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San Francisco — By kleland on April 11, 2010 at 2:52 pm
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City Arts And Lectures Hosts Hot Speakers

Herbst Theatre, San Francisco, CAFor almost 30 years, City Arts & Lectures has been presenting leading figures in the worlds of literature, criticism, science, and the performing arts, offering the most diverse perspectives about ideas and values to Bay Area audiences.  This month they are offering a wide variety of speakers from New York Times bestselling authors to world class poets.

Monday, April 12th
Mark Danner in conversation with Frank Rich

Journalist and author Mark Danner has covered American politics and foreign affairs for the past two decades. In his new book, Stripping Bare the Body, Danner writes from and about the world’s war zones. New York Times Op-Ed columnist Frank Rich’s work includes his bestselling book The Greatest Story Ever Sold.

Tuesday, April 13th
Ian McEwan
British author Ian McEwan is one of the foremost fiction writers of his generation.  In his forthcoming book, Solar, the subject of climate change provides a backdrop against which human culpability and ingenuity are tightly linked.

Wednesday, April 14th
City Arts & Lectures “On-The-Road” Special Event: David Remnick
**Free event** 6:30 sharp, Herbst Theatre
Before our sold-out dinner with David Remnick, we’ll be taping for our radio broadcast a special one-hour interview at the Herbst Theatre. Remnick’s new book, The Bridge:The Life and Rise of Barack Obama, and current news about The New Yorker will be discussed with interviewer Roy Eisenhardt. Please arrive by 6:30, and join us in listening to this special recording.

Wednesday, April 14th
Louann Brizendine
Dr. Louann Brizendine specializes in the relationship dynamics that result from the neurobiology of male and female brains. The Male Brain is the follow up to The New York Times best selling book The Female Brain. This program is part of the annual California Academy of Sciences series.

Monday, April 19th
Anne Lamott
Bay Area native Anne Lamott writes books of uncommon candor, and intimacy. Her latest novel, Imperfect Birds, explores the power of honesty and forgiveness in a family facing a crisis.

Tuesday, April 20th
Alice Walker
Alice Walker is an essayist, poet, fiction-writer and ardent social activist. Her forthcoming book Overcoming Speechlessness follows her travels to each of those three regions, charting the aftermath of violent conflict and political upheaval.

Monday, April 26th
Sarah Silverman
at the Palace of Fine Arts
Comedian, musician, writer and author Sarah Silverman is known for taking on social taboos with a sharp tongue and quick wit. Silverman’s forthcoming autobiographical book is The Bedwetter: Stories of Courage, Redemption and Pee.

Tuesday, April 27th
Andrew Revkin
An award winning journalist for The New York Times, Andrew Revkin reports on the global environment. Dot Earth examines efforts to balance human affairs with the planet’s limits. This program is part of the annual California Academy of Sciences series.

Wednesday, April 28th
Sarah Vowell
As a humorist, commentator, and writer, Sarah Vowell approaches American history with wit and whimsy. Many also know Vowell’s voice from her frequent contributions to public radio’s This American Life. Her latest book is Assassination Vacation, which follows her road trip to sites dedicated to assassinated U.S. presidents.

All programs at the Herbst Theatre, 401 Van Ness Avenue (map), 8 pm

Online or by phone (415) 392-4400

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