Child Survivors of the Holocaust Share First-Hand Accounts in How We Survived: 52 Personal Stories by Child Survivors of the Holocaust, co-presented by CSHLA and LA Museum of the Holocaust

Wednesday, March 29th at 7:00 p.m. 

Produced by the Child Survivors of the Holocaust Los Angeles, the oldest Child Survivor group in the country,  the book How We Survived: 52 Personal Stories by Child Survivors of the Holocaust, is a moving documentation of the individual experiences of children who were able, through means as varied as the human spirit itself, to survive  unthinkable horror and then find the courage to share their stories. With an introduction by Henry Slucki, LAMOTH and CHSLA presents this group of beautiful contributors and two younger family members who will honor us with a reading, talk, q&a and signing.

If survival itself was a miracle, so was surviving survival.

How We SurviveMeet the children from World War II’s Europe who faced and survived the reality of Germany’s decision to annihilate Judaism at its roots. Experience, through frightened eyes and terrifying memories, the remarkable first hand stories of survival by 52 people who lived as children through this most horrific event of the 20th century, the Holocaust. This volume of personal accounts is all the more precious because of how few children survived. In Nazi-occupied Europe, 93% of Jewish children were murdered. Every surviving child needed a helping hand, a kind adult (or many), in order to make it. Heroism comes in many guises. It may require faith, morality, modesty, love, respect, and sacrifice. Whatever the personal ingredients, relatively few stepped forward. What did the children themselves contribute? Their silence, co-operation, intuition, facility with languages, suppression of grief and tears, delay of mourning enormous losses, the will to live. Astonishing. A child one day – an adult the next. The penalty for any failure of judgment meant death. The reader should note that these traumatized children struggled to become good citizens, raise families, and contribute to their communities. If survival itself was a miracle, so was surviving survival. Each one of the stories offers an opportunity to learn from a child’s experiences with prejudicial hatred and pure evil, about personal fortitude and resilience, about rare individuals who helped children in need, and about courage – the courage of the survivor to share his or her story. 


Henry Slucki was born Paris, France, 1934. He arrived in the U.S. as one of the thousand Unaccompanied “evacuated children” admitted into the U.S. In 1943.He is currently a professor at USC.

Jonas Blum, 16 years old, Augie Blum, 14 years old, and Ella Lynch 10 years old will read from their grandfather John Gordon‘s autobiography.

John Gordon was born in Budapest, Hungary, 1936. Helped by his aunt, he received  a Swedish shutz-pass for safe houses protected by Raoul Wallenberg. His maternal grandparents raised him. He came to the U.S. after the Hungarian Revolution and attended college. His widow adds: “My husband John, of blessed memory, worked in the field of aerospace as an electrical engineer and a planning manager. When he retired in 1995, he began to explore his identity as a Child Holocaust Survivor. He quickly became very involved as a volunteer with the Shoah Foundation and with the Holocaust community, helping survivors through Jewish Family Service, and serving on the board of Child Survivors of the Holocaust, LA. He also served on the board of our synagogue, Adat Shalom, and spoke in schools about his experiences. He would be very pleased and proud to have his grandsons read from his story.We were married for 48 years, and I try to honor his legacy by remaining involved with this community that was so vital to him.”–Henrietta (Henny) Gordon

Lya Meijers-Frank,  was born in Utrecht, Holland, 1936. She arrived in the U.S. in 1957. She retired from a career in banking. She is currently president of CSHLA and Peer counselor at Wise and Healthy Aging, Santa Monica. She will be accompanied by one of her “hiding sisters”.

Acclaimed Music Artist Jill Sobule, with New Yorker Writer and Bestselling Author Susan Orlean – Talk, Performance & Signing

Thursday, March 30th at 7:00 p.m.


In a delightful, one-off appearance, New Yorker staff writer and New York Times best-selling author Susan Orlean, The Orchid Thief, Rin Tin Tin: The Life and the Legend, in cahoots with her friend and cultural co-conspirator,  Jill Sobule, the acclaimed singer-songwriter will treat us to a talk, reading, q&a and music(!), with signing to follow.

Susan Orlean for Grub Street / New York Magazine

Susan Orlean for Grub Street / New York Magazine

Susan Orlean is the bestselling author of eight books, including The Bullfighter Checks Her Makeup; My Kind of Place; Saturday Night; and Lazy Little Loafers. In 1999, she published The Orchid Thief, a narrative about orchid poachers in Florida, which was made into the Academy Award-winning film, Adaptation ,written by Charlie Kaufman and directed by Spike Jonze. Her 2011 book, Rin Tin Tin: The Life and the Legend, was a New York Times bestseller and a New York Times Notable book. It won the Ohioana Book Award and the Theatre Library Association’s Richard Wall Memorial Award. Orlean has been a staff writer for the New Yorker since 1992. Her subjects have included umbrella inventors, origami artists, skater Tonya Harding, and gospel choirs. She has also written extensively about animals,including show dogs, racing pigeons, oxen, donkeys, and backyard chickens. Her work has also been published in Esquire, Rolling Stone, Outside, Smithsonian, and the New York Times. She is currently writing a book about the Los Angeles Public Library.

Jill Sobule is a Denver-born, critically acclaimed, singer-writer with over 11 albums and more than two decades of recording and performing. 1995’s Jill Sobule proved a major popular breakthrough and included the hit singles “Supermodel”DIANI_Soblue (3) (1) (featured in Clueless) and the original, “I Kissed A Girl”. Considered a pioneer in the crowdsourcing revolution, Jill remains a prolific, and diverse, writer and performer today. Jill has recently collaborated on a re-imagining of the 1970 Broadway play “Yentl” as well as on the original musical, “Times Square”. In addition, Sobule is a vocal political force, contributing songs, essays, and poetry to NPR, The Huffington Post, and more, while regularly performing at TED conferences, house concerts, and charity events across the country, including a recent series of concerts for inmates imprisoned across the country. Her latest project is “My Song Is My Weapon” – an online platform for artists and musicians to showcase their more socially conscious and political work.

Cultural Icon Penny Arcade Reads & Signs Bad Reputation In Conversation with the Amazing Dudley Saunders and the Brilliant Heather Woodbury – NOT TO BE MISSED!!

Wednesday, April 5th at 7:00 p.m.

Penny Arcade, legendary performance artist and writer of essays, poetry and theatre, is the undisputed Queen of NYC’s underground and recent sensation of the London and international stage. In town to perform her multiple award winning show Longing Lasts Longer,  at CAP UCLA, she is making an exclusive stop to discuss her book Bad Reputation, a collection of three of her groundbreaking theatre works. Joining her to discuss her long journey from Warhol girl to venerated one-of-a kind artist are two once junior members of her 1980’s East Village cohort, writer and Renaissance man Dudley Saunders and Chevalier’s very own sui generis performer/writer Heather Woodbury. This is bound to be a wild – and wide-ranging -reading/performance, talk and q&a, followed by signing. 

bad-reputationPenny Arcade Aka Susana Ventura is an internationally respected performance artist, writer, poet and experimental theatre maker known for her magnetic stage presence, her take no prisoners wit and her content rich plays and one liners. She is the author of ten scripted performance plays and hundreds of performance art pieces. This autobiographical trilogy of plays represents her at her best. The funny and heart-rending title work, Bad Reputation, portrays a young teen runaway’s coming of age in a Catholic reform school (run by nuns who are former fashion models) and her subsequent life on the streets of 1960s New York.Bitch!Dyke!Faghag!Whore! is a raucous, cutting-edge sex and censorship show (which continues to be a commercial hit around the world), featuring the daily life of a receptionist in a brothel, the upbringing and rearing of a “faghag,”  and the evolution of the New York gay scene. La Miseria, a rare depiction of working-class Italian-Americans from a woman’s point of view that portrays the clash between working-class morals and compassion during the 1980s AIDS epidemic, rounds out the trilogy.

“Acute, humane, unmissable.” – TimeOut

pennyarcadePenny Arcade (Susana Ventura) A runaway at thirteen, a reform-school graduate at sixteen, a performer in the renowned New York City Playhouse of the Ridiculous at seventeen, and an escapee from Andy Warhol’s Factory scene at nineteen, Penny Arcade (born Susana Ventura) emerged in the 1980s as a primal force on the New York art scene and an originator of what came to be called performance art. Arcade’s brand of high camp and street-smart, punk-rock cabaret showmanship has been winning over international audiences ever since. Since 1992 she has collaborated with video producer Steve Zehentner in all her theatre work and they have co-helmed The Lower East Side Biography Project, an oral history video project. Also a poet and essayist, her writing has been published in numerous newspapers,  and journals  including Film Culture, Found Object, Verses That Hurt, Please Kill Me (The Oral History of Punk), Out of Character, Raves, Rants and Monologues from America’s Top Performance Artists,  and Monologues for Women.

dudley_pr1Dudley Saunders is a writer, composer and multimedia artist best known for his four music albums Restore, The Billy Whiteacre Sessions, The Emergency Lane and the recent Monsters.  He has received writing fellowships from Yaddo, The Edward Albee Foundation and the Atlantic Center for the Arts. He has contributed fiction to The Kenyon Review and journalism to such magazines such as The Village Voice, Interview and Rolling Stone. He has written and performed five performance art works, most recently In These Boxes, which toured nationally.  He also directed and edited Heather Woodbury’s multiple-award winning play cycles and John Kelly’s The Escape Artist.

heatherHeather Woodbury is a writer-performer known for long-form serial play cycles that combine the scope of the novel with the immediacy of  performance. These solo and ensemble pieces have been produced in the US and Europe, published as novels, and broadcast as audio plays and podcasts. She is the winner of an OBIE, the Spalding Gray Award, an NEA Playwright Fellowship and the City of L.A. COLA Award, among others. She is on the staff at Chevalier’s!

Aviate into April with All Lit Up : Special Guest Appearance by Concrete Blonde’s Johnette Napolitano, with David Kendrick – Readings Galore!

Thursday, April 6th at 7:00 pm.

All Lit Up is a collaborative effort with host-author Rich Ferguson and Chevalier’s Liz Newstat. Every month we offer delectable morsels from literary artists and musicians, served between convivial mixing. This month we are honored to host two luminary guests who are both venerated musical artists and outstanding writers. In a special appearance, legendary lead vocalist and songwriter Johnette Napolitano (Concrete Blonde) out with a book Rough Mix,  drummer and short story writer David Kendrick (Sparks, Gleaming Spires, Devo) will let us listen in on the pulse of  their new  writings. A real high-flying treat!  Reading and signing.

Art by Eloy Torrez

Johnette NapolitanoJohnette Napolitano has toured the world as the main voice and bassist of the Los Angeles rock band Concrete Blonde. A respected and prolific songwriter and recording artist, Napolitano is also a gallery artist and has contributed to group shows in Los Angeles and New York and solo installations including a multi-media performance at the historical landmark The Integratron in the Mojave Desert. Johnette’s music can be heard on television and in American and foreign film soundtracks. Her new book, Rough Mix, is the first of a series of memoirs, stories, poetry, lyrics and essays.

David Kendrick iDavid Kendricks a Los Angeles based musician and writer. He has served time in Sparks, Gleaming Spires, Devo, Andy Prieboy and his own The Empire of Fun as drummer and songwriter. And in a dangling sentence, at least 272 other projects over the years. Kendrick is also a short story writer and essayist who reads around town and has stories published in several reasonably  obscure collections. I’m sorry Mr Kendrick, there’s a skull inside your head gathers six tales onto Despot Records spoken word CD; concerning murder, self non-realization and botany.

James Beard Winning Author & Exemplar of Jewish Culinary Traditions Joan Nathan Shares and Signs King Solomon’s Table: A Culinary Exploration of Jewish Cooking From Around the World

Friday, April 7th at 7:00 p.m.

If you savor the sweep of history served up in mouth-watering morsels, then just in time to celebrate Passover, tuck into this sumptuous feast of a cookbook, King Solomon’s Table: A Culinary Exploration of Jewish Cooking From Around the World by Joan Nathan, expert on Jewish cooking and winner of multiple honors, including the James Beard Award. We’re honored to host this beloved author and preservationist extraordinaire as she shares this new treasury, beautifully illustrated and with a foreword by Alice Waters. Sit down with Joan for a talk, q&a and signing.

kingsolomonA definitive compendium of Jewish recipes from around the globe and across the ages. Driven by a passion for discovery, the biblical King Solomon is said to have sent emissaries on land and sea to all corners of the ancient world, initiating a mass cross-pollination of culinary cultures that continues to bear fruit today. With Solomon’s appetites and explorations in mind, in these pages Joan Nathan—“the queen of American Jewish cooking” (Houston Chronicle)—gathers together more than 170 recipes, from Israel to Italy to India and beyond.

Here are classics like Yemenite Chicken Soup with Dill, Cilantro, and Parsley; Slow-Cooked Brisket with Red Wine, Vinegar, and Mustard; and Apple Kuchen as well as contemporary riffs on traditional dishes such as Smoky Shakshuka with Tomatoes, Peppers, and Eggplant; and Roman Ricotta Cheese Crostata. Here, too, are an array of dishes from the world over, from Sri Lankan Breakfast Buns with Onion Confit to Spanakit (Georgian Spinach Salad with Walnuts and Cilantro) and Keftes Garaz (Syrian Meatballs with Cherries and Tamarind). Gorgeously illustrated and filled with fascinating historical details, personal histories, and delectable recipes, King Solomon’s Table showcases the dazzling diversity of a culinary tradition more than three thousand years old.

“Joan follows the threads of Jewish food culture across centuries and continents, tracing the surprising and delicious ways they cross and weave. Just as important, she is a clear-voiced storyteller and food writer who takes us on little journeys that bring each dish to life. . . . This is what makes King Solomon’s Table so important, and such a pleasure to read: Joan celebrates both the diversity and unexpected commonalities of these foods from around the world. And she shows us how simple, beautiful and real food can bring us all together, around the table and across the globe, forming the heart of our communities.”     —from the Foreword by Alice Waters


Joan Nathan is a frequent contributor to The New York Times and other publications. She is the author of eleven books, including Jewish Cooking in America and The New American Cooking, both of which won both James Beard Awards and IACP Awards.

NY Times Bestselling Author Lisa See Reads & Signs Her New Novel The Tea Girl of Hummingbird Lane

Saturday, April 8th at 3:00 p.m.

Novelist Lisa See, who set her #1 NY Times Bestseller Snow Flower and the Secret Fan among the Yao people of China, illuminates the customs of another ethnic minority, the Akha people, in her vivid new mother-daughter tale The Tea Girl of Hummingbird Lane.  Don’t miss steeping in the saga of this potent master storyteller when Lisa See delights us with a reading, talk, q&a and signing.

teagirlA powerful story about a family, separated by circumstances, culture and distance, The Tea Girl of Hummingbird Lane paints an unforgettable portrait of a little known region and its people and celebrates the bond that connects mothers and daughters. In a remote Yunnan village, Li-yan and her family align their lives around the seasons and the farming of tea. There is ritual and routine, and it has been ever thus for generations. Then one day a jeep appears at the village gate—the first automobile any of them have seen—and a stranger arrives. Li-yan, one of the few educated girls on her mountain, translates for the stranger and is among the first to reject the rules that have shaped her existence. When she has a baby out of wedlock, rather than stand by tradition, she wraps her daughter in a blanket, with a tea cake hidden in her swaddling, and abandons her in the nearest city. Li-yan slowly emerges from the insularity of her village to encounter modern life while Haley, the baby, grows up a privileged and well-loved California girl. Despite Haley’s happy home life, she wonders about her origins; and Li-yan longs for her lost daughter. They both search and find answers in the tea that has shaped their family’s destiny for generations.

“With vivid and precise details about tea and life in rural China, Li-yan’s gripping journey to find her daughter comes alive.” Publishers Weekly

“Lisa See transports readers to the remote mountains of China…come for the heartwarming bonding between mother and daughter; stay for the insight into Akha culture and the fascinating (really) history of the tea trade.” Real Simple


photo by Patricia Willams

Lisa See is the New York Times bestselling author of Snow Flower and the Secret Fan, Peony in Love, Shanghai Girls, China Dolls, and Dreams of Joy, which debuted at #1. Ms. See is also the author of On Gold Mountain, which tells the story of her Chinese American family’s settlement in Los Angeles. Ms. See was honored as National Woman of the Year by the Organization of Chinese American Women in 2001 and was the recipient of the Chinese American Museum’s History Makers Award in fall 2003.

Archivist-Authors Stephen X. Sylvester, Mary Mallory and Donovan Brandt Show and Dish with Hollywood at Play

Wednesday, April 12th at 7:00 p.m.

Before celebrity twitter feeds and TMZ, Hollywood stars were watched and admired in their recreational hours at a more graceful remove. In Hollywood at Play: The Lives of the Stars Between Takes, three master archivist-historians of classic Tinsel Town share their fabulous new book about celebrity culture in a seemingly more innocent – but perhaps just as canny – era. Gaze at the stars of yesteryear with the authors Steven X. Sylvester, Mary Mallory and Donovan Brandt. Projection, talk and signing.

HollywoodtPlayGeneration after generation of movie fans from around the world continue to be fascinated by classic-era Hollywood (1925-1960) and its larger-than-life stars.  Why?  Nostalgia for this simpler, more glamorous time offers a safe and temporary escape from our complex modern lives. Hollywood at Play, features unique and rarely seen images of such legendary stars as Audrey Hepburn, Elizabeth Taylor, Bette Davis, Joan Crawford, Marilyn Monroe, Clark Gable, Judy Garland, W.C. Fields, and Tyrone Power . Iconic B/W and color images reveal the  classic stars taking time out to enjoy dancing, bike-riding, roller skating, bowling, and playing tennis. The photos contained in Hollywood at Play all come from the collection of Eddie Brandt’s Saturday Matinee, Hollywood’s first and oldest family-owned photo archive.  From the 800,000 images available in their collection the authors have chosen over 150 fascinating and rare photos to include in this book.

“Boris Karloff playing baseball dressed like the Frankenstein monster!  Groucho Marx doing the hustle with Diana Ross!  Orson Welles on the town with Charlie Chaplin!  The famous caricatures on the walls of the Brown Derby!  It’s all here–and more–in a delightful return to the Golden Era of the silver screen, when life was fun, and everyone was beautiful and glamorous, without even trying. “–Rex Reed

“If you share my affection for candid shots of the stars you’ll love (this book)…They know a rare image when they see one and have gathered scores of great examples… Humphrey Bogart playing chess with his pet Scotty…Lon Chaney Jr. in full Wolfman make-up with his German Shepard…Elizabeth Taylor bestowing a kiss on Judy Garland… to cite just a few.” –Leonard Maitlin

SteveSylvesterStephen X. Sylvester is a filmmaker, historic preservationist, program producer and lecturer.  He is the co-author of M-G-M: Hollywood’s Greatest Backlot and 20th Century Fox: A Century of Entertainment and  the former Executive Director of the Wattles Mansion and Gardens, Hollywood’s last remaining original intact estate.  

Mallory 100715 278 Web SizedMary Mallory is a respected researcher, author, and film historian.  She is the author of Hollywood Celebrates the Holidays , Hollywoodland , and Hollywoodland: Tales Lost and Found . Her weekly posts for the Los Angeles themed history blog The Daily Mirror attract a wide readership, and are re-posted by blogs such as Curbed LA, LA Observed, and The Daily Deception, as well as by KFWB and the San Francisco Silent Film Festival.

Donovan BrandtDonovan Brandt is the owner and operator of Eddie Brandt’s Saturday Matinee, Hollywood’s oldest and largest family-owned photo archive.  He has contributed to numerous Hollywood themed books and documentaries and has appeared on American Movie Classic and Turner Classic Movies.

Poetry of Conscience Workshop with Brendan Constantine

Thursday, April 13th, 6:00 to 9:00 p.m.

pussyhatpinkPoetrypictogramAPRIL is National Poetry Month! Popular Los Angeles poet, Brendan Constantine, returns to Chevalier’s Books with a new workshop for poets at all levels. This time we’ll be looking at ‘political’ verse and the ‘poetry of conscience.’ Are you passionate about a cause or virtue? Poetry is the gateway to compassion! No previous experience necessary. ‘Writer’s block’ sufferers strongly encouraged! You WILL go home with a new poem!

$30.00 per poet! Bring a notebook! Walk-ins welcome.

For questions and registration please contact

Brendan Constantine by Alexis Rhone Fancher

photo by Alexis Rhone Fancher

Brendan Constantine‘s work has appeared in Prairie Schooner, FIELD, Ploughshares, Virginia Quarterly, and Ninth Letter, among other journals. His most recent collection is ‘Dementia, My Darling (2016 Red Hen Press).  He has received grants and commissions from the Getty Museum, James Irvine Foundation, and the National Endowment for the Arts.  He currently teaches poetry at the Windward School and regularly offers classes to hospitals, foster homes, veterans, and the elderly.

Pushcart Prize-Winning Poet Elizabeth Powell, Willy Loman’s Reckless Daughter, and Greywolf Non-Fiction Prize Winner Angela Palm, Riverine: A Memoir from Anywhere But Here, Reading, Discussion & Signing

Tuesday, April 18th at 7:00 p.m

Memoirist Angela Palm and poet Elizabeth Powell, both highly praised – and multiple prize-winning! – in their chosen forms will share new works; Palm’s Riverine: A Memoir from Anywhere But Here and Powell’s new collection, Willy Loman’s Reckless Daughter are each imaginative maps of family and self and their themes touch and spark in fascinating ways. If, like us, you treasure writers who give us a distinct voice as much as they create with story and language, this evening will prove a rare auditory pleasure. Reading, talk, q&a and signing.

RiverineAngela Palm grew up in rural Indiana on the banks of the Kankakee River, whose course had been altered to make room for farmland. Every year the river rose and fell, the water returning to its original path, while residents sandbagged their homes against the flood. From her bedroom window, Palm watched the neighbor boy and loved him in secret, imagining their life together even as she longed for a future that held more than a job at the neighborhood bar. For Palm, caught in this landscape of flood and drought, escape was a continually receding hope. As an adult Palm finds herself drawn back, like the river, to her origins. But this means more than just recalling the place that shaped her, or trying to understand the family that raised her. It means visiting the prison where the boy she loved is serving a life sentence for a brutal murder. It means trying to chart, through Riverine’s mesmerizing pages, what happens when a single event forces the path of her life off course.

“In Riverine, Ms. Palm lucidly sets out to divine how two fates can bifurcate. The result is that rarest of things: a book that lays bare the lives that are lived and not lived.”
—The Wall Street Journal

WillyLomanElizabeth Powell’s theatrical book of poems plays out against the backdrop of Arthur Miller’s signature play, which is at once a guidepost and a foil for this drama of the self, this poetic meditation on the intermixed American family. Powell’s self-correcting poems are smart and high-spirited, vacillating wildly between feelings, between lyric and prose, moving in a short space from high comedy to dark grief. I can’t think of another book of poems that is quite like Willy Loman’s Reckless Daughter, which keeps bravely crossing ‘the line no one wants to write or live.’ ” — Edward Hirsch

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Angela Palm is the author of Riverine: A Memoir from Anywhere But Here an Indie Next selection, winner of the 2014 Graywolf Press Nonfiction Prize, and a Kirkus Best Book of 2016. Palm was awarded the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference Axinn Foundation Fellowship in Narrative Nonfiction. Her work has been published in Ecotone, Creative Nonfiction, At Length Magazine, Brevity, Paper Darts, Post Road, DIAGRAM, and elsewhere. She lives in Vermont, where she works as a developmental editor and teaches creative writing. 

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Elizabeth Powell  is the author of The Republic of Self, a New Issue First Book Prize winner, selected by C.K. Williams. In 2013, she won a Pushcart Prize. Powell has also received a Vermont Council on the Arts grants and a Yaddo fellowship. Her work has appeared in Alaska Quarterly Review, Barrow Street, Black Warrior Review, Ecotone, Harvard Review, Handsome, Hobart, Indiana Review, Missouri Review, Mississippi Review, Slope, Sugarhouse Review, Ploughshares, Post Road, and elsewhere. She is Editor of Green Mountains Review, and Associate Professor of Writing and Literature at Johnson State College. She also serves on the faculty of the low-residency MFA in Creative Writing at the University of Nebraska-Omaha and the Vermont College of Fine Arts MFA in Writing and Publishing.

Jo Haldeman Personalizes the Watergate Experience in Her New Memoir, In the Shadow of the White House, A “True-Life Period Piece”, Reading and Signing

Wednesday, April 19th at 6:30 p.m.

Just as the Nixon Whitehouse takes on new historical relevance, Joanne “Jo” Haldeman has written an immediate and insightful memoir, In the Shadow of the White House in which she shares her experience as the wife of H.R Haldeman, Nixon’s Chief of Staff. This forthright and well-told tale is bound to make for a fascinating reading, talk and signing.

IntheShadowFor her first forty years, Jo Haldeman’s life followed a conventional path. While her husband, Bob, built his career in advertising, Jo comfortably settled into her role as mother of four, housewife, and community volunteer. In 1968, Jo’s world changed dramatically. Richard Nixon was elected President of the United States, and Bob was offered the job of a lifetime: White House Chief of Staff. As Jo and Bob discussed the opportunities and challenges that this move would entail, little did she anticipate the course that her life, and her relationship with Bob, would take over the next ten years.

In this insightful, poignant, and guileless memoir of those ten years, Jo shares her story as the wife of H. R. Haldeman, often referred to as the second most powerful person in the White House. Jo’s compelling account takes the reader on her journey from the heady heights of Washington life through an excruciating public resignation and trial to her husband’s conviction and imprisonment.

JoannaHaldemanIn a true period piece, Jo illuminates the story of the “woman behind the man” and personalizes the Watergate experience. Enhanced by her personal photographs and the immediacy of her present tense delivery, In the Shadow of the White House is a fascinating work of nonfiction that reads like a novel.

Author Lisa Dickey Reads and Discusses her Acclaimed New Non-Fiction Bears in the Streets: Three Journeys Across A Changing Russia

Thursday, April 20th at 7:00 p.m.

Over the course of 20 years, in between stints as a ghostwriter for NY Times bestsellers and an accomplished career in journalism, author Lisa Dickey traveled across Russia, meeting and reconnecting with a spectrum of people and finding out about how they view their lives. The result is Bears in the Streets: Three Journeys Across A Changing Russia, praised by everyone from Former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright to Bustle magazine. Hailed for her ace reporter’s eye and ear, engrossing style and humane touch, Lisa Dickey tells us what so many Russians mean when they refer to “bears in the streets.” This promises to be a truly timely & riveting talk, q&a, reading and signing.

Bears in the Streets CoverRussia is one of the most fascinating, dynamic and important countries on earth, but we know surprisingly little about the people who live there. Bears in the Streets: Three Journeys Across A Changing Russia offers an unprecedented on-the-ground view of Russia today and its post-Soviet evolution. Dickey traveled across Russia three times in the past 20 years in (1995, 2005 and 2015), and each time she went back, she interviewed the same people in 11 different cities to find out how everyday life there has changed.

From the caretakers of a lighthouse in Vladivostok, to the Jewish community of Birobidzhan, to a farmer in Buryatia, to a group of gay friends in Novosibirsk, to a wealthy family in Chelyabinsk, to a rap star in Moscow, Dickey charts changes in people’s attitudes, beliefs, and opinions over time. Bears in the Streets paints a poignant, nuanced portrait of post-Soviet Russia. Filled with colorful stories, unexpected twists and keen insights,  the narrative contains photographs spanning all 20 years, illustrating not only how Russian cities have changed, but how the people Dickey interviewed have personally changed over time.

Here is a short, fascinating video trailer about her travels.

  • A Bustle Best Nonfiction Book for January
  • A Men’s Journal Best Book for January

Bears in the Streets is impossible to put down. Fueled by a deep curiosity and with the skilled eye of a world class journalist, Dickey peels back superficial stereotypes and shares her discoveries and her surprises.” ― Rick Smolan, New York Times bestselling author and creator of the “Day in the Life” book series

“Lisa Dickey has chosen an inspired way to tell a most fascinating story about the evolution of modern Russia. Bears in the Streets is brilliant, real and readable.” ―Former U.S. Secretary of State Madeleine Albright

“Delightful…Dickey’s travelogue is truly heartwarming, drawing strength from the honesty and openness of the people she visits and revisits and opening windows on the opinions of the Russian people on nearly everything, from homosexuality to Putin. Fascinating and a balm to readers enduring the current xenophobic plague.” ―Booklist


Lisa Dickey author photo_credit Matt Kay


Lisa Dickey is an author and ghostwriter who has helped write seventeen published nonfiction books, including eight New York Times bestsellers. Dickey began her career in St. Petersburg, Russia, writing articles for The Moscow Times and USA Today. She is an accomplished storyteller, appearing at live events such as the Moth Grand Slam. She lives in Los Angeles.

Author David Callahan Discusses The Givers: Wealth, Power, and Philanthropy in a New Gilded Age, with Attorney and Philanthropist Molly Munger

Monday, April 24th at 7:00 p.m.

The Givers: Wealth, Power, and Philanthropy in a New Gilded Age, David Callahan’s exploration of the new wave of philanthropic movers and shakers, and how they increasingly shape our world, for better or worse, could not be more relevant to the current state of American democracy. Callahan is co-founder of the national think-tank Demos, a frequent media commentator, and widely published author. Join leading social-change policy advocate Molly Munger in  what will no doubt be a timely and fascinating discussion with Callahan on his in-depth look at what the wealthy are doing. Talk, reading, q&a,  and signing to follow.

giversAn inside look at the secretive world of elite philanthropists–and how they’re quietly wielding ever more power to shape American life in ways both good and bad. David Callahan charts the rise of these new power players and the ways they are converting the fortunes of a second Gilded Age into influence. He shows how this elite works behind the scenes on education, the environment, science, LGBT rights, and many other issues–with deep impact on government policy. Above all, he shows that the influence of the Givers is only just beginning, as new waves of billionaires like Mark Zuckerberg turn to philanthropy. Based on extensive research and interviews with countless donors and policy experts, this is not a brief for or against the Givers, but a fascinating investigation of a power shift in American society that has implications for us all.

“A thoughtful call for transparency and oversight in the charity sector. Callahan discusses a range of efforts, both well known and less so. This striking, thought-provoking work is perfectly timed as American activists move to confront a new presidential administration.” —Publishers Weekly


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David Callahan is the author of seven previous nonfiction books including The Cheating Culture: Why More Americans Are Doing Wrong to Get Ahead and Fortunes of Change: The Rise of the Liberal Rich and the Remaking America. He is founder and editor of the media site Inside Philanthropy, and co-founder of the national think tank Demos. His writing has appeared in numerous publications, including The New York Times, USA Today, the Los Angeles Times, and The Washington Post, and he is a frequent media commentator. He holds a Ph.D. in politics from Princeton University.



Molly Headshot FINALMolly Munger is a co-founder and director of the Advancement Project, a public policy change organization rooted in the civil rights movement. Founded in 1999, Advancement Project engineers large-scale systems change to remedy inequality, expand opportunity and open paths to upward mobility. Molly brings an extensive background of legal expertise to the Advancement Project, including twenty years as a federal prosecutor and business litigator. Between 1994 and 1998, Molly served with her current law partner, Connie Rice, as Western Regional Counsel for the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund. Molly also served as an Assistant U.S. Attorney, a partner in the all-women litigation firm Baird, Munger & Meyers, and a partner in the Los Angeles office of New York- based Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson.