as your field guide for studying and understanding these captivating creatures in their natural habitats. See where they live, how they work, and the many ways they play. So, join authors Travis Smith and Chris Bale, put on your favorite flannel shift, and get ready to experience your inner bear. All together now. . . "GRRR!"

 

For more information on SF Bear Pride Week visit: sfbearpride.com 

 

 

 

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ISBN: 9780985187187
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Published: Pixelita Press - October 1st, 2012

SUSAN CONLEY at Books Inc. Opera Plaza

Creative writing professor at the University of South Maine and memoirist, Susan Conley shares the much buzzed novel Paris Was the Place, a profoundly moving portrait set in 1980s Paris which explores how much it matters to belong--to a country, or any one place--while beautifully examining the most complicated and glorious aspects of the human existence.

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ISBN: 9780307594075
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Published: Knopf Publishing Group - August 6th, 2013

Book Signing with ANNE and CHRISTOPHER RICE at Books Inc. Opera Plaza!

Just because Halloween has passed doesn't mean the supernatural is taking a break, and we've got proof. Books Inc. proudly presents a very special booksigning with ANNE RICE celebrating the release of the second installment in the engaging and adventurous Wolf Gift Series, The Wolves of Midwinter. But wait, that's not all! Joining Anne for this special evening is CHRISTOPHER RICE, celebrating the release of the lush and masterfully crafted, The Heavens Rise.

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$25.95
ISBN: 9780385349963
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Published: Knopf Publishing Group - October 15th, 2013

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Published: Gallery Books - October 15th, 2013

ROB ROSEN, ALLISON MOON & BARUCH PORRAS-HERNANDEZ at Books Inc. in The Castro

Books Inc. in The Castro presents an evening full of spooky and sexy supernatural stories with Rob Rosen, sharing his fangtastical and imaginative take on bloodsuckers with Vamp, Allison Moon sharing the delightful and enthralling second installment of the Tales of the Pack Series, Hungry Ghost, and very special guest Baruch Porras-Hernandez will set the mood for this night of things that go bump in the night with a reading of poems that are sure to send chills down your spine.
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$14.99
ISBN: 9781608208784
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Published: MLR Press - July 12th, 2013

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ISBN: 9780983830931
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Published: Lunatic Ink - March 21st, 2013

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