Books & Writers

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Michael Oren: Former Israeli Ambassador to the United States

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Tue, Jun 30 2015 - 7:00pm

Michael Oren, Former Israeli Ambassador, United States; Author, Ally: My Journey Across the American-Israeli Divide; Twitter: @DrMichaelOren

Co-presented by The Oshman Family JCC Read more »

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Peter Coyote: On Zen, Politics and An Amazing Life

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Tue, Jun 23 2015 - 6:30pm

Peter Coyote, Actor; Activist; Author, The Rainman’s Third Cure: An Irregular Education

Part of The Club’s Good Lit Series, Underwritten by the Bernard Osher Foundation Read more »

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Haiku Across Borders: From Japan to the United States . . . and Back Again? Perspectives of an American Haiku Poet

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Mon, Jun 22 2015 - 6:00pm

Abigail Friedman, Haiku Poet; Author, The Haiku Apprentice: Memoirs of Writing Poetry in Japan; Former U.S. Diplomat Read more »

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Larry Gerston: Reviving Citizen Engagement

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Thu, Jun 18 2015 - 6:30pm

Larry Gerston, Professor Emeritus of Political Science, San Jose State University; Author, Reviving Citizen Engagement: Policies to Renew National Community Read more »

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A Spirited Evening with Adam Rogers

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Thu, Jun 11 2015 - 6:30pm

Adam Rogers, Articles Editor, Wired; Author, Proof: The Science of Booze

A special thanks to our reception sponsors St. George Spirits, Big Dog Vineyards, Hermitage Brewing Company and Red Branch Cider Company.

In a spirited tour across continents and cultures, Rogers puts our alcoholic history under the microscope. Read more »

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A Sunday with Judy Blume and Molly Ringwald

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Sun, Jun 7 2015 - 6:30pm

Judy Blume, Author

In conversation with Molly Ringwald, Actress, Sixteen Candles, The Breakfast Club, Pretty in Pink; Judy Blume Enthusiast

“My only advice is to stay aware, listen carefully, and yell for help if you need it.” – Judy Blume Read more »

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Mark Bittman: A Bone to Pick

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Wed, Jun 3 2015 - 6:30pm

Mark Bittman, Author, A Bone to Pick; Food Columnist, The New York Times; Twitter @bittman
In conversation with Naomi Starkman, Founder and Editor in Chief, Civil Eats; Twitter @NaomiStarkman

Part of the Good Lit series underwritten by the Bernard Osher Foundation. Read more »

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A Passion for Paris: Romanticism and Romance in the City of Light

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Wed, Jun 3 2015 - 12:00pm

David Downie, Author, A Passion for Paris Read more »

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84th Annual California Book Awards Ceremony

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Mon, Jun 1 2015 - 6:00pm

The Book Awards is sponsored by Bank of the West.

Since 1931, The Commonwealth Club has honored the Golden State’s literary giants at the California Book Awards. At our special awards ceremony, we will bestow Gold and Silver medals in several categories, including fiction, non-fiction, first fiction, poetry, young adult and juvenile.  Come hear from some of California’s most gifted writers. See you at the ceremony! Read more »

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Book Discussion: Mastering the Art of Soviet Cooking by Anya Von Bremzen

Mon, Jun 1 2015 - 5:30pm

A witty, warm and engaging book about Russians and the food obsessions of Soviet life; it is also a culinary history of the Russian Revolution and its consequences. In the great tradition of Russian memoirs, it presents a view of the country's past and culture in the mode of “laughter through tears.” A delicious read complete with recipes.

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