OPEN BOOK, it’s not just an event, it’s an experience.

Mark Your Calendar for the Next Open Book Event:

Andrew McConnell Stott in conversation with Jeremy Rabb at A Noise Within Theater, February 20, 2020

Thursday, February 20, 2020 from 7:00PM – 9:00PM


In What Blest Genius, Stott tells the whole ridiculous, sublime story of the Shakespeare Jubilee of 1769 from the dual perspectives of David Garrick, who organized it, and James Boswell, who attended it. His account of the first Shakespeare festival is zesty, witty, and positively bursting with theatrical gossip, juicy anecdotes and tales of sexual and theatrical derring-do.  Come see Andrew McConnell Stott talk about his book What Blest Genius in the perfect Shakespearean setting – A Noise Within.


Save the Date for upcoming speaker:

Attica Locke, April 29, 2020 (more details coming soon)

Ben H. Winters and Charles Yu treated guests to a rousing discussion at our first event

Ben H. Winters is the author of ten novels, the most recent of which is Golden State, an Indie Next pick for January 2019 and a Book of the Month Club selection. Previous highly acclaimed books by Winters include The New York Times bestselling Underground Airlines and the award-winning Last Policeman trilogy. The Last Policeman was the recipient of the 2012 Edgar Award and was named one of the Best Books of 2012 by and Slate, its sequel Countdown City was an NPR Best Book of 2013 and the winner of the Philip K. Dick Award for Distinguished Science Fiction, and World of Trouble that concluded the series in 2014 was nominated for both an Anthony Award and an Edgar Award from the Mystery Writers of America. Several of his other well-known books include The New York Times bestselling parody novel Sense and Sensibility and Sea Monsters and a children’s books Literally Disturbed – a book of scary poems for kids – and The Secret Life of Ms. Finkleman, which was a Bank Street Best Children’s Book of 2011 as well as an Edgar Nominee in the juvenile category.

What is the Open Book Series?

Building on the successful Pasadena Festival of Woman Authors event which has been presented annually since 2009, the vision for the new series is to provide opportunities for the community to enjoy authors of all kinds – both established and emerging, national and local, men and women, writers of fiction and non-fiction – in settings that complement the author’s work or background and allow for engagement with the attendees.