Enjoy thought-provoking readings, conversations, panel discussions, and spoken word programs. Also check out virtual talks now streaming on the Skirball’s YouTube channel.
  • Ai Weiwei and his book 1000 Years of Joys and Sorrows

    Ai Weiwei—1000 Years of Joys and Sorrows


    Wednesday, November 3, 5:00 pm (PT)

    $42 General (includes book)

    Writers Bloc Presents® and the Skirball invite you to hear from internationally acclaimed artist and Trace creator, Ai Weiwei, as he discusses his highly anticipated memoir, 1000 Years of Joys and Sorrows. Targeted by Chinese authorities for his political activism, Ai faced months of secret detention without charge in 2011. “During those long weeks, I thought often of my father, a poet who had been exiled during Mao Zedong’s Anti-Rightist Campaign,” Ai says. “I realized how incomplete my understanding of him was and how much I regretted the unbridgeable gap between us.”

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  • Pati Jinich and her cookbook Treasures of the Mexican Table

    Pati Jinich—Treasures of the Mexican Table

    In Conversation with Jake Cohen | Online

    Monday, December 6, 5:00 pm (PT)

    FREE; Reservations required

    Hear from James Beard Award–winning chef and television personality Pati Jinich! In her forthcoming cookbook, Treasures of the Mexican Table: Classic Recipes, Local Secrets, the “buoyant and brainy Mexican cooking authority” (New York Times) brings together more than one hundred and fifty iconic dishes that define the country’s cuisine.

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