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Young Women Speaking the Economy with Maya Soetoro-Ng

Thursday, April 21, 2011 - 7:00pm
Mills College, Jeannik Méquet Littlefield Concert Hall
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Young Women Speaking the Economy is an innovative online exhibition featuring the voices and creativity of young women from the Sudan, Philippines, Denmark and United States.

Meet participants from each country, see their work, and hear from special guest speaker Maya Soetoro-Ng. Soetoro-Ng is an educator, author, and sister of United States President Barack Obama. She will be signing copies of her new book, Ladder to the Moon.

Ladder to the Moon Cover Image
By Maya Soetoro-Ng, Yuyi Morales (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780763645700
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Published: Candlewick Press (MA) - April 12th, 2011

From Maya Soetoro-Ng, sister of President Obama, comes a lyrical story relaying the loving wisdom of their late mother to a young granddaughter she never met.
(Ages 4-8)

Mills College, Jeannik Méquet Littlefield Concert Hall, Music Building
5000 MacArthur Blvd.
94613 Oakland

Suze Orman - The Money Class

Thursday, March 24, 2011 - 7:00pm

Dominican University of California
Angelico Hall, San Rafael, CA
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Suze Orman presents The Money Class ($26.00). Orman, the woman millions of Americans have turned to for financial advice, 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.

50 Acacia Avenue
94901 San Rafael

Ted Danson with Peter Coyote - Oceana

Monday, March 21, 2011 - 7:00pm

Dominican University of California
Angelico Hall, San Rafael, CA
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In conversation with Peter Coyote
Ted Danson
talks about Oceana: Our Planet’s Endangered Oceans and What We Can Do to Save Them ($32.50). Most people know Danson as the affable bartender Sam Malone on the television series Cheers. But in
Oceana, Danson details his journey to his current life as one of the world’s most influential oceanic environmental activists. Peter Coyote is the author of Sleeping Where I Fall: A Chronicle.

50 Acacia Avenue
94901 San Rafael

Cooks with Books: Graham Kerr - Growing at the Speed of Life: A Year in the Life of My First Kitchen Garden

Sunday, March 27, 2011 - 12:30pm

Insalata's in San Anselmo
Tickets: $100 per person
/$170 per couple
Reserve by phone at (415) 927-0960, ext. 1

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Who else but the Galloping Gourmet would run onto the set and jump over a dining room chair as their entrance in front of a live audience? Come meet Graham Kerr, the internationally-known culinary and TV personality, award-winning author, and advocate of living and eating healthy. He spent years on radio, TV and even created a PBS special with Julia Child. In Growing at the Speed of Life, Kerr shows readers the joys of cooking from a kitchen garden and the pleasure that comes from growing and eating your own food. He profiles 60 garden vegetables and features over 120 recipes. Join us for this special luncheon. The ticket price includes the meal, wine, coffee, tax, tip & a signed copy of the author’s book.

120 Sir Francis Drake Boulevard
94960-2539 San Anselmo

Michael Pollan - The Food Sun Agenda

Thursday, March 24, 2011 - 8:00pm

Marin Veterans’ Memorial Auditorium
San Rafael, CA
Tickets: Call (415) 499-6800
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Marin Organic & Book Passage present
In this inspiring multimedia presentation, Michael Pollan connects the dots between food and health and introduces us to some of the visionaries who are “resolarizing” the food system. Industrial agriculture has made food impressively cheap and abundant. by replacing the energy of the sun with energy from fossil fuels. But this has come at a severe cost. Today, our food system is implicated in three of the most critical problems facing our society: the energy crisis, the climate crisis, and the health care crisis. None of these problems can be addressed without reforming the way America eats.

For the past 20 years, Michael Pollan has been writing books and articles about the places where the human and natural worlds intersect: food, agriculture, gardens, drugs, and architecture. He is the author, most recently, of Food Rules: An Eater’s Manual, and In Defense of Food: An Eater’s Manifesto.

10 Avenue of the Flags
94903 San Rafael

Jodi Picoult with Musician Ellen Wilber - Sing You Home

Wednesday, March 16, 2011 - 7:00pm
Dominican University of California
Angelico Hall, San Rafael, CA
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The evening will include live music by Ellen Wilber!
Jodi Picoult
, author of My Sister’s Keeper, discusses her novel Sing You Home (with CD). 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.

Music from the book will be performed!

50 Acacia Avenue
94901 San Rafael

Cooks with Books: Jeff Morgan & Perry Hoffman SOLD OUT

Sunday, February 27, 2011 - 6:30pm
Perry HoffmannThis event is now SOLD OUT.

Domaine Chandon in Yountville

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Etoile, the fine dining restaurant at Domaine Chandon is one of Napa Valley’s most celebrated destinations. Chef Perry Hoffman, who is the youngest Michelin star recipient in the US, heads up an amazing culinary team who collaborate daily with winemakers and cook seasonally to provide diners with an unforgettable meal in a stunning setting. Jeff Morgan, cookbook author and winemaker for Covenant Wines in Napa, provides home chefs with 75 of the best recipes from the restaurant’s repertoire. Each recipe has suggested wine pairings and fun entertaining tips. From the elegant Crab Salad with Maderia Gelee to Roasted Quail with Israeli Couscous to Bitter Orange Creme Brulee, you’ll discover a world of delicious contemporary California food. Please join us for this special dinner!
The ticket price includes the meal, wine, coffee, tax, tip & a signed copy of the author’s book.

1 California Drive
94599 Yountville

4th Annual Matrix Luncheon with Stephen Hinshaw

Monday, March 28, 2011 - 12:00pm

Corte Madera store

The Unity Center of Marin | Novato, CA

Stephen Hinshaw, Ph.D. is Chair of the Psychology Department at U.C., Berkeley and one of the nation’s foremost experts on teens. He is known for his effective work with children with ADHD, his commitment to reducing the stigma of mental illness in youth, and his research on how contemporary pressures affect the development of youth.

His latest book is The Triple Bind: Saving Our Teenage Girls from Today’s Pressures and Conflicting Expectations. His other works include The Mark of Shame: Stigma of Mental Illness and An Agenda for Change, and Breaking The Silence. Matrix Parents’ Network is a parent-run, non-profit organization that provides crucial services to families raising a child with special needs.

600 Palm Drive
94949 Novato

Cooks with Books: Gabrielle Hamilton SOLD OUT

Thursday, March 10, 2011 - 6:30pm

This event is now SOLD OUT. We are accepting requests for the WAITING LIST. Call (415) 927-0960, ext. 1 for availability. 

Left Bank Restaurant in Larkspur
Tickets: $100 per person
| $170 per couple

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Gabrielle Hamilton is the chef/owner of Prune restaurant in New York City. Anthony Bourdain writes, “Hamilton packs in more heart, soul, and pure power into one beautifully crafted page than I’ve ever accomplished in my entire writing career.” If that doesn’t convince you, then read what Mario Batali says: “I will read this book to my children and then burn the books I have written for pretending to be anything even close to this. After that I will apply for the dishwasher job at Prune to learn from my new queen.” Hamilton’s writing has appeared in The New Yorker, GQ, Bon Appetit, and Saveur. The ticket price includes the meal, wine, coffee, tax, tip & a signed copy of the author’s book.

507 Magnolia Avenue
94939-1328 Larkspur

Discovery Forum with Jonah Lehrer

Tuesday, February 8, 2011 - 11:30am

The Ritz Carlton Hotel
600 Stockton Street, San Francisco, CA
Tickets $150: (415) 339-3958 or at

Bay Area Discovery Museum presents
Jonah Lehrer, author of How We Decide, explores creativity from a scientific perspective. He advocates integrating science and art in order to advance human culture. Lehrer is also the author of Proust Was a Neuroscientist.

The Bay Area Discovery Museum is a one-of-a-kind indoor and outdoor facility at the foot of the Golden Gate Bridge, serving over 300,000 visitors per year on its 7.5 acre Sausalito campus. It is a critical resource for preparing children for the challenges of the 21st century. This event helps support the Museum’s educational programs and outreach to communities.


600 Stockton Street
94108 San Francisco


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