Truth, Lies, and Everything In Between... An Evening with Ben H. Winters

Published : Tuesday, September 24, 2019 | 11:32 AM

The Open Book Series presents best-selling author Ben H. Winters, who will discuss his dystopian masterpiece, “Golden State”, on Thursday, October 24 from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. 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 novel How to Live Safely in a Science Fictional Universe. Afterwards, join the author for a book signing and dessert reception.

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.

The evening’s moderator, Charles Yu, is the author of four books, including the novel How to Live Safely in a Science Fictional Universe, which was a New York Times Notable Book and named one of the best books of the year by Time magazine, and his forthcoming book Interior Chinatown. He received the National Book Foundation’s 5 Under 35 Award and was nominated for two WGA awards for his work on the HBO series, Westworld. His fiction and non-fiction stories have been published in several publications including The New Yorker, The New York Times, Slate, and Wired.

To purchase tickets, go to The ticket price of $50 for general admission and $35 for Students/Educators includes a pre-program reception with beer/wine and appetizers, a post-program of dessert, coffee, and conversation, and ongoing support of Pasadena Literary Alliance grantees.

What is the Open Book Series? Building on the successful Pasadena Festival of Women Authors event, which the Pasadena Literary Alliance has 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. At Open Book, it’s never just an event, it’s an experience. For more information, visit





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