JONNY SUN + SARAH KAY
Tuesday June 27: 7:00PM – 8:00PM
Based on the enormously popular Twitter account @jonnysun, this is the unforgettable, illustrated story of a lonely alien named Jomny who finds a home on Earth after learning that humans can feel lonely too. He meet all sorts of creatures, including a bear, an owl, and even an egg, all of whom have different perspectives on life, love, and happiness. They help him feel a little better about being an alien and help remind us that sometimes it takes an outsider to have us see ourselves for who we truly are.
Jonny will be in conversation with poet Sarah Kay. Join us in the Rare Book Room as they discuss acceptance, happiness, friendship, and more! The talk will be followed by a Q&A and a book signing.
Ticket purchase is required in advance. We anticipate that this event will sell out. For those who wish, a standby line will form outside the store on Broadway at 6:00 PM the day of the event.
There will be a limited amount of seating available on a first-come, first-served basis. Those arriving later will fill in standing room sections.
Jonathan Sun is the author behind @jonnysun. When he isn't tweeting, he is an architect, designer, engineer, artist, playwright and comedy writer. His work across multiple disciplines is concerned with narratives of human experience. As a playwright, Jonathan's work has been performed at the Yale School of Drama, Factory Theater in Toronto, Hart House Theater, Theater Lab in Toronto, and the University of Toronto Drama Festival (where he received the President’s Award for Best Production). As an artist and illustrator, his work has been commissioned by the New Haven ArtSpace, and exhibited at MIT, the Yale School of Architecture, and the University of Toronto. His comedic work has appeared in NPR, BuzzFeed, Playboy, GQ, and McSweeney’s. He is currently a doctoral student at MIT and a Berkman Klein Fellow at Harvard.
Sarah Kay is a poet from New York City who has been performing her spoken word poetry since she was fourteen years old. Since then, Sarah has shared her poetry on six of the seven continents, and is currently yearning for Antarctica. She is perhaps best known for her talk at the 2011 TED conference, which garnered two standing ovations and has been viewed over nine million times online. Sarah has been invited to share her work on such diverse stages as the the Malthouse Theater in Melbourne, Australia; The Royal Danish Theater in Copenhagen, Denmark, the United Nations and Carnegie Hall in New York City, among hundreds of other venues. Sarah holds a Masters Degree in The Art of Teaching from Brown University and an Honorary Doctorate in Humane Letters from Grinnell College. She is the author of three books of poetry: No Matter the Wreckage (Write Bloody, 2014), B (Hachette Books, 2015), and The Type (Hachette Books, 2016). A passionate educator, Sarah has worked with education organizations like the National Association of Independent Schools and the International Baccalaureate Organization among many others, in order to further the work of Project VOICE: promoting empowerment through self-expression, challenging traditional notions of literacy, and expanding access to arts education.