Book Soup & The Beverly Hills Public Library present Christine Lahti, in conversation with Rob Reiner, discussing and signing True Stories from an Unreliable Eyewitness: A Feminist Coming of Age


A fiercely intelligent, hilarious, and deeply feminist collection of interrelated personal stories from Academy, Emmy, and Golden Globe Award-winning actress and director Christine Lahti.

For decades, actress and director Christine Lahti has captivated the hearts and minds of her audience through iconic roles in Chicago Hope, Running on Empty, Housekeeping, And Justice for All, Swing Shift, Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, God of Carnage, and The Blacklist. Now, in True Stories from an Unreliable Eyewitness, this acclaimed performer channels her creativity inward to share her own story for the first time on the page.

In this poignant essay collection, Lahti focuses on three major periods of her life: her childhood, her early journey as an actress and activist, and the realities of her life as a middle-aged woman in Hollywood today. Lahti's comical and self-deprecating voice shines through in stories such as "Kidnapped" and "Shit Happens," and she takes a boldly honest look at the painful fissures in her family in pieces such as "Mama Mia" and "Running on Empty." Taken together, the collection illuminates watershed moments in Lahti's life, revealing her struggle to maintain integrity, fight her need for perfection, and remain true to her feminist inclinations.

True Stories from an Unreliable Eyewitness is about the power of storytelling to affirm and reframe the bedrock of who we are, revealing that we're all unreliable eyewitnesses when it comes to our deeply personal memories. Told in a wildly fresh, unique voice, and with the unshakable ability to laugh at herself time and again, this is Christine Lahti's best performance yet. (Harper Wave)


Interviewer Rob Reiner first came to fame as an actor in the landmark television series “All In the Family” before going on to become the acclaimed director of some of the most popular and influential motion pictures of the past few decades, deftly moving among many styles. Reiner is a noted political activist and led the campaign to establish the California Children & Families Commission and its $500 million annual revenue stream. Reiner served as the Commission’s chair for seven years.  He and his wife Michele also helped found the American Foundation for Equal Rights, which won a landmark Supreme Court court challenge to California’s Prop. 8 same sex marriage ban. They are currently helping lead the Committee to Investigate Russia, a nonprofit, non-partisan resource to help Americans recognize and understand the gravity of Russia’s continuing attacks on our democracy. 


This event will take place at the Beverly Hills Library located at 444 N Rexford Dr, Beverly Hills, CA 90210. Questions? Please call Book Soup at (310) 659-3110 or visit

Tickets: $27.00 per person (includes one copy of True Stories from an Unreliable Eyewitness), now available on Eventbrite.


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Event date: 
Tuesday, April 17, 2018 - 7:00pm
Event address: 
Beverly Hills Public Library
444 N. Rexford Drive
Beverly Hills, CA 90210