Simon Winchester
in conversation with
Patt Morrison

November 18, 2010, 8pm

Track 16 Gallery
Bergamot Station

2525 Michigan Avenue, Bldg. C-1
Santa Monica, CA


“A focal point, an axis, a fulcrum, around which the power and influence of the modern world has long been distributed.  The Atlantic existed in equipoise between the blocs of power and cultural influence that have shaped the modern world. It is an entity that links them, it unites them, and in some indescribable way also defines them.”    –Simon Winchester

Simon Winchester is an author, journalist and broadcaster of enviable range. Time magazine calls him “an extraordinarily graceful writer.”   His many books include the best-selling The Professor and the Madman, A Crack in the Edge of the World, and The Map that Change

d the World. Winchester was made Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) by Queen Elizabeth II in 2006.

With ATLANTIC: Great Sea Battles, Heroic Discovers, Titanic Storms, and a Vast Ocean of a Million Stories, he returns to his trademark blend of history, natural science, and keen observations with a fascinating “biography” of one of the world’s great oceans. Displaying the remarkable fluidity of narrative style and command of content that has earned him praise as a master storyteller, Winchester delves deeply into the long, complicated story of a body of water that has been at the center of western civilization. Visit his website:

Patt Morrison is host of The Patt Morrison Show on KPCC and a longtime reporter and columnist for the Los Angeles Times, where she has won numerous awards, including a share of two Pulitzer Prizes. She is a regular commentator on National Public Radio’s Morning Edition and has published a best-selling book on the Los Angeles River. She is frequently interviewed about Southern California on the BBC and other television and radio programs, and was a founding host of Life & Times on KCET-TV, for which she won six Emmys and six Golden Mike awards.


$20 General Admission

$35 General Admission including Simon Winchester’s book

$95 Reserved Seating, Simon Winchester book,

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


Net proceeds from this event will benefit the new soon to be launched Los Angeles Review of Books. The collective project of 200 distinguished writers and scholars from Los Angeles and around the globe, The Los Angeles Review of Books is the first major book review to launch in the new century.  Daily reviews and essays, streaming video and audio, podcasts and interactive salons, aggregated book news and book talk from around the web, digests of the best of the literary blogs and interviews and roundtables with writers, critics, publishers will, over time, develop into the world’s most comprehensive database of literary discussion.  A nonprofit community service, The Los Angeles Review of Books is housed at UC Riverside’s College of Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences, and has received seed funding from UCR, the Rosenthal Family Foundation and individual donors.  This endeavor is led by Tom Lutz, who recently was one of 100 Angelenos featured in the LA Weekly. Incidentally, the owner of Track 16 Gallery and a good friend of Live Talks Los Angeles, Tom Patchett, was another featured Angeleno in the 100 people doing cool things issue