SPRING FESTIVAL OF BOOKS & CONVERSATIONS
Life, Laughter & Lunch
Annabelle Gurwitch; You’re Leaving When? Adventures in Downward Mobility
$15 | Lunch & Book Signing Event
Annabelle Gurwitch is an actress, activist and author of five books including the New York Times bestseller I See You Made an Effort (also a Thurber Prize finalist); You Say Tomato, I Say Shut Up (with Jeff Kahn); and Fired! (which was also a Showtime Comedy Special). Her essays and satire regularly appear in the New York Times, Los Angeles Times, Los Angeles Magazine, The New Yorker, and Hadassah. Her essay which appears in You're Leaving When? with the title "If You Lived With Me You'd Be Home by Now" about opening her home to young people experiencing homelessness appeared in short form in the Los Angeles Times and was recognized with a 2020 Excellence in Journalism award from the Los Angeles Press Club. Gurwitch gained a loyal following during her stint cohosting Dinner and a Movie on TBS and years as a regular commentator on NPR. Her many acting credits include Seinfeld, Boston Legal, Dexter, and Melvin Goes to Dinner. A veteran of many lauded and even more misguided theatrical productions, pre-covid she performed with The Moth Mainstage and at arts centers around the country and she hopes to do that again. She co-hosts the Tiny Victories Podcast a fifteen minute weekly podcast which Vulture called a "bright spot of light in 2020."
In these essays, Gurwitch embraces homesharing, welcoming a housing-insecure young couple and a bunny rabbit into her home. The mother of a college student in recovery who sheds the gender binary, she relearns to parent, one pronoun at a time. She wades into the dating pool in a Miss Havisham-inspired line of lingerie and flunks the magic of tidying up.
You're Leaving When? is for anybody who thought they had a semblance of security but wound up with a fragile economy and a blankie. Gurwitch offers stories of resilience, adaptability, low-rent redemption, and the kindness of strangers. Even in a muted Zoom.