in partnership with The Carlsbad City Library
About the Event
Adventures by the Book is pleased to partner with the Carlsbad City Library for a Joan B. Kroc & Building a Better World Free Library Adventure with acclaimed author & journalist, Lisa Napoli.
Joan B. Kroc is considered to be one of the greatest philanthropists of our time. In her lifetime she gave away billions of dollars to landmark organizations and causes, often not popular at the time, always aspiring to build a better world. Intrigued by an obscure piece of Los Angeles art, Lisa Napoli was compelled to research the Krocs: their history, their romance, and their legacy. Join us at The Carlsbad Library for an author talk on Ray & Joan and learn how Lisa delved into the lives of this paramount couple. Guests will leave awed by the insights Lisa unearthed during her research and inspired to follow in the footsteps of the spectacular woman, Joan B. Kroc.
Don't miss the opportunity to join us on this Free Library Adventure for look into the life of 'The Man Who Made the McDonald's Fortune and the Woman Who Gave It All Away', Q&A with the author, and book signing.
About the Author and Book
Born and raised in Brooklyn, New York, Lisa Napoli has lived for the last dozen years in southern California, where she was inspired to write this book by a public artwork with a mysterious provenance. In her three decades as a journalist, she’s worked for The New York Times, MSNBC, the public radio show Marketplace, and a variety of other outlets. She’s covered everything from presidential campaigns, to hacker conventions and a hostage standoff, to the dawn of the World Wide Web. Her first book, Radio Shangri-La, is about the impact of media culture on the mysterious Kingdom of Bhutan, where she was invited to help start a radio station at the dawn of democratic rule.
Ray & Joan is a quintessentially American tale of corporate intrigue and private passion: a struggling Mad Men–era salesman with a vision for a fast-food franchise that would become one of the world’s most enduring brands, and a beautiful woman willing to risk her marriage and her reputation to promote controversial causes that touched her deeply.
Event is free and open to the public and registration is not necessary. However, seating is limited and expected to fill quickly, so stay tuned to learn how you can obtain your free tickets for admission. Information available soon at Carlsbad City Library.
Books will be available at the event for purchase and signing, or pre-order a signed copy below of Ray & Joan to be delivered at the event.