Walter Mosley

Join us for an in-person & virtual
Live Talks Los Angeles event:
Thursday, June 20, 2024, 8pm

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An Evening with
Walter Mosley
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discussing the writing life and his new novel,
Farewell, Amethystine
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Glorya Kaufman Performing Arts Center
at Vista Del Mar
3200 Motor Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90034
(Free Parking available at the venue)
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Face masks recommended
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IN-PERSON EVENT TICKETS,
June 20, 8pm (click here)
TICKETS:
$ 48 General Admission ticket + signed book
$ 20 One General Admission ticket 
* Books available for purchase at the event

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VIRTUAL EVENT TICKETS,
June 25, 6pm PT/9pm ET (click her
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TICKETS:
$45 Virtual Admission + book
*Includes access to watch the event on video-on-demand for five days after it airs. Ticket includes shipping to US addresses only.
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From “master of the genre” (Washington Post) Walter Mosley, Detective Easy Rawlins’ latest client sends him down a warren of memory and nostalgia—blinding him to reason and risk.
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Walter Mosley is one of America’s most celebrated modern-day crime fiction writers. In 2020, he received the 2020 National Book Award’s Medal for Distinguished Contribution to American Letters. He has been named a Grand Master of the Mystery Writers of America. His work has been translated into 25 languages. As an executive producer, he adapted his novel The Last Days of Ptolemy Grey for AppleTV+ and serves as a writer and executive producer for FX’s Snowfall.
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This will be Walter Mosley’s fifth appearance at Live Talks LA. In 2019, we hosted him in conversation with Pulitzer prize-winning author Viet Thanh Nguyen on the art of writing fiction. Here’a the video.
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Easy Rawlins returns in Walter Mosley’s latest, Farewell, Amethystine,
 set in January 1970. All is right in the world of LA’s premiere Black detective… and then Amethystine Stoller arrives. Her ex-husband is missing. And as Easy takes his first step in the investigation, he trips and falls into the memory of things past— loss, love, a world war, and a hunger that has eaten at him since he was a Black boy on his own on the streets of Fifth Ward, Houston, Texas.
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Easy finds himself pressed into a reckoning and has to make a choice that will almost certainly hasten a permanent descent, one that might sunder his soul.

Eric Weiner with Rainn Wilson

Join us for an in-person & virtual 
Live Talks Los Angeles event:
Thursday, June 13, 2024, 8pm
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Eric Weiner
in conversation with Rainn Wilson
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discussing his books,

Geography of Bliss: One Grump’s Search for the Happiest Places in the World
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& Ben & Me: In Search of a Founder’s Formula for a Long and Useful Life

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Glorya Kaufman Performing Arts Center
at Vista Del Mar
3200 Motor Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90034
(Free Parking available at the venue)
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Face masks recommended
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IN-PERSON EVENT TICKETS
June 13, 8pm (click 
here)
TICKETS:
$ 20 General Admission
* Signed copies of Geography of Bliss and Ben & Me (Eric Weiner); and Soul Boom (Rain Wilson) will be available for purchase at the event.
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VIRTUAL EVENT TICKETS
June 18, 6pm PT/9pm ET (click her
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TICKETS:
$15 Virtual Admission
*Includes access to watch the event on video-on-demand for five days after it airs.
*Signed copies of Eric Weiner’s books and Rainn Wilson’s book can be purchased in this link.

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Now a new series on Peacock with Rainn Wilson, The Geography of Bliss is part travel memoir, part humor, and part twisted self-help guide that takes the viewer across the globe to investigate not what happiness is, but WHERE it is.
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Eric Weiner
is author of the New York Times bestsellers The Geography of Bliss (now a docu-series featuring Rainn Wilson) and The Geography of Genius, as well as the critically acclaimed Man Seeks God and The Socrates Express. A former international correspondent for NPR, his work has appeared in The AtlanticNational GeographicThe Washington Post, The Wall Street Journal, and the anthology Best American Travel Writing. He lives with his family and a menagerie of animals in the Washington, D.C. area. For more information, visit his website.
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Rainn Wilson is an Emmy nominated and SAG award-winning actor best known for playing the inimitable “Dwight Schrute” for nine seasons on NBC’s, The Office.  His robust and diverse career includes television, movies, Broadway, unscripted series, animation, and podcasts. He has an MFA from NYU’s Graduate Acting Program at the Tisch School of the Arts and spent 10 years doing theatre in NYC before moving to LA. In addition, he is also a NYT Bestselling author, having written The Bassoon King, SoulPancake: Chew on Life’s Big Questions and his latest book Soul Boom: Why We Need a Spiritual Revolution. Rainn founded a digital media company SoulPancake and co-founded Lide Haiti, an education non-profit that empowers women and girls through the arts and scholarships in rural Haiti. 

The Geography of Bliss
Are people in Switzerland happier because it is the most democratic country in the world? Do citizens of Qatar, awash in petrodollars, find joy in all that cash? Is the King of Bhutan a visionary for his initiative to calculate Gross National Happiness? Why is Asheville, North Carolina so damn happy?  In a unique mix of travel, psychology, science and humor, Eric Weiner answers those questions and many others, offering travelers of all moods some interesting new ideas for sunnier destinations and dispositions.
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Ben & Me: In Search of a Founder’s Formula for a Long and Useful Life
Not a conventional biography, Ben & Me is a guide to living and thinking well, as Ben Franklin did. It is also about curiosity, diligence, and, most of all, the elusive goal of self-improvement. As Weiner follows Franklin from Philadelphia to Paris, Boston to London, he attempts to uncover Ben’s life lessons, large and small. We learn how to improve a relationship with someone by inducing them to do a favor for you—a psychological phenomenon now known as The Ben Franklin Effect. We learn about the printing press (the Internet of its day), early medicine, diplomatic intrigue and, of course, electricity. And we learn about ethics, persuasion, humor, regret, appetite, and so much more.
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At a time when history is either neglected or contested, Weiner argues we have much to learn from the past and that we’d all be better off if we acted and thought a bit more like Ben did, even if he didn’t always live up to his own high ideals. Engaging, smart, moving, quirky, Ben & Me distills the essence of Franklin’s ideas into grounded, practical wisdom for all of us.

Tom Steyer with Jane Fonda

Join us for an in-person & virtual 
Live Talks Los Angeles event:
Wednesday, June 5, 2024, 8pm
 

Tom Steyer
in conversation with Jane Fonda
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discussing his book,
Cheaper, Faster, Better: How We’ll Win the Climate War
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Glorya Kaufman Performing Arts Center
at Vista Del Mar
3200 Motor Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90034
(Free Parking available at the venue)
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Face masks recommended
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IN-PERSON EVENT TICKETS
June 5, 8pm (click here)
TICKETS:
$ 20 General Admission
$ 45  General Admission + signed book
* Signed copies of the book available for purchase at the event.
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VIRTUAL EVENT TICKETS
June 10, 6pm PT/9pm ET (click here)
TICKETS:
$48 Virtual Admission + signed book (US Orders only)
*Includes access to watch the event on video-on-demand for five days after it airs.
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Climate investor and activist Tom Steyer shows us how we can win the war on climate.
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Tom Steyer
is the coexecutive chair of Galvanize Climate Solutions, a multistrategy climate investment firm designed to unlock the generational opportunity of the energy transition. He founded America’s largest youth-voter engagement organization and cofounded a community development bank focused on justice and sustainability. He previously cofounded Farallon Capital, a pioneering hedge fund that he departed in 2012 in order to devote his time, money, and energy to climate issues.
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“In Cheaper, Faster, Better, Tom Steyer’s persuasive storytelling and contagious optimism underscore one of the most important realities of the climate crisis: If we work together, we can solve it. As a relentless climate activist and accomplished investor, Tom’s insights will help galvanize the movement that is needed to address the greatest challenge of our lifetimes.”—Al Gore, former US Vice President.
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Jane Fonda
is a two-time Academy Award-winning actor, producer, author, activist, and fitness guru. Her career has spanned over 50 years, accumulating a body of film work that includes more than 50 films and significant contributions to political causes such as women’s rights, Native Americans’ rights, and environmental protection. She is a seven-time Golden Globe® winner and was honored with the Cecil B. DeMille Award in 2021. She accepted The Harry Belafonte Voices for Social Justice Award at the 2023 Tribeca Film Festival. Most recently, in April of 2024, Fonda accepted the TIME Magazine Earth Award.
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Most recently, she lent her voice to Grandmama in DreamWorks’ animated film Ruby Gillman, Teenage Kraken. Before that, Fonda reunited with Diane Keaton, Mary Steenburgen, and Candice Bergen for Focus Features’ Book Club 2. She also starred in 80 For Brady opposite Lily Tomlin, Sally Field, and Rita Moreno, released by Paramount Pictures. She starred in Moving On by Paul Weitz for Roadside Attractions, in which Fonda starred opposite her longtime friend and colleague, Lily Tomlin. Other credits include Grace & Frankie, Netflix’s longest-running original series, for which she received an Emmy nomination for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series in 2017. She also released Jane Fonda in Five Acts, a documentary for HBO chronicling her life and activism.
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Fonda continues to lead the charge on the climate emergency via Fire Drill Fridays, the national movement to protest government inaction on climate change, which she started in October 2019 in partnership with Greenpeace USA. In 2022, she launched the Jane Fonda Climate PAC, focused on defeating political allies of the fossil fuel industry. Her latest book, “What Can I Do? My Path From Climate Despair to Action,” details her personal journey with the movement and provides solutions for communities to combat the climate crisis. Notably, Jane celebrated her 85th birthday by raising $1 million for her nonprofit, the Georgia Campaign for Adolescent Power & Potential (GCAPP).
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Cheaper, Faster, Better: How We’ll Win the Climate War
The climate is changing more rapidly than scientists predicted even a few years ago, with extreme weather already touching our everyday lives. At the same time, the clean energy revolution is forging ahead faster than nearly anyone anticipated. As Tom Steyer sees it, these two trends together create a moment like the one America faced during World War II: on the one hand, an existential threat calling for collective action; on the other, an opportunity to lead the world, protect the planet, and set the stage for a new generation of shared economic prosperity.

In 2012, Steyer walked away from the highly successful investment fund he founded to devote himself full time to climate issues, and he’s been on the front lines of the fight ever since: funding cleantech research and businesses, spearheading clean-energy ballot measures and voter registration drives, and running for president on a climate platform. Today, he leads a climate investment firm focused on accelerating climate solutions. In this accessible book, Steyer shares his own story and showcases the inspiring and innovative work of other climate leaders in the clean-energy transition. He shows us how capitalism can be used to scale climate progress, debunks many of the arguments made by fossil fuel companies, and calls on all of us to make stabilizing our planet part of our life’s work. As green technology is fast becoming cleaner and cheaper, reshaping our planet’s future—and our own—has never been more crucial or within our reach.

Bill Maher with Larry Wilmore

Join us for an in-person & virtual
Live Talks Los Angeles event:
Tuesday, June 4, 2024, 8pm
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Bill Maher
in conversation with Larry Wilmore
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discussing his book,
What This Comedian Said Will Shock You

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Robert Frost Auditorium
4401 Elenda St, 
Culver City, CA 90230
(Free Parking available at the venue)
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Face masks recommended
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PURCHASE TICKETS for June 4 (click here)
TICKETS: 
$55  
General Admission ticket +signed book
$80  Two General Admission tickets + one signed book

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VIRTUAL EVENT ONLY, June 11 (click here)
TICKETS:
$50 Virtual Admission + signed book (includes shipping to US addresses)
*Includes access to watch the event on video-on-demand for five days after it airs
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The host of HBO’s Real Time with Bill Maher has written his funniest and most opinionated book ever—a brilliantly astute and acerbically funny vivisection of American life, politics, and culture.
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Bill Maher has hosted Real Time on HBO for the last twenty-one years. Before that Maher created and hosted Politically Incorrect on ABC. He lives in Los Angeles, California.

“Whether you agree or disagree with him—and I do both—Bill Maher had proven himself to be an illuminating force in a world that values heat over light. His is a vital voice, keeping the left honest and calling the right to account for itself before the bar of reason and of decency. I’d say ‘thank God for Bill,’ but he doesn’t believe in God. So I’ll just say thanks.”—Jon Meacham

In What This Comedian Said Will Shock You, Maher has collected and revised a decade of his direct-to-camera sermons about culture, politics and what’s happening in the world. 

Free speech, cops, drugs, race, religion, the generations, cancel culture, the parties, the media, show biz, romance, health—Maher covers it all. The result is a hugely entertaining work of commentary about American culture in the tradition of Mark Twain, Will Rogers, and H. L. Mencken.
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Larry Wilmore has been a television producer, actor, comedian, and writer for more than 25 years. He can currently be heard as host of Larry Wilmore: Black on the Air on The Ringer Podcast Network. The show features Wilmore’s unique mix of humor and wit as he weighs in on the issues of the week and interviews guests in the worlds of politics, entertainment, culture, sports, and beyond. Filmo and TV credit include: Jerry and Margo Go Large, alongside Bryan Cranston and Annette Benning on Paramount+; Reasonable Doubt for Hulu’s Onyx Collective; Amend: The Fight for America on Netflix;   The Nightly Show with Larry Wilmore on Comedy Central; Insecure on HBO;  Black-ish on ABC; The Daily Show with Jon Stewart;  In Living Color, The Office and The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air. He also served as creator, writer, and executive producer of The Bernie Mac Show, which earned him a 2002 Emmy Award for “Outstanding Writing for a Comedy Series” and a 2001 Peabody Award.

 

Isabel Allende with Meg Medina

Join us for an in-person & virtual
Live Talks Los Angeles event:
Thursday, May 30, 2024, 8pm
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Isabel Allende
in conversation with Meg Medina
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discussing her book,
Perla The Mighty Dog
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Glorya Kaufman Performing Arts Center
at Vista Del Mar
3200 Motor Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90034
(Free Parking available at the venue)
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Face masks recommended
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IN-PERSON EVENT TICKETS,
May 30, 8pm (click here)
TICKETS:
$ 55 Two General Admission tickets + ONE  book
$ 35 One General Admission ticket + book
* Books available for purchase at the event

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VIRTUAL EVENT TICKETS,
June 5, 6pm PT/9pm ET (click her
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TICKETS:
$40 Virtual Admission + book
*Includes access to watch the event on video-on-demand for five days after it airs. Ticket includes shipping to US addresses only.
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In the first children’s book written by critically acclaimed, New York Times-bestselling superstar Isabel Allende, Perla, the mighty dog, teaches her human brother, Nico Rico, how to use his superpowers to stand up to a bully.
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Chilean novelist, feminist and philanthropist Isabel Allende was born in Peru and lives in California. Since the publication of The House of the Spirits, in 1982, she’s written more than 25 books that have been translated into more than 43 languages. More than 8 million people have watched her TED Talk on living a more passionate life.

Having sold 77 million books,Allende is one of the most widely read authors in the world. Come hear her speak about her work, her philanthropy, her first children’s book and the rescue dog who inspired it. 

In Perla, The Mighty Dog! (which will be published simultaneously in Spanish,) Allende turns her renowned skills as a storyteller to the tale of a pooch with two superpowers. “I love dogs more than people because we have so much to learn from them,” she says. With illustrations by award-winning illustrator Sandy Rodriguez.
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Meg Medina is the Library of Congress’s 2023–2024 National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature and the author of the Newbery Medal–winning book Merci Suárez Changes Gears. She is also the author of award-winning young adult novels and picture books, including Evelyn Del Rey Is Moving Away, illustrated by Sonia Sánchez; Mango, Abuela, and Me, illustrated by Angela Dominguez, which was a Pura Belpré Author and Illustrator Award Honor Book; and Tía Isa Wants a Car, illustrated by Claudio Muñoz, which won the Ezra Jack Keats New Writer Award. The daughter of Cuban immigrants, she lives in Richmond, Virginia.

 

Tom Selleck with George Pennacchio

Join us for an in-person & virtual
Live Talks Los Angeles event:
Wednesday, May 29, 2024, 8pm
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Tom Selleck
in conversation with George Pennacchio
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discussing his memoir,
You Never Know

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Glorya Kaufman Performing Arts Center
at Vista Del Mar
3200 Motor Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90034
(Free Parking available at the venue)
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Face masks recommended
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IN-PERSON EVENT ON MAY 29 IS SOLD OUT 
The virtual event airs on June 4.

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VIRTUAL EVENT TICKETS
June 4, 6pm PT/9pm ET (click her
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TICKETS:
$50 Virtual Admission + Signed Book*
*Includes access to watch the event on video-on-demand for five days after it airs.
*Books include a signed book plate

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Frank, funny and open-hearted, You Never Know is an intimate memoir from one of the most beloved actors of our time. With never-told stories from all corners of his personal and professional life, Tom Selleck recounts his friendships with Frank Sinatra, Carol Burnett, Sam Elliott, James Garner and more.
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Tom Selleck
 is an award-winning actor and producer best known for his iconic role as Thomas Magnum in the original Magnum P.I. television series. Among the many unforgettable roles he has played are PI Lance White on The Rockford Files, Peter Mitchell in Three Men and a Baby, Matthew Quigley in Quigley Down Underand Peter Malloy in In & Out. He was beloved as Dr. Richard Burke, Monica’s older boyfriend, on Friends and is currently starring as NYPD Commissioner Frank Reagan on the hit crime drama Blue Bloods, now in its 14th season. 
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In Tom Selleck’s new memoir, You Never Know, the star of Magnum P.I. and Blue Bloods shares his backstory—from the University of Southern California business school and basketball court to his co-star turn with Mae West and his recurring role as Monica’s boyfriend on Friends. 
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Selleck clears up an armload of misconceptions and shares dozens of never-told stories from all corners of his personal and professional life. He also shares what it was like to emerge as a mega-star in his mid-thirties— and how he adjusted his career to protect his family’s privacy and normalcy. 
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With charm, talent, and self-deprecating humor, Selleck reveals himself as someone who reached incredible heights by always insisting on being himself. His journey offers a fresh perspective on a changing industry and a changing world. 
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George Pennacchio is the longtime entertainment reporter for ABC7 Eyewitness News. He’s also the host of all the “On The Red Carpet” specials broadcast on the ABC-owned stations around the country.  During his career, George has won four Emmy Awards, several National Arts and Entertainment Journalism Awards and has been honored with The Luminary Award by the L.A. Press Club for his body of work. George is now in his 28th year at ABC7.