Stay Seriously Entertained this Holiday Season

Signed books by some of this year’s acclaimed authors.
During a year in which we all craved community, SpeakEasy was thrilled to feature an array of literary talents on its stage at Joe’s Pub and via livestream. These writers came through when we needed them most, uniting us with a shared appreciation for the written word, relating personal stories on a range of themes, from “Feast Your Eyes” to “All in Good Time” to “Those Were the Days.” We are indebted to them for helping us stay connected, inspired, and, most of all, entertained.

Five of the authors we featured in 2020 have generously agreed to sign a limited number of their books. We are offering our community the chance to get the book of your choice sent to you or a loved one in time for the holidays.

Make a tax-deductible donation in support of House of SpeakEasy’s nonprofit mission by selecting one of the titles below, and we’ll throw in a free SpeakEasy tote bag as a special thank you.

Dirt by Bill Buford

New Yorker editor and author of the best-selling, widely acclaimed food memoir Heat,   Bill Buford shares his experiences in the world of French haute cuisine as he goes “looking for the secret of French cooking” and shares his perspective on fatherhood along the way. Dirt was selected by The New York Times Book Review as an Editors’ Choice. Bill performed in our May edition of Seriously Entertaining, “All in Due Time.”

Good Talk by Mira Jacob

Named one of the Best Books of the Year by Time, Esquire, Buzzfeed, and The New York Times Book Review, Mira Jacob’s Good Talk is a touching and deeply personal graphic memoir full of important and difficult conversations about motherhood, race, color, sexuality, and, of course, love. Mira performed in our January edition of Seriously Entertaining, “Feast Your Eyes.”

Greek to Me by Mary Norris

Greek to Me by The New Yorker‘s “Comma Queen” Mary Norris is a charming and enthusiastic account of a lifelong love affair with words and the author’s solo journeys in the land of olive trees and ouzo. Steve Martin hailed it as “an adventure tale for intellectuals—and also for the rest of us.” Mary performed in our May edition of Seriously Entertaining, “All in Due Time.”

The World Doesn't Require You by Rion Amilcar Scott

In this story collection, award-winning writer Rion Amilcar Scott, who Entertainment Weekly called “a major unique literary talent,” creates a mythical universe peopled by some of the most memorable characters in American fiction. Rion performed in our August edition of Seriously Entertaining, “Those Were the Days.”

Interior Chinatown by Charles Yu

Winner of the 2020 National Book Award for Fiction and a New York Times bestseller, Interior Chinatown by acclaimed screenwriter and novelist Charles Yu is a novel about race, pop culture, immigration, assimilation, and escaping the roles we are forced to play. Charles performed in our August edition of Seriously Entertaining, “Those Were the Days.”

About House of SpeakEasy

House of SpeakEasy is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit that celebrates the transformative power of literature. Seriously Involved is SpeakEasy’s outreach initiative serving students and readers in underserved communities. We send writers into high schools and after-school programs in Brooklyn, The Bronx, and East Harlem to work with students on their writing, public speaking, and critical thinking skills to help level the playing field for those hoping to go onto college. The SpeakEasy Bookmobile delivers books to readers in areas where bookstores are in short supply in New York City and across the country. Please consider supporting these initiatives by making a donation to the SpeakEasy Foundation.

All donations and membership fees are tax-deductible to the fullest extent allowable.