Past Events

Carole Bayer Sager
October 26

Carole Bayer Sager with Kenny “Babyface” Edmonds

Carole Bayer Sager has written more than 400 songs. Nominated for over fifteen awards, she has won an Oscar, two Golden Globes, and a Grammy for Song of the Year. She recorded three solo albums and with Marvin Hamlisch wrote the hit Broadway musical They’re Playing Our Song.   She shares the remarkably frank and darkly funny story of her life in and out of the recording studio, from her fascinating (and sometimes calamitous) relationships to her collaborations with some of the greatest composers and musical artists of our time.

Maria Semple
October 24

Maria Semple with Gigi Levangie

Maria Semple is the author of This One Is Mine and Where’d You Go, Bernadette, which has been translated into eighteen languages. Her TV credits include Beverly Hills 90210, Mad About You, Saturday Night Live, Arrested Development, Suddenly Susan, and Ellen. She graduated from Barnard College with a degree in English. Today Will Be Different is her third novel.

Jane Alexander
October 18

Jane Alexander with Terrence McNally

Jane Alexander has appeared in more than twenty films, including Testament, Kramer vs. Kramer, All the President’s Men, The Great White Hope, Brubaker, The Cider House Rules, Sunshine State, Feast of Love, and Terminator Salvation. She has performed in more than 100 plays. She is an impassioned wildlife proponent and conservationist, and former chairperson of the National Endowment for the Arts.

Julissa Arce
October 17

Julissa Arce with America Fererra

From the time Julissa Arce was brought to this country as a child by her hardworking parents, Arce–the scholarship winner, the honors college graduate, the young woman who climbed the ladder to become a vice president at Goldman Sachs-had secretly lived as an undocumented immigrant. By opening up about the story of her successes, her heartbreaks, and her long-fought journey to emerge from the shadows and become an American citizen, Arce shows us the true cost of achieving the American dream-from the perspective of a woman who had to scale unseen and unimaginable walls to get there.

October 13

Bryan Cranston with Jay Roach

Bryan Cranston won four Emmy Awards for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series for his portrayal of Walter White in AMC’s Breaking Bad. In his riveting memoir, A Life in Parts, Bryan Cranston traces his zigzag journey from his chaotic childhood to mega stardom by vividly revisiting the many parts he’s played, on camera, including: astronaut, dentist, detective, candy bar spokesperson, and off–paperboy, farmhand, security guard, dating consultant, murder suspect, dock loader, son, brother, lover, husband, father.

October 3

iO Tillett Wright with Sue Naegle

iO Tillett Wright is an artist, activist, actor, speaker, TV host and writer. iO’s work deals with identity, be it through photography and the Self Evident Truths Project/We Are You campaign or on television as the co-host of MTV’s Suspect. iO has exhibited artwork in New York and Tokyo, was a featured contributor on Underground Culture to T: The New York Times Style Magazine, and has had photography featured in GQ, Elle, New York Magazine, and The New York Times Magazine. 

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, gathering 27+million views and is subtitled in 43 languages.