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Library Live Presents Author Steve Lopez **FULL**

As part of the Kempler Conversations

  • Date: 01/25/2018 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
  • Location: Central Library Friends Room
    1000 Avocado Avenue
    Newport Beach, California 92660
  • Introduction: Join us for an exploration of the issues of homelessness and mental illness with the author of The Soloist.

Steve Lopez credit Gilles Mingasson

Author and Los Angeles Times Columnist Steve Lopez

Thursday, January 25 @ 7:00pm

A California native, Steve Lopez is the author of three novels in addition to his book of non-fiction, The Soloist: A Lost Dream, an Unlikely Friendship, and the Redemptive Power of Music. The book is based on columns Lopez wrote for the Los Angeles Times about his friendship with a downtown Los Angeles musician.

When Los Angeles Times reporter discovered a former Julliard student playing on Skid Row, he decided to help him off the streets. Their friendship — movingly recounted in The Soloist, which was also the basis for the film starring Jamie Foxx and Robert Downey, Jr.—inspired Steve Lopez, recipient of the President's Award from the Los Angeles Press Club, to raise awareness of homelessness and mental illness.  Join us to share in Mr. Lopez's account of this remarkable friendship and the important issues surrounding this story.

This evening is one in a series of “Kempler Conversations” sponsored by Dr. Ike and Ginny Kempler.


  • Thursday, January 25
  • Event starts 7:00 pm. Doors open 6:30 p.m.
  • Newport Beach Central Library Friends Meeting Room 1000 Avocado Avenue, Newport Beach
  • Free Admission; suggested donation $10 at the door
  • Reservations recommended as seating is limited
  • Reservations: http://www.nbplfoundation.org/
  • Information:  949-548-2411  or events@nbplfoundation.org


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