Columnist Steve Lopez Discusses His Book, The Soloist
October 29, 2009
Los Angeles Times columnist Steve Lopez discusses his lauded book, The Soloist, on Wednesday, November 4, at 6:30 p.m. at the Plaza Branch, 4801 Main St. Lopez will be interviewed by Angela Elam of New Letters on the Air. The conversation will later be broadcast on KCUR.
Lopez is described as a natural storyteller and his book tells of his discovery of Nathaniel Ayers, a former classical bass student at Julliard, playing a two-string violin on Los Angeles’ Skid Row. Profoundly touched by the beauty of Ayers’ music, Lopez took it upon himself to help the prodigy only to find that their relationship has had a profound effect on his own life.
The story of Lopez and Ayers has been featured on programs including 60 Minutes and, in 2009, was released as a major motion picture starring Jamie Foxx as Ayers and Robert Downey Jr. as Lopez.
A 6 p.m. reception will precede the discussion. During the reception, classical selections will be performed by the Graduate Fellowship String Quartet of the UMKC Conservatory of Music & Dance. Additionally, patrons are encouraged to bring musical instruments for donation to the Kansas City Youth Jazz, a program dedicated to developing and maintaining a multicultural jazz education program in metropolitan Kansas City where students learn respect, responsibility, and tolerance through music.
Admission is free. Call 816.701.3407 to RSVP.