Monday, March 19, 2007

Commonwealth Club


CAMILLE EVANS, Army Sergeant
BRETT MILLER, National Guard Sergeant; Resident, Traumatic Brain Injury Center, VA Palo Alto Hospital
COLBY BUZZELL, Army Specialist; Author, My War
JOHN KOOPMAN, Reporter, San Francisco Chronicle – Moderator


After four years at war in Iraq, more than 150,000 troops have been deployed and more than 3,000 American men and women have lost their lives. But the fallout of the war goes beyond casualties, touching returning soldiers, their families and fellow Americans. Hear young veterans share their experiences on the ground in Iraq and coming home. No news program or article can offer this amount of insight into the reality of being a soldier.

6:00 p.m., Check-in | 6:30 p.m., Program | 7:30 p.m., Reception | Club office, 595 Market St., 2nd Floor, San Francisco | $12 for Members, $20 for Non-Members, $7 for Students (with valid ID; to reserve student tickets )

About The Commonwealth Club:

The Commonwealth Club of California is the nation's oldest and largest public affairs forum, bringing together its 16,000 members for over 400 annual events on topics ranging across politics, culture, society and the economy.

Founded in 1903, The Commonwealth Club has played host to a diverse and distinctive array of speakers, from Teddy Roosevelt in 1911 to Erin Brockovich in 2001. Along the way, Martin Luther King, Ronald Reagan, Bill Clinton and Bill Gates have all given landmark speeches at The Club.

As a nonprofit, nonpartisan educational organization, The Commonwealth Club relies on the support of its membership, the Business Council and foundation grants to continue its role in fostering open public discussion in the San Francisco Bay Area and throughout the nation via radio, Internet and television.

The Club has offices in San Francisco and San Jose, with regular events in both cities, as well as programs in the East and North Bay.

For members outside the Bay Area, The Club's weekly radio broadcast - the oldest in the U.S., dating back to 1924 - is carried across the nation on public radio stations. Our web site archive features audio of our recent programs, as well as selected speeches from our long and distinguished history.

The mission of The Commonwealth Club of California is to be the leading national forum open to all for the impartial discussion of public issues important to the membership, community and nation.

more info:

Penthouse Magazine

New article on page 138 of the April 2007 Penthouse Magazine.

by Colby Buzzell

The 2007 Blooker Prize Short-List

Fifteen blooks, from a total of five different countries, have made this year's shortlist - six each in the Fiction and Non-Fiction categories and three in Comics. They cover topics ranging from a Zombie invasion of New York to the Iraq war, life in the South of France, the intimate secrets of teenagers and the doorbells of Florence. See the official contest blog for the list in full. The winners of each category and the overall prize will be announced on Monday, May 14.

The 2007 Short-List


Crashing The Gate
by Jerome Armstrong and Markos Moulitsas

My Secret: A PostSecret Book
by Frank Warren

My War: Killing Time In Iraq
by Colby Buzzell

Small Is the New Big: and 183 other riffs, rants, and remarkable business ideas
by Seth Godin

So Close: Infertile and Addicted To Hope
by Tertia Albertyn

Words in a French Life: Lessons in Love and Language From the South of France
by Kristin Espinasse

The Lulu Blooker Prize is the world's first literary prize devoted to "blooks"-books based on blogs or other websites, including webcomics