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Nobel Prize winner Orhan Pamuk leads L.A. Public Library's fall author lineup

August 26, 2009 |  9:30 am


The L.A. Public Library's ALOUD series has announced its fall lineup, and it's a grand one. Orhan Pamuk, who won the Nobel Prize for literature in 2006, will be here on Nov. 5 -- he's a lively storyteller, far more affable on stage than you might expect of a Nobel Laureate. 

Speaking of affable, there's Garrison Keillor, of "Prairie Home Companion" fame, coming on Oct. 5. Other stars include musician, artist, bicyclist and author David Byrne (Oct. 2); choreographer Twyla Tharp (Dec. 7); and former U.S. poet laureate Rita Dove (Nov. 9).

Most of these events mark a new iteration of the ALOUD series, which is expanding to venues as far west as Santa Monica. Tickets cost from $20 to $50; proceeds go to the Library Foundation, which supports library services across Los Angeles.

And ALOUD will continue to host free literary events at downtown's L.A.'s central library, including conversations with Michael Chabon, Lorrie Moore, Jonathan Lethem, Nam Le, Tracy Kidder, Christos H. Papadimitriou and more.

With its newly redesigned (thank goodness!) website, you may need to create a new user account  to make ticket reservations. But don't let that stop you; events do tend to sell out.

-- Carolyn Kellogg

Images: LAPL