Gabrielle Union

Join us for an in-person*
Live Talks Los Angeles event:
Tuesday, September 28, 2021, 8:00pm 
*Limited capacity event

An Evening with
Gabrielle Union
 
discussing her collection of stories, 
You Got Anything Stronger?

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Aratani Theatre
244 San Pedro Street, Los Angeles, CA, 90012
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The virtual version of this event airs on September 30
at 6pm PDT/9PM EDT
Tickets to the virtual event only can be purchased here.*
*includes the book

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TICKETS
— $50 includes a copy of the book with signed book plate
— also includes opportunity to watch the virtual event on September 30 at 6pm PDT/9pm EDT

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Remember when we hit it off so well that we decided We’re Going to Need More Wine? Well, this time you and I are going to turn to our friend the bartender and ask, You Got Anything Stronger? I promise to continue to make you laugh, but with this round, the stakes get higher as the conversation goes deeper. — Gabrielle Union
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 Gabrielle Union is an actress, executive producer, activist, best-selling author and most recently, a Time100 cover honoree. Union formed her production shingle “I’ll Have Another” in 2018 with the goal of telling stories that center marginalized communities with their specific point of views in an authentic manner. In August of 2020, she relaunched her haircare brand “Flawless by Gabrielle Union” for women with textured hair. The new and improved collection includes an array of options, affordably priced between $4 – $10, that empowers consumers to customize a regimen specific to their texture and style preferences. Prior to relaunching Flawless, Union learned of the disparities in the food space and joined Bitsy’s as a cofounder with the goal of making healthy, allergen- friendly, school-safe snacks that are accessible and affordable for all families regardless of their socioeconomic or geographical status. Her first book, We’re Going To Need More Wine: Stories That Are Funny, Complicated and True, was released in 2017 and instantly became a New York Times best seller. Union serves as a leader and advocate for inclusion in the entertainment industry. She is also a champion of breast health and combating sexual violence.
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This is an absolute must-read. Gabrielle doesn’t just open up—she opens up conversations we need to be having. — Sunny Hostin, New York Times bestselling author of Summer on the Bluffs and I Am These Truths
 
“Funny, tender, and so good.” Mindy Kaling, New York Times bestselling author of Why Not Me?

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So. Where were we?

Right, you and I left off in October 2017, when my first book came out. The weeks before were filled with dreams of loss. Pets dying. My husband leaving me. Babies not being born. My therapist told me it was my soul preparing for my true self to emerge after letting go of my grief. I had finally spoken openly about my fertility journey. I was having second thoughts—in fact, so many thoughts they were organizing to go on strike. But I knew I had to be honest because I didn’t want other women going through IVF to feel as alone as I did. I had suffered in isolation, having so many miscarriages that I could not give an exact number. Strangers shared their own journeys and heartbreak with me. I had led with the truth, and it opened the door to compassion.
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When I released We’re Going to Need More Wine, the response was so great people asked when I would do a sequel. The New York Times even ran a headline reading “We’re Going to Need More Gabrielle Union.” Frankly, after being so open and honest in my writing, I wasn’t sure there was more of me I was ready to share. But life happens with all its plot twists. And new stories demand to be told. This time, I need to be more vulnerable—not so much for me, but anyone who feels alone in what they’re going through.
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A lot has changed in four years—I became a mom and I’m raising two amazing girls. My husband retired. My career has expanded so that I have the opportunity to lift up other voices that need to be heard. But the world has also shown us that we have a lot we still have to fight for—as women, as black women, as mothers, as aging women, as human beings, as friends. In You Got Anything Stronger?, I show you how this ever-changing life presents challenges, even as it gives me moments of pure joy. I take you on a girl’s night at Chateau Marmont, and I also talk to Isis, my character from Bring It On. For the first time, I truly open up about my surrogacy journey and the birth of Kaavia James Union Wade. And I take on racist institutions and practices in the entertainment industry, asking for equality and real accountability.
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You Got Anything Stronger? is me at my most vulnerable. I have recently found true strength in that vulnerability, and I want to share that power with you here, through this book. 

Liane Moriarty with Seija Rankin

Join us for a virtual Live Talks Los Angeles event:
Tuesday, September 14, 2021
6:00pm PST/ 9pm EST 
 
 
Liane Moriarty
with Seija Rankin (Entertainment Weekly)
 
discussing her new novel,
“Apples Never Fall

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This event premieres on September 14, 2021 at 6pm PDT/9pm EDT

TICKETS
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— also includes access on video-on-demand for 72 hrs after the event.
— ASL interpreter available upon request.

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From the #1 New York Times bestselling author of Big Little Lies and Nine Perfect Strangers comes a novel that looks at marriage, siblings, and how the people we love the most can hurt us the deepest.

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Liane Moriarty is the author of the #1 New York Times bestsellers Big Little LiesThe Husband’s Secret, and Truly Madly Guilty; the New York Times bestsellers Nine Perfect Strangers, What Alice Forgot, and The Last Anniversary; The Hypnotist’s Love Story; and Three Wishes. She lives in Sydney, Australia, with her husband and two children.
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Big Little Lies was adapted as a series for HBO by David E. Kelley, starred Nicole Kidman, Reese Witherspoon, Laura Dern, Shailene Woodley and Zoë Kravitz. The series was critically acclaimed and won eight Emmy Awards and three Golden Globes. Actress/producer Nicole Kidman and producer/writer David E. Kelley will reunite for another adaptation of a Moriarty bestseller. Nine Perfect Strangers premieres as an eight-part miniseries on Hulu on August 19, 2021. Starring alongside Kidman are Melissa McCarthy, Bobby Cannavale and Michael Shannon.
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Seija Rankin is the Books Editor at Entertainment Weekly, where she oversees coverage of everything from literary fiction to celebrity memoirs.
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“Combines domestic realism and noirish mystery. . . . The structure follows the pattern of Big Little Lies by setting up a mystery and then jumping months into the past to unravel it. Funny, sad, astute, occasionally creepy, and slyly irresistible.”Kirkus Reviews (starred review)
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“I loved it. An absolute page-turner with all the wit and nuance that put Liane Moriarty head and shoulders above the crowd. Liane Moriarty shows once again why she leads the pack.”―Jane HarperNew York Times bestselling author of The Dry and The Survivors
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Apples Never Fall
The Delaneys are fixtures in their community. The parents, Stan and Joy, are the envy of all of their friends. They’re killers on the tennis court, and off it their chemistry is palpable. But after fifty years of marriage, they’ve finally sold their famed tennis academy and are ready to start what should be the golden years of their lives. So why are Stan and Joy so miserable?
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The four Delaney children—Amy, Logan, Troy, and Brooke—were tennis stars in their own right, yet as their father will tell you, none of them had what it took to go all the way. But that’s okay, now that they’re all successful grown-ups and there is the wonderful possibility of grandchildren on the horizon.
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When a stranger named Savannah knocks on Stan and Joy’s door, the children are alarmed but not completely surprised that Joy would want to take Savannah in. But when Joy disappears, leaving nothing but a cryptic text message that is sent to all four of her children, the Delaney family is shaken to their core, and Amy, Logan, Troy, and Brooke are forced to reckon with their family’s secrets.

Lin-Manuel Miranda

Join us for a virtual Live Talks Los Angeles event:
Wednesday, July 21, 2021
6:00pm PST/ 9pm EST 
 
 
An Evening with
Lin-Manuel Miranda
Quiara Alegría Hudes & Jeremy McCarter
 
discussing his book,
In the Heights: Finding Home”


This event premieres on July 21, 2021 at 6pm PDT/9pm EDT

TICKETS
— $53 includes a copy of the book* 
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The eagerly awaited follow-up to the New York Times bestseller Hamilton: The Revolution, Lin-Manuel Miranda’s new book gives readers an extraordinary inside look at In the Heights, his breakout Broadway debut, written with Quiara Alegría Hudes, now a Hollywood blockbuster.

Lin-Manuel Miranda is an award-winning composer, lyricist, and performer, as well as the recipient of a 2015 MacArthur Foundation Award. His most recent musical, Hamilton—book, music, and lyrics by Miranda; he also originated the title role—opened on Broadway in 2015. Hamilton  was awarded the 2016 Pulitzer Prize for Drama and earned a record-breaking sixteen Tony Award nominations, winning eleven Tonys, including two for Miranda personally for Best Book and Best Score of a Musical. Miranda’s first Broadway musical, In the Heights, received four 2008 Tony Awards (including Best Orchestrations, Best Choreography, and Best Musical). Miranda contributed music, lyrics, and vocals to several songs in Disney’s feature film Moana, earning him an Oscar nomination and a Grammy Award for the original song “How Far I’ll Go.”


Quiara Alegría Hudes
 is the Pulitzer Prize–winning playwright of Water by the Spoonful and the author of a memoir, My Broken Language. She wrote the book for the Tony-winning Broadway musical In the Heights and later adapted it for the screen. Her notable essays include “High Tide of Heartbreak” in American Theatre magazine and “Corey Couldn’t Take It Anymore” in The Cut. As a prison reform activist, Hudes and her cousin founded Emancipated Stories, a platform where people behind bars can share one page of their life story with the world. She lives with her family in New York but frequently returns to her native Philly.
 
Jeremy McCarter is the author of Young Radicals and co-author, with Lin-Manuel Miranda, of the #1 New York Times bestseller Hamilton: The Revolution. He is the founder and executive producer of Make-Believe Association, a Chicago-based production company. He spent five years on the artistic staff of the Public Theater and has served on the jury of the Pulitzer Prize for Drama. He has written about culture and politics for New York magazine, The New York TimesThe Wall Street Journal, and other publications. He lives in Chicago with his family.

“For 20 years In The Heights—a show about a community—somehow manages to create camaraderie and community every time it is performed. This book is a collective diary looking back and shining a spotlight on the people and moments that have nurtured the journey and evolution of this show with paciencia y fe for *checks notes* LITERALLY half of my life. Quiara and I are so grateful that the hundreds of stories and recuerdosthat make up In The Heightsare collected here.” — Lin-Manuel Miranda

In 2008, In the Heights, a new musical from up-and-coming young artists, electrified Broadway. The show’s vibrant mix of Latin music and hip-hop captured life in Washington Heights, the Latino neighborhood in upper Manhattan. It won four Tony Awards and became an international hit, delighting audiences around the world. For the film version, director Jon M. Chu (Crazy Rich Asians) brought the story home, filming its spectacular dance numbers on location in Washington Heights. That’s where Usnavi, Nina, and their neighbors chase their dreams and ask a universal question: Where do I belong?
 
In the Heights: Finding Home reunites Miranda with Jeremy McCarter, co-author of Hamilton: The Revolution, and Quiara Alegría Hudes, the Pulitzer Prize–winning librettist of the Broadway musical and screenwriter of the film. They do more than trace the making of an unlikely Broadway smash and a major motion picture: They give readers an intimate look at the decades-long creative life of In the Heights.
 
Like Hamilton: The Revolution, the book offers untold stories, perceptive essays, and the lyrics to Miranda’s songs—complete with his funny, heartfelt annotations. It also features newly commissioned portraits and never-before-seen photos from backstage, the movie set, and productions around the world.
 
This is the story of characters who search for a home—and the artists who created one.

Richard Marx with Patton Oswalt

Join us for a virtual Live Talks Los Angeles event:
Thursday, July 8, 2021
6:00pm PST/ 9pm EST 
 
 
Richard Marx
in conversation with Patton Oswalt
 
discussing his memoir,
“Stories to Tell

This event premieres on July 8, 2021 at 6pm PDT/9pm EDT

TICKETS
— $38 includes a a copy of the book with a signed bookplate* 
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Legendary musician Richard Marx offers an enlightening, entertaining look at his life and career.

Richard Marx has sold more than 30 million albums worldwide over the course of his career. He is the only male artist whose first seven singles reached the Top 5 on the Billboard charts, and he has written on a number one single in each of the last four decades—an accolade previously only reached by Michael Jackson. He won a 2004 Song of the Year Grammy and has scored fourteen number-one singles, both as a performer and as a songwriter/producer. He is also a committed philanthropist, supporting charitable causes such as the American Cancer Society and the Ronald McDonald House Charities, Mercy For Animals, ASPCA, Humane Society, St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, and the charity closest to his heart, the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. He lives in Malibu, California, with his wife, Daisy Fuentes.

Richard Marx is one of the most accomplished singer-songwriters in the history of popular music. His self-titled 1987 album went triple platinum and made him the first male solo artist (and second solo artist overall after Whitney Houston) to have four singles from their debut crack the top three on the Billboard Hot 100. His follow-up, 1989’s Repeat Offender, was an even bigger smash, going quadruple platinum and landing two singles at number one. He has written fourteen number one songs in total, shared a Song of the Year Grammy with Luther Vandross, and collaborated with a variety of artists including NSYNC, Josh Groban, Natalie Cole, and Keith Urban. Lately, he’s also become a Twitter celebrity thanks to his outspokenness on social issues and his ability to out-troll his trolls.

Patton Oswalt is an actor, comedian and writer continues to find success in all areas of entertainment — from his award-winning comedy specials to his many memorable film roles and guest appearances on his favorite TV shows (including Parks and Recreation, for which he received a TV Critics Choice Award), Oswalt continues to choose work that inspires him and entertains audiences. He recently created M.O.D.O.K., the new Marvel stop-motion animated adult comedy series for Hulu as well as voices the titular character, and currently co-stars as Principal Durbin on the NBC Universal comedy A.P. Bio, produced by Seth Meyers, Mike O’Brien, and Lorne Michaels. In 2020, he received Emmy and Grammy nominations for his Netflix special I Love Everything. As a comedian, Oswalt has shot eight TV specials and released seven critically acclaimed albums, including his Emmy and Grammy-winning Talking for Clapping and Grammy-nominated Tragedy Plus Comedy Equals Time, Finest and My Weakness Is Strong.

In Stories to Tell, Marx uses this same engaging, straight-talking style to look back on his life and career. He writes of how Kenny Rogers changed a single line of a song he’d written for him then asked for a 50% cut—which inspired Marx to write one of his biggest hits. He tells the uncanny story of how he wound up curled up on the couch of Olivia Newton-John, his childhood crush, watching Xanadu. He shares the tribulations of working with the all-female hair metal band Vixen and appearing in their video. Yet amid these entertaining celebrity encounters, Marx offers a more sobering assessment of the music business as he’s experienced it over four decades—the challenges of navigating greedy executives and grueling tour schedules, and the rewards of connecting with thousands of fans at sold-out shows that make all the drama worthwhile. He also provides an illuminating look at his songwriting process and talks honestly about how his personal life has inspired his work, including finding love with wife Daisy Fuentes and the mystery illness that recently struck him—and that doctors haven’t been able to solve.

Stories to Tell is a remarkably candid, wildly entertaining memoir about the art and business of music.

Patti LaBelle with Tamar Braxton

Join us for a virtual Live Talks Los Angeles event:
Tuesday, July 6, 2021
6:00pm PST/ 9pm EST 
 
 
Patti LaBelle
in conversation with Tamar Braxton
 
discussing her cookbook,
LaBelle Cuisine: Recipes to Sing About”

 

This event premieres on July 6, 2021 at 6pm PDT/9pm EDT

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— Complimentary to view

From beloved icon, musician, and “godmother of soul” (New York Times), Patti LaBelle, the celebratory anniversary edition of LaBelle Cuisine. First published more than twenty years ago, these comfort food favorites are back, along with a few new delicious delights that will bring joy and flavor to the family table.

Patti LaBelle’s illustrious career spans seven decades. She is a New York Times bestselling author, a two-time GRAMMY Award winning artist, an accomplished actress, and a three-time Emmy nominee. She is also the foundera of a successful food and lifestyle brand, Patti’s Good Life. Additionally, she is a humanitarian who devotes much of her time and talent to non-profit organizations and is the recipient of several honorary degrees.Patti is adored around the world by millions of fans of her music and her cooking.

Tamar Braxton has built her dedicated fanbase throughout the years as a multi–Grammy Award-nominated singer, and five-time Emmy nominated,  co-creator and co-host of “The Real,” as well as creator and star of, We TV’s “Braxton Family Values.” She also was the winner of season 2 of CBS’ “Celebrity Big Brother,” and was a contestant on ABC’s “Dancing with the Stars” and is the current host of her own podcat “Under Construction.” She is a devoted mother and mental health advocate who is candidly sharing her own experiences in an effort to destigmatize the conversation around mental health, especially within the Black community.

Voulez-vous mangez avec moi ce soir? Oui! Oui!”
– Cyndi Lauper 

First published more than twenty years ago, LABELLE CUISINE: Recipes to Sing About by Patti LaBelle is back in an updated 20thAnniversary Edition with new recipes and an introductory letter from Patti.  This New York Timesbestselling cookbook features comfort food favorites (including a recipe for Sweet Potato Pie!), along with a few new delicious delights that will bring joy and flavor to the family table. 

For Patti, cooking is about love. Taught by the great cooks in her family—her mother, father, and aunts Hattie Mae and Joshia Mae—Patti LaBelle has kept these family heirlooms close to her heart. But now, she invites you into her kitchen and serves up more than 100 of her favorites—Say-My-Name Smothered Chicken and Gravy, Fierce Fried Corn, and Aunt Hattie’s Scrumptious Sweet Tate Bread—to good-enough-for-dinner-parties dishes—Shrimp Etouffee, Roast Leg of Lamb with Rosemary-Lemon Rub, and Aunt Mary’s Philadelphia Buttercake.

And this 20thanniversary edition has three new recipes you’ll want to prepare and eat ASAP – Patti’s Quarantine Lobster-Shrimp Cakes, Good Life Chicken, and Bangin’ Fish Deluxe.  Yum. 

LABELLE CUISINE has recipes you’ll want to cook, eat, and share with friends. Filled with the legendary entertainer’s favorite dishes and step-by-step instructions on how to prepare them, LABELLE CUISINE makes you feel like Patti’s in the kitchen with you, demonstrating the recipes and techniques that can help turn anybody into a fabulous cook.

Anita Diamant & Melissa Berton with Michaela Pereira

Join us for a virtual Live Talks Los Angeles event:
Thursday, June 17, 2021
6:00pm PST/ 9pm EST 
 
 
Anita Diamant & Melissa Berton
in conversation with Michaela Pereira

discussing the book,  
Period. End of Sentence.
A New Chapter in the Fight for Menstrual Justice

 

This event premieres on June 17,  6pm PST/9pm EST
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New York Timesbestselling author Anita Diamant and Academy-Award winning producer and Executive Director of The Pad Project Melissa Berton in conversation with journalist and host of Fox 11’s “Good Day LA” Michaela Pereira discussing their new book “Period. End of Sentence.: A New Chapter in the Fight for Menstrual Justice.”

Anita Diamant is the bestselling author of the novels The Boston GirlThe Red Tent, Good Harbor, The Last Days of Dogtown, and Day After Night, and the collection of essays, Pitching My Tent. An award-winning journalist whose work appeared in The Boston Globe Magazine and Parenting, and many others, she is the author of six nonfiction guides to contemporary Jewish life. She lives in Massachusetts. Visit her website.

Melissa Berton is an Academy Award-winning producer for Best Documentary Short (2019) for PERIOD. END OF SENTENCE., available on Netflix, Melissa Berton is a Los Angeles-based teacher, writer, and speaker. She is the Founder & Executive Director of The Pad Project, a non- profit organization dedicated to the principle that “a period should end a sentence, not a girl’s education.” In recognition of her human rights work, Berton received the 2019 Eleanor Roosevelt Global Women’s Rights Award. Visit her website.

Michaela Pereira is an award-winning journalist and host of FOX 11’s daily flagship program “Good Day LA.” She is a well-known media personality having hosted her own daily national show on CNN’s sister station HLN, as a longtime member of the KTLA morning news team and host of CNN’s “New Day”. She is a community and human rights supporter, advocating for women and children as a member of the board of directors for the Long Beach Boys & Girls Club and the advisory board of Optimist Youth Home. She has received many awards for her work as a journalist and philanthropist. She is a proud member of the National Association of Black Journalists and a native of Canada. Visit her website.

Period. End of Sentence. [is] filled with rich personal testimonies, details on political organizing strategy, and Diamant’s own wisdom on issues ranging from religious rituals surrounding menstruation to pop culture celebrations of periods to menstrual product marketing critiques… Diamant knowingly and lovingly represents it all—with the keen eye of a reporter, the soul of a storyteller, and the voice of a trusted narrator. Her commitment to social justice and dignity for all shines through.”Marie Claire

From beloved New York Times bestselling author and award-winning journalist Anita Diamant comes a timely collection of essays to help inspire period positive activism around the globe, with foreword by Academy Award winning producer

When Period. End of Sentence. won an Oscar in 2019, the film’s co-producer and Executive Director of The Pad Project, Melissa Berton, told the audience: “A period should end a sentence, not a girl’s education.” Continuing in that revolutionary spirit and building on the momentum of the acclaimed documentary, this book outlines the challenges facing those who menstruate worldwide and the solutions championed by a new generation of body positive activists, innovators and public figures.

Including interviews from people on the frontlines—parents, teachers, medical professionals, and social-justice warriors—Period. End of Sentence. illuminates the many ways that menstrual injustice can limit opportunities, erode self-esteem, and even threaten lives. This powerful examination of the far-ranging and quickly evolving movement for menstrual justice introduces today’s leaders and shows us how we can be part of the change.

Fearless, revolutionary, and fascinating, Period. End of Sentence. is an essential read for anyone interested in empowering women, girls, and others around the world.