Lady Gaga and Cynthia Germanotta with Born This Way Foundation Youth Reporters - Channel Kindness (Virtual Event)

Tuesday, September 22, 2020 - 5:00pm

Ticket: $36.49 (includes a copy of Channel Kindness)
Tuesday, September 22, 5:00pm PT • Virtual Event via Cadenza

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Join Born This Way Foundation Youth Reporters in conversation with Lady Gaga and Cynthia Germanotta for an uplifting night filled with personal conversations about the power of kindness.

Since founding Born This Way Foundation in 2012, Lady Gaga and Cynthia have collected inspiring stories from young people around the world who found their inner strength, prevailed in the face of bullies, started their own social movements, and decided to break through the mental health stigma. Fans will get an intimate look at some of these stories collected in Channel Kindness as well as the chance to hear directly from a few of the book contributors, Lady Gaga, and Cynthia as they reflect on their own experiences defined by kindness and resilience.

Each ticket includes a copy of Channel Kindness and all proceeds from the livestream event will go toward continuing Born This Way Foundation’s mission to support the wellness of young people and build a kinder, braver, and more just world.

Academy Award, Golden Globe, and 11-time Grammy-winner Lady Gaga is a one-of-a kind artist, performer and a trailblazer in beauty and fashion. She has amassed an outstanding 35 million global album sales, 42 billion streams and 321 million in song consumption, making her one of the best-selling musicians of all time. Lady Gaga is also an outspoken activist, philanthropist and supporter of many important issues including LGBT rights, HIV/AIDS awareness and body image issues.

Cynthia Bissett Germanotta is president and co-founder of Born This Way Foundation, which she launched with her daughter Lady Gaga in 2012. Born This Way Foundation supports the mental health and wellness of young people, empowering them to build a kinder, braver world. Under Cynthia's leadership, BTWF has reached hundreds of thousands of young people across the country and around the world, launched innovative youth-focused programming such as teen Mental Health First Aid, and conducted cutting-edge research to improve the understanding of mental wellness and the impact of kindness.

Conversations with Authors - Sigrid Nunez (Virtual Event)

Wednesday, September 23, 2020 - 4:00pm


Wednesday, September 23rd • 4:00pm PT/7:00pm ET

Sigrid Nunez

in conversation with Laura van den Berg

Conversations with Authors is our free virtual event series! Join us throughout the week at 4:00pm PT/7:00pm ET for a new chat with a different author.


Sigrid Nunez’s new novel What Are You Going Through—a surprising story about empathy and the unusual ways one person can help another through —offers a moving and provocative portrait of the way we live now.

Sigrid is the author of the novels Salvation City, The Last of Her Kind, A Feather on the Breath of God, For Rouenna, and the National Book Award-winning The Friend, among others. She is also the author of Sempre Susan: A Memoir of Susan Sontag. She has been the recipient of several awards, including a Whiting Award, the Rome Prize in Literature, and a Berlin Prize Fellowship. Nunez lives in New York City.

Laura van den Berg is the author of the story collections What the World Will Look Like When All the Water Leaves Us and The Isle of Youth, and the novels Find Me and The Third Hotel, which was a finalist for the New York Public Library Young Lions Fiction Award. She is the recipient of a Rosenthal Family Foundation Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, the Bard Fiction Prize, a PEN/O. Henry Prize, a MacDowell Colony fellowship, and is a two-time finalist for the Frank O’Connor International Short Story Award. Her third collection of stories, I Hold a Wolf by the Ears, was published in July. Born and raised in Florida, Laura splits her time between the Boston area and Central Florida, with her husband and dog.


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Jodi Picoult in conversation with Jojo Moyes - The Book of Two Ways (Virtual Event)

Thursday, September 24, 2020 - 4:00pm


Thurs., September 24th • 4:00pm PT/7:00pm ET • $40

Jodi Picoult

in conversation with Jojo Moyes

Purchase a ticket for this event and receive a complimentary copy of The Book of Two Ways, delivered right to your door!


From the #1 New York Times bestselling author of Small Great Things and A Spark of Light comes a riveting novel about the choices that alter the course of our lives.

Everything changes in a single moment for Dawn Edelstein. She’s on a plane when the flight attendant makes an announcement: Prepare for a crash landing. She braces herself as thoughts flash through her mind. The shocking thing is, the thoughts are not of her husband but of a man she last saw fifteen years ago: Wyatt Armstrong.

Dawn, miraculously, survives the crash, but so do all the doubts that have suddenly been raised. She has led a good life. Back in Boston, there is her husband, Brian, their beloved daughter, and her work as a death doula, in which she helps ease the transition between life and death for her clients.

But somewhere in Egypt is Wyatt Armstrong, who works as an archaeologist unearthing ancient burial sites, a career Dawn once studied for but was forced to abandon when life suddenly intervened. And now, when it seems that fate is offering her second chances, she is not as sure of the choice she once made.

After the crash landing, the airline ensures that the survivors are seen by a doctor, then offers transportation to wherever they want to go. The obvious destination is to fly home, but she could take another path: return to the archaeological site she left years before, reconnect with Wyatt and their unresolved history, and maybe even complete her research on The Book of Two Ways—the first known map of the afterlife.

As the story unfolds, Dawn’s two possible futures unspool side by side, as do the secrets and doubts long buried with them. Dawn must confront the questions she’s never truly asked: What does a life well lived look like? When we leave this earth, what do we leave behind? Do we make choices . . . or do our choices make us? And who would you be if you hadn’t turned out to be the person you are right now?

Jodi Picoult is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of twenty-five novels, including Small Great Things, Leaving Time, The Storyteller, Lone Wolf, Sing You Home, House Rules, Handle with Care, Change of Heart, Nineteen Minutes, and My Sister’s Keeper. She is also the author, with daughter Samantha van Leer, of two young adult novels, Between the Lines and Off the Page. Picoult lives in New Hampshire with her husband and three children.


Jon Meacham - His Truth Is Marching On: John Lewis and the Power of Hope (Virtual Event)

Thursday, September 24, 2020 - 5:30pm


Thursday, September 24th • 5:30pm PT/8:30pm ET

Jon Meacham

Presented with Dominican University as part of their free, virtual Fall Leadership Lecture series! Register for all the upcoming events here.

Join us for the second session in Dominican University's free Fall Leadership Lecture Series with Pulitzer Prize-winning author and historian Jon Meacham, to talk about his new book, His Truth is Marching On: John Lewis and the Power of Hope.

This intimate and revealing portrait of civil rights icon and longtime U.S. congressman John Lewis links this civil-rights icon’s painful quest for justice in America from the 1950s to the present. Drawing on decades of wide-ranging interviews with Lewis, Meacham writes of how Lewis, the great-grandson of a slave and son of an Alabama tenant farmer, was inspired by the Bible and his teachers in nonviolence, the Reverends James Lawson and Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., to put his life on the line in the service of what Abraham Lincoln called “the better angels of our nature.”

From an early age, Lewis learned that nonviolence was not only a tactic but a philosophy, a biblical imperative, and a transforming reality. At the age of four, Lewis, ambitious to become a minister, practiced by preaching to his family’s chickens. When his mother cooked one of the chickens, the boy refused to eat it—his first act, he wryly recalled, of nonviolent protest. Integral to Lewis’s commitment to bettering the nation was his faith in humanity and in God—and an unshakable belief in the power of hope.

Meacham calls Lewis “as important to the founding of a modern and multiethnic twentieth- and twenty-first-century America as Thomas Jefferson and James Madison and Samuel Adams were to the initial creation of the Republic itself in the eighteenth century.” A believer in the injunction that one should love one’s neighbor as oneself, Lewis was arguably a saint in our time, risking limb and life to bear witness for the powerless in the face of the powerful. In many ways he brought a still-evolving nation closer to realizing its ideals, and his story offers inspiration and illumination for Americans today who are working for social and political change.

Jon Meacham is a Pulitzer Prize–winning biographer, contributing writer for The New York Times Book Review, and a contributing editor of Time magazine. He is the author of the New York Times bestsellers The Hope of Glory, Destiny and Power: The American Odyssey of George Herbert Walker Bush, Thomas Jefferson: The Art of Power, American Lion: Andrew Jackson in the White House, American Gospel, and Franklin and Winston. Meacham, who holds the Rogers Chair in the American Presidency at Vanderbilt University, lives in Nashville.


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Virtual Class: Don George - Fine-Tune Your Travel Tale: Advanced Writing Workshop (via Zoom)

Friday, September 25, 2020 - 12:00pm

Friday, Saturday & Sunday: September 25-27 • 12:00-3:00pm PT • $395 • Hosted via Zoom • Class limited to 9 attendees.

This workshop is designed for writers who have an already finished travel story of up to 3,000 words that they would like to workshop and refine. Participants will be asked to send their story to Don George and all the workshop participants before the first class. In each workshop, we will closely discuss and critique three pieces. In addition to individual critiques, we will also discuss the art of great travel writing — how to lead into a piece, how to structure a story arc, how to bring a place and scene to life, and how to create a compelling close.

Don George is the author of The Way of Wanderlust: The Best Travel Writing of Don George and of Lonely Planet's Guide to Travel Writing and the editor of ten anthologies, including A Moveable Feast, The Kindness of Strangers, Better Than Fiction, and An Innocent Abroad. George is Editor at Large for National Geographic Traveler, where he writes feature articles and the monthly Trip Lit column. He is also Editor of BBC Travel's literary travel column, Chance Encounters.

Conversations with Authors - Terry Virts (Virtual Event)

Saturday, September 26, 2020 - 4:00pm


Saturday, September 26th • 4:00pm PT/7:00pm ET

Terry Virts

in conversation with Chuck Wendig

Conversations with Authors is our free virtual event series! Join us throughout the week at 4:00pm PT/7:00pm ET for a new chat with a different author.


Terry VirtsHow to Astronaut is an insider’s guide to an experience few will ever know firsthand—the highs, lows, humor, and wonder of experiences including survival training, space shuttle emergencies, bad bosses, putting on a spacesuit, time travel, and more.

Colonel Terry Virts is a pilot, astronaut, author, and photographer. Terry earned a Bachelor of Science degree in mathematics from the United States Air Force Academy in 1989, and a master of aeronautical science degree in aeronautics from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University. He began his career as an Air Force officer and pilot and was stationed in Arizona, Florida, Georgia, South Korea, Germany, California, and Texas. He has logged over 5,300 flight hours in more than 40 different aircraft including combat time in the F-16 “Viper.” He has also served in multiple flying commands, Space Command, and Cyber Command. In 2010 he made his first spaceflight as pilot of the Space Shuttle Endeavour on mission STS-130; delivering the now-famous Cupola, which provides astronauts with a 360° view of our planet and the universe. Virts attended Harvard Business School in the fall of 2011 and completed the General Management Programme, having been selected as NASA’s only candidate for that programme.

Selected by NASA in 2000, he was the pilot of STS-130 mission aboard Space Shuttle Endeavour. In March 2015, Terry assumed command of the International Space Station, and spent over 200 days on it. He is one of the stars (and photographers) of the IMAX film, A Beautiful Planet, released in April 2016. He is also the author of View from Above. He is also one of only four astronauts ever to have piloted a space shuttle, flown on a Russian Soyuz spacecraft, performed space walks, and commanded the ISS.

Chuck Wendig is the New York Times bestselling author of Star Wars: Aftermath, as well as the Miriam Black thrillers, the Atlanta Burns books, and the Heartland YA series, alongside other works across comics, games, film, and more. A finalist for the John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer and the cowriter of the Emmy-nominated digital narrative Collapsus, he is also known for his popular blog,, and his books about writing. He lives in Pennsylvania with his family.


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