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It’s “The NIX” w/ Nathan Hill! Live Talks at the Santa Monica Public Library!

Monday, June 26, 2017 7:30 pm

Presented in association with Santa Monica Public Library

An Evening with Nathan Hill discussing the writing life and his debut novel, The Nix

Martin Luther King, Jr. Auditorium/ Santa Monica Public Library – 601 Santa Monica Boulevard Santa Monica, CA 90401

This event is part of our Newer Voices Series. General Admission tickets are complimentary, but we encourage you to support these newer authors and purchase their books.

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Pre-purchasing the book includes a Reserved Seat ($18.62)

Nathan Hill‘s short fiction has appeared in many literary journals, including The Iowa Review, AGNI, The Gettysburg Review, and Fiction, where he was awarded the annual Fiction Prize. A native Iowan, he lives with his wife in Naples, Florida. The Nix is his first novel.

“The Nix is a mother-son psychodrama with ghosts and politics, but it’s also a tragicomedy about anger and sanctimony in America. . . . Nathan Hill is a maestro.” —John Irving

It’s 2011, and Samuel Andresen-Anderson hasn’t seen his mother, Faye, in decades—not since she abandoned the family when he was a boy. Now she’s reappeared, having committed an absurd crime that electrifies the nightly news and inflames a politically divided country. The media paints Faye as a radical hippie with a sordid past, but as far as Samuel knows, his mother was an ordinary girl who married her high-school sweetheart. Which version of his mother is true? Two facts are certain: she’s facing some serious charges, and she needs Samuel’s help. To save her, Samuel will have to embark on his own journey, uncovering long-buried secrets about the woman he thought he knew, secrets that stretch across generations and have their origin all the way back in Norway, home of the mysterious Nix. As he does so, Samuel will confront not only Faye’s losses but also his own lost love, and will relearn everything he thought he knew about his mother, and himself.


Eric (the Young & the Restless) Braeden signs “I’ll Be Damned” at Goethe Institut!

SATURDAY,JUNE 24th 5-7 pm – GOETHE-INSTITUT- LOS ANGELES 5750 Wilshire Boulevard Suite 100

BOOK SIGNING AND DISCUSSION with Actor & Author Eric Braeden!


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At this afternoon “Meet & Greet” event, Emmy & People’s Choice Award-winning actor and author Eric Braeden will discuss, and sign copies of his memoir, I’LL BE DAMNED: How My Young and Restless Life Led Me to America’s #1 Daytime Drama.

In this startlingly candid, and poignant memoir, Eric Braeden, the legendary Emmy & People’s Choice Award-winning star of America’s #1 soap opera, The Young and The Restless, chronicles his amazing life, from his birth in World War II Germany to his arrival in America to his rise to humanitarian and daytime superstar for the past thirty-five years. Braeden’s journey from his birth in a hospital basement at the end of World War II in Kiel, Germany to the soundstages of Los Angeles has taught him more about joy, heartbreak, fear, dignity, loss, love, loneliness, exhilaration, courage, persecution, and profound responsibility to the global community than he could have hoped to learn in several lifetimes. Growing up in the years after Germany’s defeat, Braeden knew very little about the atrocities of his parents’ generation, until he arrived in America as a teenager—a discovery that horrified and transformed him. Trying to redress the wrongs of his homeland, he has dedicated his life to humanitarian work—even forming the German American Culture Society—working for decades to show the world that what we share as humans is far more important than what separates us from one another. Told with openness, candor, humor, heart, and occasional raw vulnerability, I’ll Be Damned reveals a man committed to making the world a better, more loving place.

ERIC BRAEDEN- Since February 2, 1980, Eric Braeden has starred on the iconic daytime series The Young and the Restless, winning a Daytime Emmy for his role as the complex self-made billionaire Victor Newman. Braeden has also starred in films and has many other television credits. In the 1960s and 1970s, he guest-starred on more television series than any other actor arguably in television history, and has starred on Broadway and in numerous theater productions, including Shakespeare recitals. Presented in cooperation with German World, and HarperCollins Publishers.

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Here’s more about the book :

I’LL BE DAMNED-How My Young and Restless Life Led Me to America’s #1 Daytime Drama


With a foreword by Stephen A. Smith

“In show business, people see your glory, but they don’t know your story. Eric Braeden’s life is quite the story. Victor ain’t got nothing on Eric; believe me! Eric is a citizen artist whose wisdom comes from suffering and struggle. He’s never let misery have the last word, and we are grateful for his artistic gifts and his humanitarian efforts. I salute him.”
— Tavis Smiley

“An actor of film, stage, and TV who brilliantly portrays one of the most indelible characters in the
history of daytime television.”
— Leslie Moonves, Chairman and CEO, CBS Corporation

“Few guests on my show ‘Politically Incorrect’ lived up to that billing quite like Eric Braeden.
He continues the tradition in retelling his unique and compelling journey.”
— Bill Maher, host of Real Time with Bill Maher

“So many of us can benefit from what he conveys to us all.”
— From the foreword by Stephen A. Smith, ESPN
Fans of television’s #1 rated daytime drama “The Young and the Restless” know Eric Braeden as billionaire Victor Newman. While the iconic part won him a daytime Emmy, a People’s Choice Award, and contributed to his star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, Eric, born Hans-Jörg Gudegast in Nazi Germany, is a far more complex character in real life than he plays on TV.

In I’LL BE DAMNED: How My Young and Restless Life Led Me to America’s #1 Daytime Drama (Dey Street Books; On sale February 7, 2017), Braeden shares his fantastic journey from his birth in Kiel, Germany, in 1941 to the soundstages of Los Angeles. With unflinching candor, he chronicles this extraordinary life story—that of a German teenager, born at the height of WWII, who arrived in America somewhat oblivious to the atrocities of the Holocaust.

When Braeden was twenty years old, he went to see the Swedish film Mein Kampf. He left that film—a documentary about the atrocities committed by Hitler and the Nazis—an irrevocably changed man, determined to confront his family, filled with rage, shame, and a profound confusion. He writes, “The more I learned, the more impassioned I became, and the more I felt the need to atone on behalf of my country, to find a meaningful way to say, ‘Germans are not all like that! I’m not like that!’” Trying to redress the wrongs of his homeland, Braeden has dedicated his life off camera to humanitarian work.

Now, in this moving memoir, Braeden recounts tales from every stage of his career, from his starring role in “The Rat Patrol” in the 1960s to his first time credited as Eric Braeden in “Colossus: The Forbin Project” to the steps of the winding staircase in “Titanic.” He opens up about his quest to find meaning in the difficult and sometimes frustrating work of his early career, cast in movie after movie as the stereotypical German soldier. He describes travelling around the world with his beloved bride and young son to gorgeous film locations and having the sincere honor of meeting such personal role models as Muhammad Ali and Marlon Brando. And with surprising modesty and humor, Braeden details his thrilling rise to stardom on Y&R, disclosing insider stories and hilarious anecdotes from the set.

Through it all, Braeden demonstrates his dedication to righting the wrongs of his native land, and to fighting prejudice, from his participation on the Maccabees—a Jewish soccer team made up of expats who became lifelong friends—to his participation in the annual March of the Living, visiting the concentration camps in Poland with Christians and Jews to honor the millions who perished there.

Filled with 16 pages of photos from Braeden’s decorated life and career, I’LL BE DAMNED will be a keepsake not only for Y&R fans, but also for those interested in a redemptive story about a life dedicated to humanitarian service.



The One Device-the Story of the i Phone w/ Brian Merchant & Live Talks

Thursday, June 22, 2017- 8pm

Brian Merchant in conversation with Claire L. Evans discussing his upcoming book, The One Device: The Secret History of the iPhone

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

3131 Olympic Boulevard Santa Monica, CA 90404


The secret history of the invention that changed everything-and became the most profitable product in the world.

June 29, 2017, marks the 10th anniversary of the device that changed our world—the iPhone. Brian Merchant is an editor at Motherboard, Vice’s science and technology outlet, and the founder and editor of Terraform, its online fiction outlet. His work has appeared in the Guardian, Slate, Vice, Salon, Fast Company, Discovery, GOOD, Paste, and elsewhere.

“The One Device is a tour de force, with fast-paced edge and heaps of analytical insight.” -Ashlee Vance, New York Times bestselling author of Elon Musk

“A stunning book. You will never look at your iPhone the same way again.” -Dan Lyons, New York Times bestselling author of Disrupted

Odds are that as you read this, an iPhone is within reach. But before Steve Jobs introduced us to “the one device,” as he called it, a cell phone was merely what you used to make calls on the go. How did the iPhone transform our world and turn Apple into the most valuable company ever? Veteran technology journalist Brian Merchant reveals the inside story you won’t hear from Cupertino-based on his exclusive interviews with the engineers, inventors, and developers who guided every stage of the iPhone’s creation. This deep dive takes you from inside One Infinite Loop to 19th century France to WWII America, from the driest place on earth to a Kenyan pit of toxic e-waste, and even deep inside Shenzhen’s notorious “suicide factories.” It’s a firsthand look at how the cutting-edge tech that makes the world work-touch screens, motion trackers, and even AI-made their way into our pockets. The One Device is a roadmap for design and engineering genius, an anthropology of the modern age, and an unprecedented view into one of the most secretive companies in history. This is the untold account, ten years in the making, of the device that changed everything. The One Device includes interviews with key members of the original team behind the iPhone—many of whom have never before spoken on the record, including star Apple designers Imran Chaudri and Bas Ording, as well as dozens of other Apple employees—about creating the prototypes and building the software that determines how we interact with the machines today. Merchant speaks to Henri Lamiraux, former Apple VP of software; Tony Fadell, the creator of the iPod and former head of iPhone hardware; Tom Gruber, the engineer who co-created Siri; and hundreds of inventors, laborers, and iPhone pioneers.

To trace the story of the iPhone, Merchant traveled to every inhabited continent, from the Bolivian highlands to the city of Shenzhen, using “the one device” to document the effort. He took 8,000 photos, recorded 200 hours of interviews, tapped out hundreds of Notes, and had dozens of FaceTime sessions with his family back home. He went through three different iPhones: an iPhone 6, whose screen was broken and repaired three times, a black-market 4S that he bought in China but which was stolen in Chile, and an iPhone 7 he snapped up on its launch day.

Claire L. Evans is an American singer, writer, and artist based in Los Angeles, California. She is the lead singer of the pop duo YACHT. Evans joined YACHT in 2008 after sharing a “mystical experience” with collaborator Jona Bechtolt, and has recorded three albums, See Mystery Lights, Shangri-La, and I Thought the Future Would Be Cooler with Bechtolt. She also appeared as a guest on YACHT’s third album, I Believe in You. Your Magic Is Real. Known for her androgynous onstage persona as a performer, she has been called a “neo-Annie Lennox” by the New York Times.NPR music journalist Bob Boilen has referred to her as “one of the most striking performers I’ve seen in a rock band.” She is a member of the feminist collective Deep Lab. In addition, Evans is a science journalist, with a popular science and culture blog, Universe, hosted by National Geographic’s Scienceblogs network. She is the co-author of New Art/Science Affinities, a book about contemporary artists working at the intersection of science and technology. She is also the author of a collection of essays called High Frontiers, published by Publication Studio, a small press in Portland, Oregon. In August 2013, she became the editor-in-chief of OMNI Reboot, a new online version of the science magazine OMNI. She is currently the Futures Editor of Motherboard, Vice (magazine)‘s technology and science website. 

An Afternoon for Alan Sues w/ author Michael Greg Michaud!


SATURDAY, JUNE 17th at 4pm-Larry Edmunds Bookshop in Hollywood

Author Michael Gregg Michaud is returning to the LARE!

A 3 time signer here for his wonderful, “Sal Mineo-A Biography” & “Diane McBain-Famous Enough” (written w/ Diane), we are happy to welcome his return with his latest book, “Alan Sues-A Funny Man”. Join us for an afternoon of clips & conversation celebrating the humor & behind the scenes struggles & joy of a man most of us are familiar with from Rowan & Martin’s Laugh-In. There is much more to the story, and you can find out next Saturday afternoon as we celebrate an afternoon for Alan Sues!

As always, mail order a copy if you cannot join us.

Alan Sues, critically acclaimed actor/comedian, first appeared in a road tour of Happy Birthday before achieving attention on Broadway in Tea and Sympathy (1953-1955) with Deborah Kerr. Years of later work in films (The Americanization of Emily, 1964), on television (The Twilight Zone, 1964; The Wild Wild West, 1965; The Doris Day Show, 1968), and in theater led to his breakthrough appearances on the outrageously funny Rowan & Martin’s Laugh-In (1968-1972). Few knew about Alan’s heartbreaking struggle with personal demons, including uncaring and alcoholic parents, his own alcoholism and depression, and his secret sexuality as a gay man. He hid his struggles behind a mask of comical antics and charm, and he continued amusing audiences throughout his later career in national tours of Good News (1972), Sugar (1974), Sherlock Holmes (1975-1976), Sugar Babies (1987), and Singin’ in the Rain (1986-1987). Alan’s story of survival and resiliency of spirit imbues Michael Gregg Michaud’s richly researched biography that draws from dozens of hours of recorded interviews with Alan and his own years spent caring for him until his death. Discover Alan’s time with Leonard Nimoy, Lily Tomlin, Sammy Davis Jr., Tiny Tim, Goldie Hawn, Paul Lynde, Phyllis Diller, Ricky Nelson, Lucille Ball, and Jonathan Winters; his candid tales of underground gay clubs in Hollywood during the 1940s; the legendary Manhattan nightclubs of the 1950s; Broadway, summer stock theater, and early television; and Alan’s memories of behind-the-scenes squabbles on Rowan & Martin’s Laugh-In.

Illustrated with more than 100 photographs including personal, family photos, scenes from television shows including Rowan & Martin’s Laugh-In, and photos of Alan’s many stage characterizations. Appendices include several never before seen scripts and television pilot proposals written by Alan.

About the author: Michael Gregg Michaud is the author of the best-selling Lambda Literary Award-winning Sal Mineo, A Biography, and co-author with Diane McBain of Famous Enough, A Hollywood Memoir.

“Alan Sues was the funniest person I’ve ever known. Not just as a performer, but as a person.” – Ruth Buzzi

“When Alan dressed like me in curls, a boa, a dress and false eyelashes, he looked better than me.” – Jo Anne Worley

“Alan was a true comedy original.” – Fred Willard

“Alan was a very talented performer who everyone loved having around. He was hilarious. He was always funny, even when he wasn’t trying to be.” – Gary Owens

“Alan was a delight, a real upper. He was a happy force field of energy who had an outrageous look at life. He could take a straight line and make it funny as hell.” – George Schlatter, Executive Producer Rowan & Martin’s Laugh-In

Tippi Hedren Time @ the Sportsmen’s Lodge!

WEDNESDAY, JUNE 14th 6:15-9:30 pm-It’s Tippi Hedren in conversation & signing her book, “Tippi-A Memoir”

Book Publicists of Southern California present this evening with Tippi Hedren

For ticket information or information on becoming a member, contact :

Sportsmen’s Lodge, Waterfalls Room

12825 Ventura Blvd, Studio City, CA 91604-2368

Agenda: Networking: 5:30 pm; All You Can Eat Buffet Dinner: 7 pm; Program 8:15 pm; Over by 10.

Cost: $37.50 each paid-up member & their guest when paid in advance. $10 for program only (no dinner) Reserve by noon on event day.

Directions / 101 Freeway:Coldwater Canyon exit, drive west almost to Ventura Blvd. Enter from Coldwater Canyon or Ventura Blvd. Entrance is on the left / east side off Coldwater Cyn.

Hot Book PR tips & strategies from these Super Speakers:

HARLAN BOLL, the legendary literary and entertainment publicist whose client roster includes Carol Channing, Valerie Harper, Rich Little, Tippi Hedren (see below)…

GAYL MURPHY, famed media coach AKA “The Celebritizer,” veteran Hollywood reporter, author of the bestseller Interview Tactics: How to Survive the Media Without Getting Clobbered, plus, how to make book signings work for you!

TIPPI HEDREN, major Hollywood star for decades, animal rights activist, author of a new book, A Memoir, detailing her run-ins with the controlling director Alfred Hitchcock (starred in his films, “The Birds” and “Marnie”). Her book will be on sale.

Doors open 5:30 p.m. for cocktails/networking 7 p.m. all-you-can-eat buffet dinner 8 p.m. program starts promptly Cost–$37.50 for dinner (includes tax/tip) $10 if you just want program only Send check for $37.50* immediately to BPSC founder Irwin Zucker 714 Crescent Drive Beverly Hills, CA 90210 (Call 323 461-3921)

Tickets will be held for you at the door; full refund if you cancel by 2 p.m. day of event 323-461-3921 or email

*Also, please renew your BPSC membership, adding $40 for this year’s dues (If you’ve already done this, huge thanks to you!) The program will end by 10 p.m. So, JOIN US — and tell a friend!  Celebrating Our 41st Year!

Celebrating Paul Bartel w/ author Stephen B. Armstrong & friends!


THURSDAY, JUNE 15th at 7:30 pm @ Larry Edmunds Bookshop

Next Thursday, we are happy to welcome author Stephen B. Armstrong for an evening celebrating filmmaker Paul Bartel.

Stephen will be signing his new book, “Paul Bartel:The Life and Films”

Credits like, Eating Raoul & Death Race 2000 make Paul a wonderful subject for this new book, and we will not only hear from the author, we’ll be showing some clips & perhaps some special guests may join us and add to the conversation as well. Don’t miss this night of tribute if you are a fan . If you can’t make it, as always, signed copies are available for order!

Director Paul Bartel enjoyed poking holes in the expectations of audiences and critics with amusing films about murder, greed and transgressive sex—among them Death Race 2000 (1975), Eating Raoul (1982) and Scenes from the Class Struggle in Beverly Hills (1989). He believed that strange stories that aroused laughter had the potential to disorient viewers and challenge their beliefs about American culture and values. This first book-length study of Bartel’s life and work traces his emergence as an independent auteur whose work was praised by Hollywood luminaries like Steven Spielberg, Jim Jarmusch and Brian De Palma. Bartel’s experiences as a gay man are explored. Interviews with people who knew him—including Roger Corman, Joe Dante and John Waters—are provided, along with critical analysis of each film.

About the Author(s) Stephen B. Armstrong is a professor of English at Dixie State University in St. George, Utah. His articles and reviews have appeared in numerous publications, including Film Quarterly, Film Score Monthly, Classic Images and Films of the Golden Age.


“Carnival of Souls” w/ actress Candace Hilligoss at the EGYPTIAN!

SUNDAY, JUNE 4th-7:30 pm-Book Signing with film & discussion to follow at the Egyptian Theatre in Hollywood

Star Candace Hilligoss In Person! We are very happy to welcome Candace Hilligoss for a book signing, a conversation & a screening of the classic, “Carnival of Souls”. This will be a great evening at the Egyptian!


Discussion following the film with Candace Hilligoss, moderated by Alan K. Rode.

Join us at 7:30 PM in the lobby, where Ms. Hilligoss will sign her book, The Odyssey and the Idiocy, Marriage to an Actor, a Memoir.

CARNIVAL OF SOULS 1962, 78 min, USA, Dir: Herk Harvey After a devastating car accident that kills her friends, Mary Henry takes a new job in a new town and tries to start over – but a phantom figure follows her until she visits an abandoned carnival and dark secrets come to light. Herk Harvey’s surrealist masterpiece is one of the great classics of the horror genre .

More about the book:


I once was told there are three kinds of men I should never marry. Working actors. Non-working actors. Between jobs actors. That describes my husband to a T. For twenty years, I hung in with this guy. Supported him, massaged his ego, responded to his every whim, cried with him, rejoiced with him, and had his children. And, all the while, gave up my career in theater and film so I could stand by him until at last he knew success. And with his success came adulation, and with adulation, came sexual affairs, and with sexual affairs came divorce. If the marriage was hell, divorce proceedings were Armageddon. He did everything to intimidate me, belittle me and frighten me. Do I regret that I never married the boy back home? Absolutely not. If had stayed in Huron, South Dakota, I would have missed the experiences with: Marilyn Monroe, Mel Brooks, Vivian Blaine, Hume Cronyn, Jessica Tandy, Daniel Mann, Jacqueline Onassis, Roy Scheider, Kurt Vonnegut and a summer living with Veronica Lake. My odyssey began when I attended the University of Iowa, Iowa City then, a year after graduating from The American Theatre Wing, I danced at NYC’s Copacabana before gangsters and celebrities as one of the “World Famous Copa Girls.” At the same time, I was accepted into Lee Strasberg’s acting classes. It was there I met my charming future husband. How could I ever have guessed that years later, he would file for a divorce during the longest Screen Actors Guild strike in the union’s history. And that is just ACT ONE …


No Time Like the Present w/ Jack Kornfield & Live Talks-SOLD OUT!!!

Tuesday, June 6, 2017 8pm

Jack Kornfield in conversation with Dan Siegel discussing his upcoming book, No Time Like the Present: Finding Freedom, Love, and Joy Right Where You Are

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

3131 Olympic Boulevard Santa Monica, CA 90404


Video will posted a week after the event.

Jack Kornfield, PhD, is one of the best known, most respected meditation teachers in the world. A psychologist and founder of two of the largest Buddhist Centers and communities in America, he is one of the key teachers who introduced mindfulness to the West. His books are classics, selling well over a million copies, translated into twenty-one languages. Jack has taught at major universities and medical schools including Harvard, Stanford, UCLA, and Berkeley, teaches weekly classes to 400 at Spirit Rock, and to large crowds nationwide at retreats, conferences, and events. To learn more, please visit his website or the Spirit Rock website.

“One of the great spiritual teachers of our time.” — Alice Walker

“Jack Kornfield is a wonderful storyteller and a great teacher.” — Thich Nhat Hanh, author of Creating Peace

“A consommé of goodness, heart, laughter, tears, and breath, nourishing and delicious. Rich in hope and deep wisdom for these revved up, rattling times.” — Anne Lamott author of Grace (Eventually)

“With its incomparable blend of deep wisdom, evocative stories, and powerful meditations, No Time Like the Present is the fruit of a lifetime of spiritual teaching. Jack Kornfield’s message is we don’t have to wait. Love, peace, freedom… it’s all available right here, in this very heart.” — Tara Brach, author of Radical Acceptance and True Refuge

Internationally beloved teacher of meditation and mindfulness, Jack Kornfield, reveals that you can be happy now, this minute, with the keys to inner freedom. In his first major book in several years, the inspiring author of the classic A Path with Heart, Kornfield, invites us into a new awareness. Through his signature warmhearted, poignant, often funny stories, with their Aha moments and O. Henry-like outcomes, Jack shows how we get stuck and how we can free ourselves, wherever we are and whatever our circumstances. Renowned for his mindfulness practices and meditations, Jack provides these keys for opening gateways to immediate shifts in perspective and clarity of vision, allowing us to see how to change course, take action, or—when we shouldn’t act—just relax and trust. Each chapter presents a path to a different kind of freedom—freedom from fear, freedom to start over, to love, to be yourself, and to be happy—and guides you into an active process that engages your mind, heart, and spirit, awakens your spirit, and brings real joy, over and over again. Drawing from his own life as a son, brother, father, and partner, and on his forty years of face-to-face teaching of thousands of people across the country, Jack presents a stirring call to be here, in the power of the now, the present, as we work through life’s passages. His keys to life will help us find hope, clarity, relief from past disappointments and guilt, and the courage to go forward.

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. He recently appeared at Live Talks Los Angeles for his book, Mind: A Journey to the Heart of Being Human. 

Scott Turow returns to Live Talks L.A. w/ “Testimony”

 Monday, June 5, 2017 8pm

An Evening with Scott Turow discussing the writing life and his upcoming novel, Testimony

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

3131 Olympic Boulevard Santa Monica, CA 90404


Scott Turow is the author of ten bestselling works of fiction, including Identical, Innocent, Presumed Innocent, and The Burden of Proof, and two nonfiction books, including One L, about his experience as a law student. His books have been translated into more than forty languages, sold more than thirty million copies worldwide, and have been adapted into movies and television projects. He has frequently contributed essays and op-ed pieces to publications such as the New York Times, Washington Post, Vanity Fair, The New Yorker, and The Atlantic.

“Testimony is Scott Turow’s most ambitious and complex work-which takes us from the gritty familiarity of his beloved Kindle County into a mysterious world of international intrigue. It’s the best kind of thriller, which stimulates the mind as well as thrilling the heart.” ?Jeffrey Toobin, author of American Heiress

“Scott Turow’s new novel is the dedicated fiction-reader’s version of El Dorado: a driving, unputdownable courtroom drama/murder mystery that is also a literary treasure, written in language that sparkles with clarity and resonates with honest character insight. I came away feeling amazed and fulfilled, as we only do when we read novelists at the height of their powers. Put this one on your don’t-miss list.” (Praise for Innocent)?Stephen King

At the age of fifty, former prosecutor Bill ten Boom has walked out on everything he thought was important to him: his law career, his wife, Kindle County, even his country. Still, when he is tapped by the International Criminal Court–an organization charged with prosecuting crimes against humanity–he feels drawn to what will become the most elusive case of his career. Over ten years ago, in the apocalyptic chaos following the Bosnian war, an entire Roma refugee camp vanished. Now for the first time, a witness has stepped forward: Ferko Rincic claims that armed men marched the camp’s Gypsy residents to a cave in the middle of the night–and then with a hand grenade set off an avalanche, burying 400 people alive. Only Ferko survived. Boom’s task is to examine Ferko’s claims and determinine who might have massacred the Roma. His investigation takes him from the International Criminal Court’s base in Holland to the cities and villages of Bosnia and secret meetings in Washington, DC, as Boom sorts through a host of suspects, ranging from Serb paramilitaries, to organized crime gangs, to the US government itself, while also maneuvering among the alliances and treacheries of those connected to the case: Layton Merriwell, a disgraced US major general desperate to salvage his reputation; Sergeant Major Atilla Doby,a vital cog in American military operations near the camp at the time of the Roma’s disappearance; Laza Kajevic, the brutal former leader of the Bosnian Serbs; Esma Czarni, Ferko’s alluring barrister; and of course, Ferko himself, on whose testimony the entire case rests-and who may know more than he’s telling.


Kareem Abdul-Jabbar & Bill Walton talk “Coach Wooden & Me”!

 Wednesday, May 24, 2017 8pm

Kareem Abdul-Jabbar in conversation with Bill Walton discussing his upcoming book, Coach Wooden and Me: Our 50-Year Friendship On and Off the Court

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

3131 Olympic Boulevard Santa Monica, CA 90404


Video will be posted a week after event

Kareem Abdul-Jabbar’s 50 years of friendship with Coach John Wooden — brought together by the game of basketball — formed one of the most enduring and meaningful relationships in sports history. 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 several New York Times bestsellers. Abdul-Jabbar is also a columnist for Time magazine, writing on a wide range of subjects including race, politics, age, and pop culture, and his essays and columns have also appeared in the Washington Post, in the Los Angeles Times and on, among other publications. In 2012, he was selected as a U.S. Cultural Ambassador and in 2016 Abdul-Jabbar was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the nation’s highest civilian award which recognizes exceptional meritorious service.

In 1965, 18-year old Lew Alcindor, who would later change his name to Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, left New York City to play basketball for Coach John Wooden at UCLA. It was the beginning of what was to become a 50-year long relationship that ended with Kareem sitting at his 99-year old coach’s bedside on a June evening in 2010, holding his hand, just before he died. This is the story of their enduring friendship, both on and off the court. On the court, Abdul-Jabbar led UCLA to three national champions, and was named the Outstanding Player in the NCAA for each of those years-a feat that has yet to be matched in college basketball. Wooden coached UCLA for 27 seasons and won more NCAA championships than any other coach in history. Off the court, they transcended their athletic achievements to gain even wider recognition and tremendous national respect. They came together at the height of the civil rights era, and Coach Wooden made sure that every player on his team got the same opportunity and was treated equally. Even when Kareem controversially adopted the Muslim faith, and changed his name to Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Wooden was there to support him. Abdul-Jabbar will intimately reveal the lessons Coach Wooden taught from putting your socks on right, to the philosophies in his famous “Pyramid of Success”, and how they shaped his life, and more generally take you back to the basics of what a coach should be. Part memoir, and part inspirational, Coach Wooden and Me is filled with untold stories about the famous pair; private correspondence; exclusive interviews with other teammates and coaches, friends, and even family, on Coach Wooden’s impact; and much more.

Bill Walton was NCAA player of the year at UCLA from 1972 to 1974, when UCLA set an NCAA record eighty-eight consecutive-game winning streak. A former NBA Champion and MVP, he was inducted into the Basketball Hall of Fame and selected as one of the NBA’s Fifty Greatest Players ever. He has also had a successful award-winning broadcasting career with ABC, ESPN, NBC, MSNBC, CBS, Turner, and Fox, among others. He currently resides in his hometown of San Diego with his family. Visit his website.

*Interviewer subject to change in the event of television assignment.

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