Peggy Hesketh in conversation with Gordon McAlpine
Peggy Hesketh: Telling the Bees
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.
November 14th, 2013
Peggy Hesketh in conversation with Gordon McAlpine
September 21st, 2013
Jonathan Kirsch: The Short, Strange Life of Herschel Grynszpan
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.
June 30th, 2013
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
May 14th, 2013
Barry Ritholtz is an American author, newspaper columnist, blogger, equities analyst, CEO of Fusion IQ and guest commentator on Bloomberg Television. He is also a former contributor to CNBC and TheStreet.com. He is one of the few strategists who saw the housing implosion and derivatives disaster far in advance. Ritholtz is the author of Bailout Nation.
March 11th, 2013
Adam Gopnik might be the ultimate New Yorker. He has been writing for The New Yorker since 1986 and became its art critic in 1987. During his tenure at the magazine, he has written fiction and humor pieces, book reviews, profiles, reporting pieces, and more than a hundred stories for “The Talk of the Town” and “Comment.” His new book, The Table Comes First: Family, France, and the Meaning of Food is a beguiling tour of the morals and manners of our present food mania, in search of eating’s deeper truths.
March 2nd, 2013
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.
The Canadian-born neuroscientist received his Ph.D. from the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, Canada. His Ph.D. thesis formed the basis of several worldwide patents, the formation of a company, and constituted the first demonstration of functional regeneration of the injured adult spinal cord. For his achievements he received the Cameron Award for the best Ph.D. thesis in Canada.
Dr. Keirstead then moved to Cambridge England, where he conducted 4 years of Post-Doctoral studies at the University of Cambridge, with both Canadian and British Fellowships. He received the distinct honor of election to two senior academic posts, Fellow of the Governing Body of Downing College, and Senate Member of the University of Cambridge, and was the youngest member to have been elected to those positions.
November 9th, 2012
From Tatjana Soli, The New York Times bestselling author of The Lotus Eaters, comes a breathtaking novel of a California ranching family, its complicated matriarch, and the enigmatic caretaker who may destroy them
October 25th, 2012
Meet the architect behind the new Civic Center design. Learn about his vision for this multifaceted facility, the inspiration behind his contemporary design, and the distinctive features that will serve the community for years to come.
Peter Bohlin is a founding principal of Bohlin Cywinski Jackson which opened in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania in 1965. From a single office, the firm has grown to five offices: Wilkes-Barre, Pittsburgh, Philadelphia, Seattle and San Francisco. Their work is known for an extraordinary aesthetic, its responsiveness to particularity of place and user, and a quiet rigor that is both intellectual and intuitive. The 175-person architectural practice is the recipient of more than 500 regional, national and international design awards for projects ranging from private houses to urban libraries, commercial buildings, and civic centers.
October 25th, 2012
Acclaimed Hollywood biographer William Mann, author of Kate: The Woman Who Was Hepburn, as well as several other works of fiction and nonfiction, has once again taken on an iconic character from an entirely new angle, completely redefining her public persona. This latest offering chronicles Barbra Streisand’s climb to fame during her New York years.
October 8th, 2012
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.
Chemerinsky holds a law degree from Harvard Law School and a bachelor’s degree from Northwestern University.