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September 25

Brian Grazer with Ted Sarandos

Academy Award winning producer Brian Grazer is one of Hollywood’s most successful story tellers.  His films and television shows have been nominated for forty-three Academy Awards and 187 Emmys. His credits include A Beautiful Mind, Apollo 13, Splash, Arrested Development, 24, Empire, 8 Mile, J. Edgar, The Da Vinci Code, Parenthood, Friday Night Lights, American Gangster, and Genius, among others.  His book A Curious Mind: The Secret to a Bigger Life was a New York Times bestseller. See him in conversation with Ted Sarandos discussing his new book, Face to Face: The Art of Human Connection.

 

September 23

Craig Johnson with Lee Goldberg

Craig Johnson is the New York Times bestselling author of fourteen full-length novels in the Walt Longmire mystery series, as well as three works of short fiction featuring the beloved sheriff. In the fifteenth installment of the series, Land of Wolves, Craig Johnson once again draws readers in to the rugged and colorful world of Wyoming’s glorious landscape. With millions of devoted readers, the series is also the inspiration for Longmire, the hit Netflix TV show—now streaming all six seasons. His books have been named best books of the year by Publishers Weekly and Library Journal. Johnson lives in Ucross, Wyoming, population twenty-five.

 

Viking is thrilled to publish on September 17 the fifteenth installment of the Longmire series, LAND OF WOLVES. New York Times bestselling author Craig Johnson once again draws readers in to the rugged and colorful world of Wyoming’s glorious landscape. With millions of devoted readers, the series is also the inspiration for Longmire, the hit Netflix TV show—now streaming all six seasons.

 

September 18

Patricia Cornwell with Jamie Lee Curtis

Jamie Lee Curtis interviews Patricia Cornwell on her new novel, Quantum — a pulse-pounding thriller in a series featuring a brilliant and unusual new heroine, cutting-edge cybertechnology, and stakes that are astronomically high. Cornwell’s 1990 debut novel, Postmortem, in 1990 went on to win the Edgar, Creasey, Anthony, and Macavity Awards as well as the French Prix du Roman d’Aventure prize—the first book ever to claim all these distinctions in a single year. Her Scarpetta series won the Sherlock Award for best detective created by an American author, the Gold Dagger Award, the RBA Thriller Award, and the Medal of Chevalier of the Order of Arts and Letters for her contributions to literary and artistic development.  

September 17

Malcolm Gladwell with Larry Wilmore

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Malcolm Gladwell, host of the podcast Revisionist History and the bestselling author of The Tipping Point, Blink, Outliers, David and Goliath, and What the Dog Saw, offers a powerful examination of our interactions with strangers—and why they often go wrong.  He was named one of the 100 most influential people by Time magazine and one of the Foreign Policy’s Top Global Thinkers.  Talking to Strangers is a classically Gladwellian intellectual adventure, a challenging and controversial excursion through history, psychology, and scandals taken straight from the news.  Something is very wrong, Gladwell argues, with the tools and strategies we use to make sense of people we don’t know. And because we don’t know how to talk to strangers, we are inviting conflict and misunderstanding in ways that have a profound effect on our lives and our world. 

September 16

Malcolm Gladwell with Brit Marling

Malcolm Gladwell, host of the podcast Revisionist History and the bestselling author of The Tipping Point, Blink, Outliers, David and Goliath, and What the Dog Saw, offers a powerful examination of our interactions with strangers—and why they often go wrong.  He was named one of the 100 most influential people by Time magazine and one of the Foreign Policy’s Top Global Thinkers.  Talking to Strangers is a classically Gladwellian intellectual adventure, a challenging and controversial excursion through history, psychology, and scandals taken straight from the news.  Something is very wrong, Gladwell argues, with the tools and strategies we use to make sense of people we don’t know. And because we don’t know how to talk to strangers, we are inviting conflict and misunderstanding in ways that have a profound effect on our lives and our world. 

September 12

Randall Munroe with Kyle Hill

Randall Munroe is the author of the popular webcomic xkcd and the science question-and-answer blog What If. He is author of the New York Times bestsellers What If? and Thing Explainer. A former NASA roboticist, he left the agency in 2006 to draw comics on the internet full-time supporting himself through the sale of xkcd t-shirts, prints, posters, and books.  He appeared at Live Talks Los Angeles in conversation with Will Wheaton when his book, What If was published.
For any task you might want to do, there’s a right way, a wrong way, and a way so monumentally complex, excessive, and inadvisable that no one would ever try it. How To is a guide to the third kind of approach. It’s full of highly impractical advice for everything from landing a plane to digging a hole

September 11

David Koepp with Andrew Kevin Walker

David Koepp is a celebrated American screenwriter and director best known for his work on Jurassic Park, Spider-Man, Panic Room, and War of the World. His work on screen has grossed over $6 billion worldwide. His debut novel, Cold Storage is an astonishing debut —  a wild and terrifying adventure about three strangers who must work together to contain a highly contagious, deadly organism.

 

September 10

Emma Donoghue with Marisa Matarazzo

Emma Donoghue migrates between genres, writing literary history, biography, stage and radio plays as well as fairy tales and short stories. She is best known for her novels, which range from the historical (SlammerkinLife MaskLandingThe Sealed Letter) to the contemporary (Stir-FryHoodLanding). Her international bestseller Room was a New York Times Best Book of 2010 and was a finalist for the Man Booker, Commonwealth, and Orange Prizes. The screen adaptation of Room was nominated for four Oscars. In her new novel, Akin, a retired New York professor’s life is thrown into chaos when he takes a young great-nephew to the French Riviera, in hopes of uncovering his own mother’s wartime secrets.

September 5

Walter Mosley with Viet Thanh Nguyen 

Walter Mosley is the author of more than fifty critically-acclaimed books, including the major bestselling mystery series featuring Easy Rawlins. His work has been translated into twenty-five languages and includes literary fiction, science fiction, political monographs, and a young adult novel. He is the winner of numerous awards, including an O. Henry Award, the Mystery Writers of America’s Grand Master Award, a Grammy, PEN America’s Lifetime Achievement Award, and an Edgar Award. In his first book on the craft of writing, This Year You Write Your Novel, Walter Mosley supplied aspiring writers with the basic tools to write a novel in one year. In the follow up, Elements of Fiction, Mosley guides the writer through the elements of not just any fiction writing, but the kind of writing that transcends convention and truly stands out. 

September 4

Steve Aoki with Howie Mandel

Steve Aoki is an Asian-American electronic musician, record producer, DJ, and music executive. He has collaborated with artists such as BTS, Daddy Yankee, Migos, Tiesto, Linkin Park, blink-182, Lil Jon, and Fall Out Boy, and has released several Billboard-charting studio albums, notably Wonderland, which was nominated for a Grammy Award for Best Dance/Electronica Album in 2013. His most recent album, Neon Future III, which serves as the third chapter of the Neon Future concept albums, featured Louis Tomlinson, Lil Yachty, Bill Nye, Mike Posner, and many more. Blue is his remarkable story―in pictures and words― the superstar DJ/producer who started his career as a vegan straightedge hardcore music kid hellbent on defying his millionaire father, whose unquenchable thirst to entertain―inherited from his dad, Rocky Aoki, founder of Benihana―led him to global success and two Grammy nominations.

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