On stage. In Schools. On the Road. House of SpeakEasy celebrates six years of connecting writers and audiences, students and book lovers. Our mission 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. From our Seriously Entertaining shows at Joe’s Pub at The Public Theater to our SpeakTogether programs in schools throughout New York City to deploying our book truck to book deserts around the country, we’ve been busy! Catch up on all our efforts with this short video produced on the occasion of Speakeasy’s sixth anniversary.
This summer, SpeakEasy’s mobile book truck embarked on a 4,000-mile cross-country odyssey. From Brooklyn to New Orleans—and back again—we hit the road to bring books & poetry to over 18 cities. The “Poetry to the People” tour, in partnership with Narrative 4, offered workshops and readings on the way down. On the return trip, Speakeasy produced its signature Seriously Entertaining shows and SpeakTogether educational programs as part of a “No Place Like Home” tour. Everywhere we stopped, we gave away hundreds of books to schools, youth centers, and communities in need. Read a short recap of the project here.
On September 17, “Seriously Entertaining,” House of SpeakEasy’s literary cabaret, returns with the premiere of its fall season. Inspired by the Brooklyn Book Festival, this month’s four writers will be riffing on the theme, “No Sleep Till”:
Award-winning historian William Dalrymple; Lambda Literary Award-winning novelist Nicole Dennis-Benn; acclaimed teacher, speaker, and children’s book author Torrey Maldonado; and Rona Jaffe Award and Italo Calvino Award winner Helen Phillips share their stories of journeys, epic battles, and pursuing their dreams no matter the cost.
Help us kick off the Brooklyn Book Festival and our fall season by joining us at Joe’s Pub on September 17th. This is an Official Brooklyn Book Festival 2019 Bookend Event.
THE HOUSE OF SPEAKEASY IS A HOME FOR CLOSE ENCOUNTERS OF A LITERARY KIND: A PLACE WHERE AUTHORS AND THEIR AUDIENCES COME TOGETHER IN INNOVATIVE AND SUSTAINING WAYS. MORE
ALL SHOWS HELD AT JOE’S PUB at The Public Theater at 425 Lafayette St, NYC 10003. If a show is sold out, check our website again in a few days, as extra tickets sometimes become available closer to show date. Join our mailing list for further information.
› 9.17.19 @ 7pm – NO SLEEP TILL
› 10.22.19 @ 7pm – INTO THE SILENCE
› 11.12.19 @ 7pm – FOR GOOD MEASURE
On September 17, he will be speaking at House of SpeakEasy’s Seriously Entertaining show, No Sleep Till, alongside William Dalrymple, Nicole Dennis-Benn, and Helen Phillips.
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