WORD + the William Vale Present: Amber Tamblyn and Uzo Aduba for ERA OF IGNITION

03/06/2019 - 7:30pm


WORD and the William Vale are proud to present Amber Tamblyn for her new memoir Era of Ignition: Coming of Age in a Time of Rage and Revolution. Amber will be joined in conversation by Uzo Aduba and there will be an opening reading by Rebecca Carroll. 

In her late twenties, Amber experienced a crisis of character while trying to break out of the confines of the acting career she’d forged as a child in order to become the writer and director she dreamed of being as an adult. After a particularly low period fueled by rejection and disillusionment, she grabbed hold of her own destiny and entered into what she calls an Era of Ignition—namely, the time of self-reflection that follows in the wake of personal upheaval and leads to a call to action and positive change. In the process of undergoing this metaphysical metamorphosis, she realized that our country was going through an Era of Ignition of its own. She writes: “No longer stuck in a past we can’t outrun and a future we must outgrow, we are a nation that is actively confronting our values and agitating for change. We are in an age when activism becomes direct action, when disagreement becomes dissention, when dissatisfaction becomes protest, when accusations become accountability, and when revolts become revolutions.” 

Through her fierce op-eds and tireless work as one of the founders of the Time’s Up organization, Amber has emerged as a bold, outspoken, and respected advocate for women’s rights. In Era of Ignition, she addresses gender inequality and the judgment paradigm, misogyny and discrimination, trauma and the veiled complexities of consent, white feminism and pay parity, reproductive rights and sexual assault—all told through the very personal lens of her own experiences, as well as those of her Sisters in Solidarity. At once an intimate meditation and public reckoning, Era of Ignition is a galvanizing feminist manifesto that is required reading for everyone attempting to understand the world we live in and help change it for the better.


This event will be held in the ballroom at the William Vale hotel, and tickets are required for entry. Doors will open at 7 PM. General admission is $29 and includes a signed copy of Era of Ignition. Additional unsigned books will be available for purchase at the event. There are no refunds. If you cannot make the event you may change the name on your ticket up to 24 hours before the event or have the new attendee bring your confirmation. Members of WORD's Inner Circle membership program may reserve seats by emailing events@wordbookstores.com with proof of ticket purchase. Books will be available for pickup at WORD Brooklyn for 30 days following the event. 


Amber Tamblyn is an author, actor, and director. She’s been nominated for an Emmy, Golden Globe, and Independent Spirit Award for her work in television and film, including House M.D. and Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants. Most recently, she wrote and directed the feature film Paint It Black. She is the author of three books of poetry, including the critically acclaimed bestseller Dark Sparkler, and a novel, Any Man, as well as a contributing writer for the New York Times. She lives in New York.


Uzo Aduba currently stars as Suzanne “Crazy Eyes” Warren in the critically acclaimed Netflix Original Series Orange Is the New Black. Her performance has garnered a sweep of awards including the 2016 and 2015 SAG Award for Best Actress in Comedy, the 2017 SAG Award nomination for Best Actress in a Comedy, the 2015 Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series, and the 2014 Emmy Award for Outstanding Guest Actress in a Comedy.  For her Emmy wins, Aduba joined Ed Asner to become only the second actor ever to win Emmys for the same role in the comedy and drama categories. Furthermore, with her SAG and Emmy honors, she became the first African American actress to win the award in each category. The seventh and final season of the series will premiere on Netflix in 2019. In film, Uzo recently completed production on the independent drama Miss Virginia directed by R.J. Daniel Hanna and will appear in the romantic drama Really Love directed by Angel Kristi Williams from a screenplay she wrote with Felicia A. Pride. She also stars in Netflix’s upcoming Beats opposite Anthony Anderson.


Rebecca Carroll is a cultural critic and Editor of Special Projects at WNYC, where she develops, produces, and hosts a broad array of multi-platform content, including podcasts, live events, and on-air broadcasts. Rebecca is also the author of several interview-based books about race and blackness in America, including the award-winning Sugar in the Raw, and her personal essays, cultural commentary, and opinion pieces have been published widely. Her memoir, Surviving the White Gaze, is due out in 2020.