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Archive for February, 2010

Chris Cleave

Chris Cleave’s incandescent novel, Little Bee, tells the compelling story of a young Nigerian girl, a refugee from the internecine tribal oil wars of her country, and an Englishwoman whose destiny is inextricably linked to this young African girl’s. Cleave, whose acclaimed first novel, Incendiary, was an international bestseller, deftly combines humor with pathos in this timely tale of friendship, national identity, responsibility, grief, and redemption.

Dan Senor

How is it that Israel produces more start-up companies than large, peaceful, stable nations like Canada, Japan, India and the UK? Policy insider Dean Senor explains why Israel’s policies on immigration, national service, and R&D have been key to Israel’s economic growth, and how the world’s first “start-up nation” can inform America’s successes at a time when innovation is key to our economic recovery. Presented in partnership with the Israel Center of the Jewish Community Federation and the Consulate General of Israel to the Pacific Northwest.

Rebecca Newberger Goldstein

Award-winning novelist and MacArthur “genius” Rebecca Goldstein (The Mind-Body Problem, Mazel, Betraying Spinoza) is a writer whose work wrestles with affairs of the mind, heart, and soul. A philosopher by training, Goldstein helps us understand the almost erotic power that ideas can impart. Her latest book, Thirty-Six Arguments for the Existence of God, dives into the great debate between faith and reason, and gives us “a hilarious novel about people’s existential agonies and the intellectual mysteries that obsess them.”

David Kessler

Dr. Kessler, the controversial former head of the FDA who took on the big tobacco companies, now strikes out at the food industry in The End of Overeating: Taking Control of the Insatiable American Appetite. Kessler reveals startling facts. Did you know that many foods are created to stimulate the appetite even after we’re full and are engineered to literally melt in your mouth so that you’ll eat faster and consume more calories? You may never look at restaurant chicken, often injected with sugar, salt and fat, the same way again.