September 26-28, 2014

The eighth annual Authors & Ideas Festival will host more than 30 award winning authors and speakers, including authors of New York Times best-sellers, Pulitzer- and Nobel Prize-winners, as well as winners of virtually every prestigious literary award and much more.



SCHEDULE OF EVENTS

Friday, September 26

3:30 - 5:00 pm
Registration
   
4:00 - 5:00 pm
Wine and cheese reception in the Book Store-Rosen Center
   
 
BOOK SIGNINGS IN THE BOOK STORE
   
P. J. O’Rourke
Rick Reilly
   
5:15 - 6:30 pm
ROSEN AMPHITHEATER (weather permitting)**
   
Ogden Nash – Humorous American Poet.
Presented by James and Karen Tyler
   
Shannon Miller – The voice of an angel.
Presented by Carol and Ned Spieker
   
Nancy Kotowski – Superintendent of Schools, Monterey County.
   
A. Scott Berg – The passions of Woodrow Wilson; politics and other romantic pursuits.
Presented by Bill and Jeanne Landreth
   
Rick Reilly – Sentences Nobody’s Ever Said Before.
 
Presented by Ken and Donna Derr
   
** If inclement conditions, Festival will move to the Keck Auditorium.
 
*Speakers are subject to change.

 

Saturday, September 27

8:00 - 8:45 am
Coffee and muffins
   
8:15 - 8:45 am
BOOK SIGNINGS IN THE BOOK STORE
   
9:00 - 11:00 am
KECK AUDITORIUM
   

Scott Freiman  - A trip through Strawberry Fields – tracking a Beatles’ masterpiece from demo to final recording.
Presented by Duncan and Cathy Beardsley

Victor Davis Hanson - WWII still offers lessons about why wars start, why one side wins or loses, how wars conclude and what we can do to preserve the ensuing peace.
Presented by Sam and Mary Jane Armacost
   
Donald Johanson – Lucy, the 3.2 million-year-old human ancestor was the woman who shook up man’s family tree.
Presented by Beverly and Lyman Hamilton
   
Ambassador David Mulford - World in Perpetual Crisis.
Presented by David and Joan O’Reilly
   
Linda Peterson - Turning Noir to Gold: How a mash-up of film noir’s ambiguity and the unsettling music of The Devil’s Interval result in opportunity and mischief.
Presented by Vance and Arlene Coffman
   
11:00 - 11:30 am
Intermission.
 
BOOK SIGNINGS IN THE BOOK STORE
   
Victor Davis Hanson
 
Donald Johanson
Ambassador David Mulford
 
Linda Peterson
   
11:30 - 12:30 pm
ROSEN AMPHITHEATER (weather permitting)**
   
P. J. O’Rourke - The Baby Boom: How it got that way, and it wasn’t my fault, and I’ll never do it again.
Presented by Chrissi and Mike Morgan
   
Ambassador Christopher Hill - Iraq…here we go again!
Presented by Ann and Sam Ginn
   
Molly Antopol - From history to story through research and imagination: How uncovering my family’s past inspired my life as a writer.
Presented by Barbara Boswell
   
12:30 - 1:00 pm
Lunch (Box lunches may be taken to breakout rooms)
   
BOOK SIGNINGS IN THE BOOK STORE
 
Molly Antopol
 
Scott Freiman
 
1:00 - 1:45 pm
BREAKOUT SESSIONS – ROSEN CENTER  (pick one)
Presented by Brooks and Danielle Walker and Charles and Ann Johnson
   
Molly Antopol – Finding Your Form: Exploring Storytelling through Fiction and Memoir.
   
Scott Freiman - Stump the Beatles expert! Bring your toughest Beatles questions
   
Victor Davis Hanson - “Why did the Allies win WWII, when the Axis powers seemed, by fall 1941, to have nearly won the conflict?
   
Donald Johanson- Lucy Turns 40…Humanity’s Mid-Life Crisis!
   
P. J. O’Rourke -  The Serious Business of Humor-Writing.
   

Linda Peterson -  Dashiell Hammet and Me: Why San Francisco is a seductive city for mysteries.

2:00 - 4:00 pm
KECK AUDITORIUM

 
Channing Robertson - Retooling forensic science—a challenge for the 21st century.
Presented by Marcia and Max Messmer
 
James Geary - Juggling Aphorisms and Mixing Metaphors: Live juggling words and ideas to explore how the marvels of metaphors work in poetry, literature and daily life.
 
Presented by Judy C. Miner
 

Lisa See - How her family background inspired her to write about lost, forgotten, or deliberately covered up stories about China and the Chinese-American experience.
 
Presented by Joanne Storkan, Honest Engine Films
 
Gary M. Pomerantz - To hell with Novels: the Power and Purpose of Narrative Non-fiction.
Presented by Betsy and Sam Reeves
   
Michael and Jessica Shinn - Experience the rhythm and dance in music through the waltzes of Johannes Brahms.
 
Presented by Stu Francis and Diana Stark

 
Amy Chua - Reflections of the Tiger Mom: How to Combine the Best of East and West.
Presented by Jane and John McCoy
   
4:00 - 4:30 pm
BOOK SIGNINGS IN THE BOOK STORE
   
A.Scott Berg
Amy Chua
 
Ambassador Christopher Hill
Lisa See
 
4:30 - 5:15 pm
BREAKOUT SESSIONS – ROSEN CENTER (pick one)
 
Presented by Marcia Wythes and Susan and Bill Montgomery
 

Amy Chua - Tiger Parenting vs. Self-Esteem: How to Raise Strong, Happy Children.

A. Scott Berg - My Apple Pie: Writing American Lives.

James Geary - How aphorisms—short, witty, philosophical sayings—can change your life, and learn how to write them.

Ambassadors Christopher Hill and David Mulford with Scott James - The Middle East Crisis.

Gary M. Pomerantz - The compromises we make in life.

Channing Robertson - What happened to the “science” in forensic science? Why have there been more than 300 post-conviction DNA exonerations in The USA? What is the path forward?

Lisa See - Let’s delve into the aspects of the Chinese and Chinese-American experience—the history of footbinding, politics and economics in China today.

 

Sunday, September 28

8:00 - 8:45 am
Coffee and muffins
   
8:15 - 8:45 am

BOOK SIGNINGS IN THE  BOOK STORE 
                                   
James Geary
Gary M. Pomerantz

   
9:00 - 11:00 am
KECK AUDITORIUM
   

Alex Filippenko - The exciting astronomical research being done at the University of California’s Lick Observatory in the hills east of Silicon Valley.
Presented by Akers Family

Nick Kokonas - No Experience Necessary: How to build the best restaurant and the best bar in America.
Presented by Dick and Daphne Bertero

Stephen & Tony Palumbi - The fastest, hottest, deepest, and oldest animals in the ocean; how they thrive in extreme ways and what’s in store for the future.
Presented by Linda and Randall Charles

Ambassador Sichan Siv - The American Dream in First Person: From the Killing Fields to the White House.
Presented by Rose Marie and John L. Hendry, III

Allison Fine - A new way of looking at business, a way that sells more stuff, gets more done, creates more reach, and is the opposite of what most leaders have been taught to do over the decades.
Presented by George A. Poole, Jr.

Jeffrey Lewis - Sleuthing from home. New technologies are changing the way Scholars, journalists and pundits get information about the world.
Presented by Barbara and Bill Edwards

11:00 - 11:20 am

Intermission

BOOK SIGNINGS IN THE BOOK STORE

Allison Fine
Nick Kokonas
Stephen and Tony Palumbi
Ambassador Sichan Siv

11:30 - 12:15 pm

BREAKOUT SESSIONS – ROSEN CENTER (pick one)
Presented by Howard and Karin Evans and Astrid Flood and Pat Wilson

Alex Filippenko - Questions you have about space and the Universe.

Allison Fine - How to undo the Churn—the centripetal force that keeps people and organizations focused on their needs rather than the interests and needs of their customers, donors and other doers.

Nick Kokonas - How we changed restaurant reservations forever…and why it matters.

Jeffrey Lewis - Does anyone really control the nukes?

Stephen and Tony Palumbi - How do you mix the roar of a good novel with the science of the sea in a way that creates compelling stories about amazing ocean characters?

Rick Reilly - Why I quit Sports writing.

Ambassador Sichan Siv - Close-Up: The American Dream

12:15 - 1:00 pm
BOOK SIGNINGS IN THE BOOK STORE

Alex Filippenko

   

 

The success of the Festival would not be possible without the ongoing support of our partners, sponsors, friends and supporters. We thank you for your generosity and invite you to let us know soon about your plans for 2015.

Cynthia and Jim McGillen, Founders