CalCap Presents Literary Events


Sunday, February 23rd @ 2:30pm
Ed Asner and Ed Weinberger
The Grouchy Historian

Emmy Award-winning actor, Ed Asner, recounts tales from his amazing life in this charming and hilarious memoir. From his colorful childhood as the son of a junkman growing up in the West Bottoms of Kansas City all the way through his spectacular acting career during the golden age of film and television, Ed recounts warm memories that are anything but ordinary. Son of a Junkman makes the reader feel as if they’ve pulled up a chair in Ed’s home just in time to catch the loveable Hollywood grump tell a story or two. Foreword by Paul Rudd.

About the Author: 

Ed Asner is a television legend, well known for his role as Lou Grant on The Mary Tyler Moore Show and subsequent spin-off Lou Grant. He is the winner of seven acting Emmy Awards and has been nominated a total of twenty times. Asner also made a name for himself as a trade unionist and a political activist. He served two terms as president of the Screen Actors Guild, from 1981-1985, during which he was an outspoken critic of former SAG President Ronald Reagan, then the US president, for his Central American policy. He lives in Los Angeles.

Events presented by “CalCap Presents” are free and open to the public. A purchase of the author’s book from the California Capital Film Office is required to attend the event. Books can be purchased on the day of the event or in advance by calling 916-706-2000. If you purchased the book in advance from us, save your receipt and that will be your entry ticket.


Wednesday, March 4th @ 7:00pm
Tiffany Schlain 
24/6: The Power of Unplugging One Day a Week

Book price is $26.00

Internet pioneer and renowned filmmaker Tiffany Shlain takes us on a provocative and entertaining journey through time and technology, introducing a strategy for living in our 24/7 world: turning off all screens for twenty-four hours each week. This practice, which she’s done for nearly a decade with her husband and kids (sixteen and ten), has completely changed their lives, giving them more time, productivity, connection, and presence. She and her family call it “Technology Shabbat.”

Drawn from the ancient ritual of Shabbat, living 24/6 can work for anyone from any background. With humor and wisdom, Shlain shares her story, offers lessons she has learned and provides a blueprint for how to do it yourself. Along the way, she delves into the neuroscience, philosophy, psychology, and history of a weekly day of rest across cultures, making the case for why we need to bring this ritual back.

A compelling personal story and a fascinating, far-reaching examination of the complex world we’ve created, 24/6 is a call to rebalance ourselves and our society.

About the Author: 

Honored by Newsweek as one of the “Women Shaping the 21st Century,” Tiffany Shlain is an Emmy-nominated filmmaker and founder of The Webby Awards. Tiffany’s films and work have received over eighty awards and distinctions including being selected for the Albert Einstein Foundation’s Genius: 100 Visions of the Future. NPR named her UC Berkeley address as one of its best commencement speeches and her films have premiered at top festivals including Sundance. She lectures worldwide on the relationship between technology and humanity. Find out more at TiffanyShlain.com and follow @TiffanyShlain.

Events presented by “CalCap Presents” are free and open to the public. A purchase of the author’s book from the California Capital Film Office is required to attend the event. Books can be purchased on the day of the event or in advance by calling 916-706-2000. If you purchased the book in advance from us, save your receipt and that will be your entry ticket.


Wednesday, March 11th @ 7:00pm
Doug Hutchison
Flushing Hollywood: Fake News, Fake Boobs

Book price is $19.99

Racism. Sexism. Betrayal. Alcoholism. Addiction. Bi-polarism. Ego. Infidelity. Triumph. Disappointment. Dishonesty. Seduction. Sex. Regrets. Insanity. Lies. Deception. Revenge. Greed. Heartache. Loss. 

These are only a handful of subjects author/actor/celebrity, Doug Hutchison, explores in his captivating, candid, and controversial memoirs, “Flushing Hollywood; Fake News, Fake Boobs”. After nearly three decades in Hollywood manifesting a successful career in the entertainment industry — for the first time ever — Hutchison shares a no-holds-barred account of not only his adventures in what he refers to as “The Toilet of Tinsel Town” brushing up against celebrities the likes of Tom Hanks, Jamie Foxx, Sean Penn, Samuel L Jackson, Leonardo DiCaprio, and many many more —but also exposes the naked truth behind his unconventional marriage to sixteen-year-old, Courtney Stodden [when he was fifty], their bitter-sweet six-year journey together, and how their union affected his career and personal life — including being blacklisted from Hollywood at large and the loss of his family, etc.

In the first half of “Flushing Hollywood; Fake News, Fake Boobs”, Hutchison takes the reader on a journey from childhood, to his struggles up the ladder of success, and eventual [ofttimes surreal and humorous] adventures co-starring in movies like “The Green Mile” [w/ Tom Hanks], “Bait” [w/ Jamie Foxx], and “I Am Sam” [with Sean Penn].  However — what sets Hutchison’s book apart from other “Hollywood Stories” from previous authors is — he’s unafraid of telling the truth.  Hutchison’s accounts will raise eyebrows and ruffle more than a few feathers. 

In the second half of “Flushing Hollywood: Fake News Fake Boobs”, Hutchison waxes prolific about his controversial, tumultuous, and often misunderstood marriage to sixteen-year-old, Courtney Stodden, and how their union not only turned Hollywood [and the world] upside-down, but killed the actor’s career as agents, talent managers, casting directors, producers, etc., dropped and blackballed him, the press pummeled him, and the public excoriated him.

Hutchison doesn’t stop there, though. He reveals — for the first time ever — specific aspects of his marriage that will shock, surprise, entertain, and astonish the reader.  Written with humor, wit, heartbreak, yet never malice nor meanspiritedness — Hutchison’s insightful “Flushing Hollywood; Fake News, Fake Boobs” — pulls no punches. It’s one-half tabloid sensation and the other: a page-turning unconventional love story. But the bottom line is: IT’S ALL TRUE 

About the Author: 

After over thirty years in Hollywood, California, manifesting a career in the entertainment industry, veteran actor/writer/director/producer/teacher, Doug Hutchison, has created an approach to acting and life itself entitled “The Art of Stillness”. Hutchison attended the Juilliard School in addition to honing his craft under the tutelage of Sanford Meisner. Film credits include playing “Percy Wetmore” in the Academy Award-nominated The Green Mile [w/Tom Hanks] and starring roles in Bait [w/Jamie Foxx], I Am Sam [w/Sean Penn], The Salton Sea [w/Val Kilmer], No Good Deed [w/Samuel Jackson], Moola [w/Daniel Baldwin] , The Burrowers [w/ Clancy Brown], Give ‘Em Hell Malone [w/ Thomas Jane], Punisher:War Zone [w/ Ray Stevenson], and The Talking Tree [w/Sally Kirkland].  Memorable television guest star appearances include CSI, Lie to Me, 24, Lost, Law&Order:SVU, and The X-Files. Along with conducting Art of Stillness workshops, and speaking engagements nationwide, he also produces/directs/acts in films [based on his original screenplays], and facilitates his talent firm, Dark Water Management. Hutchison’s autobiography, “Flushing Hollywood” — a candid tell-all of the actor’s adventures in the entertainment industry — will be published in 2020 and a one-man show [based on his book] will tour theaters nationwide as well. Hutchison is also in the midst of writing several children’s books including a series entitled Dourtney the Dreaming Dog inspired by his beloved six-year-old Italian Greyhound, Dourtney, who — according to Doug — sleeps [and dreams] most all day and night! Doug and Dourtney currently live in Royal Oak, Michigan.

Events presented by “CalCap Presents” are free and open to the public. A purchase of the author’s book from the California Capital Film Office is required to attend the event. Books can be purchased on the day of the event or in advance by calling 916-706-2000. If you purchased the book in advance from us, save your receipt and that will be your entry ticket.


Wednesday, March 18
Christine Pelosi
The Nancy Pelosi Way

Book price is $19.99

In this personal and important book Christine Pelosi takes a close look at how her mother went from homemaker to Speaker of the House of Representatives and became the most powerful female politician in America. Her book addresses Speaker Pelosi’s role in current events and offers advice on politics, family, and friendship gleaned from her mother’s life.

From her childhood in Baltimore to her hands-on motherhood in San Francisco to her national leadership, this book demonstrates how a mother of five and grandmother of nine achieved her success. Chapters include:

  • Know Your Power
  • Proper Preparation Prevents Poor Performance
  • Know Your Authentic Self
  • Claim Your Seat at the Table
  • Build Strategic Alliances
  • Don’t Agonize, Organize
  • And more.

In 2007, Nancy Pelosi became the highest-ranking elected female government official in US history when she started her tenure as Speaker of the House of Representatives. In January 2019, she began her third term as Speaker during a tumultuous time in American political history. Having represented San Francisco for thirty-two years, she has become well-known for her work to expand health care, lift up workers, protect the environment, promote human rights, and make progress for the American people regardless of the president in the White House or the party controlling Congress.

This book serves as the perfect guide for anyone looking to enter public service or prosper as a leader in their own field.

About the Author: 

Christine Pelosi is Speaker of the US House of Representatives, Nancy Pelosi’s oldest daughter. She is an attorney and advocate serving as counsel for We Said Enough and partner at IMPACT. She has worked as a Deputy City Attorney and Assistant District Attorney in San Francisco, special counsel to HUD in the Clinton-Gore administration, and a chief of staff on Capitol Hill. 

Elected as California Democratic Party Women’s Caucus Chair and Democratic National Committee Executive Committeewoman, Pelosi is the author of Campaign Boot Camp and Campaign Boot Camp 2.0 and has traveled to forty-one states and four foreign countries conducting leadership training. A member of the San Francisco Giants Community Fund Board, Christine resides in San Francisco, California, with her husband, Emmy-nominated filmmaker Peter Kaufman, and their daughter, Isabella.

Events presented by “CalCap Presents” are free and open to the public. A purchase of the author’s book from the California Capital Film Office is required to attend the event. Books can be purchased on the day of the event or in advance by calling 916-706-2000. If you purchased the book in advance from us, save your receipt and that will be your entry ticket.

Thursday March 19th @ 7:00pm
Adrian Maher
Uninvited: Confessions of a Hollywood Party Crasher

Book price is $16.99

Drawing on more than 20 years of interviews, anecdotes, and personal experiences, Uninvited: Confessions of a Hollywood Party Crasher recounts the unique journey of a former Los Angeles Times reporter who, struggling with the collapse of his industry and personal tragedies, falls in with a group of intrepid gatecrashers who routinely pierce Tinseltown’s celebrity party circuit. Author Adrian Maher is the first to chronicle this unique subterranean culture in La La Land – a group of social strivers, ambitious outliers, compulsive risk-takers, and dysfunctional characters seeking access to a famous and exclusive society from which they’ve been banned. 

Uninvited uses all the author’s skills as a veteran reporter, television producer, private investigator, archivist, and humorous storyteller to reveal the unseen capers, snafus, and mishaps behind Hollywood’s palace gates against a backdrop of America’s fascination with celebrity culture. And it exposes the personal struggles of an adrenaline-addicted gatecrasher facing perpetual moral challenges, physical dangers, and psychological stressors that culminate in near disaster.

About the Author: 

Adrian Maher was a reporter for the Los Angeles Times, and a freelance journalist for UPI, Newsweek, Time Magazine and the L.A. Weekly. He has written, directed, and produced dozens of television programs for Discovery, History, National Geographic, ABC, Fox, MSNBC, and Travel channels.

Events presented by “CalCap Presents” are free and open to the public. A purchase of the author’s book from the California Capital Film Office is required to attend the event. Books can be purchased on the day of the event or in advance by calling 916-706-2000. If you purchased the book in advance from us, save your receipt and that will be your entry ticket.


Wednesday, March 25th @ 7:00pm
Louie Kemp
Dylan and Me: 50 Years of Adventures

Book price is $29.95

‘It was at summer camp in northern Wisconsin in 1953 that I first met Bobby Zimmerman from Hibbing. He was twelve years old and he had a guitar. He would go around telling everybody that he was going to be a rock-and-roll star. I was eleven and I believed him.” So begins this honest, funny, and deeply affectionate memoir of a friendship that has spanned five decades of wild adventures, soul searching conversation, musical milestones, and enduring comradery. 

As Bobby Zimmerman became Bob Dylan and Louie Kemp built a successful international business, their lives diverged but their friendship held fast. No matter how much time passed between one adventure and the next, the two ”boys from the North Country” picked up where they left off and shared experiences that will surprise and delight Dylan fans and anybody who loves a rollicking-good rock-and-roll memoir.
From little Bobby’s very first public appearance (on a roof at Herzl Camp) through his formative years in Minnesota and New York and his rise to global superstardom, Louie Kemp was by his side-a trusted ally and confidant as Bob figured out how to share his gifts without compromising who he was. 

Louie produced Bob’s groundbreaking Rolling Thunder Revue-described in riveting detail here-and traveled with him in the rarefied world of the rock star, but he also shared quiet moments and intimate experiences. Louie’s own words best describe the relationship at the heart of Dylan & Me: ‘‘We have always had open minds, taken risks, helped the underdog. We have laughed at the same jokes and confided our deepest thoughts and fears. We have never needed anything from each other but have always been there for each other.” What better definition of friendship could anybody want? 

About the Author: 

Louis Kemp was born in Duluth Minnesota. Shortly before graduating college, he left school to take over his father’s Lake Superior fish business, expanding it into Alaska and making it one of the most successful seafood operations in the country. Louie produced Bob Dylan’s legendary Rolling Thunder Revue tours and traveled with him all over the world as a trusted ally and friend. As a respected and devout member of the Jewish community, Louie is the ”father” of Aish Ha Torah’s Discovery Program, attended by more than 500,000 people worldwide, and the founder of Chabad of Pacific Palisades, California. Most meaningful to him of all, he is the proud father of six great children and five grandchildren…and counting. He lives in Los Angeles, California.

Events presented by “CalCap Presents” are free and open to the public. A purchase of the author’s book from the California Capital Film Office is required to attend the event. Books can be purchased on the day of the event or in advance by calling 916-706-2000. If you purchased the book in advance from us, save your receipt and that will be your entry ticket.


Wednesday, March 31st @ 7:00pm
Tom Sizemore
By Some Miracle I made it Out of There: A Memoir

Book price is $19.99

Tom Sizemore has been called many things. Brilliant. Brutal. Fiercely talented. Angry. Drug addicted. In reality, he’s all of them. He’s a survivor of the Detroit ghetto, the fifty-six-year-old father of twin boys, and a veteran of dozens of movies. He’s also now sober, after his addiction took his life just about as far down as any human being could go.

Through screen-stealing performances in the 1990s movies Saving Private RyanTrue Romance, Heat, and Natural Born Killers, Sizemore was so in demand that even when it was widely known that he had a drug problem, directors like Steven Spielberg were offering him roles and begging him to stay sober for them. Robert De Niro personally recruited him for the role of Michael

Cheritto in Heat after asking him to dinner and expressing his admiration. Jack Nicholson, Robert Downey, Jr., and Johnny Depp each went out of their way to befriend him. But this same man went from romancing Elizabeth Hurley and Juliette Lewis to being accused of domestic violence by the world’s most famous madam, and moved from a Beverly Hills mansion to a solitary-confinement cell at Chino State Prison and later a desolate, abandoned cabin in a town best known for being where Charles Manson hid Rosemary LaBianca’s wallet.

For years, Sizemore’s days were filled with overdoses, suicide attempts, and homelessness. The simple fact is that people don’t come back from where Tom Sizemore landed—yet miraculously, he did. By Some Miracle I Made It Out of There is a harrowing journey into the heart of addiction, told in riveting and often shocking detail—a terrifying cautionary tale for anyone who’s peered over the abyss of drug abuse. By turns gritty and heartbreaking, it is also one man’s look at a particular moment in entertainment history—a window into the drug-fueled spotlight that sent Robert Downey, Jr. to jail and killed River Phoenix, Heath Ledger, and Chris Farley and many others far before their time.

About the Author:

Tom Sizemore rose in prominence as an actor throughout the 1990s, establishing himself as a memorable tough-guy character. Born in Detroit, he got his start in Born on the Fourth of July and has since starred in Devil in a Blue DressStrange DaysWyatt EarpNatural Born KillersHeatSaving Private Ryan, and Black Hawk Down, among many others. Sizemore recently co-starred in Fox’s television pilot Exit Strategy and had a recurring guest-star role on Hawaii Five-O. Sizemore has counseled both teens involved in substance abuse and recovering addicts and is actively involved with the Hollenbeck Youth Center in East Los Angeles.

Events presented by “CalCap Presents” are free and open to the public. A purchase of the author’s book from the California Capital Film Office is required to attend the event. Books can be purchased on the day of the event or in advance by calling 916-706-2000. If you purchased the book in advance from us, save your receipt and that will be your entry ticket.


Date, TBA
Stephen Tapert
Best Actress: History of Oscar-Winning Women

Book price is $39.95

Ingrid Bergman. Audrey Hepburn. Elizabeth Taylor. Jane Fonda. Meryl Streep. The list of women who have won the coveted and legendary Academy Award for Best Actress is long and varied. Through this illustrious roster, we can trace the history of women in Hollywood, from the rise of Mary Pickford in the early 20th century to the #MeToo and Time’s Up movements of today, which have galvanized women across the world to speak out for equal pay, respect, power, and opportunity.

This lavishly illustrated coffee-table book offers a vital examination of the first 75 women to have won the Best Actress Oscar over the span of 90 years. From inaugural recipient Janet Gaynor to Frances McDormand’s 2018 acceptance speech that assertively brought women to the forefront, Best Actress: The History of Oscar®-Winning Women serves to promote a new appreciation for the cinematic roles these women won for, as well as the real-life roles many of them played – and still play – in advancing women’s rights and equality. Stories range from Bette Davis’ groundbreaking battle against the studio system; to the cutting-edge wardrobes of Katharine Hepburn, Diane Keaton, and Cher; to the historical significance of Halle Berry’s victory; to the awareness raised around sexual violence by the performances of Jodie Foster, Brie Larson, and others.

Showcasing a dazzling collection of 200 photographs, many of which have never before been seen or published, Best Actress honors the legacies of these revered and extraordinary women while scrutinizing the roadblocks that they continue to overcome.

This is a great book for any lover of the Movies or a great gift book for someone who is. 

About the Author:

STEPHEN TAPERT earned his M.A. from the University of Chicago. He worked for eight years at the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, where, as a museum researcher, he provided foundational work for the Academy Museum of Motion Pictures. He subsequently curated an exhibition on the Best Actress Oscar winners at the Museo Nazionale del Cinema in Turin, Italy, and at the Deutsche Kinemathek in Berlin, Germany. He currently teaches film studies at the New York Film Academy in Los Angeles.

Events presented by “CalCap Presents” are free and open to the public. A purchase of the author’s book from the California Capital Film Office is required to attend the event. Books can be purchased on the day of the event or in advance by calling 916-706-2000. If you purchased the book in advance from us, save your receipt and that will be your entry ticket.