Seriously Entertaining's Fantastic Fall Lineup

By House of SpeakEasy

By House of SpeakEasy

SpeakEasy’s flagship program is an acclaimed series of literary cabarets called "Seriously Entertaining." Our monthly shows features the storytelling talents of published authors and thinkers who are invited take the stage to riff and ruminate informally, dinner-theater-style, on the evening’s theme. Performances are usually held monthly at Joe's Pub at The Public Theater in New York City, but as we all practice social distancing, we are delivering our signature style of storytelling via The SpeakEasy Podcast and live stream platforms Crowdcast and Facebook Live. Each show highlights original stories by that month's featured authors with opportunities to purchase writers' books through our Bookshop storefront. Sign up for our newsletter to get details about upcoming shows.

Never Look Back

Lilliam Rivera

$18.99 $17.47

Speaker for October show, themed "Nerves of Steel"

Tomboyland: Essays

Melissa Faliveno

$24.95 $22.95

Speaker for October show, themed "Nerves of Steel"

Vesper Flights

Helen MacDonald

$27.00 $24.84

Speaker for October show, themed "Nerves of Steel"

Cold Moon: On Life, Love, and Responsibility

Roger Rosenblatt

$15.95 $14.67

Speaker for October show, themed "Nerves of Steel"

A Better Man: A (Mostly Serious) Letter to My Son

Michael Ian Black

$24.95 $22.95

Speaker for September show, themed "All Good Things"

All the Things We Never Knew

Liara Tamani

$18.99 $17.47

Speaker for September show, themed "All Good Things"

Ask a Philosopher: Answers to Your Most Important and Most Unexpected Questions

Ian Olasov

$24.99 $22.99

Speaker for September show, themed "All Good Things"

This Is the Night Our House Will Catch Fire: A Memoir

Nick Flynn

$25.95 $23.87

Speaker for September show, themed "All Good Things"

We Saw Scenery: The Early Diaries of Merrill Markoe

Merrill Markoe

$24.95 $22.95

Speaker for November show, themed "Up in Smoke"

A Grave Is Given Supper

Mike Soto

$15.95 $14.67

Speaker for November show, themed "Up in Smoke"

Innocent Experiments: Childhood and the Culture of Popular Science in the United States

Rebecca Onion

$29.95

Speaker for November show, themed "Up in Smoke"

Seeing the Body: Poems

Rachel Eliza Griffiths

$26.95 $24.79

Recommended by September speaker Nick Flynn: "This collection is fierce and mythic and grieving. It centers around the poet's mother, the aftermath of her passing."

What Is the Grass: Walt Whitman in My Life

Mark Doty

$25.95 $23.87

Recommended by September speaker Nick Flynn: "Doty is one of our finest poets / writers, and this is his homage to what Walt Whitman, a queer icon, has meant to his life."

Piecing Me Together

Renée Watson

$10.99 $10.11

Recommended by September speaker Liara Tamani: "Renée highlights the joys and struggles of a young teen girl in search of herself. It's a luminous story young people can find solace in."

Mortal Questions (Canto Classics)

Thomas Nagel

$18.95 $17.43

Recommended by September speaker Ian Olasov: "It's incredibly wide-ranging, playful, insightful, creative, rigorous, profound. There's something for everybody, and maybe everything for somebody."

Philosophy and the Young Child (Revised)

Gareth B Matthews

$36.60

Recommended by September speaker Ian Olasov: "If you have kids, or know kids, or want to reawaken the philosophical curiosity you had when you were a kid, this is the book."

Girlhood

Melissa Febos

$27.00 $24.84

Recommended by October speaker Melissa Faliveno: "Melissa Febos is one of my favorite writers (she's also a good friend, and was one of the first readers of TOMBOYLAND). The ways she writes into ideas of gender and girlhood in this book are truly revelatory, and her sentences, like always, move like poetry. I do a lot of yelling 'Yes!' aloud when I read her work."

They Can't Kill Us Until They Kill Us

Hanif Abdurraqib

$16.99 $15.63

Recommended by October speaker Melissa Faliveno: "I love good writing about music, and these essays are some of the best—it's also just one of my favorite books of the past few years. Abdurraqib does something else I really love, which is to combine the personal and the pop-cultural, to get at some larger question about the human experience (or experiment)."

The Tradition

Jericho Brown

$17.00 $15.64

Recommended by October speaker Roger Rosenblatt: "brilliant, moving."

Children of Ash and Elm: A History of the Vikings

Neil Price

$35.00 $32.20

Recommended by November speaker Rebecca Onion: "A beautiful one-volume history of the Vikings that seriously engages with the historical debates and the evidence, but is also a stunningly enjoyable read."

How to Hide an Empire: A History of the Greater United States

Daniel Immerwahr

$20.00 $18.40

Recommended by November speaker Rebecca Onion: "I envy the briskness and confidence with which the author tells an "in plain sight" historical story that takes place across decades, and across the globe."