Upcoming Events: Good Lit

Mon 12/7

Image - Kermit Roosevelt, Theodore Roosevelt's Great Great Grandson

Kermit Roosevelt, Theodore Roosevelt's Great Great Grandson: TR's Vision and How It Shaped America

Date: Mon, December 07, 2015
Time: 6:30 PM

Kermit Roosevelt III, Professor of Constitutional law, University of Pennsylvania; Great Great Grandson of President Theodore Roosevelt; Author, Allegiance, the Award-winning Novel In the Shadow of the Law, and The Myth of Judicial Activism 
Roy Eisenhardt, Lecturer, U.C. Berkeley School of Law; Member, The Commonwealth Club’s California Book Awards Jury—Moderator

Part of the Club’s Good Lit Series, underwritten by the Bernard Osher Foundation.

Kermit Roosevelt will present a dynamic account of President Theodore Roosevelt’s distinctive constitutional vision and the way it has shaped modern America. We owe much of our modern Constitution to Theodore Roosevelt—and his cousin Franklin, who saw the final victory of Theodore’s vision. Kermit does say that both Roosevelts overlooked one significant point, the need for strong judicial protection of minorities. Drawing on government documents and personal revelations that informed the writing of Allegiance, a gripping historical novel centered around civil rights violations in World War II, Roosevelt brings alive a pivotal moment in our constitutional history that affects the Supreme Court and American citizens to this day.

Please join Kermit Roosevelt as he takes us on a journey through a century of progress, stumbles, and endeavors in American politics while examining the profound value of staying true to our American ideals.

Thu 1/21

Sanjay Patel, Pixar Animator

Sanjay Patel: Sanjay's Super Team

Date: Thu, January 21, 2016
Time: 7:00 PM

Sanjay Patel, Animator; Short Film Director; Author, Sanjay’s Super Team

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

In the new short film from Pixar Animation Studios, Sanjay's Super Team, accomplished artist Sanjay Patel uses his own experience to tell the story of a young, first-generation Indian boy whose love for western pop culture comes into conflict with his family’s traditions.

Tue 1/26

Image - Ellie Krieger: Fabulous Healthy Meals

Ellie Krieger: Fabulous Healthy Meals

Date: Tue, January 26, 2016
Time: 6:30 PM
The secret of do-ahead meals

Ellie Krieger, Author, You Have It Made: Delicious, Healthy, Do-Ahead Meals; Twitter

This event is part of our Food lit series, underwritten by the Bernard Osher Foundation

Ellie Krieger, New York Times best-selling and award-winning author, has written a cookbook devoted to the kind of recipes that her fans have been waiting for—"make-ahead meals." For those who are always short on time when it comes to cooking, her recipes—which include breakfast bakes, soups, salads, casseroles, and more—can all be prepared ahead of time, making putting food on the table that much easier.

Wed 2/3

Barry Eisler, Former CIA Directorate of Operations

Date: Wed, February 03, 2016
Time: 6:30 PM
Inside the novel The God's Eye View

Barry Eisler, Former CIA Directorate of Operations; Author, The God’s Eye View; Twitter

Within an elaborate game of political blackmail, terrorist provocations, and White House scheming, a global war is being fought—a war between those desperate to keep the state’s darkest secrets and those intent on revealing them. In Eisler’s new novel, NSA director Theodore Anders has a simple goal to keep America safe: collect every phone call, email, and keystroke tapped on the Internet. Evelyn Gallagher just wants to keep her head down and manage the NSA’s camera network and facial recognition program so she can afford private school for her deaf son, Dash.

But when Evelyn discovers the existence of an NSA program code-named God’s Eye and connects it with the mysterious deaths of a string of journalists and whistle-blowers, her doubts put her and Dash in the crosshairs of a pair of government assassins.

Tue 2/16

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

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.