Amanda Rosenberg presents That’s Mental: Painfully Funny Things That Drive Me Crazy About Being Mentally Ill with Casey Childers

I decided to go to this book signing last week. It sounded interesting, so I preordered the book, so I wouldn’t back out.

I had had a long day at work, so I took myself to dinner at Parada 22, which is a Puerto Rican restaurant, with delicious food. I had a glass of wine and read a bit.

Chicharrones de Pollo with yellow rice, red beans, salad and tostones. Yum.

It was still early when I left the restaurant, so my book and I wandered over to the Alembic, next door to the bookstore. This is a brown butter old fashioned. It was better than I thought it would be. Delicious.

Amanda Rosenberg came out and announced that she hated doing these events and even though she looked calm, she was a wreck. Instant sympathy from me.

Casey Childers came and announced that he never leaves the house, so they were not paired up well for this event. They actually worked beautifully together.

After the Q&A portion, there was a book signing. I got in line and found that the author was chit chatting with everyone. My anxiety kicked in. I didn’t have anything to talk about. I got distracted by the fact that I had had a seat reserved in the front row, because I had preordered the book. No one told me I had a seat saved. I was glad I didn’t know, because it was in the front row. I picked up the note with my name on it and stuck it to the paper I already had stuck in the book.

I started thinking about how anxious I would have been in the front row, so I was distracted when it was my turn for my book to be signed. I said hello and thanked the author for coming. She thanked me and told me she was surprised there were so many people there and it made her nervous. She saw my note from my seat and asked if that was my name. Yes, it was! I didn’t have to spell it for her or anything.

On my way out, I bumped into her husband and he thanked me for coming, and then the other author thanked me for coming. I didn’t sneak out undetected.

I am glad I went and I’m looking forward to reading the book soon. It’s in the book stack at the moment.

Author panel 11/13/19

November is National Novel Writing Month. NaNoWriMo, apparently. Apparently, I can’t read, since I went to the wrong room first, even though its correct location was clearly marked.

The library hosted a panel of writers talking about writing process and what it takes to write 50,000 words a month.

The three authors talked about their various writing techniques, and, while each was different, they have all learned the same thing. Each book needs a different technique.

It was a wonderful presentation, but I had to leave before the end. The part that I saw had a lot of valuable information.

There’s more information on, but I haven’t checked it out yet.

Discount movie and book signing

I don’t know what’s going on with the font in this posting, but I tried to fix it.  I gave up after fifteen minutes.

I went to discount movie Tuesday to see Yesterday. It was a cute movie.  

Unfortunately, there was a shooting at the mall, and my friends started calling and texting me in the middle of the movie to make sure my family and I were ok. I had no idea what was going on at this point. I figured it out and acknowledged that everyone was ok.

After the movie, I got dropped off at the Barbara Bourland with Colin Winnette / Fake Like Me event at The Booksmith.


I really enjoyed the talk.  The book sounds wonderful.  I bought it.  I went to have it signed and the author looked at me and declared that she knows me, but doesn’t know from where.  I don’t this so.  She looked a lot like a friend of mine.  She said I looked just like her friend’s mom.  It was an interesting interaction.  She spelled my name right the first time.  Just like Amber Tamblin.

I texted my daughter and her friend to pick me up.  They arrived about ten minutes after I expected them to, but it was a beautiful night.  I should have started the book, but I was chatting with friends online, so I was entertained.


Independent bookstore day – April 27

(independent bookstore day)

Several independent bookstores are having events to celebrate independent bookstore day. Most of them are too far for me to travel, but others are conflicting with my already busy schedule on April 27.

In doing a little more research, there are more bookstores near me than I knew. I am going to attempt to visit some of them this week, since I can’t visit on the actual day.

I regularly visit the (bookshop west portal), so I didn’t visit them this week, because I was there last week, and next week they are having their anniversary celebration. I can wait just a little while.

I tried to visit (Nightshade books), but I found out that they were actually a publishing company for sci fi books. They merged with a company in New York, and all that’s at the listed address is a house. I am glad I researched it before going there.

I visited (blackbird books). It is well lit and has a bathroom and reading area. I looked through the current books in the front of the store and worked my way to the back. The back has the reading area and children’s books. It also has cookbooks. It was worth the trip. It has 7-11 across the street and Celia’s restaurant a couple of doors away. It would make for a wonderful future day out. It’s right on one of the public transportation lines, so I could really make a day of it.

I visited (Green Apple Books on the Park). I found parking right in front. I am going to have to go back, because I only got through one shelf. A woman was standing where I wanted to look, so I had to go to the other side. I found two books almost immediately. I decided that I should check out before I found more to add to my book stack. There’s a whole store in there, and I need to take a better look. They do author talks and other events and I hope to participate in these, too. They are also near another library branch that I haven’t visited yet.

Today, I hope to be visiting
(Dog Eared Books) in its Castro location. If I leave the house in time, I will.

I have several other bookstores to visit, including the book smith which is affiliated with the bindery, but I’ve only been to the bindery for events. I need to see the main green apple books, but it’s not as easy to get to for me. I have visited a few books, Inc locations, but there are more to visit. Keplers is supposedly worth a visit, but I would have to go from work. There are a few more that I know are out there, but I didn’t look them up yet.

I am definitely celebrating independent bookstore day and supporting small business. It’s just going to be spread out over the next few weeks.

Bay area book festival

On May 4 & 5, there is a book festival going on near me. I bought my tickets already. I am so excited. I went with my cousin a couple of years ago and loved it.  I will be looking over the schedule soon, to see which authors I would like to hear speak.  I was lucky enough to find some authors whose books I had read in the past.  I hope to be star struck again this year.

Book signing – Era of Ignition, by Amber Tamblyn

I saw the email about the book signing and bought a ticket the moment I realized it was on a day I was free.

I arrived early, received my book and got something to drink at the bar. I sat down to start reading. A young woman eventually sat next to me. She started talking non stop. I know all about her. I told her about readings at the main library, and about silent bookclub.

The reading started. It was very comfortable, like a gathering of friends. After the reading was a q&a period. Jack Hershman was introduced and the author’s family.

After the q&a period, the signing started. The woman who had been sitting next to me decided to drag the gentleman behind her into the conversion. He learned about how Muni is the cheapest form of entertainment in the city.

As I got close to the front of the line, I started getting nervous as I do when I’m one on one with a new person. At least I was semi warmed up after talking with the two people near me in line. I hand the book to Ms. Talbot and she asks my name. She writes in the book, I look, and I open my mouth and “Oh! You spelled it right. You can’t work for Starbucks now.” comes out of my mouth. She looked at me blankly for a second then laughed and said, “Oh, that’s funny.” She handed me my signed book as I wandered off dying from embarrassment.

BINDERY: Amber Tamblyn / Era of Ignition: Coming of Age in a Time of Rage and Revolution

I bought my ticket to this event!  “Tickets are the price of the book.”  Well, not quite, but I figure the extra cost will cover the event, too.  It sounds like a good talk.  I can’t wait to read the book.

BINDERY: Amber Tamblyn / Era of Ignition: Coming of Age in a Time of Rage and Revolution

Friday, March 15, 2019 – 7:30pm

The Bindery hosts a special evening with Amber Tamblyn, to celebrate her new book of essays Era of Ignition: Coming of Age in a Time of Rage and Revolution. We had a packed house for Amber when she came through town for Any Man, so if you want to make sure you get a seat we strongly recommend you purchase advance tickets. Join us!


Please note: This is a ticketed event, with the price of admission equal to the cost of Era of Ignition, which is included with each ticket. Advance tickets can be purchased here. If available, tickets will be for sale at the door.


In her late twenties, Amber Tamblyn experienced a crisis of character while trying to break out of the confines of the acting career she’d forged as a child in order to become the writer and director she dreamed of being as an adult. After a particularly low period fueled by rejection and disillusionment, she grabbed hold of her own destiny and entered into what she calls an Era of Ignition — namely, the time of self-reflection that follows in the wake of personal upheaval and leads to a call to action and positive change. In the process of undergoing this metaphysical metamorphosis, she realized that our country was going through an Era of Ignition of its own. She writes: “No longer stuck in a past we can’t outrun and a future we must outgrow, we are a nation that is actively confronting our values and agitating for change. We are in an age when activism becomes direct action, when disagreement becomes dissention, when dissatisfaction becomes protest, when accusations become accountability, and when revolts become revolutions.”


Through her fierce op-eds and tireless work as one of the founders of the Time’s Up organization, Amber has emerged as a bold, outspoken, and respected advocate for women’s rights. In Era of Ignition, she addresses gender inequality and the judgment paradigm, misogyny and discrimination, trauma and the veiled complexities of consent, white feminism and pay parity, reproductive rights and sexual assault — all told through the very personal lens of her own experiences, as well as those of her Sisters in Solidarity. At once an intimate meditation and public reckoning, Era of Ignition is a galvanizing feminist manifesto that is required reading for everyone attempting to understand the world we live in and help change it for the better.


Amber Tamblyn is an author, actor, and director. She’s been nominated for an Emmy, Golden Globe, and Independent Spirit Award for her work in television and film, including House M.D. and Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants. Most recently, she wrote and directed the feature film Paint It Black. She is the author of three books of poetry, including the critically acclaimed bestseller Dark Sparkler, and a novel, Any Man, as well as a contributing writer for the New York Times. She lives in New York.



Please note:

–  This event will be at The Bindery, 1727 Haight.

–  This is an all-ages event, with mature themes. The bar opens at 7, event begins at 7:30pm..

–  Tickets are non-refundable and non-transferable. 1 ticket = 1 book, no exceptions. The book must be purchased from Booksmith. If you already have a copy of Era of Ignition, remember that books make great gifts! If you have any questions or concerns about this, please write events AT booksmith DOT com.

–  If you cannot attend the event but would like to requeset a signed copy of Era of Ignition, and/or any of Amber’s books, order below and put your request in the comments field.

–  RSVP appreciated but not required.


Era of Ignition: Coming of Age in a Time of Rage and Revolution Cover Image
ISBN: 9781984822987
Availability: Coming Soon – Available for Pre-Order Now
Published: Crown Archetype – March 5th, 2019