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Fall 2015 Season Highlights
Mindy Kaling (Sep 27) discussing her collection of essays Why Not Me?
Kaling is the creator and star of The Mindy Project and author of Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? She is also known for her work on the NBC sitcom The Office.
Emeril Lagasse (Oct 8) discussing Essential Emeril: Favorite Recipes and Hard-Won Wisdom From My Life in the Kitchen. Lagasse is the chef-proprietor of 13 restaurants across the country. He has received numerous Best Restaurant, Best Chef, and Best Service awards, and in 2013 received the Humanitarian of the Year Award from the James Beard Foundation and is author of 18 cookbooks and host of the Food Network show Emeril Live!
Cindy Crawford (Oct 14) discussing her memoir Becoming. Crawford is one of the original supermodels who defined that pivotal moment when fashion models became cultural stars in their own right. Crawford used her fame and business savvy to launch an entrepreneurial career that has encompassed beauty, fashion, fitness and home décor brands
Terry Gilliam (Oct 19) discussing his career and memoir, Gilliamesque. Gilliam is a screenwriter, director, animator, actor, and member of the Monty Python comedy troupe. He is well-known for directing many film cult-classics, including Brazil, The Adventures of Baron Munchausen, The Fisher King, 12 Monkeys, Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas and The Zero Theorem.
Robert Reich (Oct 21) discusses his latest book, Saving Capitalism: For the Many, Not the Few. Reich has served in three national administrations and has written fourteen books, including The Work of Nations, Supercapitalism and Locked in the Cabinet. He has also written for The New Yorker, The Atlantic, The New York Times, The Washington Post, and The Wall Street Journal. He is co-creator of the award-winning 2013 film Inequality for All.
Kevin Costner (Oct 28) discussing his epic novel, The Explorers Guild
Kevin Costner, co-creator of The Explorers Guild, is an internationally renowned filmmaker. Costner has produced, directed and/or starred in such memorable films as Dances With Wolves, JFK, The Bodyguard, Field of Dreams, Tin Cup, Bull Durham, Open Range, Hatfields & McCoys and Black or White, among many others. He has won numerous accolades, including two Academy Awards, three Golden Globe Awards and an Emmy Award.
Diana Nyad (Nov 5) discussing her memoir, Find a Way. Nyad shares her amazing, inspiring first hand account of her record-breaking swim, after four failed attempts, from Cuba to Florida, at the age of sixty-four–and of her extraordinary quest to live life at the highest level, in and out of the water. Back in the 1970s, Diana Nyad was the greatest long-distance swimmer in the world. She Nyad became a prominent sports broadcaster, filing compelling reports for National Public Radio, ABC’s Wide World of Sports, Fox Sports, and The New York Times.
Nigella Lawson (Nov 12) discussing her latest cookbook, Simply Nigella: Feel Good Food. She has written nine bestselling cookbooks, including the classics How To Eat and How to Be a Domestic Goddess-the book that launched a thousand cupcakes. She was a mentor on ABC’s The Taste and has sold more than 3 million cookbooks worldwide.
Gary Kasparov (Nov 18) discusses Winter Is Coming: Why Vladimir Putin and the Enemies of the Free World Must Be Stopped. Kasparov spent twenty years as the world’s #1 ranked chess player. In 2005, he retired from professional chess to lead the pro-democracy opposition against Vladimir Putin, and ran for the presidency of Russia in 2008. In 2012, he was named Chairman of the Human Rights Foundation, succeeding Václav Havel.
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