Award-winning novelist and poet Chris Abani (The Secret History of LasVegas, Song for Night)
Poet, critic, and National Book Critics Circle Award finalist Stephen Burt (Close Calls with Nonsense)
Award-winning novelist and essayist Geoff Dyer (Another Great Day at Sea: Life Aboard the USS George H W Bush, Jeff in Venice, Death in Varanasi and Otherwise Known as the Human Condition)
New York Times best-selling novelist Ayana Mathis (Twelve Tribes of Hattie) will go “On the Couch” with Jessica Strand ( Host of NYPL’s Books at Noon) in this show.
Seriously Entertaining, New York’s premier literary cabaret series showcasing writers and their passions, is an intellectual roller-coaster of a show.
For the first time ever, House of SpeakEasy is bringing its broad ensemble of the literary world’s most provocative minds to Joe’s Pub. The Wall Street Journal calls it “Think-y entertainment for New York’s book-loving crowd,” and CBS Local News adds: “You have never seen a cabaret quite like this…. The lineup includes some of the most brilliant minds in the literary and artistic worlds.”
Seriously Entertaining packs a big punch, regularly hosting talent such as Andrew Solomon, Amber Tamblyn, John Guare, Branden Jacobs-Jenkins, PJ O'Rourke, Graham Moore, Steven Pinker, Emma Sky and Irvine Welsh. The show asks each writer to riff on a given theme for ten minutes only. Whether the result leaves you howling with laughter or sorrow, it will be an evening you’re sure to remember.
The show’s producer, House of SpeakEasy, is a not-for-profit arts organization dedicated to connecting writers and audiences in innovative and sustaining ways – in classrooms, in the community, and at Joe’s Pub.