November Events – RSVP Monday!

We’re hosting three–yes THREE!–wonderful November events NEXT WEEK!

Your RSVP to our Lunch Event qualifies you and one guest to attend up to TWO book-to-film sneak previews, also next week. Complete details below.

1) Wednesday, November 16, 2011, 12:00 to 2:00pm
Salon Meeting Room at Hotel Rex
562 Sutter Street, San Francisco, CA (between Powell and Mason)

Successful NON-Bookstore Events: Learn Creative “Insider” Tips from five of the Bay Area’s best programmers of alternative literary events!

Ever wonder how the popular San Francisco Jewish Community Center selects which authors to host? Maybe you’ve heard about the Unitarian Universalist events but haven’t a clue who to pitch? Perhaps you’ve attended Berkeley City Arts and Lectures but aren’t sure if your client or book fits their roster? And just what does the Mechanics Institute Library do to promote authors?

Building on our last program about bookstore events, this month we broaden the conversation to include non-traditional book event venues. Anyone who promotes authors or schedules book events in the Bay Area should attend. Plus, it’s perfect timing–Spring and Summer 2012 events are being programmed NOW!

Our five panelists include:

BARBARA LANE is Director of Arts and Ideas at the Jewish Community Center of San Francisco.  She has worked at the Commonwealth Club, for television stations KPIX, KRON, and KQED as a producer and on-air, and at KGO Radio as executive producer.

After eight years as producer of Sedge Thomson’s West Coast Live, KATHI KAMEN GOLDMARK has moved on to her “next perfect gig” as Cultural Arts Director at the Palo Alto JCC, where she schedules event appearances for authors, musicians, comedians, film-makers, and playwrights.

LAURA SHEPPARD has worked as an events producer for 30+ years and produced large events such as the Earth Day Celebration and a theatrical opening for the Degas exhibition at the Metropolitan Museum, NYC. In 2000, she joined the staff of Mechanics’ Institute Library & Chess Room. The Events Department presents weekly author events and has a film series called CinemaLit.

MELISSA MYTINGER produces programs with authors for Berkeley Arts & Letters, which she founded in the wake of Cody’s Books, where she managed in-store, off-site, and corporate events for over 25 years. Berkeley Arts & Letters is now a project under The Booksmith’s umbrella; Mytinger also manages all of Booksmith’s San Francisco events.

JAY ROLLER has been Facility Reservation Manager at the Unitarian Universalist Center for the past 5 years. His goal is to let people know that there are many beautiful spaces in San Francisco that are hidden treasures. He believes that the architectural award-winning building that houses the Unitarian Universalist Center is one of those treasures.

Moderator SAMANTHA RUBENSTEIN is a Publicist for Wiley Publishing, representing all the Jossey-Bass Education, Religion and Psychology titles. Samantha also serves on The Board of Directors of The Women’s Building in San Francisco and is a published poet and freelance writer. She joined the Board of NCBPMA in 2010 and currently serves as the organization’s co-events producer.

Meal choices are:
Vegetarian Cobb SALAD – Romaine lettuce, hard-boiled egg, avocado, tomato, blue cheese, in a honey-mustard dressing or

Seared Flat iron STEAK marinated in chimichurri sauce served with smoked tomato salsa and crispy onion rings

All meals include bread and butter, and soda, coffee, and assorted teas. A platter of assorted desserts (lemon bars, cookie and brownies) will be placed in the middle of each table.

Reminder: to better serve our membership, we are now photographing select events for archival and promotional purposes. If you plan to attend this event but don’t wish to be filmed, please state this in your RSVP.

If you RSVP and then are unable to attend, to avoid being billed you must submit your cancellation via email three business days prior to the event.

COST: Members $30.00, Non-Members $45.00. Cash/checks only. Sorry, we do not accept credit cards. [Renew your membership or Join at the luncheon and
enjoy the discounted Member rate the same day!]

LOCATION: Hotel Rex is located at 562 Sutter Street between Powell and Mason. The nearest BART station is POWELL. For driving directions, visit:



2) Book-to-Film Screening Monday, November 14, 7:30pm: YOUNG ADULTS

Directed by Jason Reitman, written by Diablo Cody, and featuring Patton Oswalt, stars Charlize Theron as a divorced, semi-successful writer of young-adult novels who decides to return to her small Minnesota hometown, determined to win back her now (very) married high school sweetheart (Patrick Wilson). NCBPMA has reserved 40 seats for this event, advance RSVP required. RSVP *only* if you are 100% sure you can come! Screening at AMC Metreon, 101 Fourth Street, San Francisco. MUST ARRIVE BY 7:15PM OR YOUR SEAT WILL BE FORFEITED. A suggested $5 per person donation to NCBPMA is appreciated and will be collected before the screening. Film opens in select cities this holiday season. Thanks to Allied Integrated Marketing, Mandate Pictures and Paramount Pictures.


3) Book-to-Film Screening Wednesday, November 16, 7:15pm: TINKER, TAILOR, SOLDIER, SPY

Starring Gary Oldman, Colin Firth and John Hurt is based on the John Le Carre’ classic that redefined the spy thriller genre. This is a screening with the British Consulate. As an added bonus, star Gary Oldman and director Tomas Alfredson will be in attendance for a Q&A following. NCBPMA has reserved 75 seats for this very special event, advance RSVP required. RSVP *only* if you are 100% sure you can come! Screening at Century 9 SF Centre, 835 Market Street, San Francisco. MUST ARRIVE BY 6:45PM OR YOUR SEAT WILL BE FORFEITED. A suggested $5 per person donation to NCBPMA is appreciated and will be collected before the screening. Film opens in select cities December 9. Thanks to Allied Integrated Marketing and Focus Features.


When RSVPing for the Lunch, please include meal choice, membership status, and company name. Also include which book-to-film screening(s) you hope to attend, and if you’d like to bring a guest.

If you are unable to attend the Lunch, but you’d like to attend a screening, to get on the Wait List RSVP with you choice of film(s) and if you’d hope to bring a guest. If your seat is confirmed, you’ll receive an email the morning of your preferred screening(s).

I look forward to receiving your RSVP, and hope to see you at one, two or all three of these amazing events next week!


Adrienne Biggs, President

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