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Dave Barry with Paul Levine

May 11, 2023 @ 8:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Dave Barry in conversation with Paul Levine discussing his novel, “Swamp Story.”

Join us for an in-person* Live Talks Los Angeles event:

Thursday, May 11, 2023, 8pm

*Virtual event airs on May 16 at 6pm PT/9pm ET

Dave Barry in conversation with Paul Levine

discussing the writing life and his novel, “Swamp Story.”


  • $46 General Admission ticket + signed copy of “Above Ground”
  • $20 General Admission ticket
  • Additional books available for purchase at event
  • Face masks recommended
  • Tickets also include opportunity to watch the virtual event
  • The virtual version of this event airs on May 16 at 6pm PT/9PM ET and is available on video-on-demand for five days
  • Tickets for the virtual event can be purchased here (includes the book)
  • ASL interpreter provided upon request.
  • Free parking at the venue

Pulitzer Prize–winning bestselling author and actual Florida Man Dave Barry returns to our stage with his latest—Swamp Story, a Florida caper full of oddballs and more twists and turns than a snake slithering away from a gator.

You’re guaranteed to laugh as Barry tells us about life as a humorist on the ground down in Florida and how it inspired his latest novel. In short, Swamp Story tells the tale of a woman trapped in the Everglades and how she’s terrorized by an ex who’s a reality TV star, a TikTok mob—and a presidential hopeful.

Dave Barry is the author of more bestsellers than you can count on two hands, including Lessons from Lucy, Dave Barry’s Complete Guide to Guys, Dave Barry Turns Forty, and Dave Barry Is Not Making This Up. A wildly popular syndicated columnist best known for his booger jokes, Barry won the 1988 Pulitzer Prize for commentary. He lives in Miami.

Dave was the first event at Live Talks Los Angeles in 2010 and was interviewed by Jane Smiley. He has appeared several times on our stage, most recently in conversation with Alan Zwiebel, and one of his earlier appearances was in conversation with Matt Groening.

“I’m frankly tired of Dave Barry being so funny. Yet, he’s done it again to the benefit and delight of all of us. A hilarious new work.”—Steve Martin

The author of twenty-three novels, Paul Levine won the John D. MacDonald Fiction Award and has been nominated for the Edgar, Macavity, International Thriller, Shamus, and James Thurber prizes. A former trial lawyer, he also wrote twenty episodes of the CBS military drama JAG and co-created the Supreme Court drama First Monday starring James Garner and Joe Mantegna. The international bestseller To Speak for the Dead was his first novel and introduced readers to linebacker-turned-lawyer Jake Lassiter. His 2023 novel Early Grave was termed a “witty and complex legal thriller” by Publishers Weekly.  He is also the author of the critically acclaimed Solomon vs. Lord series of legal capers. 


May 11, 2023
8:00 pm - 9:00 pm
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William Turner Gallery — Bergamot Arts Station
2525 Michigan Avenue, #E-1
Santa Monica, CA 90404 United States

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