How Not To Write Your Memoir: Nick Flynn with Billy Hough (WILLIAMSBURG)

Most book events entail a reading from an author's latest work, often a conversation with a moderator, and questions from the audience. This old formula is time tested, and a great way for authors to connect with their audience, many of whom are interested in the particulars of the writing process. But we thought we'd shake things up a bit.

Billy Hough, a downtown cabaret star (Scream Along with Billy), erstwhile film actor (RampartTime Out of Mind), and ex-punk rocker (the GarageDogs), is also the events coordinator for McNally Jackson. As a writer and performer himself, Billy realizes that most of the great lessons come not from successes, but from mistakes. With this in mind, Billy is launching a new series of interviews: "The How NOT To Summits," especially for the McNally Jackson Williamsburg location.

How's that memoir coming? Have you started it, or just thought about it? Do you spill the beans on yourself and your friends, or mask them, and enter the realm of fiction? Has your own life never seemed more boring than it does on paper? Luckily, we have an expert to consult. Nick Flynn was already an award-winning poet when his father walked into the Boston homeless shelter where Nick volunteered. Flynn's heartbreaking chronicle about that experience, Another Bullshit Night in Suck City, began a second phase of his career as a memoirist. Already a PEN/Joyce Osterweil winner for his poetry collection, Some Ether, Nick then won the PEN/Martha Albrand award for his memoir. His second memoir, The Ticking is the Bomb, chronicled his decision to have a child, and the early and surprising effects of impending fatherhood. When his first book became a film, Being Flynn, Flynn wrote a third book The Reenactments, about, among other things, the surreal experience of having Robert DeNiro and Julianne Moore playing his parents. He has continued to release poetry collections, and to teach, and we will pick his brain together.

Event date: 

Monday, April 16, 2018 - 7:00pm

Event address: 

76 North 4th Street
Brooklyn, NY 11249
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Published: Graywolf Press - June 2nd, 2015

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