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MONDAY, MAY 24 at 8 P.M.
The Pearson Foundation and TRACK 16 Gallery present
LiveTALKS Los Angeles Co-presented by 89.3 KPCC and KCET

in association with the Los Angeles World Affairs Council, featuring…

An Evening With Ayaan Hirsi Ali

bestselling author of Infidel and Nomad in conversation with Val Zavala, host of KCET’s SoCal Connected


One of today’s most admired and controversial figures, AYAAN HIRSI ALI captured the world’s attention with her memoir Infidel—a #1 bestseller in Europe and a New York Times bestseller for more than a year. She has been profiled in The New York Times Magazine and New Yorker and on 60 Minutes, and has been honored as one of Time magazine’s 100 Most Influential People and Reader’s Digest’s European of the Year. Richard Dawkins calls her a “major hero of our time.”

In her new book, Nomad, Hirsi Ali describes her search for a new life in America while reconciling the complex contradictions of her Islamic past and her Enlightenment beliefs. If Infidel was Hirsi Ali’s intellectual coming-of-age memoir, Nomad is a memoir with a message—and an urgent mission...a combination of her dramatic personal experiences and stories with riveting exhortations and stirring calls to action.  She shares her commitment to Western values as she adapts to life in the United States, her renewed contact with members of her family (including her deathbed reconciliation with the father who disowned her), and her work to alert the West to the threats from Islam from inside and outside our societies.

“The West,” she says, “urgently needs to compete with the jihadis—the proponents of ‘holy war’—for the hearts and minds of its own Muslim immigrant populations. It needs to provide education directed at breaking the spell of the infallible Prophet, protect women from the oppressive dictates of the Quran and promote alternative sources of spirituality.”

VAL ZAVALA is an anchor/reporter for KCET’s weekly newsmagazine, SoCal Connected. She has been at KCET since 1987. For the past sixteen years, Zavala was a vital part of the award-winning series Life & Times, serving as an anchor, co-anchor and reporter. Life & Times won 25 L.A. Area Emmys and 30 Golden Mikes. Zavala has covered major issues impacting Southern California politics, education, healthcare, environment, demographics, and growth. She has also profiled dozens of Southern California’s elected officials, activists, artists, and thinkers making a difference in our communities.

RSVP/Tickets: http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/112403
$20, $35 (includes the book)
Books will be available for sale.

Net proceeds from this event will support the wonderful work of 826LA.org, a non-profit organization dedicated to supporting students ages 6 to 18 with their creative and expository writing skills and to helping teachers inspire their students to write. The Pearson Foundation will also donate five children’s books for every ticket sold to literacy and reading programs.