Larry Grobel | The “Mozart of Interviewers,” at Library Thrusday, August 23, 2018

Writer of 28 books in regard to some of the world's most famous celebrities visits the South Pasadena Public Library Community Room

PHOTO: Lawrence Grobel | | Grobel with Anthony Keidis of the Red Hot Chili Peppers

An Author Night with celebrated writer Lawrence Grobel, who has penned 28 books on many of the most world’s most famous celebrities, will be presented in the South Pasadena Public Library Community Room on Thursday, August 23 at 7 pm. Larry also writes for national magazines and newspapers, including the “New York Times,” “Newsday,” “Rolling Stone,” “Entertainment Weekly,” “Cosmopolitan,” and “Writer’s Digest”. “Playboy” called him “the interviewer’s interviewer” after his interview with Marlon Brando for their 25th anniversary issue. Grobel subsequently made national news resulting from his interviews with controversial Governor Jesse Ventura and fiery basketball coach Bob Knight.

PHOTO: Lawrence Grobel | | Larry Grobel

Joyce Carol Oates has called Larry Grobel “the Mozart of interviewers” and J.P. Donleavy has called him “the most intelligent interviewer in the United States.” From 2001 to 2011 he taught seminars on The Art of the Interview, The Literature of Journalism,, and Autobiography & the Memoir at UCLA, and returned there to teach again in 2017. In 2013 Grobel appeared as himself in Al Pacino’s film “Wilde Salome” and in Shane Salerno’s film about J.D. Salinger. Larry is married to artist and textile designer Hiromi Oda and they have two daughters..

PHOTO: Lawrence Grobel | | Larry with Truman Capote

Grobel’s numerous bestselling and award-winning books include “Conversations with Capote,” “The Hustons,” Conversations with Brando,” Talking with Michener,” “Above the Line: Conversations About the Movies,” “The Art of the Interview,” “Al Pacino: In Conversation with Lawrence Grobel,” “Barbra Streisand,” and Meryl Streep. Video clips of Larry’s interviews with such icons as Robin Williams, Allen Ginsberg, Miles Davis, and John Huston will be screened during the library event.

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PHOTO: Lawrence Grobel | | Lawrence and Robin Williams

A Q & A with Larry will be conducted by Dean Ghaffari, an actor, playwright, and teacher who lives in South Pasadena. A few years ago, Dean performed his living history portrayal of Sal Mineo, “Rebel With a Cause” to a standing ovation at the Library. Audience members will also be able to pose questions.

The Community Room is located at 1115 El Centro Street. Doors will open at 6:30 p.m. and refreshments will be served. No tickets or reservations are necessary. Autographed copies of Lawrence Grobel’s books will be available for purchase. Special thanks to 210eastsound. For more information please call (626) 403-7350.

PHOTO: Lawrence Grobel | | Larry with two famous figures: Al Pacino and the Eiffel Tower
PHOTO: Dean Ghaffair | | Dean Ghaffari South Pasadena Actor, Playwright and Educator

Free parking is available in the South Pasadena Unified School District lot at 1020 El Centro Street (entrance from Fairview Avenue between El Centro and Mission) and after noon at the Mission Meridian Parking Garage located at 805 Meridian Avenue adjacent to the Metro Gold Line Station, only one block from the Library.

Upon request made no later than four (4) business days before the event, the City will provide a reasonable accommodation for a qualified person with a disability to have equal access to the event. Please contact ADA Coordinator and Human Resources Manager, Mariam Lee Ko, at (626) 403-7312 or fill out the City’s request form and email the form to Human Resources at