A lively crowd joined author McPhail for an insightful book event at Book Passage, one of America’s largest and most successful book stores. “The Guest From Johannesburg” presents a powerful description of Pan American’s earliest days as a commercial airline, and four retired Pan Am flight attendants added insightful questions and fond memories to the discussion. Avid readers from Santa Rosa, Sonoma and Napa joined local supporters from nearby Mill Valley, Kentfield and Tiburon.
Book Passage in Corte Madera is known for bringing outstanding authors to Bay Area readers, drawing customers from Sonoma, Santa Rosa, Sausalito, Napa and from across the Golden Gate in San Francisco. The owners — the Petrocellis — are known and respected by writers throughout the world, and their Book Passage stores help keep writing and reading alive and relevant.
“The Guest From Johannesburg” was launched to a standing-room crowd at McPhail’s hometown book store, Books Inc. in Mountain View. Located in the heart of Silicon Valley’s creative community, Books Inc. is a Bay Area treasure. There are plenty of excellent restaurants nearby, more than fifty to choose from, reflecting the many cultures and cuisines of the area.
On March 3, 2018, historian Rick Helin premiered his production of "SS Malolo, The Millionaires Cruise of 1929" to his colleagues at The California Pioneers of Santa Clara. Now in the hands of PBS station WGBH Boston, this original and captivating film documents the infamous Pacific Tour that was sponsored by the San Francisco Chamber of Commerce and Matson Navigation Company. Some 350 specially selected millionaires left San Francisco on September 21, 1929, for the most luxurious cruise ever offered, sailing aboard the new luxury liner SS Malolo. In just over a month, they would learn of the world's largest stock market crash, that marked the beginning of the Great Depression. Journalist Phillip Andrew Hamilton attended and chronicled the event in his blog https://HamiltonHistoricalRecords.Wordpress.com/Blog/. Helin's web site is: https://www.ssmalolo.com/.
We started in 2015 at the St. Francis Yacht Club in San Francisco, generously sponsored by donors to Hanna Boys Center in Sonoma. Then we were welcomed at Book Passage in Corte Madera, then Books Inc. stores in Palo Alto, San Francisco and Mountain View, and Talk Story Book Store in Hanapepe, Kauai.
For your book group or books store event, or for more information, contact Donald McPhail at: email@example.com