Longtime readers of this blog may recall that I had the honor of co-producing/directing the Listen To Your Mother Austin show for three years. It was an experience I’ll never forget, for a lot of reasons. I have many, many dear friends from it, namely the woman who started it all, Ann Imig.
Ann and I first met when we started blogging in 2008? 2009? 1776? Back then there actually weren’t 20 million blogs about food, so it was easier to find writers who wrote like you. We cobbled together a little group of weirdo humor bloggers and finally got to meet in person at the BlogHer conference in NYC. Ann had just produced the first Listen to Your Mother show in her hometown of Madison, Wisconsin and I was beyond impressed with it all. “If you ever want to do it in other cities, I’d love to have one in Austin,” I remember telling her as we walked through Times Square. And guess what? The next year that’s exactly what happened. LTYM was in five cities in 2010. Guess how many cities it’s in in 2015?
THIRTY FREAKING NINE.
And if that wasn’t exciting enough, today marks the launch of the Listen To Your Mother book! Yeehaw! A book! From an amazing bigtime book publisher, too. This isn’t one of those “I cranked out a few copies on the Xerox machine in my garage” books. There are 50? essays in the book, all carefully selected from the hundreds of wonderful performances given in the shows throughout the years. The book includes best selling authors, but also students and people who’ve never written much before now. (And ME! I’m in it, too!) When I produced LTYM Austin, we always strove to make the show a “mix-tape” where the essays all worked together to create a holistic view of motherhood, and that’s exactly what this book does. I couldn’t be more proud of Ann and everyone in it.
So of course this means I think you should order at least two of them:
I will also be reading my piece at the book launch at Book Court in Brooklyn on April 8th at 7pm! Yes, that’s right–I’m headed to the big city with my fanny pack and my “KISS ME AL ROKER!” Day-Glo poster. If you’re in the area and not a freak, please come buy and say “Hi.” And please attend one of the LTYM shows! There’s bound to be one near you this year because there are so many of them.
My huge congratulations to Ann. She’s one of the best and even though she’s not my mother, I’m always listening to her no matter what.
IN OTHER NEWS:
If you’re in San Antonio, I’m judging the Literary Death Match this Saturday, April 11th.
If you’re in Austin, I’m speaking on the Writers League of Texas panel about Humor on April 16th at Book People.
Come by! Unless you’re a freak. Then stay home.