An Evening with Germaine Greer

Shakespeare's Wife: The Life and Times of Ann Hathaway

March 30, 2009

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.


One Book One Marin: Dave Eggers Lecture

What is the What

April 23, 2009

The 2009 selection for One Book One Marin is Dave Eggers’ highly-acclaimed novel What is the What: The Autobiography of Valentino Achak Deng.

This story of the lost boys of the Sudan is an inspired choice. Deng was chased from his village at age seven and forced to trek across Africa under the most harrowing circumstances.

The San Francisco Chronicle calls the book “strange, beautiful and unforgettable.” Francine Prose, writing in the N.Y. Times Book Review, called it “An extraordinary work of witness, and of art.”

What is the What was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award. Book Passage is partnering with the Public Libraries of Marin County, Dominican University of California, the Marin History Museum, Marin Education Fund, and others for this county-wide celebration. 

Dave Eggers is the author of A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius, which was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize. In 1998, Eggers founded the independent publishing house McSweeney’s. In 2002, Eggers opened 826 Valencia, an extraordinary writing and tutoring lab for young people in San Francisco’s Mission District.

Learn about One Book One Marin.



An Evening with Daniel Goleman

Ecological Intelligence: How Knowing the Hidden Impacts of What We Buy Can Change Everything

May 13, 2009

The bestselling author of Emotional Intelligence and Primal Leadership, Daniel Goleman reveals the hidden environmental consequences of what we make and buy and shows how new market forces can drive the essential changes we all must make to save our planet.

Goleman’s latest book is Ecological Intelligence: How Knowing the Hidden Impacts of What We Buy Can Change Everything. The book argues that new information technologies will create “radical transparency,” allowing us to know the environmental, health, and social consequences of what we buy.

As shoppers use point-of-purchase ecological comparisons to guide their purchases, market share will shift to support steady, incremental upgrades in how products are made – changing everything for the better.


An Evening with Sue Monk Kidd and her daughter Ann Kidd Taylor

Traveling with Pomegranates: A Mother-Daughter Story
September 18, 2009

Part travel story, part spiritual quest and part induction into feminine passages, Traveling with Pomegranates is a memoir told in two voices. Set against the awe-inspiring backdrops of France and Greece, this intersecting autobiography chronicles an intimate mapping of two women—a fifty-something and a twenty-something, a mother and daughter—each about to enter new and different life stages. Sue, painfully aware of ageing, struggles to hang on to herself as change surrounds her. Ann, newly graduated from college and heartbroken by the sudden end of her long-term relationship, not to mention a cold rejection from her graduate school of choice, is benumbed by the classic question about what to do with her life.

Sue Monk Kidd’s first novel, The Secret Life of Bees, has spent more than 100 weeks on the New York Times bestseller list. She is also the author of several acclaimed memoirs and the recipient of numerous literary awards. Ann Kidd Taylor is a graduate of Columbia College. She has written personal essays for Skirt! Magazine in Charleston, South Carolina. This is her first book.

Dominican University of California ▪ Angelico Hall
Free lecture and book signing ▪ No RSVP, Limited Seating


An Evening with Barbara Ehrenreich

Bright-Sided: How the Relentless Promotion of Positive Thinking Has Undermined America

October 23, 2009 

Ehrenreich reveals how Positive Thinking has infiltrated every part of American culture and she exposes the downside of this insistence on always and only seeing the bright side. She tracks this phenomenon to all corners of society—the medical profession, which encourages staying positive as a form of healing; the mega-churches, which spread the good news of the prosperity gospel and that God wants you to buy that car or home, even if it means going further into debt; and most of all, the business community, where the refusal to consider negative outcomes—like mortgage defaults—and CEOs’ groundless optimism have replaced risk analysis as the basis for company decisions. Positive thinking has become a beacon of hope for many but all blind optimism has its consequences, not least a failure to find the real culprits or tackle the real causes at work. Bright-Sided is a call for a clear-eyed assessment of the problems at hand and a return to realism in America.

Dominican University of California ▪ Angelico Hall
Free lecture and book signing ▪ No RSVP, Limited Seating

An Evening with Former Vice President Al Gore

Our Choice
November 9, 2009

Our Choice will pick up where An Inconvenient Truth left off, providing a blueprint for solving the global climate crisis and drawing on Mr. Gore’s 40 years of experience as a student, policymaker, author, filmmaker, entrepreneur, and activist. A co-recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize in 2007 for his environmental work, Mr. Gore illuminates the real solutions to the climate crisis and describes a comprehensive global strategy to implement them urgently. Our Choice will be an inspiring call to action for those ready to fight for solutions that really work—including some bold initiatives that were deemed impossible only a short time ago but are now gaining support around the world.

Since the publication of the New York Times bestseller An Inconvenient Truth and the release of the Academy Award–winning film of the same title, Mr. Gore has led more than 30 “Solutions Summits” with top scientists, engineers, and policy experts to examine every solution to the climate crisis in depth and detail. Our Choice draws on conclusions developed through those summits as well as on extensive independent research, describing how the bold choices necessary to save the earth’s climate should also be the foundations of policies worldwide to create new jobs and stimulate sustainable economic progress. As they did with An Inconvenient Truth, former Vice President Gore and Mrs. Tipper Gore will donate 100 percent of the proceeds of the book to the Alliance for Climate Protection, a nonprofit, nonpartisan group dedicated to spreading awareness about the climate crisis and how to solve it. Our Choice will feature 100 percent recycled paper, locally produced and sourced editions, low VOC inks, and will be carbon neutral.

Dominican University of California ▪ Angelico Hall


An Evening with David Plouffe

The Audacity to Win: The Inside Story and Lessons of Barack Obama’s Historic Victory

November 11, 2009

The architect of President Barack Obama’s 2008 campaign reveals how it all happened—and how it will revolutionize our politics. David Plouffe not only led the effort that put Barack Obama in the White House, but he also changed the face of politics forever and reenergized the idea of democracy itself. The Audacity to Win is his story of that groundbreaking achievement, taking readers inside the remarkable campaign that led to the election of the first African American president.