Past Events

May 21 — Steven Levitt & Stephen Dubner

The revolutionary geniuses and #1 New York Times bestselling authors behind the Freakonomics phenomenon unveil essential tools that will allow you to—“think like a freak”—to see the world more unconventionally, and ultimately, more clearly.

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May 15 — Francine Prose in conversation with Meghan Daum

Inventive, provocative, and unlike anything Francine Prose has done before, LOVERS AT THE CHAMELEON CLUB, PARIS 1932 is a career defining novel from the writer whom Michael Cunningham calls “not only significant but capable of writing brilliantly about pretty much anything.”

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May 7 — An Evening with Arianna Huffington

Huffington is the chair, president, and editor-in-chief of the Huffington Post Media Group, a nationally syndicated columnist, and author of fourteen books. Her new book "THRIVE: The Third Metric to Redefining Success and Creating a Life of Well-Being, Wisdom, and Wonder" is a call to arms to redefine how we measure success both in our work and our personal lives.

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May 6 — Amy Tan in conversation with Lisa See

In her first novel since 2009's "Saving Fish from Drowning," Tan again explores the complex relationships between mothers and daughters, control and submission, tradition and new beginnings. Jumping from bustling Shanghai to an isolated village in rural China to San Francisco at the turn of the 19th century, the epic story follows three generations of women pulled apart by outside forces.

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May 1 — An Evening with Dave Barry

Dave Barry is the author of more than 30 books, including: I'll Mature When I’m Dead, Dave Barry’s Money Secrets, Dave Barry Turns 50, and Dave Barry’s Guide to Guys, as well as the novels Insane City, Tricky Business, Big Trouble, Lunatics (with Alan Zweibel), and his Peter Pan prequels (with Ridley Pearson).

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April 17 — An Evening with Bob Saget

Saget played the sweetly neurotic father on "Full House," and as the charming wisecracking host of "America's Funniest Home Videos." And then there are the legions of fans who can't get enough of his scatological, out-of-his-mind stand-up routines, comedy specials, and outrageously profane performances in such shows as HBO's Entourage and the hit documentary The Aristocrats.

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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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November 17 — Mitch Albom in conversation with Bradley Whitford

Mitch Albom is a best-selling author, screenwriter, playwright and nationally-syndicated columnist. The author of five consecutive No.1 New York Times bestsellers, his books have collectively sold more than 33 million copies in forty-two languages worldwide. Tuesdays with Morrie, spent four straight years atop the New York Times list.

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November 6 — An Evening with Doris Kearns Goodwin

Doris Kearns Goodwin is the author of the runaway bestseller Team of Rivals: The Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln. She won the Pulitzer Prize in history for No Ordinary Time: Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt: The Home Front in World War II and is also the author of the bestsellers Wait Till Next Year, The Fitzgeralds and the Kennedys, and Lyndon Johnson and the American Dream

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