Live Talks Los Angeles: 2018 Fall Lineup

Live Talks Los Angeles: 2018 Fall Season

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Live Talks Los Angeles is a series of on-stage conversations featuring writers, actors, musicians, filmmakers, comedians, artists, chefs, scientists, and thought leaders in business.

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Yuval Noah Harari - MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 10
Discussing his book, 21 Lessons for the 21st Century

Location: Aratani Theatre | 244 S San Pedro St, Los Angeles, CA 90012
Time: 8PM
Price: Starting at $55
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Dr. Yuval Noah Harari’s books, Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind and Homo Deus: A Brief History of Tomorrow, have become global bestsellers, with more than twelve million copies sold and translations into more than forty-five languages.

In Sapiens, Harari explored our past; in Homo Deus Harari looked to our future. In his latest, 21 Lessons for the 21st Century, he turns to the present to make sense of today’s most pressing issues – religion, terrorism, war, politics, fake news, human migration, the environment, nationalism.

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Daniel Siegel – MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 24
Discussing his new book, Aware: The Science and Practice of Presence

Location: Moss Theater | 3131 Olympic Blvd., Santa Monica, CA 90404
Time: 8PM
Price: Starting at $30
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Dr. Daniel J. Siegel is clinical professor of psychiatry at the UCLA School of Medicine, founding co-director of the UCLA Mindful Awareness Research Center, and executive director of the Mindsight Institute.

His new book, Aware: The Science and Practice of Presence, Siegel introduces readers to his pioneering, science-based meditation practice, “The Wheel of Awareness.”

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Soraya Chemaly – WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 26
Discussing her book, Rage Becomes Her: The Power of Women's Anger

Location: Moss Theater | 3131 Olympic Blvd., Santa Monica, CA 90404
Time: 8PM
Price: $30
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Soraya Chemaly is an award-winning writer and activist whose work focuses on the role of gender in culture, politics, religion, and media. She is the Director of the Women’s Media Center Speech Project and an advocate for women’s freedom of expression and expanded civic and political engagement.

In Rage Becomes Her, Chemaly urges twenty-first century-women to embrace their anger and harness it as a tool for lasting personal and societal change. Furthermore, Rage Becomes Her is an eye-opening book for the twenty-first century woman: an engaging, accessible credo offering us the tools to re-understand our anger and harness its power to create lasting positive change.

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Kate Atkinson – TUESDAY, OCTOBER 2
Discussing her novel, Transcription

Location: Moss Theater | 3131 Olympic Blvd., Santa Monica, CA 90404
Time: 8PM
Price: $45
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Critically acclaimed, bestselling author Kate Atkinson (Life After Life, A God in Ruins, among others) won the Whitbread (now Costa) Award for her novel, Behind the Scenes at the Museum. Her four best-selling books, featuring former detective Jackson Brodie, were made into a BBC television series, Case Histories, starring Jason Isaacs.

Her new book, Transcription, is a dramatic story of World War 2 espionage, betrayal, and loyalty. The Sunday Times said of Atkinson, “It doesn’t really matter in which genre Atkinson chooses to write. Her gift is presenting this unnerving and subversive philosophy as a dazzling form of entertainment.”

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America Ferrera – WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 3
Discussing her book, American Like Me: Reflections on Life Between Cultures

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Location: Moss Theater | 3131 Olympic Blvd., Santa Monica, CA 90404
Time: 8PM
Price: Starting at $40
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America Ferrera is an award-winning actress, producer, director and activist, best known for her breakthrough role as Betty Suarez on ABC’s hit comedy Ugly Betty, for which she won a Golden Globe, Emmy, and Screen Actors Guild awards. She produces and stars in the acclaimed NBC workplace comedy Superstore, which is currently in its fourth season.

In her new book, American Like Me, Ferrera–the daughter of Honduran immigrants– offers a vibrant and varied collection of first-person accounts from prominent figures about the experience of growing up between cultures.

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Doris Kearns Goodwin – THURSDAY, OCTOBER 4
Discussing her book, Leadership, In Turbulent Times

Location: Aratani Theatre | 244 S San Pedro St, Los Angeles, CA 90012
Time: 8PM
Price: Starting at $30
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Doris Kearns Goodwin’s interest in leadership began more than half a century ago as a professor at Harvard. Her experiences working for President Lyndon Johnson, and later assisting him on his memoirs, led to a bestselling book. She won the Pulitzer prize for No Ordinary Time: Franklin & Eleanor Roosevelt: The Home Front in World War II.

Her latest book, Leadership, is the culmination of five decades of study. In it, she offers an illuminating exploration of the early development, growth, and exercise of leadership. Are leaders born or made? Where does ambition come from? How does adversity affect the growth of leadership? Does the leader make the times or do the times make the leader? These are some of the questions Goodwin explores in her book.

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Scott Harrison – MONDAY, OCTOBER 8
Discussing his book, Thirst: A Story of Redemption, Compassion and a Mission to Bring Clean Water to the World

Location: Moss Theater | 3131 Olympic Blvd., Santa Monica, CA 90404
Time: 8PM
Price: Starting at $30
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Scott Harrison is founder and CEO of Charity: Water, a non-profit that has mobilized over one million donors around the world to fund over 28,000 water projects in 26 countries that will serve more than 8.2 million people.

In Thirst, Harrison tells an inspiring personal story of walking away from his wild life as a nightclub promoter in New York and discovering his true calling while working on a hospital ship in West Africa. He recounts the twists and turns that enabled him to build charity: water into one of the most trusted and admired nonprofits in the world. This is a riveting account of how to build a better charity, a better business, a better life–and a gritty tale that proves it’s never too late to make a change.

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Lisa Brennan-Jobs – WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 10
Discussing her memoir, Small Fry

Location: Moss Theater | 3131 Olympic Blvd., Santa Monica, CA 90404
Time: 8PM
Price: $30
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Lisa Brennan-Jobs is the daughter of Apple founder Steve Jobs. Her first book, Small Fry, is a frank, smart and captivating memoir. Part portrait of a complex family, part love letter to California in the seventies and eighties, Small Fry is an entirely enthralling story.

Brennan-Jobs’ childhood unfolded in a rapidly changing Silicon Valley. When she was young, her father was a mythical figure who was rarely present in her life. As she grew older, he took an interest in her, ushering her into a new world of mansions, vacations, and private schools. ! While his attention was thrilling, he could also be cold, critical and unpredictable. When her relationship with her mother grew strained in high school, Lisa decided to move in with her father, hoping he’d become the parent she’d always wanted him to be. Part portrait of a complex family, part love letter to California in the seventies and eighties, Small Fry is an entirely enthralling story.

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Eric Idle – THURSDAY, OCTOBER 11
Discussing his memoir, Always Look on the Bright Side of Life: A Sortabiography

Location: Frost Auditorium, Culver City High School | 4401 Elenda St, Culver City, CA 90230
Time: 8PM
Price: $55
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Eric Idle is a comedian, actor, author, and singer-songwriter who found fame on television with the sketch-comedy show Monty Python’s Flying Circus. Idle wrote, directed, and created The Rutles, the world's first-ever mockumentary, as well as the Tony Award-winning musical, Spamalot.

From this ingenious comic performer comes an absurdly funny memoir, Always Look on the Bright Side of Life– just in time for the fiftieth anniversary of the Pythons in 2019. In it, he takes us on a remarkable journey from his childhood in an austere boarding school through his successful career in comedy, television, theater, and film.

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Beth Comstock – TUESDAY, OCTOBER 16
Discussing her book, Imagine It Forward: Courage, Creativity, and the Power of Change

Location: Moss Theater | 3131 Olympic Blvd., Santa Monica, CA 90404
Time: 8PM
Price: Starting at $30
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Beth Comstock is the former Vice Chair of GE, where she built the company’s Business Innovations and GE Ventures, and oversaw the reinvention of GE Lighting. She has been named to the Fortune and Forbes lists of the World's Most Powerful Women.

Imagine It Forward is an inspiring and practical guide to mastering change in the face of uncertainty. Comstock says that confronting relentless change is hard, but that to thrive in today’s world, every one of us has to make it part of our job. In this candid and deeply personal narrative, she shares lessons from a thirty-year career navigating the space between the established and the unproven. She shows how each one of us can–in fact, must–become a “change maker.”

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René Redzepi & David Zilber – WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 17
Discussing their cookbook, The Noma Guide to Fermentation: Including koji, kombuchas,
shoyus, misos, vinegars, garums, lacto-ferments,
and black fruits and vegetables (Foundations of Flavor)

Location: Moss Theater | 3131 Olympic Blvd., Santa Monica, CA 90404
Time: 8PM
Price: $60
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René Redzepi is the chef and co-owner of Noma in Copenhagen, four times recognized as the world’s best by The World’s 50 Best Restaurants list. David Zilber is a Canadian chef and photographer who has worked at Noma since 2014 and runs its fermentation lab.

At Noma, every dish includes some form of fermentation, whether it’s a bright hit of vinegar, a deeply savory miso, an electrifying drop of garum, or the sweet intensity of black garlic. Fermentation is one of the foundations behind Noma’s extraordinary flavor profiles.

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Pete Souza – SUNDAY, OCTOBER 21
Discussing his book, Shade: A Tale of Two Presidents

Location: Frost Auditorium, Culver City High School | 4401 Elenda St, Culver City, CA 90230
Time: 4PM
Price: Starting at $55
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Pete Souza was the Chief Official White House Photographer for President Obama and the Director of the White House Photo Office. Previously, Souza was the national photographer for the Chicago Tribune, a freelancer for National Geographic, and an Official White House Photographer for President Ronald Reagan. His books include the New York Times bestsellers Obama: An Intimate Portrait and The Rise of Barack Obama.

His new book, Shade, is a portrait in Presidential contrasts, telling the tale of the Obama and Trump administrations through a series of visual juxtapositions.

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Michael Beschloss – MONDAY, OCTOBER 22
Discussing his book, Presidents of War

Location: Moss Theater | 3131 Olympic Blvd., Santa Monica, CA 90404
Time: 8PM
Price: Starting at $30
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Michael Beschloss is the New York Times bestselling author of nine books on presidential history. He is the NBC News Presidential Historian and a PBS NewsHour contributor who has received an Emmy and six honorary degrees. His latest book, Presidents of War, is a groundbreaking and often surprising saga of America’s wartime chief executives.

From James Madison and the War of 1812 to recent times, we see leaders struggling with Congress, the courts, the press, their own advisors and antiwar protesters; seeking comfort from their spouses, families and friends; and dropping to their knees in prayer. Beschloss’s interviews with surviving participants in the drama and his findings in original letters, diaries, once-classified national security documents, and other sources help him to tell this story in a way it has not been told before.

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Roger Daltrey – TUESDAY, OCTOBER 23
Discussing his memoir, Thanks a Lot Mr. Kibblewhite: My Story

Location: Aratani Theatre | 244 S San Pedro St, Los Angeles, CA 90012
Time: 8PM
Price: $55
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Roger Daltrey is the lead vocalist and founding member of The Who. His career has spanned more than 50 years, with a solo career producing eight studio albums. Daltrey was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1990 and received a Kennedy Center Honor in 2008. In Thanks a Lot Mr. Kibblewhite: My Story , Daltrey tells of his rise from nothing to rock 'n' roll megastar. This memoir is instantly captivating, funny and frank, and chock-full of well-earned wisdom and one-of-a-kind anecdotes from a raucous life that spans a tumultuous time of change in Britain and America. This book is not only Daltrey’s memoir, but the definitive story of The Who.

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Yotam Ottolenghi – FRIDAY, OCTOBER 26
Discussing his new cookbook, Ottolenghi Simple

Location: Moss Theater | 3131 Olympic Blvd., Santa Monica, CA 90404
Time: 8PM
Price: Starting at $50
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Yotam Ottolenghi is the author of six New York Times best-selling cookbooks. He co-owns an eponymous group of restaurants and the fine-dining restaurant Nopi in London.

Ottolenghi Simple is a collection of 130 easy, flavor-forward recipes packed with his signature Middle Eastern–inspired flavors. Each dish can be made in 30 minutes or less, with 10 or fewer ingredients, in a single pot, using pantry staples, or prepared ahead of time for brilliantly, deliciously simple meals, like: Braised Eggs with Leeks and Za’atar; Cauliflower, Pomegranate, and Pistachio Salad; Lamb and Feta Meatballs and Fig and Thyme Clafoutis.

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Carla Hall – TUESDAY, OCTOBER 30
Discussing her cookbook, Carla Hall’s Soul Food: Everyday and Celebration

Location: William Turner Gallery | 2525 Michigan Ave E-1, Santa Monica, CA 90404
Time: 8PM
Price: Starting at $60
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Carla Hall was the co-host of ABC’s Emmy Award-winning lifestyle show, The Chew, and fan favorite on Bravo’s Top Chef.

In Carla Hall’s Soul Food, she takes us back to her Nashville roots to offer a fresh, lip-smackin’ look at America’s favorite comfort cuisine. She traces soul food’s history from Africa and the Caribbean to the American South, and gives classic dishes her own fresh twists.

With 145 delectable recipes updated for the way we eat now, she shows us that soul food is more than barbecue and macaronia and cheese, but traditionally a plant-based cuisine full of veggie goodness that’s just as delicious as cornbread and fried chicken. The results are light, healthy, seasonal dishes with big, satisfying tastes–the mouthwatering soul food everyone craves.

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Dave Barry – THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 1
Discussing his book, Lessons from Lucy: The Simple Joys of an Old, Happy Dog

Location: Moss Theater | 3131 Olympic Blvd., Santa Monica, CA 90404
Time: 8PM
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The wildly popular syndicated columnist Dave Barry is the author of numerous bestsellers. He won the 1988 Pulitzer Prize for commentary.

Faced with the obstacles and challenges of life after middle age, Dave Barry turns to his dog, Lucy, to learn how to live his best life. In Lessons from Lucy: The Simple Joys of an Old Happy Dog, Lucy teaches Dave how to live in the present, how to let go of daily grievances, and how to feel good in your own skin. The lessons are drawn from Dave’s routine humiliations and stream of- consciousness accounts of the absurdities of daily life.

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Tom Hanks – WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 14
Discussing his collection of stories, Uncommon Type

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Location: Aratani Theatre | 244 S San Pedro St, Los Angeles, CA 90012
Time: 8PM
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Tom Hanks has been an actor, screenwriter, director and producer. In his first collection of fiction, Uncommon Type: Some Stories, two-time Academy Award winner Tom Hanks shows he’s as talented a writer as he is an actor.

A gentle Eastern European immigrant arrives in New York City after his family and his life have been torn apart by his country's civil war. A man who loves to bowl rolls a perfect game and winds up ESPN's newest celebrity. An eccentric billionaire and his faithful executive assistant venture into America looking for acquisitions and discover a down and out motel, romance, and a bit of real life. His stories are surprising, intelligent and heartwarming.

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Chip Conley – MONDAY, NOVEMBER 19
Discussing his book, Wisdom at Work: The Making of a Modern Elder

Location: Moss Theater | 3131 Olympic Blvd., Santa Monica, CA 90404
Time: 8PM
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Bestselling author and hospitality entrepreneur Chip Conley is Strategic Advisor at Airbnb and the founder of Joie de Vivre Hospitality, which he turned into the second largest boutique hotel brand in the world. At age 52, rebel boutique hotelier Chip Conley received a call from the young founders of Airbnb, asking him to help grow their disruptive start-up into a global hospitality giant. He had the industry experience, but was lacking in the digital fluency of his twenty-something year-old colleagues. Conley quickly discovered that while he'd been hired as a teacher and mentor, he was also in many ways a student and intern. What emerged is the secret to thriving as a mid-life worker. Part manifesto and part playbook, Wisdom at Work ignites an urgent conversation about ageism in the workplace, calling on us to treat age as we would other types of diversity.

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Jon Meacham – MONDAY, DECEMBER 3
Discussing his book, The Soul of America: The Battle for Our Better Angels

Location: Moss Theater | 3131 Olympic Blvd., Santa Monica, CA 90404
Time: 8PM
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Jon Meacham is a Pulitzer Prize–winning biographer. In his new book, The Soul of America, he looks back at critical times in our history when hope overcame division and fear.

Meacham shows us that our current climate of partisan fury is not new, and how what Abraham Lincoln called the “better angels of our nature” have repeatedly won the day. He paints surprising portraits of Lincoln and other presidents, including Grant, Theodore Roosevelt, Wilson, Franklin Roosevelt, Truman, Eisenhower, and Johnson, and illuminates the courage of such influential citizen activists as Martin Luther King, Jr., Alice Paul and Carrie Chapman Catt, Rosa Parks and John Lewis, First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt, and Army-McCarthy hearings lawyer Joseph N. Welch.

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