An evening with Mark Paul

California Crackup: How Reform Broke the Golden State and How We Can Fix It
Sunday, February 13, 2011 3:00 p.m.

Is California beyond repair? A sizable number of Golden State citizens have concluded that it is. Incessant budget crises plus a government paralyzed by partisan gridlock have led to demands for reform, even a constitutional convention. But what, exactly, is wrong and how can we fix it?

In California Crackup, Joe Mathews and Mark Paul provide clear and informed answers. Their fast-paced and often humorous narrative deftly exposes the constitutional origins of our current political and economic problems and furnishes a uniquely California fix: innovative solutions that allow Californians to debate their choices, settle on the best ones, hold elected officials accountable for results, and choose anew if something doesn’t work.

This lecture was organized in partnership with the League of Women Voters and Dominican’s Department of Political Science and International Studies.


An evening with Jodi Picoult

Sing You Home
Live music by Ellen Wilber

Wednesday, March 16, 2011 ▪ 7:00 p.m.
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Jodi Picoult, author of My Sister’s Keeper, discusses her novel Sing You Home. Picoult explores what it means to be gay in today’s world, and how reproductive science has outstripped the legal system. Are embryos people or property? What challenges do same-sex couples face when it comes to marriage and adoption? And, what constitutes a “traditional family” in today’s day and age?

The book includes a CD of music written by musician (and Jodi's good friend) Ellen Wilber, featuring lyrics by Jodi Picoult. Wilber is teacher and musician with over 25 years of experience introducing children to music. She is a member of the Cardigan Mountain Tradition, a bluegrass band, and the founder of a long-running kid’s summer theater program.


An evening with Ted Danson

Oceana: Our Planet's Endangered Oceans and What We Can Do to Save Them
In Conversation with Peter Coyote
Monday, March 21, 2011 ▪ 7:00 p.m. 

Ted Danson talks about Oceana: Our Planet’s Endangered Oceans and What We Can Do to Save Them. Most people know Danson as the affable bartender Sam Malone in the long-running television series Cheers. But fewer realize that over the course of the past two and a half decades, Danson has tirelessly devoted himself to the cause of heading off the massive destruction of our planet’s oceanic biosystems and the complete collapse of the world’s major commercial fisheries.

In Oceana, Danson details his journey to his current status as one of the world’s most influential oceanic environmental activists.


An evening with Suze Orman

Thursday, March 24, 2011 ▪ 7:00 p.m.

In her book, The Money Class, Orman says it’s time for a serious reconsideration of the American Dream—what promise it still holds, what aspects are in need of revision, and how it must be refashioned to fit our lives so that we can once again have faith that our hard work will pay off and that a secure and hopeful future is within our reach. Orman is the author of The Road to Wealth and Women & Money.


An evening with Caroline Kennedy

She Walks in Beauty: A Woman’s Journey Through Poems
Wednesday, April 13, 2011 ▪ 7:00 p.m.

Just in time for National Poetry Month and Mother’s Day, Caroline Kennedy shares her new collection of poetry She Walks in Beauty: A Woman’s Journey Through Poems. She tells the story of a woman’s life: including first love and lasting love; marriage, motherhood, and work; times of silence and solitude, and times of awe.

Kennedy’s previous collections of poetry include The Best-Loved Poems of Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, A Family of Poems, and Family Christmas. Kennedy is the Vice Chair of the New York City Fund for Public Schools and President of the John F. Kennedy Library Foundation.


An evening with Abraham Verghese

Cutting for Stone

Wednesday, April 27, 2011 ▪ 7:00 p.m.

One Book One Marin Award

Join us in celebration at this culminating event for the 2011 One Book One Marin selection—Abraham Verghese’s Cutting for Stone. Over the past few months, the community will have read and discussed Verghese’s story of twin brothers Marion and Shiva Stone, born of a secret union. Orphaned by their mother’s death and their father’s disappearance, bound together by a preternatural connection and a shared fascination with medicine, the twins come of age as Ethiopia hovers on the brink of revolution. Verghese is also the author of My Own Country.

Join us for this engaging evening with the author as we honor this year’s One Book One Marin selection.

To purchase Cutting for Stone, call Book Passage at 415-927-0960.


An evening with Dr. Brian Swimme 

Journey of the Universe

Wednesday, September 7   |   7 p.m.

Presented in cooperation with Big History

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An exclusive screening of Journey of the Universe, an eye-opening new film about the origins of everything, the stardust that holds it all together, and the humans’ profound role in this intricate web of life. Cosmologist and host Brian Swimme takes viewers on a 14 billion-year voyage through time and space in this scientific narrative as he daringly combines science with humanistic insights concerning the nature of our universe. Dr. Swimme will answer questions after the show.


An evening with Khaled Hosseini

The Kite Runner Graphic Novel

Thursday, September 15   |   7 p.m.

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Khaled Hosseini’s bestselling novel, The Kite Runner, revealed the beauty and agony of a tormented nation, Afghanistan, as it brought a little known part of the world to the attention of readers. Now, in this richly illustrated graphic novel adaption (with text by the author), Hosseini brings his spellbinding story to a new generation of readers. The Kite Runner Graphic Novel is a beautiful new rendering of a story loved by millions around the world.


An evening with Jane Lynch

Happy Accidents

Sunday, September 25   |   7 p.m.

Jane Lynch is a much loved and very busy comedienne, actress and singer and one of the stars of Glee, for which she has won both an Emmy and Golden Globe. Her film work includes Best in Show and The 40-Year-Old Virgin, among others. Reflecting upon the successes of her recent past and wishing she could have told her more anxious, younger self to not worry so much, Lynch has now written a memoir, Happy Accidents.


An evening with David McCullough

The Great Journey: Americans in Paris

Thursday, October 13   |   7 p.m.

The Greater Journey chronicles the lives of generations of young Americans whose time in Paris (from 1830 to 1900) changed both own their lives as well as the course of American literature, medicine, art, architecture, and history. “Not all pioneers went west,” writes David McCullough in The Greater Journey, implying that more American history has happened in France than in any other country outside the United States.


An evening with Bill Bryson

At Home:  A Short History of Private Life

Monday, October 24   |   7 p.m.

From Bill Bryson, one of the most beloved and bestselling authors of our time comes At Home: A Short History of Private Life. This fascinating excursion into the history behind the place we call home shows “Houses aren’t refuges from history. They are where history ends up.” Bryson is the author of A Walk in the Woods: Rediscovering America on the Appalachian Trail, A Short History of Nearly Everything, and The Mother Tongue, among others.  If this event doesn't supply you with five years' worth of dinner conversation, then you're not paying attention.


An evening with Chris Matthews

Jack Kennedy: Elusive Hero

Wednesday, November 9   |   7 p.m.

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To Chris Matthews, the host of Hardball on MSNBC, President Kennedy has long been both an avatar and a puzzle, a beacon and a conundrum. Whenever he spotted Kennedy’s name, he stopped to read. Whenever he met someone who had known the President, he asked to hear their story. Years in the making, Matthews has now woven those firsthand encounters with JFK into a remarkable new portrait, Jack Kennedy: Elusive Hero.


An evening with Dr. Andrew Weil

Spontaneous Happiness

Thursday, November 17   |   7 p.m.

Deemed "the father of integrative medicine" by Dr. Mehmet Oz and named one of Time's 100 Most Influential People, Dr. Weil has hugely transformed the practices of modern American medicine. In Spontaneous Happiness, Dr. Weil draws on carefully researched information and personal experience to examine our country's—and the world's—fastest-growing epidemic: depression. Dr. Weil offers information about the critical importance of exercise, prescription drugs and natural remedies for depression and anxiety, the surprisingly powerful effects that pets and nature can have on how we feel, a customizable eight-week plan for long-lasting happiness, and much more.