Books & Writers

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Book Discussion: Enchanted Evenings: The Broadway Musical from Show Boat to Sondheim

Mon, Aug 3 2015 - 5:30pm

This program is part of the 2015 Platforum series Music Matters, sponsored by Ernst & Young and the John and Marcia Goldman Foundation. Read more »

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Unity of Sacred Symbols and Words

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Fri, Jul 31 2015 - 12:00pm

Salma Arastu, Artist
Reverend Will McGarvey, Executive Director, Contra Costa County Interfaith Council - Moderator

Salma Arastu will give a visual presentation of her latest works, which are an artistic endeavor to help people understand the threads of commonalities across cultural, national and religious lines. Her beautiful paintings reflect the interconnectedness of belief in our collective cultural memories.

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Ashlee Vance on Elon Musk, Tesla, Space-X and the Future

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Tue, Jul 28 2015 - 6:00pm

Ashlee Vance, Technology Writer, Bloomberg Businessweek; Author, Elon Musk: Tesla, SpaceX, and the Quest for a Fantastic Future; Twitter
In conversation with Katie Fehrenbacher, Writer, Fortune Magazine Read more »

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Gary Hart: The Republic of Conscience

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Tue, Jul 28 2015 - 6:00pm

Gary Hart, U.S. Special Envoy for Northern Ireland; Former U.S. Senator; Author, The Republic of Conscience
Joe Tuman, Professor of Legal and Political Communications, San Francisco State University Read more »

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Working Stiff

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Wed, Jul 15 2015 - 6:00pm

Judy Melinek, Forensic Pathologist and Associate Clinical Professor, UCSF Medical Center; Co-author, Working Stiff: Two Years, 262 Bodies, and the Making of a Medical Examiner

T.J. Mitchell, Co-author, Working Stiff: Two Years, 262 Bodies, and the Making of a Medical Examiner Read more »

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San Francisco's Jewel City

Laura Ackley at The Commonwealth Club of California
Tue, Jul 14 2015 - 6:00pm

Laura Ackley, Architectural Historian; Author, San Francisco's Jewel City Read more »

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Foragers, Farmers, and Fossil Fuels: How Human Values Evolve

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Mon, Jul 13 2015 - 6:00pm

Ian Morris, Jean and Rebecca Willard Professor of Classics and Professor of History, Stanford University; Author, Foragers, Farmers, and Fossil Fuels: How Human Values Evolve Read more »

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Chuck Palahniuk and Lidia Yuknavitch: A Night of Mayhem

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Thu, Jul 9 2015 - 6:30pm
Chuck Palahniuk, Author, Fight Club
Lidia Yuknavitch, Author, The Small Backs of Children
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Kiva Co-Founder Jessica Jackley: Entrepreneurship that Can Change the World

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Wed, Jul 8 2015 - 6:00pm

Jessica Jackley, Co-founder, Kiva; Author, Clay Water Brick: Finding Inspiration from Entrepreneurs Who Do the Most with the Least
Sally Osberg, President and CEO, Skoll Foundation - Moderator

This program is underwritten by Bank of the West. Read more »

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Book Discussion: All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr

Mon, Jul 6 2015 - 5:30pm

Marie Laure lives with her father in Paris within walking distance of the Museum of Natural History, where he works as the master of the locks. When she is six, she goes blind, and her father builds her a model of their neighborhood, every house, every manhole, so she can memorize it with her fingers and navigate the real streets with her feet and cane. When the Germans occupy Paris, father and daughter flee to Saint-Malo on the Brittany coast. Read more »

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