2018

George Saunders

Lincoln in the Bardo

Monday, February 5, 2018, 7:00 pm | Angelico Concert Hall

Tickets: $40 (includes book)

The captivating first novel by the bestselling, National Book Award nominee George Saunders, about Abraham Lincoln and the death of his eleven-year-old son, Willie, at the dawn of the Civil War

On February 22, 1862, two days after his death, Willie Lincoln was laid to rest in a marble crypt in a Georgetown cemetery. That very night, shattered by grief, Abraham Lincoln arrives at the cemetery under cover of darkness and visits the crypt, alone, to spend time with his son’s body. Set over the course of that one night and populated by ghosts of the recently passed and the long dead, Lincoln in the Bardo is a thrilling exploration of death, grief, the powers of good and evil, a novel—in its form and voice—completely unlike anything you have read before. It is also, in the end, an exploration of the deeper meaning and possibilities of life, written as only George Saunders can: with humor, pathos, and grace.

Sponsored by: Private Ocean Wealth Management, Diamond Sponsor Alain Pinel Relators, and Bank of Marin


Maria Shriver

I’ve Been Thinking: Reflections, Prayers, and Meditations for a Meaningful Life

Wednesday, March 14, 2018, 7:00 pm | Angelico Concert Hall

Tickets: $40 (includes book)

A book of reflections for those seeking wisdom, guidance, encouragement, and inspiration on the road to a meaningful life. As a prominent woman juggling many roles, Maria Shriver knows just how surprising, unpredictable, and stressful everyday life can be. In this moving and powerful book, she shares inspiring quotes, prayers, and reflections designed to get readers thinking, get them feeling, get them laughing, and help them in their journey to what she calls The Open Field—a place of acceptance, purpose, and passion—a place of joy. I’ve Been Thinking… is ideal for anyone at any point in her life. Whether you feel like you’ve got it all together or like it’s all falling apart—whether you’re taking stock of your life or simply looking to recharge, this is the book you will turn to again and again. Like talking with a close friend, it’s the perfect companion—an exceptional gift for someone looking to move forward in life with hope and grace.

Sponsored by: Private Ocean Wealth Management and Alain Pinel Relators


Arlie Russell Hochschild

Strangers in Thier Own Land: Anger and Mourning on the American Right

Wednesday, April 18, 2018, 7:00 pm | Angelico Concert Hall

2018 One Book One Marin Event

Free & Open to the Public, In Conversation with KQED’s Michael Krasny

In Strangers in Their Own Land, the renowned sociologist Arlie Hochschild embarks on a thought-provoking journey from her liberal hometown of Berkeley, California, deep into Louisiana bayou country—a stronghold of the conservative right. As she gets to know people who strongly oppose many of the ideas she famously champions, Hochschild nevertheless finds common ground and quickly warms to the people she meets—among them a Tea Party activist whose town has been swallowed by a sinkhole caused by a drilling accident—people whose concerns are actually ones that all Americans share: the desire for community, the embrace of family, and hopes for their children.

This book goes beyond the commonplace liberal idea that these are people who have been duped into voting against their own interests. Instead, Hochschild finds lives ripped apart by stagnant wages, a loss of home, an elusive American dream—and political choices and views that make sense in the context of their lives. Hochschild draws on her expert knowledge of the sociology of emotion to help us understand what it feels like to live in "red" America. Along the way she finds answers to one of the crucial questions of contemporary American politics: why do the people who would seem to benefit most from "liberal" government intervention abhor the very idea?

Sponsored by: Private Ocean Wealth Management


Secretary Madeleine Albright

Fascism: A Warning

Saturday, April 28, 2018, 8:00 pm | Angelico Concert Hall

Tickets: $40 (includes book)

From one of the most admired international leaders, comes a timely, considered, and personal look at the history and current resurgence of fascism today and the virulent threat it poses to international freedom, prosperity, and peace

At the end of the 1980s, when the Cold War ended, many, including former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright, believed that democracy had triumphed politically once and for all. Yet nearly thirty years later, the direction of history no longer seems certain. A repressive and destructive force has begun to re-emerge on the global stage—sweeping across Europe, parts of Asia, and the United States—that to Albright, looks very much like fascism.

Based on her personal experience growing up in Hungary under Hitler and the Communist regime that followed World War II, as well as knowledge gleaned from her distinguished diplomatic career and insights from colleagues around the globe, Albright paints a clear picture of how fascism flourishes and explains why it is once again taking hold worldwide, identifying the factors contributing to its rise. Most importantly, she makes clear what could happen if we fail to act against rising fascist forces today and in the near future, including the potential for economic catastrophe, a lasting spike in terrorist activity, increased sectarian violence, a rash of large-scale humanitarian emergencies, massive human rights violations, a breakdown in multilateral cooperation, and nearly irreparable self-inflicted damage to America’s reputation and capacity to lead.

Albright also offers clear solutions, including adjusting to the ubiquity of social media and the changing nature of the workplace, and understanding ordinary citizens’ universal desire for sources of constancy and morality in their lives. She contends that we must stimulate economic growth and narrow the gap between the rich and poor, urban and rural, women and men, and skilled and unskilled; work across borders to respond to transnational challenges; and ultimately recognize that democracy’s unique virtue is its ability—through reason and open debate—to find remedies for its own shortcomings.

Sponsored by: Private Ocean Wealth Management, Alain Pinel Relators, and Bank of Marin


John Kerry

in conversation with Governor Jay Inslee

Every Day is Extra

Thursday, September 13, 2018, 7:00 pm | Angelico Concert Hall

Tickets: $45 (includes book)

Few books convey as convincingly as this one the life of public service like that which John Kerry has lived for fifty years. Every Day Is Extra shows Kerry for the dedicated, witty, and authentic man that he is, and provides forceful testimony for the importance of diplomacy and American leadership to address the increasingly complex challenges of a more globalized world. John Forbes Kerry is a former Secretary of State and five-term US Senator.

Presented by the Institute for Leadership Studies and Book Passage

2018-2019 Series Sponsor: Private Ocean Wealth Management | Diamond Sponsor: Alain Pinel


Sally Field

in conversation with Janis Cooke Newman

In Pieces

Saturday, September 29, 2018, 1:00 pm | Angelico Concert Hall

Tickets: $40 (includes book)

With raw honesty and the fresh, pitch-perfect prose of a natural-born writer, and with all the humility and authenticity her fans have come to expect, Sally Field brings readers behind-the-scenes for not only the highs and lows of her star-studded early career in Hollywood, but deep into the truth of her lifelong relationships—including her complicated love for her own mother. Powerful and unforgettable, In Pieces is an inspiring and important account of life as a woman in the second half of the twentieth century.

Presented by the Institute for Leadership Studies and Book Passage

2018-2019 Series Sponsor: Private Ocean Wealth Management | Diamond Sponsor: Alain Pinel | Gold Sponsor: Bank of Marin | Silver Sponsor: Women, Leadership & Philanthropy Council


Michael Beschloss

Presidents of War

Thursday, October 18, 2018, 7:00 pm | Angelico Concert Hall

Tickets: $45 (includes book)

Ten years in the research and writing, Presidents of War is a fresh, magisterial, intimate look at a procession of American leaders as they took the nation into conflict and mobilized their country for victory. It brings us into the room as they make the most difficult decisions that face any President, at times sending hundreds of thousands of American men and women to their deaths. Michael Beschloss is the author of nine books on Presidential history, including, most recently, the New York Times bestsellers Presidential Courage and The Conquerors.