Two L.A. reading series announce fall plans

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Two major L.A. reading series -- the new LiveTalks LA and the longrunning Writers Bloc -- have announced their fall lineups.

Wednesday, Sept. 29, LiveTalks LA kicks off with Robert Reich, former U.S. secretary of labor, in conversation with Marketplace’s Kai Ryssdal. Reich, an economist who keeps his eye on the fate of the middle class, is now professor of public policy at the Goldman School of Public Policy at the University of California at Berkeley and the author of ‘Aftershock: The Next Economy and America’s Future.’ The next night, LiveTalks LA hosts bestselling novelist Ken Follett with his new book, ‘Fall of Giants: Book One of the Century Trilogy,’ in conversation with NPR correspondent Karen Grigsby Bates. Both events will be held at the Coburn School Zipper Auditorium in downtown Los Angeles; tickets range from $20-$95, with proceeds going to charity.


WritersBloc kicks off its 15th season on Oct. 20 with local new-media mogul Arianna Huffington, whose new book is ‘Third World America: How Our Politicians Are Abandoning the Middle Class and Betraying the American Dream.’ Huffington appears at the Temple Emanuel in Beverly Hills; tickets are $20. Other authors coming to Writers Bloc in October include Ingrid Betancourt, the Columbian politician who was kidnapped and held prisoner for more than six years, and novelists Cathleen Schine and Marisa Silver.

Later this fall, LiveTalks LA will welcome writers P.J. O’Rourke, Simon Winchester, Sandra Cisneros, musician Roger McGuinn from The Byrds and actor Michael Caine.

-- Carolyn Kellogg