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In “The President’s Shadow ” w/ Brad Meltzer & Live Talks!


Meltzer_ThePresidentsShadowHC Wednesday, June 24, 2015- 8:00pm

An Evening with Brad Meltzer discussing the writing life and his novel, The President’s Shadow in conversation with Brian K. Vaughan

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

3131 Olympic Boulevard Santa Monica, CA 90404

PURCHASE TICKETS- $20 General Admission seating/ $30 Reserved Section seating/ $43 Reserved Section Seats + Meltzer’s book

Brad Meltzer is the New York Times bestselling author of The Inner Circle, The Book of Fate, and seven other bestselling thrillers including The Tenth Justice, Dead Even, The First Counsel, The Millionaires, The Zero Game, The Book of Lies, and The Fifth Assassin. His newest novel is The President’s Shadow. In addition to his fiction, Brad is one of the only authors to ever have books on the bestseller list for Non-Fiction (History Decoded), Advice (Heroes for My Son and Heroes for My Daughter), Children’s Books (I Am Amelia Earhart, I Am Abraham Lincoln, I Am Albert Einstein and I Am Rosa Parks) and even comic books (Justice League of America), for which he won the prestigious Eisner Award. He is also the host of Brad Meltzer’s Lost History on H2 and Brad Meltzer’s Decoded on the History Channel. The Hollywood Reporter recently put him on their list of Hollywood’s 25 Most Powerful Authors. His other non-fiction books, Heroes for My Son and Heroes for My Daughter, are collections of heroes – from Jim Henson to Sally Ride — that he’s been working on since the day his kids were born. His most recent work of nonfiction is History Decoded: The 10 Greatest Conspiracies of All Time. He’s also one of the co-creators of the TV show, Jack & Bobby. Brian K. Vaughan is the award-winning writer of comics like Saga, Y: The Last Man and The Private Eye, a digital, pay-what-you-want series available at his site His upcoming works for Image Comics include the futuristic military thriller We Stand on Guard with artist Steve Skroce and the young adult mystery Paper Girls with Cliff Chiang. He sometimes dabbles in television, including stints on the hit series Lost and Stephen King’s Under the Dome.Meltzer-photo


Colin Quinn & the Coloring Book


Personally, I think Colin Quinn is hilarious and loved his one-man show “Unconstitutional” when I saw it in New York 2 years ago. This will be an incredibly funny thought provoking evening.

Monday, June 22, 2015- 8:00pm

An Evening with Colin Quinn -The Coloring Book: A Comedian Solves Race Relations in America

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

3131 Olympic Boulevard Santa Monica, CA 90404

PURCHASE TICKETS- $20 General Admission seating/ $30 Reserved Section seating/ $43 Reserved Section Seats + Colin Quinn’s book

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Colin Quinn recently wrapped up the national tour of his off-broadway hit Colin Quinn Unconstitutional, the follow up to his Tony and Emmy nominated one man show, Colin Quinn Long Story Short, directed by Jerry Seinfeld. Best known for his run on SNL hosting Weekend Update and star of Comedy Central’s Tough Crowd with Colin Quinn, he is currently has a recurring role on HBO’s Girls, and will be seen later this year in Judd Apatow’s Trainwreck, opposite Amy Schumer.

Colin Quinn has noticed a trend during his decades on the road-that Americans’ increasing political correctness and sensitivity have forced us to tiptoe around the subjects of race and ethnicity altogether. Colin wants to know: What are we all so afraid of? Every ethnic group has differences, everyone brings something different to the table, and this diversity should be celebrated, not denied. So why has acknowledging these cultural differences become so taboo?

In The Coloring Book, Quinn, a native New Yorker, tackles this issue head-on while taking us on a trip through the insane melting pot of 1970s Brooklyn, the many, many dive bars of 1980s Manhattan, the comedy scene of the 1990s, and post-9/11 America. He mixes his incredibly candid and hilarious personal experiences with no-holds-barred observations to definitively decide, at least in his own mind, which stereotypes are funny, which stereotypes are based on truths, which have become totally distorted over time, and which are actually offensive to each group, and why. As it pokes holes in the tapestry of fear that has overtaken discussions about race, The Coloring Book serves as an antidote to our paralysis when it comes to laughing at ourselves . . . and others. Colin-Quinn-s

Live Talkin’ the Well Tuned Brain w/ Dr Peter Whybrow & David Milch!

Well-Tuned-Brain_9780393072921Wednesday, June 17, 2015- 8:00pm

An Evening with Dr. Peter Whybrow in conversation with David Milch

The Well-Tuned Brain: Neuroscience and the Life Well Lived

William Turner Gallery Bergamot Station Arts Center- 2525 Michigan Avenue, Santa Monica, CA 90404

PURCHASE TICKETS $20 General Admission/ $30 Reserved Seats/ $46 Includes Whybrow’s book + Seat in reserved section/ $95 Includes pre-reception (6:30-7:30pm) + book + Seat in reserved section

Peter C. Whybrow, MD, is director of the Semel Institute for Neuroscience and Human Behavior at the University of California, Los Angeles. Born and educated in England, he is the author of, among other books, A Mood Apart and the award-winning American Mania: When More Is Not Enough. For more information visit his website. “In The Well-Tuned Brain Peter Whybrow combines gripping big themes with an abundance of fascinating stories. The big themes revolve around the collision between our ancient human habits, our human brains often operating on autopilot, and the seductive material success of our modern market economy. You’ll find this book as rich and as thought-provoking as it is enjoyable.” —Jared Diamond, Pulitzer Prize–winning author of Guns, Germs, and Steel.

In The Well-Tuned Brain: Neuroscience and the Life Well Lived, eminent neuropsychiatrist Peter Whybrow weaves cutting-edge science, philosophy, history and personal experience to explore how the human brain is at odds with the enticements of the consumer society. It is the challenge central to our times. But with self-knowledge comes opportunity, as Whybrow explains in this optimistic and inspiring book. Fundamental to crafting a sustainable future is accepting the mismatch between who we are and the vibrant culture that we have created. First, is to recognize that the human brain is of hybrid construction. Self-interest and the drive to overconsumption are relics of our evolution, from a time when competition for scarce resources was essential to survival. Secondly, we are creatures of habit. These are the brain’s autopilots that allow the brain to run efficiently and with speed?intuitively and without conscious attention. But when habits are shaped primarily by the temptations and novelties of consumerism self-control is eroded. In explaining how this mismatch has emerged, Whybrow digs deep into the birth of the modern market society, how the market’s self-regulation is rooted in the dynamics of normal human behavior?melding self-interest and social awareness?and how that behavioral balance has been distorted by the rapid cultural and technological change that we now experience. So, in the second half of the book, Whybrow asks “How to live” in this Age of Man? How may we “re-tune” ourselves to live in harmony with our achievements? Whybrow demonstrates how knowledge of behavioral neuroscience can help craft those habits essential to physical well-being, and to environmental preservation. What emerges is a call to rediscover the strengths and virtues of our extraordinary capacity as social animals. To find our way forward is a collective enterprise, and in a progressive series of chapters Whybrow uses behavioral neuroscience to help illuminate the path. What do we know about the chemistry of love? Why is early nurturing essential to priming a well-tuned brain and to the development of trust? How does self-command emerge from the security of these early relationships to make possible the stable union that is mentored education? Through a series of compelling stories, told with passion and insight by those intimately engaged, Whybrow brings alive how character is shaped in youth and how such balanced, empathic understanding of the social world is the bedrock of a life well lived and the key to life-long learning. As Whybrow observes, “…beyond the acquisition of facts, education serves a moral purpose—the development of individual character and the capacity for self-directed growth.” Cross-cutting this path to self-understanding is the magic of the imagination, which in a later chapter Whybrow explores in detail. Together with its kissing cousin, creativity, imagination is a uniquely human attribute that has blossomed comparatively recently in our evolution making possible the emergence of the technologies and the vibrant communities that we now take for granted. But it is also through imagination that we harness the experience of the past to create a worthy future for our children. With careful attention we can do so with wisdom. In his scholarship Whybrow casts a broad net: with insights from the Bronze Age, from Renaissance Italy, the Scottish Enlightenment, the writings of Adam Smith, and the Founding Fathers, the details of modern neuroscience are illuminated by crisp, clear writing and insights from personal experience.

The Well-Tuned Brain: Neuroscience and the Life Well Lived, is a riveting work that will prompt readers to reexamine life and embrace the possibility of a new way forward. “Tuning the brain demands knowledge, attention, and hard work,” reflects Whybrow. “However, there’s no investment more worthwhile: striving to be in tune with one’s self simultaneously makes both common sense and serves the common good.”

David Milch is an Emmy-Award-winning writer and producer responsible for some of the most celebrated television dramas of the last three decades. Milch, who won the Tinker Prize for highest achievement in English at Yale University and earned an M.F.A.from the Writers’ Workshop at The University of Iowa, left a teaching career at Yale to write for Hill Street Blues. He subsequently served as Executive Story Editor and then Executive Producer for Hill Street Blues. In 1992, Milch co-created the history-making police drama NYPD Blue. Milch took home Emmys for Best Writing in a Drama for the 1996-1997 and 1997-1998 seasons. Milch created another police drama, Brooklyn South, and co-authored, along with NYPD Blue producer Bill Clark, True Blue: The Real Stories Behind NYPD Blue, and served as creative consultant for Steven Bochco’s Murder One and Total Security. Milch also created and was the Executive Producers of Deadwood and Luck for HBO.david_milch


Shirley, I Jest! It’s Cindy Williams @ the LARE!

th 1630760129 th-1 th-4 th-2Tuesday, June 16-7:30 pm- Shirley, I Jest! It’s Cindy Williams in person @ Larry Edmunds Bookshop

Tuesday nights on ABC used to be such a big deal when I was growing up. Happy Days, Three’s Company, & Laverne & Shirley!

There are nights you know are always going to be special and this is going to be one them and it happens to be on a Tuesday!

Very very thrilled to welcome Cindy Williams in person to the LARE. Cindy will join us for an episode of Laverne & Shirley, a Q & A with author &  Classic Television Preservation Society’s Herbie J Pilato and a signing of her brand new autobiography, “Shirley, I Jest”. Don’t miss your chance to watch classic television w/ a classic star & then hear behind the scenes stories about all your favorites.

Want to guarantee a seat for this awesome evening ? Just give us a call and order a copy of “Shirley, I Jest” and a chair will be yours until we are full up. Have to work the late shift at the Shotz Brewery? Well, we can get a signed copy of “Shirley, I Jest” sent your way.

Here’s a little more about the book:

Cindy Williams, half of the comedic duo of Laverne & Shirley, has had a wild and lively career in show business. This book is an engaging and heartfelt journey from Williams’s blue collar roots to unexpected stardom—from being pranked by Jim Morrison while waiting tables at Whisky a Go Go to starring in one of the most iconic shows on television. With wit and candor, Cindy tells stories of her struggles as a child growing up with meager means and dreaming of becoming an actress. She also shares many misadventures and amusing anecdotes about some of the most famous actors in Hollywood. Never taking herself too seriously, Cindy finds humor and irony in the challenging world of show business.

the Doctor is In! It’s a Dr. Ruth house call for Live Talks Los Angeles!


Monday, June 15, 2015 8:00 pm

An Evening with Dr. Ruth Westheimer- The Doctor Is In: Dr. Ruth on Love, Life, and Joie de Vivre

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

PURCHASE TICKETS $20 General Admission/ $30 Reserved Section seats/ $43 Includes Dr. Ruth’s book + Reserved Seats

Dr. Ruth K. Westheimer is a psychosexual therapist who came to national attention in the early 1980s with her live radio program, Sexually Speaking. She went on to have her own TV program. She is the author of thirty-seven books. A one-woman show about her life, Dr. Ruth, All The Way, is currently touring. Dr. Ruth teaches at Columbia’s Teachers College. She lives in New York and has two children and four grandchildren. Visit her website.

America’s best-loved therapist, Dr. Ruth, is known for her wise counsel on all matters of the heart. In her new book — part memoir, part life manual — Dr, Ruth shares private stories from her past and her present, and her insights into living life to the fullest, at any age. Everyone knows Dr. Ruth as the most famous and trusted sex therapist, but few people know she narrowly escaped death from the Holocaust, was raised in an orphanage in Switzerland, or that she was a sniper during Israel’s War of Independence. After years spent as a student in Paris, Dr. Ruth came to America dreaming of a new life though never expecting the dramatic turns that would take place. And at the age of eighty-seven, she is as spirited as ever. Dr. Ruth sheds light on how she’s learned to live a life filled with joie de vivre. And she shows readers how they too can learn to deal with tragedy and loss, challenges and success, all while nourishing an intellectual and emotional spark, and, above all, having fun!


Cari Beauchamp’s My First Time In Hollywood !

MFTH Invitation

Cari Beauchamp has been a friend to the LARE for some time & we are very very excited to be a part of this special evening for the release of her new book, ” My First Time In Hollywood” at the EarthWe Studio at Bergamot Station next Tuesday, June 9th . (7-9 pm)

A wonderful cast of characters including Nancy Olson Livingston, Suzanne Lloyd & Felicia Farr Lemmon will read the autobiographical accounts of a wonderful cast of characters like Frances Marion, Mary Pickford & Colleen Moore.

The event is free but space is limited and there are only a handful of spots remaining.


in advance to attend & reserve a book.


Here’s a little more information about the book :

Over forty legends of the film business recount their first trip to Hollywood. Actors, directors, screenwriters, cinematographers, and editors-half of them women-recall the long joinery, their initial impressions, their struggle to find work, and the love for making movies that kept them going. Drawn from letters, speeches, oral histories, memoirs, and autobiographies-and illustrated with over sixty vintage photographs and illustrations-each story is intimate and unique, but all speak to our universal need to follow our passions and be part of a community that feeds the soul. This anthology is edited and annotated by award-winning author and film historian Cari Beauchamp, the only person to twice be named as an Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Scholar. Of MY FIRST TIME IN HOLLYWOOD, Academy-Award-winning film preservationist, historian, and author Kevin Brownlow writes: “What every film fan years for-first-hand, eyewitness accounts of a Hollywood none of us can remember and all of us wish we’d known. Completely fascinating.” And film critic and historian Leonard Maltin writes: “What a priceless parade of evocative and highly entertaining memories. Once you start reading you won’t want to stop.”

We also recommend this article by Susan King about the book:

As always, if you can’t attend, we’ll be glad to get Cari to sign it up & we’ll send it your way. cover64054-medium

Laughter & Lit & Live Talks! Ali Wentworth & Jackie Collins!


HappilyAliAfter-hc-c- Thursday, June 11, 2015- 8:00pm

William Turner Gallery Bergamot Station Arts Center

2525 Michigan Avenue, Santa Monica, CA 90404

Ali Wentworth in conversation with Jackie Collins

Happily Ali After: And More Fairly True Tales

PURCHASE TICKETS- $20 General Admission/ $30 Reserved Seats/ $43 Includes Wentworth’s book + Seats in reserved section


*Jackie Collins’ new novel, The Santangelos, will be available for sale at the event.




Ali Wentworth made a name for herself on the comedy show In Living Color, and has appeared on such television shows as The Tonight Show with Jay Leno; Seinfeld (playing Schmoopie in the “Soup Nazi” episode); Head Case (which she created, wrote, and executive produced); and The Oprah Winfrey Show, for which she was a correspondent. Her film credits include Jerry Maguire, The Real Blonde, Office Space, and It’s Complicated.

Her first book is the New York Times bestseller Ali in Wonderland. A native of Washington, D.C., Wentworth lives in New York City with her husband, George Stephanopoulos, and their two girls. Visit her website. The actress and comedian picks up where she left off in Ali in Wonderland, dissecting modern life—and this time, on a mission of self-improvement—in a series of laugh-out-loud comic vignettes. Moved by a particularly inspirational tweet one day, she resolves to live by the pithy maxims she discovers in her feeds. What begins as a sort of self-help project quickly turns into something far grander—and increasingly funnier—as the tweets she once viewed with irony become filled with increasing metaphysical importance. And thus begins her “Unhappiness Project.” It’s not long before Ali expands her self-improvement quest to include parenting, relationship, fitness (or lack thereof), and dieting advice. The results are painfully (at times literally) clear: when it comes to self-help, sometimes you should leave it to the professionals.

Jackie Collins is the author of thirty New York Times bestselling novels. More than 500 million of her books have sold in more than forty countries. From Hollywood Wives to Lady Boss, from Chances to Poor Little Bitch Girl, Jackie Collins has chronicled the lives of the rich and famous with “devastating accuracy” (Los Angeles Times). Visit her website. Her next novel, The Santangelos, will be released on June 16, 2015. A vicious hit. A vengeful enemy. A drug addled Colombian club owner. A sex crazed Italian family. And the ever powerful Lucky Santangelo has to deal with them all, while Max—her teenage daughter is becoming The “It” girl in Europe’s modeling world. And her Kennedyesque son, Bobby, is being set up for a murder he didn’t commit. But Lucky can deal. Always strong and unpredictable with her husband, Lennie, by her side she lives up to the family motto—Never fuck with a Santangelo. Lucky rules. The Santangelos always come out on top. An epic family saga filled with love, lust, revenge and passion.



Altruism w/ Matthieu Ricard & the Art of Stillness w/ Pico Iyer!



Tuesday, June 9, 2015 8:00pm (Reception 6:30-7:30pm)Screen-Shot-2015-01-11-at-10.56.50-AM

Matthieu Ricard in conversation with Pico Iyer

Altruism: The Power of Compassion to Change Yourself and the World

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

THIS EVENT IS SOLD OUT. Please note that we are also hosting Matthieu Ricard in our morning Live Talks Business Forum on June 10.

To purchase tickets to the morning event visit here:

PURCHASE TICKETS: $20 General Admission/ $30 Reserved Section Seats/ $43 Includes Ricard’s book + Reserved Section Seats $95 Includes pre-event reception and + Reserved Seats + Ricard’s book as well as Iyer’s book.

This event presented in association with InsightLA.



Born in France in 1946, Matthieu Ricard is a Buddhist monk who left a career in cellular genetics to study Buddhism in the Himalayas nearly 40 years ago. He is an international best-selling author and a prominent speaker on the world stage, celebrated at the World Economic Forum at Davos and at TED where his first talk on happiness has been viewed by over four million people. His new book is Altruism: The Power of Compassion to Change Yourself and the World.

His previous books have been translated into over twenty languages and include The Monk and the Philosopher; The Quantum and the Lotus; Happiness: A Guide to Developing Life’s Most Important Skill; and Why Meditate?, as well as five photography books. As a trained scientist and Buddhist monk, he is uniquely positioned in the dialogue between East and West. He is an active participant in the current scientific research on the effects of meditation on the brain. He lives in Nepal and devotes much of his time to the preservation of Tibetan literature and to humanitarian projects in Tibet, India, and Nepal.

Pico Iyer is the author of twelve books, on subjects as varied as Cuba, globalism, Graham Greene and the XIVth Dalai Lama, and writes up to 100 articles a year for magazines from The New York Review of Books to Harper’s, and Vanity Fair to Wired. He delivered popular TED talks in both 2013 and 2014—his most recent book is a small TED Original on the theme of stillness, and his talk on the nature of home attracted millions of viewers—and he has written a film script for Miramax, done many liner notes for Leonard Cohen and written introductions to more than 50 other books. Born in Oxford, England, and educated at Eton, Oxford and Harvard, he has been based, since 1987, in Western Japan, while traveling widely, everywhere from North Korea to Ethiopia and Yemen to Easter Island.




Art Deco Mailboxes & Skyscraper Souls



Saturday, May 30th at 2 pm, Art Deco Mailboxes & Skyscraper Souls at the Egyptian

Author Karen Greene will discuss the history of the Art Deco Movement  as well as sign her book , “Art Deco Mailboxes” before a screening of “Skyscraper Souls”.

Go back to the the 30’s on May 3oth.

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Here’s some additional info on the book:

A great gift book for lovers of unsung urban decorative art and unique architectural details. Mailboxes and their chutes were once as essential to the operation of any major hotel, office, civic, or residential building as the front door. In time they developed a decorative role, in a range of styles and materials, and as American art deco architecture flourished in the 1920s and 1930s they became focal points in landmark buildings and public spaces: the GE Building, Grand Central Terminal, the Woolworth Building, 29 Broadway, the St. Regis Hotel, York & Sawyer’s Salmon Tower, the Waldorf Astoria, and many more. While many mailboxes have been removed, forgotten, disused, or painted over (and occasionally repurposed), others are still in use, are polished daily, and hold a place of pride in lobbies throughout the country. A full-color photographic survey of beautiful early mailboxes, highlighting those of the grand art deco period, together with a brief history of the innovative mailbox-and-chute system patented in 1883 by James Cutler of Rochester, New York, Art Deco Mailboxes features dozens of the best examples of this beloved, dynamic design’s realization in the mailboxes of New York City as well as Chicago, Philadelphia, Indianapolis, Cincinnati, and beyond.

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The Lives of Robert Ryan w/ author J.R. Jones & Film Noir Blonde

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Saturday, May 16th -12:30 pm @ the LARE-6644 Hollywood Blvd.

Join us for a special Saturday afternoon edition here at the L.E.B. with author J.R. Jones celebrating, discussing & signing his new book, “The Lives 0f Robert Ryan”, the first in depth and long overdue look at one of Hollywood’s unsung great actors.

We’ll show clips & J.R. will be discussing Ryan’s life & career w/ Film Noir Blonde writer Jacqueline Fitzgerald.

Check out her page too :

The definitive biography of the legendary film noir actor The Lives of Robert Ryan provides an inside look at the gifted, complex, intensely private man whom Martin Scorsese called “one of the greatest actors in the history of American film.” The son of a Chicago construction executive with strong ties to the Democratic machine, Ryan became a star after World War II on the strength of his menacing performance as an anti-Semitic murderer in the film noir Crossfire. Over the next quarter century he created a gallery of brooding, neurotic, and violent characters in such movies as Bad Day at Black Rock, Billy Budd, The Dirty Dozen, and The Wild Bunch. His riveting performances expose the darkest impulses of the American psyche during the Cold War. At the same time, Ryan’s marriage to a liberal Quaker and his own sense of conscience launched him into a tireless career of peace and civil rights activism that stood in direct contrast to his screen persona. Drawing on unpublished writings and revealing interviews, film critic J.R. Jones deftly explores the many contradictory facets of Robert Ryan’s public and private lives, and how these lives intertwined in one of the most compelling actors of a generation.

See you Saturday .

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