Past Events

Power House
September 29

Michael Ovitz, Ron Meyer & James Andrew Miller

POWERHOUSE: The Untold Story of Hollywood’s Creative Artists Agency unveils an astonishing—and astonishingly entertaining—history of Hollywood’s transformation over the past five decades as seen through the agency at the heart of it all.  Launched in 1975, CAA would come to revolutionize the entertainment industry, and over the next several decades its tentacles would spread aggressively throughout the worlds of movies, television, music, advertising, investment banking, and sports. 

Jay McInerney
September 26

Jay McInerney with David Ulin

Jay McInerney’s first book, Bright Lights, Big City, published in 1984, catapulted him into the ranks of literary sensation.  Since then, he’s written six other novels, a collection of short stories, and three collections of essays on wine. A student of Raymond Carver and a former fact-checker at The New Yorker, McInerney wrote a wine column for the Wall Street Journal for four years. His new book is Bright, Precious Days.

Susan Faludi
September 25

Susan Faludi with Lisa Napoli

Susan Faludi is a Pulitzer Prize–winning journalist and the author of the best seller Backlash: The Undeclared War Against American Women, which won the National Book Critics Circle Award for Nonfiction, and Stiffed: The Betrayal of the American Man; and The Terror Dream: Myth and Misogyny in an Insecure America.  Her latest is In the Dark Room is her most personal book to date—an extraordinary inquiry into her family saga, when she learned that her 76-year-old father—long estranged and living in Hungary—had undergone sex reassignment surgery.

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September 20

An Evening with

Simon Sinek

Simon Sinek is author of the global best seller, Start With Why: How Great Leaders Inspire Everyone to Take Action and the New York Times and Wall Street Journal best seller, Leaders Eat Last: Why Some Teams Pull Together and Others Don’t. Sinek is also best known for popularizing the concept of Why in his first Ted Talk in 2009.  It has since risen to the third most watched talk of all time on TED.com, gathering 27+million views and is subtitled in 43 languages.

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September 19

Alan Cumming with Annabelle Gurwitch

Put David Sedaris and Glenn O’Brien in a blender and add a dash of New York and Hollywood gossip, and you wind up with Alan Cumming. In You Gotta Get Bigger Dreams: And Other Stories, Alan Cumming takes the reader on a wild journey of pithy and cheeky fun, presenting his real-life stories of debauchery during late night Hollywood parties, behind-the-scenes anecdotes, and hilarious yet poignant memories of his life, family, and friends. 

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September 14

Lisa Ling with Michaela Pereira

In season three of This is Life with Lisa Ling, Ling goes inside the cage with female fighters, attends a wedding behind bars, and learns to code with Silicon Valley teens. She explores legalized prostitution, investigates the ravages of America’s heroin epidemic, and uncovers state laws that allow rapists parental rights.  In Los Angeles she gains unprecedented access to America’s largest jail, and in Philadelphia, takes a 360-degree look at how technology is changing the landscape of law enforcement.

Daniel Levitin
September 12

Daniel J. Levitin with Larry Vincent

Daniel J. Levitin’s bestselling books include: This is Your Brain on Music, The World in Six Songs and The Organized Mind.  His new book, A Field Guide to Lies: Critical Thinking in the Information Age is an indispensable and funny primer on how to recognize misleading announcements, graphs, and written reports, and how to think critically about the stories and statistics we encounter on a daily basis.    

Daniel Siegel
September 8

Daniel Siegel with Paul Zak

Dr. Daniel J. Siegel is a clinical professor of psychiatry at the UCLA School of Medicine, where he also helped to establish the Mindful Awareness Research Center.  He also heads up the Mindsight Institute. His books include three New York Times bestsellers: Brainstorm, The Whole-Brain Child and No-Drama Discipline.  In his new book, Mind: Journey to the Heart of Being Human, Dr. Siegel explores the nature of the who, how, what, why, and when of your mind—of your self—from the perspective of neuroscience. 

Kareem Abdul-Jabbar
August 29

Kareem Abdul-Jabbar with Jim Hill

Since retiring from professional basketball as the NBA’s all-time leading scorer, six-time MVP, and Hall of Fame inductee, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar has become a lauded observer of culture and society, a New York Times bestselling author, and a regular contributor to The Washington Post and TIME magazine. He now brings that keen insight to the fore in Writings on the Wall: Searching for a New Equality Beyond Black and White. He uses his unique blend of erudition, street smarts and authentic experience in essays on the country’s seemingly irreconcilable partisan divide – both racial and political, parenthood, and his own experiences as an athlete, African-American, Continue reading…

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August 11

Penn Jillette

with Matt Donnelly

Penn Jillette is a cultural phenomenon as a solo personality and as half of the world-famous Emmy Award­-winning magic duo Penn & Teller. His commentary has appeared in the Op-Ed pages of The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, and the Los Angeles Times.  In Presto, Jillette takes us along on his journey from skepticism to the inspiring, life-changing momentum that transformed the magician’s body and mind.  He weaves in his views on sex, religion, and pop culture, making his story a refreshing, genre-busting account.