Author of The Soloist: A Lost Dream, an Unlikely Friendship, and the Redemptive Power of Music
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About Steve Lopez
Columnist Steve Lopez joined the staff of The Los Angeles Times in May 2001 after four years at Time Inc., where he wrote for Time, Sports Illustrated, Life, and Entertainment Weekly.
Prior to Time Inc., Lopez was a columnist for The Philadelphia Inquirer, San Jose Mercury News, and The Oakland Tribune. His work has won numerous national awards for column writing and magazine reporting.
A California native, Lopez is the author of three novels and a book of non-fiction, The Soloist: A Lost Dream, an Unlikely Friendship, and the Redemptive Power of Music. The book is based on columns Lopez wrote for The Los Angeles Times about his friendship with a downtown Los Angeles musician.
Lopez is married and has two sons and a daughter.
The Soloist: A Lost Dream, an Unlikely Friendship, and the Redemptive Power of Music
Steve Lopez talks about his four-year odyssey with American musician Nathaniel Ayers, and how a chance encounter turned into a book, and then a movie, about friendship, second chances, the power of human connections, and the healing power of music and art.
What I Learned About Retirement From Some Who’ve Done IT and Some Who Never Will
In this talk, Steve Lopez offers advice on decision making and how to find the next path in life. With his trademark poignancy, wisdom, and humor, Lopez establishes a useful polemic in planning ahead, as he also evaluates questions of identity, financial limitations, and ultimately what to do with your life when the obituary pages are no longer filled with strangers.
Praise for Steve Lopez
He ended with a message of encouragement and hope. He left us all feeling more informed and empowered.— Newport Beach Public Library Foundation
Steve Lopez was a fantastic speaker for our library’s Community Read, informing and engaging our audience through the powerful story of his friendship with Nathaniel Ayers. We found him erudite yet approachable. Steve inspired us to look for ways to improve individual lives and address structural issues surrounding homelessness and mental illness despite the seemingly intractable natures.— Tiffin-Seneca Public Library
Books by Steve Lopez
Media About Steve Lopez
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Column: Newsom’s new mask order won’t sit well with the resistance. I know. They’re packing my inbox
Column: The words of Lincoln, Truman and Reagan got us through crises. Trump’s words makes everything worse
Column: Time for seniors to roll over and die so younger generations can get back to work? Not so fast
Column: My students earned the cap and gown, but they’ll miss out on the day they dreamed about for years
Column: These three Angelenos, ages 106, 101 and almost 90, haven’t let coronavirus dim their spirits
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