Upcoming Events

July 8

Senator Al Franken with Chelsea Handler

Sen. Al Franken has represented Minnesota in the United States Senate since 2009. Before entering politics, Al spent 37 years as an award-winning comedy writer, author, and radio talk show host. In this candid personal memoir, the honorable gentleman from Minnesota takes his army of loyal fans along with him from Saturday Night Live to the campaign trail, inside the halls of Congress, and behind the scenes of some of the most dramatic and/or hilarious moments of his new career in politics.

July 29

Former Vice President Al Gore

Former Vice President Al Gore spends the majority of his time as the chairman of The Climate Reality Project, a nonprofit devoted to solving the climate crisis. He is the co-recipient, with the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, of the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize, for “informing the world of the dangers posed by climate change.” Gore served in the U.S. House of Representatives (1977-83) and to the U.S. Senate (1984-92). He was inaugurated as the 45th vice president of the United States on January 20, 1993, and served eight years.  The follow-up to his best-selling book, An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to Continue reading…

September 19

An Evening with 

Gretchen Rubin

In Gretchen Rubin’s practical and authoritative examination, The Four Tendencies, the bestselling author of Better Than Before and The Happiness Project identifies the four personality types that motivate everything we do. A member of Oprah’s SuperSoul 100, Rubin is a thought-provoking and influential writer on the linked subjects of habits, happiness, and human nature.

October 2

An Evening with

Yotam Ottolenghi

We’e excited to welcome Yotam Ottolenghi back to our stage. He is the author of Plenty and Plenty More, and co-author of NOPI, Ottolenghi, and Jerusalem, which was awarded Cookbook of the Year by the International Association of Culinary Professionals and Best International Cookbook by the James Beard Foundation. All five books were New York Times bestsellers.  Now Yotam Ottolenghi is sharing his secrets for making the very best baked goods, desserts, and confections in Sweet. The book features more than 120 recipes for delicious cookies, cakes, mini cakes, cheesecakes, confectionary, tarts, pies, puddings, and more.

October 4

Alice Waters with Jonathan Gold

Alice Waters comes to Live Talks Los Angeles to share her long awaited memoir. She is executive chef, founder, owner and of Chez Panisse Restaurant and Café in Berkeley, California. She also founded the Edible Schoolyard Project.  Waters has received the National Humanities Medal, the French Legion of Honor, the WSJ Magazine Humanitarian Innovator Award, and three James Beard Awards. Waters is the vice president of Slow Food International and the author of thirteen books.  

October 18

An Evening with

Alice Hoffman

Alice Hoffman is the author of more than thirty works of fiction, including The Rules of Magic, The Marriage of Opposites, Practical Magic, The Red Garden, the Oprah’s Book Club selection Here on Earth, The Museum of Extraordinary Things, and The Dovekeepers.  Jodi Picoult says, “Reading an Alice Hoffman book is like falling into a deep dream where senses are heightened and love reigns supreme. The Rules of Magic is no exception—as I tumbled into the story of three siblings desperate for and cursed by love, I never wanted to awaken.”

October 23

Walter Isaacson with Michael Lewis

Walter Isaacson has been CEO of the Aspen Institute, chairman of CNN, and editor of Time magazine and is a professor of history at Tulane. He is the author of The Innovators; Steve Jobs; Einstein: His Life and Universe; Benjamin Franklin: An American Life; and Kissinger: A Biography, and the coauthor of The Wise Men:Six Friends and the World They Made. Based on thousands of pages from Leonardo da Vinci’s astonishing notebooks and new discoveries about his life and work, he weaves a narrative that connects the art produced by history’s most creative genius to his science. Michael Lewis returns to our Continue reading…

October 25

An Evening with

Nikki Giovanni

Poet, activist, mother, and professor, Nikki Giovanni was born in Knoxville, Tennessee. She has received nineteen honorary degrees from colleges and universities; numerous achievement, humanitarian, and recognition awards from government, private, and public organizations, including Woman of the Year for Ebony, Mademoiselle, Essence, and Ladies Home Journal magazines and seven NAACP Image Awards. She was also the first recipient of the Rosa Parks Woman of Courage Award.