Ken Follett
in conversation with
Karen Grigsby Bates

September 30, 2010, 8pm

Zipper Hall
The Colburn School

200 South Grand Avenue
Los Angeles, California 90012



Ken Follett is one of the world’s most popular and prolific fiction writers. When The Times of London asked its readers to vote for the 60 greatest novels of the last 60 years, The Pillars of the Earth was placed at number two, after To Kill a Mockingbird. World Without End was number 23 on the same list. In Germany, Pillars was voted the third most popular book ever written, surpassed only by Tolkien’s The Lord of the Rings and the Bible.

This fall, Ken Follett returns to the epic form with a historical trilogy that is his most ambitious and provocative work to date. Fall of Giants: Book One of The Century Trilogy, will be launched globally in more than fourteen countries.  It follows the lives of five families throughout England, the United States, Russia, and Germany as they experience and affect the tumultuous events of the twentieth century.  Visit Ken Follett’s website:

Karen Grigsby Bates is the Los Angeles-based correspondent for NPR News. One of Bates’ proudest contributions is making books and authors a high-profile part of NPR’s coverage. “NPR listeners read a lot, and many of them share the same passion for books that I do, so this isn’t work, it’s a pleasure.”

Before coming to NPR, Bates was a news reporter for People magazine and she was a contributing columnist to the Op Ed pages of the Los Angeles Times. In her non-NPR life, Bates is the author of Plain Brown Wrapper and Chosen People, mysteries featuring reporter-sleuth Alex Powell.


$20 General Admission

$40 General Admission including Ken Follett’s book

$95 Reserved Seating, Ken Follett book

and reception before event, 6:30-7:30pm


Net proceeds from this event will benefit the West Hollywood Library Fund,

a non-profit organization committed to improving the quality of life and opportunities for West Hollywood’s diverse residents by enhancing their access to information, education programs, technology and each other. The Fund has raised $5.6 million toward its $10 million goal to build Library Park – a new public library, community cultural center and expanded park in West Hollywood. Library Park opens in late 2011.

To learn more about the West Hollywood Library Fund, visit:

In addition, the Pearson Foundation through our We Give Books initiative will donate five children’s books for each ticket purchased to reading programs at the West Hollywood Public Library. For more information on We Give Books, visit: