Upcoming SEINFELDIA Events

In the next several weeks, I’ll be in Georgia, Philadelphia, Connecticut, Oregon, and Staten Island talking Seinfeldia. Join me if you’re in the area!

Feb. 16-19, Savannah Book Festival, GA: Appearance.

7 p.m., Feb. 22, Museum of Jewish History, Philadelphia: SEINFELDIA presentation and signing.

11 a.m., March 8, JCC Greenwich, CT: SEINFELDIA presentation and signing.

7 p.m., March 14, Mittleman Jewish Community Center, Portland, OR: SEINFELDIA talk and signing.

7 p.m., March 16, Staten Island HillelSEINFELDIA talk and signing.

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Upcoming Events, Take 2: Talking Sitcoms All Over New York

paperback coverI’ve suddenly got not one, but two, chances at geeky sitcom talk — talk that you can witness and participate in! — coming up at events in March. As far as I can tell, I have Saul Austerlitz and his very cool book Sitcom to thank for this; we’re essentially becoming a road show this month even though we haven’t met yet.

Please join us at one or both of these:

Non-Motivational Speaker Series: The State of the SitcomMonday, March 3, 7:30 p.m., Le Poisson Rouge in New York. I’ll be joined by Saul, of course, as well as Slate TV critic (and one of my favorites!) Willa Paskin.

Lit at Lark: Even Better Than Watching TV NightSunday, March 16, 5 p.m., Lark Cafe in Brooklyn. I’ll be joined by Saul (obviously), along with funny memoirists Sara Barron and Annie Choi.

Upcoming Events: Pop Culture Conference (in Ohio) and Reading (in Brooklyn)!

paperback coverI find myself suddenly with a few events coming up, and I’d love to see any friendly faces there, whether in Ohio (this weekend) or in Brooklyn (next month). I’m looking forward to talking Mary and Lou and Rhoda and Ted again after several months of burrowing away behind walls of snow to research Seinfeld. These are also my favorite kind of events … the kind organized by someone else! Here’s what’s coming:

Sunday, Feb. 23, 10 a.m.: I’ll be the keynote speaker at Bowling Green State University’s annual Ray Browne Conference on Cultural and Critical Studies (in, naturally, Bowling Green, OH). The official talk title: “The Modern TV Woman: How The Mary Tyler Moore Show Pushed Boundaries and Paved the Way for Carrie Bradshaw, Liz Lemon, and Mindy Lahiri.” Basically, I’m going to show some racy Mary Tyler Moore Show clips and talk about them. Details here.

Saturday, March 15, 5-7 p.m.: I’ll read and sign books at the Lit at Lark reading series, along with Saul Austerlitz, author of Sitcom, a totally fun (and obviously related) book. Lark Cafe is at 1007 Church Ave. in Brooklyn.

Tonight in LA: How Feminism Makes Sex Hotter

correct SEXY FEMINISM COVERMy Sexy Feminism co-author, Heather Wood Rudulph, and I will talk feminist sex at The Pleasure Chest in LA tonight with our special guest star, sex therapist and badass feminist Moushumi Ghose. We’ll be discussing how feminism makes sex better and answering questions from the audience. (Or, more accurately, watching Mou answer questions from the audience, since she’s the professional here.) To get warmed up, a few of our past pieces about feminist sex:

‘Inside Amy Schumer’: How Women’s Mags Come Up With Those Terrible Sex Tips

The Best Feminist Porn and Erotica

Female Condoms: Sexy and Empowering or ‘Ew’?

How to Be a Feminist Girlfriend

A Few of Our Favorite New Vibrators

Tonight in LA: Ladies in TV, from Mary Tyler Moore to Carrie Bradshaw

TVGTonight I’m doing what may be my favorite event of my book tour — certainly it’s in the top 3. I’m hosting a panel discussion about female television writers (one of my pet topics, obviously) with Mary Tyler Moore Show writer Treva Silverman (a major inspiration in writing Mary and Lou and Rhoda and Ted), Eileen Myers (Hung, Big Love, Last Resort), Jessica O’Toole and Amy Rardin (Greek, The Carrie Diaries). And we’ll be at my favorite book store in LA, Book Soup. We’ll talk sexist moments, favorite female characters, comedy versus drama, and more. See you at 7 p.m., Angelenos!

MARY AND LOU AND RHODA AND TED at the National Archives

I had the pleasure today of giving a long-planned talk about Mary and Lou and Rhoda and Ted at the National Archives. I was going to tell you all about it, but we drove to DC from New York this morning to get to the talk by noon, and now we’re at my boyfriend’s grandma’s in Frederick, Maryland, and I am tired. Plus! It was well-documented by other sources anyway. (Of course it was; it’s the National Archives.) I will just add that the building is grand, the theater is grand, and Douglas Swanson, my liaison there, is a classy dude who just intuitively knew when to come out and wait for me by the entrance to the building.

Here’s a video of my entire talk and the audience Q&A

And here’s some nice coverage of the talk by the Washington Examiner

Next up: Boswell Book Company in Milwaukee in two weeks, June 4

‘Mary Tyler Moore Show’ Trivia: Tonight!

mary-tyler-moore-opening-creditsWhat was Mary’s relationship status in the pilot episode? Which character’s spinoff lasted the longest? What was Chuckles the Clown’s credo?

The answers to these questions could win you free copies of Mary and Lou and Rhoda and Ted, T-shirts, mugs, and even free subscriptions to Entertainment Weekly, if you join us for the book launch/trivia contest at 7 p.m. tonight at Pacific Standard in Brooklyn. Hope to see you there!