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An author uprising with Chris Hedges and Dinesh D'Souza

September 18, 2012|By Liesl Bradner

As the presidential race heats up, conservative commentator Dinesh D'Souza and Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist, Chris Hedges will battle it out on the airwaves on the KPFK-FM (90.7) show "Uprising" at 8 a.m. Tuesday. The topic of discussion: D'Souza's controversial documentary "2016: Obama's America," which has grossed more than $26 million since its Sept. 9 release. The film is based on D'Souza's 2010 book "The Roots of Obama's Rage," which argues that President Obama's Kenyan father held radical socialist views that have influenced the president's policies from beyond the grave.

Providing a counterpoint to that argument is Hedges, whose recent bestseller "Days of Destruction, Days of Revolt" is an illustrated account of forgotten regions of the U.S. ravaged by corporate greed and unregulated capitalism, from North Dakota to the coal mines of West Virginia, areas that have been sacrificed at the expense of local inhabitants. A 20-year war correspondent, Hedges won a Pulitzer Prize in 2002 for the New York Times' team coverage of global terrorism.

Moderating the debate is "Uprising" host Sonali Kolhatkar, author of 2006's "Bleeding Afghanistan: Washington, Warlords and the Propaganda of Silence."

If you are looking for a little music to go with your current events, musician Wyclef Jean will be performing at the book signing for his memoir, "Purpose: An Immigrant's Story," at the Aero Theater in Santa Monica on Sunday at 7:30 p.m. He will be discussing his book with former L.A. Times reporter, Geoff Boucher.

As always, we recommend that you check with bookstores and venues listed below for any event changes/cancellations.

Tuesday, 8 a.m.: Author Chris Hedges and commentator Dinesh D'Souza debate on KPFK-FM (90.7)

Tuesday, 7 p.m.:  The Rev. Cecil Murray signs "Twice Tested By Fire: A Memoir of Faith and Service."  Eso Won Bookstore

Tuesday, 6:30 p.m.: L.A.-based journalist Chip Jacobs talks about his newest book, "The Ascension of Jerry," a true murder mystery which takes place in the Los Angeles/Monrovia area. Monrovia Public Library

Tuesday, 7 p.m. Martin Smith discusses “The Wild Duck Chase: Inside the Strange and Wonderful World of the Federal Duck Stamp Contest.” Huntington Beach Barnes & Noble

Wednesday, 7:30 p.m.:  D.T. Max discusses and signs his book “Every Love Story is a Ghost Story: A Life of David Foster Wallace.” Skylight Books

Wednesday, 7 p.m.: Lawrence Norfolk discusses and signs “John Saturnall’s Feast.” Diesel Brentwood

Friday, 7:30 p.m.: Writers Bloc presents Martin Amis and "Mad Men" creator Matthew Weiner.
The Writers Guild Theater.

Saturday, 7:30 p.m.: Salman Rushdie will sign and discuss his autobiography "Joseph Anton" at the Mandeville Auditorium at UC San Diego, presented by Warwick’s and UC San Diego’s Revelle Forum.

Sunday, 2 p.m.: Martin Amis presents, discusses and signs his new novel, "Lionel Asbo: State of England." Barnes & Noble 3rd Street Promenade

Sunday, 7:30 p.m.: Wyclef Jean performs and discusses his memoir "Purpose: An Immigrant's Story," with Geoff Boucher, at the Aero Theatre. Live Talks LA

Monday, 7 p.m.: Sylvie Simmons discusses and signs “I'm Your Man: The Life of Leonard Cohen.” Book Soup

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