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Sunday, October 18th

at 11:00 AM

6th Annual

Ivy + Bean Weekend

With Special Guest

Annie Barrows


Thursday, October 22nd

at 7PM

Saeeda Hafiz

The Healing

A Memoir of Food, Family, and Yoga

The Healing is a story about a young African-American woman who signs up for lessons in yoga and cooking as a symbol that she has now entered the middle class. Little does she know that this self-healing journey will soon bring her face-to-face with inner demons fed by the domestic violence, addiction and poverty of her youth, thus putting her on a spiritual path of self-discovery and ultimately transformation.

Since January 1990, Saeeda has been experiencing the power of her yoga practice and the benefits of eating a whole foods diet. Her initial encounter with this holistic lifestyle led to a personal transformation that ultimately led her to become a certified yoga instructor and holistic nutrition educator for the last 20 years. 

Saeeda currently holds a position at San Francisco Unified School District (SFUSD) as a site nutrition coordinator, where she has been teaching basic holistic nutrition and yoga to kids and adults for the past 12 years. She also teaches yoga to adults at various San Francisco health clubs and studios, including the YMCA, Active Sports Clubs, and several corporate clients. She has appeared on various radio and television programs and has been featured in several national and regional publications. Her public speaking engagements have educated the public in yoga, holistic nutrition, and healthy living from coast to coast.  

Saeeda is a graduate of Temple University in Philadelphia, with a degree in Business and Management Information Systems.  She has studied at the Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centers and Ashrams, and Natural Gourmet in New York City. 



Thursday, October 29

at 7 PM

The Women's National Book Association Showcase

Martha Conway


Martha Conway’s historical novel, THIEVING FOREST, has been called “extraordinary” by the Akron Beacon Journal and “hypnotic” by Kirkus Reviews. Her first novel 12 BLISS STREET was nominated for an Edgar Award, and her short fiction has appeared in The Iowa Review, The Mississippi Review, The Quarterly, Folio, Puerto del Sol, Carolina Quarterly, and other publications. She graduated from Vassar College and received her master’s degree in Creative Writing from San Francisco State University. She has reviewed fiction for the San Francisco Chronicle, The San Francisco Review of Books, and The Iowa Review, and is a recipient of a California Arts Council fellowship in Creative Writing. Martha teaches creative writing at UC Berkeley Extension and at Stanford University’s Online Writer’s Studio, and lives in San Francisco.

Carole Bumpus

Carole Bumpus, a retired family therapist, is a novelist and an author of short stories. A Cup of Redemption, her first literary novel is due out October 27, 2014. It is loosely based on the gripping excavation of an elderly French woman’s life and the honoring of her final request: to find a father she never knew lost during WWI. She also writes a food/travel blog taken from excerpts of her interviews with French and Italian families, known as Savoring the Olde Ways. She has been published in both the U.S. and in France for her articles on food. And, as a ‘war correspondent’ while traveling with U.S. Army World War II veterans, she wrote blog posts and newspaper articles back to the States for both the 65th and 70th anniversaries of the Allies Southern Landing in Provençe. (She recently returned from her trip this past August 2014, for the 70th anniversary.)
She is a member of the WNBA-SF Branch and also of the California Writers’ Club. She is the Treasurer of the CWC’s San Francisco/Peninsula Branch, along with being the Branch’s State board member and the Branch representative for Nor-Cal CWC. She has been published in three short-story anthologies: Fault Zone: Words from the Edge, Fault Zone: Stepping up to the Edge and Fault Zone: Over the Edge. 

Lisa Alpine

Lisa Alpine is the author of  Wild Life: Travel Adventures of a Worldly Woman (1st Place winner Travel Book 2014 North American Book Awards) and Exotic Life: Travel Tales of an Adventurous Woman (1st place winner Memoir 2014 North American Book Awards & Best Women’s Adventure Memoir BAIPA Book Awards). She is the recipient of the Best Travel Story of the Year 2014 Solas Silver for “Fish Trader Ray”—included in Wild Life.  Lisa curates and hosts “Adventure Travel Stories with an All Star Line-up” literary series held at the Mill Valley Library  and at Book Passage in Corte Madera, CA. Her stories appear in numerous anthologies, including Mambo Poa, Travelers’ Tales Best Travel Writing, BATW’s Travel Stories From Around the Globe, Lonely Planet Tales From Nowhere,I Should Have Stayed Home, I Should Have Gone Home, and Hyenas Laughed at Me and Now I Know Why. She is the winner of the 2013 bronze medal under “Animal Encounter” for Trumpets of Warning; and the 2012 gold medal for Most Unforgettable Character in her story, Rada’s Bloom. These stories are included in Wild Life: Travel Adventures of a Worldly Woman. She is an accomplished teacher leading workshops on Poetry in Motion, The Writer’s Toolbox, travel writing, and dance as a healing art form. Lisa is a member of Bay Area Travel Writers and Women’s National Book Association.

Thursday, November 5

at 7PM

David Talbot

The Devil's Chessboard

Allen Dulles, the CIA, and the Rise of America's Secret Government

From the founder of Salon and the author of the New York Times bestseller Season of the Witch and Brothers, an explosive, headline-making portrait of Allen Dulles, the man who transformed the CIA into the most powerful and secretive colossus in Washington

America's greatest untold story: the United States' rise to world dominance under the guile of Allen Welsh Dulles, the longest-serving director of the CIA. Drawing on revelatory new materials including recently discovered U.S. government documents, U.S. and European intelligence sources, the personal correspondence and journals of Allen Dulles's wife and mistress, and exclusive interviews with the children of prominent CIA officials David Talbot reveals the underside of one of America's most towering and influential figures.

Dulles's decade as the director of the CIA was a dark period in American politics. The spymaster saw himself as above the nation's laws and elected leaders, manipulating and subverting American presidents in the pursuit of his personal interests and those of the wealthy elite he counted as his friends and clients colluding with Nazi war criminals and Mafiosi in the process. Talbot charges that Dulles utilized the same ruthless tactics he employed abroad targeting foreign leaders for assassination and overthrowing nationalist governments not in line with his political aims to further his goals at home, and offers shocking new evidence regarding the assassination of President John F. Kennedy.

An expose of American power that is as disturbing as it is timely, The Devil's Chessboard is a provocative and gripping story of the rise of the national security state and the battle for America's soul.

David Talbot, hailed as a pioneer of online journalism by The New York Times, is the founder and former editor-in-chief of Salon. He has worked as a senior editor for Mother Jones magazine and as a features editor for the San Francisco Examiner. Talbot has written for The New Yorker, Rolling Stone, and other publications. He lives with his family in San Francisco.


Tuesday, November 10

at 7 PM

Julie Checkoway

The Three-Year Swim Club

For readers of "Unbroken" and "The Boys in the Boat" comes the inspirational, untold story of impoverished children who transformed themselves into world-class swimmers."

In 1937, a schoolteacher on the island of Maui challenged a group of poverty-stricken sugar plantation kids to swim upstream against the current of their circumstance. The goal? To become Olympians. 
They faced seemingly insurmountable obstacles. The children were Japanese-American, were malnourished and barefoot and had no pool; they trained in the filthy irrigation ditches that snaked down from the mountains into the sugarcane fields. Their future was in those same fields, working alongside their parents in virtual slavery, known not by their names but by numbered tags that hung around their necks. Their teacher, Soichi Sakamoto, was an ordinary man whose swimming ability didn't extend much beyond treading water. 
In spite of everything, including the virulent anti-Japanese sentiment of the late 1930s, in their first year the children outraced Olympic athletes twice their size; in their second year, they were national and international champs, shattering American and world records and making headlines from L.A. to Nazi Germany. In their third year, they'd be declared the greatest swimmers in the world, but they'd also face their greatest obstacle: the dawning of a world war and the cancellation of the Games. Still, on the battlefield, they'd become the 20th century's most celebrated heroes, and in 1948, they'd have one last chance for Olympic glory. 
They were the Three-Year Swim Club. This is their story.