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

Mark Your Calendar for the Next Open Book Event:

Ben H. Winters, author of Golden State, in conversation with Charles Yu, at the historic Western Justice Center

Thursday, October 24, 2019 from 7:00PM – 9:00PM


Imagine living in a society where truth is held to be the highest good. Now imagine you’re a detective assigned to investigate a routine case of a man falling off a roof. And the more you investigate, the more the “facts” don’t add up, until you fall down a rabbit hole and your sense of reality is completely shattered.  Come see best-selling author Ben H. Winters talk about his dystopian masterpiece, Golden State, in the perfect law and order setting – the Western Justice Center, Maxwell House. First, mingle with the other guests in a pre-event, hosted happy hour, featuring our signature cocktail, Truth Serum. Then take in an animated discussion about truth, lies and everything in between with Ben Winters and moderator, Charles Yu, author of the forthcoming novel Interior Chinatown. Afterwards, join the author for a book signing and dessert reception.


It’s the perfect evening for those who prefer their socializing with intellectual stimulation. And that’s no lie!

Ben H. Winters

Ben H. Winters is the author of ten novels, including most recently Golden State (Mulholland Books), an Indie Next pick for January, 2019 and a Book of the Month Club selection. Previous work includes the New York Times bestselling Underground Airlines (Mulholland Books). His other work includes the award-winning Last Policeman trilogy, which concluded in 2014 with World of Trouble (Quirk), a nominee for an Anthony Award and an Edgar Award from the Mystery Writers of America. Countdown City was an NPR Best Book of 2013 and the winner of the Philip K. Dick Award for Distinguished Science Fiction. The Last Policeman was the recipient of the 2012 Edgar Award, and it was also named one of the Best Books of 2012 by and Slate.  Ben’s literary reach is wide — he’s written extensively for the theater and for a variety of journalistic outlets,  written young adult fiction and even a book of scary children’s poetry.  Ben grew up in suburban Maryland and went to college at Washington University in St. Louis. Presently, he lives in Los Angeles, California, with his wife Diana and their three children.

Save the Date for upcoming speakers:

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

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

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.