[CANCELED] Jenny Slate Surprises Us

Interview
06 May 2020
8:00 pm - 9:30 pm
The Auditorium at Alvin Johnson/J.M. Kaplan Hall
The New School
66 West 12th Street
New York, NY 10011

The actress and comedian Jenny Slate may be best known for her voice on outrageous TV shows like Big Mouth and conversation-stirring performances in films like Obvious Child. But in November 2019, Slate published her first book, a “memoir-in-essays” that many critics have lauded as formally experimental, whimsically entertaining, and boundary-breaking. Little Weirds defies genre to capture an array of bold, unexpected, and delightfully strange snapshots from Slate’s life. She talks to Vulture’s Hunter Harris about how writing helped her get to know herself better and many of the little truths she has discovered about herself in the process—about growing up sensitive, overcoming stage fright, embracing vulnerability and more in her first wild, irreverent, unapologetic, and nearly indescribable autobiographical work.

This event has been cancelled due to the coronavirus outbreak. Please stay tuned for updates about future PEN World Voices Festival programming.

Hunter Harris
Jenny Slate

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