Sam Rubin, RIP

We are so saddened by the news of Sam Rubin’s untimely passing. He served as interviewer for several of our events and added greatly to the conversation with each author. We always knew we were in good hands when he appeared on our stage. Our deepest sympathy goes to his family and colleagues at KTLA. Sam’s professionalism and warmth will be missed.
Sam was a good friend to Live Talks Los Angeles.   He was a fan of entertainment and very good at covering it. He generously moderated eleven of our conversations on the Live Talks Los Angeles stage, most recently interviewing Billy Dee Williams this past February. He also chatted with Jeff Bridges, Daymon John, Bryan Cranston, Don Cheadle, Aasif Mandvi, Gloria Gaynor, Billy Ray Cyrus, Terry Gilliam, Alan Cumming and Garry Marshall.
Here are some of the videos of the interviews…

See Amy Tan in Santa Monica (May 20), Laguna Beach (May 21), virtual event (May 25); also buy signed books!

Three opportunities to see Amy Tan at Live Talks Los Angeles discuss her new book, The Backyard Bird Chronicles.  
Also, a chance to purchase signed books!

A gorgeous, witty account of birding, nature, and the beauty around us that hides in plain sight, written and illustrated by the best-selling author of The Joy Luck Club

  • Monday, May 20, 8pm in Santa Monica
    The Ann and Jerry Moss Theatre, Santa Monica
    3131 Olympic Blvd, Santa Monica, CA 90404
    Buy Tickets
  • Tuesday, May 21, 7pm in Laguna Beach
    Neighborhood Congregational Church
    340 St. Ann’s Drive,  Laguna Beach, CA  92651
    Buy Tickets
  • Saturday, May 25, 3pm PT/6pm ET — Virtual Event
    Tickets include Signed book. (Us orders only)
    Available on video-on-demand for five days.
    Buy Tickets
  • Can’t make an event, just want a signed book?
    Purchase a signed book (US orders only)

Amy Tan is the author of several novels, including The Joy Luck Club and The Bonesetter’s Daughter. She is a co-producer and co-screenwriter of the film version of The Joy Luck Club and is on the board of American Bird Conservancy. She lives in Sausalito, California. 

“The drawings and essays in this book do a lot more than just describe the birds. They carry a sense of discovery through observation and drawing…The birds that inhabit Amy Tan’s backyard seem a lot like the characters in her novels.” —David Allen Sibley, from the foreword

In 2016, Amy Tan grew overwhelmed by the state of the world. In search of peace, the bestselling author turned toward the natural world just beyond her window and, specifically, the birds visiting her yard. What began as an attempt to find solace turned into something far greater—an opportunity to savor quiet moments during a volatile time, connect to nature in a meaningful way, and imagine the intricate lives of the birds she admired.

The Backyard Bird Chronicles
maps the passage of time through daily entries, thoughtful questions, and beautiful original sketches. With boundless charm and wit, she charts her foray into birding and the natural wonders of the world.

Michael Lewis returns to Live Talks Los Angeles — 5th appearance!

We are excited to have Michael Lewis return to Live Talks Los Angeles on October 25 for his new book, Going Infinite: The Rise and Fall of a New Tycoon, about Sam Bankman-Fried and FTX.  .
To purchase tickets to the event on October 25th;
or the virtual event that airs in Oct 30, visit our website.

Read about Michael Lewis’ new book in the New York Times (May 16, 2023).
When Michael Lewis first met him, Sam Bankman-Fried was the world’s youngest billionaire and crypto’s Gatsby. CEOs, celebrities, and leaders of small countries all vied for his time and cash after he catapulted, practically overnight, onto the Forbes billionaire list. Who was this rumpled guy in cargo shorts and limp white socks, whose eyes twitched across Zoom meetings as he played video games on the side?
In Going Infinite Lewis sets out to answer this question, taking readers into the mind of Bankman-Fried, whose rise and fall offers an education in high-frequency trading, cryptocurrencies, philanthropy, bankruptcy, and the justice system. Both psychological portrait and financial roller-coaster ride, Going Infinite is Michael Lewis at the top of his game, tracing the mind-bending trajectory of a character who never liked the rules and was allowed to live by his own—until it all came undone.
Michael Lewis has appeared at Live Talks Los Angeles for his last four books: Flashboys (with Malcolm Gladwell); The Undoing Project (with Mindy Kaling); The Fifth Risk: Undoing Democracy (with Larry Wilmore); and for The Premonition: A Pandemic Story (with Geraldine Brooks).  He also interviewed Walter Isaacson for his book, Leonardo da Vinci.
Watch all the videos below:






Holiday Pop-Up Signed Book Sale!

Join us for our 2022 Holiday Signed Book Sale! 

Visit our store to see what is available, and start making your lists!

Our popular LIVE TALKS LA end-of-year POP-UP HOLIDAY SIGNED BOOK SALE is back—in-person, and in a new, exciting location.

Friday December 2, 3-7pm

Saturday December 3, 11a-5pm.

Please join us in the beautiful atrium at HALO DTLA:
330 S. Hope Street,
Los Angeles, CA 90071
(by MOCA and The BROAD)

Parking: $9


Shop from a variety of signed books from hundreds of our past events. There’s something for everyone on your list: FICTION, NON-FICTION, CELEBRITY MEMOIR, COOKBOOKS, COFFEE TABLE BOOKS. 

Books make the best gifts—especially when you purchase them from an independently-owned local small business!

Nick & Stef’s and Danny Boy’s Famous Original Pizza will be open both days.

— Live Talks Los Angeles