Los Angeles Times Ideas Exchange presents author and contributing editor at The American Scholar, Emily Bernard in conversation with Angel Jennings, the Times reporter. Bernard, a recipient of the 2019 Christopher Isherwood Prize from the Los Angeles Times, will be discussing her latest book, Black Is the Body: Stories from My Grandmother’s Time, My Mother’s Time, and Mine. Signed copies of the book will be available for sale from Eso Won Books.
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JUNE 16, 2020 | 5:30 PM (PDT)
LIVE VIRTUAL CONVERSATION
JEFFREY FLEISHMAN, L.A. TIMES FOREIGN EDITOR
Los Angeles Times Ideas Exchange virtually presents award-winning journalist and author Masha Gessen in conversation with L.A. Times foreign editor Jeffrey Fleishman. We’ll largely discuss Gessen’s newest title, “Surviving Autocracy,” which draws upon the author’s experiences in Russia and focuses on President Donald Trump and his impact. Signed copies of the book will be available for sale from our bookselling partner Skylight Books.
MAR 19, 2020 | 7:30 P.M. | THE MONTALBÁN THEATRE, HOLLYWOOD
CAROLINA MIRANDA, L.A. TIMES STAFF WRITER
Los Angeles Times Ideas Exchange presents award-winning writer Rebecca Solnit in conversation with L.A. Times culture writer Carolina Miranda. Rebecca Solnit is a progressive icon, activist, feminist writer, and authority on everything from politics to gender discrimination. The prolific writer’s works have impacted significant social issues; her book, “Men Explain Things to Me,” inspired the cultural phenomenon behind the term “mansplaining.” This talk will be centered around Solnit’s new book, “Recollections of My Nonexistence: A Memoir.”
VIP: $75 – reserved seating, a pre-signed copy of the book, attendance at a post-event reception with the author.
GA/Book: $35 – includes a pre-signed copy of the book
GA: $15 – seat only
NOV 18, 2019 | 7:30 P.M. | THE ORPHEUM THEATRE, DTLA
MARY McNAMARA, L.A. TIMES COLUMNIST
In partnership with the L.A. Times Book Club. – She lit up the screen in “Mary Poppins.” She put a song in our hearts in “The Sound of Music.” And now, you can be there in person as one of the most beloved stars of all time sits down for an intimate conversation with Los Angeles Times Columnist Mary McNamara. Julie Andrews will discuss her new memoir, “Home Work,” and reveal some of the most fascinating moments of her life as a silver screen legend. Don’t miss your chance to hear Andrews’ in-person account of her behind-the-scenes experiences making Hollywood history.
VIP : $100 – SOLD OUT – Best Seats, copy of HOME WORK with a signed book plate, an official LA Times Book Club tote bag
GA : $47.50 – Reserved seat at the event, a copy of HOME WORK
In her newest book, “No Stopping Us Now,” New York Times columnist Gail Collins goes where no woman has gone before: headlong into the most perplexing questions around what it means to be an “older woman” in America.
Don’t miss this chance to experience Collins’ sharp wit and keen sense of justice in person when she sits down with the Los Angeles Times for a very special Ideas Exchange talk about the arbitrary and ever-changing idea of what it means to be an “older woman” in America.
VIP : $75 – Copy of “No Stopping Us Now"
GA : $50
OCT 22, 2019 | 7:00 P.M. | THE ORPHEUM THEATRE, DTLA
JULIA TURNER, DEPUTY MANAGING EDITOR
As part of the New Yorker reporting team that broke the story of the Harvey Weinstein sex abuse allegations, Ronan Farrow took home the Pulitzer Prize and opened the door for countless survivors to say #MeToo. Since then, Farrow has continued to give voice to the voiceless through his in-depth reporting on Les Moonves, Brett Kavanaugh and more. The Los Angeles Times Ideas Exchange, in partnership with the L.A. Times Book Club, will host a conversation with Farrow about his new book, Catch and Kill: Lies, Spies, and a Conspiracy to Protect Predators exposing in-depth the dynamics of power and sex abuse that have for too long kept victims in the shadows.
VIP: $100 – Best seats, pre-event reception with the author, pre-signed copy of the CATCH AND KILL, L.A. Book Club tote bag
Orchestra: $55 – Seat, copy of CATCH AND KILL
Rear Orchestra: $25 – (seat only)
OCT 16, 2019 | 7:30 P.M. | PALEY CENTER, BEVERLY HILLS
CONVERSATION & SCREENING, w/ John Green, Josh Schwartz, Stephanie Savage, Timothy Simons and Ron Cephas Jones
YVONNE VILLARREAL, L.A. TIMES WRITER
“Looking for Alaska” by internationally renowned YA author John Green is soon to be an eight-episode Hulu series, and you’re invited to a sneak preview of the first episode followed by a talk with creators including the author himself.
Come hear from the creators how this timely tale of friendship and coping was adapted for the screen. Author/Executive Producer John Green, Executive Producer Josh Schwartz, Executive Producer Stephanie Savage and actors Timothy Simons and Ron Cephas Jones will participate. All eight episodes of “Looking for Alaska” drop Oct. 18 on Hulu.
TICKETS: $40 includes a pre-signed copy of the book, “Looking for Alaska.”
OCT 9, 2019 | 7:30 P.M. | THE ALEX THEATRE, GLENDALE
Marking the release of her highly anticipated work, “Year of the Monkey,” singer, artist and author Patti Smith will sit down for an unforgettable evening in conversation with the Los Angeles Times. Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee Patti Smith’s large body of work includes her seminal album, “Horses,” hailed as one of the top 100 albums of all time. She’s the National Book Award winning author of “Just Kids” and “M Train” and hailed as one of the most distinct voices of our time.
“Year of the Monkey,” is a profound, beautifully realized memoir in which dreams and reality are vividly woven into a tapestry of one transformative year and illustrated by Smith’s own signature Polaroids.
VIP: $100, preferred seating, a pre-signed copy of book
GA: $40 and includes a copy of book
Documentary filmmaker Ken Burns is a modern-day legend. He's perhaps most well-known for the multi-part fi lms he's completed for PBS: painstakingly detailed and highly entertaining journeys through various aspects of American history that have riveted and enlightened audiences for decades. Burns' documentaries have tackled everything from the Lewis and Clark expedition and U.S. National Parks to Prohibition and the Vietnam War — all in his signature style, which employs a unique and now-iconic visual storytelling technique that's become known simply asthe ’ 'Ken Burns Effect.' His next documentary, a 16-hour film on the history of country music, debuts Sept. 15, 2019 on PBS.
On the 50th anniversary of the moon landing Los Angeles Times Ideas Exchange, in partnership with APOLLO 11 - An Immersive Live Show, presents a thought-provoking conversation with scientists and experts in space exploration, to discuss this historic mission, how space travel has evolved in the past fifty years, and what the future looks like in our quest to seek new information about the universe through further expeditions.