“Some Luck” for the LARE w/ Live Talks & Jane Smiley!




Wednesday, October 29, 2014 8:00pm (Reception 6:30-7:30pm)

An Evening with Jane Smiley in conversation with David Francis discussing the writing life and her novel, Some Luck

Moss Theatre -New Roads School- 3131 Olympic Boulevard Santa Monica, CA 90404

Jane Smiley is the author of numerous novels, including A Thousand Acres, which was awarded the Pulitzer Prize, as well as four works of nonfiction. In 2001 she was inducted into the American Academy of Arts and Letters. She received the PEN USA Lifetime Achievement Award for Literature in 2006. She lives in Northern California.We love Jane at Live Talks Los Angeles. She was part of our first event, where she interviewed Dave Barry (see the video), and she returned earlier this year to interview Gary Shteyngart (see the video). We are excited to to be featuring her for her upcoming novel, Some Luck.

On their farm in Denby, Iowa, Rosanna and Walter Langdon abide by time-honored values that they pass on to their five wildly different yet equally remarkable children: Frank, the brilliant, stubborn first-born; Joe, whose love of animals makes him the natural heir to his family’s land; Lillian, an angelic child who enters a fairy-tale marriage with a man only she will fully know; Henry, the bookworm who’s not afraid to be different; and Claire, who earns the highest place in her father’s heart. Moving from post-World War I America through the early 1950s, Some Luck gives us an intimate look at this family’s triumphs and tragedies, zooming in on the realities of farm life, while casting-as the children grow up and scatter to New York, California, and everywhere in between-a panoramic eye on the monumental changes that marked the first half of the twentieth century. Rich with humor and wisdom, twists and surprises, Some Luck takes us through deeply emotional cycles of births and deaths, passions, and betrayals, displaying Smiley’s dazzling virtuosity, compassion, and understanding of human nature and the nature of history, never discounting the role of fate and chance. This potent conjuring of many lives across generations is a stunning tour de force.

David Francis‘ first novel Agapanthus Tango was published internationally in seven languages and then in the United States as The Great Island Sea. His second novel, Stray Dog Winter, was named Book of the Year in The Advocate, Novel of the Year in the Australian Literature Review, was a 2009 LAMBDA fiction award finalist and won the 2010 American Library Association Barbara Gittings Stonewall Prize for Literature. His short fiction has appeared in The Sydney Morning Herald, Wet Ink, The Southern California Review, Best Australian Stories 2010 and 2012, Griffith Review, Meanjin, The Harvard Review and The Ratting Wall. His book reviews have appeared in The Los Angeles Review of Books. For more information go to visit his website.

PURCHASE TICKETS $20 General Admission /$30 Reserved Seats/ $43 Includes Smiley’s book + Reserved Seats/ $95 includes reserved seating + pre-event reception + Smiley’s book





Marcus Samuelsson cooks it up “off duty” for Live Talks & the LARE!


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An Evening with Chef Marcus Samuelsson Marcus Off Duty: The Recipes I Cook at Home

All Saints Church 504 N. Camden Beverly Hills, CA 90210

PURCHASE TICKETS -$20 General Admission /$30 Reserved Seats/ $50 Includes Samuelsson’s Marcus Off Duty + Reserved Seats/ $95 includes reserved seating + pre-event reception + book

The reception includes selections chosen from the cookbook Marcus Off Duty!

Marcus Samuelsson is owner of Red Rooster restaurant in Harlem and former Executive Chef and co-owner of New York’s Restaurant Aquavit, AQ Cafe at Scandinavia House, and Riingo. The youngest chef ever to receive two three-star ratings from The New York Times, he starred on Discovery Home Channel’s Inner Chef. His cookbooks include Aquavit and the New Scandinavian Cuisine, The Soul of a New Cuisine, which won the 2007 James Beard Foundation Award for best international cookbook, and New American Table. He is winner of Top Chef Masters, and a judge on Chopped. In 2009, he was chosen by President Obama to cook the first state dinner. Samuelsson appeared at Live Talks Los Angeles in conversation with David Burtka of E! in 2012 to discuss his memoir, Yes! Chef. See the video. In his latest cook book, Marcus Off Duty, Marcus Samuelsson shows how he cooks at home for family and friends. For two decades, he has captivated food lovers with his brilliant culinary interpretations. Born in Ethiopia, raised in Sweden, and trained in European kitchens, he is a world citizen turned American success story. The recipes blend a rainbow of the flavors he experienced in his travels—Ethiopian, Swedish, Mexican, Caribbean, Italian, and Southern soul. His eclectic, casual food includes dill-spiced salmon; coconut-lime curried chicken; mac, cheese, and greens; chocolate pie spiced with Indian garam masala; and for kids, peanut noodles with slaw.

Also, cookbooks make fine Christmas gifts, so order a signed copy for the holidays!




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A FULLER LIFE Q&A’s at the NoHo with Filmmaker Samantha Fuller and Many Special Guests !

FRIDAY & SATURDAY-OCTOBER 24th & 25th-5 & 7 pm screenings.

LAEMMLE THEATERS 5240 Lankershim Blvd. North Hollywood, CA 91601  310-478-3836


Come on down & see this great new documentary about one of cinema’s most interesting,original & influential directors, the incredible Sam Fuller.

Copies of “Brainquake” by Sam Fuller & the wonderful “A Third Face” , Sam’s autobiography will be available for purchase & Samantha & Christa will be happy to sign!

A FULLER LIFE celebrates the independent spirit of a true American maverick whose unique output broke new ground in journalism, filmmaking, storytelling and even service to his country. The story takes us through highlights of Samuel Fuller’s unconventional and adventurous life spanning a century of American history, a great man’s great yarn, a love song to democracy, and an hymn to independence, originality, and endurance. A FULLER LIFE presents for the first time recently discovered 16 mm films shot by Fuller, footage he shot on the front lines during World War II as well as location scouts and home movies. Every word spoken in this documentary, whether by a performer or from a clip of one of his films, was written by him, creating a posthumous self-portrait of the subject in his own words. Adapted from Sam Fuller’s award-winning autobiography, A Third Face, the film consists of 12 segments, each of which features an admirer of Sam’s dramatizing their interpretation of Sam’s memoirs. Set in the late director’s historic office, the cast channels Fuller amid his beloved Royal typewriter, massive collection of books, screenplays, treatments, war memorabilia, and, of course, the ever-present big, fat cigar.

A FULLER LIFE director Samantha Fuller will participate in Q&A’s after all screenings and will be joined by special guests after several screenings:

Joe Dante after the 7:10 screening on Friday, October 24

Mark Hamill, Bobby Carradine, Perry Lang and Kelly Ward after the 7:10 screening on Saturday, October 25

Bill Duke after the 5 PM screening on Sunday, October 26Amos Gitai after the 7:10 screening on Sunday, October 26

Paul Fuller after the 5 and 7:10 screenings on Wednesday, October 29.

Bobby Carradine, Kelly Ward, Perry Land and Christa Fuller after the 7:10 show on Thursday, October 30

We hope you’ll join us this weekend for A Fuller Life!


Brothers Be, Yo, Like George- George Clinton, Live Talks & the LARE!

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Super excited to get to do this event with musical royalty, the one & only George Clinton!

His stamp on the music world has made everything much much funkier and Larry Edmunds Bookshop is honored to turn the “Flashlight” on George as he tells his story at the Moss Theater.

An Evening with George Clinton discussing his memoir Brothas Be, Yo Like George, Ain’t That Funkin’ Kinda Hard on You?

Moss Theatre -New Roads School- 3131 Olympic Boulevard Santa Monica, CA 90404

PURCHASE TICKETS- $20 General Admission/ $30 Reserved Seats /$43 Includes Clinton’s memoir + Reserved Seats/ $95 includes reserved seating + pre-event reception + Clinton’s memoir



George Clinton revolutionized R&B during the ’70s, twisting soul music into funk by adding influences from several late-’60s acid heroes: Jimi Hendrix, Frank Zappa, and Sly Stone. He was the mastermind of the bands Parliament and Funkadelic during the 1970s and early 1980s, and launched a solo career in 1981. He has been cited as one of the foremost innovators of funk music, along with James Brown and Sly Stone. The Parliament/Funkadelic machine ruled black music during the ’70s, capturing more than forty R&B hit singles (including three at #1) and recording three platinum albums.Clinton was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1997 with fifteen other members of Parliament-Funkadelic.

George Clinton began his musical career in New Jersey, where his obsession with doo-wop and R&B led to a barbershop quartet—literally, as Clinton and his friends also styled hair in the local shop—the way kids often got their musical start in the ’50s. But how many kids like that ended up playing to tens of thousands of rabid fans alongside a diaper-clad guitarist? How many of them commissioned a spaceship and landed it onstage during concerts? How many put their stamp on four decades of pop music, from the mind-expanding sixties to the hip-hop-dominated nineties and beyond? One of them. George Clinton. How George Clinton got from barbershop quartet to funk music megastar is a story for the ages. As a high school student he traveled to New York City, where he absorbed all the trends in pop music, from traditional rhythm and blues to Motown, the Beatles, the Stones, and psychedelic rock, not to mention the formative funk of James Brown and Sly Stone. By the dawn of the seventies, he had emerged as the leader of a wildly creative musical movement composed mainly of two bands—Parliament and Funkadelic. And by the bicentennial, Clinton and his P-Funk empire were dominating the soul charts as well as the pop charts. He was an artistic visionary, visual icon, merry prankster, absurdist philosopher, and savvy businessmen, all rolled into one. He was like no one else in pop music, before or since.

If you can’t join us for this spectacular night, you may order an autographed that we will beam your way from the mothership! Screen-Shot-2014-07-15-at-10.32.14-AM


CANCELLED! On the Set w/ John Carpenter Book signing w/ Kim Gottlieb-Walker.




An Evening with Alan Cumming & Live Talks Los Angeles!




MONDAY,OCTOBER 20 @ 8:00pm (Reception 6:30-7:30pm)-AERO THEATER-1328 Montana Avenue in Santa Monica

An Evening with Alan Cumming discussing his memoir, Not My Father’s Son

A great talent on stage & screen is ready for his Live Talks close-up! Join us for a fantastic evening of conversation with the talent of Alan Cumming.

PURCHASE TICKETS-$20 General Admission seats/$30 Reserved Seats/$43 Alan Cumming’s memoir + reserved block of seats/$95 Pre-event reception (6:30-7:30pm) + Reserved seats + book






Tickets at: http://livetalksla.org/

* a book signing follows the talk

Alan Cumming is currently starring as the Master of Ceremonies opposite Michelle Williams in Cabaret on Broadway, a performance which won him a Tony Award 1998. He recently completed the Broadway run of the National Theatre of Scotland’s production of Macbeth. He recently wrapped season 5 of the CBS hit drama The Good Wife for which he has been nominated for multiple Emmy, SAG, Critics’ Choice and Satellite awards. He also stars as Austen Clarke opposite Lisa Kudrow in Showtime’s Web Therapy and is the host of Masterpiece Mystery on PBS. He continues to be an activist for gay rights and education and has received many awards for his work including most recently honors from Bailey House, the Matthew Shephard Foundation, The LGBT Task Force, The Trevor Project and AmFAR . He was awarded an OBE (Officer of the British Empire) for his work in the arts and LGBT rights by the Queen in 2009 and has also received both the Great Scot and Icon of Scotland awards.

A beloved star of stage, television, and film, Alan Cumming is a successful artist whose diversity and fearlessness is unparalleled. His success masks a painful childhood growing up under the heavy rule of an emotionally and physically abusive father—a relationship that tormented him long into adulthood. In his memoir, Not My Father’s Son, he shares the emotional story of his complicated relationship with his father and the deeply buried family secrets that shaped his life and career. When television producers in the UK approached him to appear on a popular celebrity genealogy show in 2010, Alan enthusiastically agreed. He hoped the show would solve a family mystery involving his maternal grandfather, a celebrated WWII hero who disappeared in the Far East. But as the truth of his family ancestors revealed itself, Alan learned far more than he bargained for about himself, his past, and his own father.



How To Cook Everything Fast w/ Mark Bittman & Live Talks Los Angeles!


I love the food nights! We usually get samples from the book to munch on & this looks like a practical book as well w/ recipes I could actually attempt to make at home without attending culinary school. Looking forward to our Live Talks Los Angeles evening with Mark Bittman!

Can’t make it? Give us a call & we’ll be happy to whip up a copy & get it into your mailbox. A good holiday gift idea too!

Thursday, October 16, 2014 8:00pm (Reception 6:30-7:30pm)

An Evening with Mark Bittman How to Cook Everything Fast: A Better Way to Cook Great Food

In conversation with Evan Kleiman, host of Good Food on KCRW

All Saints Church 504 N. Camden Beverly Hills, CA 90210

PURCHASE TICKETS: $20 General Admission/ $30 Reserved Seats/ $50 Includes Bittman’s book + Reserved Seats/$95 includes reserved seating + pre-event reception + Bittman’s book

The reception includes selections chosen from Bittman’s book Mark Bittman is one of America’s best-known and most widely respected food writers. He covers food policy, cooking, and eating as an Opinion columnist for The New York Times and the paper’s Sunday Magazine. He produced “The Minimalist” column for 13 years and has starred in several popular Public Television cooking series. Now a frequent public speaker, he appears regularly on the Today Show and is a guest on a wide range of television and radio shows. Bittman has authored more than a dozen cookbooks, including How to Cook Everything® The Basics, How to Cook Everything®, How to Cook Everything® Vegetarian (all available as apps), Food Matters and The Food Matters Cookbook, and the new VB6™: Eat Vegan Before 6:00.Visit his website.

In How to Cook Everything Fast, Mark Bittman provides a game plan for becoming a better, more intuitive cook while you wake up your weekly meal routine with 2,000 main dishes and accompaniments that are simple to make, globally inspired, and bursting with flavor.

How to Cook Everything Fast is a book of kitchen innovations. Time management— the essential principle of fast cooking— is woven into revolutionary recipes that do the thinking for you. You’ll learn how to take advantage of downtime to prepare vegetables while a soup simmers or toast croutons while whisking a dressing. Just cook as you read—and let the recipes guide you quickly and easily toward a delicious result. Bittman overhauls hundreds of classics through clever (even unorthodox) use of equipment and techniques—encouraging what he calls “naturally fast cooking”—and the results are revelatory. There are standouts like Cheddar Waffles with Bacon Maple Syrup (bold flavors in less time); Charred Brussels Sprout Salad with Walnuts and Gorgonzola (the food processor streamlines chopping); Spaghetti and Drop Meatballs with Tomato Sauce (no rolling or shaping); and Apple Crumble Under the Broiler (almost instant dessert gratification). Throughout, Bittman’s commonsense advice and plentiful variations provide cooks with freedom and flexibility, with tips for squeezing in further shortcuts, streamlined kitchen notes, and illustrations to help you prep faster or cook without a recipe. Evan Kleiman is a culinary multitasker whose work no matter what form it takes (interviewing, teaching, writing, cooking) has food as the focus in a quest to create and reveal connections we make with one another. She is Host of Good Food on the KCRW and kcrw.comScreen-Shot-2014-08-12-at-6.32.44-AM

It’s A Dearly Departed Weekend w/ Beverly Hills Confidential!

















SATURDAY,OCTOBER 11th, 6-10 pm @ Miceli’s in Hollywood-1646 N. Las Palmas Avenue

For over 2 years our friends at Dearly Departed Tours started their tours from Larry Edmunds Bookshop. Scott, Brian & Richard became friends of us here at the LARE . Then, it was time for them to expand & while we were sad to see them go, we were also kinda proud to see their fantastic shiny own headquarters. They deserve it.

This Saturday night, October 11th, we’ll hang out with our friends at our favorite spot just off the Boulevard, Miceli’s, a Hollywood institution almost as old as the L.E.B.

The occasion is the annual Dearly Departed Death Hag weekend & the night will be devoted to crime-time, Beverly Hills Style!

“Beverly Hills Confidential” , a look at the infamous goings on in the city with one of the most famous zip codes in the world.

Appropriately, we’ll gather in the “underground room” of this historic establishment.

Enjoy a presentation by guests of honor Barbara Schroeder and Clark Fogg, authors of “Beverly Hills Confidential”. This unique crime anthology tracks the grand times and grand crimes that span the first 100 years since Beverly Hills grew into the city we know it as today, a glitzy-rich tourist mecca. Co-written by Clark Fogg, the lead CSI investigator for the Beverly Hills Police Department, and Emmy-winning journalist Barbara Schroeder, “Beverly Hills Confidential” documents not only long-forgotten scandals and crimes, like the Greystone Mansion murders, but also contemporary crimes, like the killing of Hollywood publicist Ronni Chasen.

Copies of “Beverly Hills Confidential” will be available for purchase.

Tickets for Saturday’s event – $75 & ticket information & Death Hag weekend events info at : http://www.cemeteryguide.com/DDT2014-Main.html

Signed copies are also available for order in case you can’t get “underground” with us this weekend. Give us a call!



“A Path Appears” w/ Pulitzer Winner Nicholas Kristof & Live Talks Los Angeles!


Wednesday, October 8, 2014 8:00pm (Reception 6:30-7:30pm)

An Evening with Nicholas Kristof

Pulitzer Prize winning columnist, New York Times

A Path Appears: Transforming Lives, Creating Opportunity

All Saints Church 504 N. Camden Beverly Hills, CA 90210

PURCHASE TICKETS $20 General Admission/ $30 Reserved Seats /$43 Includes Kristof’s book + Reserved Seats/ $95 includes reserved seating + pre-event reception + Kristof’s book





Nicholas D. Kristof, a columnist for The New York Times since November 2001, is a two-time Pulitzer Prize winner who writes op-ed columns that appear twice a week. With his wife, Sheryl WuDunn, he has coauthored three previous books: Half the Sky, Thunder from the East, and China Wakes. They were awarded a Pulitzer Prize in 1990 for their coverage of China and the 2009 Dayton Literary Peace Prize. He was previously bureau chief in Hong Kong, Beijing, and Tokyo and a correspondent in Los Angeles. He won his second Pulitzer in 2006 for his columns on Darfur. Kristof has lived on four continents, reported on six, and traveled to more than 150 countries, plus all 50 states, every Chinese province and every main Japanese island. Visit his blog at The New York Times. For more on the Half the Sky Movement, visit the site. Equal in urgency and compassion to Half the Sky, the new book from the acclaimed husband-and-wife team is even more ambitious in scale: a deep examination of people who are making the world a better place, and the myriad ways we can support them, whether with a donation of five dollars or five million, an inkling to help or a useful skill to deploy. With scrupulous research and on-the-ground reporting, the authors assay the art and science of giving-determining the current most successful local and global aid initiatives (on issues from education to inner-city violence to disease prevention), evaluating the efficiency and impact of specific approaches and charities, as well as fund-raising. Most compellingly, perhaps, they show us how particular people have made a difference, and offer practical advice on how best each of us can give and what we can personally derive from doing so.Nicholas-Kristof-photo-

Get Googled w/ Eric Schmidt & Jonathan Rosenberg- Live Talks Los Angeles style!














Tuesday, October 7, 2014 8:00pm (Reception 6:30-7:30pm)

How Google Works An Evening with Eric Schmidt Executive Chairman, Google and Jonathan Rosenberg advisor to Larry Page, Google CEO in conversation with Larry Vincent Chief Branding Officer at UTA Brand Studio

Moss Theatre New Roads School

3131 Olympic Boulevard Santa Monica, CA 90404

PURCHASE TICKETS -$20 General Admission/ $30 Reserved Seats /$43 Includes the book, How Google Works + Reserved Seats/ $95 includes reserved seating + pre-event reception + book

Tickets  at : http://livetalksla.org/


Eric Schmidt served as Google’s CEO from 2001 to 2011. During that time he shepherded the company’s growth from a Silicon Valley start-up to a global technology leader that today has over $55 billion in annual revenues and offices in more than 40 countries. Eric is now Google’s executive chairman. Jonathan Rosenberg joined Google in 2002 and managed the design and development of the company’s consumer, advertiser, and partner products, including Search, Ads, Gmail, Android, Apps, and Chrome. He is currently an advisor to Google CEO Larry Page.

Google Executive Chairman and ex-CEO Eric Schmidt and former SVP of Products Jonathan Rosenberg came to Google over a decade ago as proven technology executives. At the time, the company was already well-known for doing things differently, reflecting the visionary–and frequently contrarian–principles of founders Larry Page and Sergey Brin. If Eric and Jonathan were going to succeed, they realized they would have to relearn everything they thought they knew about management and business.Today, Google is a global icon that regularly pushes the boundaries of innovation in a variety of fields. HOW GOOGLE WORKS is an entertaining, page-turning primer containing lessons that Eric and Jonathan learned as they helped build the company. The authors explain how technology has shifted the balance of power from companies to consumers, and that the only way to succeed in this ever-changing landscape is to create superior products and attract a new breed of multifaceted employees whom Eric and Jonathan dub “smart creatives.” Covering topics including corporate culture, strategy, talent, decision-making, communication, innovation, and dealing with disruption, the authors illustrate management maxims (“Consensus requires dissension,” “Exile knaves but fight for divas,” “Think 10X, not 10%”) with numerous insider anecdotes from Google’s history, many of which are shared here for the first time.In an era when everything is speeding up, the best way for businesses to succeed is to attract smart-creative people and give them an environment where they can thrive at scale. HOW GOOGLE WORKS explains how to do just that.

Larry Vincent is Chief Branding Officer at UTA Brand Studio. Over the past two decades, he has developed strategies for some of the world’s most beloved brands, including Coca-Cola, Disney, Four Seasons Hotels, MasterCard, Mattel, Microsoft, the National Football League, Sony Playstation, and The Home Depot. He has led strategy teams at several leading marketing agencies, including Siegel+Gale, Octagon and Cabana Group. His most recent book, Brand Real, was released in March 2012 and was named one of the best business books of 2012 by Strategy + Business Magazine. His first book, Legendary Brands, was released in 2001 and was translated into seven languages.Screen-Shot-2014-09-08-at-8.24.58-AM


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