Great Books Council of San Francisco

Great Books in the Gold Country

Since 2010 we've held annual Gold Country mini-retreats in beautiful Auburn, CA, nestled in the Sierra foothills. Like our mini-retreats in San Francisco and Calistoga, this is a one-day event that combines discussion of a book (usually nonfiction) with a screening of a related film. There is a small charge, and lunch is provided.

Please join us for the next Gold Country Mini-Retreat on May 18, 2019. We'll discuss Gertrude Bell: Queen of the Desert, Shaper of Nations by Georgina Howell, and then after lunch we'll view Werner Herzog's 2016 film adaptation, Queen of the Desert, starring Nicole Kidman and James Franco.

Check back on this site in 2019 for information on how to register for the event.

Questions? Please contact the event registrar, Donna Reynolds, at 1133 Ravine View Drive, Roseville, CA 95661, or by phone at (916) 797-8561.

In previous years, the Gold Country Mini-Retreat has featured discussions of The Glass Castle by Jeannette Walls, Lady in Gold by Anne-Marie O'Connor, I am Malala by Malala Yousafzai, Invictus by John Carlin, Seabiscuit by Laura Hillenbrand, In the Garden of Beasts by Erik Larson, John Adams by David McCullough, Longitude by Dava Sobel, and Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil by John Berendt, along with their film adaptations.


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