MARCH 7. 6:30-9 PM. TueNight LIVE. Theme: FAIL. You can’t win ’em all—but fortunately, misery loves company. Join the TueNight crew in an evening of stories about big, big mistakes: divorces, start-ups, stage humiliations, ugly drugs and other assorted #lifefails. The wine will flow freely and we’ll stuff ourselves with comfort food in the beautifully designed and cozily decorated Friends Work Here in Brooklyn. We only laugh because it’s awful. $15. Tickets here.
MARCH 5. FREE GOLD #comedyforgirls workshop!
JANUARY 14. FIND YOUR FUNNY workshop at the JOFA Conference 2017.
JANUARY 29. FREE GOLD #comedyforgirls workshop!
OCTOBER 17. 6:30 PM. Huntsman Hall. Women in Entrepreneurship panel hosted by Penn’s Women in Leadership Series. [Obviously, I’m gonna talk about GOLD. Comedy for girls.!] They say: “There is a severe lack of representation of women in the tech and entrepreneurship sector. As a result we have brought together female entrepreneurs of all ages, from current college students to established women, to speak about their challenging and rewarding experiences beginning their own business.”
SEPTEMBER 17. 11 AM. LaughtHERfest kickoff and female comedians panel with Hillary Robbie (William Morris Endeavor, Comedy Central), Lynn Harris (former stand-up, author of “Death by Chick Lit,” creator of GOLD. Comedy for Girls.), and Brooke Wurst (ImprovED, Triad Trust) at Platt Stage. LaughtHERfest is a yearly event hosted by Bloomers at the University of Pennsylvania. The purpose of LaughtHERfest is to celebrate any and all women—young and old, professional and amateur—who have an interest in comedy. The festival entails a full day of panels, workshops, and activities led by female comedians, and culminates in an evening performance.
HUH. I see I forgot to update this for um a couple years. I totally left the house, I swear. Did a bunch more of Larry Smith’s Six Words shows, that kind of thing. Plus events–including comedy–with Breakthrough.
DECEMBER 6 Six Words on the Jewish Life – A Live Storytelling Show. 92nd Street Y. Elizabeth Wurtzel (author, Prozac Nation), Jane Shore (award-winning poet), Deborah Copaken Kogan (author, Shutterbabe), Rachel Sklar (founding editor, Mediaite), Piper Kerman (author, Orange is the New Black), Lynn Harris (author,Death By Chick Lit), Anthony Giglio (The Wine Wise Guy) and David Wolkin (executive director of Limmud NY) will start with a six-word memoir and then reveal the backstory in six minutes. At the show’s end, the audience is invited to share a Six-Word Memoir during a “Six-Word Slam.”
SEPTEMBER 9 My Israel: Storytelling for Social Change. The New Israel Fund (which is NEAR AND DEAR to me!) invites you to hear from master storytellers about a transformative moment in their relationships to Israel. Join us for an afternoon celebration of thought-provoking and engaging stories that will inspire hope and action. Featuring Ethan Bronner, former Jerusalem bureau chief for The New York Times, and an exciting line-up of storytellers, including Shira Ben-Sasson Furstenberg, Vanessa Hidary, and me. 4:00-5:30 PM at the studio of artist Izhar Patkin, East Village (exact address provided upon registration). Tickets: $75 donation per guest to the New Israel Fund, includes couvert. For more information about the storytellers and the program, click here. This event will be followed by a private dinner with Ethan Bronner, former Jerusalem bureau chief for The New York Times. Dinner will begin at 6:00 PM and is open to donors of $1000 and above to NIF’s 2012 campaign.Please indicate below whether you will be joining us for this private dinner. Click the links if you would like to make a donation or pledge now. If you have any questions, or would like to register by phone, call 212-613-4400.
Update re below 4/25 event: I can’t go, it turns out (blame my son #strep), but YOU still should! APRIL 25 Best Sex Writing 2012 with Rachel Kramer Bussel and contributors. Join Best Sex Writing 2012: The State of Today’s Sexual Culture editor Rachel Kramer Bussel and contributors Ellen Friedrichs, Lynn Harris, Amanda Marcotte, Joan Price, Abby Tallmer, and Rachel Rabbit White for readings from the book and a Q&A on wide-ranging topics about sexuality.Topics will include sex work, aging and sexuality, teenagers and sex laws, political sex scandals, drag and the gentrification of the West Village. 7 PM, Housing Works Bookstore Cafe.
APRIL 21 Woodstock Writers’ Festival. 10 AM panel: Novelist/critic/cultural impresario Kurt Andersen, Daily Show writer Daniel Radosh, Troublemaker Bill Zimmerman and Death By Chick Lit‘s Lynn Harris discuss how pop culture shapes politics and vice versa. More info here.
FEBRUARY 9 The New York Abortion Access Fund 10th Anniversary Celebration. I’m emceeing! Click here:
DECEMBER 9 Discovering Oz presents A Look Behind the Curtain, a year-end exhibition and celebration featuring performances by Joanna Parson, Lynn Harris, and more. 7-10 PM, with performances at 8 PM. La Galleria, 6 East 1st Street (Bowery/2nd Ave.), NY.
NOVEMBER 14 A Night To Celebrate Reading: P.S. 8 Fundraiser at Galapagos Art Space. 7-10 PM. Champagne, treats, and readings by Brooklyn literary luminaries including Stacy Morrison, Lynn Harris, Alice Bradley, Liz Gumbinner, Tad Friend and more! $25 suggested donation supports P.S. 8.
SEPTEMBER 21 “Oy! Only six? Why not more?” A six-word story show at the 92ND ST Y Tribeca on the Jewish Life. SMITH is bringing together an incredible lineup of storytelling Jews and non-Jews alike, all trying to make sense of the intense, amazing, compelling and kvelling notion that is the Jewish Life: from identity to mother issues to unfettered love of kugel to inner conflict over Israel to the sheer joy of discussion and debate. Each performer begins with a Six-Word Memoir and then has up to six minutes to recount its backstory. The evening ends with an audience participation Six-World Slam: you’re invited to share your own six words on the Jewish Life.
“One small Jew, one loud family.”
“Born Mormon, intellectually Jewish, emotionally Zen.”
“First Shabbat, Western Wall, tears falling.”
Featured storytellers include:
- Walter Mosley is the author of more than 34 critically acclaimed books, including the bestselling mystery series featuring Easy Rawlins. His work has been translated into 21 languages and includes literary fiction, science fiction, political monographs and a young adult novel. He is the winner of an O. Henry Award, a Grammy and PEN America’s Lifetime Achievement Award.
- Anthony Giglio, aka “The Wine Wise Guy,” is a journalist, sommelier, educator and author who has written several books, including Food & Wine Magazine’s Wine Guide 2009 and 2010, as well as Cocktails in New York and several editions of the enormously popular Mr. Boston Official Bartender’s Guide.
- Deborah Copaken Kogan is the author of Shutterbabe, the best-selling memoir of her years as a war photographer now being made into a mini-series on the Sundance Channel; the novel Between Here and April; and Hell is Other Parents, a book of humorous essays. Her next novel, The Red Book, will be published in the spring of 2012.
- Lynn Harris writes about pop culture, politics, gender, relationships, religion and disability, sometimes all at once. Her most recent book is the satirical novelDeath By Chick Lit. She’s the co-creator of the award-winning websiteBreakupGirl.net.
Be in the show! Leave your “Six Words on the Jewish Life” on Six-Word Memoir’s Facebook Wall and you could be chosen to tell the backstory on stage.
$10 advance / $12 door.
NOVEMBER 15 A Night To Celebrate Reading: P.S. 8 Fundraiser atGalapagos Art Space. 7-10 PM. Champagne, treats, and readings by Brooklyn literary luminaries including Stacy Morrison, Lynn Harris, Matthew Sharpe, Paul Zelinsky, Phoebe Potts, Alice Bradley, Liz Gumbinner, Sheri Holman, Nathan Ward, Melissa Chapman, and more! $20 suggested donation supports P.S. 8.
JULY 22 How I Learned I Was Right All Along. “How I Learned” is a monthly reading series featuring writers, comedians, bloggers and performers as chosen by hostess Blaise Allysen Kearsley based primarily on personal hygiene and make-out prowess. This month’s show features Aryn Kyle, Leslie Goshko, Jeff Gordinier, and Lynn Harris. 8pm (doors open at 7), Happy Ending, 302 Broome Street (between Forsyth & Eldridge), NYC. FREE!
JUNE 24“Virtually Speaking” on Second Life: 3 generations of feminism with Gloria Feldt and Shelby Knox. 9 PM EST.
FEBRUARY 11 Full Spectrum presents THE STAR-CROSSED LOVERS: a free panel discussion with four creators who explore the bittersweet nature of romantic love. With Trevor Exter, Tamar-Kali, Lynn Harris, and special guest. Moderated by K. Neycha Herford. 7:30-9.30 PM, Greenlight Bookstore, 686 Fulton Street, Brooklyn. EVENT PHOTOS here.
JANUARY 12 Ideasmyth presents: Selections from Victoria C. Rowan’s humor anthology, “IRREVERSIBLE: Funny–If Fleeting–Signs of Undeniable Maturity.” Trattoria Dopo Teatro, 125 West 44th Street (Bway & 6th Ave), in the wine cellar private dining room downstairs). FREE, no food/drink minimum. Please arrive at 7 PM to order; readings begin at 7.30.
FEBRUARY 4 “Virtually Speaking” on Second Life: 3 generations of feminism with Gloria Feldt and Shelby Knox. 9 PM EST.
NOVEMBER 4 Body Politic 09: Voices on Feminism. 6-7pm: Happy Hour; 7-9pm: A Conversation with Gloria Feldt, Lynn Harris, and Jessica Valenti. Join three of New York City’s leading feminist voices, women’s rights activists and influential writers as they discuss what feminism means to them. Find out how their respective generations have helped shape feminism today – and their perspectives on where feminism is headed next. Sponsored by the PPNYC Activist Council in collaboration with Living Liberally. The Tank, 354 W 45th Street, New York, NY
NOVEMBER 11 Book launch party! Sex, Drugs & Gefilte Fish: The Heeb Storytelling Collection Readings from essays collected from HEEB Magazine storytelling events. 7 PM, The PowerHouse Arena, 37 Main Street, Brooklyn (DUMBO), NY
JULY 22 How I Learned We Were Breaking Up. “How I Learned” is a monthly reading series featuring writers, comedians, bloggers and performers as chosen by hostess Blaise Allysen Kearsley based primarily on personal hygiene and make-out prowess. This month’s show features Dan Allen, Menachem Kaiser, Lynn Harris, and Diana Spechler. 8pm (doors open at 7), Happy Ending, 302 Broome Street (between Forsyth & Eldridge), NYC. FREE!
UPDATE: Here’s what you missed!
MARCH 28 Lynn spoke on a panel about writing for the mainstream media with Rebecca Traister, Kara Jesella, Ada Calhoun, and others at Women, Action & the Media: A Conference for Activists, Journalists & Everyone. MIT’s Stata Center, Cambridge, MA.
SEPTEMBER 21 The National New Israel Fund Forum: Lynn will be reading at and moderating the concluding panel, “This Israeli Life:” a special session of readings and storytelling by American Jewish writers who will relate their encounters with Israel, focusing on nuances (good and bad) of the Diaspora-Israel bond. Also, it will be funny. The Kimmel Center at NYU, 60 Washington Square South, NYC.
FEBRUARY 27 New York Noir: A mystery writers’ panel at the Mid-Manhattan Library, 455 Fifth Avenue, 6th floor, 6:30 PM.
JUNE 7 Launch party, with reading and signing, at Rapture Cafe & Books, NYC
JUNE 20 Reading & signing at Barnes & Noble, Burlington MA. 7:30 PM.
JUNE 21 WREC Memphis, radio interview, 9:30 AM CST.
JUNE 28 Reading & signing at Community Bookstore, 143 Seventh Avenue, Park Slope, Brooklyn, 7:30 PM.
JULY 1 “What Constitutes a Mystery?” Panel discussion at Deadly Ink mystery writers’ conference, Parsippany (NJ) Sheraton, 10:30 AM.
JULY 3 KYW 1060-AM Philadelphia, radio interview, 7:30 AM.
AUGUST 29 Reading and signing — and cake! — at Cocoa Bar, 228 7th Avenue, Park Slope, Brooklyn, 8 PM. (Yes, the flagship Brooklyn store, not the Manhattan outpost.) Free slice of Death By Chocolate (!) with every book purchase.
OCTOBER 2 “All About Singles” event sponsored by Singleringen (a great way to give the wedding-industrial complex the finger).
7-10 PM at Hus, 11 Christopher St., Greenwich Village. Featuring three other authors who write about single life: Leslie Talbot, Erin Torneo, and Nancy Slotnick. Space limited; register at 212-620-5430 or e-mail email@example.com.
NOVEMBER 13 Writers Night Out, presented by the National Writers Union Western New England Chapter. Apollo Grill, Eastworks Building, 116 Pleasant St, Easthampton, MA. 6:30â€“9 p.m. $20 for National Writers Union Members; $22 for Non-members. Price includes full dinner and speaker. Cash bar. RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org or call 413-586-8844.
DECEMBER 16 440 Gallery Reading Series, 440 Sixth Avenue, Park Slope, Brooklyn, 4 PM. Also appearing: Artist Lara Weschler speaking about her show, Coney Island: The Lost Horizon; fiction writer Kate Rogan