Upcoming Events: Good Lit

Tue 2/16

This event is Canceled

An Evening with Meredith Maran, Kelly Corrigan and Ayelet Waldman

Date: Tue, February 16, 2016
Time: 6:30 PM

Meredith Maran, Editor, Why We Write About Ourselves: Twenty Memoirists on Why They Expose Themselves (and Others) in the Name of Literature
Kelly Corrigan, Author, Glitter and Glue
Ayelet Waldman, Author, Bad Mother

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

For the many amateurs and professionals who write about themselves—bloggers, journal-keepers, aspiring essayists and memoirists—this book offers inspiration, encouragement and pithy, practical advice. Twenty of America’s bestselling memoirists share their innermost thoughts and hard-earned tips with veteran author Meredith Maran, revealing what drives them to tell their personal stories, and the nuts and bolts of how they do it. Speaking frankly about issues ranging from turning oneself into an authentic, compelling character to exposing hard truths, these successful authors disclose what keeps them going, what gets in their way, and what they love most—and least—about writing about themselves.

Fri 2/19

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Senator Cory Booker: United

Date: Fri, February 19, 2016
Time: 7:00 PM

Cory Booker, U.S. Senator from New Jersey
In Conversation with California Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom

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

Cory Booker, the junior U.S. senator from New Jersey, has built his career in public service by fighting for his belief that we as a nation must come together and rise above that which divides us in order to protect the principles and ideals that unite us.

Senator Booker's first book, United: Thoughts on Finding Common Ground and Advancing the Common Good, details the people who inspired him to seek public office, the moments that influenced his civic vision once he was elected and the issues that drive his political agenda, such as social, economic and environmental justice.

In United, Senator Booker also calls for the American people to refocus our attention and especially our politics on the principals of compassion and solidarity to steer our nation toward a brighter future.

Join us in welcoming Senator Booker to the INFORUM stage for an uplifting and insightful conversation.

Fri 4/8

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Anna Quindlen

Date: Fri, April 08, 2016
Time: 12:00 PM

Anna Quindlen, Author, Miller’s Valley

This event is part of our Good Lit series, underwritten by the Bernard Osher Foundation.

Best known for her award-winning New York Times and Newsweek columns, Quindlen offers up a highly anticipated new novel.

In a small American town on the verge of dramatic change lives a family whose story you will not forget and a young girl who struggles to escape her parents, siblings, and friends even while she knows how deeply she is shaped and loved by them. Mimi Miller, even at a young age, knows that home is “a place where it’s just as easy to feel lost as it is to feel content.”

In Miller's Valley, Quindlen has written an emotionally powerful novel driven by a young girl who experiences first-hand the tension between nostalgia and progress as she tries to build a future for herself.

Mon 4/25

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Spend 60 Minutes with Lesley Stahl

Date: Mon, April 25, 2016
Time: 6:30 PM

Lesley Stahl, Correspondent, "60 Minutes"; Author, Being Grandma: The Joys and Science of the New Grandparenting; Twitter:

This event is part of our Good Lit series, underwritten by the Bernard Osher Foundation.

After four decades as a reporter, Lesley Stahl says the most vivid and transforming experience of her life was not covering the White House, interviewing heads of state, or any other of her stories at "60 Minutes." It was becoming a grandmother. She was hit with a jolt of joy so intense and unexpected, she wanted to “investigate” it—as though it was a news flash! She explores how grandmothering changes a woman’s life, interviewing her friends like Whoopi Goldberg, colleagues like Diane Sawyer, and the proverbial woman next door.

On top of these personal accounts, she interviews scientists and doctors about physiological changes in women when they have grandchildren, anthropologists about why there are grandmothers in evolutionary terms, and psychiatrists about the therapeutic effects of grandchildren on grandparents.

In an era when Baby Boomers are becoming grandparents in droves, when young parents need all the help they can get raising their children—and with a grandmother in the running to be our next U.S. president—Stahl’s book is a timely and affecting read that redefines a cherished relationship.