"There are two main perils when it comes to writing from personal experience: what it will do to your work, and what it will do to your life." —Leslie Jamison via Is It O.K. to Mine Real Relationships for Literary Material? - NYTimes.com
I just finished Leslie’s novel The Gin Closet and highly recommend it, in addition, of course, to her BEST-SELLING (!) essay collection The Gin Closet.
And, of course, I should mention Leslie will be here on May 19 for our Graywolf Press birthday party! More info.
Alex Flynn (AKA Elisabeth Donnelly and Stu Sherman) will be here to celebrate their new YA book THE MISSHAPES on 4/30. That’s a week from today. Start planning.
Happy (maybe) birthday, Shakespeare!
For a few more animated shorts of Shakespeare scenes, check out The Globe Playground Films.
We are ecstatic to announce that beloved, best-selling author David Sedaris joins us to launch the paperback of Let’s Explore Diabetes with Owls on Tuesday, June 3. Pre-order the book for guaranteed admission to the event! This event WILL sell out, don’t wait. More info and pre-order link at this link.
Jamie Shearn Coan reading at last week’s Saltonstall Arts Colony reading. See more pictures at Saltonstall’s Facebook.
Before pursuing stand-up comedy full-time, Hari Kondabolu was a human rights activist. At first telling jokes was a cathartic release from the intense work he did with victims of hate crimes and workplace discrimination. In today’s interview he recounts how he began to incorporate aspects of his work into his comedy:
"I used to do a bit where I used to read the U.S. citizenship application onstage. I think that’s part of just being overeducated and wanting to do document analysis, but I’d actually bring it on stage and read questions. Because for people who don’t know, this is what immigrants have to go through to gain status in this country and it’s absurd and it’s something we take for granted as American citizens.
Sometimes that was hard in a club on a Friday night and it’s 10 o-clock and everyone’s drunk and there’s a dude on stage reading a form, it’s a strange thing to read a government form in front of a bunch of drunk people.”
Hari’s new comedy album is called Waiting for 2042.
Photo by Kyle Johnson
Hari is here for our next Comedy Notebook on May 20! Free. More info.
“I’m an older woman who’s not going to have a shiny pop song ever again,” Ms. Sobule said with a carefree laugh, “so that gives me license to do whatever the hell I want.” Given the not-so-vibrant state of the music industry, she said, “There’s a certain freedom right now in being so cynical. You might as well just have fun.” (via Jill Sobule Finds Seeds of ‘Dottie’s Charms’ in a Drawer - NYTimes.com)
Jill Sobule will be here with some of her all-star songwriters— David Hajdu, Sara Marcus, Sam Lipsyte, James Marcus, Luc Sante and Nina Mehta—to talk about Dottie’s Charms and play some music next Monday, April 28 for Unlimited Partnerships: The Perils and Pleasures of Artistic Collaboration, with Harper’s Magazine.
This Week at HWBC:
Lori Majewski and Jonathan Bernstein will be here tonight for the launch of their new book MAD WORLD: An Oral History of New Wave Artists and Songs that Defined the 1980s. Vince Clarke of Erasure, Depeche Mode, and Yaz will be DJing all night.
Tomorrow The League of Assistant Editors will be back for more speed-networking. The event is sold out, but you can add yourself to the waitlist if you’re an adult who works on kids and YA books!
The Moth is coming back this week too, with StorySLAM: Leftovers on Thursday. As always, arrive early since the event always sells out.
Also, don’t forget to buy a ticket for our Sharon Corr concert on 5/5!
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