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Eric Holder and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar at the Ebell on Thursday

Former U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder and Sam Koppelman will talk about their new book about the battle to preserve voting rights, in conversation with Kareem Abdul-Jabbar on Thursday at 7 pm at the Ebell of Los Angeles. You can attend for free or buy a signed book for $35.


Chevalier’s Books and Eso Won Books in Leimert Park are partnering with the Ebell of Los Angeles to present a talk with Former U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder and Sam Koppelman on their new book about the battle to preserve voting rights, in conversation with Kareem Abdul-Jabbar Thursday at 7 pm at the Ebell of Los Angeles.

It’s no coincidence this event is timed around election day, next Tuesday.

“We wanted to host Mr. Holder because of the importance of the book to focus people on the challenges presented to democracy by limiting voting rights,” Chevalier’s owner Bert Deixler told the Buzz. “When we started planning, Eric told us he would bring Kareem Abdul-Jabbar as his interlocutor and we are partnering with the indispensable Eso Wan Bookstore, a 33-year-old independent Black-Owned bookshop in Leimert Park.”

“Eric Holder is one of the most important people to speak on this topic,” James Fugate, co-owner of Eso Wan Books told the Buzz. “Voting is the only real right we have to advocate for real change in the country and it’s definitely under threat. We have never seen anything like what happened in 2020 and the efforts to stop people from voting continue.”

Holder’s book is brand new but Deixler told the Buzz he expects it will land on all the bestsellers lists shortly. Thursday evening is the first appearance by Mr. Holder in the country and the only appearance in Los Angeles. Holder and Deixler were classmates at Columbia Law School. Eso Wan owners Fugate and Tom Hamilton have partnered with Chevalier’s Books in the past.

“All of us should be talking about voting at this very crucial point in our country,” said Fugate. “I’m also interested in what Kareem will offer too!”

“The case Shelby v. Holder, which eliminated Section 5 of the Voting Rights Act, was his case!” said Deixler. “Holder’s book makes that case the we need to make sure everyone can vote. If you have the vote, democracy can work!”

Tickets including a signed book are $35; Admission is free — but buy a book and support our local bookstores! Click here for tickets!




Eric Holder is a civil rights leader who is chairman of the National Democratic Redistricting Committee. He served as the eighty-second attorney general of the United States, the first African American to hold that office. Now a senior counsel at Covington & Burling, he lives in Washington, D.C., with his wife, Dr. Sharon Malone, and they have three children.

Sam Koppelman is a New York Times bestselling author who served as director of surrogate speechwriting on the Biden-Harris campaign. A graduate of Harvard College, he has spent half a decade at Fenway Strategies, telling the stories of people working to make the world a better place. Sam lives in New York, where he was born and raised, and is in a toxic relationship with the Knicks.



Kareem Abdul-Jabbar is a global icon who changed the game of professional basketball. Since his stellar professional career, he has gone on to become a celebrated New York Times-bestselling author, filmmaker, ambassador of education, and Time Magazine columnist. A sought-after speaker, Abdul-Jabbar recounts in riveting and humorous detail his exciting evolution from street ball player to successful athlete, author, producer, and community activist.


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Patricia Lombard
Patricia Lombard
Patricia Lombard is the publisher of the Larchmont Buzz. Patty lives with her family in Fremont Place. She has been active in neighborhood issues since moving here in 1989. Her pictorial history, "Larchmont" for Arcadia Press is available at Chevalier's Books.

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