Past Events

April 10 — Michael Lewis in conversation with Malcolm Gladwell

Michael Lewis’ upcoming book “Flash Boys: A Wall Street Revolt” offers a ringside seat to the ways of Wall Street. His past works on the financial industry are game-changing examinations of the most important financial issues of our time. Come hear him reveal what he’s been investigating with Malcolm Gladwell.

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April 9 — Biz Stone, Co-founder, Twitter

Biz Stone became an Internet entrepreneur in 1999. He went on to work for Google where he helped to create both blogging and podcasting, and then co-founded Twitter. He tells fascinating, pivotal, and personal stories from his early life and his careers at Google and Twitter, sharing his knowledge about the nature and importance of ingenuity today.

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March 25 — Annabelle Gurwitch in conversation with Jane Kaczmarek

Actress and humorist Annabelle Gurwitch is author of “I See You Made an Effort, a collection of wickedly funny essays about the hazards of turning 50, surviving menopause, and falling in lust at the Genius bar — the ultimate coming-of middle-age story! Is 50 the new 40 or is 50 still 50?

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March 13 — Misty Copeland

Misty Copeland’s memoir, “Life in Motion,” is a story of passion and grace for anyone who has dared to dream of a different life. She opens a window into the life of a professional bal­lerina who lives life center stage: from behind the scenes at her first auditions to her roles in some of the most iconic ballets; and the desire and drive that made her dreams reality.

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March 11 — Chelsea Handler in conversation with Gwyneth Paltrow

Chelsea Handler — superstar comedian, bestselling author and host of E!’s late night talk show, “Chelsea Lately” — joins us at the Alex Theatre for a conversation on her upcoming collection of essays, Uganda Be Kidding Me — a hilarious and absurd collection of travel stories.

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February 19 — Anna Quindlen in conversation with Meghan Daum

ANNA QUINDLEN is a novelist and journalist whose work has appeared on fiction, nonfiction, and self-help bestseller lists. Her book “A Short Guide to a Happy Life” has sold more than a million copies., and while a columnist at The New York Times she won the Pulitzer Prize. Her memoir “Lots of Candles, Plenty of Cake”(2012), was a #1 New York Times bestseller.

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February 10 — P. J. O’Rourke in conversation with Annabelle Gurwitch

P. J. O’Rourke, one of America’s premier political satirists, is the best-selling author of fifteen books. He has also written for as Automobile, The Weekly Standard, House and Garden, Foreign Policy, The New York Times Book Review, Forbes FYI , Rolling Stone and The Atlantic Monthly. He is a regular panelist on National Public Radio’s Wait, Wait, Don’t Tell Me.

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January 29 — Chef Suzanne Goin in conversation with Russ Parsons

One of Los Angeles’ most beloved chefs, Suzanne Goin, cooks with a palette of colors and flavors that showcase the best farmers and producers from the Southern California markets. She received a James Beard Award for her first book, “Sunday Suppers at Lucques.” In “The A.O.C. Cookbook,” she shares recipes turning the small-plate, shared-style dishes into main courses for the home chef.

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January 23 — An Evening with Gloria Gaynor in conversation with Sam Rubin

Grammy Award-winning singer Gloria Gaynor took the music world by storm in the 1970s, striking platinum with her disco hit “I Will Survive”. Her book, “We Will Survive: True Stories of Encouragement, Inspiration and the Power of Song,” celebrates the 35th anniversary of the award winning tune.

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January 17 — Gary Shteyngart in conversation with Jane Smiley

After three acclaimed novels, Gary Shteyngart turns to memoir in a candid, witty, deeply poignant account of his life so far. Shteyngart shares his American immigrant experience, moving back and forth through time and memory with self-deprecating humor, moving insights, and literary bravado. His novels: The Russian Debutante’s Handbook, Absurdistan and Super Sad True Love Story.

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