Madeleine Albright

January 24, 2008

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.


Anne Wilson

February 25, 2008

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.


Isabel Allende

April 2, 2008

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.


An Evening with Germaine Greer

April 14, 2008

Shakespeare's Wife

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-sponsored by the Marin Women's Commission

2008 One Book One Marin Award, Amy Tan in conversation with Michael Krasny

May 6, 2008

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


An Evening with Speaker Nancy Pelosi

August 12, 2008

Know Your Power: A Message to America's Daughters

Tickets for this event are $35 per person (includes a copy of Know Your Power)      

When Nancy Pelosi became the first woman Speaker of the House, she made history. She gaveled the House to order that day on behalf of all of America's children and said, "We have made history, now let us make progress." She continues to inspire women everywhere with a new thought-provoking book entitled Know Your Power: A Message to America’s Daughters. The collection is a combination of her own words and those of the important people who played pivotal roles in her journey. She encourages mothers and grandmothers, daughters and granddaughters to never lose faith, to speak out and make their voices heard, to focus on what matters most and follow their dreams wherever they may lead.


An Evening with Author Amy Tan and Composer Stewart Wallace

September 21, 2008

Making of the Opera: The Bonesetter's Daughter

This event offers a “behind-the-scenes” look at the making of a major artistic event. The Bonesetter’s Daughter, a new opera based on the best-selling novel of the same name by Amy Tan, was commissioned by the San Francisco Opera. The music is by Stewart Wallace with a libretto by the author herself. Excerpts from the Opera performance will be presented.

An Evening with Cherie Blair

October 20, 2008

Speaking for Myself: My Life from Liverpool to Downing Street

Tickets for this event are $35 per person (includes a copy of Blair's book)

In Speaking for Myself: My Life from Liverpool to Downing Street, Cherie Blair shares her astonishing journey from an unconventional childhood to her life as a working mother and wife of the Prime Minister. She writes about her encounters with scores of foreign leaders and her friendships with Presidents Clinton and Bush, as well as the royal family

An Evening with Marian Wright Edelman

October 27, 2008 

The Sea Is So Wide and My Boat Is So Small: Charting a Course for the Next Generation

Tickets for this event are $30 per person (includes a copy of Edelman's book)

In her newest book, The Sea is So Wide and My Boat is So Small: Charting a Course for the Next Generation, civil rights leader Marian Wright Edelman implores America to pay attention to the state of America’s children and argues that every step we take to improve the lives of children improves the lives of all of us.