Win Bigly w/ Dilbert creator Scott Adams

 

Thursday, November 9, 2017  8 pm

An Evening with Scott Adams discussing his upcoming book, Win Bigly: Persuasion in a World Where Facts Don’t Matter

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

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From the creator of Dilbert, an unflinching look at the strategies Donald Trump used to persuade voters to elect the most unconventional candidate in the history of the presidency, and how anyone can learn his methods for succeeding against long odds. Scott Adams is the creator of Dilbert, one of the most popular comic strips of all time. He has been a full-time cartoonist since 1995, after 16 years working in the technology realm at a major bank and later a phone company. His many bestsellers include The Dilbert Principle, Dogbert’s Top Secret Management Handbook, and How To Fail At Almost Everything And Still Win Big. He is co-founder of WhenHub. For more on Adams, visit his website, and follow him on Twitter: @ScottAdamsSays

Scott Adams—a trained hypnotist and a lifelong student of persuasion—was one of the earliest public figures to predict Trump’s win, doing so a week after Nate Silver put Trump’s odds at 2 percent in his FiveThirtyEight.com blog. The mainstream media regarded Trump as a novelty and a sideshow. But Adams recognized in Trump a level of persuasion you only see once in a generation. Trump triggered massive cognitive dissonance and confirmation bias on both the left and the right. We’re hardwired to respond to emotion, not reason. We might listen to 10 percent of a speech—a hand gesture here, a phrase there—and if the right buttons are pushed, we irrationally agree with the speaker and invent reasons to justify that decision after the fact. The point isn’t whether Trump was right or wrong, good or bad. Win Bigly goes beyond politics to look at persuasion tools that can work in any setting—the same ones Adams saw in Steve Jobs when he invested in Apple decades ago. For instance: · If you need to convince people that something is important, make a claim that’s directionally accurate but has a big exaggeration in it. Everyone will spend endless hours talking about how wrong it is while accidentally persuading themselves the issue is a high priority. · Stop wasting time on elaborate presentations. Inside, you’ll learn which components of your messaging matter, and where you can wing it. · Creating “linguistic kill shots” with persuasion engineering (such as “Low-energy Jeb”) can be more powerful than facts and policies. Adams offers nothing less than “access to the admin passwords to human beings.” This is a must-read if you care about persuading others in any field—or if you just want to resist persuasion from others. 

SWITHEART w/ Loretta Swit at the Hollywood Museum!

 

SUNDAY NOVEMBER 5th -6:30 -7:30p pm-the Hollywood Museum-1660 N. Highland Ave. in Hollywood!

Join us for a special evening as Loretta Swit unveils memorabilia from her career at the HOLLYWOOD MUSEUM & signs copies of her book, “Switheart!” (proceeds to Switheart Animal Alliance)

“SwitHeart: The Watercolour Artistry & Animal Activism of Loretta Swit”

Paintings by Loretta Swit of M*A*S*H fame chronicled in new book. Watercolour Artistry & Animal Activism of Loretta ‘SwitHeart’ chronicles the artwork of TV icon Loretta Swit, a true champion of the animal kingdom. Watercolorist, award-winning animal activist and actress, Ms. Swit is renowned for her starring role on TV’s most honored series, M*A*S*H, for which she won two EMMY’s and worldwide acclaim. __________________________________________________________________________________

WHAT COLLEAGUES ARE SAYING: “How wonderful that Loretta can use her talent to do so much good.” – Angela Lansbury

“Her pictures are created as much with her compassion and dedication as they are with her talent and artful vision.” – Alan Alda __________________________________________________________________________________

Ms. Swit has devoted decades to animal-related causes and is a tireless advocate for animals and animal rights. In September, she was awarded the 2016 Global Wildlife Conservation Champion Award by the GES Africa Conservation Fund for her support of animal conservation efforts, kindness, compassion and generosity. This December Ms. Swit will accept The Betty White Award from Actors and Others for Animals, their highest honor, “for all she has done to protect and care for animals”. What many fans may not know about the multi-talented thespian is that Ms. Swit has been an artist from age six. ‘SwitHeart’ documents her animal portraits along with descriptive anecdotes about each and her extensive philanthropic work. Ms. Swit said, “I’m thrilled to see my passion for animals and my passion for art merge in a book that will help benefit and protect the animals on our planet.”

SwitHeart includes 65 full-color paintings and drawings. Proceeds from the book will be donated to charities and programs that are as dedicated, as Ms. Swit is, to ending animal suffering and cruelty.

“Lorette’s paintings touch us… the joy of the intimacy, the touch of fur, feather, warm breath, the awe she must feel at creating something so simple yet so unimaginably, breathtakingly complex.” – Mike Farrell

“It’s clear she has given her passion to the animals and to the arts. She makes me proud. But I still covet this woman… must be her animal magnetism.” – Ed Asner

HANK & JIM w/ author Scott Eyman!

 

SUNDAY,NOVEMBER 5th (MATINEE) special 2 pm start time! at Larry Edmunds Bookshop

Author Scott Eyman has been a very good friend of the L.E.B. for a much longer time than I have been here & I was very excited when he told me of his new project.

2 amazing talents whose careers cover the golden age of cinema & beyond.

Hank and Jim- The Fifty-Year Friendship of Henry Fonda and James Stewart

There is no Hollywood monument Scott can’t climb, as some of his previous subjects include Pickford, Ford, DeMille & John Wayne. Heavy weights.

We were thrilled to host an event & participate w/ Scott at the TCM Festival for the John Wayne book.

We are thrilled to welcome him back.

Join us next Sunday for a real treat of a afternoon . As always, signed books are available to order if you miss out.

More about Hank & Jim:

New York Times bestselling author Scott Eyman tells the story of the remarkable friendship of two Hollywood legends who, though different in many ways, maintained a close friendship that endured all of life’s twists and turns. Henry Fonda and James Stewart were two of the biggest stars in Hollywood for forty years. They became friends and then roommates as stage actors in New York, and when they began making films in Hollywood, they roomed together again. Between them they made such memorable films as The Grapes of Wrath, Mister Roberts, Twelve Angry Men, and On Golden Pond; and Mr. Smith Goes to Washington, Destry Rides Again, The Philadelphia Story, It’s a Wonderful Life, Vertigo, and Rear Window. They got along famously, with a shared interest in elaborate practical jokes and model airplanes, among other things. Fonda was a liberal Democrat, Stewart a conservative Republican, but after one memorable blow-up over politics, they agreed never to discuss that subject again. Fonda was a ladies’ man who was married five times; Stewart remained married to the same woman for forty-five years. Both men volunteered during World War II and were decorated for their service. When Stewart returned home, still unmarried, he once again moved in with Fonda, his wife, and his two children, Jane and Peter, who knew him as Uncle Jimmy. For Hank and Jim, biographer and film historian Scott Eyman spoke with Fonda’s widow and children as well as three of Stewart’s children, plus actors and directors who had worked with the men—in addition to doing extensive archival research to get the full details of their time together. This is not another Hollywood story, but a fascinating portrait of an extraordinary friendship that lasted through war, marriages, children, careers, and everything else.

 

“Petty Fun” w/ Kate Hudson & Live Talks at the AERO !

Monday, October 30, 2017 8pm

An Evening with Kate Hudson discussing her book, Pretty Fun: Creating and Celebrating a Lifetime of Tradition

The Aero Theater- 1328 Montana Avenue Santa Monica, CA 90404

PURCHASE TICKETS-LiveTalksLA.org

* all books are pre-signed and available for pick up at check-in

Kate Hudson is a Golden Globe Award winner and Academy Award–nominated actress, producer, entrepreneur and best-selling author of Pretty Happy. She is best known for her roles in Almost Famous, How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days, and Bride Wars, which she also produced. On television, Kate received critical acclaim for her guest-star appearance on the hit show Glee. She is the voice of Mei Mei in Kung Fu Panda 3. Kate’s love of design and fashion has seen her become an international style icon and muse for some of the world’s top designers. She has also been featured in many global advertising campaigns, most recently the renowned Campari Calendar, and has been the face of major retail brands, including Ann Taylor and Almay.

In 2013, Kate cofounded Fabletics (fabletics.com), a line of stylish and affordable activewear designed to inspire and empower women to get physically fit and as a way of living that promotes health, community, and passion. In Pretty Fun, Kate Hudson shares her philosophy behind gatherings, how to be in the moment, make them uniquely yours, embracing occasions to just be together. Pretty Fun is a warm and welcoming, lifestyle and entertaining guide, complete with delicious, healthy recipes and even some more indulgent snacks and beverages, and infused with her mindful approach to life.

Waiting For the Punch w/ Marc Maron Live Talks !

 Sunday, October 29, 2017 7 pm – Marc Maron in conversation with Brendan McDonald discussing his book, Waiting for the Punch: Words to Live by from the WTF Podcast

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

3131 Olympic Boulevard- Santa Monica, CA 90404

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Marc Maron is a stand-up comedian, actor, author and host of the podcast, WTF with Marc Maron. He has appeared in his own comedy specials on HBO, Comedy Central, EPIX and Netflix, created the IFC sitcom Maron, and stars in the Netflix OriginalSeries GLOW. He lives in Los Angeles.

Brendan McDonald is the co-creator and executive producer of WTF with Marc Maron. He is an Emmy-winner and a veteran producer of television, radio and digital media. He lives in Brooklyn with his wife and son.

“I’m British, so I’m medically dead inside, but even I can’t help but open up whenever I talk to Marc. He uses his honesty like a scalpel, cutting himself open in front of anyone he’s talking to, and in doing so, invites you to do the same. “ ?John Oliver

“People say stuff to [Marc] that you can’t imagine them saying to anyone else.” – Ira Glass

Each week over a million and a half listeners tune into WTF with Marc Maron to hear Marc and a guest do something remarkable: talk. Waiting for the Punch is not simply a collection of these interviews, but instead something more wondrous: a running narrative of the world’s most recognizable names working through the problems, doubts, joys, triumphs and failures we all experience. With each chapter covering a different topic: parenting, childhood, relationships, sexuality, success, failures and others, Punch becomes a sort of everyman’s guide to life. Barack Obama candidly discusses the challenges of the presidency, and the bittersweet moments of seeing your children grow up and away from you. Bruce Springsteen speaks on the dual nature of desperation to both motivate and devastate. Amy Schumer recounts the pain of a parents’ divorce. At once laugh-out-loud funny, heartbreakingly honest, joyous, tragic and powerful, Waiting for the Punch is a book to be read from cover to cover, but it is also one to return to again and again.

 

The Soul of Godzilla-An ISHIRO HONDA tribute @ the EGYPTIAN!

 

THURSDAY October 26 & FRIDAY, October 27-6:30 pm signing & 7:30 pm screenings @ the EGYPTIAN THEATRE in Hollywood

THE SOUL OF GODZILLA: AN ISHIRO HONDA TRIBUTE Double Feature! MOTHRA / BATTLE IN OUTER SPACE (October 26)

Join us at 6:30 PM in the lobby, where authors Steve Ryfle and Ed Godziszewski will sign their book Ishiro Honda: A Life in Film, From Godzilla to Kurosawa.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Discussion between films with authors Steve Ryfle and Ed Godziszewski, moderated by Steve Peros.

MOTHRA 1961, Sony Repertory, 101 min, Dir: Ishiro Honda

Giant caterpillar-turned-avenging-insect Mothra wreaks havoc on Japan when its best friends – two tiny, telepathic, singing sisters (played by real-life siblings Yumi and Emi Ito) – are kidnapped by an unscrupulous promoter and forced to perform in a Tokyo nightclub.

BATTLE IN OUTER SPACE (UCHÛ DAISENSÔ) 1959, Sony Repertory, 90 min, Japan

Dir: Ishiro Honda With the space race in full swing, Ishirô Honda and SFX artist Eiji Tsuburaya collaborated on this action-packed, alien-invasion extravaganza. Envisioning Japan as an aerospace leader and reflecting its postwar return to world affairs (the country had recently joined the United Nations), the film shows Tokyo leading an international coalition of America, the Soviet Union and other nations against hostile spacemen from the planet Natal. These pint-sized invaders pack a powerful arsenal that includes nimble flying saucers and a giant mothership with an anti-gravity beam that sucks skyscrapers off the ground! Heroic astronaut Katsumiya (Ryo Ikebe) and his crew are ready for battle – on the moon, and in the skies over Tokyo.

Friday, October 27th

GODZILLA: THE JAPANESE ORIGINAL / THE H-MAN  Godzilla to Kurosawa. Discussion between films with authors Steve Ryfle and Ed Godziszewski, moderated by Steve Biodrowski. GODZILLA: THE JAPANESE ORIGINAL GOJIRA 1954, Janus Films, 96 min, Japan

In the first of countless kaiju (“strange creature”) films from Japan, a nuclear explosion rouses a reptilian monster from the depths of the ocean; as Godzilla crushes Tokyo underfoot, the only weapon that could stop him may be too powerful to use. Akira Takarada, Momoko Kôchi and Akihiko Hirata star in this seminal sci-fi film, which was later recut with new scenes starring Raymond Burr and released as GODZILLA, KING OF THE MONSTERS! in America.

THE H-MAN (BIJO TO EKITAI NINGEN) 1958, Sony Repertory, 79 min, Japan, Dir: Ishiro Honda

A sexy, exotic dancer slinks across the stage, showered in flickering lights. A bebop combo wails, sax and drums riffing like Charlie Parker and Max Roach. Square-jawed gangsters with slick hair and flashy vines smoke, drink and watch, doted on by giggling bar hostesses. Just another night at Cabaret Homura, but the heat’s about to come down on these mobsters – that is, until an even more dangerous villain appears. Ishiro Honda’s genre-blending sci-fi thriller is a mix of detectives, hoods, radioactive goblins and atomic paranoia. Starring genre regulars Kenji Sahara as an idealistic scientist, Hisaya Ito as an evil drug lord and Yumi Shirakawa as a beleaguered cabaret beauty.

About the book: The first comprehensive biography of the director behind Godzilla and other Japanese sci-fi classics Ishiro Honda was arguably the most internationally successful Japanese director of his generation, with an unmatched succession of science fiction films that were commercial hits worldwide. From the atomic allegory of Godzilla and the beguiling charms of Mothra to the tragic mystery of Matango and the disaster and spectacle of Rodan, The Mysterians, King Kong vs. Godzilla, and many others, Honda’s films reflected postwar Japan’s real-life anxieties and incorporated fantastical special effects, a formula that appealed to audiences around the globe and created a popular culture phenomenon that spans generations. Now, in the first full account of this long overlooked director’s life and career, authors Steve Ryfle and Ed Godziszewski shed new light on Honda’s work and the experiences that shaped it—including his days as a reluctant Japanese soldier, witnessing the aftermath of Hiroshima, and his lifelong friendship with Akira Kurosawa.

Ishiro Honda: A Life in Film, from Godzilla to Kurosawa features close analysis of Honda’s films (including, for the first time, his rarely seen dramas, comedies, and war films) and draws on previously untapped documents and interviews to explore how creative, economic, and industrial factors impacted his career. Fans of Honda, Godzilla, and tokusatsu (special effects) film, and of Japanese film in general, will welcome this in-depth study of a highly influential director who occupies a uniquely important position in science fiction and fantasy cinema, as well as in world cinema. Together, the authors have provided audio commentary tracks and produced supplemental material for numerous home video releases, including Ishiro Honda’s Godzilla for the British Film Institute. They co-produced the documentary feature Bringing Godzilla Down to Size (2008).

“This carefully researched and detailed book gives us a full picture of the man and his life.” —From the preface by Martin Scorsese

“I first saw Godzilla in 1956 at the tender age of eight. Something about the film filled me with a somber dread—not the giant, fire-breathing monster destroying Tokyo, but the overall tone, an underlying sadness, a sense of grief and horror. Japan is the only nation to suffer atomic bombs dropped on two of its cities, and Godzilla gave powerful expression to this emotional ambience disguised as a giant monster movie. The director of this seminal motion picture was Ishiro Honda, the creator of an astonishing output of science-fiction and horror films from Toho Studios and one of my personal cinematic gods.” —John Carpenter

“Exhaustive researchers, Ryfle and Godziszewski delve deeply into the entirety of Honda’s sometimes harrowing life while defining his films within Japanese studio system and his later collaborations with Kurosawa. Filling a huge vacuum of needed scholarship, it’s required reading for genre fans and serious students of Japanese cinema alike.”- Stuart Galbraith IV, author of The Emperor and the Wolf

STEVE RYFLE has contributed film journalism and criticism to the Los Angeles Times, San Francisco Chronicle, Cineaste, Virginia Quarterly Review, POV, and other publications. He is the author of a book on the history of the Godzilla film series. ED GODZISZEWSKI is editor and publisher of Japanese Giants magazine. He is the author of a Godzilla film encyclopedia, and has written for Fangoria and other publications.

the life of LEONARDO w/ Walter Isaacson & Michael Lewis!

Monday, October 23, 2017 8pm (Reception: 6:30-7:30pm)

Walter Isaacson in conversation with Michael Lewis discussing his  biography, Leonardo da Vinci

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

3131 Olympic Boulevard Santa Monica, CA 90404

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Walter Isaacson, professor of history at Tulane, has been CEO of the Aspen Institute, chairman of CNN, and editor of Time magazine. He is the author of The Innovators; Steve Jobs; Einstein: His Life and Universe; Benjamin Franklin: An American Life; and Kissinger: A Biography, and the coauthor of The Wise Men:Six Friends and the World They Made.

Based on thousands of pages from Leonardo da Vinci’s astonishing notebooks and new discoveries about his life and work, Walter Isaacson weaves a narrative that connects the art produced by history’s most creative genius to his science. He shows how Leonardo’s work was based on skills we can improve in ourselves, such as passionate curiosity, careful observation, and an imagination so playful that it flirted with fantasy.

“When you write biographies, whether it’s about Ben Franklin or Einstein, you discover something amazing: They are human.” — Walter Isaacson on Book TV (Feb. 1, 2015)

Leonardo produced the two most famous paintings in history, The Last Supper and the Mona Lisa. But in his own mind, he was just as much a man of science and technology. With a passion that sometimes became obsessive, he pursued innovative studies of anatomy, fossils, birds, the heart, flying machines, botany, geology, and weaponry. With characteristic mastery, Isaacson explains how Leonardo’s life should remind us of the importance of imagination, questioning what we learn, and, like talented misfits and rebels in any era, to think different.

We welcome Michael Lewis back to our stage. His bestsellers include The Undoing Project, Flash Boys, The Big Short, The Blind Side, Liar’s Poker, Moneyball, Boomerang, The New New Thing and Panic, among others. Michael Lewis previously appeared with Malcolm Gladwell at Live Talks Los Angeles discussing his book, Flash Boys: A Wall Street Revolt. Watch the video. We also hosted him for his most recent book, The Undoing Project where he was interviewed by Mindy Kaling.

 

Be Fierce with Gretchen Carlson!

Sunday, October 22, 2017 6:30 pm

Gretchen Carlson in conversation with Heather McDonald discussing her book, Be Fierce: Stop Harassment and Take Your Power Back

William Turner Gallery/ Bergamot Station Arts Center

2525 Michigan Avenue, Santa Monica, CA 90404

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Gretchen Carlson has been honored as one of TIME‘s 100 Most Influential People in the World and a 2017 recipient of the prestigious Matrix Award. She is a journalist and news anchor and a tireless advocate for female empowerment. Formerly, Carlson was co-host of the cable morning news show, Fox and Friends, as well as the host of her own signature show, The Real Story with Gretchen Carlson. An honors graduate of Stanford University, Carlson also serves as a trustee for several national non-profit boards and in 2017 established her own fund, Gift of Courage, to empower women and young girls to realize their full potential. Since making the decision to speak out against sexual harassment, she has sparked an international conversation about the pervasiveness of the problem and, in doing so, discovered that every woman has a story.

“Gretchen Carlson’s very brave and public stand against sexual harassment gave countless women the courage to fight back and is teaching our daughters (and sons) three very important words: it’s not okay.”- Katie Couric

“Gretchen Carlson is not only FIERCE but brave as she pours sunlight on this scourge that hides in plain sight. Sexual harassment is an issue that all of us should be concerned about not just women. I encourage every man to read this book.”- Larry Wilmore

In “Be Fierce: Stop Harassment and Take Your Power Back”, Gretchen shares her own experiences, as well as powerful and moving stories from women in many different careers and fields who decided they too weren’t ready to shut up and sit down. Gretchen became a voice for the voiceless. In this revealing and timely book, Gretchen shares her views on what women can do to empower and protect themselves in the workplace or on a college campus, what to say when someone makes suggestive remarks, how an employer’s Human Resources department may not always be your friend, and how forced arbitration clauses in work contracts often serve to protect companies rather than employees. Her groundbreaking message encourages women to stand up and speak up in every aspect of their lives. Gretchen also discusses why this fight will require both women and men working together to ensure that our daughters and sons will have a brighter future.

In addition to stand-up, television guest spots and uncredited reality TV cameos, Heather McDonald can be heard twice a week on the hit podcast Juicy Scoop with Heather McDonald breaking down pop culture, hot topics and her own personal drama. She wrote best sellers, You’ll Never Blue Ball in this Town Again and MY INAPPROPRIATE LIFE: Some Material Not Suitable for Small Children, Nuns, or Mature Adults. Her weekly column “What Heather McDonald noticed this week” has been featured in InTouch for the last three years. In 2015 she debuted her Showtime special ‘I Don’t Mean To Brag,’ later shown on Netflix. For seven years Heather wrote, produced and appeared on Chelsea Lately as well as it’s spin off show, After Lately. Heather was a contributing writer on the Wayans’ Brothers films White Chicks and Dance Flink.

 

 

Hollywood At Play @ the Ocean Park Library!

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 14th- MATINEE 2 pm start-Ocean Park Public Library in Santa Monica-2601 Main Street

Hollywood At Play w/ authors Donovan Brandt, Mary Mallory & Stephen X. Sylvester

There is nothing Hollywood loves to do more than play! Authors Mary Mallory, Donovan Brandt & Stephen X. Sylvester  bring us “Hollywood At Play-The Lives of the Stars Between Takes” , a fun-loving look at the stars of the golden era “at play”. Join us for a special Saturday afternoon  presentation , a  fun-filled photofest  of the stars having a good old time & the authors will be as well, signing copies of “Hollywood At Play”.  Of course, if you can’t make it, we can send some of the “play” your way when you order a signed copy. “Hollywood At Play” makes a great gift for the holidays.

Fans from around the world continue to be fascinated by classic-era Hollywood (1925-1960) and its larger-than-life stars. Nostalgia for this simpler, more glamorous time offers a safe and temporary escape from our complex lives. The authors capture this era with in Hollywood at Play, featuring unique and rarely seen images of such legendary stars as Audrey Hepburn, Elizabeth Taylor, Bette Davis, Joan Crawford, Marilyn Monroe, Clark Gable, Judy Garland, W.C. Fields, and Tyrone Power enjoying fun and relaxation outside of their studios. Hollywood at Play presents iconic images of the classic stars taking time out from the demands of celebrity to enjoy dancing, bike-riding, roller skating, bowling, and playing tennis; diversions offering a chance to relax and be themselves. This delightful and unique book will appeal to classic movie fans, and enthusiasts of celebrity, fashion, and Hollywood history. The photos contained in Hollywood at Play come from the collection of Eddie Brandt’s Saturday Matinee, Hollywood’s oldest family-owned photo archive. From the 800,000 images available in their collection the authors have chosen over 200 fascinating and rare photos to include in this book. Among the photos are eight rare photos of a young Marilyn Monroe at play; Mickey Rooney and Judy Garland frolicking at a pool party; Steve McQueen and James Garner astride McQueen’s iconic motorcycle between takes of The Great Escape;Bobby Darin and Sandra Dee out on the town; Sammy Davis Jr. hamming it up with Dean Martin and Frank Sinatra; and many others.

 

The Rules of Magic w/ Alice Hoffman!

Wednesday, October 18, 2017 8pm (Reception 6:30-7:30pm)

An Evening with Alice Hoffman discussing her novel, The Rules of Magic

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

3131 Olympic Boulevard Santa Monica, CA 90404

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Alice Hoffman is the author of more than thirty works of fiction, including The Rules of Magic, The Marriage of Opposites, Practical Magic, The Red Garden, the Oprah’s Book Club selection Here on Earth, The Museum of Extraordinary Things, and The Dovekeepers.

“I always felt and still feel that fairy tales have an emotional truth that is so deep that there are few things that really rival them.”

“Even in times when it’s difficult to figure out, how do you go forward, art – and books – always help.”

The Rules of Magic is Hoffman’s spellbinding prequel to Practical Magic. For the Owens family, love is a curse that began in 1620, when Maria Owens was charged with witchery for loving the wrong man. Hundreds of years later, in New York City at the cusp of the sixties, Susanna Owens knows that her three children are dangerously unique. Difficult Franny, with skin as pale as milk and blood red hair, shy and beautiful Jet, who can read other people’s thoughts, and charismatic Vincent, who began looking for trouble the day he could walk. From the start Susanna sets down rules for her children. But when her children visit their Aunt Isabelle in the small Massachusetts town where the Owens family has been blamed for everything that has ever gone wrong, they uncover family secrets and begin to understand the truth of who they are. Back in New York City each begins a risky journey as they try to escape the family curse. Thrilling and exquisite, real and fantastical, The Rules of Magic is a story about the power of love reminding us that the only remedy for being human is to be true to yourself.

 

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