The Laugh's On Us, sponsored by SAGE
Sun., June 29
5:30-7:30 p.m. (shuttle service will NOT be available following the event)
Paris Las Vegas, Versailles Ballroom
Advance tickets: $55, $49 United for Libraries division members; onsite tickets (if available): $60.
Event code: UNI1
Comedian and United for Libraries spokesperson Paula Poundstone will headline this evening featuring bestselling authors Anthony Breznican, Stephanie Evanovich, Eric Kaplan, and Issa Rae. Wine and cheese will be served, and a book signing will follow. Some books will be given away free and others will be available for purchase at a generous discount. Purchase tickets early to this event, which is always a sell-out.
Comedian and author Paula Poundstone is a frequent panelist for NPR's Wait Wait… Don’t Tell Me!, where she matches wits with some of the nation’s leading pundits. The show is a winner of the prestigious Peabody Award for broadcasting excellence. Paula was the first woman to win an ACE Award for Best Standup Comedy performance, and the first woman to be invited to perform at the distinguished White House Correspondents dinner. She has starred in solo specials on HBO and Bravo, and made frequent TV appearances on The Late Show with David Letterman, The Tonight Show, and The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson.
Brutal Youth, St. Martin's Press/Macmillan
June 2014; $25.99; 978-1-25001-935-6
Anthony Breznican was born and raised in Western Pennsylvania and graduated from the University of Pittsburgh in 1998. He has worked as a reporter for The Arizona Republic, Associated Press, and USA Today, and is currently a senior staff writer for Entertainment Weekly.
The Sweet Spot, William Morrow/HarperCollins
July 2014; $26.99; 978-0-062-23481-0
Stephanie Evanovich is a full-fledged Jersey girl from Asbury Park who began writing fiction while waiting for her cues during countless community theater projects. She attended New York’s School of Film and Television and acted in several improv troupes and a couple of B movies, all in preparation for the greatest job she ever had, raising her two sons. A full-time writer now, she’s also an avid sports fan who holds a black belt in tae kwon do.
Does Santa Exist? A Careful Philosophical Investigation, Dutton/Penguin
Eric Kaplan is a co-executive producer of (and writer for) the CBS sitcom The Big Bang Theory. Previously he wrote for The Late Show with David Letterman, Futurama, and Flight of the Concords. Kaplan graduated from Harvard and is currently completing his dissertation in philosophy at UC Berkeley.
The Misadventures of Awkward Black Girl, Simon & Schuster
Jan. 2015; $26; 978-1-47674-905-1
With her infectious sense of humor, Issa Rae’s content has garnered more than 20 million views and more than 150,000 YouTube subscribers (and counting). In addition to making Glamour magazine’s “35 Under 35” list as well as Forbes’s “30 Under 30” list and winning the Shorty Award for Best Web Show for her hit series The Misadventures of Awkward Black Girl, Rae has worked on web content for Pharrell Williams, Tracey Edmonds, and numerous others. She developed a television series with Shonda Rhimes for ABC and is currently developing a half-hour comedy for HBO with Larry Wilmore. Rae has received national attention with major media outlets including The New York Times, CNN, Elle, Seventeen, Rolling Stone, VIBE, Fast Company, MSNBC, Essence, Fader, and more.