We have been partnering on author events with Zócalo in Los Angeles for the past year and more so I was incredibly pleased to see this LA Times article about the program here.
Invariably they put on stellar events across a broad range of subjects and in a variety of top-notch venues. Authors they have hosted include Ted Miguel, author of Economic Gangsters; Ian Buruma, author of Taming the Gods; Ben Wildavsky, author of The Great Brain Race; and Mark Kleiman, author of When Brute Force Fails. We have one event on the roster for the late winter — Robert Kurzban, author of Why Everyone (Else) Is a Hypocrite will lecture to a Zócalo crowd on February 7.
But, I should note that Zócalo’s contributions to the intellectual scene in Los Angeles are far greater than simply assembling a calendar of events. Their Web site features interviews and reviews of recent books. A few PUP titles that have been reviewed on their site over the last year or so are “If You Leave Us Here We Will Die” by Geoffrey Robinson; A Constitution of Many Minds by Cass Sunstein; Swindled by Bee Wilson; Portfolios of the Poor by Daryl Collins, Jonathan Murdoch, et al.
I apologize if this post is getting a “But wait, there’s more”-vibe, but there truly is more. The Zócalo team have interviewed several of our authors as they swing through Los Angeles on tour. Viktor Mayer-Schonberger, author of Delete; Edwidge Danticat, author of Create Dangerously (not posted just yet); and Andrei Codrescu, The Posthuman Dada Guide are a few PUP authors who have sat down with Zócalo in recent months.
So, this is a rather long-winded way of a) saying thank you to Zócalo and b) acknowledging the tremendous value they bring to Los Angeles via their events and Web site. Read the article in the Los Angeles Times for more info.