Past Events

November 12

Michael Connelly with Paul Levine

Michael Connelly discusses his new novel, “Dark Sacred Night.” Connelly is the author of thirty-one previous novels, including New York Times bestsellers “Two Kinds of Truth,” “The Late Show,” and “The Wrong Side of Goodbye.” His books, which include the Harry Bosch series and the Lincoln Lawyer series, have sold more than seventy-four million copies worldwide. Connelly is a former newspaper reporter who has won numerous awards for his journalism and his novels and is the executive producer of Bosch, starring Titus Welliver.

November 3

Adam Horovitz & Michael Diamond

This live event will feature readings, a conversation between Mike D, Ad-Rock and a special guest moderator, plus a Q&A – all with a live score provided by Mix Master Mike. Formed as a New York City hardcore band in 1981, Beastie Boys struck an unlikely path to global hip hop superstardom. The Beastie Boys Book is their story, told for the first time in the words of the band. Adam ADROCK Horovitz and Michael Mike D Diamond offer revealing and very funny accounts of their transition from teenage punks to budding rappers. With a style as distinctive and eclectic as Continue reading…

October 30

Carla Hall with Russ Parsons

In “Carla Hall’s Soul Food,” the beloved chef and television celebrity takes us back to her own Nashville roots to offer a fresh, lip-smackin’ look at America’s favorite comfort cuisine and traces soul food’s history from Africa and the Caribbean to the American South. Carla shows us that soul food is more than barbecue and mac and cheese. Traditionally a plant-based cuisine, everyday soul food is full of veggie goodness that’s just as delicious as cornbread and fried chicken. From Black-Eyed Pea Salad with Hot Sauce Vinaigrette to Tomato Pie with Garlic Bread Crust, the recipes in Carla Hall’s Soul Food deliver Continue reading…

October 29

Jill Soloway with Hannah Gadsby

This event celebrates the publication of Jill’s explosive new book, She Wants It: Desire Power and Toppling the Patriarchy.  Soloway and “She Wants It” are uniquely positioned at the center of the current gender and consent conflagrations to offer new perspectives on dated and damaging “he said/she said” binaries. Jill’s recent transition from identifying as femme, female and straight — to queer, masculine-of-center and non-binary — brings a vital new perspective and radical feminist philosophy to this pivotal moment.

October 28

An Evening with

RuPaul

RuPaul produces and hosts the reality competition series RuPaul’s Drag Race, for which he received two Primetime Emmy Awards in 2016 and 2017. He also hosts the podcast RuPaul: What’s The Tee? with Michelle Visage. His book, “GuRu” is a timeless collection of philosophies from renaissance performer and the world’s most famous shape-shifter, whose sage outlook has created an unprecedented career for more than thirty-five years. With a foreword from Jane Fonda, GuRu is packed with more than 80 beautiful photographs that illustrate the concept of building the life you want from the outside in and the inside out.

October 26

An Evening with

Yotam Ottolenghi

We’re excited that Yotam Ottolenghi returns to our stage. His new book is a collection of 130 easy, flavor-forward recipes from beloved chef Yotam Ottolenghi. Key word: simple!  In Ottolenghi Simple, powerhouse author and chef Yotam Ottolenghi presents 130 streamlined recipes packed with his signature Middle Eastern–inspired flavors.  He is the author of the New York Times best-selling cookbooks Plenty, Ottolenghi, Plenty More, NOPI, Sweet, and Jerusalem, which was awarded Cookbook of the Year by the International Association of Culinary Professionals and Best International Cookbook by the James Beard Foundation. He lives in London, where he co-owns an eponymous group of restaurants and the fine-dining restaurant Nopi.  

October 25

Yotam Ottolenghi

Dinner

We are honored to be hosting Yotam Ottolenghi for the third time at Live Talks Los Angeles, and excited about doing something special — a three course dinner, paired with selections from Ottolenghi Simple and Sweet: Desserts from London’s Ottolenghi. He is the author of the New York Times best-selling cookbooks Plenty, Ottolenghi, Plenty More, NOPI, Sweet, and Jerusalem, which was awarded Cookbook of the Year by the International Association of Culinary Professionals and Best International Cookbook by the James Beard Foundation. He lives in London, where he co-owns an eponymous group of restaurants and the fine dining restaurants NOPI and ROVI. He previously appeared at Continue reading…

October 23

Roger Daltrey with Judd Apatow

Roger Daltrey is the lead vocalist and founding member of The Who. His career has spanned more than 50 years, with a solo career producing eight studio albums. A daytime worker at a sheet metal factory, he first assembled The Who in 1961, recruiting John Entwistle and agreeing to John’s proposal that Pete Townshend should join. Daltrey was the band’s voice, a powerhouse frontman known for his stage presence and energy. As a member of The Who, Daltrey was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1990 and received a Kennedy Center Honor in 2008.

October 22

Michael Beschloss

Preeminent presidential historian Michael Beschloss shares a groundbreaking and often surprising saga of America’s wartime chief executives in his new book, Presidents of War —  a fresh, magisterial, intimate look at a procession of American leaders, from James Madison and the War of 1812 to recent times. It brings us into the room as they make the most difficult decisions that face any President, at times sending hundreds of thousands of American men and women war. author of nine books on presidential history, including, most recently, the New York Times bestsellers Presidential Courage and The Conquerors, as well as two volumes on Lyndon Johnson’s White House tapes.  

October 21

An Afternoon with

Pete Souza

We welcome Pete Souza back to our stage. We hosted him in January 2017 for his book, Obama: An Intimate Portrait.  Souza was the Chief Official White House Photographer for President Obama and the Director of the White House Photo Office. As Chief Official White House Photographer, Pete Souza spent more time alongside President Barack Obama than almost anyone else. His years photographing the President gave him an intimate behind-the-scenes view of the unique gravity of the Office of the Presidency–and the tremendous responsibility that comes with it. Shade is a portrait in Presidential contrasts, telling the tale of the Obama and Trump Continue reading…