Thursday, January 24, 7pm
Memo to the President Elect: How We Can Restore America's Reputation and Leadership
Former Secretary of State and New York Times bestselling author Madeleine Albright offers a persuasive, wide-ranging set of recommendations to the next president by drawing on her extensive experience as adviser to two presidents and a key figure in four presidential transitions.
Albright’s advice is candid, conveyed in the tone of a “confidential memo,” and seasoned with humor and stories from her years as U.S. Secretary of State. MEMO TO THE PRESIDENT ELECT offers a wealth of insights for voters to think about before deciding who the next occupant of the White House will be.
In cooperation with Book Passage. To view video excerpts from Dr. Albright's lecture, click here.
Monday, February 25, 2008 * 7pm
Advancing the Common Good: Seizing Opportunities for Positive Change
Each of us can play a role in shaping our community as a place of opportunity for all. Drawing upon examples from Marin County, Wilson will examine how specific community challenges are being addressed through innovative partnerships and collaborations.
Anne Wilson has been working to advance the common good in the Bay Area for nearly three decades. Since 2000, she has served as the first female CEO of United Way of the Bay Area, a leading nonprofit organization that works to ensure young people are healthy and ready for adulthood, that working families attain financial stability and communities are strong and resilient.
Wednesday, April 2, 2008 * 7pm
The Sum of Our Days
Allende will discuss The Sum of Our Days, the breathtaking sequel to her acclaimed memoir, Paula, which continues the story on the rainy December day when Isabel and her family scattered Paula’s ashes to the wind in a northern California forest. Guided by Paula’s spirit, and shaped by a daily correspondence with her mother in Chile, Isabel recounts the lives of the unconventional tribe that is her extended family, in the process revealing her multifaceted persona as mother, step-mother, grandmother, wife and lover, and loyal friend. Her day to day life as a writer is at the fore, as she shares the stories behind her books, the superstitions that guide her writing process, and her adventurous travel.
The Sum of Our Days is a passionate and inspiring look at the life of the Allende family after the tragic loss of Paula. As life goes on, they are held together by love, but also by the unflagging determination of a resolute matriarch – Isabel herself.
In cooperation with Book Passage and Dominican's Honors Program
Monday, April 14, 2008 * 7pm
Until now, there has been no serious critical scholarship devoted to the much-wronged wife of Shakespeare, Ann Hathaway. In Shakespeare's Wife, acclaimed feminist author Germaine Greer reclaims Ann Hathaway from generations of scholarly neglect and misogyny. Little is known about the wife of the world’s most famous playwright, but much is said about her. Part-biography, part-history, Shakespeare’s Wife is fascinating in its reconstruction of Hathaway’s life, and the daily lives of Elizabethan women. Greer offers an illuminating portrait of their working routines, the rituals of their courtship, and the minutiae of married life.
In cooperation with Book Passage and Dominican's Women and Gender Studies Program
Co-sponored by the Marin Women's Comission
Tuesday, May 6, 2008 * 7pm
Saving Fish from Drowning
Saving Fish from Drowning, set in Burma, is a provocative and mesmerizing tale about what is real and what is make believe — and the profound answers one seeks when things seemingly fall apart. Amy Tan has fashioned a distinctive fictional landscape, where Asia meets America, and where the traditional past encounters the shape-shifting present. In the end, Tan takes all readers to that place in their own hearts where hope is found.
In cooperation with One Book One Marin and Book Passage