A Bright, Precious Evening w/ Jay McInerney & Live Talks

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Monday, September 26, 2016 8pm

An Evening with Jay McInerney discussing the writing life and his new novel, Bright, Precious Days

Ann and Jerry Moss Theatre New Roads School Herb Alpert Educational Village 3131 Olympic Boulevard Santa Monica, CA 90404

PURCHASE TICKETS-LiveTalksLA.org

$20 General Admission Section Seating/$43 Reserved Section seat + McInerney’s book/ $95 Reception (6:30-7:30pm) + Reserved Section Seat + book

Jay McInerney’s first book, Bright Lights, Big City, sold to Random House for $7500, and, when published in 1984, catapulted him into the ranks of literary sensation. Since then, he’s written six other novels, a collection of short stories, and three collections of essays on wine. A student of Raymond Carver and a former fact-checker at The New Yorker, McInerney wrote a wine column for the Wall Street Journal for four years. He lives in New York City and Bridgehampton, New York.

“There are some men who you wish would just grow up, and some men you hope will remain forever the same: boyish, eager, occasionally ridiculous…fun. Jay McInerney is one of the latter….The poster boy for 80s excess.” -Rachel Cooke, The Guardian

“Each generation needs its Manhattan novel, and many ache to write it. But it was McInerney who succeeded.”—The New York Times Book Review on Bright Lights, Big City

McInerney’s first novel in ten years unfolds across a period of stupendeous change—including Obama’s historic election and the global economic collapse. In Bright, Precious Days, he revists his characters Corinne and Russell Calloway, who are living the dream life in New York City. They find themselves — and their marriage — tested more severely than they ever could have imagined, as Russell, an independent publisher, encounters an audacious, potentially game-changing opportunity, and Corinne, devoted to feeding the poor, faces a man with whom she’d had an ill-fated affair in the wake of 9/11.screen-shot-2016-05-17-at-1-09-13-pm

“In the Darkroom” w/ Susan Faludi

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An Evening with Susan Faludi discussing her book, In the Darkroom

Ann and Jerry Moss Theatre/ New Roads School/ Herb Alpert Educational Village

3131 Olympic Boulevard- Santa Monica, CA 90404

PURCHASE TICKETS:LiveTalksLA.org

Susan Faludi is a Pulitzer Prize–winning journalist and the author of the best seller Backlash: The Undeclared War Against American Women, which won the National Book Critics Circle Award for Nonfiction, and Stiffed: The Betrayal of the American Man. Her most recent book, The Terror Dream: Myth and Misogyny in an Insecure America, was an unflinching dissection of the post-9/11 American psyche in the media, popular culture and in political life. Her work has appeared in The New Yorker, The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, The Los Angeles Times and The Nation, among other publications.

“In the Darkroom is an absolute stunner of a memoir?probing, steel-nerved, moving in ways you’d never expect. Ms. Faludi is determined both to demystify the father of her youth?‘a simultaneously inscrutable and volatile presence, a black box and a detonator’?and to re-examine the very notion and nature of identity.”?The New York Times

In The Darkroom is Susan Faludi’s most personal book to date—an extraordinary inquiry into her family saga. When the feminist writer learned that her 76-year-old father—long estranged and living in Hungary—had undergone sex reassignment surgery, she felt compelled to confront a past she knew little about and a person she had long put aside. How was this new parent who identified as “a complete woman now” connected to the silent, explosive, and ultimately violent father she had known? What did this mean for her as a feminist and daughter? If who we are is most profoundly forged by who our parents are, what did her father’s metamorphosis say about her own identity? Faludi chases that mystery into the recesses of her suburban childhood in Westchester County, New York, and her father’s many previous incarnations: American dad, Alpine mountaineer, swashbuckling adventurer in the Amazon outback, Jewish fugitive in Holocaust Budapest, commercial photographer who had built his career on the alteration of images.screen-shot-2016-08-15-at-11-13-47-am

 

Into the Dark w/ The Big Heat & Clifford Clinton- Cafeteria & Crusader

 

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Art Deco Society Illustrated Lectures –THE BIG HEAT Co-presented by the Art Deco Society of Los Angeles and Angel City Press

Join us in the lobby at 1:00 PM, where you can purchase copies of Mark A. Vieira’s Into the Dark: The Hidden World of Film Noir, 1941-1950 and Edmond J. Clinton III’s Clifton’s and Clifford Clinton: A Cafeteria and a Crusader.

At 2:00 PM author Mark A. Vieira will give an illustrated presentation on Clifton’s Cafeteria founder Clifford Clinton’s fight with corruption, the real-life events which inspired film noir classic THE BIG HEAT.

In 1937, flush with the success of Clifton’s Cafeteria, Clifford Clinton challenged corruption in city hall. As a result, the police chief, the district attorney, and the mayor conspired to silence him.

Followed at 3:00 PM by: 35 mm! THE BIG HEAT 1953, Sony Repertory, 90 min, USA, Dir: Fritz Lang Cop Glenn Ford tries to bust psychotic racketeer Lee Marvin, with a little help from his moll (Gloria Grahame); the infamous coffee-pot scene has lost none of its jolt. With Jocelyn Brando, Carolyn Jones and Jeanette Nolan. Strikingly photographed by Charles Lang.

 

Clifton’s and Clifford Clinton: A Cafeteria and a Crusader by Edmond J. Clinton III

Clifton’s Cafeteria—it might just be the most famous restaurant in the history of L.A. Nah, not because of the movie stars who showed up (oh, yeah, there were plenty), but because real people ate there. Millions of ’em since 1931. Nobody forgot that if a hungry person couldn’t pay, that was OK. The Golden Rule. That’s what the place was all about. So everybody came. Clifford Clinton owned Clifton’s—all of ’em—everything he did was about doin’ unto others. Nobody goin’ hungry on his watch. And when he saw corruption in his City of Angels, he went after it. He led a campaign to recall the Mayor. He cleaned up the town. His story is as good as it gets—straight outta Raymond Chandler, only real—Clifford Clinton’s never-published story, and more stuff about L.A. you just won’t believe. And the pictures. So many. They’re like everything you remember about Clifton’s—delicious. Like green Jell-O with whipped cream. (You gotta pay for the book, but it’s worth every penny.) clin-cvr1_grande

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You know film noir when you see it: the shadowed setting; the cynical detective; the femme fatale; and the twist of fate. Into the Dark captures this alluring genre with a cavalcade of compelling photographs and a guide to 82 of its best films. Into the Dark is the first book to tell the story of film noir in its own voice. Author Mark A. Vieira quotes the artists who made these movies and the journalists and critics who wrote about them, taking readers on a year-by-year tour of the exciting nights when movies like Double Indemnity, Mildred Pierce, and Sunset Boulevard were sprung on an unsuspecting public. For the first time, we hear the voices of film noir artists speak from the sets and offices of the studios, explaining the dark genre, even before it had a name. Those voices tell how the genre was born and how it thrived in an industry devoted to sweetness and light. Into the Dark is a ticket to a smoky, glamorous world. You enter a story conference with Raymond Chandler, visit the set of Laura, and watch Detour with a Midwest audience. This volume recreates the environment that spawned film noir. It also displays the wit and warmth of the genre’s artists. Hedda Hopper reports on Citizen Kane, calling Orson Welles “Little Orson Annie.” Lauren Bacall says she enjoys playing a bad girl in To Have and Have Not. Bosley Crowther calls Joan Crawford in Possessed a “ghost wailing for a demon lover beneath a waning moon.” An Indiana exhibitor rates the classic Murder, My Sweet a “passable program picture.” Illustrated by hundreds of rare still photographs, Into the Dark conveys the mystery, glamour, and irony that make film noir surpassingly popular.
 Mark A. Vieira is a photographer and writer who specializes in Hollywood history. He has lectured at USC, UCLA, Lincoln Center, Universal Studios, and the Hollywood Heritage Museum. Vieira has appeared in documentaries such as TCM’s Moguls and Movie Stars and Playboy’s Sex at 24 Frames Per Second. He is also the author of George Hurrell’s Hollywood, Cecil B. DeMille, and Majestic Hollywood, among other film-related titles. Vieira resides in Los Angeles.

 

A Thousand Cuts! Rare clips (& a book) at the Egyptian w/ Dennis Bartok & Jeff Joseph

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FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 23, 2016 • 6:30 pm signing/7:30 pm screening

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A great night of film clips & the stories behind the finding of them with guys who did some of the finding.

A Thousand Cuts: Film Treasures Rescued by Collectors & Dealers

As 35mm and 16mm film sadly disappear, so goes the colorful underground network of dealers and collectors who fought over and hoarded these precious prints – often rescuing them from dumpsters and basements. Join us for a program of rarities assembled by motion picture archivist Jeff Joseph of SabuCat Productions, including footage of Alfred Hitchcock leaving for England to direct STAGE FRIGHT (found in a New Jersey attic); two-color Technicolor footage of the Marx Brothers shooting ANIMAL CRACKERS; the last surviving film of both Greta Garbo and Humphrey Bogart for never-completed projects; Judy Garland’s costume tests for VALLEY OF THE DOLLS; Bela Lugosi interviewed at home in 1931; the only surviving footage of Fred Astaire and choreographer Hermes Pan dancing together (discovered in Pan’s closet); ultra-rare commercials and PSAs including comedians Mike Nichols & Elaine May explaining why we should file our taxes (recently found in a garage in Inglewood, California) and much, much more.

Introduction by Dennis Bartok and Jeff Joseph, who will sign their new book, A Thousand Cuts: The Bizarre Underground World of Collectors and Dealers Who Saved the Movies, in the lobby at 6:30 PM. 90 min. | Screening format: DCP Egyptian Theatre •

Here’s some more about “A Thousand Cuts”

A Thousand Cuts is a candid exploration of one of America’s strangest and most quickly vanishing subcultures. It is about the death of physical film in the digital era and about a paranoid, secretive, eccentric, and sometimes obsessive group of film-mad collectors who made movies and their projection a private religion in the time before DVDs and Blu-rays. The book includes the stories of film historian/critic Leonard Maltin, TCM host Robert Osborne discussing Rock Hudson’s secret 1970s film vault, RoboCop producer Jon Davison dropping acid and screening King Kong with Jefferson Airplane at the Fillmore East, and Academy Award–winning film historian Kevin Brownlow recounting his decades-long quest to restore the 1927 Napoleon. Other lesser-known but equally fascinating subjects include one-legged former Broadway dancer Tony Turano, who lives in a Norma Desmond–like world of decaying movie memories, and notorious film pirate Al Beardsley, one of the men responsible for putting O. J. Simpson behind bars. Authors Dennis Bartok and Jeff Joseph examine one of the least-known episodes in modern legal history: the FBI’s and Justice Department’s campaign to harass, intimidate, and arrest film dealers and collectors in the early 1970s. Many of those persecuted were gay men. Victims included Planet of the Apes star Roddy McDowall, who was arrested in 1974 for film collecting and forced to name names of fellow collectors, including Rock Hudson and Mel Tormé. A Thousand Cuts explores the obsessions of the colorful individuals who created their own screening rooms, spent vast sums, negotiated underground networks, and even risked legal jeopardy to pursue their passion for real, physical film.

Alan Cumming says, “You Gotta Get Bigger Dreams”

alancumming_cover1The Return of ALAN CUMMING! A Live Talks Los Angeles event.

Monday, September 19, 2016 – 8pm

An Evening with Alan Cumming discussing his upcoming book, You Gotta Get Bigger Dreams: And Other Stories My Life in Stories and Pictures

Ann and Jerry Moss Theatre/ New Roads School- Herb Alpert Educational Village -3131 Olympic Boulevard Santa Monica, CA 90404

PURCHASE TICKETS- LiveTalksLA.org

$20 General Admission Section Seat (on sale Aug. 19) $45 General Admission Section seat + Cumming’s book $50 Reserved Section Seat + book $95 Reception (6:30-7:30pm) + Reserved Section Seat + book

Alan Cumming is an award-winning actor, artist, writer, activist, photographer, and raconteur. He has won an Olivier award for his work on the London stage, and a Tony for his work on Broadway; he appeared in all seven seasons of The Good Wife on CBS for which he received multiple Emmy and Golden Globe nominations. He is currently touring a cabaret show Alan Cumming Sings Sappy Songs and recently released an album of the same name. He is the author of novel Tommy’s Tale and the New York Times best-selling memoir Not My Father’s Son. He last appeared at Live Talks Los Angeles to mark the publication Not My Father’s Son.

“One of the most fun people in show business.” -Time Magazine

Put David Sedaris and Glenn O’Brien in a blender and add a dash of New York and Hollywood gossip, and you wind up with Alan Cumming. In You Gotta Get Bigger Dreams: And Other Stories, Alan Cumming takes the reader on a wild journey of pithy and cheeky fun, presenting his real-life stories of debauchery during late night Hollywood parties, behind-the-scenes anecdotes, and hilarious yet poignant memories of his life, family, and friends. In this new book, he recounts hysterical and sometimes embarrassing encounters, from awkwardly entertaining Elizabeth Taylor at Carrie Fisher’s birthday party to being on a movie set with Helen Mirren and being mocked for wearing Croc sandals to making a friend’s day by chasing down Oprah at a glitzy gala for a prized photograph with her. These forty-five stories are humorous novellas, each featuring memorable photographs—many simply snapshots taken by Cumming—that document or illustrate the tale told.screen-shot-2016-05-22-at-3-51-25-pm

Catch A Wave at Larry Edmunds-SURF CITY w/ DEAN TORRENCE!

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SATURDAY,SEPTEMBER 17th – 7 pm at LARRY EDMUNDS BOOKSHOP

SURF CITY w/ Dean Torrence!

It is really going to be a special evening here at Larry Edmunds when we turn Hollywood Boulevard into Surf City for one night w/ the legendary Dean Torrence from Jan & Dean.

Dean will be in the house signing his brand new book, ” Surf City-The Jan & Dean Story” & sharing stories and some great clips  from his personal archive including the TAMI Show, Dead Man’s Curve, Jan & Deans California Special & more!

Don’t miss out on this great night of rock n’ roll w/ surfer royalty.

If you’re too busy sidewalk surfin’, order a signed copy & we will send it your way.

The Jan and Dean Story is a personal story of the iconic musician and entrepreneur Dean Torrence. As a memoir The Jan and Dean Story has elements of humor, tragedy and redemption. It tells their story from the early high school friendship struck up between Jan Berry and Dean Torrence and their ascent to the dizzying heights of stardom riding the crest of the “surf” craze. The Jan and Dean Story is as much about the culture of the 1960s as it is about music. Dean has lived an incredible life and continues to promote a lifestyle and surf culture that is now universally admired and followed throughout the world. The story also recounts Jan’s tragic car accident and his ability to recover enough to continue to perform will be inspiring to many readers even those not familiar with surf music. For pop culture addicts and music buffs alike this book is indispensable. As early teen icons, Jan and Dean left an indelible mark on the music of the 60’s and the American psyche.

Dean Torrence is the co-founding member of Jan & Dean; the popular 1960’s duo that enjoyed chart success with “Surf City,” “Linda,” “Honolulu Lulu,” “Drag City,” “Dead Man’s Curve,” “New Girl In School,” “The Little Old Lady From Pasadena,” “Sidewalk Surfin'” and “I Found A Girl” (among others).Dean Torrence is still touring and creating music and often appears with the Beach Boys and other groups from the heyday of surf music.220px-jan_and_dean_surf_city

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Mindful or a Mind Full? A pair of Daniels & Live Talks Los Angeles

 

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A pair of Live Talks Los Angeles events is where you will find me in the next few days & both with distinguished gentleman named Daniel.

Both books about the mind. Hmmm…

Thursday, September 8, 2016- 8pm

An Evening with Dr. Daniel Siegel discussing his new book, Mind: A Journey to the Heart of Being Human

Ann and Jerry Moss Theatre- New Roads School/ Herb Alpert Educational Village- 3131 Olympic Boulevard Santa Monica, CA 90404

PURCHASE TICKETS : livetalksla.org

$20 General Admission Section Seat/ $43 Reserved Section seat + Siegel’s book /$30 Reserved Section seat/ $95 Reception (6:30-7:30pm) + Reserved Section Seat + book

Dr. Daniel J. Siegel is a clinical professor of psychiatry at the UCLA School of Medicine, where he also helped to establish the Mindful Awareness Research Center. He also heads up the Mindsight Institute, an educational center devoted to promoting insight, compassion, and empathy in individuals, families, institutions, and communities. Dr. Siegel’s books include three New York Times bestsellers: Brainstorm, and, with Tina Payne Bryson, Ph.D, The Whole-Brain Child and No-Drama Discipline. As a lecturer, he’s spoken before King of Thailand, Pope John Paul II, His Holiness the Dalai Lama, at Google University, and TEDx.Screen-Shot-2016-05-18-at-3.23.16-AM

“His insights into the mind as an embodied and relational process that regulates the flow of energy and information in the ecosystem of life have had a deep impact on my own understanding of mind and life and have impacted the way I practice and understand the healing process.” -Deepak Chopra, MD

What we mean by the term “mind” has traditionally been the province of philosophers, but what might neuroscience teach us about it? How does the mind differ from consciousness? And how do we know who we really are? In Mind: A Journey to the Heart of Being Human, Dr. Siegel explores the nature of the who, how, what, why, and when of your mind—of your self—from the perspective of neuroscience. Mind is the essence of our true nature, our deepest sense of being alive, here, right now, in this moment. How science explains this most perplexing of topics is truly one of the most exciting journeys into knowledge we can take.

 

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Monday, September 12, 2016 8pm (Reception: 7:00-7:45pm)

Daniel J. Levitin- A Field Guide to Lies: Critical Thinking in the Information Age

bestselling author of This is Your Brain on Music, The World in Six Songs and The Organized Mind

in conversation with Larry Vincent-Founder of UTA Brand Studio & Chief Branding Officer at United Talent Agency

United Talent Agency- 9336 Civic Center Drive Beverly Hills, CA 90210

PURCHASE TICKETS: livetalksla.org

$20 General Admission (on sale Aug. 12) /$45 Reserved Section Seat + Levitin’s book/ $95 Pre-event reception + Levitin’s book

Dr. Daniel J. Levitin is the author of three #1 bestselling books: This is Your Brain on Music, The World in Six Songs and The Organized Mind. He is also the James McGill Professor of Psychology and Behavioral Neuroscience at McGill University in Montreal, where he runs the Laboratory for Music Cognition, Perception and Expertise.

Levitin is about as knowledgeable a guide to neuroscience as one might hope for. –The New York Times Book Review

Misinformation is a bigger problem than ever before as we’re bombarded with distortions, pseudo-facts and jibber-jabber, all masquerading as the truth. It’s nothing new—especially when it comes to politicians— but we’ve created more human-made information in the last five years than in all of human history before then. And right along with it has come a proliferation of errors, lies, and manipulations that cross social and educational classes like never before. How do we separate the wheat from the digital chaff?

Levitin’s new book, A Field Guide to Lies: Critical Thinking in the Information Age is an indispensable and funny primer on how to recognize misleading announcements, graphs, and written reports, and how to think critically about the stories and statistics we encounter on a daily basis.

Larry Vincent is the founder of UTA Brand Studio and serves as Chief Branding Officer at UTA. Over the last two decades, Larry has worked with globally beloved brands including Barbie, Disney, MasterCard, Microsoft, the NFL, Oakley, Playstation, Fisher-Price, and the Four Seasons. He is an award-winning writer and speaker whose last book, Brand Real, was selected by strategy+business magazine as one of the best business books of 2012. Screen-Shot-2016-03-18-at-5.37.39-AMScreen-Shot-2016-05-25-at-9.37.55-PM

 

Star Trek 50th Anniversary fun at the EGYPTIAN!

 

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A multi-night salute to the cast and crew of the Enterprise begins next Friday at the Egyptian Theater in Hollywood and we will be there as part of the fun that night.

Author Preston Neal Jones will kick things off by signing his book, “Return To Tomorrow-the Filming of Star Trek the Motion Picture” in the lobby at 6:30 pm.

STAR TREK soundtrack releases will also be available for purchase from La-La Land Records.

Next, a panel discussion including original series story editor Dorothy D.C. Fontana, writer David Gerrold, casting director Joe D’Agosta and others, moderated by Roger Lay, Jr. and Mark A. Altman.

Program includes free bonus featurette “Maiden Voyage: Making STAR TREK: THE MOTION PICTURE.” 35 mm!

STAR TREK: THE MOTION PICTURE 1979, Paramount, 132 min, USA, Dir: Robert Wise Director Robert Wise, ably assisted by Harold Michelson’s (DICK TRACY) otherworldly production design, Jerry Goldsmith’s stirring score and a special effects team including Douglas Trumbull and John Dykstra, delivers the first STAR TREK film as a profound meditation on man’s struggle to survive against the negative forces in the universe. With William Shatner, Leonard Nimoy, DeForest Kelley, Walter Koenig, George Takei, James Doohan, Nichelle Nichols, Persis Khambatta.

For more information about the other Star Trek screenings, check out: americancinematheque.com

Co-presented by Geek Magazine in association with Paramount Home Videostartrekmovieposter

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the Cinecon 7! CINECON #52 ! Authors in the A.M. w/ Larry Edmunds Bookshop

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CINECON Authors in the A.M.

As summer winds down, it is that time of year again. Time for CINECON! I’m bringing my own gang this year. Larry Edmunds Bookshop welcomes back this fine festival, celebrating the 52nd go ’round with a morning line-up of great authors & great books, my own gang. Larry Edmunds Bookshop will be at Loew’s Hotel in Hollywood on Friday morning , from 9 am until noon, September 2nd and you’ll have a chance to meet the authors, get signed books & shop the dealers room for collectibles as well, all before any of the movies even start!

Come on down and meet and greet some of  our finest friends and get some of these wonderful books!

Scheduled to attend for this special time slot (some authors may appear at additional times as well) are the following:

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Dennis Bartok- Dennis will be signing “A Thousand Cuts”

Cari Beauchamp- Cari will sign “My First Time in Hollywood”  & “Without Lying Down”

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John Bengston- John will be signing, “Silent Echoes”,”Silent Traces” & “Silent Visions”

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Karie Bible & Mary Mallory- Karie & Mary will be signing,”Hollywood Celebrates the Holidays

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Preston Neal Jones-Preston will be signing-“Heaven & Hell To Play With” & “Return to Tomorrow”DownloadedFile

Herbie J Pilato- Herbie will be signing, “Dashing, Daring & Debonair”,”Glamour, Gidgets & the Girl Next Door” , “Twitch Upon A Star” & “the Essential Elizabeth Montgomery”

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Buy them all!!!

If you’re not attending Cinecon, we’ll be glad to get signed books sent your way. It is  not too early to think about holiday shopping.

More info on the festival at : cinecon.org

 

 

 

 

 

Writings On the Wall w/ Kareem Abdul-Jabbar & Live Talks Los Angeles

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MONDAY, AUGUST 29, 2016- 8pm -An Evening w/ Kareem Abdul-Jabbar

Ann and Jerry Moss Theatre /New Roads School Herb Alpert Educational Village- 3131 Olympic Boulevard Santa Monica, CA 90404

An Evening with Kareem Abdul-Jabbar discussing his upcoming book, WRITINGS ON THE WALL: Searching for a New Equality Beyond Black and White

PURCHASE TICKETS- $45 General Admission seat + a copy of Writings on the Wall/$50 Reserved Section Seat + a copy of Writings on the Wall/ $20 General Admission seat /$95 Reception (6:30-7:30pm) + Reserved Section Seat + copy of Writings on the Wall

 

 

 

 

Kareem Abdul-Jabbar is the NBA’s all-time leading scorer and a Basketball Hall of Fame inductee. Since retiring, he has been an actor, a basketball coach and the author of eleven books, many of them New York Times best sellers, including What Color is My World?, which won the NAACP Image Award for Best Children’s Book. Abdul-Jabbar is also a columnist for Time Magazine and The Washington Post, writing on a wide range of subjects including race, politics, age and pop culture, and his essays and columns have also appeared in the Huffington Post, in the Los Angeles Times and on Esquire.com, among other publications. In 2012, he was selected as a U.S. Cultural Ambassador. Since retiring from professional basketball, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar has become a lauded observer of culture and society. He now brings that keen insight to the fore in Writings on the Wall: Searching for a New Equality Beyond Black and White. He uses his unique blend of erudition, street smarts and authentic experience in essays on the country’s seemingly irreconcilable partisan divide – both racial and political, parenthood, and his own experiences as an athlete, African-American, and a Muslim. The book is not just a collection of expositions; he also offers keen assessments of and solutions to problems such as racism in sports while speaking candidly about his experiences on the court and off. Timed for publication as the nation debates whom to send to the White House, the combination of plain talk on issues, life lessons, and personal stories places Writings on the Wall squarely in the middle of the conversation, as many of Abdul-Jabbar’s topics are at the top of the national agenda. Whether it is sparring with Donald Trump, within the pages of TIME magazine, or full-length features in the The New York Times Magazine, writers, critics, and readers have come to agree on what The Washington Post observed: Abdul-Jabbar “has become a vital, dynamic and unorthodox cultural voice.” Screen-Shot-2016-06-21-at-1.45.34-PM

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