Big Ideas Night with
Tara Westover

Author of the Instant #1 New York Times Bestseller, EDUCATED

March 27, 2018 in New York, NY

“Tara Westover is living proof that some people are flat-out, boots-always-laced-up indomitable. Her new book, EDUCATED, is a heartbreaking, heartwarming, best-in-years memoir about striding beyond the limitations of birth and environment into a better life.  —USA Today

“[H]eart-wrenching…a beautiful testament to the power of education to open eyes and change lives.” —Amy Chua, New York Times “By the Book” 

Just added for Tuesday, March 27!  Join us for a special Big Ideas Night with Tara Westover as she discusses her instant #1 New York Times bestseller, EDUCATED, a tale of fierce family loyalty, the power of education, the struggle for self-invention and the grief of severing one’s closest ties. Westover will be in conversation with New York Times bestselling author, Amy Chua.

Random House’s Big Ideas Night series—held at the publisher’s flagship offices in Manhattan—is a forum for thought-provoking conversations with writers on the topics of politics, world affairs, technology, philanthropy, and more. These focused dialogues offer exclusive access for guests to dive deeper into a recently released book with fellow readers, and to network and engage directly with the innovators behind it.

Event Details

What was Included

  • Meet & Greet with Tara Westover
  • Signed copy of EDUCATED
  • Wine & hors d'oeuvres

Date & Time

March 27, 2018
Doors Open at 6:00PM; Conversation begins at 6:30PM; Book Signing to Follow to 8:00PM


New York, NY

Random House
1745 Broadway
New York, NY 10019


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About the Book

When Tara Westover was a child, her father saw nearly all institutions—the public school system, the state and federal governments, even hospitals—as agents of the Illuminati. As a result, Tara was not given a birth certificate (she did not even know her exact birthdate) and was not allowed to go to school. Hugely intelligent but taught only to read and write, she instead learned how to stew herbs for her mother, a self-taught herbalist and midwife, and how to salvage in the family scrapyard. She spent her days preparing for the end of the world by stockpiling home-canned peaches and her nights sleeping with her “head-for-the-hills bag.”

When another of her brothers got himself into college and came back with news of the world beyond the mountain, Tara decided to try a new kind of life. She taught herself enough mathematics, grammar and science to take the ACT and was admitted to Brigham Young University. There, she studied psychology, politics, philosophy, and history, learning for the first time about pivotal world events like the Holocaust and the Civil Rights Movement.
After graduating magna cum laude from Brigham Young University, she won the prestigious Gates Cambridge Scholarship, which took her to Cambridge, where she earned an MPhil in intellectual history. She was a visiting fellow at Harvard, then she returned to Cambridge where she completed a PhD. For years this impressive education had concealed the truth about Tara’s origins: that she had been raised by Idaho survivalists, and hadn’t set foot in a classroom until she was seventeen. But she would pay a high price for her education. “I wondered if perhaps I had changed too much,” she writes. “If all my studying, reading, thinking, traveling, had transformed me into someone who could not go home.”

Travel Details

Location Big Ideas Night is held at Random House, located near Columbus Circle in Manhattan. The address for Random House is 1745 Broadway between W 55th and 56th Streets, New York, NY 10019. Random House is near the A, C, E, 1, 2, 3, N, Q and R trains at 7th Avenue/57th Street; B, D and E trains at 7th Avenue/53rd Street and 1, A , B, C, and D trains at 59th Street/Columbus Circle.

How do I reserve my seat? Seating is general admission on a first-come, first-served basis. Doors open 30 minutes prior to the event start time.

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Do I have to bring my printed ticket to the event? No, there is no need to bring a printed ticket to the event. Your name will be on the guest list.

What is the refund policy? Refunds will be granted until Friday, March 23 at 6:30pm EST. After that time, tickets will be non-exchangeable, non-refundable and non-transferable. To obtain a refund, please request one through Eventbrite or email Refund requests will be processed within 48 hours.

Is my ticket transferrable? No, unfortunately your ticket is non-transferable. 

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About the Author

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Tara Westover was born in Idaho in 1986. She received her BA from Brigham Young University in 2008 and was subsequently awarded a Gates Cambridge Scholarship. She earned an MPhil from Trinity College, Cambridge, in 2009, and in 2010 was a visiting fellow at Harvard University. She returned to Cambridge, where she was awarded a PhD in history in 2014. Educated is her first book.

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Amy Chua is the John M. Duff Jr. Professor of Law at Yale Law School. She is a noted expert in the fields of international business, ethnic conflict, and globalization and her most recent book is Political Tribes: Group Instinct and the Fate of Nations.  Her first book, World on Fire: How Exporting Free Market Democracy Breeds Ethnic Hatred and Global Instability, a New York Times bestseller, was selected by both the Economist and the UK’s Guardian as one of the Best Books of the Year. Her second book, Day of Empire: How Hyperpowers Rise to Global Dominance—and Why They Fall, was a critically acclaimed Foreign Affairs bestseller. She lives in New Haven, Connecticut, with her husband and two daughters.