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Daniel Jones, who has edited the weekly “Modern Love” column for The New York Times since 2004, has read tens of thousands of stories about the trials and tribulations of love, relationships, and humanity at large. First expanding this popular series of weekly reader-submitted essays into a podcast and now as a newly premiering Amazon Original Series, Jones will discuss bringing some of the most beloved columns to life on television with a stellar cast that includes Anne Hathaway, Tina Fey, Dev Patel, and more. Join Jones along with writer Terri Cheney, author of Manic: A Memoir and a Modern Love essay, “Take Me As I Am, Whoever I Am,” as they explore the ever-evolving forms of storytelling around the complications and beauty of love.

Did you know that as a library patron you have access to The New York Times and its incredible catalogue of stories, from arts and culture to food and climate—all available online for free with your Los Angeles Public Library card? Join us this summer as we begin to explore all this renowned paper has to offer, bringing it off the page and onto the stage at the Mark Taper Auditorium at Central Library.

Daniel Jones

Daniel Jones edits the weekly “Modern Love” column in the Sunday Styles section of The New York Times. He is also the editor of The Bastard on the Couch and the author of After Lucy. He lives with his family in Massachusetts.


Terri Cheney

Terri Cheney, once a successful entertainment attorney representing the likes of Michael Jackson and Quincy Jones, now devotes her advocacy skills to the cause of mental illness.  On the boards of directors of several mental health organizations, she also facilitates a weekly community support group at UCLA’s Neuropsychiatric Institute.  Her writings about bipolar disorder have been featured in the New York Times, the Huffington Post, and countless articles and blogs.  She currently resides in Los Angeles.


Frequently Asked Questions

  • What is the reservation policy for ALOUD?

    As most ALOUD at Central Library programs are free of charge, it is our policy to overbook. In the case of a FULL program your free reservation may not guarantee admission. We recommend arriving early. Space permitting, unclaimed reservations will be released to standby patrons at 7 PM.

  • Why do programs fill so quickly?

    ALOUD provides a unique experience for the public to engage with scholars, authors, and artists in the intimate 235-seat Mark Taper Auditorium. Library Foundation Members have the benefit of reserving for programs in advance of the public. Consider joining as a Member to receive this benefit, and check the website on an on-going basis for program availability. Be sure to subscribe to our email alerts, and visit our Media Archive for podcasts and other items from our recent programs.

  • Where does ALOUD take place?

    Unless otherwise noted, ALOUD programs are held at the downtown Central Library’s Mark Taper Auditorium.

  • Where should I park for ALOUD programs?

    We recommend taking public transportation. Parking for the Central Library is at the Westlawn Garage at 524 S. Flower Street. For more information, visit the Library’s website.

  • Should I purchase the author’s book in advance?

    We encourage you to purchase books from the Library Store. All proceeds benefit the Los Angeles Public Library. Books are made available for purchase when you reserve for a program online, and are also on sale at programs. In order to participate in the book signing, you must purchase at least one book from The Library Store. Members receive discounts on purchases.


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