Calling All Astro-tourists! Interactive-Journalist Olivia Koski and Astronomer-Educator Jana Grcevich Present their Interstellar Vacation Guide to the Solar System: Science for the Savvy Space Traveler

 Friday, June 9th at 7:00 p.m.

If you’re planning a vacation to Neptune this summer, or just planning a vacation here on Earth star-gazing and imagining such a getaway in sublime detail, here, at last,(!) is your indispensable companion,Vacation Guide to the Solar System: Science for the Savvy Space Traveler created by two supernova tour guides, interactive journalist and producer of Emmy-nominated science flicks Olivia Koski and astronomer Jana Grcevich, a science educator who hails from the wondrous American Museum of Natural History and Hayden Planetarium. Guaranteed to transport you, even if you are still saving up for that outer space tour: a stratospheric talk, reading and signing.
Cover Vacation Guide to the Solar SystemPacked with real science and fueled by imagination, a beautifully illustrated travel guide for interstellar tourists of all ages.  Vacation Guide to the Solar System provides a whimsical tour of planets near and far. At a time when burgeoning startups are offering sub-orbital travel to everyday people (albeit for a hefty price), and NASA is discovering new, possibly habitable planets by the handful, interplanetary vacations are suddenly not quite as improbable as they once seemed. Our knowledge of the solar system has exploded in recent decades. Thousands of scientists have meticulously collected reams of data, gaining unprecedented insight into the physical make-up of our neighboring planets. And while all of this scientific inquiry is of great value, there has been surprisingly little attention paid to some very important questions. Questions such as: what is the weather like on Neptune? How much time off work do I need to request for a vacation to Mercury?
You’ll need help choosing the most breathtaking landscapes, finding those pristine hidden moons, and of course, staying alive. Get a feel for what to expect while climbing the low-gravity, impossibly deep canyons of Mars. What’s the best way to tour Saturn’s rings, from a moon orbiting in them, or from above?

Koski_head_shot-2Olivia Koski  is Head of Operations at Guerilla Science. She was previously a senior producer at the Atavist Magazine, where she produced 30 interactive journalism stories, five of which were nominated for a National Magazine Award and one an Emmy. She has a master’s in journalism from NYU and her writing has appeared in Wired, Popular Mechanics, and Scientific American.

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photo by Sheri Reina Hochbaum

Jana Grcevich, PhD, has worked as an astronomer and science educator at the American Museum of Natural History and hosts shows at the Hayden Planetarium. She received her undergraduate degrees in astronomy, physics, and mathematics at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and her doctorate in astronomy at Columbia University. She teaches astronomy to future high school Earth Science teachers as a part of the Master of Arts in Teaching program at AMNH.

Flash into June with All Lit Up: Poet-writer Puma Perl, Author-Musician Keith Morris and Musician Melody Federer

Thursday, June 8th at 7:00 p.m.

flashAll 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 and garnished with a light selection of open mic surprises. This month we host the rockin’ poet, writer and performer Puma Perl,  L.A. punk paragon Keith Morris, author of My Damage, and the musical firecracker Melody Federer.

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photo by Robert Butcher

Puma Perl is a widely published poet and writer, as well as a performer and producer. She is the author of two chapbooks, Ruby True and Belinda and Her Friends, and has two published poetry collections, knuckle tattoos, and Retrograde. She is the creator and producer of Puma Perl’s Pandemonium,  in NYC, which  brings spoken word together with rock and roll. She is also a journalist, a recipient of a 2016 Acker Award in the category of writing, and of two New York Press Association Awards in recognition of her journalism.

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photo by BJ Papas

Keith Morris  is a singer and songwriter, and the author of the autobiography My Damage: The Story of a Punk Rock Survivor. He is a known for his role as frontman of the hardcore punk bands Black Flag, Circle Jerks, and Off!.  Morris has also appeared as a guest vocalist on several albums by other artists.

MelodySinger/songwriter Melody Federer became enthralled with music on account of her father, a pastor, who taught her to sing and play hymns on guitar. At the age of 20, she ran away  from Dallas to Paris, accompanied by a jazz pianist.  Eventually turning up in L.A., Melody broke from her partner and began busking, before securing a residency where she soon caught the ear of Grammy-nominated producer/songwriter Billy Mann (P!nk, Robyn, Sting), who offered her a full-time publishing deal.  Since signing, she has written songs for the likes of Kelly Rowland, Hilary Duff, and Jacob Whitesides. Her new album is When The Dogwoods Bloom.

Internationally Bestselling Novelist Kevin Kwan Tops Off His Crazy Rich Trilogy with his new novel Rich People Problems, Reading, Conversation with Author Sandi Tan, The Black Isle, and Signing, Co-hosted by Los Angeles Review of Books

Wednesday, June 7th at 7:00p.m.

Kevin Kwan, hailed as contemporary Asia’s answer to Jane Austen, is back with a third and final blazingly funny installment in his Crazy Rich Trilogy, Rich People Problems, which chronicles the extreme sport of vying for love and fortune among Singapore’s ultra-wealthy. We’re so excited to host this deliriously irreverent author, lauded not only for his laser-like satiric wit but for the empathetic warmth at the heart of his tales. Singapore-born debut novelist Sandi Tan, author of The Black Isle, will join him in a conversation which is sure to be a riot, a delight —  and a sizzling way to start your summer vacation without even leaving town. Co-presented by LARB, conversation, reading,  q&a and signing.

RichPeopleProbsRich People Problems is an uproarious new novel of a family riven by fortune, an ex-wife driven psychotic with jealousy, a battle royal fought through couture gown sabotage, and the heir to one of Asia’s greatest fortunes locked out of his inheritance.

When Nicholas Young hears that his grandmother, Su Yi, is on her deathbed, he rushes to be by her bedside—but he’s not alone. The entire Shang-Young clan has convened from all corners of the globe to stake claim on their matriarch’s massive fortune. With each family member vying to inherit Tyersall Park—a trophy estate on 64 prime acres in the heart of Singapore—Nicholas’s childhood home turns into a hotbed of speculation and sabotage. A sweeping novel that takes us from the elegantly appointed mansions of Manila to the secluded private islands in the Sulu Sea, from a kidnapping at Hong Kong’s most elite private school to a surprise marriage proposal at an Indian palace, caught on camera by the telephoto lenses of paparazzi.

“There’s rich, there’s filthy rich, and then there’s crazy rich… A Pride and Prejudice-like send-up.”—People

“A dizzily shopaholic comedy… Wickedly delectable… Offers refreshing nouveau voyeurism to readers who long ago burned out on American and English aspirational fantasies… Hilarious.”
Janet Maslin, The New York Times

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photo by Giancarlo Ciampini

Born in Singapore, Kevin Kwan  moved to Manhattan in order to pursue a BFA in Photography at Parson’s School of Design. In New York, Kwan gained experience in the world of art and style, working for for Tibor Kalman’s legendary design firm M&Co. In 2000, Kwan established his own creative studio. As he became sought after as a visual consultant by acclaimed authors like Michael Korda, Gore Vidal, and Larry McMurtry, Kevin was inspired to return to his first love—writing. His critically-acclaimed debut novel Crazy Rich Asians became an international bestseller in 2013 and is now being made into a major motion picture by director Jon M. Chu and Warner Brothers Studios. Its sequel China Rich Girlfriend also became a smash hit around the world, and the final book in the trilogy, Rich People Problems, was released in May 2017. He has called New York’s West Village home since 1995.

SandiTanSandi Tan is a Singapore-born, LA-based novelist and filmmaker. Her debut novel The Black Isle reimagined Singapore’s 20th century as an epic ghost story. She was a 2016 Sundance Documentary Fellow and is currently in post-production on Shirkers, her hybrid documentary feature that is partly set in 1990s Singapore and has been described as “a punk rock fairy tale.”

David Clawson Debuts Comic Coming-of-Age YA Novel My Fairy Godmother is a Drag Queen

Sunday, June 4th at 5:00 p.m.

Two closeted gay teens and their almost star-crossed romance are just the central two of the vividly drawn characters in My Fairy Godmother is a Drag Queen, a deliciously funny and insightful new take on– you guessed it– Cinderella! David Clawson’s debut YA novel is set in theheart of  a social-climbing stepfamily on Manhattan’s Upper East Side… missing shoes and a drag queen who dresses as Diana Ross figure prominently. Praised for this YA and LGBTQ standout debut, David Clawson will blast us through to the other side of the classic fairy-tale in a reading, talk, q&a and signing.

My Fairy Godmother is a Drag QueenChris Bellows is just trying to get through high school and survive being the only stepchild in the social-climbing Fontaine family, whose recently diminished fortune hasn’t dimmed their desire to mingle with Upper East Side society. Chris sometimes feels more like a maid than part of the family. But when Chris’s stepsister begins dating golden boy J. J. Kennerly, heir to a political dynasty, everything changes. Because Chris and J. J. fall in love . . . with each other. The novel skillfully balances issues like sexuality, family and financial troubles, and self-discovery with more lighthearted moments like how one rogue shoe can launch a secret, whirlwind romance and a chance meeting with a drag queen can spark magic and light in a once dark reality.

“A fresh, funny, new twist on a classic fairy tale.. a fast-paced, riotous, laugh-out-loud yet insightful story of secret love between two closeted gay teens.”  —Kirkus Reviews

“. . .a spot-on modern version for contemporary teens, with an artful balance of serious insights about being true to oneself and riffs on pop culture..”
—School Library Journal

J7gwn7tG (1)David Clawson attended the USC Graduate Screenwriting Program, where he received the Jack Oakie Comedy Writing Award, a 20th Century Fox Fellowship, and had his sitcom pilot, Balancing Acts, produced. David teaches screenwriting at the LMU School of Film and Television.

You Are What You Buy? Author and Scholar Elizabeth Currid-Halkett,The Sum of Small Things: A Theory of the Aspirational Class, in Conversation with MacArthur Fellow and Cultural Scholar Josh Kun

Thursday, June 1st at 7:00 p.m.

Author and Prof. of Urban and Regional Planning at USC, Elizabeth Currid-Halkett takes a fascinating in-depth excursion into a new angle on the economics of class with her third book  The Sum of Small Things: A Theory of the Aspirational Class. She pulls together convincing data demonstrating that today’s elites are spending less on flashy material goods and investing more in “subtle expenditures,” to communicate their status. Here to discuss with her this blue state of affairs and how it reverberates across our polarized society, is the brilliant Josh Kun, MacArthur Fellow, journalist, essayist and curator. Come partake of this consuming subject in this reading, talk and signing.

SumofSmallThingsIn today’s world, the leisure class has been replaced by a new elite. Highly educated and defined by cultural capital rather than income bracket, they care about discreet, inconspicuous consumption—like eating free-range chicken and heirloom tomatoes, wearing organic cotton shirts and TOMS shoes, and listening to the Serial podcast. They use their purchasing power to hire nannies and housekeepers, to cultivate their children’s growth, and to practice yoga and Pilates. In The Sum of Small Things, Elizabeth Currid-Halkett dubs this segment of society “the aspirational class” and discusses how, through deft decisions about education, health, parenting, and retirement, the aspirational class reproduces wealth and upward mobility, deepening the ever-wider class divide. 

Currid-Halkett considers how much has changed since the 1899 publication of Thorstein Veblen’s Theory of the Leisure Class. In that inflammatory classic, which coined the phrase “conspicuous consumption,” Veblen described upper-class frivolities: men who used walking sticks for show, and women who bought silver flatware despite the effectiveness of cheaper aluminum utensils. Now, Currid-Halkett argues, the power of material goods as symbols of social position has diminished due to their accessibility. As a result, the aspirational class has altered its consumer habits away from overt materialism. With a rich narrative and extensive interviews and research, The Sum of Small Things illustrates how cultural capital leads to lifestyle shifts and what this forecasts, not just for the aspirational class but for everyone.

Read  Elizabeth Currid-Hackett’s NY TImes article about the data she uncovered on  new buying habits.

“…Crackles with original insights about consumer goods and the individuals who choose them..Fast-paced, well-told, and unfailingly interesting, this book is an intellectual treat across the board.”–Harvey Molotch, author of Against Security

currid-halkett_8173-webElizabeth Currid-Halkett is the James Irvine Chair in Urban and Regional Planning and professor of public policy at the University of Southern California. She is the author of The Warhol Economy and Starstruck . Her work has been featured in the Los Angeles Times, New York Times, New Yorker, and Wall Street Journal. She lives in Los Angeles with her husband and their two sons.

 

JoshKunJosh Kun is a 2016 MacArthur Fellow and an Associate Professor in the Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism at the University of Southern California.  His research focuses on the arts and politics of cultural connection, with an emphasis on popular music, the cultures of globalization, the US-Mexico border, Los Angeles, and Jewish-American musical history.  He also works as a journalist, essayist, and curator. He is author and an editor of several books, including Audiotopia: Music, Race and America, To Live and Dine in L.A.: Menus and the Making of the Modern City , and Black and Brown: Los Angeles Beyond Conflict and Coalition.

MacArthur Poetry Fellow Peter Cole In Conversation with Iranian-American Poet Kaveh Akbar, To Celebrate Cole’s Forthcoming Hymns & Qualms, Talk, Reading and Signing

Thursday, May 25th at 7:00 p.m.

Peter Cole is acclaimed for his authentically original poetry and revered for translations that span the Hebrew Golden Age in Muslim Spain to the contemporary Middle East. He will wow us with a reading from his breath-taking new collection, Hymns & Qualms: New and Selected Poems and TranslationsCole, winner of a MacArthur as well as a Guggenheim, will be joined by the extraordinary Iranian poet Kaveh Akbar, Calling a Wolf a Wolf, whose poems are published regularly in the New Yorker and elsewhere. These two are a poetry festival unto themselves! Come taste the fruits of their fine labors, in this talk, reading and signing.

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Hymns & Qualms is a career-spanning collection that weaves Peter Cole’s poems and translations together in an unprecedented way.  Praised for his “prosodic mastery” and “keen moral intelligence” (American Poets), and for the “rigor, vigor, joy, and wit” of his poetry (The Paris Review), Cole has created a vital, unclassifiable body of work that plumbs centuries of wisdom while paying sharp attention to the textures and tensions of the present.He is, Harold Bloom writes, “a matchless translator and one of the handful of authentic poets in his own American generation.”

“[Peter Cole’s] poetry is perhaps most remarkable for its combination of intellectual rigor with delight in surface, for how its prosody returns each abstraction to the body, linking thought and breath, metaphysics and musicality. Religious, erotic, elegiac, pissed off—the affective range is wide and the forms restless.” —Ben Lerner, BOMB

Hymns & Qualms is a majestic work, a chronicle of the imaginative life of a profoundly spiritual consciousness.” -Harold Bloom

“I love this book-for its idiosyncratic music, its moral and spiritual intelligence, and the balance it maintains between pain and joy, provocation and solace. People are always asking, What’s the point of poetry when the world is going to hell? Hymns & Qualms is a potent reply.”           —Christian Wiman

“Masterful . . . Deeply allusive, profound, committed verse.” —Michael Autrey, Booklist

“You can open this stunning debut, Calling a Wolf a Wolf, anywhere and find the critical tenderness that permeates Kaveh Akbar’s work. The work here means to go out on limbs, be it to fling blossoms, chew fireflies, or to push old nests into the river once the rearing is done.”– Francine J. Harris

Peter ColePeter Cole was born in Paterson, New Jersey, in 1957. He has published several books of poems and many volumes of translations from Hebrew and Arabic, both medieval and modern. He has received numerous honors for his work, including a Guggenheim Fellowship and an American Academy of Arts and Letters Award in Literature, and in 2007 he was named a MacArthur Fellow. He divides his time between Jerusalem and New Haven.

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Kaveh Akbar‘s poems appear recently or soon in The New Yorker, Poetry, APR, Ploughshares, Tin House, and elsewhere. His debut full-length collection, Calling a Wolf a Wolf, will be published by Alice James Books in Fall 2017; he is also the author of the chapbook Portrait of the Alcoholic.“A recipient of the Ruth Lilly and Dorothy Sargent Rosenberg Fellowship from the Poetry Foundation and the Lucille Medwick Memorial Award from the Poetry Society of America, Kaveh was born in Tehran, Iran, and is currently a Visiting Professor of Poetry at Purdue University.

Oh! Yo! Yoga! Author and Renowned Liberation Yoga Owner Christine Burke Debuts The Yoga Healer: Remedies for Body, Mind and Spirit with Special Gratis Mini-Workshop & Signing

Wednesday, May 24th at 7:00 p.m.

In a delightfully special event, custom-made for the contours of Chevalier’s, the renowned Liberation Yoga owner Christine Burke (and former manager of Larchmont’s beloved Center for Yoga!) will celebrate her newly published book The Yoga Healer: Remedies for Body, Mind and Spirit teaching a mini-workshop, designed for sitting in chairs and utilizing the spaces between the shelves (optional). Come unwind and restore at this unique reading, demonstration and signing!

Yoga HealerIn The Yoga Healer: Remedies for Body, Mind and Spirit, From Easing Back Pain and Headaches to Managing Anxiety and Finding Joy and Peace Within, Christine Burke, owner of Liberation Yoga and teacher of 16 years, will put the power to heal and revitalize yourself into your own hands – mind, body and spirit! Practitioners of all levels from beginner to advanced, occasional to frequent, will love this accessible handbook of remedies based on the art and science of yoga. The first three chapters – Remedies for the Body, Remedies for the Mind and Remedies for the Spirit – cover a number of physical, mental and emotional concerns and provide three simple, concise practices for each one to address the condition. The final chapter includes longer combined sequences for morning, noon and night to wake up, recharge and relax. All poses and sequences are illustrated with stylish, clear photography. Each yoga remedy is designed to last 15 minutes or less and targets a specific condition. From alleviating daily aches and pains to improving your state of mind and tapping into your creative spirit, here you will find succinct, powerful tools that can be practiced anywhere, any time.

ChristineBurkeChristine Burke stepped into yoga as an actress and a dancer in New York in 1994. A Registered Yoga Teacher with Yoga Alliance at the 500-hour-plus level, she has been teaching full time since the year 2000 and has taught thousands of students of all ages. Christine and her husband Gary McCleery opened Liberation Yoga in 2004. The studio has been named in the ‘Top 20 Yoga Studios In The World’ by Travel + Leisure magazine and ‘Best Yoga Studio In LA’ by LA Weekly and online city guide Citysearch on several occasions. Christine’s writing has been featured in LA Yoga and Yogi Times and her teaching has been featured in LA Times, LA Weekly, Yogi Times, LA Yoga, Westways, Great Yoga Teachers and many online magazines.

Oh yeah! Poets Chiwan Choi, The Yellow House, and Chris Santiago, Tula, with Novelist Nayomi Munaweera, What Lies Between Us, Dazzle Us with Poems & Prose, Reading, Signing

Thursday, May 18th at 7:30 p.m.

We are thrilled to host this NOT-TO-BE-MISSED event. You need to be there!!!

Cherished for his mastery of the understated, poet Chiwan Choi’s  third collection, the newly published The Yellow House is being praised for its evocation of both ecstasy and intense melancholy,  as he renders familial loss in the context of war and displacement. He’s joined by the powerfully playful poet Chris Santiago whose debut collection Tula is a sequence of poems unspooled from the meaning of the word “tula” in several languages. And prize-winning novelist Nayomi Munaweera further infuses the evening with her extraordinary writing. Witness these poems and prose unfold in our midst in what can only be an incandescent talk, reading, and signing.

51Z3nONQoULThe Yellow House is a wide-ranging, book-length poem that roams through time, touching on family history, identity, the disruption of emigration, urban life, the loss of an unborn child and much else. The poem continually brings the reader to ordinary scenes that, by means of an understated musicality, take on symbolic significance.”–Matthew Zapruder, New York Times

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Tula: a ruined Toltec capital; a Russian city known for its accordions; Tagalog for “poem.” 

“In Tula…Santiago pursues the language and experience of the immigrant, engaged with dreams, wonder, oppression, and heartbreak. Exquisitely lyric, fierce and delicate, the poems often are fractured in form and charged with suffering. From landscapes of distant islands and ancient civilizations, Santiago takes provocative flights to contemporary suburbs and hate crimes. Whether set in Manila, Japan, or Minnesota, these poems, lit with imagination, reveal what poetry can be in life and the sweet and searing moments of life itself.”
– –Patricia Kirkpatrick, Odessa

What LiesPublisher’s Weekly’s “Ten Essential Books About the Immigrant Experience” Ganga, a young girl, grows up carefree in the midst of her loving family in an old and beautiful house nestled in the idyllic hill country of Sri Lanka. Her childhood is like any other―until it isn’t. A cherished friendship is revealed to have monstrous undertones and the consequences of trauma spell both the end of her childhood and that of her stable home. Ostracized by their community in the wake of one terrible night, Ganga and her mother seek safety by immigrating to America.

 

Chiwan_SeanD. Henry-SmithChiwan Choi is the author of 3 collections of poetry, The Flood (Tía Chucha Press, 2010), Abductions (Writ Large Press, 2012), and The Yellow House (CCM, 2017). He wrote, presented, and destroyed the novel Ghostmaker throughout the course of 2015. Chiwan is a partner at Writ Large Press, a downtown Los Angeles based indie publisher, focused on using literary arts to resist, disrupt, and transgress.

 

ChrisSantiagoChris Santiago is the author of Tula, winner of the 2016 Lindquist & Vennum Prize for Poetry, selected by A. Van Jordan. His poems, fiction, and criticism have appeared in FIELD, Copper Nickel, Pleiades, and the Asian American Literary Review. Santiago is also a percussionist and amateur jazz pianist. He teaches literature, sound culture, and creative writing at the University of St. Thomas. He lives in Minnesota.

NayomiMunaweeraNayomi Munaweera‘s debut novel, Island of a Thousand Mirrors won the 2013 Commonwealth Literary Prize for Asia and was nominated for the Northern California Book Award. The New York Times Book Review called it “incandescent” and Publisher’s Weekly has compared her work to that of Jumpha Lahiri and Michael Ondaatje. Her second novel, What Lies Between Us was named one of the best literary releases of 2016 from venues such as BuzzFeed and Elle Magazine. The novel was included in  Publisher’s Weekly’s Ten Essential Books About the Immigrant Experience.

Kids!Double Your DK Science Fun! Dinosaurs! Jokes! Games! Cardboard! Join Paper Engineer Jemma Westing & Science Comedian Steve Mould with Out of the Box and How To Be A Scientist !

Thursday, May 18th at 4:30 p.m.

Visiting all the way from DK Science, United Kingdom, paper engineer Jemma Westing and science presenter- comedian Steve Mould!!! Jemma will lead a hands-on demonstration of her wonderful new DK Science Book Out of the Box,  with clear step-by-step cardboard model projects- recycled creations kids can play with, sit in, and wear.  And Steve will show children  how nerdy science is the most funny fun you’ll ever have with How To Be A Scientist! Wow! Interactive demonstration, performance and signing.

OutoBox Supporting STEM education initiatives and the Maker Movement, Out of the Box includes 25 interactive cardboard model projects to inspire kids’ creativity through engaged and hands-on learning. From small-scale gifts to large constructions, author and award-winning paper engineer Jemma Westing shows kids how to make dinosaurs, masks, race cars, and so much more. The projects utilize only recycled materials, including cardboard rolls and boxes.

HTBAScoverBeing a scientist isn’t just about wearing a lab coat and performing science experiments in test tubes. It’s about looking at the world and trying to figure out how it works. As well as simple science projects for kids to try, How to Be a Scientist will teach them how to think like a scientist. For every scientific concept the child learns they will be encouraged to find new ways to test it further. Fun questions, science games, and real-life scenarios make science relevant to children.

JemmaWestingJemma Westing is an award-winning book designer and paper engineer. She has developed a number of innovative interactive books and modeling kits for children. In 2013, Jemma set up a not-for-profit initiative called BrilliantBuilds, which runs free workshops to encourage children to create amazing things with recycled cardboard.

steve mouldSteve Mould is a science presenter on TV and on stage. He does stage shows about physics, math, chemistry and psychology for kids, schools and families. And shows for adults as part of sell-out science and comedy trio Festival of The Spoken Nerd.

Former LA Times Reporter and Investigative Author Terry McDermott Reads and Signs Off Speed: Baseball, Pitching and the Art of Deception

Wednesday, May 17th at 6:30 p.m.

A baseball lover’s baseball lover, former LA Times national reporter and non-fiction author Terry McDermott is garnering warm praise for telling a story of America’s national pastime that is both personal and analytic, spitballing the latest data on pitching with his old school, lifelong love of the game. Hear the fascinating story of baseball’s 150-year hunt for the perfect pitch told with candor and resonance. Reading, talk, with signing to follow.

OffSpeedIn August 2012, Felix Hernandez of the Seattle Mariners pitched a perfect game against the Tampa Bay Rays in what Terry McDermott calls “one of the greatest exhibitions of off-speed pitches ever put on.” For McDermott, a lifelong fan and student of baseball, the extraordinary events of that afternoon inspired this incisive meditation on the art of pitching. Off Speed provides a vibrant narrative of the history and evolution of pitching, combining baseball’s rich tradition of folklore with the wealth of new metrics from a growing legion of statisticians who are transforming the way we think about the game. Off Speed is also the personal story of a fan’s steadfast devotion, first kindled in McDermott by his father at the local diamond in small-town Iowa and now carried forward with the same passion by his own daughters.Approaching his subject with the love every fan brings to the park and the expertise of a probing journalist, McDermott explores with irrepressible curiosity the science and the romance of baseball.

“A literate and knowing little gem.” —George Vecsey, author of Baseball

Off Speed is a must-read for any fan of the magic that can be found at the intersection of New School data and Old School romance.”—Ian O’Connor, author of The Captain: The Journey of Derek Jeter

Off Speed is baseball magic… I fell into a flow state that held to the last chapter.”—David James Duncan, author of The Brothers K

imgresTerry McDermott is a former national reporter for the Los Angeles Times and the author of three previous books: The Hunt for KSM: Inside the Pursuit and Takedown of the Real 9/11 Mastermind, Khalid Sheikh Mohammed (coauthored with Josh Meyer); 101 Theory Drive: The Discovery of Memory; and Perfect Soldiers: The 9/11 Hijackers–Who They Were, Why They Did It.