Books & Writers

Upcoming event

An Evening with Kareem Abdul-Jabbar

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Tue, Aug 30 2016 - 6:30pm

An American Icon Lets Loose on Politics, Race, Religion, Inequality, Sports, and Media

Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, NBA Hall of Fame Inductee; Columnist, Time Magazine; Author, Writings on the Wall: Searching for a New Equality Beyond Black and White
In conversation with Van Jones, CNN Commentator Read more »

Past event

Reading Californians Book Discussion Group

Mon, Aug 15 2016 - 6:00pm

The acclaimed novel The Sympathizer, by Pulitzer Prize-winner Viet Thanh Nguyen, will be discussed at the next meeting of our new book discussion group, Reading Californians. Nguyen was the gold medal winner for first fiction in The Commonwealth Club's recent California Book Awards, which recognized the best published writing in California in 2015. Read more »

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An Evening with Emma Cline, Author of “The Girls”

Tue, Jun 21 2016 - 6:30pm

Emma Cline, Author, The Girls
Claire Bidwell Smith, Grief Therapist; Mother; Author, The Rules of Inheritance and After This: When Life is Over, Where Do We Go?—Moderator

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

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A Rare Book Day in June

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Fri, Jun 17 2016 - 12:00pm

Catherine Williamson, Ph.D., Vice President, Director of Fine Books & Manuscripts/Entertainment Memorabilia, Bonhams, Los Angeles

Dr. Catherine Williamson, who frequently appears as an appraiser for PBS' "Antiques Roadshow," is vice president and director of fine books and manuscripts/entertainment memorabilia at Bonhams in Los Angeles. She will talk about the challenges and issues facing appraisers and collectors today, and share stories of some great discoveries on the "Roadshow"—and elsewhere.

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Dr. Lucy Kalanithi: When Breath Becomes Air

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Thu, Jun 16 2016 - 6:30pm

Lucy Kalanithi, M.D., Faculty, Stanford School of Medicine; Widow of Dr. Paul Kalanithi, Author of When Breath Becomes Air
In conversation with Mark Zitter, Co-founder and Former Chairman, Vital Decisions

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

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San Francisco Giants' Bruce Bochy: Insights on Baseball and Life

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Tue, Jun 14 2016 - 12:00pm

Bruce Bochy, Manager, San Francisco Giants; Three Time World Series Champion; Two Time National League Manager of the Year; Author, A Book of Walks 
In conversation with Roy Eisenhardt, Lecturer in Sports Law, UC Berkeley Law School; Former President, Oakland A's

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

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85th Annual California Book Awards

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Mon, Jun 13 2016 - 6:00pm

The California Book Awards is sponsored by Bank of the West.

Join us for one of the Golden State’s premier literary events—the California Book Awards ceremony. The 2016 Book Awards ceremony recognizes the best published writing in California in 2015. This year, the 85th round of the awards, will feature Viet Thanh Nguyen, gold medal winner for fiction for the acclaimed novel The Sympathizer. Two months ago, Nguyen also became the first Vietnamese writer to win the Pulitizer Prize. Read more »

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Book Discussion Group: A Manual for Cleaning Women

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Mon, Jun 6 2016 - 6:00pm

The Commonwealth Club's newest book discussion series kicks off with A Manual for Cleaning Women, by Lucia Berlin, this year’s California Book Awards Gold medal winner. The discussion group will be devoted to the best of California literature, as determined by our CBA jury. Read more »

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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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