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LOS ANGELES TIMES PRESENTS IDEAS EXCHANGE WITH TREVOR NOAH, AT THE ACE HOTEL

Born A Crime: Stories from a South African Childhood (Spiegel & Grau) 

NOTE: THIS READING WILL BE HELD AT THE THEATER AT THE ACE HOTEL (929 SOUTH BROADWAY, LOS ANGELES, CA 90012) AND TICKETS ARE REQUIRED FOR ENTRY. This is a co-sponsored event with the Los Angeles Times and tickets can be purchased HERE.  Because this is a co-sponsored event, with tiered ticket pricing, we're unable to provide Friends With Benefit discounts. Thank you for your understanding.

The compelling, inspiring, and comically sublime story of one man's coming-of-age, set during the twilight of apartheid and the tumultuous days of freedom that followed.

Trevor Noah's unlikely path from apartheid South Africa to the desk of The Daily Show began with a criminal act: his birth. Trevor was born to a white Swiss father and a black Xhosa mother at a time when such a union was punishable by five years in prison. Living proof of his parents indiscretion, Trevor was kept mostly indoors for the earliest years of his life, bound by the extreme and often absurd measures his mother took to hide him from a government that could, at any moment, steal him away. Finally liberated by the end of South Africa's tyrannical white rule, Trevor and his mother set forth on a grand adventure, living openly and freely and embracing the opportunities won by a centuries-long struggle. 

Born a Crime is the story of a mischievous young boy who grows into a restless young man as he struggles to find himself in a world where he was never supposed to exist. It is also the story of that young man's relationship with his fearless, rebellious, and fervently religious mother his teammate, a woman determined to save her son from the cycle of poverty, violence, and abuse that would ultimately threaten her own life. The stories collected here are by turns hilarious, dramatic, and deeply affecting. Whether subsisting on caterpillars for dinner during hard times, being thrown from a moving car during an attempted kidnapping, or just trying to survive the life-and-death pitfalls of dating in high school, Trevor illuminates his curious world with an incisive wit and unflinching honesty. His stories weave together to form a moving and searingly funny portrait of a boy making his way through a damaged world in a dangerous time, armed only with a keen sense of humor and a mother's unconventional, unconditional love. 

Trevor Noah is a comedian from South Africa and the host of The Daily Show on Comedy Central.

Event date: 
Tuesday, November 22, 2016 - 7:30pm
Event address: 
1818 N Vermont Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90027
Born a Crime: Stories from a South African Childhood Cover Image
$28.00
ISBN: 9780399588174
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Spiegel & Grau - November 15th, 2016