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    Top of Your Stack – Recommendations from Book Passage 4.20.23

    Chokepoint Capitalism (nonfiction – hardbound) by Rebecca Giblin & Cory Doctorow

    In Chokepoint Capitalism, scholar Rebecca Giblin and writer and activist Cory Doctorow argue we’re in a new era of exploitative businesses creating insurmountable barriers to competition that enable certain businesses to capture value that should rightfully go to others. From Amazon’s use of digital rights management and bundling to radically change the economics of book publising, to Google and Facebook’s siphoning away of ad revenues from news media, chokepoints are everywhere.

    Burst (fiction – paperback) by Mary Otis

    Award-winning author Mary Otis delivers an arresting debut novel that explores the complexities between mothers and daugters, and the conflicting desires for connection and escape. Viva has always found ways to manage her mother Charlotte’s drinking because, for her entire life, it’s been Viva and Charlotte against the world. The pair spend years on the move, until landing at the home of Charlotte’s sister and brother-in-law whose generosity comes with the pressure of intrusion and resentment. Told from interwoven perspectives with writing as deft as a choreographed dance, this story delves into a mother-daughter relationship filled with immense heart in the face of heartbreak.

    Always the Almost (fiction – hardbound) by Edward Underhill

    A trans pianist makes a New Year’s resolution on a frozen Wisconsin night to win regionals and win back his ex, but a new boy complicates things in this heartfelt debut YA rom-dram. Sixteen-year-old trans boy Miles Jacobson has two New Year’s

    resolutions: 1) win back his ex-boyfriend Shane McIntyre, and 2) finally beat his arch-nemesis at the Midwest’s biggest classical piano competition. But that’s not going to be so easy. Then Miles meets the new boy in town, Eric Mendez, a proudly queer

    cartoonist from Seattle who asks his pronouns, cares about art as much as he does—and makes his stomach flutter

    Upcoming Events

    Saturday, April 22 @ 3 pm (free- SF Ferry Building store) – SF Writers Grotto – A poetry reading & discussion in honor of National Poetry Month

    In celebration of National Poetry Month, Book Passage proudly presents poets of the SF Writers Grotto. Come and enjoy a

    discussion of each poet’s work/book, and an open mic session afterwards. The presenters include Shikha Malaviya, Maw Shein Win, Tonya M. Foster, and Jenny Qi.

    Monday, April 24 @ 7 pm (ticketed – Dominican University) Leila Mottley, author of Nightcrawling – In conversation with

    Darwin Bondgraham, author of The Riders Come Out at Night

    Nightcrawling is a dazzling novel about a young Black woman who walks the streets of Oakland and stumbles headlong into the failure of its justice system. The Riders Come Out at Night: Brutality, Corruption, and Cover-up in Oakland is the culmination of over 21 years of fearless reporting by investigative journalists Ali Winston and Darwin BondGraham. Together the authors shine a light on the jackbooted police culture, lack of political will, and misguided leadership that have conspired to stymie meaningful reform.

    This promises to be a timely and dynamic discussion between two of the best contemporary Bay Area writers.

    Saturday, April 29 @ 3 pm (free – SF Ferry Building store) Rachel Sarah, author of Climate Champions: 15 Women Fighting for Your Future

    They are climate scientists, journalists, professors, academics, researchers, and policymakers from around the world who draft policies with real-world impact, run science labs to find new answers to old problems, and lead organizations at the forefront of change. These women do not shy away from showing how racial and social injustices lie at the root of so many climate-related issues. Their stories are accessible and energetic, with spotlights on the triumphs and struggles of women who are working to

    protect the planet. As young readers learn how these champions are rising up around the world, they will learn how to be part of the solution.

    Top of Your Stack – Recommendations from Book Passage
    Published on April 20, 2023