The Commonwealth Club of California is bringing a couple big political-media names to the Bay Area in the next few weeks.
New York Times columnist Paul Krugman, also a professor of Economics and International Affairs at Princeton and author of “The Great Unraveling: Losing Our Way in the New Century,” will speak on the state of the U.S. economy and the future of America’s social and fiscal policy, particularly with regards to what happened to the middle class of the 20th century. That’s Tuesday, October 30 in the Hotel Nikko, 222 Mason St. in San Francisco, for a 5:30 p.m. wine and cheese reception, his speech at 6 p.m. and book signing at 7 p.m.. It’s $15 for club members, $30 for non-members.
Then, on Thursday, Nov. 14, Chris Matthews — host of MSNBC’s Hardball and author of “Life’s a Campaign: What Politics Has Taught Me About Friendship, Rivalry, Reputation, and Success” — will provide a behind-the-scenes look at candidates and their campaigns. This is a morning event — a 7:45 a.m. continental breakfast, the 8:15 a.m. program and a 9:15 a.m. book signing — in the SRI International Events Center, 333 Ravenswood Ave. in Menlo Park; tickets cost $21 for club members, $28 for non-members.