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Compliments, indignities, and survival stories from the edge of 50.
Compliments, indignities, and survival stories from the edge of 50… that’s the subtitle and apt description of Annabelle Gurwitch’s latest book, I See You Made An Effort. The New York Times says she’s a very funny woman asking an equally serious question: “How are we supposed to age?” In I See… she tells the ultimate coming of middle age story, a wickedly funny collection of essays about the hazards of turning 50 -- from surviving menopause, thinning hair and a drooping jaw line to finding notices from AARP flooding her mailbox. When Gurwitch turned 40, the panic set in. A visit to her gynecologist ended with the slightly ominous: “Stay funny.” And so she has, as she turns an unflinching eye and sharp wit to the myriad issues people can look forward to in their middle years. Age gracefully? No. Gurwitch prefers to say she’s aging with a vengeance.
Annabelle brings her unique brand of humor to the Crawford Family Forum, where she is joined by her friend and fan, author and journalist Jerry Stahl, whose memoir Permanent Midnight was made into a film with Ben Stiller. Be here as Annabelle and Jerry, two writers who stare life in the face and, with grit, intelligence and good humor, take the punches as they come. The author of six novels, including his latest – Happy Mutant Baby Pills, he’s called “A better-than-Burroughs virtuoso” by The New Yorker, and James Ellroy says he is “…the American hipster bard.”
Be here with Annabelle and Jerry, two writers who stare life in the face with grit, intelligence and good humor, and take the punches as they come.
Annabelle Gurwitch is an actress and author of You Say Tomato, I Say Shut Up with her husband Jeff Kahn, and the Fired! book and documentary. She co-hosted Dinner and a Movie on TBS for six years, anchored the award winning HBO series Not Necessarily the News, and appeared on TV shows including Dexter, Boston Legal, Seinfeld, Oprah, Real Time with Bill Maher, and The Today Show. She has performed at UCB, The Geffen Playhouse and The Moth Mainstage as well as having a long career in unheated off-off-nowhere-near-Broadway theatres. She was a regular commentator on NPR for numerous years and humorist for TheNation.com; her essays appear in three humor anthologies, Los Angeles Magazine, LA Times, More, Harper’s Bazaar and Marie Claire.
Jerry Stahl: author, journalist, and screenwriter who has written six books, including the memoir Permanent Midnight. His latest novel, Happy Mutant Baby Pills, was published in November of last year. @somejerrystahl
Jerry Stahl’s books include the novels Pain Killers, I, Fatty and Bad Sex On Speed. Former Culture Columnist for Details, his widely anthologized writing has appeared in Esquire, The New York Times, Playboy, The Rumpus, and The Believer. Most recently, Stahl edited the anthology, The Heroin Chronicles and co-wrote the HBO film Hemingway & Gellhorn with Clive Owen and Nicole Kidman.
Annabelle’s I See You Made An Effort and Jerry’s Happy Mutant Baby Pills will be available for purchase, courtesy of Vroman’s Bookstore. Both authors will be signing books after the program.
6:30pm - Doors Open
7:00pm - Program
Admission is FREE, but RSVPs are required.
(Author Jerry Stahl at Book Soup, Mark Mainz/Getty Images and Happy Mutant Baby Pills by Jerry Stahl, published by William Morrow)