An evening with Tom Brokaw

The Time of Our Lives: A Conversation About America

Sunday, January 22, 2012 | 7:00 pm

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Tom Brokaw presents The Time of Our Lives: A Conversation about America; Who We Are, Where We've Been, and Where We Need to Go Now, to Recapture the American Dream. Tom Brokaw, known and beloved for his landmark work in American journalism and for the New York Times bestsellers The Greatest Generation and Boom!, now turns his attention to the challenges that face America in the new millennium, to offer reflections on how we can restore America’s greatness.


An evening with Robert N. Bellah

Religion in Human Evolution

In collaboration with First Year Experience Big History

Thursday, February 9, 2012 | 7:00 pm

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Religion in Human Evolution is a work of extraordinary ambition—a wide-ranging, nuanced probing of our biological past to discover the kinds of lives that human beings have most often imagined were worth living. It offers what is frequently seen as a forbidden theory of the origin of religion that goes deep into evolution, especially but not exclusively cultural evolution. Religion in Human Evolution answers the call for a critical history of religion grounded in the full range of human constraints and possibilities.


An evening with Eve Ensler in conversation with Isabel Allende

I am an Emotional Creature

Friday, February 24, 2012 | 7:00 pm

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Eve Ensler, Tony Award-winning author of The Vagina Monologues and founder of V-Day, the global movement to end violence against women and girls, comes to Marin for a very special conversation with award-winning author and journalist Isabel Allende. Eve’s newest play Emotional Creature will world premiere at Berkeley Rep in June 2012. In I Am an Emotional Creature, Ensler offers fictional monologues and stories inspired by girls around the globe—a call to action for girls everywhere to become the women they’re meant to be.


An evening with Jennifer Granholm and Dan Mulhern

A Governor’s Story: The Fight for Jobs and America’s Economic Future

Sunday, March 25, 2012 | 7:00 pm

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A former governor of Michigan, Jennifer Granholm, and her husband Dan Mulhern present A Governor’s Story: The Fight for Jobs and America’s Economic Future. In January, 2002, Jennifer Granholm was the first woman ever to be sworn in as governor of Michigan—the eighth largest state in the nation. She swept into office armed with energy, optimism, and a determination to jump-start progress on several fronts, from diversifying the state’s economy to reforming its educational system. Then reality struck. This is a first-hand account from the front lines of a series of battles that exploded first in Michigan and that now are sweeping across America: the battle to create jobs, to repair health care and education, and infrastructure systems suffering from decades of neglect.


An evening with Anne Lamott

Some Assembly Required: A Journal of My Son's First Son

Wednesday, April 11, 2012 | 7:00 pm

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In Some Assembly Required, bestselling author Anne Lamott and her son, Sam, chronicle his first year as a father and her own evolution from mother to grandmother. Stunned to learn that her son, Sam, is about to become a father at nineteen, Lamott begins a journal about her family's life during the first year of her grandson Jax’s life. By turns poignant and hilarious, honest and touching, Some Assembly Required is a true story of how the birth of a baby changes a family.

Anne Lamott is a past recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship and an inductee to the California Hall of Fame.


An evening with Michael David Lukas

The Oracle of Stamboul

In cooperation with One Book One Marin

Wednesday, April 25, 2012 | 7:00 pm

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This year's One Book One Marin (OBOM) selection by Bay Area author and Fulbright Scholar, Michael David Lukas, is his acclaimed debut novel, The Oracle of Stamboul. Influenced by Charles Dickens, Roald Dahl, and Gabriel Garcia Marquez, this evocative, magical historical tale will transport readers to another time and place—romantic, exotic, yet remarkably similar to our own. Join the author and KQED host Michale Krasny in a discussion of the novel at this special OBOM culmination event.


An evening with Fred Spier

Big History and the Future of Humanity

Monday, August 27, 2012 | 7:00 pm

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Dr. Fred Spier is Senior Lecturer in Big History at the University of Amsterdam. Informed by a background in biochemistry and cultural anthropology, Spier executed a ten-year research project on religion, politics and ecology in Andean Peru, which led to the publication of two books: Religious Regimes in Peru and San Nicolás de Zurite. In his most recent publication, Big History and the Future of Humanity, he presents an original theoretical approach that makes “big history” – the placing of the human past within the history of life, the Earth, and the Universe – accessible to general readers while revealing insights into what the future may hold for humanity.


An evening with Salman Rushdie

Joseph Anton: A Memoir

Tuesday, September 25, 2012 | 7:00 pm

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In 1989, Salmon Rushdie was phoned by a journalist telling him he had been “sentenced to death” by the Ayatollah Khomeini. Rushdie, an Indian-born British resident, had never heard the word “fatwa.” His crime? To have written a novel called The Satanic Verses, a book accused of being “against Islam, the Prophet, and the Quran.”  In his newest book, “Joseph Anton: A Memoir”, Rushdie tells this story for the first time, as well as his crucial battle for freedom of speech. He shares the sometimes grim, sometimes comic realities of living with armed policemen, and the close bonds he formed with his protectors and of how he regained his freedom.


An evening with Ina Garten in conversation with Marissa Mayer, Ceo, Yahoo

Barefoot Contessa Foolproof

Wednesday, November 14, 2012 | 7:00 pm

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Join us as Ina Garten, the bestselling author and beloved star of “Barefoot Contessa” on Food Network, talks about her new book, Barefoot Contessa Foolproof: Recipes You Can Trust. Many home cooks falter when it comes to pairing dishes and planning ahead. With simple tried-and-true recipes and tips, Ina comes to the rescue – and shows how everything can come together effortlessly.

Ina Garten is the author of four previous cookbooks, which have sold more than three million copies. In 1978, Ina Garten left her job as a budget analyst in the White House to pursue her dream of operating a specialty food store. She is a frequent contributor to major national magazines and writes a recurring column in O Magazine.


An evening with John Meacham

Thomas Jefferson: The Art of Power

Friday, November 30, 2012 | 7:00 pm

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Join us as Jon Meacham discusses Thomas Jefferson: The Art of Power. In this magnificent new biography, the Pulitzer Prize-winning author gives us an intimate portrait of Jefferson – enabling us to understand him as never before. Thomas Jefferson, Meacham argues, was a man of genius and contradiction, embodying both the promise and the shortcomings of the American experiment. Philosophers think; politicians maneuver. Meacham concludes that Jefferson’s genius was that he was both and could do both, often simultaneously.

Jon Meacham is the Executive editor of Random House, a former editor of Newsweek, and author of the Pulitzer Prize-winning American Lion, as well as other best sellers.