MA – Mick Foley: 20 Years of Hell

Mick Foley appears at Laugh Boston on Sunday, June 24th at 7:30 PM.

Climb on board the “TWENTY YEARS OF HELL” tour for a thrill ride TWENTY YEARS in the making – as Mick Foley, professional wrestling’s hardcore legend, takes audiences along for an in-depth look at the most famous match of his hall-of-fame career – and perhaps, the most talked about match in sports-entertainment history.

With his trademark blend of wit and wisdom, wildness and warmth that shot two of his memoirs to the top of The New York Times best-seller list, Foley will use every tool in his arsenal – dozens of classic promos, hundreds of hours onstage, thousands of matches, and almost a MILLION published words – to weave a spell-binding web of stories, designed to take fans along on a journey back to June 28, 1998 – the night of the infamous “Hell in a Cell” match. It was the night that Foley somehow survived two spine rattling falls off of, and through the ominous Cell structure, shrugged off a stint of unconsciousness, and finished the match with a front tooth lodged in his nose. Finding humor in the most unlikely of places, “TWENTY YEARS OF HELL” brings the laughs, but is much more than just a comedic one-man show. He will make you feel like you are there…RIGHT THERE – in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, watching history write itself. By equal turns laugh out loud funny, stunningly surreal and heart wrenchingly real, “TWENTY YEARS OF HELL” is a once in a lifetime chance to hear wrestling’s finest story-teller talking about the night he walked down an aisle a wrestler, and walked away a legend.

Each show begins with Mick’s recollections of wrestling in the town he is performing in and will conclude with a candid 30-45 minute Q&A where all subjects are fair game.

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Laugh Boston
425 Summer St, Boston, Ma 02210
(617) 725-2844

MA – Not That Bad Signing

Author Roxane Gay (Bad Feminist, Hunger, World of Wakanda) will speak on Thursday, June 14th from 6:00 – 7:00 PM at Congregation Kehillath Israel. A book signing will follow her talk. Roxane is editor of the new anthology Not That Bad: Dispatches from Rape Culture and author of the bestselling Hunger: A Memoir of (My) Body; attendees select a free paperback copy of either book with their ticket purchase. Please read the following information carefully before placing your order.

TICKETS

This event requires a ticket, available online through EventBrite or for purchase in-store.

Every attendee must present their ticket, either printed or on-screen, for entry. Each ticket comes with a free book (your choice of Not That Bad or Hunger). You may pick up your book at the event or at Brookline Booksmith before the end of June 2018. Books will NOT be available for pick-up before the event.

Your ticket to this 6:00pm reading is valid until 5:55pm. In the case of a sold out event, open seats will go on sale to the standby line and your ticket no longer guarantees entry. All tickets are nonreturnable and nonrefundable.

OTHER NOTES
Further details and updates will be sent to ticketholders via email. Roxane Gay’s other titles will be available for purchase at the event. If you have a disability and require accommodation, please contact us at events(at)brooklinebooksmith.com

Roxane Gay is the author of the essay collection Bad Feminist, which was a New York Times bestseller; the novel An Untamed State, a finalist for the Dayton Peace Prize; and the short story collections Difficult Women and Ayiti. A contributing opinion writer to the New York Times, she has also written for Time, McSweeney’s, the Virginia Quarterly Review, the Los Angeles Times, The Nation, The Rumpus, Bookforum, and Salon. Her fiction has also been selected for The Best American Short Stories 2012, The Best American Mystery Stories 2014, and other anthologies. She is the author of World of Wakanda for Marvel. She lives in Lafayette, Indiana, and sometimes Los Angeles.

Not That Bad: Dispatches from Rape Culture – In this valuable and revealing anthology, cultural critic and bestselling author Roxane Gay collects original and previously published pieces that address what it means to live in a world where women have to measure the harassment, violence, and aggression they face, and where they are “routinely second-guessed, blown off, discredited, denigrated, besmirched, belittled, patronized, mocked, shamed, gaslit, insulted, bullied” for speaking out. Contributions include essays from established and up-and-coming writers, performers, and critics, including actors Ally Sheedy and Gabrielle Union and writers Amy Jo Burns, Lyz Lenz, and Claire Schwartz. Covering a wide range of topics and experiences, from an exploration of the rape epidemic embedded in the refugee crisis to first-person accounts of child molestation, this collection is often deeply personal and is always unflinchingly honest. Like Rebecca Solnit’s Men Explain Things to Me, Not That Bad will resonate with every reader, saying “something in totality that we cannot say alone.”

Searing and heartbreakingly candid, this provocative collection both reflects the world we live in and offers a call to arms insisting that “not that bad” must no longer be good enough.

Hunger: A Memoir of (My) Body – In her phenomenally popular essays and long-running Tumblr blog, Roxane Gay has written with intimacy and sensitivity about food and body, using her own emotional and psychological struggles as a means of exploring our shared anxieties over pleasure, consumption, appearance, and health. As a woman who describes her own body as “wildly undisciplined,” Roxane understands the tension between desire and denial, between self-comfort and self-care. In Hunger, she explores her past–including the devastating act of violence that acted as a turning point in her young life–and brings readers along on her journey to understand and ultimately save herself.

With the bracing candor, vulnerability, and power that have made her one of the most admired writers of her generation, Roxane explores what it means to learn to take care of yourself: how to feed your hungers for delicious and satisfying food, a smaller and safer body, and a body that can love and be loved–in a time when the bigger you are, the smaller your world becomes.

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Congregation Kehillath Israel
384 Harvard St, Brookline, MA 02446
(617) 277-9155

MA – The World of Lore: Wicked Mortals Signing

Aaron Mahnke signs The World of Lore: Wicked Mortals on Tuesday May 29th at 7:00 PM.

A chilling, lavishly illustrated who’s who of the most despicable people ever to walk the earth, from the creator and narrator of the renowned Lore podcast.

Brookline Booksmith
279 Harvard Street, Brookline, MA 02446
(617) 566-6660

MA – Brothers of the Gun Signing

Press Release:

Harvard Book Store welcomes award-winning artist and writer Molly Crabapple—author of Drawing Blood—for a discussion of her new co-authored book BROTHERS OF THE GUN: A Memoir of the Syrian War on Tuesday June 12, 2018 at 7:00 PM. She will be joined in conversation by journalist Jonathan Guyer, a fellow at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study | Harvard University.

About Brothers of the Gun:

In 2011, Marwan Hisham and his two friends—fellow working-class college students Nael and Tareq—joined the first protests of the Arab Spring in Syria, in response to a recent massacre. Arm-in-arm they marched, poured Coca-Cola into one another’s eyes to blunt the effects of tear gas, ran from the security forces, and cursed the country’s president, Bashar al-Assad. It was ecstasy. A long-bottled revolution was finally erupting, and freedom from a brutal dictator seemed, at last, imminent. Five years later, the three young friends were scattered: one now an Islamist revolutionary, another dead at the hands of government soldiers, and the last, Marwan, now a journalist in Turkish exile, trying to find a way back to a homeland reduced to rubble.

Brothers of the Gun is the story of a young man coming of age during the Syrian war, from its inception to the present. Marwan watched from the rooftops as regime warplanes bombed soldiers; as revolutionary activist groups, for a few dreamy days, spray-painted hope on Raqqa; as his friends died or threw in their lot with Islamist fighters. He became a journalist by courageously tweeting out news from a city under siege by ISIS, the Russians, and the Americans all at once. He watched the country that ran through his veins—the country that held his hopes, dreams, and fears—be destroyed in front of him, and eventually joined the relentless stream of refugees risking their lives to escape.

Illustrated with more than eighty ink drawings by Molly Crabapple that bring to life the beauty and chaos, Brothers of the Gun offers a ground-level reflection on the Syrian revolution—and how it bled into international catastrophe and global war. This is a story of pragmatism and idealism, impossible violence and repression, and, even in the midst of war, profound acts of courage, creativity, and hope.

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Harvard Book Store
1256 Massachusetts Ave., Cambridge, MA 02138
(617) 661-1515

MA – New Zodiax Signing

Cartoonist Joe St. Pierre, creator of the new Zodiax, appears at Nick’s Comic Strip on Saturday, May 26th from 11:00 AM – 3:00 PM for a signing.

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Nick’s Comic Strip
149 S. Main St., Middleton, Massachusetts 01949

 

Rob Schneider added to Fan Expo Boston

Please welcome Saturday Night Live alum, stand up comedian and actor (Deuce Bigalow, The Hot Chick) Rob Schneider to FAN EXPO Boston!

Get your tickets today & meet this comedy icon in person: http://bostoncomiccon.com/tickets/

Legendary creator John Byrne in a RARE appearance at Fan Expo Boston

Legendary creator John Byrne (X-Men, Fantastic Four, Star Trek) is making his way to FAN EXPO Boston for a rare appearance. He’ll also be talking comics & Star Trek with the one and only William Shatner!

More details on this once in a lifetime moment coming soon, get your tickets today: bostoncomiccon.com/tickets

MA – Never Abandon Imagination Closing Party

Tony DiTerlizzi appears at the Norman Rockwell Museum on Sunday, May 27th from 1:00 to 4:00 PM for the closing party of the Never Abandon Imagination exhibition.

Tony DiTerlizzi is a bestselling and award-winning illustrator and author who has been creating illustrated books for nearly two decades. The artist will discuss his popular card illustrations for Dungeons and Dragons and Magic: The Gathering, as well as his work on the famed Spiderwick Chronicles, and as such picture books and chapter books as The Spider & The Fly, Kenny and the Dragon, the WondLa Trilogy, and The Story of Diva & Flea.

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Norman Rockwell Museum
9 Route 183, Stockbridge, MA 01262
413-298-4100

MA – Vacationland Signing

Press Release:

Harvard Book Store welcomes writer, comedian, and actor John Hodgman at the Brattle Theatre on Friday, June 1st at 6:00 PM for a discussion of the paperback release of his latest book, Vacationland: True Stories from Painful Beaches.

About Vacationland

Although his career as a bestselling author and on The Daily Show With Jon Stewart was founded on fake news and invented facts, in 2016 that routine didn’t seem as funny to John Hodgman anymore. Everyone is doing it now.

Disarmed of falsehood, he was left only with the awful truth: John Hodgman is an older white male monster with bad facial hair, wandering like a privileged Sasquatch through three wildernesses: the hills of Western Massachusetts where he spent much of his youth; the painful beaches of Maine that want to kill him (and some day will); and the metaphoric haunted forest of middle age that connects them.

Vacationland collects these real-life wanderings, and through them you learn of the horror of freshwater clams, the evolutionary purpose of the mustache, and which animals to keep as pets and which to kill with traps and poison. There is also some advice on how to react when the people of coastal Maine try to sacrifice you to their strange god.

Though wildly, Hodgmaniacally funny as usual, it is also a poignant and sincere account of one human facing his forties, those years when men, in particular, must stop pretending to be the children of bright potential they were and settle into the failing bodies of the wiser, weird dads that they are.

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Brattle Theatre
40 Brattle Street, Cambridge, MA 02138
(617) 876-6837

MA – Peter de Sève: Inspired by the Masters

Illustrator Peter de Sève appears at the Norman Rockwell Museum on Saturday May 12th at 5:00 PM.

An artist celebrated for his fantastical character designs for such blockbuster animated films as A Bug’s Life, Finding Nemo, Robots, and the Ice Age series, Peter de Sève has been inspired by the masters of illustration throughout his career—from Edmund Dulac and A.B. Frost to Frank Frazetta and T.S. Sullivant. The artist will discuss the work that has spurred his own creative process, as well as the projects that have engaged him for decades, including art for The New Yorker and such popular illustrated books as The Duchess of Whimsy and A Murder, A Mystery, and A Marriage.

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Norman Rockwell Museum
9 Route 183, Peter de Sève: Inspired by the MastersA 01262
413-298-4100

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