Hard work and dedication dont sufficiently explain success. With page--turning investigative prose, Gladwell unveils how folks like Bill Gates, The Beatles and Chris Langan, a man with a higher IQ than Einstein, have the right place and the right time to thank for their fortunes. Gladwell says upbringing and surroundings also play a role, but so does date of birth. For example, he gives evidence to suggest that 1935 was the best year to be born in, in order to be rich in the twentieth century. And 22 percent of the richest people of all time were born in 1835. Gladwell reads from and discusses Outliers today from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Hilton Americas, 1600 Lamar. For information, call 713-521-2026 or visit www.inprinthouston.org. $7 to $75.
Wed., Jan. 21, 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m., 2009