In conversation with Dana Spiotta
Following the release of George Saunders’ last collection of short stories, Tenth of December
, the New York Times Sunday Magazine
cover story raved “George Saunders Has Written the Best Book You’ll Read This Year.” A MacArthur “genius,” Saunders returns to the JCCSF to discuss his first novel, Lincoln in the Bardo
, an unforgettable story of familial love and loss that breaks free of its realistic, historical framework into a thrilling supernatural realm both hilarious and terrifying. In conversation with Dana Spiotta, author of Innocents and Others and Stone Arabia
Dr. Larry Brilliant – acting Chairman of the Skoll Global Threats fund, has worked with leaders and icons including Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Steve Jobs, Wavy Gravy, the Dalai Lama and President Barack Obama – discusses his inspiring life, chronicled in his remarkable new memoir, Sometimes Brilliant: The Impossible Adventure of a Spiritual Seeker and Visionary Physician Who Helped Conquer the Worst Disease in History
. He appears in conversation with Congregation Emanu-El’s Rabbi Sydney Mintz.
With Sue Kwon
Top Silicon Valley venture capitalists David Hornik, Amy Errett and Hunter Walk reveal how their world works and discuss the impact of the current social and political climate.
With his artistry and creativity, Bill T. Jones has inspired a generation of dancers, choreographers and audiences. In 1982, he co-founded the Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company with his partner Arnie Zane. As the company’s artistic director and choreographer, Jones has created more than 140 works, and in 2011, merged his company with New York’s historical Dance Theater Workshop to create New York Live Arts. The company’s 2015 piece Analogy/Dora: Tramontane
is based on Jones’ mother-in-law’s recollections of life under the Nazi occupation of France. Join us for this special evening, as he discusses his life and career.
Microbiologist and Nobel laureate Elizabeth Blackburn is best known for her pioneering study of the nature of telomeres, the protective caps at the ends of chromosomes, which are linked to a host of age-related illnesses, from cancer to heart disease. Join her and leading health psychologist Elissa Epel for a fascinating discussion about The Telomere Effect: A Revolutionary Approach to Living Younger, Healthier, Longer
, their new book that explores the role of telomeres in the aging process, and what we can do to improve and lengthen our telomeres to keep us vital and disease-free.
Pulitzer Prize-winning author Michael Chabon, whose bestselling novels include Wonder Boys
, The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay
, The Yiddish Policemen’s Union
, and Telegraph Avenu
e, has a remarkable ability to transport his readers. His latest is Moonglow
, an autobiography wrapped in a novel disguised as a memoir, that unfolds as the deathbed confession of a grandfather to his grandson. He appears in conversation with Peter Orner, author of Esther Stories
, Love and Shame and Lov
e and the forthcoming Am I Alone Here?
A Life in Activism
Cleve Jones conceived the NAMES Project AIDS Memorial Quilt, which has become the world's largest piece of community folk art. He also co-founded the San Francisco AIDS Foundation, which has grown into one of the largest and most influential People with AIDS advocacy organizations in the United States. More recently, he fought to overturn California’s Proposition 8 and legalize same-sex marriage.
A bestselling novelist, essayist and journalist, and a prominent advocate of a two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, Oz’s work has been published in more than forty languages, and he has been recognized with many international awards including the Israel Prize, the Goethe Prize and the Frankfurt Peace Prize. Oz returns to the JCCSF to discuss Judas – his first major work since A Tale of Love and Darkness
– an exquisite love story, and an allegory for the state of Israel.
Johnny Marr’s new autobiography, Set The Boy Free
, tells the story of one the most influential guitarists and artists of all time. Marr has been constantly pushing musical boundaries in a career that has spanned decades, styles and genres. From co-founding The Smiths with Steven Morrissey, to forming Electronic with Bernard Sumner of New Order to collaborations with The Pretenders, Talking Heads, The The, The Cribs, Hans Zimmer and Modest Mouse, here is a true history of music—told by one of its very own legends.
Stephanie Danler’s Sweetbitter
, a coming-of-age story set in the wild and alluring world of a famous New York restaurant, has made a buzz in the food world and beyond. Drawing on her years as a server, Danler deftly conjures the adrenalized world of a thinly-disguised top restaurant and evokes the simultaneous fragility and brutality of being young in New York with heart-stopping accuracy.