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This live event, brought to you by Town Hall Seattle, celebrates the publication of Transparent creator Jill Soloway’s explosive new book, SHE WANTS IT: Desire Power and Toppling the Patriarchy. Soloway is joined for a raucous conversation by Morgan Parker, the award-winning author of the upcoming Magical Negro, plus Australian comedian Hannah Gadsby, creator of Nanette and presenter at the 2018 Primetime Emmy Awards, and a few other surprise guests as well. The special guests will take part in bringing to fruition Jill’s dream of creating a spectator sport around the dynamic of feminist arguing. Jill and their interlocutors weave together an evening of conversation that mirrors the book’s passionate cri de coeur, with comedy and incendiary patriarchy-toppling concepts.
Soloway and their story are uniquely positioned at the center of the current gender and consent conflagrations to offer new perspectives on dated and damaging “he said/she said” dynamics. Jill’s recent transition from identifying as femme, female, and straight to queer, masculine-of-center, and nonbinary brings a vital new perspective and radical feminist philosophy to this pivotal moment. Join Jill Soloway, along with Parker, Gadsby, and other guests, for an instigating and participatory forum for thought leaders and audience alike to engage with the front lines of our understanding of gender, power, desire, and consent.
Your ticket to this event offers the option to purchase a copy of the book. A limited number of General Admission tickets are available which do not include a book. Supply of these General Admission tickets is limited; act quickly if you do not wish to purchase a copy of the book with your ticket. All tickets include access to post-event book signing and merchandise sales.
Jill Soloway is the Emmy and Golden Globe Award-winning creator of Transparent and I Love Dick. Their first feature film, Afternoon Delight, won the 2013 Directing Award at Sundance. Their work can also be seen in Six Feet Under, How to Make It in America, and United States of Tara. An activist and artist, Jill co-founded 5050by2020, a strategic initiative of Time’s Up, as well as East Side Jews, and the spoken word series Sit n’ Spin.
Tasmania’s own Hannah Gadsby has come to the world’s attention through her multi-award winning stand up show Nanette which played to sold out houses across Australia, London, Edinburgh, New York and Los Angeles before launching on Netflix in June and stopping the comedy world in its tracks. The overnight success of Hannah Gadsby was more than ten years in the making, with her award winning stand up shows a sell out fixture in festivals across Australia and the UK. She played a character called Hannah on the TV series Please Like Me and has hosted three art documentaries, inspired by comedy art lectures she created to accompany collections at major galleries.
Morgan Parker is the author of There Are More Beautiful Things Than Beyoncé and Other People’s Comfort Keeps Me Up at Night. In 2019, Tin House will publish her third collection of poems, Magical Negro, and her young adult novel, Who Put This Song On?, will be published by Delacorte Press. Her debut book of nonfiction will be released in 2020 by OneWorld. Parker is the recipient of a 2017 National Endowment for the Arts Literature Fellowship, winner of a Pushcart Prize, and a Cave Canem graduate fellow. She is the creator and host of Reparations, Live! at the Ace Hotel. With Tommy Pico, she co-curates the Poets with Attitude (PWA) reading series, and with Angel Nafis, she is The Other Black Girl Collective. She lives in Los Angeles.
Nicole J. Georges is a writer, illustrator, podcaster, and professor. Her Lambda Award-winning graphic memoir, Calling Dr. Laura, was called “engrossing, lovable, smart and ultimately poignant” by Rachel Maddow, and was an Official Selection at the Angoulême International Comics Festival. Nicole does a weekly queer feminist art podcast called Sagittarian Matters, and is currently on a dog-themed book tour in support of her new graphic memoir, Fetch: How a Bad Dog Brought Me Home.
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