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Saturday, October 12


Journalists in Jeopardy: Katherine Ellison and Michael Scott Moore
Sometimes, journalism can be life- and livelihood-threatening, as both of tonight's authors learned the hard way. Pulitzer Prize winning journalist Katherine Ellison's new memoir Mothers and Murderers revolves around a critical reporting mistake that got her sued and almost ruined her career. Journalist Michael Scott Moore's story on Somali pirates turned catastrophic when they kidnapped and held him for 32 months in captivity, resulting in the memoir The Desert and the Sea. How do journalists under fire weather the storm, come to terms with their choices, and move on? Moderated by journalist and Berkeleyside co-founder Frances Dinkelspiel. FREE, $5-10 suggested donation

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Frances Dinkelspiel

Frances Dinkelspiel is an award-winning journalist who co-founded the local news site Berkeleyside. Her work has appeared in The New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Los Angeles Times, People magazine and elsewhere. Her first book, Towers of Gold: How One Jewish Immigrant Named IsaiasHellman... Read More →

Authors and Participants
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Michael Scott Moore

Michael Scott Moore is a literary journalist and a novelist, author of a comic novel about L.A., Too Much of Nothing, as well as a travel book about surfing, Sweetness and Blood, which was named a best book of 2010 by The Economist and Popmatters. He was kidnapped in 2012 on a reporting... Read More →
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Katherine Ellison

Katherine Ellison covered the Philippine revolution against the Marcos dictatorship for the San Jose Mercury News in the 1980s, and won a Pulitzer for International Reporting for a series about corruption by the Marcoses. She was bureau chief in Mexico City for the Mercury News and... Read More →

Monday, October 14


Ghosts of Gold Mountain: The Epic Story of the Chinese Who Built the Transcontinental Railroad
Limited Capacity seats available


Co-presented by Chinese Culture Center, San Francisco

They came by the thousands, escaping war and poverty in southern China to seek their fortunes working to build the Transcontinental Railroad. These migrants spent years dynamiting tunnels through the snow-packed cliffs of the Sierra Nevada and laying tracks across the burning Utah desert, helping fuel the ascent of an interlinked, industrial United States. But survivors were pushed first to the margins of American life, and then to the fringes of public memory. Award-winning scholar Gordon H. Chang discusses his groundbreaking book Ghosts of Gold Mountain. FREE, advance registration suggested 

Authors and Participants
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Gordon Chang

Gordon H. Chang is the Olive H. Palmer Professor in Humanities and Professor of History at Stanford University, where he also serves as Director of the Center for East Asian Studies and Co-Director of the Chinese Railroad Workers in North America Project. The author of Fateful Ties... Read More →

Monday October 14, 2019 5:30pm - 7:00pm
Book Club of California 312 Sutter St, San Francisco, CA 94108
Tuesday, October 15


AI, Robots, and the Future of Humans
Co-presented by Craig Newmark Philanthropies and Silicon Valley Robotics

Award-winning science journalist and author David Ewing Duncan presents an evening devoted to considering our human-robot futures. What robot and AI systems are being built and imagined right now? What do they say about us, their creators? Will they usher in a fantastic new future—one that includes toy bots, polticial bots and sex bots—or destroy us? These possibilities are explored in Duncan’s new anthology of 24 stories, Talking to Robots: Tales From Our Human-Robot Futures, which Vanity Fair called "intensely readable, downright terrifying, and surprisingly uplifting.” Joining him will be anthology contributors Tim O’Reilly (author and founder of O’Reilly media), Jane Metcalfe (co-founder of Wired and NEO.LIFE magazines), UC Berkeley robotics professor Ken Goldberg, and filmmaker and Webbys founder Tiffany Shlain. What will our human-robot futures be like? Come learn—and fantasize. $10 adv / $15 door

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Tiffany Shlain

Honored by Newsweek as one of the “Women Shaping the 21st Century,” Tiffany Shlain is an Emmy-nominated filmmaker, and founder of The Webby Awards. Tiffany’s films and work have received over eighty awards and distinctions including being selected for the Albert Einstein Foundation’s... Read More →
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Tim O’Reilly

Tim O’Reilly has a history of convening conversations that reshape the computer industry. If you’ve heard the term “open source software” or “web 2.0” or “the Maker movement” or “government as a platform” or “the WTF economy,” he’s had a hand in framing each... Read More →
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Jane Metcalfe

Jane Metcalfe is the co-founder, with Louis Rossetto, and former president of Wired Ventures, creator and original publisher of the magazine Wired. Prior to that, Metcalfe managed advertising sales for the Amsterdam-based Electric Word magazine. Metcalfe and Rossetto co-founded Tcho... Read More →
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Ken Goldberg

Ken Goldberg is an artist, inventor, and roboticist. He is William S. Floyd Jr Distinguished Chair in Engineering at UC Berkeley and Chief Scientist at Ambidextrous Robotics. Ken is on the Editorial Board of the journal Science Robotics, served as Chair of the Industrial Engineering... Read More →
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David Ewing Duncan

David Ewing Duncan is an award-winning science journalist in print, television, and radio; and the best-selling author of nine books published in 21 languages. He is Curator of Arc Fusion, a recent columnist for the Daily Beast, and a frequent contributor to Wired, Vanity Fair, MIT... Read More →

Tuesday October 15, 2019 8:00pm - 9:30pm
CounterPulse 80 Turk St, San Francisco, CA 94102
Wednesday, October 16


No Human Is Illegal: On the Front Lines of the Immigration War
When Trump first announced his "Muslim Ban" in January 2017, J.J. Mulligan Sepúlveda was one of the lawyers who protested. His new book No Human Is Illegal: An Attorney on the Front Lines of the Immigration War pulls back the curtain on the ingrained inhumanity found in the immigration reform currently coming to fruition in the United States. Readers are taken into the often-times merciless courts of New York City and San Francisco, the frightening detention centers on the U.S./Mexico border, and the overburdened offices of legal defense organizations. In conversation with Steven Mayers. FREE, $5 suggested donation

Authors and Participants
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J.J. Mulligan Sepúlveda

J. J. MULLIGAN SEPÚLVEDA is an immigration lawyer working at the Immigration Law Clinic at the University of California Davis School of Law. He is a former Immigrant Justice Corps fellow and Fulbright Scholar. This is his first book.

Thursday, October 17


Alpha Girls: Powerful Women Reshaping the Tech World
Silicon Valley, goes the current narrative, is a world created and run by men. These two authors gleefully provide a counterpoint, with new books about women playing critical roles in the Valley. Julian Guthrie's recent Alpha Girls reveals the industry's “hidden figures” -- women who identified, invested in and built up companies that changed the world, from Microsoft to Facebook, Tesla, Oracle, and Salesforce. Another Silicon Valley trailblazer, former Google executive Jessica Powell, recently published The Big Disruption, which The New York Times called “a zany satire...her diagnosis of Silicon Valley's cultural stagnancy is so spot on that it's barely contestable.” Moderated by Silicon Valley historian Adam Fisher. $6 members / $16 general

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Adam Fisher

Adam Fisher grew up in Silicon Valley playing Atari, programming computers, and reading science fiction. He now lives on an island in the San Francisco Bay and writes overlooking the water for Wired, MIT Technology Review, and The New York Times Magazine. He is author of the Silicon... Read More →

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Julian Guthrie

Julian Guthrie is the author of Alpha Girls: The Women Upstarts Who Took On Silicon Valley's Male Culture and Made the Deals of a Lifetime. She spent 20 years at the San Francisco Chronicle, where she won numerous awards, including the Best of the West Award and the Society of Professional... Read More →
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Jessica Powell

Jessica Powell is the author of The Big Disruption: A Totally Fictional but Essentially True Silicon Valley Story. She was Google’s Vice President of Communications and served on the company’s management team. She is the author of Literary Paris, and has lived in 10 countries, working variously as a translator, journalist, and wild boar chaser. Her fiction and nonfiction has been published i... Read More →

Thursday October 17, 2019 6:30pm - 7:45pm
Contemporary Jewish Museum 736 Mission St., San Francisco, CA 94103