Have you ever wanted to go behind the scenes with an author to get a glimpse of where they live and work, to learn more about the writer behind the book? Well, our curiosity got the best of us too, which inspired the launch of our new series, Inside the Author’s Studio, dedicated to exclusive and intimate private home Adventures with some of your favorite authors.
We are thrilled to announce the second of our Inside the Author’s Studio Adventures featuring activist, actress and New York Times bestselling author Annabelle Gurwitch! Please join us for a Laugh Out Loud Adventure at a private residence (not the author’s home), where Annabelle will be discussing her latest novel, You’re Leaving When?: Adventures in Downward Mobility. And since this event falls during Hanukkah, Annabelle will be sharing her own Jewish family stories while we all enjoy a tasting of traditional Hanukkah foods.
And since part of any writer’s journey is ensuring that everyone has access to literacy and reading materials, we want to dedicate a portion of all book sales from the event to Traveling Stories, whose mission it is to eradicate illiteracy, one book at a time.
Your Adventure includes an exclusive invite into a private residence, a tasting of Jewish-themed foods, a hardcover copy of You’re Leaving When?: Adventures in Downward Mobility to be signed at the event, tax, gratuity, book discussion, Q&A, donation to Traveling Stories, and an opportunity to meet the author up close and personal in the private residence. Due to the private and intimate nature of this event, tickets are limited and will be offered on a first-come, first-served basis, so make sure to register soon to guarantee admission.
Only books purchased below or at the event are eligible for signing. The event address will be emailed to Adventurers 3 days prior to the event.
*PLEASE NOTE: COVID-19 vaccination is required for attendees. By registering for this event, you are certifying that you have been COVID vaccinated, that you have not been exposed to the COVID virus, and you are not exhibiting any COVID symptoms. You WILL be asked to show your proof of vaccination at the door, so please bring it with you.
Annabelle Gurwitch is an actress, activist, and author of five books including the New York Times bestseller and Thurber Prize finalist I See You Made an Effort. She’s written for The New Yorker, New York Times, Los Angeles Times, Wall Street Journal, LA Magazine and Hadassah amongst other publications.
You may recognize Annabelle as the longtime cohost of Dinner & a Movie on TBS and a regular commentator on NPR. She’s performed on the Moth Mainstage, at Carolines on Broadway, and at arts centers around the country. Her acting credits include: Seinfeld, Murphy Brown, Boston Legal and Dexter and once in while she returns to acting playing a rabbi on Better Things on FX or a therapist for an FBI agent in Michael Bay’s upcoming Ambulance.
In her newest book, You’re Leaving When?: Adventures in Downward Mobility, Annabelle gives irreverent and empathetic voice to a generation hurtling into their next chapter with no safety net and proves that our no-frills new normal doesn’t mean a deficit of humor.
In these essays, Gurwitch embraces homesharing, welcoming a housing-insecure young couple and a bunny rabbit into her home. The mother of a college student in recovery who sheds the gender binary, she relearns to parent, one pronoun at a time. She wades into the dating pool in a Miss Havisham-inspired line of lingerie and flunks the magic of tidying up. You’re Leaving When? is for anybody who thought they had a semblance of security but wound up with a fragile economy and a blankie. Gurwitch offers stories of resilience, adaptability, low-rent redemption, and the kindness of strangers. Even in a muted Zoom.
Traveling Stories is a nonprofit organization based in San Diego, California that has been providing low-income children access to quality literacy support since 2010. Their mission is to empower children to achieve their dreams. Since its inception, Traveling Stories has opened eight international libraries, has empowered almost 10,000 local children in San Diego, and has trained almost 700 volunteers.
Founder Emily Moberly was inspired to start Traveling Stories after teaching English to students at a bilingual school in Honduras.