USD and Warwick's Books Welcome Top Authors to Campus This Fall

The University of San Diego’s (USD) College of Arts & Sciences and Warwick’s Books are proud to present the following conversations with authors this fall.


Information regarding each author and each event is detailed below including how to purchase tickets.


Gretchen Rubin, author

Wednesday, September 20 at 7 p.m.

Joan B. Kroc Institute for Peace and Justice Theatre

In this groundbreaking analysis of personality type, bestselling author of Better Than Before and The Happiness Project Gretchen Rubin reveals the one simple question that will transform what you do at home, at work and in life. During her multibook investigation into understanding human nature, Gretchen Rubin realized that by asking the seemingly dry question, “How do I respond to expectations?” we gain explosive self-knowledge. She discovered that, based on their answer, people fit into four tendencies: upholders, questioners, obligers and rebels. Our tendency shapes every aspect of our behavior, so using this framework allows us to make better decisions, meet deadlines, suffer less stress and engage more effectively.

Tickets are $25.86 and include one copy of The Four Tendencies. Tickets are available at


Garry Wills, author

Sunday, October 8 at 4 p.m.

Joan B. Kroc Institute for Peace and Justice Theatre

America’s leading religious scholar and public intellectual introduces lay readers to the Qur’an with a measured, powerful reading of the ancient text. In What the Qur’an Meant, Pulitzer Prize winner Wills invites readers to join him as he embarks on a timely and necessary reconsideration of the Qur’an, leading us through perplexing passages with insight and erudition. In this book, Wills reads the Qur’an with sympathy but with rigor, trying to discover why other non-Muslims — such as Pope Francis — find it an inspiring book, worthy to guide people down through the centuries. What Wills does resembles the work of art restorers who clean away accumulated layers of dust to find the original meaning. What the Qur’an Meant is the opening of a conversation on one of the world’s most practiced religions.

Tickets are $26.94 and include one copy of What the Qur’an Meant. Tickets are available at


Alice Hoffman, author 

Monday, October 16 at 7 p.m.

Joan B. Kroc Institute for Peace and Justice Theatre

From beloved author Alice Hoffman comes the spellbinding prequel to her bestseller, Practical Magic. For the Owens family, love is a curse that began in 1620, when Maria Owens was charged with witchery for loving the wrong man. Hundreds of years later, in New York City at the cusp of the ’60s, when the whole world is about to change, Susanna Owens knows that her three children are dangerously unique. From the start, Susanna sets down rules for her children: no walking in the moonlight, no red shoes, no wearing black, no cats, no crows, no candles, no books about magic. And most importantly, never, ever, fall in love. But when her children visit their Aunt Isabelle, in the small Massachusetts town where the Owens family has been blamed for everything that has ever gone wrong, they uncover family secrets and begin to understand the truth of who they are. Back in New York City, each begins a risky journey as they try to escape the family curse.

Tickets are $30.15 and include one copy of The Rules of Magic. Tickets are available at


Scott Kelly, astronaut and author

Monday, November 13 at 7 p.m. 

Shiley Theatre, Camino Hall

The veteran of four space flights and the American record holder for consecutive days spent in space, Scott Kelly has experienced things very few have. In his new book Endurance: A Year in Space, A Lifetime of Discovery, he describes navigating the extreme challenge of longterm spaceflight: the devastating effects on the body, the isolation from everyone he loves and the comforts of Earth, the pressures of constant close cohabitation, the catastrophic risks of depressurization or colliding with space junk, and the still more haunting threat of being unable to help should tragedy strike at home. A natural storyteller and modern-day hero, Kelly has a message of hope for the future that will inspire for generations to come.

Tickets are $32.27 and include one copy of Endurance: A Year in Space, A Lifetime of Discovery. Tickets are available at


Isabel Allende, author

Thursday, November 30 at 7 p.m.

Shiley Theatre, Camino Hall

New York Times and worldwide bestselling “dazzling storyteller” (Associated Press) Isabel Allende returns with a sweeping novel. In the Midst of Winter begins with a minor traffic accident — which becomes the catalyst for an unexpected and moving love story between two people who thought they were deep into the winter of their lives. Richard Bowmaster — a 60-year-old human rights scholar — hits the car of Evelyn Ortega — a young, undocumented immigrant from Guatemala — in the middle of a snowstorm in Brooklyn. What at first seems just a small inconvenience takes an unforeseen and far more serious turn when Evelyn turns up at the professor’s house seeking help. At a loss, the professor asks his tenant Lucia Maraz — a 62-year-old lecturer from Chile — for her advice. These three very different people are brought together in a mesmerizing story that journeys from present-day Brooklyn to Guatemala in the recent past to 1970s Chile and Brazil, sparking the beginning of a long overdue love story between Richard and Lucia. 

Tickets are $30.17 and include one copy of In the Midst of Winter. Tickets are available at


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