Books & Writers

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A Small Indiscretion

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Wed, Jun 1 2016 - 6:00pm

Jan Ellison, Author, A Small Indiscretion

This program is part of our Good Lit series, underwritten by the Bernard Osher Foundation. Read more »

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Humanities West Book Discussion: Celtic Myths and Legends

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Mon, May 23 2016 - 5:00pm

Join us to discuss Celtic Myths and Legends by Peter Berresford Ellis, an enchanting collection of the sagas of gods and goddesses, fabulous beasts, strange creatures, and heroes like Cuchulain, Fingal and King Arthur, including popular myths and legends from all six Celtic cultures: Irish, Scots, Manx, Welsh, Cornish and Breton. Discussion led by Lynn Harris.

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Portofino Souvenir

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Tue, May 17 2016 - 6:00pm

Jojo Capece, Author, Portofino Souvenir

Jojo Capece returns to the Club to speak about Portofino Souvenir, her third novel. Set in magnificent Portofino, Italy, Jojo's latest focuses on la dolce vita, marriage Italian-style, millions and billions of laundered Euros, confiscated art and intrigue. Embedded in the novel is the true story of Countess Francesca Agusta, one of Europe's wealthiest women, whose mysterious death illuminates the truth that being one of the 1 percent can be deadly.

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Spend 60 Minutes with Lesley Stahl

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Mon, Apr 25 2016 - 6:30pm

Lesley Stahl, Correspondent, "60 Minutes"; Author, Being Grandma: The Joys and Science of the New Grandparenting; Twitter:

This event is part of our Good Lit series, underwritten by the Bernard Osher Foundation. Read more »

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Humanities West Book Discussion: How the Irish Saved Civilization

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Mon, Apr 25 2016 - 5:00pm

Join us to discuss Thomas Cahill's book How the Irish Saved Civilization. In his entertaining and compelling narrative, Cahill tells the story of how Europe evolved from the classical age of Rome to the medieval era and argues that, without the help of Irish monks and Irish culture, that transition could not have taken place. Discussion led by Lynn Harris. 

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Anna Quindlen

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Fri, Apr 8 2016 - 12:00pm

Anna Quindlen, Author, Miller’s Valley

This event is part of our Good Lit series, underwritten by the Bernard Osher Foundation.

Best known for her award-winning New York Times and Newsweek columns, Quindlen offers up a highly anticipated new novel. Read more »

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An Evening with Meredith Maran, Kelly Corrigan and Ayelet Waldman

Tue, Feb 16 2016 - 6:30pm

Meredith Maran, Editor, Why We Write About Ourselves: Twenty Memoirists on Why They Expose Themselves (and Others) in the Name of Literature
Kelly Corrigan, Author, Glitter and Glue
Ayelet Waldman, Author, Bad Mother

This is a Good Lit event, underwritten by the Bernard Osher Foundation. Read more »

Past event

A Conversation with Cindy Crawford

Cindy Crawford
Wed, Dec 16 2015 - 6:30pm

Cindy Crawford, Mom; Businesswoman; Model
Beth Spotswood, Writer, SFGate; Freelance Writer—Moderator

This is a Good Lit event, underwritten by the Bernard Osher Foundation.

In the 1980s and 1990s, Cindy Crawford earned a reputation as one of the world’s top supermodels. Read more »

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Chef Joanne Weir in Conversation with Chef Gary Danko

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Thu, Dec 3 2015 - 6:30pm

Joanne Weir, Chef and Owner, Copita Tequileria y Comida; Host, "Joanne Weir’s Cooking Confidence"; James Beard Award Winner for Best Cookbook, 2005; Author, Kitchen Gypsy: Recipes and Stories from a Lifelong Romance with Food
In conversation with Gary Danko, Chef and Principal, Restaurant Gary Danko; James Beard Award Winner for Best Chef-California, 1995 and Best New Restaurant, 2000

This program is sponsored by Wells Fargo and is part of the Good Lit Series underwritten by the Bernard Osher Foundation. Read more »

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Andrea Ponsi: San Francisco Through the Eyes of an Italian Architect

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Mon, Nov 23 2015 - 6:30pm

Andrea Ponsi, Architect; Author, San Francisco: A Map Of Perceptions 
John King, Urban Design Critic, San Francisco Chronicle—Moderator Read more »

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