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Chris Matthews - Jack Kennedy: Elusive Hero

Wednesday, November 9, 2011 - 7:00pm

Priority seating with purchase of the book
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To Chris Matthews, the host of Hardball on MSNBC, President Kennedy has long been both an avatar and a puzzle, a beacon and a conundrum. Whenever he spotted Kennedy’s name, he stopped to read. Whenever he met someone who had known the President, he asked to hear their story. Years in the making, Matthews has now woven those firsthand encounters with JFK into a remarkable new portrait, Jack Kennedy: Elusive Hero ($27.50).

Dominican University of California, Angelico Hall
50 Acacia Avenue
94901 San Rafael

Cooks with Books: Patricia Wells - Simply Truffles EVENT SOLD OUT

Sunday, November 13, 2011 - 5:30pm

This event is now sold out.

This extraordinary event marks the high point of the truffle season. It brings together Patricia Wells, the world-famous authority on French and European cooking, SPQR Executive Chef Matthew Accarrino, an expert on truffle cooking, and Owner/Wine Director Shelley Lindgren, who will bring together the perfect wines for what promises to be an unforgettable meal. Patricia Wells’ acclaimed books include The Paris Cookbook and The Provence Cookbook. Plan to reserve early for this truffle-laden extravaganza. The price includes the meal, wine, coffee, tax, tip & a signed copy of the author’s book.

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SPQR Restaurant
1911 Fillmore Street
94115 San Francisco

David Sedaris - Squirrel Seeks Chipmunk

Wednesday, November 16, 2011 - 8:00pm
Tickets $39/$42
Reserve at

Join David Sedaris in celebration of the paperback release of Squirrel Seeks Chipmunk ($13.99). Featuring Sedaris’ unique blend of hilarity and heart, this illustrated collection of animal-themed tales is an utter delight. Though the characters may not be human, the situations in these stories bear an uncanny resemblance to the insanity of everyday life. With original illustrations by Ian Falconer, author of the bestselling Olivia series of children’s books, these stories are Sedaris at his most observant, poignant, and surprising. Sedaris is the author of Naked and Me Talk Pretty One Day.

Marin Veterans' Memorial Auditorium
10 Avenue of the Flags
94903 San Rafael

Andrew Weil - Spontaneous Happiness

Thursday, November 17, 2011 - 7:00pm

Tickets $35 (includes a signed book)
Reserve by phone: (415) 927-0960, ext. 1

Join us for an evening with Dr. Andrew Weil as he discusses Spontaneous Happiness. Deemed "the father of integrative medicine" by Dr. Mehmet Oz and named one of Time's 100 Most Influential People, Dr. Weil has hugely transformed the practices of modern American medicine. His Arizona Center for Integrative Medicine is the leading provider of integrative medicine education worldwide and has trained more than 400 Fellows in the philosophy and practice of healing-oriented medicine addressing mind, body, and spirit. In Spontaneous Happiness, Dr. Weil draws on carefully researched information and personal experience to examine our country's—and the world's—fastest-growing epidemic: depression. Weil is the author of previous books The Worry Solution and Eight Weeks to Optimum Health.

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Dominican University of California, Angelico Hall
50 Acacia Avenue
94901 San Rafael

An Evening with Kay Ryan

Friday, November 18, 2011 - 7:30pm

Tickets $25
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Reserve by phone: (415) 927-0960, ext. 1

Benefit for the Marin County Free Library System

Kay Ryan’s
recently concluded two-year term as the Library of Congress’s sixteenth poet laureate is just the latest in an amazing array of accolades for this wonderfully accessible, widely loved poet. Ryan’s awards include a Pulitzer Prize, Ruth Lilly Poetry Prize from the Poetry Foundation, four Pushcart Prizes, and a Guggenheim fellowship. Ryan’s The Best of It: New and Selected Poems has garnered lavish praise. The 200 poems in
The Best of It offer a stunning retrospective of her work, as well as a swath of never-before-published poems. Ryan is the author of The Niagara River, Say Uncle, and Elephant Rocks.

The Marin County Free Library System exists to make a broad range of culture, information and knowledge available for the needs of the public. the Marin County Free Library (MCFL) serves the unincorporated areas of Marin County as well as the cities of Fairfax, Novato and Corte Madera. Visit for more information.

Dominican University of California, Angelico Hall
50 Acacia Avenue
94901 San Rafael

Cooks with Books: Chef Morimoto & Melanie Dunea - My Last Supper

Monday, November 21, 2011 - 5:30pm

Admission $150 per person/ $250 per couple SOLD OUT
Reserve by phone: (415) 927-0960, ext. 1

Melanie Dunea, an award-winning photographer, asks 50 of the world’s top chefs a simple question: “What would you eat for your last meal?” Chef Morimoto, one of the authors in the book, has invited our customers into his new Napa restaurant, Morimoto, to celebrate Dunea’s book and to tell us how he would answer the question.
The price includes the meal, wine, coffee, tax, tip & a signed copy of the author’s book.

The evening's menu will include:

1st Course
Kin Medai w/ Geoduck, Papaya & Coconut Foam

2nd Course
Steamed Snapper w/ Kimchee & Chorizo

3rd Course
Sushi w/ konbu tea

4th Course
Washugyu Flat Iron, Veal Cheek Tempura & Chu Toro Wellington

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610 Main St.
94559 Napa

Cooks with Books: Bradley Ogden - Holiday Dinners with Bradley Ogden

Saturday, December 3, 2011 - 12:30pm

Admission $130 per person/$200 per couple
Reserve by phone: (415) 927-0960, ext. 1

Our own backyard culinary genius, Bradley Ogden, presents perfect holiday meals with a twist. Along with 150 featured recipes and elegant dinner menus, he shows how to carve a turkey and provides great wine pairings for the holidays. There are stunning full color photographs throughout the book. Ogden is the recipient of many awards including the James Beard Best Chef: California.
The price includes the meal, wine, coffee, tax, tip & a signed copy of the author’s book.

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The Tavern at Lark Creek
234 Magnolia Ave.
94939 Larkspur

Marin Sonoma Concours d’Elegance - Benefit for Hospice by the Bay

Sunday, May 15, 2011 - 10:00am to 4:00pm

Marin County Fairgrounds, San Rafael, CA
Tickets: $20 (under 16 free with adult)
Call (415) 479-7727

Classic car lovers, mark your calendars to come celebrate the art and history of the automobile! Rolls-Royce is the featured marque for this year’s event, but there are Centennial Celebrations of both Chevrolet and the Indianapolis 500. The fairgrounds’ rolling lawn promises to beautifully showcase 200 exotic and rare vehicles in 19 different classes, while a special display of vintage travel trailers and campers is certain to be a crowd favorite. Back by popular demand, the lagoon will host a special exhibit of classic wooden boats. More info at


Marin County Fairgrounds
10 Avenue of the Flags
94903 San Rafael

Ross Garden Tour - Benefit for Fine Arts at Ross School

Saturday, May 7, 2011 - 9:00am

Marin Art & Garden Center
30 Sir Francis Drake Blvd., Ross, CA 94957

Shuttles leaves to tour the gardens every 15 minutes from 9:00 am - 1:30 pm (Rain or shine!)
Tickets: $35 • Purchase at
Alfresco Luncheon 11:00-2:30 pm • $10 ($12 day of)

This year the Ross Garden Tour reveals five breathtaking gardens. You are invited to stroll through each garden at your leisure on this self-guided tour. Comfortable shuttle buses depart regularly from the Marin Art and Garden Center and stop at each garden. Bicycle maps are provided at check-in for patrons who’d like to bike the tour. The 2011 Garden Tour Raffle Prize is a dream of a springtime garden, with 1,000 spring-blooming bulbs planted for one lucky winner!


Marin Art & Garden Center
30 Sir Francis Drake Blvd.
94957 Ross

Young Women’s Summit - with Jennifer Siebel Newsom & Marissa Mayer

Tuesday, May 10, 2011 - 10:00am to 4:00pm

Moscone Center, San Francisco
Tickets $65: Register at

Join actress and filmmaker Jennifer Siebel Newsom and Google’s Vice President of Consumer Products Marissa Mayer for the Professional BusinessWomen of California’s Young Women’s Summit.

The PBWC Young Women’s Summit is a “conference within a conference” held in conjunction with the largest women’s business conference in Northern California. Its unique programming, designed by Whitney Smith, CEO, Girls for a Change, helps high school seniors and college-aged women expand their horizons and pursue their chosen careers by connecting them with successful, professional women. These are women who are eager to share what they know with the next generation of leaders.

Moscone Center
747 Howard Street
94103 San Francisco


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