Michael David Lukas - The Oracle of Stamboul

04/24/2015 2:30 pm

College of Marin, Kentfield Library

Other College of Marin ESCOM Lectures:

Don George - An Innocent Abroad

Cara Black - Murder on the Champ de Mars

ESCOM is delighted to partner with Book Passage in bringing a free series of interesting authors to the community. ESCOM, the Emeritus Students College of Marin, is a unique organization of 1500 senior students within the Community Education Department at the College of Marin. The organization fosters lifelong learning through classes, clubs, special events and a reading room. They publish a newsletter of original writing and commentary. ESCOM is sustained by memberships, gifts and bequests. Leadership is through a Council and various committees.

Ushered into the world by a mysterious pair of Tartar midwives late in the summer of 1877 in the town of Constanta on the Black Sea, Eleonora Cohen proves herself an extraordinarily gifted child—a prodigy—at a very young age. When she is eight years old, she stows away aboard a ship, following her carpet merchant father, Yakob, to the teeming and colorful imperial capital of Stamboul where a new life awaits her.

In the narrow streets of this city at the crossroads of the world, intrigue and gossip are currency, and people are not always what they seem. But it is only when she charms the eccentric Sultan Abdulhamid II—beleaguered by friend and foe as his unwieldy realm crumbles—that Eleonora will change the course of an empire.

Michael David Lukas has been a Fulbright Scholar in Turkey, a night-shift proofreader in Tel Aviv, and a waiter at the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference in Vermont. Translated into more than a dozen languages, his first novel The Oracle of Stamboul was a finalist for the California Book Award, the NCIBA Book of the Year Award, and the Harold U. Ribalow Prize. A graduate of Brown University and the University of Maryland, he is a recipient of scholarships from the National Endowment for the Arts, Montalvo Arts Center, New York State Summer Writers’ Institute, Squaw Valley Community of Writers, and Elizabeth George Foundation. His writing has appeared in The New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Slate, National Geographic Traveler, and Georgia Review.

Parking: Free campus parking for the event.

For more information call the ESCOM Volunteer Desk: 415-485-9652


College of Marin, Kentfield Library
835 College Ave.
Postal Code:
ISBN-13: 9780062012098
Availability: Special Order - Subject to Availability
Published: Harper, 2/2011

Peter Coyote - The Rainman's Third Cure: An Unsentimental Education

A celebrated actor, writer, and Zen practitioner, Peter Coyote's second memoir, The Rainman's Third Cure: An Unsentimental Education, recounts the most pivotal stages of his life: childhood with an overbearing yet very successful father, his liberating years at Grinnell College, and his founding of the Diggers commune, all of which led to his introduction to the Pulitzer Prize-winning poet and highly-respected Buddhist Gary Snyder. Inspired by Snyder's balanced lifestyle, spiritual expertise, and encyclopedic knowledge of world history, Peter began the journey to become a Zen Buddhist himself while also taking on the extraordinary challenge of funding local arts by chairing the California Arts Council.

An ordained practitioner of Zen Buddhism and a politically engaged actor, Peter Coyote began his work in street theater and political organizing in San Francisco. In addition to acting in over 140 films, and working with directors such as Martin Ritt, Steven Spielberg, and Roman Polanski, Coyote has won an Emmy for narrating the award-winning documentary Pacific Century. He has also narrated The West, The Dust Bowl, Prohibition, and The Roosevelts for Ken Burns. In 1993 he was awarded a Pushcart Prize for Carla’s Story, published in ZYZZYVA.


51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera
Postal Code:
ISBN-13: 9781619024960
Availability: Coming Soon - Available for Pre-Order Now
Published: Counterpoint LLC, 4/2015

Daniel Alarcón - One Book One Marin

In conversation with Michael Krasny
Angelico Hall, Dominican University

Join us for the culminating event for One Book One Marin 2015. Marin County residents started reading and discussing the 2015 selection, Daniel Alarcón’s At Night We Walk in Circles in February.

Nelson’s life is not turning out the way he hoped. His girlfriend is sleeping with another man; his brother has left their South American country, leaving Nelson to care for their widowed mother; and his acting career can’t seem to get off the ground. That is, until he lands a starring role in a touring revival of The Idiot President, a legendary play by Nelson’s hero, Henry Nuñez, leader of the storied guerrilla theater troupe Diciembre. And that’s when the real trouble begins.

Nelson’s fate is slowly revealed through the investigation of the narrator, a young man obsessed with Nelson’s story—and perhaps closer to it than he lets on. In sharp, vivid, and beautiful prose, Alarcón delivers a compulsively readable narrative and a provocative meditation on fate, identity, and the large consequences that can result from even our smallest choices.

Daniel Alarcón is the author of the story collection War by Candlelight, and the novel Lost City Radio, winner of the 2009 International Literature Prize. He has been named one of The New Yorker’s “20 Under 40,” and is executive producer of Radio Ambulante, a Spanish-language storytelling podcast.


Dominican University, Angelico Hall
50 Acacia Ave.
San Rafael
Postal Code:
ISBN-13: 9781594632839
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 days
Published: Riverhead Trade, 10/2014

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