Gary Krist Author Event

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Gary Krist

Author of The Mirage Factory

Wednesday, May 23rd at 7pm

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Gary Krist is the New York Times bestselling author of several works of fiction and non-fiction, including City of Scoundrels and Empire of SinHe has been lauded by the New York TimesWashington Post, NPR, and a slew of other outlets for his narrative histories focusing on a particular metropolis on the verge of modernization. He focused on Chicago in City of Scoundrels and New Orleans in Empire of Sin and now turns to L.A., examining the moments of the early 20th century that would turn the city into the modern metropolis that we know today. He does this through the lens of three individuals who would prove to be pivotal in shaping L.A. into “L.A.”—William Mulholland who designed the massive aqueduct that would make urban life possible in this water-starved corner of the country; D.W. Griffith who would give Los Angeles the industry it needed to grow; and Aimee Semple McPherson, evangelist, faith healer, and radio preacher, who would provide the city with its identity as a worldwide center for spiritual realization and reinvention.

 

 

The Mirage Factory: Illusion, Imagination, and the Invention of Los Angeles Cover Image
$27.00
ISBN: 9780451496386
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Published: Crown Publishing Group (NY) - May 15th, 2018

From bestselling author Gary Krist, the story of the metropolis that never should have been and the visionaries who dreamed it into reality


James Hatch Author Event

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James Hatch

Author of Touching the Dragon

Thursday, May 24th at 7pm

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From former special ops Navy SEAL senior chief; master naval parachutist (four Bronze Stars with Valor, Navy and Marine Corps Medal recipient, etc.); fighter in 150 missions (Iraq, Afghanistan, Bosnia, Africa); expert military dog trainer and handler whose SEAL dogs were partners and medal winners–a fierce, moving tale of a return from hell, being badly wounded on a special ops mission that ended his two-decades-long military career, his searing recovery, and the struggle to live life off the speeding train of war.

In Touching the Dragon, James Hatch, Naval Special Warfare Operator, expert commando, tactical master in deadly operations, twenty-four years in service to his country (he enlisted in the Army National Guard at age seventeen), writes of his years of military service, from joining the Navy at eighteen, becoming a SEAL, to his joining the Naval Special Warfare Development group (“If I died in a gunfight, it would be doing something I loved”). He writes of the harrowing secret missions (Iraq, Bosnia, Africa); and of the fateful final mission (Afghanistan), that left him badly shot (a bullet exploding through his femur and out the back of his leg) as Hatch and his SEAL team crew were attempting to rescue a rogue soldier–Pvt. Bowe Bergdahl, who deserted his post, was captured by Al Qaida and Taliban militants, and was set to be smuggled to a part of the world where Americans could never reach him.
Hatch writes of the horrific wound to his leg; of having no choice but to end his military career; of coming home to the country he’d spent his life defending; of the ordeal of getting well physically (eighteen surgeries; twelve months of recovery; learning to walk again); of having to find out who he was as a man apart from the chaotic world of special operations missions; of days and months of despair, alcoholism, the pull toward suicide; and of finally, through love of family, friends, soldiers, and his specially trained military dogs, touching the dragon, of going through the fear of feeling unfit for society, of finding a purpose and a way back to life.

Touching the Dragon: And Other Techniques for Surviving Life's Wars Cover Image
$28.95
ISBN: 9780451494689
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Published: Knopf Publishing Group - May 15th, 2018

From former special ops Navy SEAL senior chief; master naval parachutist (four Bronze Stars with Valor, Navy and Marine Corps Medal recipient, etc.); fighter in 150 missions (Iraq, Afghanistan, Bosnia, Africa); expert military dog trainer and handler whose SEAL dogs were partners and medal winners--a fierce, moving tale of a return from hell, being badly wounded on a special ops mission that en