Library Live

2017- 2018 programs

William Finnegan

Thursday, November 9 @ 7:00pm

William Finnegan is a staff writer at The New Yorker. He will speak about Barbarian Days, his 2016 Pulitzer Prize-winning memoir. More than just a recounting of great waves discovered and ridden, it is a story of family, friendships, love, coming-of-age and the gradual mastering of an exacting, little-understood art, told with such lyricism and insight that even non-surfers will be swept along for the ride.

More about Finnegan and recent New Yorker articles:

Tickets: $25/20*


Steve Lopez

Thursday, January 25 @ 7:00pm

A California native, Steve Lopez is the author of three novels in addition to his book of non-fiction, The Soloist: A Lost Dream, an Unlikely Friendship, and the Redemptive Power of Music. The book is based on columns Lopez wrote for the Los Angeles Times about his friendship with a downtown Los Angeles musician.

When Los Angeles Times reporter discovered a former Julliard student playing on Skid Row, he decided to help him off the streets. Their friendship — movingly recounted in The Soloist, which was also the basis for the film starring Jamie Foxx and Robert Downey, Jr.—inspired Steve Lopez, recipient of the President's Award from the Los Angeles Press Club, to raise awareness of homelessness and mental illness.  Join us to share in Mr. Lopez's account of this remarkable friendship and the important issues surrounding this story.

This evening is one in a series of “Kempler Conversations” sponsored by Dr. Ike and Ginny Kempler.

Admission is free.


Gary Taubes

Thursday, February 15 @ 7:00pm

Mr. Taubes will be speaking about his latest book, The Case Against Sugar which  came from his 2002 New York Times Magazine cover story "What If It's All Been a Big Fat Lie?" The Case Against Sugar is a groundbreaking, eye-opening expose that makes the convincing case that sugar is the tobacco of the new millennium.

Admission is free; suggested $10 donation.

Colson Whitehead

Wednesday, April 18 @ 7:00pm

Colson Whitehead has established himself as one of the most versatile and innovative writers in contemporary literature. He will speak about his latest novel, The Underground Railroad, a #1 New York Times bestseller that won both the 2016 National Book Award and 2017 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction.

Tickets: $25/20*


Cost varies per speaker
Reservations strongly suggested; limited seating
Location: Newport Beach Central Library
1000 Avocado Avenue, Newport Beach
Info: or 949.548.2411

6:30pm             Doors open
7:00-8:30pm   Program
8:30-9:00pm   Book sales & signing

* Library Foundation members, students and teachers receive a $5 discount on each ticket.

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Library Live Committee

Lyssa Myska Allen
Nancy Dahlfors
Toby Larson, Chair
Cathy Voreyer