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Library Live Literary Series


Thanks to the Newport Beach Public Library Foundation, Library Live presents the prominent literary figures in fiction and non-fiction, as well as emerging talent, and their recent publications. All are invited to attend the upcoming Library Live programs, presented by the Newport Beach Public Library Foundation. Tickets are required, as space is limited.

William Finnegan – Thursday, Nov. 9 at 7 p.m.
William Finnegan is a staff writer at The New Yorker. He will speak about Barbarian Days, his 2016
Pulitzer Prize-winning memoir. More than just a recounting of great waves discovered and ridden, it is a story of family, friendships, love, coming-of-age and the gradual mastering of an exacting, little- understood art, told with such lyricism and insight that even non-surfers will be swept along for the ride.

Admission is $25 for non-members. $20 for Library Foundation members, students and teachers. Tickets are required, as space is limited.

Steve Lopez – Thursday, Jan. 25 at 7 p.m.

A California native, Steve Lopez is the author of three novels in addition to his book of non-fiction, The
Soloist: A Lost Dream, an Unlikely Friendship, and the Redemptive Power of Music. When Los Angeles Times reporter discovered a former Julliard student playing on Skid Row, he decided to help him off the streets. Their friendship — movingly recounted in The Soloist, which was also the basis for the film starring Jamie Foxx and Robert Downey, Jr.—inspired Steve Lopez, recipient of the President's Award from the Los Angeles Press Club, to raise awareness of homelessness and mental illness. This evening is one in a series of “Kempler Conversations” sponsored by Dr. Ike and Ginny Kempler.
Admission is FREE.

Gary Taubes – Thursday, Feb. 15 at 7 p.m.

Mr. Taubes will be speaking about his latest book, The Case Against Sugar which came from his2002 New York Times Magazine cover story "What If It's All Been a Big Fat Lie?" The Case Against Sugar is a groundbreaking, eye-opening expose that makes the convincing case that sugar is the tobacco of the new millennium.
Admission is free; suggested $10 donation.

Colson Whitehead – Wednesday, April 18 at 7 p.m.
Colson Whitehead has established himself as one of the most versatile and innovative writers in contemporary literature. He will speak about his latest novel, The Underground Railroad, a #1 bestseller that won both the 2016 National Book Award and 2017 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction.
Admission is $25 for non-members. $20 for Library Foundation members, students and teachers. Tickets are required, as space is limited.

For ticket and more information, call 949.548.2411, or email
Newport Beach Central Library is at 1000 Avocado Avenue in Newport Beach.

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