The First Bad Man (Scribner)
Skylight Books is delighted to present author, filmmaker, and artist Miranda July, reading from her new novel The First Bad Man at Silver Lake's beautiful Mack Sennett Studios. July's short story collection No One Belongs Here More Than You is one of our best-selling fiction titles of all time, and this new novel is one of our most-anticipated books of 2015. You won't want to miss this event!
NOTE: THIS READING WILL BE HELD AT MACK SENNETT STUDIOS AND TICKETS ARE REQUIRED FOR ENTRY. TICKETS COST $30 AND INCLUDE A COPY OF THE FIRST BAD MAN AND SALES TAX. For members of our Friends with Benefits program, tickets are only $27. Members also get priority in the signing line, so be sure to mention your membership when you purchase a ticket, or join now.
PARKING UPDATE - ATTENDEES WILL BE ABLE TO PARK AT THOMAS STARR KING MIDDLE SCHOOL - 4201 Fountain Avenue
IMPORTANT INFO ON HOW TO ATTEND:
- UPDATE, 1/15/14 - 4:00 PM - NO MORE ONLINE TICKETS AVAILABLE. DOORS OPEN AT 6:30 PM AND THERE WILL BE LIMITED TICKETS AT THE DOOR - PLEASE PURCHASE YOUR TICKETS THERE AT MACK SENNETT STUDIOS - 1215 Bates Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90029 . BOOKS AND TICKETS HAVE LEFT SKYLIGHT BOOKS.
- The First Bad Man has an on-sale date of Jan. 13, two days before the event. Ticket holders may pick up their copies of the book at Skylight beginning Jan. 13, until noon on the day of the event. After that point, the books will be distributed at will call.
- If you ordered additional copies of Miranda July's prior books online or by phone (and don't pick them up at the store in advance), you may also pick those up at will call.
- Doors will open at 6:30 p.m. The reading will begin at 7:30 p.m.
- To accommodate a larger audience, the event will be standing-room only.
- No photos during the reading and Q&A, please!
- Additional copies of Miranda July's books will be available for purchase at the event.
The reading and Q&A will be followed by a signing. Miranda July will sign all copies of The First Bad Man and up to two copies total of her prior books. This signing is for books only, so please leave other memorabilia at home. The ticket you purchase to enter the event will have a number on it, and this number will be your place in the signing line. After the Q&A, we'll line up attendees by their ticket number to keep things organized.
CAN'T ATTEND? Purchase a copy of The First Bad Man below (not the ticket, but the individual book!) and we'll do our best to get it signed for you. (Just be sure to click the purple "Signed Copy" button on the next screen once you add the book to your cart.) You may pick up this book in the store after the event, or have it shipped to you.
Praise for The First Bad Man:
"Cheryl Glickman, Miranda July's heroine in this unforgettable novel, is one of the most original, most confounding and strangely sympathetic characters in recent fiction. She narrates this very intimate epic of a story—a story that starts in a place of brittle, quirky, loneliness and progresses into a profoundly moving story of nontraditional love and commitment. This novel is almost impossible to put down, and confirms July as a novelist of the first order."
—Dave Eggers, author of The Circle
"The 'yes, that’s really the way it is!' moments in this book came so fast and furious that I found myself page-turningly propelled into a story that, despite its subtly off-kilter course, somehow — I don’t know how — ended up revealing the invisible and depthless emotional reality that roils and tugs beneath us all. Miranda July’s protagonist inhabits this uncharted world of unspeakable desires, embarrassing hopes and shifting conquests more fully than any in contemporary fiction I can recall, and you will inhabit it right along with her. You will also inhabit her. And she, you. The First Bad Man is a strange miracle of a book, and despite the opinion of its main character, a truly great American love story for our time."
—Chris Ware, author of Building Stories
"Miranda July's ability to pervert norms while embracing what makes us normal is astounding. Writing in the first person with the frank, odd lilt of an utterly truthful character, she will make you laugh, cringe and recognize yourself in a woman you never planned to be. By the time July tackles motherhood, the book has become a bible. Never has a novel spoken so deeply to my sexuality, my spirituality, my secret self. I know I am not alone."
Miranda July is a filmmaker, writer, and artist. She wrote, directed, and starred in The Future. Her film, Me and You and Everyone We Know, received a special jury prize at the Sundance Film Festival and the Caméra d’Or at Cannes. July’s stories have appeared in The New Yorker, The Paris Review, and Harper’s. No One Belongs Here More Than You won the Frank O’Connor International Short Story Award and has been published in twenty-three countries. In 2014 she debuted the audience-participatory performance, New Society, at the Walker Art Center and launched the messaging service app, Somebody.
Photo of Miranda July by Todd Cole.
Mack Sennett Studios is one of the most unique production and event rental studios in the world. Built as a silent movie studio in 1916 by legendary producer Mack Sennett, this Los Angeles landmark has played host to countless productions for film, television, advertising, music, fashion and art industries, as well as large-scale events. Over the past 100 years iconic clients such as Bing Crosby, Universal Pictures, Adidas, Nordstrom, Miramax, Dr. Dre, BBC, Martin Scorsese, Leonardo DiCaprio, Mitsubishi, Pharrell Williams, Justin Bieber, Beats by Dre, David Lynch, among countless others have graced these well-known stages.