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T.C. Boyle at the Commonwealth Club


Prolific and renowned author T. Coraghessan Boyle who has written 22 novels, many of which probe the relationship between contemporary human civilization and the natural world, will discuss the implications of his latest suspense novel with an environmental twist. When the Killing’s Done, adopts as its setting California’s geographically isolated Channel Islands and gives a harrowing fictional account of the battle that ensues when two ideologically opposed environmentalists disagree over the fate of the islands’ species. Much like Boyle’s previous novels, including the best-selling The Tortilla Curtain and The Women, this new book combines suspenseful narrative and strong characterization with provocative questions about our role in, and responsibility to, the world in which we live.

Boyle has been a member of the English Department at the University of Southern California since 1978, where he is Distinguished Professor of English. T.C Boyle received a Ph.D. degree in Nineteenth Century British Literature from the University of Iowa in 1977, his M.F.A. from the University of Iowa Writers' Workshop in 1974, and his B.A. in English and History from SUNY Potsdam in 1968.

Moderator Dr. Gloria Duffy has been president and CEO of The Commonwealth Club since 1996. She oversees the organizational strategy, programming, publications, broadcast outreach, membership activities and fundraising for the nation’s largest and oldest public affairs forum.

PRICE: $20 standard, MEMBERS FREE, $7 students (with valid ID)

CONTACT: Riki Rafner, Director of Media and Public Relations, (415) 597-6712
Caitlin Browne, Public Relations Fellow, (415) 597-6734
Media interested in attending should please RSVP to
anaqvi@commonwealthclub.org and please bring business card to event.

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Published Reviews

Published by The New York Times
Boyle has always been a fiendishly talented writer, and there’s little doubt he knows plenty about the countercultural currents upon which this book speeds along. … What is...