Stephen Breyer, Former Associate Justice, US Supreme Court

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Live Talks Los Angeles event:
Tuesday, May 28, 2024, 8pm
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An Evening with
Stephen Breyer,
former Associate Justice of the US Supreme Court

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discussing his book,
Reading the Constitution:
Why I Chose Pragmatism, Not Textualism
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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 28, 8pm (click here)
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$25  General Admission ticket 
* Books available for purchase at the event

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June 3, 6pm PT/9pm ET (click her
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$15 Virtual Admission 
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A provocative, brilliant analysis by recently retired Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer that deconstructs the textualist philosophy of the current Supreme Court’s supermajority and makes the case for a better way to interpret the Constitution.
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Stephen Breyer
 is a former associate justice of the Supreme Court who served there for twenty-eight years until retiring in 2022. He lives in Cambridge, Massachusetts. 
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“A rocket from a Supreme Court justice… Justice Breyer shows how the current Supreme Court’s alleged textualism and originalism are unsound. His book is a judicial arms-control agreement advocating moderation and a path to what he calls ‘workable democracy.’ You will not read a more important legal work this election year.”  — Bob Woodward, Washington Post reporter and bestselling author.
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READING THE CONSTITUTION: Why I Chose Pragmatism, Not Textualism 
is a provocative analysis by recently retired Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer. In it, he deconstructs the textualist philosophy of the current Supreme Court’s supermajority and makes the case for a better way to interpret the Constitution.
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Textualists claim that the right way to interpret the Constitution and statutes is to read the text carefully and examine the language as it was understood at the time the documents were written.
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Justice Breyer recalls Chief Justice John Marshall’s exhortation that the Constitution must be a workable set of principles to be interpreted by subsequent generations. Most important in interpreting law, says Breyer, is to understand the purposes of statutes as well as the consequences of deciding a case one way or another. He illustrates these principles by examining some of the most important cases in the nation’s history.

Amy Tan

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Live Talks Los Angeles event:
Monday, May 20, 2024, 8pm
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An Evening with
Amy Tan
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discussing her book,
The Backyard Bird Chronicles
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Ann and Jerry Moss Theatre
at New Roads School
3131 Olympic Blvd
Santa Monica, CA 90404
(Free Parking available at the venue)
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Presented in association with New Roads School.
 
Face masks recommended
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IN-PERSON EVENT TICKETS for May 20 (click here)
TICKETS: 
$25  
General Admission ticket 
$50  General Admission tickets + signed book
$125 VIP Reception with Amy Tan, Reserved Section Seat, signed book

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VIRTUAL EVENT TICKETS, May 25 (click here)
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$45 Virtual Admission + signed book (includes shipping to US addresses)
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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
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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
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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.
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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.

Doris Kearns Goodwin

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Monday, May 6, 2024, 8pm
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An Evening with
Doris Kearns Goodwin
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discussing her book,
An Unfinished Love Story:
A Personal History of the 1960s
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Ann and Jerry Moss Theatre
at New Roads School
3131 Olympic Blvd
Santa Monica, CA 90404
(Free Parking available at the venue)
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Presented in association with New Roads School.
 
Face masks recommended
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PURCHASE TICKETS for May 6 (click here)
TICKETS: 
$50  
General Admission ticket +signed book
$25  General Admission ticket
$125 VIP Reception with Doris Kearns Goodwin, Reserved Section Seat, signed book

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VIRTUAL EVENT ONLY, May 11 (click here)
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$45 Virtual Admission + signed book (includes shipping to US addresses)
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One of America’s most beloved historians artfully weaves together biography, memoir, and history. In An Unfinished Love Story: A Personal History of the 1960s, Doris Kearns Goodwin takes you along on the emotional journey she and her husband, Dick Goodwin embarked upon in the last years of his life.
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Doris Kearns Goodwin
’s work for President Johnson launched her career as a presidential historian. Her first book was Lyndon Johnson and the American Dream. Next was the Pulitzer Prize–winning No Ordinary Time: Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt: The Homefront in World War II. She earned the Lincoln Prize for Team of Rivals, in part the basis for Steven Spielberg’s film Lincoln, and the Carnegie Medal for The Bully Pulpit, about the friendship between Theodore Roosevelt and William Howard Taft. Her last book, Leadership: In Turbulent Times was the inspiration for a History Channel docuseries which she executive produced. 
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They were married to each other for forty-two years and to American history even longer. In his twenties, Dick was one of the brilliant young men of John F. Kennedy’s New Frontier. In his thirties he both named and helped design Lyndon Johnson’s “Great Society” and was a speechwriter and close advisor to Robert Kennedy. Doris Kearns was a twenty-four-year-old graduate student when she was selected as a White House Fellow. She worked directly for Lyndon Johnson and later assisted on his memoir.
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Over the years, with humor, anger, frustration, and ultimately, a growing understanding, Dick and Doris argued over the achievements and failings of the leaders they served and observed, debating the progress and unfinished promises of the country they both loved.
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The Goodwins’ last great adventure involved opening the more than three hundred boxes of letters, diaries, documents, and memorabilia that Dick had collected for more than fifty years—an unparalleled personal time capsule of the 1960s, illuminating public and private moments of a decade when individuals were powered by the conviction that they could make a difference; a time, like today, marked by struggles for racial and economic justice.

Don Winslow

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Thursday, April 11, 2023, 8pm
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Presented in association with New Roads School.

An Evening with
Don Winslow
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discussing the writing life and his new novel,
City in Ruins
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Ann and Jerry Moss Theatre
at New Roads School
3131 Olympic Blvd
Santa Monica, CA 90404
(Free Parking available at the venue)
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Face masks recommended
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PURCHASE TICKETS for April 11 (click here)
TICKETS: 
$48  
General Admission ticket +signed book
$20  General Admission ticket

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VIRTUAL EVENT ONLY, April 16 (click here)
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Following City on Fire and City of DreamsCity in Ruins is the explosive, impossible-to-put-down conclusion to bestselling author Don Winslow’s epic, genre-defining crime trilogy. This is the book Winslow has announced will be the final one of his extraordinary career.
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Don Winslow,
a former investigator, anti-terrorist trainer and trial consultant, is the author of twenty-five acclaimed, award-winning international bestsellers. He’s recently written a series of acclaimed short stories for Audible narrated by four-time Oscar nominee Ed Harris. Among Winslow’s many novels adapted for the screen: Savages, a feature film by three-time Oscar-winning writer-director Oliver Stone and the epic Cartel trilogy was adapted as a weekly series on FX. Additional Winslow books are currently in development at Paramount (The Winter of Frankie Machine), Netflix (Boone Daniels), Warner Brothers (Satori), Sony (City on Fire, City of Dreams, City in Ruins) and Working Title (Crime 101.)
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“It’s a crime classic. Winslow’s best book, by far. You won’t put it down.” — Stephen King on City of Dreams
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Ranging from the gritty back rooms of Providence, RI to the power corridors of Washington, DC and Wall Street to the golden casinos of Las Vegas, City in Ruins is an epic crime novel of love and hate, ambition and desperation, vengeance and compassion.

Rebel Wilson with Jess Cagle

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Sunday, April 7, 2024, 4 pm
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Rebel Wilson 
in conversation with Jess Cagle
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discussing her memoir,
Rebel Rising
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Robert Frost Auditorium
4401 Elenda St, 
Culver City, CA 90230

(Free Parking available at the venue)

 
Face masks recommended
 
**TICKETS ON SALE: Friday, February 23, 9am PT**
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IN-PERSON EVENT TICKETS (click here)
April 7, 4pm 
TICKETS:
$55   General Admission ticket + signed book
$80  Two General Admission tickets + One signed book

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April 12, 6pm PT/9pm ET
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$48 Virtual Admission + signed book
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The scene-stealing star of Pitch Perfect and Bridesmaids comes to our stage with a candid and hilarious memoir that chronicles her unconventional journey to Hollywood success.
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Rebel Wilson is an Australian actress, director, comedian, writer, singer, and producer. She’s known for her roles in the Pitch Perfect series, Bridesmaids, How to be Single, Senior Year, The Hustle, Jojo Rabbit, and more.
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Jess Cagle is SiriusXM’s Chief Entertainment Anchor and host of The Jess Cagle Show. Before joining SiriusXM in 2019, Cagle was Editor In Chief of People magazine and Editorial Director of Entertainment Weekly. He has co-hosted ABC’s Oscar red-carpet pre-show and appeared as a critic and contributor for CBS News. He is currently a senior fellow at the University of Southern California’s Annenberg Center on Communication Leadership & Policy.
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For decades, actress Rebel Wilson focused on her career, making a name for herself through her iconic roles in Pitch Perfect, Bridesmaids, and Isn’t It Romantic. Now, she’s ready to chronicle the emotional and physical lessons she learned, as well as her most embarrassing experiences. 
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Rebel Rising
 follows Wilson’s incredible journey of “making it,” as she continuously questioned, “Am I good enough? Will I ever find love? Will I ever change and become healthy?” From fertility issues, weight gain and loss, sexuality, overcoming shyness, rejections, it’s all here. This memoir shows us how to love ourselves while making us laugh uncontrollably.

Claire Bidwell Smith with Alua Arthur

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Tuesday, March 12, 2024, 8pm
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Claire Bidwell Smith
in conversation with Alua Arthur

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discussing her book,
Conscious Grieving:
A Transformative Approach to Healing from Loss
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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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TICKETS:
$42  General Admission ticket + signed book
$20  General Admission ticket

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March 17, 3pm PT/6pm ET (click her
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$40 Virtual Admission + signed book (includes shipping to US addresses only)
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From one of the leading grief therapists, Conscious Grieving is a compassionate and accessible guide to grieving offering a new framework for understanding and navigating loss.
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Claire Bidwell Smith is a therapist specializing in grief and the author of four books of nonfiction, published in 22 countries: The Rules of Inheritance, After This: When Life is Over Where Do We Go?, Anxiety: The Missing Stage of Grief, and Anxious Grief: A Clinician’s Guide to Supporting Grieving Clients. Claire offers numerous online programs for grief in addition to working with people one-on-one, as well as training other clinicians to work in the field of grief and loss. Led by her own experiences with grief, and fueled by her work in hospice and private practice, Claire strives to provide support for all kinds of people experiencing all kinds of grief. Claire has written for and been featured in many publications including The New York Times, The Atlantic, The Washington Post, Scientific American, The Los Angeles Times, CNN, MSNBC, Forbes, The Today Show, The Chicago Tribune, Oprah Magazine, and Psychology Today. She is devoted to expanding the conversation about grief and loss. Visit her website. 
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Conscious Grieving is a book for anyone seeking guidance and support after loss.  What does it mean to grieve consciously? Most of the time, when we lose someone we love, it feels like grief is just happening to us. We feel out of control, and overwhelmed. Claire reminds us that while loss is something that inevitably happens to all of us, how we choose to grieve is up to us. When we can consciously engage with our grief, rather than avoiding it, we can access profound pathways to healing.
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Conscious Grieving offers a new framework for each stage of grief: Entering, Engaging, Surrendering, and Transforming.
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* Entering – staying present and taking care of ourselves as we navigate the shock and upheaval of a new loss. 
*Engaging – navigating that first year after a loss by staying in tune with our needs as more complicated feelings of depression, guilt or anger surface.
*Surrendering – facing the changes to our identity and who we are becoming in the face of loss.
*Transforming – through ritual, honor, hope, and grace, and learning to carry our grief with intention so that we can continue to grow, heal, and thrive.
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Grief asks a lot from us. But the ability to grieve is a birthright. We grieve throughout our lifetimes. We grieve the deaths of loved ones yes, but also moves, divorce, illness, injustice, time lost, changes in the world and healing from these losses requires that we evaluate everything we ever considered meaningful. Healing means making our lives worth the pain we endure when we lose someone we love. And transforming through grief is an opportunity afforded to all. 
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Alua Arthur is a death doula, recovering attorney, and the founder of Going with Grace, a death doula training and end-of-life planning organization that exists to support people as they answer the question, “What must I do to be at peace with myself so that I may live presently and die gracefully?” Going with Grace works to improve and redefine the end-of-life experience for people rooted in every community using the individual lived experience as the foundation. Alua has been featured in the Los Angeles Times, Vogue, Refinery29, The Doctors, and InStyle.  Arthur is the author of the upcoming book, Briefly Perfectly Human: Making an Authentic Life by Getting Real About the End.

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