Society

Sidney Poitier: "The Measure of a Man" (Harper San Francisco)

May 24, 2000

Actor Sidney Poitier discusses his new memoir. He'll talk about his childhood in the Bahamas, and about how the values his parents taught him have influenced both his film career and his involvement in social justice advocacy.

SARK: "Transformation Soup" (Fireside/Simon & Schuster)

May 23, 2000

Artist and author Susan Kennedy -- better known as SARK -- presents her unconventional perspective on emotional healing. From learning to appreciate the simplest pleasures, to confronting the most painful of life's experiences, SARK's...

Alain de Botton: "The Consolations of Philosophy" (Pantheon)

May 22, 2000

Those of us struggling with broken hearts, money woes, or any of the other hardships of everyday life might not think to consult history's greatest philosophers for help. But according to author Alain de Botton, the advice of Socrates...

Orville Schell: "Virtual Tibet" (Metropolitan Books)

May 18, 2000

Tibet is trendy, according to China scholar Orville Schell. It's an inspiration for actor Richard Gere, the beneficiary of fundraising concerts by the Beastie Boys, and the setting of a Brad Pitt movie. Schell's new book compares the...

Martha Williamson: "Inviting God to Your Wedding" (Harmony)

May 17, 2000

When Martha Williamson, executive producer of the television series "Touched by an Angel," was planning her wedding, she searched in vain for a book that, instead of being about choosing flowers and place settings, was about...

Jayne Anne Phillips: "MotherKind" (Knopf)

May 16, 2000

Novelist Jayne Anne Phillips explores themes of motherhood in her latest book. It's the story of Kate, a young woman who's simultaneously caring for her newborn son and her dying mother.

P.D. James: "Time to Be in Earnest" (Knopf)

May 5, 2000

When she turned 77, mystery novelist P.D. James recalled Dr. Johnson's advice that the age of 77 is "time to be in earnest." She took the advice and spent some time reflecting on her life. "Time to Be in Earnest" is the...

Jane Smiley: "Horse Heaven" (Knopf)

May 4, 2000

Jane Smiley is famous for her award-winning novels, but she's also a horse enthusiast -- she happens to own 16 horses! Her latest book, is set in the world of thoroughbred racing. She'll talk about the ins and outs of betting and breeding...

Famine in the Horn of Africa

May 3, 2000

Several hundred people, mostly children, have already died of starvation and famine-related disease this year in Ethiopia, Eritrea, and part of Kenya. A panel talks about why famine has struck this region again and why western industrial...

Gerald Clarke: "Get Happy: The Life of Judy Garland" (Random House)

May 2, 2000

Judy Garland was world-famous for her roles in "The Wizard of Oz," "Easter Parade," "A Star is Born" and many other movie classics. But she wasn't as successful in her private life, as she struggled with many...

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