Star of the #1 hit comedy The Big Bang Theory and author Kunal Nayyar will speak about and sign his new memoir, Yes, My Accent Is Real: And Some Other Things I Haven’t Told You.
In the spirit of Mindy Kaling’s bestseller Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me?, a collection of humorous, autobiographical essays from Kunal Nayyar, best known as Raj on CBS’s #1 hit comedy The Big Bang Theory.
Of all the charming misfits on television, there’s no doubt Raj from The Big Bang Theory—the sincere yet incurably geeky Indian-American astrophysicist—ranks among the misfittingest. Now, we meet the actor who is every bit as loveable as the character he plays on TV. In this revealing collection of essays written in his irreverent, hilarious, and self-deprecating voice, Kunal Nayyar traces his journey from a little boy in New Delhi who mistakes an awkward first kiss for a sacred commitment, gets nosebleeds chugging Coca-Cola to impress other students, and excels in the sport of badminton, to the confident, successful actor on the set of TV’s most-watched sitcom since Friends.
Going behind the scenes of The Big Bang Theory and into his personal experiences, Kunal introduces readers to the people who helped him grow, such as his James Bond-loving, mustachioed father who taught him the most important lessons in life: Treat a beggar as you would a king. There are two sides to every story. A smile goes a long way. And, when in doubt, use a spreadsheet. Kunal also walks us through his college years in Portland, where he takes his first sips of alcohol and learns to let loose with his French, 6’8” gentle-giant roommate, works his first-ever job for the university’s housekeeping department cleaning toilets for minimum wage, and begins a series of romantic exploits that go just about as well as they would for Raj. (That is, until he meets and marries a former Miss India in an elaborate seven-day event that we get to experience in a chapter titled “My Big Fat Indian Wedding.”)
Full of heart, but never taking itself too seriously, this witty and often inspiring collection of underdog tales follows a young man as he traverses two continents in search of a dream, along the way transcending culture and language (and many, many embarrassing incidents) to somehow miraculously land the role of a lifetime.
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Mindy Kaling, star of The Mindy Project and The Office, appears at Brookline Booksmith on Monday September, 14th at 7:00pm to sign copies of her new book Why Not Me? Purchase of the book from Brookline Booksmith required to attend. THIS EVENT HAD SOLD OUT!
279 Harvard Street, Brookline, MA 02446
Midtown Comics Downtown welcomes actress and writer Alyssa Milano for a signing of her new book, Hacktivist, on Saturday, September 12th from 2:00 – 3:00 PM!
Widely known for her roles on Who’s The Boss, Melrose Place, and Charmed, Alyssa Milano will be signing Hacktivist #1-#2, as well as the Hacktivist Vol 1 Graphic Novel! Please note that no other merchandise will be permitted to get signed.
WHY WE LOVE IT: Alyssa Milano is a successful actress, producer, entrepreneur, and activist, so we weren’t really surprised when she also brought us an amazing comic book idea. Alyssa’s love of activism and the world of emerging
technology only added to our love of the project.
WHY YOU’LL LOVE IT: A story about friendship and freedom in a time of war, stunningly illustrated by fan-favorite artist Marcus To (Cyborg 009, New Warriors, Red Robin) and Eisner Award-nominated colorist Ian Herring (Jim Henson’s Tale of Sand, Cyborg 009, Ms. Marvel).
WHAT IT’S ABOUT: Ed Hiccox and Nate Graft are the young, brilliant cofounders of YourLife, a social networking company that has changed the way the world connects with each other. But they are also ‘sve_Urs3lf,’ the largest black-hat hacking group on the planet. When their operation is discovered by the U.S. Government, and their company is taken over by military contracts and the CIA, Ed and Nate must face the real world beyond the code and choose between friendship and what they believe to be right.
Purchase required, limit of two items per person.
Midtown Comics Downtown
64 Fulton Street, New York, New York 10038
Steven Cerio appears at Saturday, August 15 at Green Brain Comics. Check out his new book, “Sunbeam on the Astronaut,” and enjoy a screening of his films. Films start at 3pm with signing immediately following.
Green Brain Comics
13936 Michigan Ave, Dearborn, MI 48126
In celebration of Star Wars: The Force Awakens, Lucasfilm and HP proudly present “Art Awakens.”
“Art Awakens” is an exciting new program for Star Wars fans old and new, across the country to revitalize creativity by “Bending the Rules” of the Force, themed around a galaxy far, far away.
“Art Awakens” kicks off August 11th with the launch of a two-month-long nationwide fan art competition across the US. Amateur artists can submit theirStar Wars: The Force Awakens inspired art on ArtAwakens.com for a chance to be featured in an upcoming professional art exhibit later in the year.
Additionally, coming this November to Gallery 1988 in Los Angeles is a three-day Star Wars: The Force Awakens art exhibit featuring top professional and emerging contemporary artists. All new original pieces will be auctioned off in the name of Star Wars: Force for Change to benefit UNICEF Kid Power, which gives kids the power to save lives. By getting active with the UNICEF Kid Power band, kids earn points which unlock food packets for malnourished children around the world.
Five lucky winners of the Star Wars: The Force Awakens Fan Art Contest, chosen by a judging committee that includes members from Disney, Lucasfilm and the legendary visual effects house Industrial Light & Magic, will have their art featured in the professional gallery exhibit. The winners will also have the opportunity to be flown out to Los Angeles to attend the VIP opening night, among other prizes from HP.
Additionally, an HP “Bend the Rules” Award will be granted to one of the five grand prize winners upon completion of a questionnaire with the highest score in the Innovative Use of Technology category. The HP “Bend the Rules” Award winner will receive an HP Notebook Computer to help them push the boundaries of art and creativity. Get more details at the link…
Harvard Book Store is honored and thrilled to welcome back Emmy-nominated writer/actress and Cambridge native MINDY KALING for a discussion of her latest book, Why Not Me? Mindy will be joined in conversation by renowned surgeon, writer, and public health researcher ATUL GAWANDE, MD, MPH of Brigham and Women’s Hospital on Tuesday September 15, 2015 at 7:30 PM.
Tickets go on sale online only at mindykaling.eventbrite.com on Thursday, August 13, at 9:00 AM.
Tickets are $42 and each include a signed edition of Why Not Me?, specially designed and bound by the publisher. All tickets are general admission and ticket holders will be seated on a first-come, first-served basis.
Tickets are limited to four (4) per order. The name of each ticket holder will be requested when purchasing tickets and checked at the door. Tickets are non-refundable and non-returnable.
Please Note: This event will not include a book signing.
Location & Timing
This event will take place in the beautiful John Hancock Hall at the Back Bay Events Center in Boston, on the corner of Berkeley and Stuart Streets. Doors will open at 6:30pm for our 7:30pm event. Books will be distributed to ticket holders at the event, and cannot be picked up in-store beforehand. Please note that tickets expire at 7:25pm. Latecomers will be seated at the discretion of the staff.
Why Not Me?
In Why Not Me?, Kaling shares her ongoing journey to find contentment and excitement in her adult life, whether it’s falling in love at work, seeking new friendships in lonely places, attempting to be the first person in history to lose weight without any behavior modification whatsoever, or most important, believing that you have a place in Hollywood when you’re constantly reminded that no one looks like you.
In “How to Look Spectacular: A Starlet’s Confessions,” Kaling gives her tongue-in-cheek secrets for surefire on-camera beauty, (“Your natural hair color may be appropriate for your skin tone, but this isn’t the land of appropriate–this is Hollywood, baby. Out here, a dark-skinned woman’s traditional hair color is honey blonde.”) “Player” tells the story of Kaling being seduced and dumped by a female friend in L.A. (“I had been replaced by a younger model. And now they had matching bangs.”) In “Unlikely Leading Lady,” she muses on America’s fixation with the weight of actresses, (“Most women we see onscreen are either so thin that they’re walking clavicles or so huge that their only scenes involve them breaking furniture.”) And in “Soup Snakes,” Kaling spills some secrets on her relationship with her ex-boyfriend and close friend, B.J. Novak (“I will freely admit: my relationship with B.J. Novak is weird as hell.”)
Mindy turns the anxieties, the glamour, and the celebrations of her second coming-of-age into a laugh-out-loud funny collection of essays that anyone who’s ever been at a turning point in their life or career can relate to. And those who’ve never been at a turning point can skip to the parts where she talks about meeting Bradley Cooper.
Back Bay Events Center
180 Berkeley Street, Boston, MA 02116
Ben Blacker and special guest Joe Hill appear at Brookline Booksmith for a live recording of the Nerdist Writers Panel podcast on
Monday, August 31, 2015 at 7:00 PM. Please note this event has been postponed till Saturday, November 14th! Tickets purchased for 8/31 will be honored.
The Nerdist Writers Panel series is an informal chat moderated by Ben Blacker (co-creator of the Thrilling Adventure Hour; writer for Puss in Boots, Supernatural) with professional writers about the process and business of writing. This live taping will feature Joe Hill, the acclaimed author of novels, short stories and comics, including Horns and NOS4A2.
Tickets are $5 each and all ticket proceeds will be donated to 826Boston, the national non-profit tutoring program.
279 Harvard Street, Brookline, MA 02446
$40 Ticket includes a copy of Nick Offerman’s GUMPTION. Doors: 7:00 pm / Show: 8:30 pm
Seat assignments begin at 6:00PM, Doors open for drinks at 7:00PM, Showtime at 8:30PM | When you arrive at Will Call on the night of the show, seats will be assigned first come first served, from the front of the theatre to the back. If you want to sit closer, be sure to come earlier. | NO LATE ENTRY * NO REFUNDS * NO EXCHANGES * SPECIAL GUESTS ARE SUBJECT TO CANCEL WITHOUT NOTICE
Nick Offerman – GUMPTION
Actor, woodworker, and moustache icon Nick Offerman’s first book, Paddle Your Own Canoe, called on readers to put down their smart phones, study sycamore leaves, and embrace good old-fashioned elbow grease. An instant New York Times bestseller, Paddle was adored by fans and critics alike—Entertainment Weekly called it “hilarious” and praised Offerman’s “tongue-in-cheek lessons on manliness”, Parade proclaimed the book “perfect reading around the campfire” and Vulture cautioned, “Just try to resist [its] myriad manly charms.”
In his highly-anticipated second book, Offerman now focuses his trademark wit and unique literary voice on the lives of those who inspire him. GUMPTION: Relighting the Torch of Freedom with America’s Gutsiest Troublemakers (Dutton; on-sale May 26, 2015), highlights twenty-one notable personages, past and present—Offerman’s personal pantheon of “Great Americans”—whose contributions have helped make America the great country it is today.
So who is on Offerman’s list of Great Americans? After deciding that George Washington should be first for obvious reasons, he based the other selections upon achievements he considered to be great in scope, from leaders of men and women, to activists, artists, musicians, muckrakers, and some who are in categories of their own. Subjects range from George Washington, Benjamin Franklin, Frederick Douglas, and Teddy Roosevelt, to Michael Pollan, Yoko Ono, and Jeff Tweedy. Through equally hilarious and inspiring interviews (both real and imagined) with these Americans, Offerman reveals the talented writer behind the mustache.
In addition to enlightening the masses about these heroic figures whose contributions helped shape our common history, GUMPTION also considers some examples of the ways in which we Americans have used the powers of freedom bestowed upon us to become more decent as a people—and of course, some instances in which we have not. As Kirkus Reviews aptly summarizes, “Offerman smartly infuses history with humor, the result of which is an entertaining, educational reading experience.”
In the words of Offerman himself: “Please enjoy my mixtape of twenty-one great Americans, which I sincerely hope will affect you in a way that makes you recognize your own God-given gumption and react accordingly, so that we may all end up with a little more decency and several more chuckles.”
Not to be missed, GUMPTION’s elucidating, amusing, and celebratory portraits of Americans will delight fans and new readers alike.
Largo at the Coronet
366 N La Cienega Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90048
Powell’s City of Books
3415 SW Cedar Hills Blvd. Beaverton, OR 97005
Christos Gage and Ruth Fletcher Gage, writers of Netflix’s hit DAREDEVIL series, appear at Golden Apple Comics on Sunday, August 16, 2015 from 3:00 till 6:00 PM to sign THE LION OF RORA!
Golden Apple Comics
7018 Melrose Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90038