Dave Barry
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Join us for an in-person & virtual
Live Talks Los Angeles event:
Tuesday, May 16, 2023, 6pm PT/9pm ET
Dave Barry 
in conversation with Paul Levine

discussing the writing life and his new novel,
Swamp Story
VIRTUAL EVENT TICKETS, May 16 (click here)
$40 Virtual Admission ticket + signed copy of Swamp Story 
(books ship one week after event, US orders only
*virtual event available on video-on-demand for five days, thru May 21) 


Pulitzer Prize–winning bestselling author and actual Florida Man Dave Barry returns to our stage with his latest—Swamp Story, a Florida caper full of oddballs and more twists and turns than a snake slithering away from a gator.

You’re guaranteed to laugh as Barry tells us about life as a humorist on the ground down in Florida and how it inspired his latest novel. In short, Swamp Story tells the tale of a woman trapped in the Everglades and how she’s terrorized by an ex who’s a reality TV star, a TikTok mob—and a presidential hopeful.

Dave Barry is the author of more bestsellers than you can count on two hands, including Lessons from Lucy, Dave Barry’s Complete Guide to Guys, Dave Barry Turns Forty, and Dave Barry Is Not Making This Up. A wildly popular syndicated columnist best known for his booger jokes, Barry won the 1988 Pulitzer Prize for commentary. He lives in Miami.

Dave was the first event at Live Talks Los Angeles in 2010 and was interviewed by Jane Smiley. He has appeared several times on our stage, most recently in conversation with Alan Zwiebel, and one of his earlier appearances was in conversation with Matt Groening.

“I’m frankly tired of Dave Barry being so funny. Yet, he’s done it again to the benefit and delight of all of us. A hilarious new work.”—Steve Martin

The author of twenty-three novels, Paul Levine won the John D. MacDonald Fiction Award and has been nominated for the Edgar, Macavity, International Thriller, Shamus, and James Thurber prizes. A former trial lawyer, he also wrote twenty episodes of the CBS military drama JAG and co-created the Supreme Court drama First Monday starring James Garner and Joe Mantegna. The international bestseller To Speak for the Dead was his first novel and introduced readers to linebacker-turned-lawyer Jake Lassiter. His 2023 novel Early Grave was termed a “witty and complex legal thriller” by Publishers Weekly.  He is also the author of the critically acclaimed Solomon vs. Lord series of legal capers.