By the Author
Joe's Pub, NYC
House of SpeakEasy’s flagship program, “Seriously Entertaining,” is an acclaimed series of literary cabarets where authors take the stage to riff and ruminate informally, dinner-theater-style, on the evening’s theme. Since our debut show in 2014, House of SpeakEasy has been proud to feature a diverse range of authors and performers, from Pulitzer Prize–winning journalists to acclaimed novelists and poets, as well as comedians, musicians, and emerging writers.
Greenlight is thrilled to welcome author, scholar, and activist Grace Lavery to our (virtual) stage to celebrate the launch of her first book, a “memoir” like nothing you’ve read before—part literary theory, part musical theater parody, part feminist sci-fi reboot. Please Miss has been hailed by Torrey Peters (Detransition, Baby) as a “can’t-look-away performance of wit, language, irreverence, and delight”, by Carmen Maria Machado (In the Dream House) as “the queer memoir you’ve been waiting for; a dizzying mix of theory and pastiche, metafiction and memory… hilarious and sexy and terrifying in its brilliance”, and by Maggie Nelson (The Argonauts) as “a polychromatic, wild and joyous gambol.” Need we say more? Lavery will be joined by acclaimed author and New Yorker staff writer Elif Batuman (The Idiot) for an evening of genre- and gender-bending magic featuring visitations by sinister clowns, noir Lynchian sendups, Juggalo Ghostbusters, and more.
Prairie Lights and the University of Iowa Nonfiction Writing Program are proud to present a conversation with Grace Lavery to celebrate the release of her book Please Miss: A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Penis. She will be joined in conversation with Melissa Febos. Melissa Febos says the book, “Please Miss is a wickedly smart and filthily funny mosaic of criticism, memoir, and autofiction that is refreshingly avant-garde, profoundly erotic, and as enthralling as an intimate all-night conversation with the brainy high femme BFF you wish you had. I wish it upon everyone