For the next REAL CHARACTERS featuring humor reading and storytelling by:
Alena Smith (playwright, author of Tween Hobo: Off the Rails) Jen Doll (author of Save the Date: The Occasional Mortifications of a Serial Wedding Guest) Paul Laudiero (UCB, author of Sh*t Rough Drafts) and George Gordon (standup & storyteller, Bridgetown Comedy Fest)
Hosted by Andy Ross.
July 15, 7pm McNally Jackson Books 52 Prince Street, SoHo Free
Yikes with that all-star lineup! Can an evening be too delightful? It’s a hypothesis we’re willing to test out. I don’t want to skew the results, but my guess is that this show will be crazy delightful.
“The thing is, dating jerks—and most of us have experienced at least one—isn’t all bad. Dating jerks can help you learn who the good guys are, as long as you pay attention and stop dating jerks.” —Jen Doll, Save the Date
Named one of 2014’s most anticipated books by CNN and Flavorwire From a fresh and exciting new voice, a hilarious and insightful examination of the search for love and the meaning of marriage in a time of anxiety, independence, and indecision. Weddings. They’re fun, festive, and joyful, and at a time when people marry later in life—and sometimes not at all—they offer endless opportunities to reexamine love and what we want for ourselves, regardless of whether or not our aim is a walk down the aisle. In Save the Date, Jen Doll charts the course of her own perennial wedding guesthood, from the ceremony of distant family members when she was eight to the recent nuptials of a new boyfriend’s friends. There’s the first trip home for a childhood pal’s big day, in which she learns that her first love has eloped to Hawaii. There’s the destination wedding attended with little baggage beyond a suitcase of strappy sandals and summery party dresses. Regrettably, there is a series of celebrations that mean the end to a valued friendship. There’s also the wedding that offers all the promise of new love. Wedding experiences come in as varied an assortment as the gowns at any bridal shop, and Doll turns a keen eye to each, delivering a heartfelt exploration of contemporary relationships. Funny, honest, and affecting, Save the Date is a fresh and spirited look at the many ways in which we connect to one another.
The first few pages of Save the Date, out May 1, are now available for your reading pleasure, via the above link! (Click “start reading.”)