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Open Book Presents: Ben H. Winters in Discussion with Charles Yu

In a world governed by absolute truth,

lies are as dangerous as murder.

Imagine living in a society where truth is held to be the highest good. Now imagine you’re a detective assigned to investigate a routine case of a man falling off a roof. And the more you investigate, the more the “facts” don’t add up, until you fall down a rabbit hole and your sense of reality is completely shattered. “A fascinating examination that takes fidelity and correctness down a freaky Orwellian Path.” – U.S.A. Today

Come see best-selling author Ben H. Winters talk about his dystopian masterpiece, Golden State, in the perfect law and order setting – the Western Justice Center, Maxwell House. First, mingle with other guests at a pre-event hosted happy hour featuring our signature cocktail, Truth Serum. Then take in an animated discussion about truth, lies, and everything in between with Ben H. Winters and moderator Charles Yu, author of the forthcoming novel Interior Chinatown. Afterwards, join the author for a book signing and dessert reception.

It's the perfect evening for those who prefer their

socializing with intellectual stimulation . . . and that’s no lie!

Ben H. Winters in Discussion with Charles Yu

At the historic Western Justice Center, Maxwell House

Thursday, October 24, 2019

7:00 to 9:00 PM


Tickets must be purchased in advance. $50.00 General /$35.00 Student & Educator 

OPEN BOOK. It's not just an event. It's an experience.

Pasadena Literary Alliance |


Event Date: 
Thursday, October 24, 2019 - 7:00pm
55 S. Grand Ave..
Pasadena, CA 91105
Golden State Cover Image
ISBN: 9780316505413
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Mulholland Books - January 22nd, 2019

From award-winning, New York Times bestselling novelist Ben H. Winters comes a mind-bending novel set in a world governed by absolute truth, where lies are as dangerous as murder. 
In a strange alternate society that values law and truth above all else, Laszlo Ratesic is a nineteen-year veteran of the Speculative Service. He lives in the Golden State, a nation standing where California once did, a place where like-minded Americans retreated after the erosion of truth and the spread of lies made public life and governance impossible. 
In the Golden State, knowingly contradicting the truth is the greatest crime--and stopping those crimes is Laz's job. In its service, he is one of the few individuals permitted to harbor untruths, to "speculate" on what might have happened. 
But the Golden State is less a paradise than its name might suggest. To monitor, verify, and enforce the truth requires a veritable panopticon of surveillance and recording. And when those in control of the facts twist them for nefarious means, the Speculators are the only ones with the power to fight back.