Book talks at Chevalier’s continue – but online

| June 3, 2020 | 0 Comments

A LARGE AUDIENCE attended the Chevalier’s Books event – from the comfort of attendees’ own homes.

It seemed like it was an even larger-than-normal crowd of lovers of intellectual stimulus who attended a recent book talk at our favorite independent bookseller in late May. Counting all the faces on multiple Zoom screens calculated an audience of approximately 75 people enjoying the conversation among author Jim Newton and Windsor Square local attorneys, Bert H. Deixler and Mary D. Nichols.

MODERATOR Bert H. Deixler, co-owner of Chevalier’s Books on Larchmont Blvd.

Deixler, co-owner of the bookstore (the city’s oldest independent bookseller), served as moderator of the discussion between Newton, who has been a reporter, bureau chief and editor at the “Los Angeles Times,” and Nichols, who has worked with Gov. Jerry Brown on environmental issues for decades and serves currently as chair of the powerful California Air Resources Board.

A Chevalier’s e-mail alert explained that: “We are finally venturing into the daunting frontier of cyberspace in our first ever virtual author Q&A.”

The online event was a resounding success as the two knowledgeable guests answered questions from Deixler, as well as questions he received electronically and conveyed to Newton and Nichols.

VETERAN REPORTER Jim Newton is the author of a new book on former Gov. Jerry Brown.

Newton, who also wrote “Justice for All,” an acclaimed biography of Justice Earl Warren in 2006, just completed his multi-year project of interviewing Gov. Brown and researching archives and more to publish “Man of Tomorrow,” which went on sale last month.

The speakers spoke candidly about Brown, the subject of Newton’s new book. Both Newton, through his interviewing, and Nichols, through years of working with Brown, have significant insights about him. Newton had Brown’s exclusive cooperation in preparing the new account of Brown’s life story. Nichols has worked with Brown on and off, going back 45 years, beginning in 1975 in his first administration as California’s governor. When Brown became governor again in 2010, Nichols continued to serve on the Air Resources Board.

AIR RESOURCES BOARD Chair and Windsor Square resident Mary D. Nichols.

“Man of Tomorrow” is available at Chevalier’s, 126 N. Larchmont Blvd.

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