David and Goliath
With Moneyball’s Michael Lewis
What happens when underdogs confront the powerful? When does a disability leave someone better off? Why have so many people at the top of their profession had childhoods of deprivation and struggle? Malcolm Gladwell (The Tipping Point, Blink, Outliers) examines the battlefields of Northern Ireland and Vietnam, takes us into the minds of cancer researchers and civil rights leaders, and explores the dynamics of classrooms – all to demonstrate how fundamentally we misunderstand the true meaning of advantages and disadvantages.
David and Goliath
Chef David Kinch, Manresa, and Chef Daniel Patterson, Coi
With Paolo Lucchesi, San Francisco Chronicle
Enjoy this rare meeting of Bay Area Michelin award-winning chefs David Kinch and Daniel Patterson, who are reinventing California cuisine. In his long-awaited debut cookbook, Manresa: An Edible Reflection, Kinch shares his farm-to-table ethic and passionate focus on the terroir of Northern California. In Coi: Stories and Recipes, Patterson mixes modern culinary techniques with local, wild and cultivated ingredients to create original dishes that speak of place, memory and emotion.
The Life of Raoul Wallenberg
Author Ingrid Carlberg discusses her award-winning biography “There Is a Room Waiting for You Here …”, which covers Raoul Wallenberg’s life from childhood through the six months in 1944 when he issued passports to place thousands of Jews in safe houses in the besieged city of Budapest as well as the circumstances surrounding his arrest and imprisonment in the Soviet Union, and finally, the lengthy political game about his fate until this day.
Daniel: My French Cuisine
French-born chef Daniel Boulud has had a far-reaching influence on American fine dining. Over the last two decades, he has brought his artistry to his ten award-winning restaurants in New York City and around the world. His flagship restaurant, Daniel, has garnered the New York Times’ coveted fourstar rating as well as three Michelin stars.
George W. Bush nicknamed her The Cobra. New York magazine called her “the most dangerous columnist in America.” The only female columnist at the New York Times and winner of the 1999 Pulitzer Prize for distinguished commentary, Maureen Dowd has covered four presidential campaigns and served as a White House correspondent. Known for her critical attitude and irreverence toward those in power—she called Dick Cheney “Big Time” and has referred to President Obama as “Spock”—she also delights in exploring gender issues through the lens of her own brand of feminism.
The Nuclear Safety Myth
Missile explosions. Bomber crashes. Rogue officers. Famed investigative reporter Eric Schlosser (Fast Food Nation; FOOD, Inc.) delivers a shocking, myth-shattering exposé on America’s nuclear weapons program in his new book, Command and Control: Nuclear Weapons, the Damascus Accident, and the Illusion of Safety. An unprecedented look at the dangers routinely faced by those who manage nuclear arsenals—and what needs to be fixed.
Zealot: The Life and Times of Jesus of Nazareth
In conversation with Michael Krasny
Internationally bestselling author and Mideast expert Reza Aslan (No god but God) sheds new light on one of history’s most enigmatic figures, Jesus of Nazareth, through the lens of the first century, when scores of Jewish prophets, preachers and would-be messiahs wandered the Holy Land, bearing messages from God. Aslan explores why the early Christian church preferred to promulgate an image of Jesus as a peaceful spiritual teacher rather than a politically-conscious revolutionary.
A trek across Asia on the “hippie trail” of the early 1970s led Tony Wheeler to write the very first Lonely Planet guide and the New York Times to describe him as “the trailblazing patron saint of the world’s backpackers and adventure travelers.” Whether traveling through some of the most repressive and dangerous regimes in the world (Badlands), cycling the Cairo to Cape Town Tour d’Afrique or heading to Baikonur in Kazakhstan to see a “space tourist” ride a Soyuz rocket up to the international space station, Tony Wheeler is the man with the answers on international travel.
Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore
Join us for an evening with Robin Sloan, a former Twitter exec and author of Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore, an exhilarating tale of global conspiracy, high tech, complex code-breaking, young love, and rollicking adventure—mostly set in a hole-in-the-wall San Francisco bookstore. This 21st century literary adventure has become one of the most talked-about debut novels of the past year.
A Guide for the Perplexed
In conversation with Elizabeth Rosner
What do computerized data storage, sibling rivalry, Maimonides and Egyptian uncertainty after the Arab Spring have in common? They’re all part of A Guide for the Perplexed, novelist Dara Horn’s latest work, about memory and love. One of Granta’s Best Young American Novelists and the winner of two National Jewish Book Awards, Horn is best known for The World To Come and All Other Nights.