Ann and Jerry Moss Theatre/ New Roads School/ Herb Alpert Educational Village
3131 Olympic Boulevard Santa Monica, CA 90404
PURCHASE TICKETS- $20 General Admission/ $36 General Admission (includes book)/ $46 Reserved Section Seating (includes book)
Tickets at : LiveTalksLA.org
Mitch Albom is a bestselling author, screenwriter, playwright and nationally syndicated columnist. The author of six consecutive number one New York Times bestsellers—including Tuesdays with Morrie, the best-selling memoir of all time—his books have collectively sold more than 35 million copies in forty-two languages. He has founded seven charities in Detroit, and operates an orphanage in Port-Au-Prince, Haiti. Recent books by Mitch Albom include: The Five People You Meet in Heaven, The First Phone Call From Heaven, The Time Keeper, Have a Little Faith and For One More Day.
Mitch Albom creates his most unforgettable fictional character—Frankie Presto, the greatest guitarist to ever walk the earth—in this magical novel about the bands we join in life and the power of talent to change our lives. It’s a story of the greatest guitar player to ever live, and the six lives he changed with his magical blue strings. The voice of Music narrates the tale of its most beloved disciple, young Frankie Presto, a war orphan raised by a blind music teacher in a small Spanish town. At nine years old, Frankie is sent to America in the bottom of a boat. His only possession is an old guitar and six precious strings. But Frankie’s talent is touched by the gods, and his amazing journey weaves him through the musical landscape of the 20th century, from classical to jazz to rock and roll, with his stunning talent affecting numerous stars along the way, including Hank Williams, Elvis Presley, Carole King, Wynton Marsalis and even KISS. Frankie becomes a pop star himself. He makes records. He is adored. But his gift is also his burden, as he realizes, through his music, he can actually affect people’s futures—with one string turning blue whenever a life is altered. At the height of his popularity, Frankie Presto vanishes. His legend grows. Only decades later, does he reappear—just before his spectacular death—to change one last life. Described as a Forest Gump-like romp through the music world, The Magic Strings of Frankie Presto is infused with the message that “everyone joins a band in this life” and those connections change us all.
Mike Binder is an award-winning film director, screenwriter, producer, and actor. He was born in Detroit and began his career as a screenwriter and a standup comedian. He is known for movies such as Reign Over Me, The Upside of Anger, The Sex Monster, and most recently, Black and White. His first novel, Keep Calm, will be published in 2016 by Henry Holt and Co.
WEDNESDAY,NOVEMBER 11, 7:30 pm at Larry Edmunds Bookshop
Frank Sinatra and Ava Gardner !
Join us as author John Brady signs & discusses his new book, “Frank & Ava-In Love and War” with author Lawrence Grobel.
*** BONUS***Also, as part of the evening festivities, Ava’s original recording of “Can’t Help Lovin’ Dat Man,” which was deleted from the Show Boat movie track when MGM execs decided to dub Ava’s songs. The program also includes a home movie (in color) of Frank and Ava at their wedding reception on November 7, 1951, in a private home outside Philadelphia, with Frank’s March 1951 recording of “We Kiss in a Shadow” as quite appropriate background music.
“If I had to go back in Hollywood history and name two people who were most desperately and passionately in love with each other, I would say Frank Sinatra and Ava Gardner were It.”—Liz Smith.
It began in Hollywood’s golden age when Ava was emerging as a movie star. But she fell in (and out of) love too easily. Mickey Rooney married her because he wanted another conquest. Artie Shaw treated her like a dumb brunette, giving her a reading list on their honeymoon. Neither marriage lasted a year. Then, after being courted by Howard Hughes and numerous others, along came Frank Sinatra. His passion for Ava destroyed his marriage and brought him close to ruin. Their wild affair broke all the rules of the prudish era as Frank left his wife and children and pursued Ava on an international stage. They became romantic renegades, with the press following them from location to location. “Oh, God, Frank Sinatra could be the sweetest, most charming man in the world when he was in the mood,” said Ava. They married, but then came the quarrels, separations, infidelities, and reconciliations. Eventually, there was a divorce, and they thought it was over. It wasn’t. Through all of the tortured years of separation and splintered affairs with others, they maintained a secretive relationship known only to those who recognized that this was the love of a lifetime. Over the years, they attempted to reconcile, romanced and nurtured each other, right to the end. The love story of this couple has never been fully explored or explained—until now. Frank & Ava delves deeply into the lives of these two iconic stars and their turbulent lifelong relationship. More than anything else, this is the story of a romance lived out under battlefield conditions.
Two authors who have written books about Ava Gardner and Frank Sinatra meet and discuss the origins of their books, and how they how they overcame problems on the road to publication. Lawrence Grobel, author of Conversations With Ava Gardner, was one of the last American journalists to interact with the actress (when she was in LA for medical treatment shortly before her death in 1990).
John Brady, author of Frank & Ava in Love and War, met Sinatra and worked for his recording company in the ’70s when Frank was reinventing himself as Ol’ Blue Eyes. (Brady and Grobel have known each other since 1976 when John was editor-in-chief at Writer’s Digest — and put master interviewer Larry on the cover with one of his numerous Playboy subjects: Barbra Streisand.) This program will explore the byways of the celebrity biography and the uncertain credibility of sources, including “as lied to” memoirs. John Brady’s Frank & Ava in Love and War is the first book to tell the full story of the rocky road to romance traveled by Frank Sinatra and Ava Gardner. Their encounter in Hollywood’s so-called golden age led to an affair that broke all the rules of the prudish era. Frank was married with children. Their reputations could be ruined if this got out — and it did, as Frank left his family and pursued Ava across Europe while she taunted him. They married, but then came quarrels, separations, and occasional truce between emotional wars. Eventually there was a divorce, but afterward they maintained their long, hot, messy, glorious, painful romance right to the finish line.
Publishers Weekly: “Veteran editor and author Brady approaches the love-hate history of Frank Sinatra and Ava Gardner with reliable thoroughness. He knows how to keep readers turning pages all the way to the end of Sinatra’s career, when everything that he had collected was sold at auction. Anyone remotely curious about either of these larger-than-life characters will want to read Brady’s book.” John Brady is the author of five books, including The Craft of Interviewing, Craft of the Screenwriter, and Bad Boy: The Life and Politics of Lee Atwater. He has been editor-in-chief at Boston Magazine, Writer’s Digest, and founding editor of The Artist’s Magazine. His byline has appeared in scores of publications, and he conducted the Playboy interview with naughty-naughty TV host Jerry Springer. After Sinatra’s death in 1998, Brady started work on a book about the man and his music, conducting interviews with many of Frank’s colleagues. After visiting the Ava Gardner Museum in North Carolina, he shifted to a dual biography. “She was the most important woman in his life,” says Brady. Thus, Frank & Ava in Love and War, after years of research and occasional interruptions. Brady lives and writes in Newburyport, Massachusetts. He is currently working on a book about Marilyn Monroe.
Lawrence Grobel is a freelance writer who has written 24 books and hundreds of articles for national magazines and newspapers, including the New York Times, Newsday, Rolling Stone, Entertainment Weekly, Reader’s Digest, American Way, Parade, Details, TV Guide, Redbook, Cosmopolitan, Penthouse, Diversion, Writer’s Digest, and AARP. His 1985 book Conversations with Capotere received a PEN Special Achievement award and reached the top of several bestseller lists. Grobel’s books include: The Hustons; Conversations with Brando; Talking with Michener; Above the Line: Conversations About the Movies; Endangered Species: Writers Talk About Their Craft, Their Visions, Their Lives; Climbing Higher with Montel Williams (a N.Y. Times bestseller and Publisher’s Weekly Best Book in 2004); The Art of the Interview: Lessons from a Master of the Craft (also a Publisher’s Weekly Best Book in 2004); Al Pacino: In Conversation with Lawrence Grobel(French Film Critics Award for Best International Book of 2009); Conversations with Robert Evans;The Book of Shmoga (a yoga satire); Icons (a collection of 15 celebrity profiles); I Want You in My Movie! Al Pacino’s 5 Year Obsession with Wilde Salome; a memoir, You Show Me Yours; Celebrity Salad: Close Encounters for the Verse Inclined (152 poems about celebrities); and the novels Catch a Fallen Star and Begin Again Finnegan. From 2001—2011 he taught seminars on The Art of the Interview, The Literature of Journalism, His blog, books and articles can be found on his website: www.lawrencegrobel.com.
Thursday, November 12, 2015 8:00pm (Reception, 6:30-7:30pm)
Nigella Lawson in conversation with Russ Parsons discussing her new cookbook, Simply Nigella: Feel Good Food
Crest Theatre, Westwood 1262 Westwood Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90024
PURCHASE TICKETS- $47 Reserved Section seating + Book/ $95 Pre-Reception(6:30-7:30pm)* + Reserved Section seating + Book/ $20 General Admission
* Reception includes selections prepared from the book
Nigella Lawson, food enthusiast, television personality, and journalist, is the author of nine bestselling books including Nigellissima, Nigella Kitchen, Nigella Fresh, Nigella Christmas, Nigella Express, Feast, Nigella Bites, How to Be a Domestic Goddess, and How to Eat. These books, along with her groundbreaking Quick Collection apps and her successful television series on Food Network, E! Entertainment Television, and Style, have made hers a household name around the world. Nigella hosts The Taste with Anthony Bourdain, Ludo Lefebvre, and Brian Malarkey.
Simply Nigella is an inspirational and practical cookbook sharing delicious foods that make everyone feel better, in body and mind. There are everyday recipes that are light and easy to prepare, and indulgent dishes for special occasions. The message is simple: great food can be celebrated without stress. With 150 recipes for nourishing oneself, friends, and family, Simply Nigella includes breakfasts and brunches; fast, easy, and light suppers; a feasting chapter for entertaining a group; and a section dedicated to “Bowlfoods.” There is also a wide array of sweet treats, including fabulous dairy-free and gluten-free recipes.
Russ Parsons is a staff writer and columnist of the Los Angeles Times Food Section. He has been writing about food for more than 25 years, including more than 20 years at The Times. He has won many food journalism awards, including those from the International Association of Culinary Professionals, the Association of Food Journalists and the James Beard Foundation and in 2008 he was inducted into the James Beard Foundation’s Who’s Who of Food and Beverage, the hall of fame of American cooking. He is the author of the cookbooks How to Read a French Fry, which was a finalist for two Julia Child cookbook awards, and How to Pick a Peach, which was named one of the best 100 books of the year by both Publisher’s Weekly and Amazon.
Tuesday, November 10, 2015 8:00pm (Reception 7:15-8:00pm)
An Evening w/ Richard Betts -The Essential Scratch & Sniff Guide to Becoming a Whiskey Know-It-All
William Turner Gallery- Bergamot Station Arts Center
2525 Michigan Avenue, Santa Monica, CA 90404
PURCHASE TICKETS- $35 General Admission/ $50 Reserved Section Seat + Book
* This event includes a tasting of Whiskeys from around the world
** Must be 21 or older to attend
Richard Betts is the author of the New York Times bestseller The Essential Scratch and Sniff Guide to Becoming a Wine Expert. He has been featured in the New York Times,Wine Spectator, Food & Wine, Outside, GQ, and Details and speaks frequently on wine throughout the country. He is also the founder of two wine companies, Betts & Scholl and Scarpetta, which have won top praise from leading wine publications. He is also the founder and president of Sombra Mezcal and Tequila Astral, and his newest wine ventures include Saint Glinglin Bordeaux, My Essential Red, My Essential White, and My Essential Rosé.
Whiskey fever is sweeping the nation. Every day, craft distilleries are popping up in remote counties and urban centers, offering a wealth of great choices to consumers—and just as many puzzlements. Does the introduction of a simple “e” to go from whisky to whiskey mean anything? What’s the difference between Scotch and Rye? What’s Canadian whisky anyway? And what about the whiskeys of Scotland, Japan, and Ireland? Where’s a humble Joe to start?
In The Essential Scratch & Sniff Guide to Becoming a Whiskey Know-it-All: Know Your Booze Before You Choose, Richard Betts offers up a clever distillation of America’s favorite libation, in the follow-up to his immensely popular New York Times bestselling The Essential Scratch & Sniff Guide to Becoming a Wine Expert. In this witty kid-style book on an adult topic, Richard Betts boils down his know-how into twenty pages, cooling our “brown-sweat” anxieties and dividing whiskey into three simple categories: Grain, Wood, and Place. While most whiskey tomes are about as fun as a chemistry lesson, Betts makes the learning slide down easy, reassuring us that this exalted spirit is just distilled beer and, through a nasal romp, helping us figure out which kinds we love best. Humorous illustrations and scratch-and-sniff scents (vanilla, sandalwood, grass, and more) help would-be connoisseurs learn their personal preferences. The book also includes a special frame-able “choose-your-own” adventure pull-out poster detailing the flavors and characteristics of 279 specific brands, so readers can map their preferences and settle on the whiskey of their dreams.
Sunday, November 8, 2015 7:00pm (Reception, 6:00-6:45pm)
An Evening with David Spade Almost Interesting: The Memoir
The Bootleg Theatre- 2220 Beverly Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90057
PURCHASE TICKETS- $45 General Section seating + Book*/ $95 Pre-Reception(6:30-7:30pm)*+ Reserved Section seating + Book/ $20 General Admission tickets on sale November 6 *
Books will be picked up at the event when you check in, and signed immediately after the talk.
David Spade is an actor, comedian, and writer. He will be interviewed by the one & only Dana Carvey!
A former cast member of Saturday Night Live, Spade has also starred in the films Tommy Boy, Black Sheep, and the Joe Dirt and Grown Ups franchises. He was nominated for an Emmy, two Golden Globes, and an American Comedy Award for his role on NBC’s Just Shoot Me! He also won a participation award for being in show business. That’s the one he’s most proud of. He lives in Los Angeles, California. Almost Interesting is a hilarious and biting memoir from from Spade, first taking fans back to his childhood as a wannabe cool younger brother and recounting his excruciating road-tour to fame—when he was regularly mistaken for a ten year-old, then dishing about his time crisscrossing the country as a comedian, for low-paying gigs and dragging along his mother’s old suitcase full of props. He also covers his years on SNL during the beloved Rock/Sandler/Farley era of the 1990s, including his close working relationship and friendship with Chris Farley and brags about the ridiculous perks that fame has brought into his life, including the constant fear of being fired, a crazy ex-assistant who attached him while he was sleeping, a run-in with Eddie Murphy on the mean streets of Beverley Hills, and of course an endless supply of hot chicks.
David Spade is one of our generation’s favorite funny guys — sometimes dirty, always funny, and as sharp as a tack.
Author Tracey Goessel signs “The First King of Hollywood-The Life of Douglas Fairbanks” at the International Family Film Festival at Raleigh Studios where Fairbanks made some of his films! Free admission to Raleigh Studios & books are for sale, but you need a ticket!
http://iffilmfest.org/ is the place for festival information about the International Family Film Festival
Get your tickets at : https://www.eventbrite.com/e/book-signing-first-king-of-hollywood-meet-author-tracey-goessel-tickets-19217417814
Here’s more about Tracy’s wonderful book:
Silent film superstar Douglas Fairbanks was an absolute charmer. Irrepressibly vivacious, he spent his life leaping over and into things, from his early Broadway successes to his marriage to the great screen actress Mary Pickford to the way he made Hollywood his very own town. The inventor of the swashbuckler, he wasn’t only an actor—he all but directed and produced his movies, and in founding United Artists with Pickford, Charlie Chaplin, and D. W. Griffith, he challenged the studio system.But listing his accomplishments is one thing and telling his story another. Tracey Goessel has made the latter her life’s work, and with exclusive access to Fairbanks’s love letters to Pickford, she brilliantly illuminates how Fairbanks conquered not just the entertainment world but the heart of perhaps the most famous woman in the world at the time.When Mary Pickford died, she was an alcoholic, self-imprisoned in her mansion, nearly alone, and largely forgotten. But she left behind a small box; in it, worn and refolded, were her letters from Douglas Fairbanks. Pickford and Fairbanks had ruled Hollywood as its first king and queen for a glorious decade. But the letters began long before, when they were both married to others, when revealing the affair would have caused a great scandal.Now these letters form the centerpiece of the first truly definitive biography of Hollywood’s first king, the man who did his own stunts and built his own studio and formed a company that allowed artists to distribute their own works outside the studio system. But Goessel’s research uncovered more: that Fairbanks’s first film appearance was two years earlier than had been assumed; that his stories of how he got into theater, and then into films, were fabricated; that the Pickford-Fairbanks Studios had a specially constructed underground trench so that Fairbanks could jog in the nude; that Fairbanks himself insisted racist references be removed from his films’ intertitles; and the true cause of Fairbanks’s death.Fairbanks was the top male star of his generation, the maker of some of the greatest films of his era: The Thief of Bagdad, Robin Hood, The Mark of Zorro. He was fun, witty, engaging, creative, athletic, and a force to be reckoned with. He shaped our idea of the Hollywood hero, and Hollywood has never been the same since. His story, like his movies, is full of passion, bravado, romance, and desire. Here at last is his definitive biography, based on extensive and brand-new research into every aspect of his career, and written with fine understanding, wit, and verve.
Saturday, November 7th at 4 pm
when we welcome the return of 2 old friends w/ a brand new book.
Karie (our fave grave tour gal) Bible & Mary (Hollywoodland) Mallory are both authors that have signed here as well as being long time customers & friends and we are honored to be the home for the book launch of their brand new joint effort, “Hollywood Celebrates the Holidays :1920-1970”.
Not only will the gals be signing, but we’ll have a presentation of some of the photos & some snacks in the house too!
We’ll be in full holiday swing as we enjoy a wonderful look at these photos that were once a non-optional part of the the studio era.
The biggest stars! The best holidays! Order a cop[y now and & we’ll guarantee you a chair for the show!
Marvelously illustrated with more than 200 rare images from the silent era through the 1970s, this joyous treasure trove features film and television’s most famous actors and actresses celebrating the holidays, big and small, in lavishly produced photographs. Join the stars for festive fun in celebrating a variety of holidays, from New Year’s to Saint Patrick’s Day to Christmas and everything in between. Legends such as Elizabeth Taylor, Joan Crawford, Judy Garland, and Audrey Hepburn spread holiday cheer throughout the calendar year in iconic, ironic, and illustrious style. These images, taken by legendary stills photographers, hearken back to the Golden Age of Hollywood, when motion picture studios devised elaborate publicity campaigns to promote their stars and to keep their names and faces in front of the movie-going public all year round.
An Evening with Diana Nyad
Find a Way: One Wild and Precious Life
Ann and Jerry Moss Theatre/ New Roads School/ Herb Alpert Educational Village
3131 Olympic Boulevard Santa Monica, CA 90404
PURCHASE TICKETS: $20 General Admission seating/ $30 Reserved Section seating/ $45 Reserved Section Seating + Nyad’s book/ $95 Includes pre-event reception, Reserved section seat + Nyad’s book
Back in the 1970s, DIANA NYAD was the greatest long-distance swimmer in the world. After setting a world record circling Manhattan, Nyad became a prominent sports broadcaster, filing compelling reports for National Public Radio, ABC’s Wide World of Sports, Fox Sports, and The New York Times. Nyad owns a fitness business, BravaBody.com, with best friend Bonnie Stoll. She has written three books and speaks French and Spanish fluently. Nyad has also earned a reputation as a uniquely passionate and entertaining public speaker.
Diana Nyad’s amazing, inspiring firsthand account of her record-breaking swim, after four failed attempts, from Cuba to Florida, at the age of sixty-four–and of her extraordinary quest to live life at the highest level, in and out of the water. On September 2, 2013, at the age of sixty-four, Diana Nyad emerged onto the shores of Key West after completing a 110-mile, fifty-three-hour, record-breaking swim through shark-infested waters from Cuba to Florida and delivered three messages to the world: never, ever give up; you’re never too old to chase your dreams; and it looks like a solitary sport, but it takes a team. Millions of people around the world cheered for her and were moved by her incredible tenacity and determination, her triumph after so many bitter failures, and by the mantra–find a way–that enabled her to realize a dream in her sixties that had eluded her as a young Olympian in peak form.
In Find a Way, she tells the passionate, singularly inspiring story of this feat of epic endurance and the extraordinary life experiences and lessons that helped her to realize her dream. She was a world-class swimmer by the time she left high school; in 1975, at the age of twenty-six, she circumnavigated the island of Manhattan and became a star. She made her first attempt at the Cuba-to-Florida swim soon after, but was blown off course and pulled from the water after 79 miles. A year later, on her thirtieth birthday, she broke the open-ocean world record for both men and women, swimming 102 miles unassisted and without a shark cage. She did not swim another stroke for three decades. Why, at sixty-four, was she able to achieve what she could not at thirty? How did her repeated failures contribute to her success? What inner resources did Nyad draw on during her days and nights in the water, and how did the power of her mind and spirit trump the limitations of her body? This is the story of an unforgettable journey–physical, spiritual, emotional, psychological–and a galvanizing meditation on facing fears, engaging our passions, and living life with no regrets.
Tuesday, November 3, 2015 8:00pm (Reception, 6:30-7:30pm)
An Evening with Michael Anthony discussing his new cookbook, V IS FOR VEGETABLES: Inspired Recipes & Techniques for Home Cooks—from Artichokes to Zucchini
William Turner Gallery/ Bergamot Station Arts Center- 2525 Michigan Avenue Santa Monica, CA 90404
PURCHASE TICKETS- $50 Reserved Section seating + Book/ $95 Pre-Reception(6:30-7:30pm)* + Reserved Section seating + Book/ $20 General Admission
* Reception includes selections prepared from the cook book
Michael Anthony is the executive chef-partner of Gramercy Tavern, the executive chef and director of Untitled, and the author of The Gramercy Tavern Cookbook. He received the James Beard Award for Outstanding Chef in the United States in 2015, after being named Best Chef, New York City, in 2012. Prior to joining Gramercy Tavern in 2006, he was the executive chef of Blue Hill at Stone Barns.
V IS FOR VEGETABLES: Inspired Recipes & Techniques for Home Cooks—from Artichokes to Zucchini is Michael Anthony’s first stand-alone cookbook. No one speaks the language of vegetables more eloquently than Michael Anthony, and in this beautiful gift to home cooks, he shows how to master the vibrant world of plant-based cooking.
V IS FOR VEGETABLES includes a multitude of genius tips, helpful photographs, and exceptional recipes — all created in a home kitchen with a simple goal: to inspire cooks of all kinds to grasp the bounty of their produce markets, one glorious vegetable at a time. Anthony guides the reader through the market and at the stove. He tames prickly artichokes, elevates humble beets, and chops through thickets of chard and kale—just a few of the more than sixty vegetables this book covers. The result is a master class in unlocking the life-giving benefits and intense flavors of vegetables for every season.
V IS FOR VEGETABLES speaks to vegetarians and omnivores alike. The recipes include crisply composed salads, fresh herb sauces, satisfying warm gratins, vibrant stews, simply sautéed greens over a bowl of grains, and veggies with meat and fish, too. They capitalize on the delicious effects of caramelization, flavorful broths, and the satisfying crunch of a raw vegetable served alongside its cooked counterpart. Each recipe was tested with a home cook’s needs in mind, and leads to a more naturally healthy and luxurious way of eating.