Books & Writers

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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
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

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Thu, Oct 22 2015 - 6:30pm

J. Kenji Lopez-Alt, Managing Culinary Director, Serious Eats; Author, The Food Lab: Better Home Cooking Through Science 
In conversation with Joanna Pearlstein, Deputy Managing Editor, Wired

Food Lit event underwritten by the Bernard Osher Foundation. Read more »

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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 
Kathryn Ma, Author, The Year She Left Us and All That Work and Still No Boys; Jury Member, The Commonwealth Club’s California Book Awards — Moderator

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Anne Marie Slaughter

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Wed, Oct 7 2015 - 6:30pm

Women Can’t Have It All: Women Men Work Family

Anne Marie Slaughter, President and CEO of New America
In conversation with Clara Jeffrey, Co-Editor, Mother Jones Magazine 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:
Margo True, Food Editor, Sunset Magazine — Moderator

A Food Lit event underwritten by the Bernard Osher Foundation. Read more »

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Book Discussion: The Good Lord Bird, by James McBride

Mon, Oct 5 2015 - 5:30pm

James McBride's National Book Award-winning novel tells the story of John Brown and his raid on Harpers Ferry from the perspective of a young, freed slave who is mistaken for a girl and spends much of the novel riding the circuit with John Brown. Offensive, hilarious, violent and sad, James McBride fills the Kansas Territory with characters straight out of a Mel Brooks movie and then throws in a dash of Quentin Tarantino for good measure. Told from this perspective, it is simultaneously comic and brutal.

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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? 
Muhammed Chaudhry, President and CEO, Silicon Valley Education Foundation—Moderator
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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

In conversation with Linda Gray Sexton, Author, Bespotted: My Family's Love Affair with Thirty-Eight Dalmatians and Mercy Street: My Journey Back to My Mother, Anne Sexton

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

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