Books & Writers

Past event

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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Richard Thaler and Hal Varian: Behavioral Economics

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Tue, May 26 2015 - 6:00pm

Richard Thaler, Behavioral Science and Economics Professor, University of Chicago; Author, Misbehaving: The Making of Behavioral Economics; Twitter @R_Thaler
Hal Varian, Chief Economist, Google; Twitter @halvarian
George Anders, Contributing Writer, Forbes; Twitter @GeorgeAnders – Moderator Read more »

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Andrew Hodges: Alan Turing - The Man Who Inspired "The Imitation Game"

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Tue, May 26 2015 - 12:00pm

Andrew Hodges, Professor, Senior Research Fellow, University of Oxford; Author, Alan Turing: The Enigma

In conversation with Kishore Hari, Director, Bay Area Science Festival Read more »

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Ken Walsh: Presidents and the Cult of Celebrity

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Tue, May 19 2015 - 12:00pm

Ken Walsh, Chief White House Correspondent, U.S. News & World Report; Author, Celebrity in Chief: A History of the Presidents
Joe Tuman, Professor of Legal and Political Communications, San Francisco State University - Moderator Read more »

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Jack Welch

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Thu, May 14 2015 - 12:00pm

Jack Welch, Former Chairman and CEO, General Electric; Co-author, The Real-Life MBA: Your No-BS Guide to Winning the Game, Building a Team, and Growing Your Career; Twitter @jack_welch

In conversation with Adam Lashinsky, Assistant Managing Editor, Fortune; Editorial Director, Brainstorm Tech; Twitter @adamlashinsky  Read more »

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Leonard Mlodinow: The Evolution of Science

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Wed, May 13 2015 - 7:00pm

Leonard Mlodinow, Theoretical Physicist; Author, The Upright Thinkers: The Human Journey from Living in Trees to Understanding the Cosmos; Twitter: @lmlodinow Read more »

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The Power of Ideals: The Real Story of Moral Choice

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Mon, May 11 2015 - 6:00pm

William Damon, Professor, Stanford Graduate School of Education; Co-author, The Power of Ideals: The Real Story of Moral Choice

The Power of Ideals thoroughly examines the full range of available research on moral choice and presents a compelling new theory. It takes into account current scientific claims and explores our undeniable capacity to act on noble ideals, to make principled moral choices, and to live lives of generosity, integrity and genuine human connection.

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Pulitzer Prize Winning Author Jane Smiley

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Thu, May 7 2015 - 6:00pm

Jane Smiley, Novelist; Author, Early Warning
Peter Fish, Editor-at-Large, Sunset Publishing; Juror, California Book Awards — Moderator Read more »

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Humanities West Book Discussion: All Quiet on the Western Front by Erich Maria Remarque

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Wed, May 6 2015 - 5:30pm

Join us to discuss the classic novel about World War I, All Quiet on the Western Front, by Erich Maria Remarque. The discussion will be led by Lynn Harris.

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