Stephanie Danler is the author of the international and New York Times bestseller, Sweetbitter. The debut novel garnered international attention just one week after its release. Danler's work has appeared in Vogue Magazine, Travel and Leisure, Bon Appetit and O Magazine to name a few.
Hailing from California, Danler wound up working in the fast-paced and often chaotic Manhattan restaurant life before enrolling in graduate school at The New School, where she wrote Sweetbitter whose backdrop is that very experience in New York City.
Viet Thanh Nguyen is an associate professor of English and American Studies and Ethnicity at the University of Southern California. He will speak about his debut novel The Sympathizer, which won the 2016 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction, the Edgar Award for Best First Novel from the Mystery Writers of America, the First Novel Prize from the Center for Fiction, the Carnegie Medal for Excellence in Fiction from the American Library Association, a California Book Award, and the Asian/Pacific American Award for Literature in Fiction from the Asian/Pacific American Librarians Association. It was also a finalist for the PEN/Faulkner Award for Fiction and the PEN/Robert W. Bingham Prize for Debut Fiction. The novel made it to over thirty book-of-the-year lists, including The Guardian, The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Amazon.com, Slate.com, and The Washington Post.
If you have ever wondered what hardcore surf travel is all about, Search for the Perfect Wave is your ticket, and surf travel pioneers Kevin Naughton and Craig Peterson are the perfect tour guides. Kevin and Craig spent over ten years looking for the perfect wave from the early 70s to early 80s. Two surfers from the same town, this photographer and writer duo set out to find the mythical ‘perfect wave’ and became lifelong best friends in the process. After ten-plus years of hardcore surf-travel-adventure there’s a lot to show and tell. These authors will present a slide show and colorful accounts of their fantastic adventures delivered with their trademark humor and the awe that they both possess, after all these years, of having the good fortune to be following their dreams of a life filled with surf adventures.
Pulitzer Prize–winning art critic Sebastian Smee tells the fascinating story of four pairs of artists—Manet and Degas, Picasso and Matisse, Pollock and de Kooning, Freud and Bacon—whose fraught, competitive friendships spurred them to new creative heights.
Smee is the art critic of the Boston Globe. He was a Pulitzer Prize winner in 2011 and a finalist in 2009. His writing about art has appeared in many of the leading papers in Australia, Great Britain, and the United States. He has given lectures about art at many major universities and institutions, including Harvard, Yale, and the Metropolitan Museum of Art.
For all the fans of Gone Girl, don’t miss Jessica Knoll who will speak about her latest novel Luckiest Girl Alive. Lionsgate recently bought the film rights and Reese Witherspoon will play the protagonist in the film adaptation. Jessica just received a coveted Edgar Award nomination for Best First Novel.
The author of Last Train to Paradise tells the story of the largest public water project ever created—William Mulholland’s Los Angeles aqueduct—a story of Gilded Age ambition, hubris, greed, and one determined man who's vision shaped the future and continues to impact us today.
With energy and colorful detail, Water to the Angels brings to life the personalities, politics, and power—including bribery, deception, force, and bicoastal financial warfare—behind this dramatic event. At a time when the importance of water is being recognized as never before—considered by many experts to be the essential resource of the twenty-first century—Water to the Angels brings into focus the vigor of a fabled era, the might of a larger than life individual, and the scale of a priceless construction project, and sheds critical light on a past that offers insights for our future.
The Lincoln Rhyme series continues with The Steel Kiss to be released on March 8 in the U.S. A former journalist, folksinger and attorney, Jeffery Deaver is an international number-one bestselling author. His novels have appeared on bestseller lists around the world, including the New York Times, the Times of London, Italy’s Corriere della Sera, the Sydney Morning Herald and the Los Angeles Times. His books are sold in 150 countries and have been translated into over twenty-five languages.
Maz Jobrani is a founding member of The Axis of Evil Comedy Tour. He performs stand-up comedy around the world, including in Europe, Australia, and the Middle East where he performed in front of the King of Jordan. He recently released his third comedy special, “I Come in Peace,” which aired on Showtime and Netflix. Jobrani starred in the films Friday After Next, 13 Going on 30, and The Interpreter. He was a series regular on ABC’s Better Off Ted, which had a cult following, and he has guest starred on Curb Your Enthusiasm, 24, True Blood, and Shameless to name a few. Jobrani is currently a regular panelist on NPR’s Wait Wait...Don’t Tell Me! He has also given two TED talks, which can be viewed at TED.com. He has performed his stand-up on The Tonight Show, Comedy Central, and Showtime, and is starring in the upcoming indie comedy feature, Jimmy Vestvood: Amerikan Hero, which he co-wrote and produced.
Marie Mutsuki Mockett’s family owns a Buddhist temple 25 miles from the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant. In March 2011, after the earthquake and tsunami, radiation levels prohibited the burial of her Japanese grandfather’s bones. As Japan mourned thousands of people lost in the disaster, Mockett also grieved for her American father, who had died unexpectedly.
Seeking consolation, Mockett is guided by a colorful cast of Zen priests and ordinary Japanese who perform rituals that disturb, haunt, and finally uplift her. Her journey leads her into the radiation zone in an intricate white hazmat suit; to Eiheiji, a school for Zen Buddhist monks; on a visit to a Crab Lady and Fuzzy-Headed Priest’s temple on Mount Doom; and into the “thick dark” of the subterranean labyrinth under Kiyomizu temple, among other twists and turns. From the ecstasy of a cherry blossom festival in the radiation zone to the ghosts inhabiting chopsticks, Mockett writes of both the earthly and the sublime with extraordinary sensitivity. Her unpretentious and engaging voice makes her the kind of companion a reader wants to stay with wherever she goes, even into the heart of grief itself.
Dr. Jack Miles, Distinguished Professor of English and Religious Studies with the University of California at Irvine and Senior Fellow for Religious Affairs with the Pacific Council on International Policy, is a writer whose work has appeared in The Atlantic.
From an “imaginatively twisted and fearless” writer (Los Angeles Times), comes a hilarious memoir of middle age. Madwoman in the Volvo is a wry and witty tale of “the change.” Please join us as author and entertainer Sandra Tsing Loh talks about her new work and assures us all that it does get better.
The art of love is never a science: Meet Don Tillman, a brilliant yet socially inept professor of genetics, who’s decided it’s time he found a wife. In the orderly, evidence-based manner with which Don approaches all things, he designs the Wife Project to find his perfect partner: a sixteen-page, scientifically valid survey to filter out the drinkers, the smokers, the late arrivers.
Rosie Jarman possesses all these qualities. Don easily disqualifies her as a candidate for The Wife Project (even if she is “quite intelligent for a barmaid”). But Don is intrigued by Rosie’s own quest to identify her biological father. When an unlikely relationship develops as they collaborate on The Father Project, Don is forced to confront the spontaneous whirlwind that is Rosie―and the realization that, despite your best scientific efforts, you don’t find love, it finds you.
Professor Lynn Ingram
The West Without Water
Perhaps none of us can imagine the West without water, but Gov. Jerry Brown declared that our state is in a drought emergency and the issue is becoming hard to ignore. To address this critical issue, we invited Professor Lynn Ingram of UC Berkeley to speak about her book The West Without Water: What Past Floods, Droughts, and other Climactic Clues Tell Us About Tomorrow. Dr. Ingram will be joined by Tim Bradley, Professor, Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at UC Irvine.
Peggy Hesketh's short story "A Madness of Two" was selected by Elizabeth George for inclusion in her anthology Two of the Deadliest. A long-time journalist, Peggy teaches writing and rhetoric at the University of California, Irvine. Telling the Bees is her first novel. Spanning the arc of the twentieth century, set in the transforming landscape of Southern California, Telling the Bees is a beautifully imagined novel about the far-reaching consequences of words left unspoken, the persistence of regret, and the power of truth both to wound and to heal.
Ms. Hesketh will be interviewed by author Gordon McAlpine, whose most recent novel Hammett Unwritten is receiving high marks here and abroad.
Jonathan Kirsch will speak about his latest book, The Short, Strange Life of Herschel Grynszpan.
The New Yorker (Aug 5, 2013 issue) noted Kirsch’s new biography about Grynszpan, a 17 year old Jewish refugee in Paris who shot and killed a German diplomat in 1938. Goebbels cited the shooting as a justification for Kristallnacht (a series of coordinated attacks on Jews in Nazi Germany known as the Night of Broken Glass).
Jonathan Kirsch is the author of thirteen books, including eight books of history and biography, and two novels – all spending time on the bestseller lists. He has contributed book reviews to the Los Angeles Times for more than 40 years and is a guest commentator on NPR affiliates KCRW and KPCC.
Lauren Weisberger is the New York Times bestselling author of The Devil Wears Prada, which was published in forty languages and made into a major motion picture starring Meryl Streep and Anne Hathaway. Weisberger’s three other novels, Everyone Worth Knowing, Last Night at Chateau Marmont, and Chasing Harry Winston were all New York Times bestsellers. A graduate of Cornell University, she lives in New York City with her husband and two children. www.LaurenWeisberger.com
Barbara DeMarco-Barrett is host of Writers on Writing on KUCI-FM and author of Pen on Fire. She hosts the Pen on Fire Speaker Series in Corona del Mar. www.penonfire.com
Remember Michael Jackson’s iconic red jacket in the Thriller video and Indiana Jones’ khaki garb in Raiders of the Lost Ark? Meet the creative force behind those costumes (and many more), Deborah Nadoolman Landis. Landis was recently a Senior Guest Curator of the 'Hollywood Costume' exhibition at the Victoria and Albert Museum in London. She will discuss her new book, Hollywood Sketchbook: A Century of Costume Illustration, the first volume published on costume design illustration for the movies.
An internationally known stem cell expert, Hans Keirstead has pioneered a number of efforts in the field. He led his team of researchers to successfully develop a stem cell-based treatment for paralyzed rats. This treatment marked the first such stem cell-based clinical trial ever approved by a regulatory body, worldwide. Dr. Keirstead also helped develop a therapy for the treatment of ulcerative collitis and rheumatoid arthritis, that has successfully met primary endpoints in Phase II clinical trials. He developed a stem cell-based therapy for the motor neuron diseases ALS and spinal muscular atrophy that will soon enter clinical testing, and made headlines for creating a 3D retina derived from stem cells for the treatment of retinal diseases. More recently, he has taken on a stem cell-based project for late stage cancers, a technology that has met primary endpoints in Phase II clinical trials.
Once again, acclaimed Hollywood biographer William Mann has taken on an iconic character from an entirely new angle, completely redefining her public persona—and once again, the results are spectacular. This latest offering from the bestselling biographer of Katharine Hepburn and Elizabeth Taylor chronicles Barbra Streisand’s climb to fame during her New York years. Mann brilliantly showcases the electrifying story of how Streisand broke all the showbiz rules to transform herself into the greatest superstar of her era, a feat which is virtually impossible today, and he recreates a vibrant piece of New York theatrical history—the dinner clubs and the birth of Off-Off-Broadway that made Streisand’s breakout possible.
Dr. Erwin Chemerinsky is the founding dean and distinguished professor of law at the University of California, Irvine School of Law, with a joint appointment in Political Science.
Previously, he taught at Duke Law School for four years, during which he won the Duke University Scholar-Teacher of the Year Award in 2006. Before that he taught for 21 years at the University of Southern California School of Law, and served for four years as director of the Center for Communications Law and Policy. Chemerinsky has also taught at UCLA School of Law and DePaul University College of Law.
His areas of expertise are constitutional law, federal practice, civil rights and civil liberties, and appellate litigation. He is the author of seven books, most recently, The Conservative Assault on the Constitution (October 2010, Simon & Schuster), and nearly 200 articles in top law reviews. He frequently argues cases before the nation’s highest courts, and also serves as a commentator on legal issues for national and local media.
In this remarkably honest and candid memoir, award-winning journalist and distinguished author Kati Marton narrates an impassioned and romantic story of love, loss, and life after loss. Paris is at the heart of this deeply moving account. At every stage of her life, Marton finds beauty and excitement in Paris, and now, after the sudden death of her husband, U.S. Ambassador Richard Holbrooke, the city offers a chance for a fresh beginning. With intimate and nuanced portraits of Peter Jennings, the man to whom she was married for fifteen years and with whom she had two children, and Holbrooke, with whom she found enduring love, Marton paints a vivid account of an adventuresome life in the stream of history. Inspirational and deeply human, Paris: A Love Story will touch every generation. This is a memoir for anyone who has ever fallen in love in Paris, or with Paris.
Erik Larson has been widely acclaimed as a master of narrative non-fiction, and in his new book, the bestselling author of Devil in the White City turns his hand to a remarkable story set during Hitler’s rise to power.
The time is 1933, the place, Berlin, when William E. Dodd becomes America’s first ambassador to Hitler’s Germany. Dodd brings along his wife, son, and flamboyant daughter, Martha. At first Martha is entranced by the parties and pomp, and the handsome young men of the Third Reich with their infectious enthusiasm for restoring Germany to a position of world prominence. Enamored of the “New Germany,” she has one affair after another, including with the surprisingly honorable first chief of the Gestapo, Rudolf Diels. But as evidence of Jewish persecution mounts, confirmed by chilling first-person testimony, her father telegraphs his concerns to a largely indifferent State Department back home. Dodd watches with alarm as Jews are attacked, the press is censored, and drafts of frightening new laws begin to circulate. As that first year unfolds and the shadows deepen, the Dodd’s experience days full of excitement, intrigue, romance—and ultimately, horror, when a climactic spasm of violence and murder reveals Hitler’s true character and ruthless ambition.
For more than four decades, Greg Gorman has continued to master the art of photography. His work documents the contemporary obsession of the 20th century celebrity. From personality portraits and advertising campaigns to magazine layouts and fine art work, Mr. Gorman has developed and showcased a discriminating and unique style in his profession.
Many of his advertising endeavors have enlisted the talents of celebrities including his award-winning l.a. Eyeworks campaign. Portraits of Divine, Grace Jones, Andy Warhol, John Waters, and David Hockney have graced the pages of Interview, Wallpaper, Paper and Details for l.a.Eyeworks.
Mr. Gorman will show some of his iconic images from his forty year photographic career as well as recent work from photo projects around the world. He will present the work featured in his latest two book projects, In Their Youth, which features young actors at the start of their careers and Framed, the compilation of his imagery for the l.a.Eyeworks ad campaign.
As a thinker, author, practicing physician, inventor, businesswoman, and internationally known advocate for women’s health and wellness, Dr. Stephanie McClellan has built a reputation as a thoughtful and caring women’s health expert. Though the focus of her practice has been the delivery of exceptional clinical medicine to her patients, Dr. McClellan has consistently made time for community service projects outside the office. She played a major role, from visioning to fundraising, in the realization of the Hoag Women’s Pavilion.
So Stressed: The Ultimate Stress-Relief Plan for Women, is a timely book that identifies four basic stress types in women, reveals the patterns of potential illness and disease for each type and offers practical programs for prevention and reversal. So Stressed gives a clear picture of what stress is doing to every cell in women’s bodies and how it disrupts the intricate balance of the body’s systems, leading to disease and illness, including heart disease, cancer, eating and metabolic disorders, gynecological problems, chronic pain, decreased libido, depression and anxiety. Filled with instructive case studies from their clinical experience as women’s healthcare specialists, the authors bridge the gap between the lab bench and the bedside, speaking to women in language that makes sense.
A continuation of Shanghai Girls finds a devastated Joy fleeing to China to search for her real father while her mother, Pearl, desperately pursues her, a dual quest marked by their encounters with the nation’s intolerant Communist culture.
Lisa See is the author of six previous novels, including the critically acclaimed New York Times bestsellers Shanghai Girls, Peony in Love, Snow Flower and the Secret Fan, Flower Net (which was nominated for an Edgar Award), The Interior and Dragon Bones. She is also the author of the widely acclaimed memoir On Gold Mountain.
Snow Flower and the Secret Fan is a feature film directed by Wayne Wang for Fox Searchlight and is in theatres now.
Shawn Green’s career statistics can be found on the backs of baseball cards in shoe boxes across America:
328 home runs, 1,071 RBIs, .282 career batting average, All-Star, Gold Glove, Silver Slugger—but numbers tell only part of the story.
His path to success was as grounded in philosophical study as in ballpark wisdom. Striving to find stillness within the rip-roaring scene of Major League Baseball—from screaming fans to national scandals—Green learned to approach the sport with a clear mind. In the tradition of Phil Jackson’s Sacred Hoops, Green shares the secrets to remaining focused both on and off the field, shedding light on a signature approach to living. By using his remarkable baseball experiences, Green exemplifies how one can find full awareness, presence, and, ultimately, fulfillment in any endeavor.
About Jean Hastings Ardell
Ardell grew up in New York City, rooting for the Yankees. In 1964, she moved her home—and her baseball allegiance—to Southern California. Her book Breaking into Baseball: Women and the National Pastime has appeared on the Los Angeles Times bestseller list, is housed in more than 600 libraries, and continues to be taught in sports history courses at New York University and the University of San Francisco, and others.
During the Gilded Age at the turn of the twentieth century, Louis Comfort Tiffany, the American artist in glass whose leaded-glass windows, lamps, and mosaics are known throughout the world, established a style unique to him, blending Art Nouveau and the Aesthetics Movement. Until recently, it was assumed that he was the designer of the lamps. However, two collections of letters reveal that an unrecognized woman, Clara Driscoll, designed the floral shades in leaded glass. Suffering losses in love, as Tiffany had, and yearning to establish herself as a creator of unique art pieces in an atmosphere increasingly commercial, Clara was a vibrant and intelligent woman whose challenge, like that of many women, was to decide what makes her happy--the professional world of her hands or the personal world of her heart. The novel interprets her creative and personal life against the backdrop of her relationship and collaboration with this giant of American decorative arts.
Andrew Winer is the author of two novels, The Marriage Artist and The Color Midnight Made. He is a recipient of a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship in Fiction.
About The Marriage Artist:
When the wife of renowned art critic Daniel Lichtmann plunges to her death, she is not alone. Lying next to her is her suspected lover, Benjamin Wind, the very artist Daniel most championed. Tormented by questions about the circumstances of their deaths, Daniel dedicates himself to uncovering the secrets of their relationship and the inspiration behind Wind's dazzling final exhibition. What Daniel discovers is a web of mysteries leading back to pre-World War II Vienna and the magnificent life of Josef Pick, a forgotten artist who may have been the twentieth century's greatest painter of love. But the most astonishing discovery is what connects these two artists across half a century: a remarkable woman whose response to the tragedy of her generation offers Daniel answers to the questions he never knew to ask.
Author of Life Would Be Perfect If I Lived in That House (published by Alfred A. Knopf)
From the acclaimed author and columnist: a laugh-out-loud journey into the world of real estate—the true story of one woman’s “imperfect life lived among imperfect houses” and her quest for the four perfect walls to call home.
After an itinerant suburban childhood and countless moves as a grown-up—from New York City to Lincoln, Nebraska; from the Midwest to the West Coast and back—Meghan Daum was living in Los Angeles, single and in her mid-thirties, and devoting obscene amounts of her time not to her writing career or her dating life but to the pursuit of property: scouring Craigslist, visiting open houses, fantasizing about finding the right place for the right price. Finally, near the height of the real estate bubble, she succumbed, depleting her life savings to buy a 900-square-foot bungalow, with a garage that “bore a close resemblance to the ruins of Pompeii” and plumbing that “dated back to the Coolidge administration.”
Eleanor Coppola is an accomplished documentary filmmaker, artist and writer. In 1962, she worked on a low-budget independent film, Dementia 13, as assistant art director. There she met the film’s writer/director Francis Coppola. The following year, Francis and Eleanor were married.
While in the Philippines for the making of Apocalypse Now, Eleanor shot the documentary footage for the acclaimed, Emmy award winning film, Hearts of Darkness: A Filmmakers Apocalypse. She published a journal of her experiences in 1979, titled Notes. During the 1995 filming of John Grisham’s The Rainmaker, Eleanor shot a documentary that focused on Coppola’s techniques for working with actors, The Making of “The Rainmaker” which aired on HBO. She has made documentaries of her daughter’s and son’s films – The Making of the Virgin Suicides, On the Set of CQ and The Making of Marie Antoinette. In 2007 her documentary about Francis Coppola, Coda: Thirty Years Later was released. She shot documentary material for the DVD of Tetro, released in 2010. Her book Notes on a Life was published in May, 2008.
From Janet Maslin of The New York Times:
“Haunting debut…tough and lyrical… artfully uses Helen’s autodidactic approach to photography as a way of raising questions that her readers need to answer too. What is a war photographer’s mission? In ways that bring to mind the feverishness of the Iraqi war film “The Hurt Locker,” with its very different locations, job descriptions and wartime imperatives — she has been utterly transformed. She is no longer a witness to history. As Ms. Soli makes her readers understand very viscerally, Helen has become part of the history that she set out to record.”
About the author:
Tatjana Soli is a novelist and short story writer. Born in Salzburg, Austria, she attended Stanford University and the Warren Wilson MFA Program. Her stories have appeared in The Sun, StoryQuarterly, Confrontation, Gulf Coast, Other Voices, Nimrod, Third Coast, Carolina Quarterly, Sonora Review, and North Dakota Quarterly among other publications. Her work has been twice listed in the 100 Distinguished Stories in Best American Short Stories and nominated for the Pushcart Prize. She was awarded the Pirate’s Alley Faulkner Prize, the Dana Award, finalist for the Bellwether Prize, and received scholarships to the Sewanee Writers’ Conference and Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference. She lives with her husband in Orange County, California, and teaches through the Gotham Writers’ Workshop.
At four, Allegra Huston was a precocious, “proper little English girl,” growing up in a comfortable London home with her adored Mum, her older siblings Anjelica and Tony and Nurse, her Irish nanny. This seemingly idyllic life—even without the requisite daddy—was shattered by the death of her mother in a freak automobile accident. From that day until late adolescence, the orphaned daughter became an involuntary nomad, shuttled across a continent and a country as a temporary guest in other people’s homes.
LOVE CHILD: A Memoir of Family Lost and Found (Simon & Schuster; April 7, 2009), is the author’s poignant and exquisitely rendered chronicle of her radically altered young life and her struggle to recover the essence of a mother whose reality faded by the day. That longed-for mother, the extraordinarily beautiful Ricki Soma, had been a celebrated dancer with the New York City Ballet and at her death was the estranged fourth wife of the brilliant, eccentric and notoriously womanizing filmmaker John Huston.
At 80, Richard Seff is a living museum of theater history and a lifelong New Yorker through and through. A celebrated theatrical agent, he has worked closely with such greats as Julie Andrews and Rex Harrison in the original My Fair Lady, with Chita Rivera and the original cast of West Side Story, Kander and Ebb for the original Cabaret and the likes of Bob Fosse, Ethel Merman, and Jerome Robbins.
His recent book, Supporting Player-My Life Upon the Wicked Stage is a charming memoir by an actor who began his career alongside Claude Rains in Darkness at Noon, worked as a talent agent for 22 years and then returned to the stage and screen. Colorful but never gossipy, the book is also a trove of trivia-for example, the story of how Rex Harrison influenced the title of My Fair Lady, by bellowing "It cannot say REX HARRISON in Lady Liza on a marquee!"
With his career at a standstill and his golf game a shadow of its former mediocrity, TV writer and ESPN.com contributor Bob Smiley decided the time had come to turn to the one person who might be able to help: Tiger Woods. So, in January of 2008, Smiley set out to follow the game's greatest player from the gallery for every hole of an entire season and to absorb all that he could.
Smiley chronicles every dramatic and often hysterical moment of his journey with Tiger, including his off-course run-ins with Arabian sandstorms, ex-con ticket scalpers, and the motley assortment of strangers who became friends along the way. Told from the perspective of a true golf fan, Follow the Roar is a once-in-a-lifetime adventure through the most spectacular and inspiring season in Tiger Woods's celebrated career.
Lynda Resnick began her career at the age of nineteen, when she founded a full-service advertising agency. Successfully running this business so early in her career enabled her to gain invaluable and practical marketing experience, which, coupled with her sound entrepreneurial instincts and quick wit, has been the hallmark of her 40-year career. Dubbed the "POM Queen," she is behind the marketing success of POM Wonderful, the wildly popular 100% pomegranate juice. She and her husband Stewart also own Teleflora (the world's largest floral-by-wire company) and FIJI Water (the leading imported bottled water brand in the United States).
Lynda reveals her secrets for creating memorable brands and pioneering fresh approaches to launch and promote them in her new book, Rubies in the Orchard.
The bestselling author of Honeymoon with My Brother hits the road again to learn about love and finally finds it closer to home. When you've been jilted at the altar and forced to take your pre-paid honeymoon with your brother, it's fair to say you could learn a thing or two about love. And that's what Franz Wisner sets out to do-traveling the globe with a mission: to discover the planet's most important love lessons and see if they can rescue him from the ruins of his own love life. Even after months on the road, he's still not sure he's found the secret. But a disastrous date with a Los Angeles actress and single mom keeps popping into Franz's head. While researching ideal love, could he have missed a bigger truth: that something unplanned and implausible could actually make him happy?
Uproarious, tender, and studded with eye-opening insights on love, How the World Makes Love is the story of one average man's search for happiness-a search that turns into an improbable love story in the author's own backyard.
William Lobdell has been a journalist for more than two decades, including 18 years with the Los Angeles Times and its sister newspapers, including a decade as editor of the Newport Beach/Costa Mesa Daily Pilot.
Lobdell's new memoir, Losing My Religion: How I Lost My Faith Reporting on Religion in America - and Found Unexpected Peace, will be published 2/24/2009 by HarperCollins. It has garnered glowing early reviews and endorsements from such disparate people as atheist Christopher Hitchens and Skeptics Society founder Michael Shermer, and a variety of well-known Pentecostal and evangelical pastors and Christian talk radio hosts.
Peter Greenberg, NBC's"Travel Detective" will speak about his new book, Tough Times, Great Travels: The Travel Detective's Guide to Hidden Deals, Unadvertised Bargains, and Great Experiences
With airlines cutting service, hotel rates soaring, and one of the most unstable economies this country has seen, the thought of taking a trip might seem out of reach. But in Tough Times, Great Travels, the Travel Detective, Peter Greenberg, lets you in on money-saving secrets like: the best day to purchase airline tickets; car rental companies almost willing to pay you to rent their cars; the best hour on the best day to book a hotel room; free activities in 30 cities; cruise ships that discount cabins on the day of the cruise; how to redeem airline miles for flights that are supposedly full; avoiding luggage check-in fees; places where kids can eat and stay for free.
Traveling during an economic meltdown shouldn't result in a personal one for you. With Greenberg's help, you can get packing while the market is crashing.
The mission of the Harvard Humanitarian Initiative is to relieve human suffering in war and disaster by advancing the science and the practice of humanitarian response worldwide.
The VanRooyens are regarded as heroes on many fronts, but most recently have come to the aide of Dr. Denis Mukwege and the Panzi Hospital in Bukavu were they have faced a humanitarian crisis of epic proportions. They will be here in Newport Beach to tell their story.
The violent civil war in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) originated in 1996 in the aftermath of the Rwandan genocide and the resulting destabilization of the surrounding region, dubbed the African World War. The conflict has claimed the lives of over 4 million people, over ten times the number killed in Darfur, Sudan, making this the most destructive war in recent African history. Despite the signing of peace agreements and the election of a new government, the violence and insecurity continue.
Michelle Latiolais is a Professor of English at the University of California at Irvine. She is the author of the novel Even Now which received the Gold Medal for Fiction from the Commonwealth Club of California. Her second novel, A Proper Knowledge, was published this last spring by Bellevue Literary Press. She has published writing in three anthologies, Absolute Disaster, Women On The Edge: Writing From Los Angeles and Woof! Writers on Dogs (November 2008). Her stories and essays have appeared in Zyzzyva, The Antioch Review, Western Humanities Review and the Santa Monica Review. She has work in up-coming issues of the Iowa Review and the Northwest Review.
The literature of larceny welcomes a newcomer with some serious chops, as Steven M. Thomas, former editor of the OC Metro magazine, muscles his way to a place at the table—elbow-to-elbow with Elmore Leonard and Carl Hiaasen—courtesy of a harrowing, hilarious, two-fisted, hard-boiled thriller that’s pure heaven for anyone who loves a great crime novel.
Orange County readers will love the setting of Criminal Paradise. It takes place in Newport Beach—and is filled with scenes set on Balboa Island, Balboa Peninsula, Corona del Mar and other local spots. A number of Orange County readers have commented on how much they enjoyed the local, seaside setting of the book.
About the Author
Steven M. Thomas is the award-winning author of many short stories, essays, and poems that have been published in more than fifty literary and small-press magazines in the United States and England. Until recently, he served as editor of OC Metro, a high-circulation magazine based in Orange County, where he lives. Criminal Paradise is his first novel.
SANDRA TSING LOH is a writer/performer whose previous books include A Year in Van Nuys; Depth Takes a Holiday; If You Lived Here, You’d Be Home By Now; and Aliens in America. Her new book, MOTHER ON FIRE: A True Motherf%#$@ Story About Parenting! was published by Crown Publishers in August 2008. Her off-Broadway solo shows include "Aliens in America" and "Bad Sex With Bud Kemp"; the original solo stage version of "Mother on Fire" ran for seven months in Los Angeles. She has been a regular commentator on NPR’s "Morning Edition," on PRI’s “Marketplace,” and on Ira Glass’ "This American Life." Currently, her weekly radio commentary series "The Loh Life" runs on KPCC (89.3 FM) in Los Angeles, as does her daily "Loh Down on Science" (syndicated). Her awards include a Pushcart Prize in fiction and two National Magazine Award nominations for her work as a contributing editor for The Atlantic Monthly. She lives in Los Angeles with her husband, two daughters, and two cats.
Editor of the Harvard Crimson (Harvard University's newspaper) in his 20s, McKibben went on to write the "Talk of the Town" column in The New Yorker from 1982-1987. Los Angeles Times book critic Susan Salter Reynolds says of McKibben:
"Bill McKibben's writing -- part art, part essay, part journalism with more than a smidgen of harangue -- has framed the thinking on environmental issues for more than a generation. Two new books out this spring, The Bill McKibben Reader: Pieces From an Active Life and American Earth: Environmental Writing Since Thoreau, will impress on the reader how calmly, if not always quietly, he has illuminated paths to the future, thinking alongside us about what might be possible, even as information hurtles toward us, technology blinds us and being human seems to mean something entirely different than what any of us would consciously want."
Dr. James B. Pick
Kirwan Rockefeller, Ph.D.
Emily Wu & Larry Engelmann
John J. Gobbell
Thomas Cole Edwards
Joshua Wolf Shenk
Dr. James Pick
Jonna Doolittle Hoppes
Wes "Scoop" Nisker
Francine duPlessix Gray
James Hall & T. Jefferson Parker
Victor Davis Hanson
Dr. Leonard Shlain
Nathan Gephard & Mike Marriner
Dr. Atul Gawande
Col. David Hackworth
Fall & Winter 2001
William Least Heat-Moon
Fourth Annual Poetry Festival
February & March 2000
October - December 1999
Third Annual Poetry Festival
Sharon Wohlmuth & Carol Saline
David Mas Masumoto
Second Annual Poetry Festival
Frances Kroll Ring
First Poetry Festival
February & March 1997
Nancy Jo Hoy
Michael Joyce & Carolyn Guyer
April & May 1996