The Laugh's On Us, sponsored by Ingram Content Group

Sun., June 25
5:30-7:30 p.m. (shuttle service will NOT be available following the event)
Hilton Chicago, International South
Advance tickets: $60, $55 United for Libraries personal members; onsite tickets (if available): $65.
Event code: UNI2

Paula Poundstone will headline this event which will also feature Lisa Scottoline and Francesca Serritella, James Breakwell, and David Litt. Wine and cheese will be served, and a book signing will follow.



Paula PoundstonePaula Poundstone

The Totally Unscientific Study of the Search for Human Hapiness, Workman
May 2017; $25.95; 9781616204167

Paula Poundstone has been a stand-up comic for nearly 25 years. Her long list of successes includes HBO specials, an Emmy Award, two Cable ACE Awards, and an America Comedy Award for Best Female Stand-Up. An outspoken advocate for libraries, she has been the national spokesperson for United for Libraries since 2008. She lives in Los Angeles.




Lisa Scottoline Francesca SerritellaLisa Scottoline and Francesca Serritella

I Need a Lifeguard Everywhere but the Pool, St. Martin's Press/Macmillan
July 2017; $21.99; 9781250059963

Lisa Scottoline is a New York Times bestselling and Edgar award-winning novelist and coauthor of this series of humorous memoirs. There are 30 million copies of her novels in print, and she has been published in thirty countries. She and Francesca also write a Sunday column entitled Chick Wit for The Philadelphia Inquirer. She lives in the Philadelphia suburbs with an array of disobedient pets.

Francesca Serritella is a New York Times bestselling author and a columnist for The Philadelphia Inquirer. She graduated cum laude from Harvard University, where she won the Thomas Temple Hoopes Prize for her novella. She lives in New York City with one dog and one cat, so far, and she is working on a novel.


James Breakwell (photo credit: David Van Deman)James Breakwell

Only Dead on the Inside: A Parent's Guide to Surviving the Zombie Apocalypse, Benbella Books/Perseus
Nov. 2017; $16.95; 9781944648633

James Breakwell is a professional comedy writer and amateur father of four girls ages 6 and under. His Twitter account @XplodingUnicorn has more than 751,000 followers who check in with him daily as he fails as a parent and a human being. His jokes have been featured by USA Today, Us Weekly,, Metro., The Huffington Post, 9GAG,,, various ABC and Fox TV news affiliates, and countless other TV, radio, and Internet outlets. His articles have appeared in Reader’s Digest, Federalist, and He can open most jars on the first try and is only a little afraid of the dark. He still can’t load the dishwasher right.


David LittDavid Litt

Thanks, Obama: My Hopey Changey White House Years, Ecco/HarperCollins
Sept. 2017; $27.99; 9780062568458

David Litt entered the White House in 2011 and left in 2016 as a special assistant to the president and senior presidential speechwriter. Described as the “comic muse for the president,” David was the lead writer on four White House Correspondents’ Dinner presentations and has contributed jokes to President Obama’s speeches since 2009. He is currently the head writer/producer for Funny or Die’s office in Washington, DC. David has also written for The Onion, McSweeney’s Internet Tendency, Cosmopolitan, Vanity Fair, The Atlantic,  and the New York Times. He lives in Washington with his girlfriend and their two goldfish, Humphrey and Camille.