Image - detail from cover of City of a Thousand Gates

San Francisco

Reading Californians Book Discussion: City of a Thousand Gates

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The silver medalist in the 2022 California Book Awards category of first fiction, Rebecca Sacks will join us via Zoom to discuss her book City of a Thousand Gates. 

She has written a relevant novel that introduces a large cast of characters from various backgrounds in a setting (Israel) where violence is routine and where survival is defined by boundaries, walls, and checkpoints that force people to live and love within and across them. The multiple strands of the various characters' lives open this magnificent and haunting novel of present-day Israel and Palestine, following each of the diverse characters as they try to protect what they love. Their interwoven stories reveal complicated, painful truths about life in this conflicted land steeped in hope, love, hatred, terror, and blood on both sides. The book brilliantly evokes the universal drives that motivate these individuals to think and act as they do—desires for security, for freedom, for dignity, for the future of one’s children, for land that each of us, no matter who or where we are, recognize and share. 


This program has 2 types of tickets available: In-person and online-only. Please pre-register to receive a link to the live-stream event.

Safety Protocols for in-person attendance:

• We follow best practices laid out by the CDC and state and local guidelines.
• All guests, staff, and volunteers must be fully vaccinated. Guest must show proof of full vaccination with photo I.D.
• Masks are encouraged while indoors (if you do not have one and would like one, inquire at our front desk for a complimentary mask).
• In-person capacity is limited.

Our LEED Gold-certified building is designed to cool with outside air, using digitally controlled moveable windows and large ceiling fans. We are deploying additional HEPA filters inside to scrub the air. This is all in addition to increased cleaning of surfaces throughout the building.

We welcome donations made during registration to support the production of our online programming.

A Reading Californians Member-led Forum program. Forums at the Club are organized and run by volunteer programmers who are members of The Commonwealth Club, and they cover a diverse range of topics. Learn more about our Forums.

Main image: detail from cover of City of a Thousand Gates.

All ticket sales are final and nonrefundable.

Tue, Aug 2 / 5:00 pm PDT

The Commonwealth Club of California
110 The Embarcadero
Max Thelen Board Room
San Francisco, CA 94105
United States


Rebecca Sacks

Author, City of a Thousand Gates (participating via Zoom)

Kalena Gregory

Chair, Reading Californians Member-led Forum Book Discussion


4:30 p.m. doors open & check-in
5–6:15 p.m. program
(all times PDT)


In-person or online:
Free for members
$5 nonmembers