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Date(s) - 01/27/18
11:00 am - 1:00 pm

The Booksmith


Dave Eggers, the best-selling author and founder of McSweeney’s, will launch the publication of his latest book, THE MONK OF MOKHA, by touring the San Francisco area in a book mobile along with Mokhtar Alkhanshali, the heroic subject of Dave’s new book.

The kick-off event will be held in partnership with the San Francisco Public Library and will take place on the steps of City Hall, starting at 10:30 am on Friday, January 26. Speakers at the event will include Dave Eggers, James Freeman, Founder and CEO of Blue Bottle Coffee; Hellen Russel, co-founder of Equator Coffee;  Zahra Billoo, Executive director of CAIR; Dawood Yaseen, head of student life at Zaytuna College; San Francisco City Librarian Luis Herrera; Ahmed Abo Zaid, Vice President of Local87; Bita Nazarian, Executive Director of 826 Valencia; Supervisor Jane Kim, and Mokhtar Alkhanshali.

THE MONK OF MOKHA is the true story of Mokhtar Alkhanshali, a young Yemini-American man raised in San Francisco, who dreams of resurrecting the ancient art of Yemini coffee, but finds himself trapped in Sana’a by civil war.

After the launch event, Eggers and Alkhanshali will ride on the book mobile and visit five Bay Area bookstores, on Saturday, January 27, and Sunday, January 28: The Booksmith Bindery, Green Apple on the Park, Book Passage in the Ferry Building, Bookshop West Portal, and Books Inc Laurel Village. The book will not be officially published until January 30, but early copies will be available at all of these San Francisco venues.

For more information, CONTACT: Jordan Rodman, jrodman@penguinrandomhouse.com212-782-9714