[Zoom Event] Jokes and Poems with Mike Birbiglia and J. Hope Stein
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Join us for a live virtual event on July 18th, 7pm PST with comedian Mike Birbiglia and poet J. Hope Stein celebrating the release of their new book, The New One: Painfully True Stories from a Reluctant Dad. With his trademark dry wit and emotional intelligence, Mike writes about his initial reluctance to have children, Jen’s difficult pregnancy, and being new parents with demanding careers. Accounts of the challenges and joys of modern parenthood are intercut with Stein’s graceful poetry. The event will be held using Zoom. Purchase of the the book will act as ticket for entry. Purchasers will receive an email with the Zoom link and password on the day of the event.
About the authors:
MIKE BIRBIGLIAis a comedian, storyteller, director and actor who hasperformed for audiences worldwide, from the Sydney Opera House to Broadway. His most recent shows,The New One,Thank God for Jokes,and My Girlfriend’s Boyfriend can be found on Netflix. Additionally, Birbigliais a filmmaker who wrote, directed, and starred in the films Sleepwalk With Me and Don’t Think Twice. Currently he is the host of the weekly podcast, Mike Birbiglia's Working It Out. His first book, Sleepwalk With Me and Other Painfully True Stories, was a New York Times bestseller, and he is the author of the new book, The New One: Painfully True Stories from a Reluctant Dad, with poems by J.Hope Stein. As an actor Birbiglia has appeared on Inside Amy Schumer, Girls, and Broad City, and in the filmsTrainwreck, The Fault in Our Stars, and Popstar. He plays Danny Pearson on Orange Is the New Black and Oscar Langstratt on Showtime’s Billions.
J. HOPE STEIN is a poet, and the author of Little Astronaut. Her work has been published in the New York Times, the New Yorker and Poetry International.
About The New One: Painfully True Stories from a Reluctant Dad:
Self-deprecating reflections on the peaks and valleys of modern fatherhood. Comedian Birbiglia and his wife, Stein, parlay their individual creative talents into a funny and wise memoir on parenting. Fusing good humor and raw honesty with selections from Stein's evocative poetry, Birbiglia narrates his journey into parenting using material previously adapted for the Broadway stage. From the outset, the author admits to having "a low tolerance for children because I've lost a lot of great friends to kids." He was up front about that fact since he and wife Stein got married in 2008, but when she casually mentioned that having children would "be different" for them, Birbiglia knew he was in store for some major changes. Though he outlines seven reasons for his reluctance about becoming a father--e.g., overpopulation, cancer history, a lack of great people in the world ("The men we used to think were great were priests, politicians, and gymnastics doctors. It hasn't ended well for great")--Birbiglia eventually warmed to the idea. The couple birthed their daughter, Oona, despite the author's varicocele condition, demanding touring schedules, and Stein's brutally difficult pregnancy. The author ably narrates these hurdles with the serious concern of a devoted husband and the comic timing of a seasoned entertainer. Throughout the book, Stein seamlessly interweaves her artistic verses, tempering all the facetiousness beautifully. Never clinical or overly extreme, Birbiglia's lighthearted, refreshingly droll approach to starting a family will appeal most to readers who can identify with both his reluctance to couple up and his acceptance and embracement of parenting. There are also shared moments of introspection and maturity, not to mention useful wisdom. As Oona moved into toddlerhood, Birbiglia began to accept himself as the "decent dad" he never thought he could become. Hilarious, relatable, cringeworthy, and effortlessly entertaining, particularly for new parents or those in contemplation.—Kirkus Reviews
With laugh-out-loud funny parenting observations, the New York Times bestselling author and award-winning comedian delivers a book that is perfect for anyone who has ever raised a child, been a child, or refuses to stop acting like one.