W. Kamau Bell in Conversation with Adam Mansbach (OFFSITE TICKETED EVENT @ STARLINE SOCIAL CLUB)

discussing The Awkward Thoughts of W. Kamau Bell: Tales of a 6′ 4″, African American, Heterosexual, Cisgender, Left-Leaning, Asthmatic, Black and Proud Blerd, Mama’s Boy, Dad, and Stand-Up Comedian.

Tickets only at Eventbrite: $40, includes book.  See https://www.eventbrite.com/e/w-kamau-bell-reads-from-the-akward-thoughts-of-w-kamau-bell-tickets-32377629361

Saturday, May 6, 2017 - 2:00pm to 4:00pm

You may know W. Kamau Bell from his new critically acclaimed, Emmy-nominated hit show on CNN, United Shades of America. Or maybe you've read about him in The New York Times, which called him "the most promising new talent in political comedy in many years." Or maybe in The New Yorker, fawning over his brand of humor, writing, "Bell's gimmick is intersectional progressivism: he treats racial, gay, and women's issues as inseparable."

After all this love and praise, it's time for the next step: a book.

The Awkward Thoughts of W. Kamau Bell is a humorous, well-informed take on the world today, tackling a wide range of evergreen issues, such as race relations; fatherhood; the state of law enforcement today; comedians and superheroes; right-wing politics; failure; his interracial marriage; his upbringing by very strong-willed, race-conscious, yet ideologically opposite parents; his early days struggling to find his comedic voice, then his later days struggling to find his comedic voice; why he never seemed to fit in with the Black comedy scene . . . or the white comedy scene; how he was a Black nerd way before that became a thing; how it took his wife and an East Bay lesbian to teach him that racism and sexism often walk hand in hand; and much, much more.

W. Kamau Bell is a sociopolitical comedian who is the host of the Emmy-nominated hit CNN docuseries United Shades of America. Before United Shades, Kamau was best known for his critically acclaimed but criminally short-lived FX comedy series, Totally Biased with W. Kamau Bell. The series was nominated for both an NAACP Award and a GLAAD Award. Kamau is also the host of Kamau Right Now!, a public radio talk show that airs on NPR radio station KALW in San Francisco, and a cohost of the podcasts Politically Re-Active and the memorably named Denzel Washington Is the Greatest Actor of All Time Period.

Before pursuing a career in stand-up comedy, Bell and his mom lived all over the country. He was born in Palo Alto, California, then moved to Indianapolis, Indiana, then Boston, Massachusetts, then Chicago, Illinois, with several extended visits to his dad's in Mobile, Alabama, mixed in for good measure. Today he lives in Berkeley with his wife and family.

Adam Mansbach is a novelist, screenwriter, cultural critic and humorist. He is the author of the wildly popular Go the F*ck to Sleep, and its sequel, You Have to F*cking Eat. His novels include Rage is Back, Angry Black White Boy, and The End of the Jews.  A New Voices professor of fiction at Rutgers, he was also a Sundance Screenwriting Lab Fellow, and Berkeley Rep Writing Fellow. His work has appeared in The New Yorker, New York Times Book Review, Esquire, The BelieverThe Guardian, and on NPR's This American Life, The Moth, and All Things Considered. His debut screenplay, for the 2016 motion picture BARRY, was nominated for an Independent Spirit Award and an NAACP Image Award. He is currently adapting his novel Rage is Back for the USA Network.

Tickets only at Eventbrite: $40, includes book.  See https://www.eventbrite.com/e/w-kamau-bell-reads-from-the-akward-thoughts-of-w-kamau-bell-tickets-32377629361

Come early/stay late: Starline serves up yummy food all day. Lunch before/snacks, tea or a drink after, anyone?

 All ages are welcome. Unfortunately, no ADA access to the venue is available. No refunds will be issued.


Event address: 
645 West Grand Ave
Oakland, CA 94612
The Awkward Thoughts of W. Kamau Bell: Tales of a 6' 4,
ISBN: 9781101985878
Availability: Coming Soon - Available for Pre-Order Now
Published: Dutton Books - May 2nd, 2017

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