All events listed below take place online. Please visit the organizers’ websites for details.

Diane von Furstenberg in conversation with Bozoma Saint John

Diane von Furstenberg with Bozoma Saint John discussing her book, "Own It: The Secret to Life"Join us for a virtual Live Talks Los Angeles event:Monday, April 12, 2021, 6:00pm PST/ 9pm EST Diane von Furstenberg in conversation with Bozoma Saint Johndiscussing her book, "Own It: The Secret to Life"  TICKETS:$34 includes a signed copy of the book(* we only ship to US addresses)The entrepreneur and philanthropist presents her A-Z guide and manifesto for personal growth and for turning problems into assets.Diane von Furstenberg began her fashion career in 1970. In a 1976 cover story, Newsweek declared her 'the most remarkable woman since Coco Chanel.' Her global brand is now available in more than 70 countries worldwide. An active philanthropist, she was president of the Council of Fashion Designers of America from 2006-2019. She has written several books, including Diane: A Signature Life and The Woman I Wanted to Be.She’s been a champion of women her entire life, supporting and empowering emerging women leaders across the globe. In 2010, with the Diller-von Furstenberg Family Foundation, Diane established the DVF Awards to honor and provide grants to women who have displayed leadership, strength and courage in their commitment to their causes. She served as Read More ...

The Committed

One of America’s most highly regarded contemporary writers returns with an exhilarating sequel to his Pulitzer Prize-winning spy thriller...Monday, April 12th, 2021, 6:30 PM PSTThe CommittedViet Thanh NguyenIn conversation with Laila Lalami In a highly anticipated sequel to the Pulitzer Prize-winning novel, The Sympathizer, Viet Thanh Nguyen returns with an exhilarating spy thriller that takes on the global aftermath of the Vietnam War. The Committed follows the Sympathizer, the conflicted double agent, as he seeks refuge in Paris in the 1980s. Both charmed and disturbed by the gritty Paris underworld, the Sympathizer struggles to assimilate into a dominant culture. Nguyen, who was born in Vietnam and raised in America, has long been devoted to exploring Vietnamese American history in his acclaimed work. He is the author of the short story collection The Refugees, the nonfiction book Nothing Ever Dies, and is the editor of an anthology of refugee writing, The Displaced. A recipient of fellowships from the Guggenheim and MacArthur foundations, Nguyen is a professor of English, American studies, and comparative literature at the University of Southern California. The Library Foundation welcomes Nguyen for a discussion of his fierce, funny, and visionary new novel.FAQsAbout the Library Foundation of Los AngelesThe Read More ...

Skylit: Taking Charge of Change by Paul Shoemaker, with Andy Lipkis

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Taking Charge of Change: How Rebuilders Solve Hard Problems (HarperCollins Leadership) When social impact thought leader Paul Shoemaker was researching effective civic change, he discovered something surprising: What matters most today in driving real change is less about a certain set of programs and more about a different kind of leadership. It is leadership poised to meet the radically different challenges of this decade ahead, including historic levels of inequity, silos, division, and resource scarcity. While innovation is always good, more than invention and innovation what is needed most now is re-invention and renovation. Using the metaphor of America’s deteriorating bridges, Shoemaker shows us in Taking Charge of Change that the structures and foundations of American communities and companies are in deep need of rethinking and rebuilding. Writing for socially conscious and civically active leaders who seek greater impact—in the private, public, and nonprofit sectors—Shoemaker profiles thirty-eight rock star change agents who he dubs Rebuilders. He distills what makes them so effective. Featured leaders include Peter Drucker Award winner Rosanne Haggerty, whose goal is to end chronic homelessness; Trish Millines, who has changed lives for kids of color in high tech; and David Risher, whose cross-sector approach is helping solve global illiteracy. Paul Shoemaker is the Founding President of Social Venture Partners Read More ...

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An Evening with Admiral William H. McCraven

An Evening with Admiral William H. McCraven discussing his new book,  "The Hero Code:Lessons Learned from Lives Well Lived" Join us for a virtual Live Talks Los Angeles event: Wednesday, April 14, 2021, 6:00pm PST/ 9pm EST  An Evening with Admiral William H. McCraven*  "The Hero Code: Lessons Learned from Lives Well Lived" *interviewer to be announced TICKETS: $32 includes a signed copy of the book(*we only ship to US addresses) Admiral William H. McRaven is the New York Times bestselling author of Make Your Bed and the New York Times bestseller Sea Stories: My Life in Special Operations. In his thirty-seven years as a Navy SEAL, he commanded at every level. As a Four-Star Admiral, his final assignment was as Commander of all U.S. Special Operations Forces. After retiring from the Navy, he served as the Chancellor of the University of Texas System from 2015 to 2018. The Hero Code is Admiral McRaven's ringing tribute to the real, everyday heroes he's met over the years, from battlefields to hospitals to college campuses, who are doing their part to save the world. When Bill McRaven was a young boy growing up in Texas, he dreamed of being a superhero. He longed to put on a cape and use Read More ...

WeHo Reads Presents: ”It is time to cross the threshold on your hands.”

WeHo Reads Presents: ”It is time to cross the threshold on your hands.” In celebration of National Poetry Month, West Hollywood’s new City Poet Laureate, Brian Sonia-Wallace, brings together poets near and far for an exploration of thresholds in language, gender, and geography. Featured poets include Fei Hernandez, Aleysha Wise Hernandez, Alan Pelaez Lopez, and Harry Josephine Giles. The event will culminate in writing prompts to get your creative juices flowing and a virtual afterparty for participants to share their work. Program can be viewed on the WeHo Arts Youtube Channel WeHo Reads is partnering with Book Soup for book sales and we highly encourage you to buy author books and to support your local brick & mortar bookshops. To purchase books please visit here This event is part of the City of West Hollywood's WeHo Reads literary series. To see details on the entire series visit www.weho.org/wehoreads

Rising Up: Poets Take A Stand

A BookSwell literary reading and fundraiser for Stop AAPI Hate Join us to hear four poets from different backgrounds who are concerned with issues of social justice. Lisbeth Coiman, Deborah J. Hunter, Teresa Mei Chuc, and Leonora Simonovis will share their poems of resistance to stand up to racism, dictators, and the machinery of war itself. This online event, produced by Lisbeth Coiman in collaboration with Bookswell, is free to attend via Zoom and YouTube. All proceeds from pay-what-you-will ticketed donations will go to Stop AAPI Hate. About the Poets Lisbeth Coiman is an emerging, bilingual writer who has wandered the immigration path from Venezuela to Canada, to the US. In her self-published memoir, I Asked the Blue Heron, Coiman explores the intersection between immigration and mental health. She is a bilingual writer and adult educator living in Los Angeles and her work has been published in Acentos Review, Entropy,Lady/Liberty/Lit, Hip Mama Magazine, Rabid Oaks, Cultural Weekly, and elsewhere online, and most recently in print in the Altadena Literary Review, and Accolades: a Women Who Submit Anthology. She featured in the 2015 Listen to Your Mother Show with her piece, The Violin. She lives in LA where she works and Read More ...

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Lisa Napoli with Susan Stamberg, Nina Totenberg & Linda Wertheimer

Lisa Napoli with Susan Stamberg, Nina Totenberg & Linda WertheimerJoin us for a virtual Live Talks Los Angeles event:Tuesday, April 20, 2021, 6:00pm PST/ 9pm EST  Lisa Napoli with Susan Stamberg, Nina Totenberg & Linda Wertheimerdiscussing her book,  "Susan, Linda, Nina & Cokie: The Extraordinary Story of the Founding Mothers of NPR" TICKETS:$38 includes a a copy of the book with a signed bookplate* (* we only ship to US addresses)Complimentary to viewA group biography of four beloved women who fought sexism, covered decades of American news, and whose voices defined NPR. Timed to the 50th Anniversary of NPR’s first transmission and the debut of All Things Considered.Lisa Napoli has had a long career in journalism, including staff reporting jobs at public radio’s Marketplace, the pioneering New York Times CyberTimes, and as a columnist/correspondent at MSNBC. She is the author, most recently, ofUp All Night: Ted Turner, CNN, and the Birth of 24-Hour News. Her previous books include a biography of NPR benefactor, the McDonald’s heiress, Joan Kroc, Ray & Joan, and a memoir about media’s impact on the tiny kingdom of Bhutan, Radio Shangri-La. She lives in Los Angeles.In the years after the Civil Rights Act of 1964, women in the workplace still found themselves relegated to Read More ...

In Conversation with Josh Tickell of Kiss the Ground

Please join us for a very special conversation with Josh Tickell, environmental thought leader and award winning director and author of Kiss the Ground. The event will explore ways Californians can come together and make both individual and collective change for a more sustainable future.

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Malcolm Gladwell in conversation with Walter Isaacson

Malcolm Gladwell in conversation with Walter IsaacsonJoin us for a virtual Live Talks Los Angeles event:Sunday, April 25, 2021, 3:00pm PT/ 6pm ET Malcolm Gladwellin conversation with Walter Isaacsondiscussing his book, “The Bomber Mafia: A Dream, a Temptation, and the Longest Night of the Second World War“Tickets: $36ticket includes the audio bookTickets open to international orders. Your audio book will be e-delivered to your email on pub day, April 27)Malcolm Gladwell’s exploration of how technology and best intentions collide in the heat of war.Malcolm Gladwell is the author of six New York Times bestsellers including Talking to Strangers, David and Goliath, Outliers, Blink, and The Tipping Point. He is the cofounder and president of Pushkin Industries, an audiobook and podcast production company which produces the podcasts Revisionist History; Broken Record, a music interview show; and Solvable, in which Gladwell interviews innovative thinkers with solutions to some of the world’s biggest problems.  The Bomber Mafia began as episodes Revisionist History, and the production team behind that show also produced the audiobook edition. Gladwell appeared at Live Talks Los Angeles for Talking to Strangers (video) and David and Goliath, and previously also interviewed Michael Lewis (video) on our stage.Walter Isaacson, a professor of history at Tulane, has been CEO of the Aspen Institute, chair of CNN, and Read More ...

NEH Reading and Conversation Series: Victoria Chang and Afaa Weaver

Continuing our poetry lecture and conversation series are Victoria Chang and Afaa Weaver, with conversation moderated by Kate Gale, on bending the rules of Formalism. With the support of the National Endowment for the Humanities, Red Hen Press is proud to bring a unique lecture and conversation series to the public, focusing on the history and future of formalism in poetry. The unifying thread of this conversation series is exploring formalist poetry and the role it plays in our culture as poetry continues to evolve. Why do we as readers and listeners to poetry continue to love the sound and rhythm of formal poetry? Why does it create a kind of heartbeat for us? Our series is organized with a movement from the traditional to the contemporary, bringing in diverse experiences and voices. Speakers will discuss poetry’s formal foundation and how teaching these building blocks allows for growth. In order for young people to do experimental poetry, they have to know what rules to break; to play with form, they have to know what form is. In poetry, traditional forms are the way we learn technique. If poetry were dance, form is ballet. Streamed live on redhen.org, facebook.com/redhenpress, and youtube.com/redhenpressbeats

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Beyond This Moment: A Beyond Baroque Virtual Benefit

We're celebrating poetry, literature, and renewed literary community with a virtual benefit in support of Beyond Baroque's reopening. PERFORMANCES BY:Abiodun Oyewole I Amanda Gorman I Amy Landecker I Bradley Whitford I Carolyn Foronda I E. Ethelbert Miller I Jaki Shelton Green I John Sinclair I The Linda Lindas I Louie Pérez I Luis J. Rodriguez I Lynne Thompson I Peter J. Harris I Ryka Aoki I Simon Callow I Tyehimba Jess I Wayne KramerHosts: Pat Thomas & Shonda BuchananOn May 6, we celebrate poetry, literature, and renewed literary community with Beyond This Moment, a virtual benefit in support of Beyond Baroque’s reopening later this year. After more than a year of being closed to the public, we are overjoyed at the prospect of welcoming our community back. Our space has nurtured thousands of writers and artists, ranging from internationally known figures like Amanda Gorman, Wanda Coleman, Dennis Cooper, Viggo Mortensen, John Doe & Exene Cervenka, and Mike Kelley, to our many beloved community members. Countless writers have taken their first workshop at Beyond Baroque, held their first reading in our theater, and met lifelong friends through our programs.Beyond This Moment gathers an array of notable writers and performers in celebration of those programs, and in Read More ...

An Evening with Niall Ferguson

An Evening with Niall Ferguson discussing his new book,  "Doom: The Politics of Catastrophe"Join us for a virtual Live Talks Los Angeles event:Tuesday, May 11, 2021, 6:00pm PST/ 9pm EST  An Evening with Niall Ferguson*discussing his new book,  "Doom: The Politics of Catastrophe"*interviewer to be announcedTICKETS:-- $40 includes a a copy of the book with a signed bookplate* (* we only ship to US addresses)-- Complimentary to view"All disasters are in some sense man-made." Setting the annus horribilis of 2020 in historical perspective, Niall Ferguson explains why we are getting worse, not better, at handling disasters.Niall Ferguson is a historian and the author of sixteen books, including Civilization, The Great Degeneration, Kissinger, 1923–1968: The Idealist, and The Ascent of Money. He is the Milbank Family Senior Fellow at the Hoover Institution, Stanford University, and the managing director of Greenmantle LLC. He is also a regular Bloomberg Opinion columnist. His many prizes include the International Emmy for Best Documentary (2009), the Benjamin Franklin Award for Public Service (2010), and the Council on Foreign Relations Arthur Ross Book Award (2016).“Niall Ferguson puts the Covid pandemic into the broadest of historical perspectives, and reminds us that this was not the first time that humans have had to Read More ...

WeHo Reads Presents Creating Hollywood Chinese: Arthur Dong and Charles Yu

A conversation between Arthur Dong, author of "Hollywood Chinese," and Charles Yu, author of "Interior Chinatown."In celebration of Asian American History Month, Arthur Dong and Charles Yu (winner of the 2020 National Book Award for Fiction) will go beyond the concept of representation in Hollywood to focus on the creative process for this craft talk and conversation.Program can be viewed on the WeHo Arts Youtube ChannelWeHo Reads is partnering with Book Soup for book sales and we highly encourage you to buy author books and to support your local brick & mortar bookshops. To purchase books please visit hereThis event is part of the City of West Hollywood's WeHo Reads literary series. To see details on the entire series visit www.weho.org/wehoreads

An Evening with Neil Gaiman

An Evening with Neil Gaiman to celebrate the release of "THE MONARCH OF THE GLEN and BLACK DOG:Two Tales of American Gods" Join us for a virtual Live Talks Los Angeles event: Thursday, May 13, 2021, 6:00pm PT/ 9pm ET    An Evening with Neil Gaiman To celebrate the release of THE MONARCH OF THE GLEN and BLACK DOG: Two Tales of American Gods (Vinyl Edition + MP3) * interviewer to be announced* This event premieres on May 13 at 6pm PT/9pm ET Ticketing Options: – $220 includes a signed copy* of THE MONARCH OF THE GLEN and BLACK DOG: Two Tales of American Gods (limited edition and numbered vinyl+ MP3; includes shipping) – $245 for international orders *Note: While all boxsets are numbered, only boxsets bought with this launch event ticketing option will have signed bookplates – $45 includes digital audiobook of AMERICAN GODS (International orders welcome) – $30 includes new paperback edition of AMERICAN GODS (includes shipping to US addresses) ** PLEASE NOTE: BOOKS AND VINYL BOXSET SHIPS DAY AFTER OUR EVENT. AUDIO BOOK DELIVERED ON MAY 14 VIA EMAIL _______________________________________________________________________ Welcome to the world of AMERICAN GODS as you’ve never heard it before…  THE MONARCH OF THE GLEN and BLACK DOG: Two Tales of American Gods by Neil Gaiman, Read More ...

An Evening with Michael Lewis

An Evening with Michael Lewis discussing his book, "Premonition: A Pandemic Story"Join us for a virtual Live Talks Los Angeles event:Wednesday, May 19, 2021, 6:00pm PST/ 9pm EST  An Evening with Michael Lewisdiscussing his book,  "Premonition: A Pandemic Story" TICKETS:$39 US ORDERS includes the book with a signed bookplate$59 INTERNATIONAL ORDERS includes the book with a signed bookplateFrom Michael Lewis, a ‘Superhero Story’ About the PandemicThe author of “The Big Short” and “Moneyball” takes on a frightening subject in his new book “The Premonition”: how to prevent a viral outbreak even worse than Covid-19. (book announcement in the New York Times)Michael Lewis is the best-selling author of several New York Times bestselling books including The Fifth Risk, The Undoing Project, Flash Boys, The Big Short, Liar’s Poker, Moneyball, The Blind Side.  Movie adaptations of The Big Short, Moneyball and The Blind Side were all nominated for Academy Awards. He is host of the podcast Against the Rules. He is a columnist for Bloomberg View and a contributing writer to Audible. His articles have also appeared in Vanity Fair, The New York Times Magazine, The New Yorker, Gourmet, Slate, Sports Illustrated, Foreign Affairs, and Poetry Magazine. He grew up in New Orleans and but now lives in Berkeley, California, with his wife, Tabitha Soren, and their three children. For those who could read Read More ...

WeHo Reads Presents Alternative Futures: James Sie and Skylar Kergil

A reading and conversation between James Sie and Skylar Kergil. With musical guest Jiaqing Wilson-YangAlternative Futures: The Importance of Seeing Yourself in Young Adult Literature is a reading and conversation between James Sie, author of "All Kinds of Other" and Skylar Kergil, author of "Before I Had the Words". With musical guest Jiaqing Wilson-Yang, whose first novel "Small Beauty" won the 2017 Lambda Literary Award for Transgender Fiction.Program can be viewed on the WeHo Arts Youtube ChannelWeHo Reads is partnering with Book Soup for book sales and we highly encourage you to buy author books and to support your local brick & mortar bookshops. To purchase books please visit hereThis event is part of the City of West Hollywood's WeHo Reads literary series. To see details on the entire series visit www.weho.org/wehoreads

WeHo Reads Presents: Rajiv Mohabir, Jubi Arriola-Headley and Dare Williams

WEHO Reads Presents: Rajiv Mohabir, Jubi Arriola-Headly, and Dare WilliamsIn celebration of LGBTQIA+ Pride Month and as part of the City’s One City One Pride LGBTQ Arts Festival – Poets read and discuss works by mentors they’ve never met along with their own work. With Rajiv Mohabir, author of "The Cowherds Son," Dare Williams, Jubi Arriola-Headley, author of "Original Kink," and musical guest Jayson Joseph of Elephants With Guns. Program can be viewed on the WeHo Arts Youtube ChannelWeHo Reads is partnering with Book Soup for book sales and we highly encourage you to buy author books and to support your local brick & mortar bookshops. To purchase books please visit hereThis event is part of the City of West Hollywood's WeHo Reads literary series. To see details on the entire series visit www.weho.org/wehoreads.

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