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Lisa Napoli


Ms. Napoli is sponsored by TCI Wealth Advisors

Lisa Napoli is the author of "Ray & Joan: The Man Who Made the McDonald's Fortune and the Woman Who Gave it All Away." BookPage Top Pick in Nonfiction, November 2016.

Kirkus review says,"A dual biography of the man who made McDonald's ubiquitous and his third wife, who, after his death, spent the last two decades of her life becoming one of most generous philanthropists in American history. Journalist Napoli intended to write a sole biography of Joan Kroc (1928-2003), but she wisely decided to first document the life of Ray Kroc (1902-1984), who rose to become a billionaire via fast food after decades of marginal success as a traveling salesman." Lisa's first book, "Radio Shangri-La," chronicled her time in and around the kingdom of Bhutan, where she was invited to help start a radio station at the dawn of democratic rule.

Lisa grew up in Brooklyn, NY, and graduated from Hampshire College in Amherst, Mass. She lives in downtown Los Angeles and runs a volunteer cooking club at a women's shelter on Skid Row.

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Scheduled events:
Lisa Napoli
Ray and Joan: The Man Who Made McDonald's Fortune and the Woman Who Gave it All Away: 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.

Mostly Books, Booth #240 (Seats 1)
Sat, Mar 11, 11:00 am - 11:45 am
History / Biography

Author: Lisa Napoli
Ray & Joan: The McDonald's Fortune
The intriguing story of Ray and Joan Kroc form a compelling portrait of the twentieth century: a story of big business, big love, and big giving.

Student Union Ventana (Seats 100)  View this venue on the Festival map
Sat, Mar 11, 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
History / Biography
Signing area: Sales & Signing Area - UA BookStore Tent (on Mall) (following presentation)  View this venue on the Festival map

Panelist: Lisa Napoli
Moderator: Paul Lindsey
Big Money or Big Philanthropy?
After achieving the American Dream of wealth and success…then what? These authors approach this reality first hand, second hand, and at a distance. Sam Polk's personal story, Bill Clinton's told by Joe Conason and Lisa Napoli's amazing tale of the Krocs, man and wife, after the Big Mac made them rich. NOTE: Mr. Conason will be 20 minutes late to the signing area due to a live interview with CSPAN following the program.

Student Union Gallagher Theater (Seats 340)  View this venue on the Festival map
Sat, Mar 11, 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Multigenre
Signing area: Sales & Signing Area - UA BookStore Tent (on Mall) (following presentation)  View this venue on the Festival map

Panelists: Joe Conason, Lisa Napoli, Sam Polk
Moderator: Beth Viner
WORKSHOP: Telling Your Story - Biography v Memoir
Lisa Napoli discusses writing memoirs versus writing biographies.

Integrated Learning Center Room 151 (Seats 28, Wheelchair accessible)  View this venue on the Festival map
Sun, Mar 12, 10:00 am - 11:00 am
Multigenre
Signing area: Sales & Signing Area - Integrated Learning Center (following presentation)  View this venue on the Festival map

Panelist: Lisa Napoli
Dysfunction Junction: Satire Begins at Home
From wryly witty to laugh-out-loud funny, these three masters of satire offer clever scenarios and dialog with enough snap-crackle-and-pop to keep readers slightly off-balance and always entertained.

Modern Languages Room 350 (Seats 318, Wheelchair accessible)  View this venue on the Festival map
Sun, Mar 12, 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Fiction / Literature
Signing area: Sales & Signing Area - Central Mall (following presentation)  View this venue on the Festival map

Panelists: Nathan Hill, Elizabeth McKenzie, Luis Alberto Urrea
Moderator: Lisa Napoli

Books:
Ray and Joan: The Man Who Made the McDonald's Fortune and the Woman Who Gave it All Away
History / Biography
Dutton
November 2016
ISBN 9781101984956
Hardcover, 368 pages
$27.00, INSTORE
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In the 1950s, salesman Ray Kroc transformed a successful burger stand into McDonald's, the most popular fast food chain in history. More/less

Radio Shangri-La: What I Discovered on My Accidental Journey to the Happiest Kingdom on Earth
Memoir / Essays / Creative Nonfiction
Broadway Books
ISBN 9780307453037
Paperback, 293 pages
$15.00, INSTOCK
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Tucson Medical Center

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Brucker Trust
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Western National Parks Association

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