Live Wire with Luke Burbank: Nora McInerny, J. Kenji López-Alt, Ross Gay, and musical guest Madison Cunningham

Thu Nov 17, 7:30 pm
Town Hall Seattle First Hill (Seattle)
This is an in-person event
$30 - $40

Nora McInerny is the best-selling author of the memoirs It's Okay To Laugh (Crying Is Cool Too), No Happy Endings, and The Hot Young Widows Club. She hosts the award-winning podcast Terrible, Thanks for Asking, and founded the non-profit Still Kickin, which provides financial relief to people in crisis. Her newest collection of essays Bad Vibes Only, forthcoming from Simon & Schuster in October 2022, is a response to a society that requires our best vibes even on our worst days. It's a reminder that sometimes it is just not possible to live, laugh and love in these conditions (and that’s okay). In essays that revisit her cringey past and anticipate her rapidly approaching future, Nora lays bare her own chaos, inviting us to drop the facade of perfection and embrace the truth: that we are all -- at best -- slightly unhinged. WebsiteTwitter


J. Kenji López-Alt is a chef, parent, and New York Times best-selling author of The Food Lab which won the James Beard Award for General Cooking and International Association of Culinary Professionals’ Book of the Year. He is also the author of Every Night Is Pizza Night, a food-inspired children's storybook illustrated by Gianna Ruggiero. He is a wildly popular New York Times food columnist, and the host of the YouTube video series Kenji’s Cooking Show which has over a million subscribers on YouTube. His newest cookbook, The Wok: Recipes and Techniques was published earlier this year by W. W. Norton & Company. He lives in Seattle, WA with his wife and kids. Website Twitter


Ross Gay is the New York Times best-selling author of The Book of Delights: Essays and four books of poetry. His poetry collection Catalog of Unabashed Gratitude won the 2015 National Book Critics Circle Award, the 2016 Kingsley Tufts Poetry Award, and was a finalist for the National Book Award; while his other renown collection of poems Be Holding won the 2021 PEN America Jean Stein Book Award. His newest book, Inciting Joy, an electrifying collection of essays about joy and sorrow, is out October 2022 from Algonquin Books. Alongside writing, he is a founding board member of the Bloomington Community Orchard, a non-profit, free-fruit-for-all food justice and joy project. Gay has received fellowships from Cave Canem, the Bread Loaf Writer’s Conference, and the Guggenheim Foundation. He teaches at Indiana University. Website


Madison Cunningham is an American singer-songwriter and guitarist. Rolling Stone described her music as "a new spin on West Coast folk-rock," and her latest album Revealer, set to release in September 2022, is full of confessions, intimations, and hard truths the Los Angeles based singer-songwriter has learned over her tenure in the music industry. Her past albums titled Who You Are Now and Wednesday (Extended Version) were nominated for a Grammy Award for Best Americana Album and Best Folk Album respectively. She has also toured with Andrew Bird, and feels her songwriting soars when she allows herself to be confident in her idiosyncrasies. WebsiteListen

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