Past Events

January 31

Jason Rezaian with Maz Jobrani

Jason Rezaian served as Tehran bureau chief for the Washington Post and is now an opinion writer for the paper and contributor to CNN. He was convicted—but never sentenced—of espionage in a closed-door trial in Iran in 2015. Prisoner is his dramatic memoir of the journalist who was held hostage in a high-security prison in Tehran for eighteen months and whose release—which almost didn’t happen—became a part of the Iran nuclear deal.

January 24

Marc Freedman with Michael Eisner

Marc Freedman, CEO and president of Encore.org says the secret to happiness, longevity, and living on is through mentoring the next generation. Originator of the encore career idea linking second acts to the greater good, Freedman cofounded Experience Corps to mobilize people over fifty to improve the school performance and prospects of low-income elementary school students in twenty-two US cities. Freedman was named Social Entrepreneur of the Year by the World Economic Forum and the Schwab Foundation, was recognized as one of the nation’s leading social entrepreneurs by Fast Company magazine three years in a row, and has been honored with Continue reading…

January 16

Steven Pinker with Terrence McNally

Steven Pinker is an experimental cognitive scientist and one of the world’s foremost writers on language, mind, and human nature. He is Professor of Psychology at Harvard University. His latest book is Enlightenment Now: The Case for Reason, Science, Humanism, and Progress. His earlier books include The Language Instinct, How the Mind Works, The Blank Slate, The Better Angels of Our Nature, and The Sense of Style. He is an elected Member of the National Academy of Sciences, and has been named Humanist of the Year, Prospect magazine’s “The World’s Top 100 Public Intellectuals,” Foreign Policy’s “100 Global Thinkers,” and Time magazine’s “The 100 Most Influential People in the World Today.”

December 5

An Evening with

Sally Field

Sally Field is a two-time Academy Award and three-time Emmy Award winning actor who has portrayed dozens of iconic roles on both the large and small screens. In 2012, she was inducted into the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and in 2015 she was honored by President Obama with the National Medal of Arts. In her intimate memoir, “In Pieces,” she tells her story for the first time, and in her own gorgeous words–about a challenging and lonely childhood, the craft that helped her find her voice, and a powerful emotional legacy that shaped her journey as a daughter Continue reading…

November 19

Chip Conley with Lisa Napoli

At age 52, after selling the company he founded and ran as CEO for 24 years, rebel boutique hotelier Chip Conley was looking at an open horizon in midlife. Then he received a call from the young founders of Airbnb, asking him to help grow their disruptive start-up into a global hospitality giant. He had the industry experience, but Conley was lacking in the digital fluency of his 20-something colleagues. He didn’t write code, or have an Uber or Lyft app on his phone, was twice the age of the average Airbnb employee, and would be reporting to a CEO Continue reading…

November 17

Pharrell Williams with Kenya Barris

Pharrell Williams is a multi-platinum recording artist, 11-time Grammy award recipient and a two-time Academy Award nominee. “A Fish Doesn’t Know It’s Wet” is the second book authored by Pharrell Williams. This definitive volume documents the artistic evolution of one of the biggest superstars of American popular culture. Lavishly illustrated with 250 photographs and illustrations, this book features Pharrell Williams’s prolific and ever-expanding body of work in a graphic language all his own. Straddling art, design, and hip-hop, Pharrell’s creative output is without peer or precedent. By playing off different disciplines—music, fashion, and contemporary art—Pharrell has redefined the role of the Continue reading…

November 14

Tom Hanks with Tim Long

Tom Hanks is an actor, screenwriter, director and producer.  His writing has appeared in The New York Times, Vanity Fair, and The New Yorker.  “Uncommon Type” is a collection of seventeen wonderful short stories showing that two-time Academy Award winner Tom Hanks is as talented a writer as he is an actor. 

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…