Start: 10:00 am
End: 12:00 pm
Eight Wednesdays: Jan. 23 - Mar. 13 • 10:00-12:00 pm • $235 The focus will be on French for travel, getting and giving information, and interacting on a basic level. Introduction to grammar and vocabulary. Texts: Barron’s and Grammaire Progressive du Francais, niveau debutantJosette Charbit Schwartz has taught French in Marin at the Lycée Français, The Branson school and French American International in San Francisco, where she currently teaches second grade and adult classes. Born in Paris, Josette has lived in Marin County for 30 years and has a degree in Bilingual Education from France.
Start: 1:00 pm
John F. Rothmann presents Harold E. Stassen: The Life & Perennial Candidacy of the Progressive Republican ($45.00). This long-overdue biography follows Stassen from his time as governor of Minnesta in 1938 through his service in the Navy in World War II and later as a key cabinet member in the Eisenhower administration. Stassen was perhaps most famous for being a perennial candidate for the Republican Party nomination, seeking the presidency 10 times between 1944 and 1992. John F. Rothmann is on the faculty of the Fromm Institute at the University of San Francisco and is a talk show host on News Talk 910 AM in San Francisco.
Start: 6:00 pm
Douglas Smith presents Former People: The Final Days of the Russian Aristocracy ($30.00). Historically compelling and told with “brutal clarity,” Douglas Smith’s unprecedented account of the Russian aristocracy is the first book in any language to examine the fate of the nobility during and after the Bolshevik Revolution. Douglas Smith is an award-winning historian and translator and the author of three previous books on Russia. Before becoming a historian, he worked for the U.S. State Department in the Soviet Union and as a Russian affairs analyst for Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty in Munich. He lives in Seattle with his wife and two children.
Start: 6:30 pm
Online Registration is now closed. Please call (415) 927-0960 to inquire about remaining space. Left Bank Restaurant Admission: $110 per person | $170 per couple (one book)Joanne Weir, a James Beard award-winning chef, demystifies cooking techniques and gives the home chef 100 recipes for main courses that are easy, comprehensive and delicious. Written as the companion cookbook to her new TV show, Joanne Weir’s Cooking Confidence, it will put the mojo back into your kitchen. Weir is the author of From Tapas to Meze, You SayTomato, and Recipes from the Wine Country. Price includes the meal, wine, tax, tip & a signed copy of the author’s book.
Start: 7:00 pm
Oliver Burkeman discusses The Antidote: Happiness for People Who Can't Stand Positive Thinking ($25.00). Self-help books don’t seem to work. Few of the many advantages of modern life seem capable of lifting our collective mood. Wealth—even if you can get it—doesn’t necessarily lead to happiness. Romance, family life, and work often bring as much stress as joy. We can’t even agree on what “happiness” means. So are we engaged in a futile pursuit? Or are we just going about it the wrong way?Oliver Burkeman is a feature writer for The Guardian. He is a winner of the Foreign Press Association’s Young Journalist of the Year award, and has been short-listed for the Orwell Prize. He writes a popular weekly column on psychology, “This Column Will Change Your Life,” and has reported from New York, London, and Washington. He lives in New York City.