Join us for a taste of two very funny and very different books and a conversation on the hard work behind humour. Laurie Gelman is a Canadian Broadcaster who moved from YTV’s Rock N Talk to find success in the States on shows like Good Morning America, The Early Show and The Mom Show before penning her bestselling Class Mom books. Dave Hill is an American comedian, writer, musician, actor and radio host based in New York whose work has appeared in The New York Times, GQ, Salon, The Paris Review and McSweeney’s. He also has two previous bestselling books, Tasteful Nudes and Dave Hill Doesn’t Live Here Anymore. Pretty much the only thing they have in common is a serious commitment to making us laugh.
You’ve Been Volunteered
is the eagerly anticipated follow-up to Laurie Gelman’s bestseller Class Mom. If you’ve ever been a room parent or school volunteer, Jen Dixon is your hero. She says what every class mom is really thinking, whether in her notoriously frank emails or standup-worthy interactions with the micromanaging PTA President and the gamut of difficult parents. Luckily, she has the charm and wit to get away with it—most of the time. Jen is sassier than ever but dealing with a whole new set of challenges in the world of parental politics and at home.
There’s an idea most Americans tend to learn as children. The idea that their country is the “best.” But this never stuck with Dave Hill, even though he was born and raised in Cleveland, Ohio. His grandfather, you see, was from Canada (Clinton, Ontario, to be exact). And every Sunday at dinner he’d remind Dave and anyone else within earshot that it was in fact Canada, this magical and mysterious land just across the mighty Lake Erie, that was “the best.” In his latest book,
Parking the Moose: One American’s Epic Quest to Uncover His Incredible Canadian Roots,
inspired by a publisher’s payment of several hundred dollars (Canadian) in cash, he has travelled all over the country, reconnecting with his heritage in such places as Montreal, Moose Jaw, Regina, Winnipeg, Merrickville and of course Clinton, Ontario, meeting a range of Canadians, touching things he probably shouldn’t and having adventures too numerous and rich in detail to be done justice in this blurb.
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