UPCOMING

AMANDA GORMAN 6/23

June 23, 2021  |  5:30 P.M.  |  VIRTUAL

CONVERSATION

 AUTHOR TRACY K. SMITH AND L.A. TIMES ERIKA D. SMITH

In partnership with WriteGirl. – On January 20, 2021, Amanda Gorman became the sixth and youngest poet to deliver a poetry reading at a presidential inauguration joining such remarkable poets as Maya Angelou, Elizabeth Alexander, Richard Blanco, and Robert Frost. Taking the stage after the 46th president of the United States, Joe Biden, Gorman captivated the nation and brought hope to viewers around the globe with her call for unity and healing. Her poem “The Hill We Climb: An Inaugural Poem for the Country” can now be cherished in a special gift edition, perfect for any reader looking for some inspiration. Amanda will be in conversation with the Pulitzer Prize-winning author and former U.S. Poet Laureate, Tracy K. Smith. They will discuss her uplifting poem and the power of language to reinvigorate and reimagine the promise of America. LA Times columnist Erika D. Smith will moderate the conversation.

Thank you to our event partner WriteGirl, a community of women writers that promotes creativity and self-expression to empower girls. Amanda says: “WriteGirl has been pivotal in my life. It’s been thanks to their support that I’ve been able to chase my dreams as a writer.”

TICKETS : $25 – Access to the Live event and a copy of "The Hill We Climbed"

 

PAST INTERVIEWS

MICHAEL ERIC DYSON

MAY 11, 2021 | 5:30 PM

LIVE VIRTUAL CONVERSATION RECORDING AVAILABLE ON YOUTUBE, FACEBOOK, AND TWITTER

ERIKA D. SMITH, L.A. TIMES

"Long Time Coming" grapples with the cultural and social forces that have shaped our nation in the brutal crucible of race. In five beautifully argued chapters―each addressed to a black martyr from Breonna Taylor to Rev. Clementa Pinckney―Dyson traces the genealogy of anti-blackness from the slave ship to the street corner where Floyd lost his life―and where America gained its will to confront the ugly truth of systemic racism. Ending with a poignant plea for hope, Dyson’s exciting new book points the way to social redemption. "Long Time Coming" is a necessary guide to help America finally reckon with race. Michael Eric Dyson is distinguished University Professor of African American and Diaspora Studies, College of Arts & Science, and of Ethics and Society, Divinity School, and Centennial Professor at Vanderbilt University. He is one of America’s premier public intellectuals and the author of seven New York Times bestsellers including "JAY-Z," "Tears We Cannot Stop," and "What Truth Sounds Like," and most recently "Long Time Coming." A contributing opinion writer for The New York Times, Dr. Dyson is a recipient of two NAACP Image awards and the 2020 Langston Hughes Festival Medallion. Former president Barack Obama has noted: “Everybody who speaks after Michael Eric Dyson pales in comparison.”

ISABEL ALLENDE

MARCH 1, 2021 | 5:30 PM

LIVE VIRTUAL CONVERSATION RECORDING AVAILABLE ON YOUTUBE

LAURIE OCHOA, L.A. TIMES

Isabel Allende won worldwide acclaim in 1982 with the publication of her first novel, The House of the Spirits. Since then, she has authored twenty-five bestselling and critically acclaimed books, which have been translated into more than forty-two languages. In addition to her work as a writer, Allende devotes much of her time to human rights causes. In 1996, following the death of her daughter, Paula Frias, she established a charitable foundation in her honor, which has awarded grants to more than one hundred nonprofits worldwide on behalf of women and girls. In 2014, President Barack Obama awarded Allende the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the nation’s highest civilian honor, and in 2018 she received the Medal for Distinguished Contribution to American Letters from the National Book Foundation. She has also received PEN Center USA’s Lifetime Achievement Award. Raised in Chile, she now lives in California.

REBECCA CARROLL & GABRIELLE UNION

FEBRUARY 6, 2021 | 5:30 PM (PT)

LIVE VIRTUAL CONVERSATION RECORDING AVAILABLE ON YOUTUBE

GREG BRAXTON, L.A. TIMES STAFF WRITER

 

Rebecca Carroll grew up the only black person in her rural New Hampshire town. Adopted at birth by artistic parents who believed in peace, love, and zero population growth, her early childhood was loving and idyllic—and yet she couldn’t articulate the deep sense of isolation she increasingly felt as she grew older. Everything changed when she met her birth mother, a young white woman, who consistently undermined Carroll’s sense of her blackness and self-esteem. Carroll’s childhood became harrowing, and her memoir explores the tension between the aching desire for her birth mother’s acceptance, the loyalty she feels toward her adoptive parents, and the search for her racial identity. As an adult, Carroll forged a path from city to city, struggling along the way with difficult boyfriends, depression, eating disorders, and excessive drinking. Ultimately, through the support of her chosen black family, she was able to heal. Intimate and illuminating, Surviving the White Gaze  is a timely examination of racism and racial identity in America today, and an extraordinarily moving portrait of resilience.

Gabrielle Union is an actress, activist, and, most proudly, the mother of “shady baby,” Kaavia James. She is the New York Times bestselling author of "We’re Going to Need More Wine" and the children’s book "Welcome to the Party."

JEFF TWEEDY

JANUARY 26, 2021 | 5:30 PM (PT)

LIVE VIRTUAL CONVERSATION RECORDING AVAILABLE ON YOUTUBE

L.A. TIMES STAFF WRITER RANDALL ROBERTS

As the founding member and leader of the Grammy Award-winning American rock band Wilco, and before that the co-founder of the alt‐country band Uncle Tupelo, Jeff Tweedy is one of contemporary music’s most accomplished songwriters, musicians, and performers. Jeff has released two solo albums, written original songs for eleven Wilco albums, and is the author of the New York Times bestseller Let’s Go (So We Can Get Back): A Memoir of Recording and Discording with Wilco, Etc and the new book How to Write One Song. He lives in Chicago with his family.

 

JOHN BRENNAN

DECEMBER 16, 2020, | 5:30 PM (PDT)

LIVE VIRTUAL CONVERSATION RECORDING AVAILABLE ON YOUTUBE

TIMES WHITE HOUSE REPORTER ELI STOKOLS

Spanning his more than thirty years in government, former CIA Director Brennan offers a rare and insightful look at the often-obscured world of national security, the intelligence profession, and Washington’s chaotic political environment. Brennan brings the reader behind the scenes of some of the most crucial moments in recent U.S. history including:

• George W. Bush’s intervention in Iraq

• The CIA’s use of enhanced interrogation techniques

• An eye-opening account of the raid that resulted in Bin Laden’s death

• Russia’s interference in the 2016 election

• And more

GUY RAZ

September 17, 2020, | 5:30 PM (PDT)

LIVE VIRTUAL CONVERSATION RECORDING AVAILABLE ON YOUTUBE

JEFF BERCOVICI, L.A. TIMES DEPUTY BUSINESS EDITOR

Based on his acclaimed podcast, Guy Raz offers priceless insights and inspiration from the world’s top entrepreneurs on how to start, launch, and build a successful venture. How I Built This reveals tips for every entrepreneur’s journey: from the early days of formulating your idea to raising money and recruiting employees, to fending off competitors, to finally paying yourself a real salary. This is a must-read for anyone who has ever dreamed of starting their own business or wondered how trailblazing entrepreneurs made their own dreams a reality. Signed copies of the book will be available for sale from our bookselling partner {pages} a bookstore.

ERIN BROCKOVICH

August 26, 2020, | 5:30 PM (PDT)

LIVE VIRTUAL CONVERSATION RECORDING AVAILABLE ON YOUTUBE

SAMMY ROTH, L.A. TIMES STAFF WRITER

Erin Brockovich is president of Brockovich Research & Consulting and the founder of the Erin Brockovich Foundation, a nonprofit organization created to educate and empower communities in their fight for clean water. She will discuss her latest book, Superman’s Not Coming: Our National Water Crisis and What We The People Can Do About It. Signed copies of the book will be available for sale from our bookselling partner Skylight Books.

 

EMILY BERNARD

JUNE 30, 2020 | 5:30 PM (PDT)

LIVE VIRTUAL CONVERSATION RECORDING AVAILABLE ON YOUTUBE

ANGEL JENNINGS, L.A. TIMES REPORTER

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.

 

MASHA GESSEN

JUNE 16, 2020 | 5:30 PM (PDT)

LIVE VIRTUAL CONVERSATION RECORDING AVAILABLE ON YOUTUBE

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.

REBECCA SOLNIT

MAR 19, 2020  |  7:30 P.M.  |  THE MONTALBÁN THEATRE, HOLLYWOOD

A CONVERSATION

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.”

EVENT CANCELED

 

JULIE ANDREWS

NOV 18, 2019  |  7:30 P.M.  |  THE ORPHEUM THEATRE, DTLA

CONVERSATION

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 OUTBest 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

GAIL COLLINS

OCT 25, 2019  |  7:30 P.M.  |  LOS ANGELES THEATRE, DTLA

CONVERSATION

PATT MORRISON, L.A. TIMES COLUMNIST

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

RONAN FARROW

OCT 22, 2019 | 7:00 P.M. | THE ORPHEUM THEATRE, DTLA

CONVERSATION

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)

JOHN GREEN

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.”

PATTI SMITH

OCT 9, 2019  |  7:30 P.M.  |  THE ALEX THEATRE, GLENDALE

CONVERSATION

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

KEN BURNS

JULY 27, 2019  |  7:00 P.M.  |  THE AUTRY

MUSICAL GUEST AUSTIN McCUTCHEN
PANEL w/ Dayton Duncan, Julie Dunfey and Randy Lewis

PATT MORRISON, L.A. TIMES COLUMNIST

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.

APOLLO 11

JUL 20, 2019  |  12:00 P.M.  |  LUNAR DOME at ROSE BOWL STADIUM

PANEL w/ Dr. Bonnie Dunbar, Frank Slazer and George Torres

PATT MORRISON, L.A. TIMES COLUMNIST

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.