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 »
Dacher Keltner, Professor of Psychology, UC Berkeley; Co-Director, Greater Good Science Center; Author, The Power Paradox: How We Gain and Lose Influence
Monday Night Philosophy investigates a revolutionary reconsideration of power. It is taken for granted that power corrupts. This is reinforced culturally by everything from Machiavelli to contemporary politics. But enduring power only comes from empathy and giving, because power is given to us by other people. Read more »
Ethan Elkind, Author, Railtown: The Fight for the Los Angeles Metro Rail and the Future of the City Hon. Rod Diridon, Emeritus Executive Director, Mineta Transportation Institute
Both Los Angeles and San Jose are reinventing themselves from auto-oriented cities to the “railtowns” of tomorrow. What has Los Angeles learned from the South Bay, and what can we learn from LA’s recent transit expansions? Elkind and Diridon offer their thoughts on this important issue.
Adrianna Quintero, Director and Founder, Voces Verdes; Director, Partner Engagement, Natural Resources Defense Council
The Hispanic Public Policy Agenda, of the National Hispanic Leadership Agenda (NHLA), has designated environment and climate action as a priority for Latinos. The NHLA emphasizes the importance of Hispanic leadership on critical environmental and sustainable issues to their communities and neighborhoods. Read more »
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 »
Hon. Annastacia Palaszczuk, MP, Premier of Queensland, Australia Jeffrey Bleich, Former U.S. Ambassador to Australia—Moderator
Introduction by Dr. Jaleh Daie, Member, Commonwealth Club Board of Governors
Queensland is Australia’s second largest state and the third most populous, with more than 4.5 million inhabitants. The Hon. Annastacia Palaszczuk MP, premier of Queensland, is one of her country’s leading political figures. Read more »
On one Monday evening of every month the Humanities Forum sponsors Socrates Café at The Commonwealth Club. Each meeting is devoted to the discussion of a philosophical topic chosen at that meeting. The group's facilitator, John Nyquist, invites participants to suggest topics, which are then voted on. The person who proposed the most popular topic is asked to briefly explain why she or he considers that topic interesting and important. An open discussion follows, and the meeting ends with a summary of the various perspectives participants expressed. Read more »