Dianne Hales, Author, Mona Lisa: A Life Discovered
Why does Mona Lisa's smile still enchant us? Little is known about the world's most recognized face, most revered artist and most praised and parodied painting. Join Hales as she reveals Da Vinci’s muse, Lisa Gherardini del Giocondo, and explores Giocando’s colorful family history and the neighborhoods where she lived as a girl, a wife and a mother.
The Master and Margarita is woven around a visit by the devil to the fervently atheistic Soviet Union. In part, it is angled against a suffocatingly bureaucratic social order. The novel alternates between two settings. The first is 1930s Moscow, and the second setting is the Jerusalem of Pontius Pilate.Read more »
NoViolet Bulawayo, Author, We Need New Names Cristina Henriquez, Author, The Book of Unknown Americans Bich Minh Nguyen, Author, Stealing Buddha’s Dinner: A Memoir Sal Pizarro, Columnist, The San Jose Mercury News – Moderator Read more »
Join us to discuss the life of Charlemagne, the Holy Roman emperor and “father of Europe.” One biography we’ll look at is by Einhard, who joined the royal court in 791 to serve as an epic poet, mathematician and architect. His work is believed to be the most accurate portrayal of Charlemagne and the finest biography of its time.Read more »