Thursday, October 8 | 8:00 pm EST

Book Fest In Your Living Room Presents

Colin Quinn, Overstated: A Coast-to-Coast Roast of the 50 States

Tickets: $11 for one virtual ticket or $36 for one virtual ticket and copy of book (includes shipping)

https://www.showclix.com/event/colin-quinn-overstated/tag/toledo

 

In Colin Quinn's new book, the popular comedian, SNL alum, social commentator, and star of the shows Red State Blue State and Unconstitutional tackles the condition of our union today.

Running state-by-state, from Connecticut to Hawaii, Quinn calls us out and identifies the hypocrisies inherent in what we claim to believe and what we actually do. Within a framework of big-picture thinking about systems of government―after all, how would you put this country together if you started from scratch today?―to dead-on-funny observations about the quirks and vibes of the citizens in each region, Overstated skewers us all, red, blue, and purple, and is infused with the same blend of optimism and practicality that sparked the U.S. into being.

 

COLIN QUINN is a stand-up comedian, writer, and performer whose 30-year broadcast career has included stints on Saturday Night Live as the "Weekend Update" anchor, appearances on every cable comedy showcase and network talk show you can think of, including his own eponymous late-night show. His specials Unconstitutional (2013) and The New York Story (2015, directed by Jerry Seinfeld) are available on Netflix, and his one-man show Red State, Blue State (2019) premiered to rave reviews in New York. The special was adapted into CNN’s first comedy special in May 2019 and started streaming on Netflix in August 2019.

Presented in partnership with the JCC Literary Consortium


Sunday, October 25 | 8:00 pm EST

Book Fest In Your Living Room Presents

Harlan Coben, The Boy From the Woods

In Conversation with Emily Giffin, New York Times Bestselling Author

ZOOM Webinar Author Talk + Q & A

Tickets: $23 for one virtual ticket and paperback copy of book (shipping included)

https://www.showclix.com/event/harlan-coben-the-boy-from-the-woods/tag/toledo

A man with a mysterious past is asked to find a missing teenage girl in this shocking thriller from the #1 New York Times bestselling author of Run Away. Thirty years ago, Wilde was found as a boy living feral in the woods, with no memory of his past. Now an adult, he still doesn't know where he comes from, and another child has gone missing. Naomi Pine's disappearance is not taken seriously, not even by her father -- but Hester Crimstein, a television criminal attorney who knows through her grandson that Naomi was relentlessly bullied at school, asks Wilde -- with whom she shares a tragic connection -- to use his unique skills to help find the child. In order to find her, he must venture back into a community where he never fit in and where the powerful are protected even when they harbor secrets that could destroy the lives of millions…secrets that Wilde must uncover before it’s too late.  

With over 70 million books in print worldwide, Harlan Coben is the #1 New York Times author of thirty-one novels including The Boy From the Woods, Run Away, Fool Me Once, Tell No One and the renowned Myron Bolitar series. His books are published in 43 languages. He is the creator and executive producer for the Netflix television dramas The Stranger, based on his novel, Safe, and several others.

Presented in partnership with the JCC Literary Consortium


TWO-AUTHOR EVENT

Wednesday, November 18 |8:00 pm EST  

Book Fest In Your Living Room Presents

Michael Ian Black, A Better Man: A (Mostly Serious) Letter to My Son & Cleo Stiller, Modern Manhood

ZOOM Webinar Author Talk + Q & A

Tickets: $11 for one virtual ticket or $32 for one virtual ticket and copy of either book (shipping included), or $50 for one virtual ticket and copy of both books

https://www.showclix.com/event/michael-ian-black-and-cleo-stiller/tag/toledo

Michael Ian Black, A Better Man: A (Mostly Serious) Letter to My Son

A poignant look at boyhood, in the form of a heartfelt letter from comedian, actor, and author, and father Michael Ian Black to his teenage son before he leaves for college, and a radical plea for rethinking masculinity and teaching young men to give and receive love.

In a world in which the word masculinity now often goes hand in hand with toxic,  Black offers up a way forward for boys, men, and anyone who loves them. Part memoir, part advice book,  A Better Man reveals Black’s own complicated relationship with his father, explores the damage and rising violence caused by the expectations placed on boys to “man up,” and searches for the best way to help young men be part of the solution, not the problem. “If we cannot allow ourselves vulnerability,” he writes, “how are we supposed to experience wonder, fear, tenderness?” Black skillfully navigates the complex gender issues of our time and delivers a poignant answer to an urgent question: How can we be, and raise, better men? 

Michael Ian Black is an actor, comedian, and writer who started his career with the sketch comedy show The State, on MTV, and has created and starred in many other television shows. Movie appearances include Wet Hot American Summer, The Baxter, and Sextuplets. Black is the author of several books for children, including the award-winning I’m Bored, I’m Sad, and I’m Worried. As a stand-up comedian, Michael regularly tours the country and has released several comedy albums. His podcasts include Mike & Tom Eat Snacks, with Tom Cavanagh; Topics, with Michael Showalter; How to Be Amazing; and Obscure.
 

Cleo Stiller, Modern Manhood: Conversations About the Complicated World of Being a Good Man Today

Here are a few self-evident truths: Predatory men need to go, sexual assault is wrong, and women and men should be equal. If you’re a man and disagree with any of the aforementioned, then this book isn’t for you.

But if you agree, you’re probably one of the “good guys.” That said, you might also be feeling frustrated, exasperated, and perhaps even skeptical about the current national conversation surrounding #MeToo (among many other things). You’ve likely found yourself in countless experiences or conversations lately where the situation feels gray, at best. You have a lot to say, but you’re afraid to say it and worried that one wrong move will land you in the hot seat. From money and sex to dating and work and everything in between—it can all be so confusing! And when do we start talking about solutions instead of putting each other down?

In Modern Manhood, Emmy- and Peabody Award-nominated reporter Cleo Stiller sheds light on all the gray areas out there, using conversations that real men and women are having with their friends, their dates, their family, and themselves. Free of judgment, preaching, and sugarcoating, Modern Manhood is engaging, provocative, and, ultimately, a great resource for gaining a deeper understanding of what it means to genuinely be a good man today.

Cleo Stiller is a Peabody Award–nominated, Emmy Award–nominated, and Gracie Award–winning reporter and a self-identified “relationship nonexpert” obsessed with exploring stories about health, gender, and technology among millennials. Her acclaimed television show Sex.Right.Now. explored deeply personal and political stories about health and identity. She has been featured in The New York Times, Self, Variety, Bustle, Essence, and Lifehacker.

Presented in partnership with the JCC Literary Consortium


Thursday, November 198:00 pm EST   

Book Fest In Your Living Room Presents

Michael J. Fox, No Time Like the Future: An Optimist Considers Mortality - In Conversation with Harlan Coben, New York Times Bestselling Author

ZOOM Webinar Author Talk + Q & A

Tickets: $36 includes one copy of book (shipping included)

http://www.showclix.com/event/michael-j-fox-no-time-like-the-future/tag/toledo

 

From renowned actor and advocate Michael J. Fox comes a moving account of resilience, hope, fear and mortality, and how these things resonate in our lives. The entire world knows Michael J. Fox as Marty McFly, the teenage sidekick of Doc Brown in Back to the Future; as Alex P. Keaton in Family Ties; as Mike Flaherty in Spin City; and through numerous other movie roles and guest appearances on shows such as The Good Wife and Curb Your Enthusiasm. Diagnosed at age 29, Michael is equally engaged in Parkinson’s advocacy work, raising global awareness of the disease and helping find a cure through The Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research, the world’s leading non-profit funder of PD science. His two previous bestselling memoirs, Lucky Man and Always Looking Up, dealt with how he came to terms with the illness, all the while exhibiting his iconic optimism. His new memoir reassesses this outlook, as events in the past decade presented additional challenges.

 

In No Time Like the Future: An Optimist Considers Mortality, Michael shares personal stories and observations about illness and health, aging, the strength of family and friends, and how our perceptions about time affect the way we approach mortality. Thoughtful and moving, but with Fox’s trademark sense of humor, his book provides a vehicle for reflection about our lives, our loves, and our losses.

 

Running through the narrative is the drama of the medical madness Fox recently experienced, that included his daily negotiations with the Parkinson’s disease he’s had since 1991, and a spinal cord issue that necessitated immediate surgery. His challenge to learn how to walk again, only to suffer a devastating fall, nearly caused him to ditch his trademark optimism and “get out of the lemonade business altogether.”

Does he make it all of the way back? Read the book.

Presented in partnership with the National JCC Literary Consortium

All books include shipping to the US and Canada only. Books will be shipped after the event.


Saturday, November 21| 8:00 pm EST   

Book Fest In Your Living Room Presents

Rachel Bloom, I Want to Be Where the Normal People Are

Music and Multi-Media Presentation!

ZOOM Webinar Author Talk + Q & A

Tickets: $11 for one virtual ticket or $36 for one virtual ticket and copy of book (shipping included)

https://www.showclix.com/event/rachel-bloom-i-want-to-be-where-the-normal-people-are/tag/toledo 

From the charming and wickedly funny co-creator and star of Crazy Ex-Girlfriend, a collection of hilarious personal essays, poems and even amusement park maps on the subjects of insecurity, fame, anxiety, and much more.

Rachel Bloom has felt abnormal and out of place her whole life. In this exploration of what she thinks makes her "different," she's come to realize that a lot of people also feel this way; even people who she otherwise thought were "normal." In a collection of laugh-out-loud funny essays, all told in the unique voice (sometimes singing voice) that made her a star; Rachel writes about everything from her love of Disney, OCD and depression, weirdness, and Spanx to the story of how she didn't poop in the toilet until she was four years old; Rachel's pieces are hilarious, smart, and infinitely relatable (except for the pooping thing).

 

Rachel Bloom is best known as the star and co-creator of the CW musical dramedy, Crazy Ex-Girlfriend, for which she earned a Golden Globe and Critics Choice Award for her performance as "Rebecca Bunch" as well as an Emmy Award for the show's songwriting. As a live performer, she has sold out Radio City Music Hall and The London Palladium and recently had a residency at the Just for Laughs comedy festival. In April, she starred in the movie Trolls World Tour as "Barb." She will be writing the music and lyrics for The Nanny on Broadway.

Presented in partnership with the JCC Literary Consortium


Wednesday, December 2| 7:30 pm EST   

Book Fest In Your Living Room Presents

Ina Garten, Modern Comfort Food, In Conversation with Michael Ian Black, Comedian, Actor, Author

ZOOM Webinar Author Talk + Q & A

Tickets: $45 includes one copy of book (shipping included)

https://www.showclix.com/event/ina-garten-modern-comfort-food/tag/toledo

 

Join us for a very special evening with the Barefoot Contessa, Ina Garten, as she dishes up some delicious conversation with comedian and author Michael Ian Black. The two will discuss Ina's latest, Modern Comfort FoodA Barefoot Contessa Cookbook, which features a collection of all-new soul-satisfying dishes from America’s favorite home cook!

In Modern Comfort Food, Ina Garten shares 85 new recipes that will feed your deepest cravings. Many of these dishes are inspired by childhood favorites—but with the volume turned way up, such as Cheddar and Chutney Grilled Cheese sandwiches (the perfect match for Ina’s Creamy Tomato Bisque), Smashed Hamburgers with Caramelized Onions, and the crispiest hash browns that are actually made in a waffle iron!

There are few things more comforting than gathering for a meal with the ones you love, especially when dishes like Cheesy Chicken Enchiladas are at the center of the table. Old-fashioned crowd pleasers like Roasted Sausages, Peppers, and Onions are even more delicious and streamlined for quick cleanup. For dessert? You'll find the best Boston Cream Pie, Banana Rum Trifle, and Black and White Cookies you’ll ever make. Home cooks can always count on Ina’s dependable, easy-to-follow instructions, with lots of side notes for cooking and entertaining—it’s like having Ina right there beside you, helping you all the way.

About Ina Garten
INA GARTEN is a New York Times bestselling author and the James Beard Award-winning host of Barefoot Contessa, which has won three Emmy Awards and airs on the Food Network. She lives in East Hampton, New York, with her husband, Jeffrey. This is her twelfth book.

About Michael Ian Black

Michael Ian Black is a comedian, actor, and writer. He is the author of several books for children, including the award-winning, I’m Bored, I’m Sad, and I’m Worried. His books for adults include the memoirs, You’re Not Doing It Right, Navel Gazing, and the new, A Better Man: A (Mostly Serious) Letter to My Son. As a stand-up comedian, Michael regularly tours the country, and he has released several comedy albums. He lives in Connecticut with his wife and two children.

Presented with the National JCC Literary National Consortium