Seriously Entertaining

Seriously Entertainingpresents:“This Must Be the Place”

January 10, 2023, at Joe’s Pub in downtown New York City.

Meet your storytellers

Jean Hanff Korelitz

Author of The Latecomer and You Should Have Known, which was adapted for HBO as “The Undoing” starring Nicole Kidman and Hugh Grant.

The Latecomer

by Jean Hanff Korelitz

From the New York Times bestselling author of The Plot, Jean Hanff Korelitz’s The Latecomer is a layered and immersive literary novel about three siblings, desperate to escape one another, and the upending of their family by the late arrival of a fourth.

Setha Low

Anthropologist Setha Low, Director of the Public Space Research Group at The Graduate Center, CUNY.

Why Public Space Matters

by Setha Low

Drawing from decades of research, Setha Low shows how public space contributes to a flourishing society through promoting social justice and democratic practices. Thriving public spaces also enhance creativity, health, urban resilience, and environmental sustainability. Yet more than ever, public spaces across the world are threatened by urban development, privatization and neglect.

Michael Frank

Acclaimed essayist and fiction writer.

One Hundred Saturdays: Stella Levi and the Search for a Lost World

by Michael Frank

Recipient of the Jewish Book Council’s Natan Notable Book Award
The remarkable story of ninety-nine-year-old Stella Levi whose conversations with the writer Michael Frank over the course of six years bring to life the vibrant world of Jewish Rhodes, the deportation to Auschwitz that extinguished ninety percent of her community, and the resilience and wisdom of the woman who lived to tell the tale.

Saïd Sayrafiezadeh

Award-winning teacher, memoirist, and short story writer.

American Estrangement: Stories

by Saïd Sayrafiezadeh

Sayrafiezadeh has been hailed by Philip Gourevitch as “a masterful storyteller working from deep in the American grain.” His new collection of stories–some of which have appeared in The New Yorker, the Paris Review, and the Best American Short Stories–is set in a contemporary America full of the kind of emotionally bruised characters familiar to readers of Denis Johnson and George Saunders.

Past shows

House of SpeakEasy’s flagship program, “Seriously Entertaining,” is an acclaimed series of literary cabarets where authors take the stage to riff and ruminate informally, dinner-theater-style, on the evening’s theme. Since our debut show in 2014, House of SpeakEasy has been proud to feature a diverse range of authors and performers, from Pulitzer Prize–winning journalists to acclaimed novelists and poets, as well as comedians, musicians, and emerging writers.

We invite you to experience past Seriously Entertaining programs on our YouTube channel, via livestream, through our podcast. Sign up to receive updates upcoming shows here.

Photos from our past shows at Joe’s Pub

What the press had to say

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Accolades and testimonials from authors

John performed on stage for Seriously Entertaining at Joe’s Pub at The Public Theater on February 7, 2017, speaking on the evening’s theme, “Falling Up.”

John Avlon


Elizabeth performed on stage for Seriously Entertaining at Joe’s Pub at The Public Theater on November 1, 2016, speaking on the evening’s theme, “Razor’s Edge.”

Elizabeth Alexander


Jason performed at a SpeakTogether student matinee at Edward R. Murrow High School in Midwood, Brooklyn, on January 30, 2017, speaking on the theme, “Turn the Page.” Jason also performed on stage for Seriously Entertaining at Joe’s Pub at The Public Theater on May 10, 2017, speaking on the evening’s theme, “All Together Now.”

Jason Reynolds

YA novelist

Upcoming shows at a glance

Winter 2023:

February 7 at 7pm – “Never Say Never”
March 7 at 7pm – “The Road Ahead”

Spring 2023:

May 9 at 7pm – “Playing with Fire”
June 6 at 7pm – “All That Glitters”

See you on January 10, 2023, at Joe’s Pub!