AMBER TAMBLYN reads from her debut novel ANY MAN in-conversation with JANET FITCH

Any Man (Harper Perennial)

Lidia Yuknavitch. Roxane Gay. Carmen Maria Machado. Amelia Gray. Han Kang. By turning women’s bodies into a place of resistance, these pioneering feminist authors are rewriting how we understand trauma. Their influence can be found in Amber Tamblyn’s searing debut novel, Any Man – a groundbreaking work that challenges our understanding of rape culture and the experience of trauma, while also searching for hope – and a space for victims to be heard – in the darkest of places.

Any Man follows six men: an English teacher, an unsuccessful standup comedian, a bi-racial web designer; a high school student, an alt-right media personality, and a transgender man. While one man’s experience launches him into the spotlight as an unlikely activist and voice for justice, another’s trauma is told through every voice but his own, a damning commentary on how we abuse and erase the stories and experiences of survivors.

In Any Man, the serial rapes act as a mirror, reflecting prejudices from the media and society back towards each victim as they grapple with guilt, shame, fear, PTSD, anger, and confusion about their attack. Journalists and people on social media hound and harass the victims, some going so far as to question whether it is even physically possible for a woman to rape a man.

Soon the culture feels equally as complicit and violent as the actual predator herself. The power of this novel comes from the victims’ resistance of the narrative thrust upon them, refusing to be plot devices, but actual agents of action, central, and ever-present as they summon the strength and courage to speak out.

After writing a widely shared and lauded opinion piece for The New York Times, “I’m Done with Not Being Believed,” Amber Tamblyn has emerged as one of the most important voices of our time, writing about sexual assault and abuses of power. Now, the Emmy- and Golden Globe-nominated actress, director, and poet uses the novel form to explore a provocative and haunting story of a violent serial predator who, in the form of a woman, is the personification of a culture responsible for re-traumatizing, disbelieving, and silencing the stories and voices of her victims.

Equally disturbing and lyrical, empathetic and sardonic, this novel is a riveting, suspenseful read—part crime thriller, part cultural commentary, part poetic prose. ANY MAN is a remarkable examination of the darkest parts of our culture: what we see and what we don’t see, how we act and how we don’t act, and what we will and will not tolerate. It is a timely, necessary, and strikingly original work that challenges us all to do better and celebrates the transformative power of language when the stories of victims are at long last heard.

NOTE: As with all Skylight Books in-store events, this reading is free and open to the public (first come, first served). But because we're expecting a large crowd at this event, we'll be giving out numbered tickets to the signing line to keep things organized:

  • To get a ticket to the signing line, you must purchase a copy of Any Man here at Skylight Books. Tickets will be available starting June, 26th. 
  • For all website orders for this event, be sure to leave a note in the Order Comments field that you would like a ticket and plan to attend the event.
  • Can't attend? If you would like a signed book but will not be able to attend, click Signed Copy after adding the book to your cart and we'll do our best to get it signed for you. You  may pick up this book in the store after the event, or have it shipped to you.
  • Skylight's Friends with Benefits members get priority signing line tickets (and 20% off this and all other event books each month), so be sure to mention your membership (or join) when you order the book.

Amber Tamblyn, author of the critically acclaimed poetry collection Dark Sparkler, has been nominated for Emmy, Golden Globe, and Independent Spirit awards. She has published two additional books of poetry, Free Stallion (2005), which won the Borders Book Choice Award for Breakout Writing, and Bang Ditto (2009), an IndieNext bestseller. Tamblyn reviews books of poetry for Bust Magazine, is poet in residence at Amy Poehler’s Smart Girls and is a contributing writer for The New York Times. Her work has appeared in Glamour, Teen Vogue, the San Francisco Chronicle, the Iowa Review Poets & Writers, PANK, and elsewhere. She lives in Brooklyn with her husband and daughter.

Photo by Katie Jacobs

Janet Fitch is the author of  the novels White Oleander, an Oprah Book Club selection, Paint It Black, and most recently The Revolution of Marina M., an epic novel set during the Russian Revolution. Her short stories and essays have appeared in a variety of publications including Los Angeles Noir, the Los Angeles Review of Books, Vogue, Black Clock, Room of her Own, and The Rattling Wall. She regularly teaches fiction writing at the Squaw Valley Community of Writers. Fitch was a recipient a Likhachev Foundation Fellowship to St. Petersburg, Russia, and is currently completing the second volume of her Russian Revolution novel, to be published in March 2019 by Little Brown and Co. Her novel Paint It Black was made into a feature film, written and directed by Amber Tamblyn.

Event date: 
Thursday, July 12, 2018 - 7:30pm
Event address: 
1818 N Vermont Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90027
Any Man: A Novel By Amber Tamblyn Cover Image
ISBN: 9780062688927
Availability: Not in Stock. Available to Order.
Published: Harper Perennial - June 26th, 2018

Dark Sparkler By Amber Tamblyn Cover Image
Possibly out of print. Email or call to check availability and price.
ISBN: 9780062348166
Published: Harper Perennial - April 7th, 2015

Bang Ditto By Amber Tamblyn Cover Image
ISBN: 9781933149882
Availability: Not in Stock. Available to Order.
Published: Manic D Press - May 5th, 2015

Free Stallion: Poems By Amber Tamblyn, Jack Hirschman (Foreword by) Cover Image
By Amber Tamblyn, Jack Hirschman (Foreword by)
ISBN: 9781442430877
Availability: Not in Stock. Available to Order.
Published: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers - April 18th, 2011

The Revolution of Marina M.: A Novel By Janet Fitch Cover Image
Possibly out of print. Email or call to check availability and price.
ISBN: 9780316022064
Published: Little, Brown and Company - November 7th, 2017

Paint It Black: A Novel By Janet Fitch Cover Image
ISBN: 9780316067140
Availability: Not in Stock. Available to Order.
Published: Back Bay Books - October 3rd, 2007

White Oleander: A Novel By Janet Fitch Cover Image
ISBN: 9780316284950
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Back Bay Books - May 1st, 2000