Life’s Essential Questions: A Conversation with Jim Ryan—SOLD OUT

Sat. March 24, 4:00 PM - 5:30 PM

Paramount Theater

215 E Main Street, Charlottesville, VA 22902

Sponsored by: Lifetime Learning, UVA Office of Engagement; Virginia National Bank


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Jim Ryan (Wait, What?) takes on life’s essential questions in conversation with his friend and marathon running coach, Mark Lorenzoni. Ryan’s seemingly simple questions offer paths to thoughtful deliberations for readers of all ages.

Tickets: This program is SOLD OUT. The Paramount Theater will accept reserved tickets until 3:45 PM; after that, unclaimed seats will be offered to the standby line. Tickets that become available prior to the day of the program will be offered to those on the Waitlist. To be added to the Waitlist, please click the Get Tickets button below in order to contact the Paramount Box Office directly.

Book signing policy: 

  • The Paramount lobby doors will open at 3:00 PM, and the theatre doors will open at 3:30 PM.
  • The first 30 patrons to buy a book at The Paramount starting at 3:00 PM will be able to have their book signed by Jim after the program.
  • Pre-signed books will be available for purchase.
  • In order to facilitate signing in the limited time available, attendees can take photos, but staged photos will not be allowed.

Why should you attend?

“In these pages, Ryan distills several important questions we should all be asking ourselves—questions that promise greater clarity, compassion, wisdom, and in the end, fulfillment in our lives. Wait, What? is a welcome—and joyful—reminder that true wisdom comes from asking the right questions.”—Clayton Christensen, author of How Will You Measure Your Life?

“Ryan promises that asking five simple questions will bring clarity, curiosity, courage, compassion, and conviction. Why should we believe him? For one thing: he’s right. Why should you care? Well, why not read the book—all in one sitting, as I did—and find out?”—Angela Duckworth, author of Grit

“This beautiful book describes how to ask questions of others and ourselves that lead to a deep understanding about what matters most in life. The lessons are timeless, providing powerful insights that are relevant in all parts of our lives.”—Tina Seelig, author of What I Wish I Knew When I Was 20

The Festival of the Book appreciates the support of Virginia National Bank for this program.

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