Book Soup & Spaceland presents An Evening with Ben Folds


We are so happy to present American singer-songwriter, Ben Folds, in conversation with Bob Saget, discussing and signing, the New York Times Bestseller A Dream about Lightning Bugs: A Life of Music and Cheap Lessons, a memoir that is as nuanced, witty, and relatable as his cult-classic songs.

Ben Folds is a celebrated American singer-songwriter, beloved for songs such as "Brick," "You Don't Know Me," "Rockin' the Suburbs," and "The Luckiest," and is the former frontman of the alternative rock band Ben Folds Five. But Folds will be the first to tell you he's an unconventional icon, more normcore than hardcore. Now, in his first book, Folds looks back at his life so far in a charming and wise chronicle of his artistic coming of age, infused with the wry observations of a natural storyteller.

In the title chapter, "A Dream About Lightning Bugs," Folds recalls his earliest childhood dream--and realizes how much it influenced his understanding of what it means to be an artist. In "Measure Twice, Cut Once" he learns to resist the urge to skip steps during the creative process. In "Hall Pass" he recounts his 1970s North Carolina working-class childhood, and in "Cheap Lessons" he returns to the painful life lessons he learned the hard way--but that luckily didn't kill him.

In his inimitable voice, both relatable and thought-provoking, Folds digs deep into the life experiences that shaped him, imparting hard-earned wisdom about both art and life. Collectively, these stories embody the message Folds has been singing about for years: Smile like you've got nothing to prove, because it hurts to grow up, and life flies by in seconds.


"Besides being super talented, and an incredibly poignant and multifaceted musician, Ben Folds is a fantastic author. I couldn't put this book down--and not just because I taped it to my hand. Ben takes us into his mind and into his process from the very beginnings of his childhood to where he is today--one of the greatest musicians and writers that has ever graced the art." --Bob Saget

Ben Folds will perform a couple of songs at this event.

This event will take place at the Regent Theatre DTLA located at 448 S Main St, Los Angeles, CA 90013. Doors open at 7:00pm, event starts at 8:00pm. 

Tickets:  $35.00 (all tickets are general admission and include one entry & one copy of the New York Times Bestseller, A Dream about Lightning Bugs, which will be handed out at “check in” along with a signing line ticket. A book signing will follow the program)

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Event date: 
Monday, September 16, 2019 - 8:00pm
Event address: 
Regent Theater
448 S. Main Street
Los Angeles, CA 90013