An evening with Bill Mckibben 



Oil and Honey: the Education of an Unlikely Activist

Bill McKibben is one of the nation’s most important voices in the fight to prevent global warming. In his new book Oil & Honey, the former The New Yorker staff writer explains why the fight to save our planet must be waged both globally and locally. McKibben surveys the landscape of the battle to prevent climate change, taking readers from the frontlines of political protest to the small-scale answers located in our own backyards.  McKibben’s influential books include The End of Nature and Deep Economy: The Wealth of Communities and the Durable Future.

An evening with Malcolm Gladwell


David and Goliath: Underdogs, Misfits, and the Art of Battling Giants   

Malcolm Gladwell has the uncanny ability to grasp connections that others might miss. Now the popular New Yorker columnist and bestselling author of The Tipping Point, Blink andOutliers returns with David & Goliath. In his newest book, Gladwell uncovers the hidden rules that shape the balance between the the powerful and the dispossessed. Readers journey from the battlefields of Northern Ireland and Vietnam to the minds of cancer researchers and civil rights leaders as Gladwell makes his case for why we must fundamentally alter our understanding of advantages and underdogs.

An evening with Elizabeth Gilbert 




The Signature of All Things 

Elizabeth Gilbert, who soared to fame with her acclaimed Eat, Pray, Love, presents her new novel In the Signature of All Things. This story spans much of the 18th and 19th centuries, beginning with a poor-born Englishman who makes a fortune in the quinine trade before becoming the richest man in Philadelphia. His daughter, Alma, a botanist, takes up the story at a time when all the old assumptions about science, religion, commerce, and class were exploding into dangerous new ideas.

An evening with Billy Collins 



Aimless Love 

Billy Collins has been dubbed “the most popular poet in America,” an appropriate reflection of the way that Collins’ conversational, witty poems welcome readers with humor before often slipping into tender, profound observations of life. His new book Aimless Love is the first volume of new and selected poetry in twelve years from this two-time Poet Laureate of the United States. Collins’ newest collection is but the latest example of how his writing continues to enrich American poetry for both the well-versed and recently initiated.

An evening with Giada Laurentis 



Giada's Feel Good Food: My Healthy Recipes and Secrets  

The star of the Food Network’s sensational “Giada at Home” presents her new book Giada’s Feel Good Food. She shares 120 recipes ranging from breakfast, juice, and lunch to snacks, dinner, and dessert—each with a nutritional breakdown. The Roman-born Giada de Laurentiis is a three-time winner of the Daytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lifestyle Host, and in 2012 was inducted into the Culinary Hall of Fame.

An evening with Cecil Williams & Janice Mirikitani



 Beyond the Impossible

Reverend Cecil Williams and Janice Mirikitani together have led San Francisco’s Glide Memorial Church toward profound social change for the past half-century. In Beyond the Possible: 50 Years of Creating Radical Change in a Community Called Glide, they share stories that reveal how Glide became the spiritual soul of San Francisco—and one of the city’s most generous providers of social services. Williams' innovations, such as HIV testing during services, have drawn protest from conservative factions within the Methodist Church, while being praised by of Bill Clinton, Oprah Winfrey, and Warren Buffett.

An evening with Al Gore



The Future

Ours is a time of revolutionary change that has no precedent in history. With the same passion he brought to the challenge of climate change, and with his decades of experience on the front lines of global policy, Former Vice President Al Gore surveys our planet’s beclouded horizon and offers a sober, learned, and ultimately hopeful forecast.  Gore identifies six critical drivers of global change. This absorbing and visionary work is a map of the world to come, from a man who has looked ahead before and been proven all too right.

An evening with Madeleine Albright



Prague Winter

Former Secretary of State, Madeleine Albright writes, "No one who lived through the years of 1937 to 1948 was a stranger to profound sadness. Millions of innocents did not survive, and their deaths must never be forgotten.” At once a deeply personal memoir and an incisive work of history, Prague Winter: A Personal Story of Remembrance and War, 1937-1948 serves as a guide to the future through the lessons of the past - as seen through the eyes of one of the international community's most respected and fascinating figures.

An evening with Gavin Newsom




Citizenville: How to Take the Town Square Digital and Reinvent Government

California Lieutenant Governor and former Mayor of San Francisco, Gavin Newsom, presents Citizenville: How to Take the Town Square Digital and Reinvent Government. Newsom discusses how ordinary citizens can use new digital tools to dissolve political gridlock and transform American democracy. By integrating democratic government with cutting-edge American innovation, the lieutenant governor of California charts a bright future for open-source America. Citizenville suggests that the only way Americans can secure their future is by reinventing their relationship to government, just as they have countless times before.

An evening with Mary Roach



In Conversation with Michael Krasny: Packing for Mars

Join us for the culminating event of One Book One Marin Award 2013, where Michael Krasney interview Mary Roach about her book, Packing for Mars: The Curious Science of Life in the Void. Space is a world devoid of the things we need to live and thrive: air, gravity, hot showers, fresh produce, privacy, beer. Space exploration is in some ways an exploration of what it means to be human. Roach takes us on a surreally entertaining trip into the science of life in space and space on Earth.

An evening with Isabel Allende



Maya's Notebook

Internationally acclaimed author and Marin resident Isabel Allende presents Maya’s Notebook. Allende’s new novel is a frank and contemporary story about a 19-year old American girl who, while struggling to overcome drug addiction and wrestle her demons, finds respite on a remote Chilean island. There, she unveils a terrible family secret, comes to understand the meaning of love and loyalty, and initiates the greatest adventure of her life: the journey into her own soul. Allende's books include The House of the Spirits, Paula, and Daughter of Fortune.

An evening with Michael Pollan




Michael Pollan, named by Time Magazine as one of the 100 most influential people in the world, explores the previously uncharted territory of his own kitchen. He discovers the enduring power of the four classical elements—fire, water, air, and earth—to transform the stuff of nature into delicious things to eat and drink. In the course of his journey, he discovers that the cook occupies a special place in the world, standing squarely between nature and culture. Both realms are transformed by cooking, and so, in the process, is the cook.

An evening with Eve Ensler



In the Body of the World

From Eve Ensler, the bestselling author of The Vagina Monologues and one of Newsweek’s 150 Women Who Changed the World, comes  In the Body of the World, a visionary memoir of separation and connection—to the body, the self, and the world. As a playwright, author, and activist, Ensler has devoted her life to the female body: how to talk about it, how to protect and value it.  While working in the Congo, Ensler is shattered to encounter the horrific rape and violence inflicted on the women there. She is the founder of V-Day, the global movement to end violence against women and girls, which has raised more than $90 million for local groups and activists, and inspired the global action One Billion Rising.