Books & Writers

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Chef Joanne Weir in Conversation with Chef Gary Danko

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

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Diana Nyad: Never Give Up

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Wed, Oct 28 2015 - 12:00pm

Diana Nyad, Long Distance Swimmer; Author, Find a Way; Twitter @diananyad
Alison van Diggelen, Host, “Fresh Dialogues”; Contributor, BBC – Moderator

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Humanities West Book Discussion: Dante’s Divine Comedy (Book 3)

Mon, Oct 26 2015 - 5:00pm

Join us to discuss paradise within Dante’s Divine Comedy with discussion leader Lynn Harris. The Clive James’s translation will be used, which took decades to finish and renders the entire epic as a coherent and compulsively readable lyric poem. The translation reproduces the same wonderful momentum of the original Italian, propelling the reader along the pilgrim’s path, from hell to heaven, from despair to revelation.

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The Food Lab: Cooking with Science

Thu, Oct 22 2015 - 6:30pm

J. Kenji Lopez-Alt, Managing Culinary Director, Serious Eats; Author, The Food Lab: Better Home Cooking Through Science

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Adam Johnson: Pulitzer Prize-Winning Author

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Mon, Oct 19 2015 - 6:30pm

Adam Johnson, Associate Professor, Stanford University; Author, The Orphan Master’s Son and Fortune Smiles Read more »

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Ruth Reichl

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Wed, Oct 7 2015 - 12:00pm

Ruth Reichl, Former Editor-in-Chief, Gourmet; Author, My Kitchen Year: 136 Recipes That Saved My Life; Twitter: @ruthreichl

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Dale Russakoff: Who's in Charge of America's Schools?

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Tue, Sep 29 2015 - 6:00pm

Dale Russakoff, Author, The Prize: Who’s in Charge of America’s Schools?

Listen to Dale Russakoff, expert journalist, deliver a story of high ideals and hubris as reformers face off against entrenched unions, skeptical parents and bewildered students. The Prize is a portrait of a titanic struggle over the future of education for the poorest kids, and a cautionary tale for those who care about the shape of America’s schools. Read more »

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Humanities West Book Discussion: Dante’s Divine Comedy (Books 1 & 2)

Mon, Sep 28 2015 - 5:00pm

Join us for a discussion of hell and purgatory within Dante’s Divine Comedy, led by Lynn Harris. The Clive James’s translation will be used, which was decades in the making and renders the entire epic as a coherent and compulsively readable lyric poem. Yet the translation reproduces the same wonderful momentum of the original Italian, propelling the reader along the pilgrim’s path from hell to heaven, from despair to revelation.

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Novelist Erica Jong: From Fear of Flying to Fear of Dying

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Tue, Sep 15 2015 - 6:30pm

Erica Jong, Novelist; Author, Fear of Flying and Fear of Dying

This program is part of the Club’s Good Lit Series, sponsored by the Bernard Osher Foundation. Read more »

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Crime and Punishment

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Mon, Sep 14 2015 - 6:00pm

John Mindermann, Author, In Pursuit

Monday Night Philosophy arrests your attention with John Mindermann’s insights from his book In Pursuit (co-authored with Brian Solon). Gathered from nearly a decade on the SFPD and his career as an FBI agent, the book details his riveting experiences, including June 17, 1972, when Mindermann just happened to be called in to investigate a burglary at the Watergate complex. You cannot get any closer to history than this.

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