We are excited to bring audio and video features from writers who were slated to appear on stage this spring at Joe’s Pub via our podcast and other channels. Join our mailing list to receive updates about upcoming releases. In the meantime, please consider becoming a member of House of SpeakEasy to help sustain our work in schools and underserved communities.
In lieu of our live “Seriously Entertaining” show at Joe’s Pub last month, we have recorded stories by our March writers which we will be sharing on our podcast. First up, journalist Anne Nelson, author of the new book Shadow Network: Media, Money, and the Secret Hub of the Radical Right. In this story, Anne looks at the 2016 election, how it went unpredictably wrong, and what religious radio shows in the Midwest had to do with it. Songs featured, “The Royal Telephone” and “City of Gold.”
Our second storyteller, Philip Kennicott, is an art and architecture critic for The Washington Post and author of the new book Counterpoint: A Memoir of Bach and Mourning. In this story, Philip talks about finding Nathan, the greatest dog in the world…except for Nathan’s one significant flaw.
On stage. In Schools. On the Road. House of SpeakEasy celebrates six years of connecting writers and audiences. From our Seriously Entertaining shows at Joe’s Pub to our in-school matinees throughout New York City to our bookmobile outings to book deserts across the country, we’ve been busy! Catch up on all our efforts with this highlights video.
Watch a short video about the impact our work is having in schools and after-school programs across the city. Working with teens and educators in College Readiness programs and beyond, our goal is simple: to expand access to books and their authors, and to share the transformative power of storytelling with the next generation of writers and readers.
Last summer, The SpeakEasy Bookmobile embarked on a 4,000-mile cross-country odyssey, from Brooklyn to New Orleans and back again to address the problem of “book deserts.” The “Poetry to the People” tour, in partnership with Narrative4, offered workshops and readings on the way down. On the return trip, Speakeasy produced its signature Seriously Entertaining shows and SpeakTogether educational programs. We hit the road to bring books & poetry to over 14 states. Click through to see the full itinerary.
Over a two-week period, we visited 18 cities and towns, including Floyd County, Kentucky, Salisbury, Maryland, and Arnaudville, Louisiana. We distributed over 5,000 books to schools, youth centers, and communities in need, including the International Rescue Committee and the Boys and Girls Club in Jackson, Mississippi, making hundreds of new friends along the way. Check out highlights from the trip in the slideshow above.