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Tara Jepsen presents LIKE A DOG in conversation with Beth Lisick

    12/05/2017 - 7:00pm

    This event takes place in our Brooklyn location.

    Join us at WORD for a night of great conversation and wine to celebrate the launch of the new novel, LIKE A DOG, with author Tara Jepsen in conversation with Beth Lisick. 

    Like a Dog centers around Paloma, a skateboarder in her early thirties who is aimlessly winging it through life. She takes low-paying jobs, drinks neon-colored wine coolers in the park, and drives to the Central Valley to skate the empty swimming pools dotting the sun-blasted landscape. Paloma struggles to have a relationship with her brother Peter, whose opiate addiction makes that nearly impossible. Her own delusions about the nature of addiction help to keep the threat of Peter's death by overdose at a comfortable enough distance, and as he slides into a dangerous spiral, Paloma tries out the world of stand-up comedy, happier than she's ever been. Maggie Nelsonauthor of The Argonauts, says "Tara Jepsen's Like a Dog is outrageously funny and soul-scrapingly grim, in the tradition of our most intrepid, shameless, and shame-filled comedians and storytellers. It also announces a singular new voice in American fiction—one which is deeply alive, hard-hitting, and tender."

    WORD is proud to bring this event to our store centering around a book that BUST raves, "contains some brilliantly casual radical feminism along with its rising action and denouement, and it tells a familiar story in ways that feel fresh and new but not contrived… wisdom so sharp, it stings.”

    About Tara Jepsen:

    Tara Jepsen is a writer and actor living in Los Angeles, California. She's appeared in Emmy-winning series Transparent. She and longtime collaborator Beth Lisick created, wrote and acted in original web series Rods and Cones, released by Jill Soloway and Rebecca Odes's in September 2014, named one of Indiewire's 25 Best Series/Creators of 2014. Tara has written and performed original sketch comedy with Lisick throughout the U.S. since 1999. They have appeared at Dixon Place in NYC, at San Francisco's Sketchfest, at the UCB in Los Angeles, and myriad additional venues. Jepsen has been published by The, and SF Weekly, among others. She has toured and performed extensively with the seminal queer cabaret Sister Spit since 1997. And, she co-hosted the legendary San Francisco open mic K’vetsh at a gay men’s bath house for over ten years.

    About Beth Lisick:

    Beth Lisick is a writer and actor. She is the author of five books and has appeared in films screened at Cannes, Sundance, and the San Francisco International Film Festival. Her books include the memoir collection Yokohama Threeway and Other Small Shames (City Lights), the New York Times bestselling comic memoir Everybody Into the Pool (Harper/ReganBooks), the gonzo self-help manifesto Helping Me Help Myself (Harper/William Morrow), the story collection This Too Can Be Yours (Manic D), and the performance poetry/story collection Monkey Girl (Manic D). Since 1999 she has been collaborating with writer/comedian Tara Jepsen on stage and video projects. They have performed at Dixon Place, UCB Theatre, SF MOMA, SF Sketchfest, and screened their films at OUTfest, Frameline, and the Mix Film Festival of Sexual Diversity in Sao Paulo, Brasil. They have opened for Tig Notaro, Neil Hamburger, and Dave Hill. Their web series Rods and Cones was named one of the Top 10 web series of 2014 by Indiewire. In 2002, she created the Porchlight Storytelling Series with Arline Klatte, a storytelling show for non-pro storytellers in San Francisco. The series is now in its 15th year and has featured hundreds of storytellers.

    Like a Dog (City Lights/Sister Spit) Cover Image
    ISBN: 9780872867345
    Availability: In stock at Brooklyn or Jersey City -- click for more details
    Published: City Lights Books - September 26th, 2017

    A scrappy young skateboarder's story of underground worlds and fringe existences, confusing family relationships and the struggle for intimacy.