Upcoming Events

September 24

An Evening with

Daniel Siegel

We welcome Dan Siegel back to our stage for his new book, Aware, his groundbreaking new book introducing readers to his pioneering, science-based meditation practice. He is a clinical professor of psychiatry at the UCLA School of Medicine and the founding co-director of the Mindful Awareness Research Center at UCLA. He is also the Executive Director of the Mindsight Institute which focuses on the development of mindsight, which teaches insight, empathy, and integration in individuals, families and communities.  Aware provides practical instruction for mastering the Wheel of Awareness, a life-changing tool for cultivating more focus, presence, and peace in one’s day-to-day life. An in-depth look at the science that Continue reading…

September 26

An Evening with

Soraya Chemaly

Soraya Chemaly is an award-winning writer and activist whose work focuses on the role of gender in culture, politics, religion, and media. She is the Director of the Women’s Media Center Speech Project and an advocate for women’s freedom of expression and expanded civic and political engagement. Her articles appear in Time, the Verge, The Guardian, The Nation, HuffPost, and The Atlantic. Following in the footsteps of classic feminist manifestos like The Feminine Mystique and Our Bodies, Ourselves, Rage Becomes Her is an eye-opening book for the twenty-first century woman: an engaging, accessible credo offering us the tools to re-understand our anger and harness its power to create lasting positive change.

October 1

An Evening with

Jeff Bridges

Jeff Bridges’ Award-Winning Documentary ‘Living in the Future’s Past’ Brings a Fresh Perspective on Being Human for our Challenging Times and Asks “What Kind of Future Would You Like to See?” “Living In The Future’s Past” explores who we are, where we come from, how we think and why we do the things we do. Bridges joins scientist and astronaut Piers Sellers, “Being Ecologica”l author Timothy Morton, physicist and Author, “Elastic: Flexible Thinking In a Time of Change,” Leonard Mlodinow, former NATO Supreme Allied Commander General Wesley Clark, and author of “Emotional Intelligence,” Daniel Goleman among many other experts and Continue reading…

October 2

An Evening with

Kate Atkinson

Kate Atkinson’s new novel, “Transcription,” is a dramatic story of WWII espionage, betrayal, and loyalty. Atkinson’s first novel, “Behind the Scenes at the Museum,” won the Whitbread (now Costa) Book of the Year Award. She has been a critically acclaimed, bestselling author ever since, with over one million copies of her books in print in the United States. She is the author of a collection of short stories, “Not the End of the World,” and of the novels “Life After Life,”  “A God in Ruins,”  “Human Croquet,” “Emotionally Weird,” “Case Histories,” “One Good Turn,” “When Will There Be Good News?,” Continue reading…

October 3

An Evening with

America Ferrera

From award-winning actress and political activist America Ferrera comes a vibrant and varied collection of first person accounts from prominent figures about the experience of growing up between cultures. Ferrera is an award-winning actress, producer, director and activist. She is best known for her breakthrough role as “Betty Suarez” on ABC’s hit comedy, “Ugly Betty.” She produces and stars in the acclaimed NBC workplace comedy, “Superstore,” currently in its fourth season. In 2016 Ferrera cofounded HARNESS, an organization connecting storytellers and activists to amplify the cultural narrative around social justice. She speaks throughout the country as an advocate for human and civil rights Continue reading…

October 4

An Evening with

Doris Kearns Goodwin

In this culmination of five decades of acclaimed studies in presidential history, Pulitzer Prize-winning author Doris Kearns Goodwin offers an illuminating exploration of the early development, growth, and exercise of leadership. Her interest in leadership began more than half a century ago as a professor at Harvard. Her experiences working for LBJ in the White House and later assisting him on his memoirs led to her bestselling Lyndon Johnson and the American Dream. She followed up with the Pulitzer Prize–winning No Ordinary Time: Franklin & Eleanor Roosevelt: The Home Front in World War II. She earned the Lincoln Prize for the runaway bestseller Team of Continue reading…

October 8

An Evening with

Scott Harrison

Scott Harrison, the founder and CEO of the nonprofit charity: water, shares an inspiring personal story of redemption, second chances, and the transformative power within us all. charity: water has mobilized over one million donors around the world to fund over 28,000 water projects in 26 countries that will serve more than 8.2 million people.

October 10

An Evening with

Lisa Brennan-Jobs

“Small Fry” is a frank, smart and captivating memoir by the daughter of Apple founder Steve Jobs. Her childhood unfolded in a rapidly changing Silicon Valley. When she was young, Lisa’s father was a mythical figure who was rarely present in her life. As she grew older, her father took an interest in her, ushering her into a new world of mansions, vacations, and private schools. Small Fry is Lisa Brennan-Jobs’s poignant story of childhood and growing up. Part portrait of a complex family, part love letter to California in the seventies and eighties, Small Fry is an enthralling story by Continue reading…

October 11

Eric Idle with Bob Saget

From the ingenious comic performer, founding member of Monty Python, and creator of Spamalot, comes an absurdly funny memoir of unparalleled wit and heartfelt candor. Eric Idle is a comedian, actor, author, and singer-songwriter who found immediate fame on television with the sketch-comedy show Monty Python’s Flying Circus. Following its success, they began making films that include Monty Python and the Holy Grail (1975), Life of Brian (1979) and The Meaning of Life (1983). Eric wrote, directed, and created The Rutles, the world’s first-ever mockumentary, as well as the Tony Award-winning musical, Spamalot (2005).  

October 16

An Evening with

Beth Comstock

Beth Comstock is the former Vice Chair of GE, where for twenty-five years she led GE’s efforts to accelerate new growth. She built GE’s Business Innovations and GE Ventures, which develops new businesses, and oversaw the reinvention of GE Lighting. She was named GE’s Chief Marketing Officer in 2003. She served as President of Integrated Media at NBC Universal, from 2006-08, overseeing the company’s digital efforts, including the early formation of Hulu. She has been named to the Fortune and Forbes lists of the World’s Most Powerful women. In Imagine It Forward, Comstock, in a candid and deeply personal narrative, shares lessons from a thirty year career as Continue reading…

October 17

René Redzepi and David Zilber

At Noma—four times named the world’s best restaurant—every dish includes some form of fermentation, whether it’s a bright hit of vinegar, a deeply savory miso, an electrifying drop of garum, or the sweet intensity of black garlic. Fermentation is one of the foundations behind Noma’s extraordinary flavor profiles. René Redzepi, chef and co-owner of Noma, and David Zilber, the chef who runs the restaurant’s acclaimed fermentation lab, share never-before-revealed techniques to creating Noma’s extensive pantry of ferments. With more than 500 step-by-step photographs and illustrations, and with every recipe approachably written and meticulously tested, The Noma Guide to Fermentation takes readers far Continue reading…

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…

October 22

An Evening with

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 23

An Evening with

Roger Daltrey

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 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 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 30

An Evening with

Carla Hall

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…

November 12

An Evening with

Michael Connelly

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 14

An Evening with

Tom Hanks

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. 

December 3

An Evening with

Jon Meacham

In his new book, Pulitzer Prize–winning author Jon Meacham helps us understand the present moment in American politics and life by looking back at critical times in our history when hope overcame division and fear.  Meacham is the author of the New York Times bestsellers Thomas Jefferson: The Art of Power, American Lion: Andrew Jackson in the White House, Franklin and Winston, and Destiny and Power: The American Odyssey of George Herbert Walker Bush, he is a distinguished visiting professor at Vanderbilt University, a contributing writer for The New York Times Book Review

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…