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The Devil’s Chessboard DAVID TALBOT
The Devil’s Chessboard
Thursday, November 5 at 7 PM

Meet the founder of Salon and author of the New York Times bestseller, Brothers. David Talbot will discuss his new book, The Devil's Chessboard, an explosive portrait of Allen Dulles, the man who transformed the CIA into the most powerful and secretive colossus in Washington.

Here is America's greatest untold story: the United States' rise to world dominance under the longest-serving director of the CIA, and one of America's most towering and influential figures. Talbot draws on new materials and recently discovered U.S. government documents, U.S. and European intelligence sources, the personal correspondence and journals of Dulles's wife and mistress, and exclusive interviews with the children of prominent CIA officials.

M.F.K. Fisher’s Provence AILEEN AH-TYE
M.F.K. Fisher’s Provence
Monday, November 9 at 7 PM*
*Please note special day

We are pleased to welcome photojournalist and San Francisco resident Aileen Ah-Tye, who met M.F.K. Fisher on assignment and shares the food writer's affinity for France.

Inspired by the quality of Fisher's writing, Ah-Tye decided to look for her Provence. In a letter to Fisher, Ah-Tye reports back from Marseille: "The eels and the prickly rascasse were exotique to my San Francisco eyes, the smells as pungent as you can get, and...miracle of all miracles...the men and women on the docks were exactly as you described them."

Thus, began a collaboration that illustrates Fisher's passion for life, and all its sensual pleasures that nourish the soul.

The Three-Year Swim Club JULIE CHECKOWAY
The Three-Year Swim Club
Tuesday, November 10 at 7 PM

Join us as Julie Checkoway shares the inspirational untold story of impoverished children who transformed themselves into world-class swimmers.

In 1937, a teacher on the island of Maui challenged a group of sugar plantation kids to swim upstream against the current of their circumstance. Led by an ordinary man whose swimming ability did not extend beyond treading water, the Japanese American children went from swimming in filthy irrigation ditches to becoming Olympians.

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