Presented by THE ELLIOTT BAY BOOK COMPANY. Nick Hornby, novelist, essayist and author of High Fidelity, About a Boy, and A Long Way Down returns to Seattle to read from his much awaited novel, Funny Girl (Riverhead). Set in 1960’s London, Funny Girl is a lively account of the adventures of the intrepid young Sophie Straw as she navigates her transformation from provincial ingenue to television starlet amid a constellation of delightful characters. Insightful and humorous, Nick Hornby’s latest does what he does best: endears us to a cast of characters who are funny if flawed, and forces us to examine ourselves in the process. “Hornby makes the reader care for his characters as much as he does and retains a light touch with the deeper social implications, as women, gays, popular entertainment and the culture in general experience social upheaval. Years later, Sophie is getting ready to star in a play that’s intended to revive her career. ‘The play is much better than I thought it was going to be,’ she thinks. ‘It’s funny, and sad-like life.’ And like this novel. –Kirkus Reviews. Nick Hornby is also the author of the acclaimed film adaptation of Cheryl Strayed’s memoir, Wild. Joining Nick for an on stage conversation will be Seattle actress and all around funny girl Kate Jaeger. Kate’s a regular at Jet City Improv and many theatres around town. Two ticket options: ($35) admits one person and includes a copy of Funny Girl; OR ($40) admits two people and includes ONE copy of Funny Girl. Tickets are available now online, in person, or by phone (206) 624-6600. All tickets are for general admission. Town Hall Seattle is located at 1119 8th Avenue (at Seneca).
- Can I have my ticket mailed to me?
We will not be mailing out tickets or books for this event. Books and tickets can be picked up at the event at Town Hall Seattle on the evening of Sunday, February 8th.–Can I pay for my online purchase in the store?For ticketed events, we require an online payment to reserve a ticket. If you would like to come in to the store to purchase a ticket you may do so.
- Will Mr. Hornby be signing books?
Yes. A book signing will follow the author event.
- Will Mr. Hornby sign multiple books?
Yes, but please be respectful of your fellow audience memebers. If you have more than 3 books to be signed, we ask that you go back through the line so that others can have their books signed in a timely fashion.