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SAT, OCT 20 at Alberta Street Pub - SOLD OUT

with Phoebe Robinson + Thomas Page McBee + Sammy Brue + more!
Venue: Alberta Street Pub
Doors: 11:30am
Show: 12:00pm

 

Phoebe Robinson is one dope queen who’s here to make everything OK. A stand-up comedian, writer, and actress, she’s the co-creator and co-star of the hit podcast 2 Dope Queens, which was turned into four one-hour, critically-acclaimed HBO specials. She made her film debut in the Netflix movie Ibiza and has written for and acted in various TV shows. Following her New York Times best-selling debut You Can’t Touch My Hair and Other Things I Still Have to Explain, Robinson is back with her second book of essays, Everything’s Trash, But It’s OK. If Queen Phoebe says it, then we believe it!

Thomas Page McBee is a groundbreaker, name taker, and dialogue maker. Already a Lambda award-winning memoirist, McBee has now transformed his own personal journal training to become the first trans man to ever box in Madison Square Garden into powerful commentary on gender stereotypes in Amateur: A True Story About What Makes a Man a Man. In the book, McBee examines the weight of male violence, the complexity of gender issues, and the limitations of conventional masculinity – all while also laying out a hopeful, different way forward. McBee is breaking ground on a new path for how to speak about gender and identity, and we’re right behind him.

When it comes to singing and songwriting, Sammy Brue is a wondrous wunderkind. He wrote his first original song at the age of ten, busked at the Sundance Film Festival at eleven, and started opening for artists like Justin Townes Earle before he could even think about driving. Now seventeen, Brue is following up his trio of accomplished EPs with his full debut album I am Nice, which features his timeless talent when it comes to realism, storytelling, and composition. Called an “Americana prodigy” by Rolling Stone, age-wise Brue might be a teenager, but music-wise he embodies the wisdom, empathy and insight of a musical veteran.

SAT, NOV 10 at Alberta Rose Theatre – SOLD OUT

w/ Abbi Jacobson + Eileen Myles + Nicole Chung + more!
Venue: Alberta Rose Theatre
Doors: 06:30pm
Show: 07:30pm

 

 

Abbi Jacobson took a solo road trip that she might live to regret. No, that isn’t the logline for a new horror movie, but it IS the impetus for the comedian, writer, illustrator, and actor’s new essay collection I Might Regret This. Jacobson drove across the entire country alone in an effort to find solitude and time to reflect as her popular Comedy Central show Broad City draws to a close. Through writing, the New York Times-best-selling author of Carry This Book examines questions both big (where is she heading in her life and career?) and small (how has tucking in shirts affected her life?). Jacobson’s future regret is our present gain with this funny, insightful, and lovely book about journeying through different stages of life.

Eileen Myles cannot be contained by any one art form. A poet, novelist, performer, and art journalist, they’re also a college professor at NYU and Naropa University, whose huge body of work is widely acclaimed and awarded. The author of more than twenty publications, Myles has received a Guggenheim Fellowship, four Lambda book awards, and the Clark Prize for excellence in Art Writing. Their most recent book, Evolution, the first book of new poems since 2011, continues to push the limits of genre and play with our modern vernacular. At this point, we would truly expect nothing less from the exuberant, multi-faceted writing of Eileen Myles.

Nicole Chung’s compelling and poignant book about her journey to discover her roots will resonate with any reader who has ever struggled for belonging. The editor-in-chief of Catapult magazine and former managing editor of The Toast, Chung has written for The New York Times, Buzzfeed, and Shondaland. Her debut book, All You Can Ever Know, is about her search for her Korean birth parents and her evolving sense of identity growing up adopted in a primarily white Oregon town. It’s already an indie darling, a #1 Powell’s Bestseller for over half a year prior to its release, and one of 2018’s most hotly anticipated debuts. Chung’s personal story strikes on universal insights as she invites us along on her profound exploration of family.

SUN, NOV 11 at Alberta Street Pub – SOLD OUT

w/ Luis Alberto Urrea + Lauren Groff + Tommy Orange + more!
Venue: Alberta Street Pub
Doors: 11:30am
Show: 12:00pm

 

When you’re the best-selling author of 17 books, a Pulitzer Prize finalist for nonfiction, and a member of the Latino Literature Hall of Fame, it makes perfect sense for NPR to hail you as a “literary badass.” Said badass, Luis Alberto Urrea, uses his dual-culture life experiences to explore greater themes of love, loss and triumph. His latest book, The House of Broken Angels, explores the “final fiesta” for a family as Angel de la Cruz gathers his progeny for his last birthday. Urrea’s prolific work in poetry, fiction, and essays is widely acclaimed and frequently selected by cities and colleges as community reads – which is pretty badass to us!

For Lauren Groff, writing seems to be her fate. Her most recent novel, Fates and Furies, was a finalist for the National Book Award, won a slew of other awards, and was Amazon’s #1 book of 2015 (and, NBD, Barack Obama called it his favorite book of the year). Her newest collection of stories, Florida, has been dubbed “gorgeously weird and limber” by The New Yorker and “marvelous” by The Economist. The collection places the landscape, climate, history, and state of mind of Florida in its center as it spans characters, towns, and even centuries. Groff, a Florida resident herself, continues her date with fate in this startling, precise and affecting new collection.

The world of Tommy Orange’s debut novel sings with the voices and energies of the many characters who populate it. There, There, features twelve narrators from different parts of the urban Native American experience and has been hailed as “groundbreaking, extraordinary,” by The New York Times. A recent graduate of the MFA at the Institute of American Indian Arts, Orange is an enrolled member of the Cheyanne and Arapaho tribes of Oklahoma and currently lives in California. Bursting with poetry, rage, and big ideas, There, There marks the propulsive emergence of Orange as an important new voice – all his own.

THU, NOV 15 at Alberta Rose Theatre – SOLD OUT

with John Hodgman + RJ Young + more!
Venue: Alberta Rose Theatre
Doors: 06:30pm
Show: 07:30pm

 

John Hodgman is carving a comedic path through the dramatic wilds of middle-age. The New York Times bestselling author’s first memoir, Vacationland, uses his trademark whip smart humor to cover topics like the evolutionary purpose of the mustache, why humans should not eat clams, and accepting the fact that someday he will die. Hodgman performs comedy across the country, hosts the popular Judge Hodgman podcast, where he settles serious disputes between real people, and contributes a weekly column under the same name for The New York Times Magazine. With Hodgman as our guide, we’re all aboard for a fascinating and profound trip through the metaphorical forest of mid-life.

RJ Young is coming in with a bang. His new memoir, Let It Bang, details his journey as a young black man learning to shoot in America - a fascinating take on race, guns, and self-protection in our current society. Already an award-winning journalist, Young uses his own “unexpected obsession” with getting good at shooting to expose deeper issues like the cycle of white fear, white violence, and black fear, as well as the rise in gun ownership among black Americans – especially women. Young is shooting at some of the hardest-to-hit cultural targets in our country, and his aim is true.

 

SAT, DEC 01 at Alberta Street Pub – SOLD OUT

with Dan Savage + Shaughnessy Bishop-Stall + more!
Venue: Alberta Street Pub
Doors: 11:30am
Show: 12:00pm

Dan Savage is not going to sugar-coat things for you. In addition to writing The Stranger’s internationally syndicated sex and relationship advice column, Savage Love, Savage is also an advocate and activist, author of four books, podcast host, and the co-founder of “It Gets Better,” a movement geared toward preventing suicide among LGBT teens and youth. Renowned for his tough love and brutal honesty on brutally tough topics, Savage is here to lend a helping hand - without pulling any punches.

Shaughnessy Bishop-Stall believes he has discovered the true Holy Grail: an antidote for the common hangover. In his new book Hungover: The Morning After and One Man’s Quest for the Cure, the Canadian journalist, novelist and noted raconteur explores what happens to us when we binge on booze, and educates the reader on the myriad methods we’ve tried to rectify our liquor lapses. From examining the experiences of noted historical drinkers like Churchill and Noah to sharing his own personal quest for a cocktail cure, Bishop-Stall uses culture, science, and humor to bring us the knowledge we truly thirst for: how to fix that unique morning-after misery.

Meklit, an Ethio-American vocalist, mixes the sounds of East Africa and the Bay Area so smoothly Silicon Valley should use her process to make a super blender. Her latest album When the People Move, the Music Moves Too was called “...compelling and wholly her own” by Afropop. A singer-songwriter with a love of collaboration, she’s also a TED Senior Fellow whose talk “The Unexpected Beauty of Everyday Sounds” has been viewed over 1.2 million times. Get ready to get down with Meklit.

THU, DEC 20 at Alberta Rose Theatre

with Caitlin Kunkel + more!
Venue: Alberta Rose Theatre
Doors: 06:30pm
Show: 07:30pm

 

Caitlin Kunkel wants to live in a fantasy world – a place where there’s equal pay, a gender-balanced Congress, and all sparkling water is delivered by Tom Hardy. In her book, New Erotica for Feminists: Satirical Fantasies of Love, Lust, and Equal Pay she and her co-authors mix social satire and erotica tropes to get readers to burn…for equality. In addition to being the writer for Live Wire, Kunkel is the creator of the online satire writing program at The Second City, and the co-founder of the comedy and satire site written by women, The Belladonna. She’s also a famed pizza scientist – in this fantasy world of hers.