The Laugh's On Us, sponsored by SAGE Publishing
Sun., June 26
5:30-7:30 p.m. (shuttle service will NOT be available following the event)
Rosen Plaza Hotel, Ballroom A
Advance tickets: $60, $55 United for Libraries personal members; onsite tickets (if available): $65.
Event code: UNI4
Paula Poundstone (left) will headline this event which will also feature Dave Barry, Phoebe Robinson, Nora McInerny Purmort, and Tara Clancy. Wine and cheese will be served, and a book signing will follow. Purchase tickets early to this event, which is always a sell-out.
North by Northwest: Paula Poundstone Live!, HighBridge Audio/Recorded Books
June 2016; $22.95; 9781681682228
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.
Best. State. Ever. A Florida Man Defends His Homeland, Putnam/Penguin
Sept. 2016; $27; 9781101982600
Dave Barry’s recent bestselling books include Live Right and Find Happiness (Although Beer is Much Faster), You Can Date Boys When You’re Forty, Insane City, I’ll Mature When I’m Dead; his Peter Pan prequels, written with Ridley Pearson; and Dave Barry’s History of the Millennium (So Far). From 1983 to 2004, Barry wrote a weekly column for The Miami Herald that in 1988 won a Pulitzer Prize for commentary. He lives in Coral Gables, Fla.
You Can’t Touch My Hair: And Other Things I Still Have to Explain, Plume/Penguin Random House
Oct. 2016; $16; 9780143129202
Phoebe Robinson is a stand-up comedian, writer, and actor. She has appeared on Last Comic Standing, The Today Show and Late Night with Seth Meyers.
Nora McInerny Purmort
It's Okay to Laugh: (Crying is Cool Too), Dey Street Books/HarperCollins
May 2016; $25.99; 9780062419378
Nora McInerny Purmort is what at least one stranger would call “a tall glass of milk.” She was voted Most Humorous by the Annunciation Catholic School Class of 1998. It was mostly downhill after that, but she did get to spend three glorious years married to Aaron Joseph Purmort (AKA Spider-Man), and she also pushed a live human being out of her body. She is a digital writer, strategist, and community manager, and lives in Minneapolis, Minn., with her son Ralph, (but swears every winter that she’s going to move somewhere warm).
The Clancys of Queens, Crown/Penguin Random House
Oct. 2016; $27; 9781101903117
Tara Clancy's writing has appeared in the New York Times, the Paris Review Daily, the New York Times Magazine, and The Rumpus. She has told several stories on The Moth Radio Hour and has hosted their live shows in New York City and throughout the country. Her stories have also been featured on NPR's Snap Judgment, Risk!, and The Story Collider, among other programs. Tara was born and raised in Queens and now lives in Manhattan with her wife and two sons. This is her first book.