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Appel Fellows Program

Clairmont College

July 19th -23rd

Guest Lecture Series: Writing for Social Change


Jean Hanff's Pop Up Book Group

August 3rd, 430PM PDT: virtual

tickets: here

Happy Women's Dinner

(private event)

dinner and booktalk

August 22nd

Tarzana, CA


Bryant Park summer author series

Sponsored by The New York Public Library

August 25th, 12:30pm

Bryant Park, NY



New Beginnings Gala

Benefit to support unhoused youth in Santa Barbara

September 24th

Santa Barbara, Ca.

info to come

Lung Cancer Foundation of America

October 4th

I'll be hosting our combo virtual/live Gala

with chef Amar Santana at his restaurant in Laguna

details to come

Jewish Community Center of Greater Albuquerque

October 21st

details to come


Charleston Post and Courier author luncheon

Oct. 29th

Charleston, South Carolina

Katz JCC

Cherry Hill, New Jersey

Nov. 8

details to come


Jewish Book Fest St. Louis 

Nov. 19th

Details to come

Saint Louis, MO


Miami Book Fair 

Nov. 20th

details to come

Miami, Florida


Jewish Book Festival Atlanta

Nov. 21st

Details to come

Wayne Federman and I are closing out the fest

Atlanta, Georgia

Greater Naples Jewish Book Festival

Naples, Florida

December 17th

details to come 

Spring 2021 launch events:


Book Launch East Coast with Marisa Tomei 

readings by Jessica Hecht, Charlayne Woodard, and Julia Sweeney

March  2, 2021, 7pm, EST

Symphony Space

West Coast Launch with Andie MacDowell

March 7th, 6pm Pacific

Dynasty Typewriter and Skylight Books

Laraine Newman hosts

March 9th, 730pm, est

Words of Maplewood Bookstore

Dave Barry hosts

March 11th, 8pmEST

Books&Books and The Marcus Family JCC in Atlanta

Judy Gold hosts 

Reading with Robin 

March 15th 4pm PST

Robin Homonoff's FB live author series

Faith Salie hosts

March  22nd, 4pm Pacific

Books YAYA

and cosponsors Chappaqua and Scarsdale Libraries

Susan Orlean hosts

March 29th, 7:30pm Pacific

Seattle Town Hall and Third Place Books

Cynthia Sweeney hosts

April 6th, 5pm

Writer's Bloc LA

Women's Media Group

April 13th , 6pm

with Sandra Tsing Loh

House of SpeakEasy series

"The Only Home We've Ever Known"

with authors Séverine Autesserre, Sanjena Sathian

Michelle Nijhuis

watch the show here!

April 20th, 7pm EST

Annapolis Book Fest 

April 25th, 4pm EST

Panel with Helaine Olen, Washington Post 

Appel Fellows Program

Clairmont College, July 19th -23rd

Guest Lecture Series: Writing for Social Change

Jean Hanff's Pop Up Book Group

August 3rd, 430PMM PDT

tickets: here

Bombeck Writers Conference

March 24- 26th, 2022

Dayton Ohio


The Tiny Victories Podcast

my cohost Laura House and I air a new

epsiode every Monday, you can listen wherever you get your

podcasts, but our home is the Maximum Fun Podcast Network

Nov. 20th

Holiday Cheer with Lit Up

hosted by Sandra Tsing Loh

Arden Myrin and I join Sandra!

Sponsored by the Southern Cal. News Group 


Nov. 15th, 4:00pm east coast time

Reading with Robin

Robin Homonoff hosts a pre-pub bonanza

with 36 authors

Erma Bombeck Writers' Workshop

October 30th

I gave a keynote and taught a 

comedy writing punch up class, 

we were supposed to be on campus

at the U of Dayton, but we did it online and it was amazing!

Maine Media College

October 5th-9th (info here)

every year I work with folks on a dual track

of writing and performing, culminating in a

live performance, this year live online:

guest teachers include Moth storytellers Jenny Allen

Brian Kett and Brian Finklestein

Erma Bombeck Writers Workshop and Festival

University of Dayton, Ohio

Oct. 29th-31st (info here)

I'll be keynoting and teaching a humor punchup 

workshop, friends Wendy Liebman and Mike Reiss

along with other great folks are speaking and teaching

Jewish Women's Theater

September 6th, 11am

Comedy in the time of Covid

Cindy Chupack and I in conversation

Next Tribe

August 29-30th

Memoir Writing Retreat

spend the weekend writing with my tribe

this one's sold out, but join us next time!

contact Next Tribe

February 8th, LA

Facing Homelessness

Benefit for Jewish Free Loans

Jewish Federation Los Angeles

I'll be MCing this event

Luxe Hotel

December 8, Los Angeles

Strong Words

reading salon


November 19th, Brooklyn, NY

Uncommon Voices series

If You Lived with Me You'd Be Home by No

based on the op-ed in the 

Los Angeles Times


November 12th, New York City

En Garde Arts Gala

I'll be MCing, info TBD


October 30th, Vroman's Bookstore

interviewing author Meghan Daum

October 25-26th, Brooklyn

The Moth NightFall Festival

Brooklyn, New York 

info and tickets

October 10, New York City

Fall Comedy Series 

reading along with author Lisa Birnbach

Uptown Library Society


Ju​ne 21th, Seattle

Moore Theater

Chelsea Handler, Sit Down Comedy Tour  

May 15th, 2019, New York City:

Carolines on B'way

with Phoebe Robinson

benefit for Women in Media

April 8th,2019, Michigan:

Oakland University

Key note for Opening Celebration

for the Cis Maisel Center for

Judaic Studies and Community Engagement


March 12, 2019, Los Angeles: Live Talks LA

interview with Gretchen Rubin

New Roads School, Santa Monica


March 9th,2019, Los Angeles:

Women Comedians of a Certain Age

Beyond Baroque

December, Los Angeles:

Sit  Spin

Holiday Show! Comedy Central Theater

October 3rd, New York City: Next Tribe

event with Katleen Kennedy Townsend, Veronica Chambers, Sheila Weller,

and Judy Collins

October 11th, 7pm: New York City:  New York Society Library

"Uptown Library Series"

reading with Henry Alford

October 8-12th, 2018, Maine Media Workshops, Rockport Maine

I'm teaching a one week writing and storytelling intensive

August 31st, Mission Viejo, CA: Library Volunteer Appreciation Luncheon

keynote,author talk

June 2nd: two events in the Southlands of CA

2pm:Carlsbad Library,CA,

author talk

June 2nd, 1018, 6pm: Milton's Jewish Deli, Del Mar, CA

Sponsored by Adventures by the Book

May 31th, 2018:New York, New York

Merkin Concert Hall

In Your Face New York literary series

May 16th, Long Island, New York

UJA, keynote

Annual Spring Event

May 4th, 2018, Los Angeles

Writers Bloc, with Sandra Tsing Loh and Nina Collinz

May 3rd, 2018 6:30pm: Scottsdale, AZ

Valley of the Sun JCC, author talk

Federation Women's Philanthropy & NowGen (Young Adult) Women

April 30th, 2018: Brooklyn, NY

Egg Restaurant: Table of Contents series

with Meghan Daum and Jack Livings

April 29th, 2018: Long Island, New York

Long Island Literary Fest

April 28, 2018: Annapolis Book Fair

Details: TDB, author talk, signing

April 26th, 2018, : Rancho Mirage, CA

Luncheon and author talk, paperback launch

sponsored by the Rancho Mirage Writers Fest

April 17th, 2018: Los Angeles, CA

Words and Ideas at the Skirball Center

Novelist Jade Change and I discuss writing Chinese/Jewish immigrant stories

April 7th: Orange County, CA

Literary Orange

Newport Beach Marriott Hotel and Spa

I'll be moderating a panel on humor

March 10, 2018: Laguna Beach, CA

American Assocation of University Women Luncheon

March 2, 2018: Miami: TEDX , Coconut Grove 

Speaker, time TBD

February 14th, 2018, 1pm: Naples, FL

Jewish Federation of Collier County, author talk

November18, 2017: 3pm panel, Miami, FL

Miami Book Fair at Miama Dade College, author panel

with Jenny Allen and Steve Rushin

November 15th 7:30pm: Dunwoody, GA

Marcus Jewish Community Center of Atlanta, author talk

November 14th 7pm: Jacksonville, FL

Jewish Community Alliance, author talk

November 13th 7pm: Memphis, TN

Memphis Jewish Community Center, author talk

November 9th 11:00am: Omaha, NE

Jewish Federation of Omaha, author talk

November 4th 9:30-1pm: Placentia, CA

Soroptimists of La Habra/Brea brunch, author talk

November 1st, 10am: Livingston, NJ

MetroWest JCC

Women of Valor luncheon, keynote speaker

October 29th 4pm: Maitland, FL

Greater Orlando Jewish Community Center, closing keynote

October 20th, 730pm: Pasadena, CA

Vroman's Bookstore, interviewing

New York Times contributing writer Carina Chocano

October 18th 7pm: Penn Valley, PA

Har Zion Temple, author talk

October 5th: San Francisco, CA

As You Sow: for people and the planet

25th Anniversary Bash, emcee

September 8th: Hastings-on-Hudson, NY

Spoken Interludes Literary Series at Riverview Restaurant

with Jane Green and Will Schwalbe

6pm dinner   7:30pm reading with Q & A   8:30pm book signing 

Previous events:


January 28 & 29 : Rancho Mirage, California

Rancho Mirage Writers Festival, keynote and panels

February 10 : Mesa, Arizona

Mesa Arts Center I See You Made An Effort, solo show. 

February 17 & 18 : Springfield, Massachusetts 

City Stage I See You Made An Effort, solo show.

February 21 - March 12 : Des Moines, Iowa

Des Moines Performing Arts Center I See You Made An Effort, solo show. 

April 13 7:30 pm : Los Angeles, California

Skylight Bookstore, Gumbo Party Book Lunch

with Pulitzer Prize winning food critic Jonathon Gold

April 21 : San Francisco area, California

Sausalito, Book Passage, author talk and signing.

April 20, 7:00 pm : Petaluma, California 

Copperfield Books, author talk and signing.

April 23 12:30-130pm : Los Angeles, California

Los Angeles Times Book Fest panel with Jillian Lauren, Dani Shapiro, Joshua Mohr

April 24,  7:00 pm : New York, New York 

Barnes and Noble Upper West Side, 82nd st. author talk and signing with Jessica Hecht,Tonya Pinkins

April 26, 6:30 pm : Washington, DC 

Politics and Prose, 14th and V location

Busboys and Poets, author talk and signing with Barbara Ehrenreich.

April 27, 7:30 pm : Miami Beach, Florida

Miami Beach JCC author talk and signing.

April 29-30th: Little Rock, Arkansas

Arkansas Literary Fest, author talk and signing TBD

May 1, 6:00 pm : Fairhope, Alabama

Page and Palette, author talk and signing.

May 3, 11:30 am : Chicago, Illinois 

Standard Club, luncheon.

May 3, 7:00 pm : Chicago, Illinois

Anderson's Bookshop, author talk and signing with Julia Sweeney.

May 4, : Columbus, Ohio

Thurber House, memoir workshop, daytime.

May 5, 7:30 pm : Columbus, Ohio

Thurber House, author talk and signing.

May 8, 10:00 am : Greenwich, Connecticut 

JCC author talk and signing.

May 8, 7:30 pm : Maplewood, New Jersey

Words Maplewood author talk and signing.

May 10, 7:00 pm : New York, New York 

Joe's Pub, House Of Speakeasy Literary Series.

May 11, 7:30pm : Seattle, Washington

Town Hall,  RESCHEDULE in the works!

May 22, 7pm: Boulder, Colorado

Boulder Theater, Conversation with Richard Dawkins

May 22, noon: Los Angeles, CA

Google campus, Google Talk

May 26, 7pm: West Hollywood, CA

WeHo Library, with Meredith Maran and Lisa Napoli

June 2-4 : Toronto, Canada

Imagine No Religion Conference, featured speaker.

June 8, 9, 10,11 : Charleston, South Carolina

American Humanist Association's 76th Annual Conference


June 12: Brooklyn, New York

The Bell House, Ask Me Another, NPR

June 18, 4-6:00 pm: Los Angeles  

Angel's Flight Literary Series, with Heather Havirlesky

July 19th 7pm: Manhattan Beach, CA

Pages Bookstore reading and conversation with Jade Chang

August 14th: Martha's Vineyard, Mass.

Islanders Write

Nude bathing on the standby line: Where funny begins and ends,

panel with Adam Mansbach

Ensemble Theater, Santa Barbara
Ensemble Theater, Santa Barbara
The Geffen Playhouse, Los Angeles
The Geffen Playhouse, Los Angeles
Live Wire Radio Show, Portland
Live Wire Radio Show, Portland
LA Times Festival, panel  2015
LA Times Festival, panel 2015
Book Party, Westin, Florida
Book Party, Westin, Florida
The Moth Main Stage Show
The Moth Main Stage Show
with Viet Thanh Nguyen at California
with Viet Thanh Nguyen at California
with Mallika Chopra, Watermark Confe
with Mallika Chopra, Watermark Confe
House of Speakeasy
House of Speakeasy
House of Speakeasy, City Winery, NY
House of Speakeasy, City Winery, NY
Dinner Party Download, Now Hear This
Dinner Party Download, Now Hear This
with David Ulin at LA Times Festival
with David Ulin at LA Times Festival