October 13th, 2016
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.
April 2nd, 2016
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
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.
March 25th, 2016
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.
The author of over thirty novels, three collections of short stories
and a nonfiction law book, Deaver has received or been shortlisted for a
number of awards around the world. His The Bodies Left Behind was named Novel of the Year by the International Thriller Writers Association.
January 27th, 2016
Jessica Fellowes is an author and journalist, best known as the writer of the official companion books to Downton Abbey. Niece of Julian Fellowes, creator of Downton Abbey,
Jessica will share her insights into the history of the period and the
production of the enormously popular series, from the painstakingly
historic accuracy of costumes and customs to the breathtaking location
at Highclere Castle.
October 21st, 2015
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.
October 21st, 2015
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
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.
June 12th, 2015
Anne Perry is the international bestselling author of over fifty
novels, which have sold over 25 million copies. The Times selected her
as one of the 20th Century’s "100 Masters of Crime.” In 2015 she was
awarded the Premio de Honor Aragón Negro.
Her first series of Victorian crime novels, featuring Thomas and Charlotte Pitt, began with The Cater Street Hangman. The latest of these, The Angel Court Affair,
has appeared on the New York Times bestseller list. Perry’s Thomas
Pitt character features in one of the longest sustained series by a
living writer with 29 titles to date.
In 1990, Anne started a second series of detective novels with The Face of a Stranger.
These are set about 35 years before the Pitt series, and feature the
private detective William Monk and volatile nurse Hester Latterly. The
most recent of these (21st in the series) is Corridors of the Night (April 2015).
Anne won an Edgar award in 2000 with her short story "Heroes.” The
main character in the story features in an ambitious five-book series
set during the First World War. Her other stand-alone novels include her
French Revolution novel The One Thing More, and Sheen on the Silk, which is set in the dangerous and exotic city of Byzantium.
June 12th, 2015
Governor Jennifer Granholm led Michigan during the toughest economic
times since the Great Depression – through auto bailouts and a global
shift of manufacturing jobs. Through experience and stories, hear her
perspective on how the nation can grow middle class jobs when technology
and globalization make it easy for jobs to move elsewhere.
April 3rd, 2015
Daniel Levitin: This is Your Brain on Music
Dr. Daniel J. Levitin is a neuroscientist, musician and bestselling author of This Is Your Brain on Music, and most recently, The Organized Mind.
He has spent a lifetime exploring how the brain works, and in
particular, the brains of highly successful people and accomplished
February 23rd, 2015
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.