LIVE STREAM Reading & Conversation with Samantha Irby & Alison Roman
Presented by murmrr & Community Bookstore

Samantha Irby

Alison Roman

All Ages
Samantha Irby in a LIVE STREAM conversation with Alison Roman for the launch of Irby's new essay collection, Wow, No Thank You.

The Samantha Irby & Alison Roman event on 4/28 is going virtual! So keep your eyes out for an exclusive link we'll be sending to you the morning of the event. This link will grant you access to a one-time only live stream launch celebrating Irby's new release. There will be a reading, a conversation between Sam Irby and Alison Roman, and a virtual Q&A with questions from you!

A new rip-roaring essay collection from the smart, edgy, hilarious, unabashedly raunchy, and bestselling Samantha Irby about aging, marriage, settling down with step-children in white, small-town America, health food and skincare obsessions, money trouble, the real story of glamorous Hollywood life and more.

Irby is turning forty, and increasingly uncomfortable in her own skin. She has left her job as a receptionist at a veterinary clinic, has published successful books and is courted by Hollywood, left Chicago, and moved into a house with a garden that requires repairs and know-how with her wife and two step-children in a small white, Republican town in Michigan where she now hosts book clubs. This is the bourgeois life of dreams. She goes on bad dates with new friends, spends weeks in Los Angeles taking meetings with “skinny, luminous peoples” while being a “cheese fry-eating slightly damp Midwest person,” “with neck pain and no cartilage in [her] knees,” and hides Entenmann’s cookies under her bed and unopened bills under her pillow.

The essays in this collection draw on the raw, hilarious particulars of Irby’s new life. Wow, No Thank You is Irby at her most unflinching, riotous, and relatable.

Samantha Irby is the author of the acclaimed essay collection Meaty and the New York Times Bestseller We Are Never Meeting in Real Life. She lives in Kalamazoo, Michigan and writes the blog bitches gotta eat.

Alison Roman is a cook, writer and author of the best-selling cookbook Dining In: Highly Cookable Recipes. A columnist for the New York Times, her second cookbook, Nothing Fancy: Unfussy Food for Having People Over, published in October of 2019, is a New York Times bestseller. Originally from Los Angeles, she lives in Brooklyn until she moves upstate like everyone else.

Tickets:(1) Live Stream Admission + (1) copy of Wow, No Thank You. ($25)


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