Wednesday, January 25, 2017
8pm 
 
Michael Lewis
in conversation with Mindy Kaling
 
discussing his upcoming book,
The Undoing Project:
A Friendship That Changed Our Minds


Ann and Jerry Moss Theatre
New Roads School

Herb Alpert Educational Village
3131 Olympic Boulevard
Santa Monica, CA 90404

PURCHASE TICKETS — SOLD OUT
Will be posted on our Facebook page a few days later.

$45 General Admission seat + a copy of Undoing Project
$50 Reserved Section Seat + a copy of Undoing Project
$95 Reception (6:30-7:30pm) + Reserved Section Seat 
        + copy of Undoing Project

Michael Lewis’ bestsellers include Flash Boys, The Big Short, The Blind Side, Liar’s Poker and Moneyball.  Michael Lewis previously appeared with Malcolm Gladwell at Live Talks Los Angeles discussing his book, Flash Boys: A Wall Street Revolt. Watch the video.

“I read Lewis for the same reasons I watch Tiger Woods. I’ll never play like that. But it’s good to be reminded every now and again what genius looks like.” — Malcolm Gladwell

In The Undoing Project: A Friendship That Changed Our Minds, Lewis brings his narrative gift to the fascinating collaboration between Daniel Kahneman and Amos Tversky, whose Nobel Prize-winning theory of the mind altered our perception of reality. Kahneman and Tversky showed the ways in which the human mind errs, systematically, when forced to make judgments about uncertain situations. By undoing our assumptions about the decision-making process, Kahneman and Tversky’s breathtaking work created the field of behavioral economics, advanced evidence-based medicine, led to a new approach to government regulation, and made possible much of Lewis’s own writing, on topics from business to baseball.

The characters at the center of this story have the dramatic complexity of great literary figures, heroes both in the university and on the battlefield. Their breakthrough ideas were deeply linked to their extraordinary life experiences, and their findings might well have changed, for good, mankind’s view of its own mind.

Mindy Kaling is an actor, writer, producer, and director. She currently stars in the Hulu original comedy series The Mindy Project, which she also writes and executive produces. The show centers on Dr. Mindy Lahiri, a successful OB/GYN whose love of romantic comedies is wreaking havoc on her personal life. 

Before The Mindy Project, Mindy was best known for her work on the critically acclaimed, Emmy Award-winning NBC show The Office. In addition to directing, producing, and portraying celebrity-obsessed Kelly Kapoor, Mindy wrote 18 episodes of the series, including the Emmy nominated episode “Niagra.” 

She is currently in production on Ocean’s 8 alongside Sandra Bullock, Cate Blanchett and Anne Hathaway. She will next begin production on A Wrinkle in Time for Disney.

Aside from her work in film and television, Mindy is the author of the comedic memoir Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me (And Other Concerns), and her second memoir Why Not Me? was released in September 2015 —  both New York Times’ best-sellers.  She appeared at Live Talks Los Angeles in September 2015.

Sunday, September 27, 2015
7:00pm 

An Evening with Mindy Kaling

discussing her collection of essays
Why Not Me

The Alex Theatre
216 North Brand Boulevard
Glendale, CA 91203

Sorry but this event is SOLD OUT

Mindy Kaling is the creator and star of The Mindy Project, and author of the New York Times bestseller, Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me?  She is also known for her work on the NBC sitcom The Office, where she portrayed the character Kelly Kapoor and served as executive producer, writer and director. 

Mindy Kaling in the news:
— Mindy Kaling Reveals Writing Process For New Book ‘Why Not Me’? (Design & Trend, July 22)
— How to Be Unstoppable: Inside the Creative Mind of Mindy Kaling (Ad Week, July 19)

In Why Not Me?, Kaling shares her ongoing journey to find contentment and excitement in her adult life, whether it’s falling in love at work, seeking new friendships in lonely places, attempting to be the first person in history to lose weight without any behavior modification whatsoever, or most important, believing that you have a place in Hollywood when you’re constantly reminded that no one looks like you.
 
In one of the essays — “How to Look Spectacular: A Starlet’s Confessions” — Kaling gives her tongue-in-cheek secrets for surefire on-camera beauty, (“Your natural hair color may be appropriate for your skin tone, but this isn’t the land of appropriate–this is Hollywood, baby. Out here, a dark-skinned woman’s traditional hair color is honey blonde.”) “Player” tells the story of Kaling being seduced and dumped by a female friend in L.A. (“I had been replaced by a younger model. And now they had matching bangs.”) In “Unlikely Leading Lady,” she muses on America’s fixation with the weight of actresses, (“Most women we see onscreen are either so thin that they’re walking clavicles or so huge that their only scenes involve them breaking furniture.”) And in “Soup Snakes,” Kaling spills some secrets on her relationship with her ex-boyfriend and close friend, B.J. Novak (“I will freely admit: my relationship with B.J. Novak is weird as hell.”)

Mindy turns the anxieties, the glamour, and the celebrations of her second coming-of-age into a laugh-out-loud funny collection of essays that anyone who’s ever been at a turning point in their life or career can relate to. And those who’ve never been at a turning point can skip to the parts where she talks about meeting Bradley Cooper.

Matt Warburton is Executive Producer of The Mindy Project.  He grew up in northern Ohio and has a degree in cognitive neuroscience from Harvard University.  Previously he worked for 11 years as a writer and co-executive producer on the Fox animated series The Simpsons, leaving the show in December 2012, and prior to that worked as a writer (consulting editor) on the NBC comedy series Community, joining during the show’s third season.

MindyKaling_FBEventPg-1This Sunday, September 27, we host Mindy Kaling at a sold out event at the Alex Theatre.   Here’s your chance to win a signed copy of Mindy Kaling’s collection of essays, Why Not Me?

If you have a great question for Mindy, here’s your chance to win a signed copy of her book.  We will pick 10 questions, and if yours is selected, we ship you a signed copy of Mindy Kaling’s book.

Please email your question to info@livetalksla.org with “Mindy Question” in the subject line.  If we pick your question, we will email you and ask for your address.