Events

The Book Cellar Presents John Moe

The Book Cellar presents John Moe, author of The Hilarious World of Depression, with special guest Peter Sagal!!

Critically acclaimed radio personality and the creator of the hit podcast The Hilarious World of Depression John Moe is coming to Everybody’s Coffee to discuss his new book by the same name. He will be joined in conversation by Chicago’s own public radio legend Peter Sagal.

All questions about this event should be directed to The Book Cellar itself: (773) 293-2665, words@bookcellarinc.com

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All tickets include a copy of John’s book and an invitation to meet John and have him sign it after the event.

For years, John Moe, a critically-acclaimed public radio personality, struggled with depression. It plagued his family and claimed the life of his brother in 2007. As he faced his own illness, he began to see similar behavior patterns and coping mechanisms in his conversations with others. Recognizing the tremendous comfort and community in talking about these experiences, and that humor had a unique power, he launched “The Hilarious World of Depression” podcast, which has had more than 10 million downloads.

The Hilarious World of Depression is a memoir of Moes’s own journey, revealing more than he’s ever discussed on the podcast, in addition to the above-mentioned stories from a range of comics, musicians, writers, and performers.

“I was inspired by the illness that Id carried around most of my life,” Moe says, “and how society has insisted we keep quiet about it, even though not being quiet is one of the best things we can do. I wrote the book to tell people that they’re not alone, it can get better, and we can even have some laughs on the way.”

John Moe is the host and creator of the award-winning hit podcast, “The Hilarious World of Depression” and the author of three books: Dear Luke, We Need To Talk, Darth; The Deleted Emails Of Hillary Clinton; and Conservatize Me. His writing has appeared in numerous humor anthologies as well as The New York Times Magazine, McSweeney’s, The Seattle Times, and many more publications, and he’s written plays that have been performed on three continents.

John has hosted nationally distributed public radio programs such as “Wits,” “Weekend America,” and “Marketplace Tech” and his radio work has been featured on “Marketplace,” “All Things Considered,” and “Morning Edition.” He lives in St Paul.

About Peter Sagal: Peter Sagal is the host of the Peabody Award-winning NPRTM news quiz “Wait Wait . . . Don’t Tell Me!” and the author of The Book of Vice: Naughty Things and How To Do Them and The Incomplete Book of Running. He is a playwright, screenwriter, an amateur athlete, and host of several podcasts and documentaries, including “The Chernobyl Podcast” from HBO and “Constitution USA with Peter Sagal” on PBS. Sagal lives in the Chicago area with his wife Mara and two dogs, DeeDee and Dutchie, who like to see their names in print.

Event date:
Tuesday, May 12, 2020 – 7:00pm
Event address:
Everybody’s Coffee
935 W Wilson Ave
ChicagoIL 60640

Mikel Jollett Book Launch

The Book Cellar is thrilled to host the frontman of The Airborne Toxic Event, Mikel Jollett, as he launches his memoir, Hollywood Park.

Mikel will be in conversation discussing the book. Following the talk, attendees will have the chance to meet and greet Mikel and get their book signed.

This event takes place at Everybody’s Coffee and tickets are required (Tickets come with a signed copy of the book). Purchase at Brown Paper Tickets.

HOLLYWOOD PARK is a remarkable memoir of a tumultuous life. Mikel Jollett was born into one of the country’s most infamous cults and subjected to a childhood filled with poverty, addiction, and emotional abuse. Yet, ultimately, his is a story of fierce love and family loyalty told in a raw, poetic voice that signals the emergence of a uniquely gifted writer.

‘We were never young. We were just too afraid of ourselves. No one told us who we were or what we were or where all our parents went. They would arrive like ghosts, visiting us for a morning, an afternoon. They would sit with us or walk around the grounds, to laugh or cry or toss us in the air while we screamed. Then they’d disappear again, for weeks, for months, for years, leaving us alone with our memories and dreams, our questions and confusion.”

So begins Hollywood Park, Mikel Jollett’s remarkable memoir. His story opens in an experimental commune in California, which later morphed into the Church of Synanon, one of the country’s most infamous and dangerous cults.  Per the leaders’ mandate, all children, including Jollett and his older brother, were separated from their parents when they were six months old and handed over to the cult’s school.  After spending years in what was essentially an orphanage, Mikel escaped the cult one morning with his mother and older brother.  But in many ways, life outside Synanon was even harder and more erratic.

In his raw, poetic, and powerful voice, Jollett portrays a childhood filled with abject poverty, trauma, emotional abuse, delinquency, and the lure of drugs and alcohol. Raised by a clinically depressed, narcissistic mother, tormented by his angry older brother, subjected to the unpredictability of troubled step-fathers and longing for contact with his father, a former heroin addict and ex-con, Jollett slowly, often painfully, builds a life that leads him to Stanford University and, eventually, to finding his voice as a writer and musician.

Hollywood Park is told at first through the limited perspective of a child and then broadens as Jollett begins to understand the world around him. Although Mikel Jollett’s story is filled with heartbreak, it is ultimately an unforgettable portrayal of love at its fiercest and most loyal.

About Mikel Jollett:

Mikel Jollett is the frontman of the indie band The Airborne Toxic Event. Prior to forming the band, Jollett graduated with honors from Stanford University. He was an on-air columnist for NPR’s All Things Considered, an editor-at-large for Men’s Health and an editor at Filter magazine. His fiction has been published in McSweeney’s.

Jason Rosenthal in Conversation

The Book Cellar presents an evening with Jason Rosenthal.

Jason is the author of an inspiring memoir of life, love, and loss, widower of Amy Krouse Rosenthal, who was a bestselling author of many beloved children’s books and the Modern Love piece, “You May Want to Marry My Husband.”

On March 3, 2017, beloved children’s book author Amy Krouse Rosenthal published an extraordinary essay in the New York Times’ Modern Love column entitled “You May Want to Marry My Husband.” Coming out a mere ten days before Amy’s death from ovarian cancer, the piece—a creative and heartbreaking play on a personal ad—encouraged her husband, Jason, to find happiness after she died. The column instantly went viral, reaching over five million people worldwide and sparking an emotional conversation about love and loss.

Amy’s husband Jason B. Rosenthal picks up where she left off in MY WIFE SAID YOU MAY WANT TO MARRY ME: A Memoir. Throughout the memoir, Jason details their remarkable love story, its painful end, and what happened after—how Jason tried to honor Amy’s dying wish to live his best life while he and their three grown children confronted the world without her. In tracing the tapestry of his life with Amy, Jason recalls a storybook marriage that ended far too soon. He offers sage advice for others suffering from loss and shares how Amy’s Modern Love column became her final gift to him, granting him the freedom to imagine what the rest of his life could look like. As he journeys toward healing, Jason rediscovers himself, even as he struggles with the realities of his new life, ultimately coming to understand the key to his future lay in honoring his past.

The end result is a tender rumination on finding yourself in the wake of tremendous loss, and discovering ways to look toward—and look forward to—a brighter future. What Amy wanted for Jason, and for his life after her, was more—more bravery, more happiness, more experiences to cherish with their children.

Jason B. Rosenthal is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of Dear Boy, co-written with his daughter, Paris. He is the board chair of the Amy Krouse Rosenthal Foundation, which supports childhood literacy and research in early detection of ovarian cancer. A lawyer, public speaker, and devoted father of three, he is passionate about helping others find ways to fill their blank spaces as he continues to fill his own. He lives in Chicago.

Poignant and inspiring, MY WIFE SAID YOU MAY WANT TO MARRY ME is a candid look at Jason’s grief and a moving portrait of his search for more.

Christopher Moore At Everybody’s Coffee!

Join the Book Cellar at Everybody’s Coffee as author Christopher Moore presents his latest hilarious novel Shakespeare for Squirrels!

Christopher will be talking about the book including an audience Q&A, followed by your chance to meet Christopher and have him sign your book.

All tickets include a copy of the book that can be signed and both are required for the event. Christopher is happy to sign copies of his back-list as well. Purchase at Brown Paper Tickets.

About Christopher Moore:
Christopher Moore is the author of fifteen novels, including the international bestsellers, Lamb, A Dirty Job, and You Suck.

Chris was born in Toledo, Ohio and grew up in Mansfield, Ohio. His father was a highway patrolman and his mother sold major appliances at a department store. He attended Ohio State University and Brooks Institute of Photography in Santa Barbara. He moved to California when he was 19 years old and lived on the Central Coast until 2003 when he moved to Hawaii.

Before publishing his first novel, Practical Demonkeeping in 1992, he worked as a roofer, a grocery clerk, a hotel night auditor, an insurance broker, a waiter, a photographer, and a rock and roll DJ. Chris has drawn on all of these work experiences to create the characters in his books. When he’s not writing, Chris enjoys ocean kayaking, scuba diving, photography, and painting with acrylics and oils. He lives in San Francisco.

About Shakespeare for Squirrels:
Shakespeare meets Dashiell Hammett in this wildly entertaining murder mystery from New York Times bestselling author Christopher Moore, an uproarious, hardboiled take on the Bard’s most performed play, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, featuring Pocket, the hero of Fool and The Serpent of Venice, along with his sidekick, Drool, and pet monkey, Jeff.

Set adrift by his pirate crew, Pocket of Dog Snogging last seen in The Serpent of Venice washes up on the sun-bleached shores of Greece, where he hopes to dazzle the Duke with his comedic brilliance and become his trusted fool.

But the island is in turmoil. Egeus, the Duke’s minister, is furious that his daughter Hermia is determined to marry Demetrius, instead of Lysander, the man he has chosen for her. The Duke decrees that if by the time of the wedding, Hermia still refuses to marry Lysander, she shall be executed . . . or consigned to a nunnery. Pocket, being Pocket, cannot help but point out that this decree is complete bollocks, and that the Duke is an egregious weasel for having even suggested it. Irritated by the fool’s impudence, the Duke orders his death. With the Duke’s guards in pursuit, Pocket makes a daring escape.

He soon stumbles into the wooded realm of the fairy king Oberon, who, as luck would have it, is short a fool. His jester Robin Goodfellow, the mischievous sprite better known as Puck, was found dead. Murdered. Oberon makes Pocket an offer he can’t refuse: he will make Pocket his fool and have his death sentence lifted if Pocket finds out who killed Robin Goodfellow. But as anyone who is even vaguely aware of the Bard’s most performed play ever will know, nearly every character has a motive for wanting the mischievous sprite dead.

With too many suspects and too little time, Pocket must work his own kind of magic to find the truth, save his neck, and ensure that all ends well.

A rollicking tale of love, magic, madness, and murder, Shakespeare for Squirrels is a Midsummer Night’s noir, a wicked and brilliantly funny good time conjured by the singular imagination of Christopher Moore.