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LA TIMES IDEAS EXCHANGE and SKYLIGHT BOOKS present JOE BIDEN as he discusses his book PROMISE ME, DAD live with PATT MORRISON at the ORPHEUM THEATRE

Promise Me, Dad: A Year of Hope, Hardship, and Purpose (Flatiron Books)

Join Vice President Joe Biden for a night of conversation that will go beyond 280-character arguments to connect friends and neighbors around the topics that matter most. Vice President Biden will reveal the big political moments of his career, the life-altering choices he made, and the key traits that have helped him persevere through challenges. Vice President Biden will be in conversation with Patt Morrison. PLEASE NOTE: This event is at the Orpheum Theatre located at 842 S Broadway, Los Angeles, CA 90014. 

Tickets on sale Wednesday,
December 20, Noon PT

Balcony tickets range from $60-$75, orchestra tickets range from $125-$145, and mezzanine tickets are $145 and all seats include a copy of his #1 New York Times bestselling memoir, Promise Me, Dad: A Year of Hope, Hardship, and Purpose.

Special Guest tickets — with signed book, meet and greet and photo opportunity with the Vice President — are also available for $450. You must purchase seats in the first five rows to receive these seats. The meet and greet will take place either immediately before or after the performance. Special Guest ticketholders will receive an email approximately one week prior to the show with a detailed itinerary listing out all timing and instructions. For more information, please contact VIPEXP@caapremium.com

About Promise Me, Dad:

A deeply moving memoir about the year that would forever change both a family and a country.

In November 2014, thirteen members of the Biden family gathered on Nantucket for Thanksgiving, a tradition they had been celebrating for the past forty years; it was the one constant in what had become a hectic, scrutinized, and overscheduled life. The Thanksgiving holiday was a much-needed respite, a time to connect, a time to reflect on what the year had brought, and what the future might hold. But this year felt different from all those that had come before. Joe and Jill Biden's eldest son, Beau, had been diagnosed with a malignant brain tumor fifteen months earlier, and his survival was uncertain. "Promise me, Dad," Beau had told his father. "Give me your word that no matter what happens, you're going to be all right." Joe Biden gave him his word.

Promise Me, Dad chronicles the year that followed, which would be the most momentous and challenging in Joe Biden's extraordinary life and career. Vice President Biden traveled more than a hundred thousand miles that year, across the world, dealing with crises in Ukraine, Central America, and Iraq. When a call came from New York, or Capitol Hill, or Kyiv, or Baghdad--"Joe, I need your help"--he responded. For twelve months, while Beau fought for and then lost his life, the vice president balanced the twin imperatives of living up to his responsibilities to his country and his responsibilities to his family. And never far away was the insistent and urgent question of whether he should seek the presidency in 2016.

The year brought real triumph and accomplishment, and wrenching pain. But even in the worst times, Biden was able to lean on the strength of his long, deep bonds with his family, on his faith, and on his deepening friendship with the man in the Oval Office, Barack Obama.

Writing with poignancy and immediacy, Joe Biden allows readers to feel the urgency of each moment, to experience the days when he felt unable to move forward as well as the days when he felt like he could not afford to stop.

This is a book written not just by the vice president, but by a father, grandfather, friend, and husband. Promise Me, Dad is a story of how family and friendships sustain us and how hope, purpose, and action can guide us through the pain of personal loss into the light of a new future.

Joe Biden represented Delaware for 36 years in the U.S. Senate before serving as 47th Vice President of the United States from 2009 to 2017. As the Vice President, Joe Biden addressed important issues facing the nation and represented America abroad, traveling over 1.2 million miles to more than 50 countries. He convened sessions of the President’s Cabinet, led interagency efforts, and worked with Congress in his fight to raise the living standards of middle class Americans, reduce gun violence, address violence against women, and end cancer as we know it. 

Since leaving the White House, Vice President Biden continues his legacy of expanding opportunity for all with the creation of the Biden Foundation, the Biden Cancer Initiative, the Penn Biden Center for Diplomacy and Global Engagement at the University of Pennsylvania, and the Biden Domestic Policy Institute at the University of Delaware. He is the author of Promises to Keep: On Life and Politics and the #1 New York Times bestselling memoir Promise Me, Dad: A Year of Hope, Hardship, and Purpose.

Event date: 
Wednesday, January 10, 2018 - 7:30pm
Event address: 
842 S Broadway
Los Angeles, CA 90014