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SKYLIGHT BOOKS AND LARGO PRESENT W. KAMAU BELL FOR HIS BOOK THE AWKWARD THOUGHTS OF W. KAMAU BELL with ROXANE GAY

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 (Dutton Books)

Skylight Books and Largo are proud to present W. Kamau Bell for his book 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 are $40 and include a copy of the book. Skylight staffers will be on-site selling additional copies of  The Awkward Thoughts of W. Kamau BellNOTE: This event will be held at Largo at the Coronet and tickets are required for entry. TICKETS ARE AVAILABLE HERE

The program will be followed by a signing. Signing guidelines are as follows: 

  • Kamau will  personalize book and paraphenalia
  • He will take photos with fans

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, Kamau 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, California, with his wife and family.

Roxane Gay’s writing appears  in Best American Mystery Stories 2014, Best American Short Stories 2012, Best Sex Writing 2012, Harper’s Bazaar, A Public Space, McSweeney’s, Tin House, Oxford American, American Short Fiction, Virginia Quarterly Review, and many others. She is a contributing opinion writer for The New York Times. She is the author of the books Ayiti, An Untamed State, the New York Times bestselling Bad Feminist, the nationally bestselling Difficult Women and Hunger: A Memoir of My Body. She is also the author of World of Wakanda for Marvel.

Event date: 
Friday, May 5, 2017 - 8:30pm
Event address: 
1818 N Vermont Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90027
Ayiti Cover Image
By Roxane Gay, Nicole Gay (Photographer)
$9.00
ISBN: 9781450776714
Availability: Not in stock. Available To Order.
Published: Artistically Declined Press - September 12th, 2011

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$16.00
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Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Grove Press, Black Cat - May 6th, 2014

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Published: Harper Perennial - August 5th, 2014

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