MALCOLM GLADWELL STOPS BY FOR A CHAT
He’ll appear Sunday in conversation with film critic Kenneth Turan for the inaugural installment of the L.A. Times Ideas Exchange speaker series
The Los Angeles Times will debut a new event series, the L.A. Times Ideas Exchange, at this year’s Festival of Books. Designed to provoke thought, revel in epiphany and inspire change, the Ideas Exchange will present a yearround schedule of the most compelling thinkers, creators and doers of our time. Malcolm Gladwell, the No. 1 best-selling author, acclaimed writer for the New Yorker and phenomenally popular TED Talks speaker, will join L.A. Times film critic Kenneth Turan for the first L.A. Times Ideas Exchange on Sunday, April 19, at 1 p.m. at USC’s Bovard Auditorium.
Turan, who is also the director of the L.A. Times Book Prizes, will talk to Gladwell about his recent book and his insights into the unexpected implications of research in the social sciences.
Gladwell is known for making new ideas in the social sciences understandable, practical and valuable while drawing on psychology, history, science, business and politics. His discussion with Turan promises to be filled with his usual humor and unexpected revelations. A compelling and engaging speaker, Gladwell has an uncanny ability to grasp connections others miss.
He has penned five best-sellers: “David and Goliath: Misfits and the Art of Battling Giants,” examining our understanding of advantages and disadvantages; “The Tipping Point,” in which he explored how ideas spread; “Blink,” about the process of decision-making; “Outliers,” about the roots of success; and “What the Dog Saw,” a collection of his New Yorker articles. Gladwell has been named one of the 100 Most Influential People by Time magazine and one of Foreign Policy magazine’s Top Global Thinkers.
In his latest book, “David and Goliath,” Gladwell uncovers the hidden rules that shape the balance between the weak and the mighty, the powerful and the dispossessed. He examines the battlefields of Northern Ireland and Vietnam and takes us into the minds of cancer researchers and civil rights leaders — all in an attempt to demonstrate how we misunderstand advantages and disadvantages.
As Gladwell puts it: “We have a definition in our heads of what an advantage is — and the definition isn’t right. And what happens as a result? It means that we make mistakes. It means that we misread battles between underdogs and giants. It means that we underestimate how much freedom there can be in what looks like a disadvantage.”
Limited VIP seats, available for $100, include a post-event meet and greet, a book signing of “David and Goliath” and light refreshments. Orchestra and balcony seating tickets are available for $40 and $27.50, respectively, and include a pre-signed book. Event tickets must be bought online in advance at