November 1st, 7PM “Fear Itself”
Rachel Eliza Griffiths, Poet
Lev Grossman, Novelist
David Kilcullen, Nonfiction
Julie Scelfo, Journalist
Rachel Eliza Griffiths is an award-winning poet and photographer. Her fourth and most recent full-length poetry collection is Lighting the Shadow, which was a finalist for the 2015 Balcones Poetry Prize and the 2016 Phillis Wheatley Book Award in Poetry.
Lev Grossman is the author of Warp, Codex, and The Magicians series, which have now been published in twenty-five countries. Grossman was both the lead technology writer and the book critic at Time magazine for fifteen years.
David Kilcullen is the Chairman of Caerus Associates and former Special Advisor to the Secretary of State from 2007-2009 and Senior Advisor to General David Petraeus in Iraq in 2007. He is the author of bestselling books The Accidental Guerrilla, Counterinsurgency and most recently The Blood Year: The Unraveling of Western Counterterrorism.
Julie Scelfo is a former staff writer and current contributor to The New York Times. Scelfo’s work has appeared in Salon, O, The Oprah Magazine, Epicurious, Time Out New York and on Literary Hub. Scelfo recently published a book entitled The Women Who Made New York.
Tickets for the December 5th show, themed “Caught in the Act,” will be available on November 7th
Seriously Entertaining, New York’s premier literary cabaret series showcasing writers and their passions, is an intellectual roller-coaster of a show. The Wall Street Journal calls it “Think-y entertainment for New York’s book-loving crowd,” The New York Times says it’s “a literary mixtape [with] perfect flow and variety,” 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 Margo Jefferson, 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 fifteen minutes only. Whether the result leaves you howling with laughter or sorrow, it will be an evening you’re sure to remember.
Seriously Entertaining is the flagship show of House of SpeakEasy, a not-for-profit arts organization dedicated to connecting writers and audiences in innovative and sustaining ways – in classrooms through our SpeakTogether writing workshops, in the community with our book truck, and at Joe’s Pub.
For more information please visit www.houseofspeakeasy.org @speakeasy_house #seriouslyentertaining