Town Hall members get the first chance to buy tickets for some of our most popular events. Our three member presales kick off on Monday, July 18. Presales start on Monday at noon and ticket sales open up to nonmembers on Friday, also at noon. Listed below are the dates and details for each:
Member Presale 1, July 18–22, 2016
Sept. 1—Back by popular demand, endurance swimmer Diana Nyad inspired millions when, at age 64, she became the first person to make the 111-mile swim from Cuba to Florida without a shark cage. Hear from a world champion about how conquering your biggest challenges means never, ever giving up.
Sept. 8—Emmy Award-winning magician Penn Jillette knew there was no magic trick that could save him when, at 330 pounds, he was hospitalized for high blood pressure. He takes us on the journey that transformed his body and mind and, along the way, he dishes up his views on sex, religion, and pop culture.
Sept. 10—Best-selling author, musician and scientist Daniel J. Levitin will talk about how to separate the wheat from the digital chaff in an age when we can’t always trust newspapers, bloggers, and even the government, to be factually and logically correct—especially in election seasons.
Member Presale 2, July 25–29, 2016
Sept. 20—We are delighted to welcome Seattle-based mystery author J.A. Jance talking about the newest in her popular Joanna Brady series. Drawing from her experience as a single mother and a woman facing sexism in her career, she will share the inspiration behind this book and discuss her creative process.
Sept. 21—Former child actress Mara Wilson has written a book of autobiographical essays tackling everything from losing her mother at a young age, to not being “cute” enough for Hollywood. It’s the story of one young woman’s journey from accidental fame to happy obscurity.
Sept. 30—Bestselling science author David Quammen offers a journey through Yellowstone, blending history, science, and research from the field. From the Old Faithful to misty mountain tops to iridescent springs, he will delve deep into the life and times of the park, highlighting both its beauty and its challenges.
Oct. 14—Scotland-based author Alexander McCall Smith, will read excerpts from and discuss the newest book in his internationally acclaimed No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency series. He will also talk about why he is a self-described serial novelist and how he manages to keep each story exciting and new.
Member Presale 3, August 1–5, 2016
Oct. 11—Celebrated food writer and cookbook author Mark Bittman’s newest offering compiles more than 2,000 simple recipes for a variety of baked goods, from American favorites to of-the-moment updates—even global baking. He’ll share insights into his book and the key tenets for becoming a master baker.
Oct. 17—Throughout much of her career as a reporter, foreign correspondent and novelist, author Geraldine Brooks has worked to humanize stories from cultures that, to many of her readers, may seem archaic, brutal, and remote. She brings those skills to The Secret Chord, her novel about the life of King David.
Oct. 22—Actress and former chairperson of the National Endowment of the Arts Jane Alexander gives voice to her work as a longtime, impassioned wildlife activist and conservationist. Hear her story of immersion into this work, traveling to the most remote and forbidding areas of the world.
Dec. 5—From technology, to economics, to weather patterns, the world we live in seems to be getting more and more extreme. In his newest book, renowned journalist and three-time Pulitzer Prize-winner Thomas Friedman explains how to live in this age of dizzying acceleration.