Crappy Friends Live

Monday August 19: 7:00PM 8:00PM

Buy a copy of Life and Other Inconveniences or a $15 gift card at the door to attend. The event will take place in the Strand's 3rd floor Rare Book Room, accessable through an elevator at 826 Broadway. Seating is available on a first come, first served basis.

Doors open 30 minutes before showtime.

Join us in the Rare Book Room for an evening with real-life best friends, bestselling authors, and Crappy Friends podcast co-hosts Kristan Higgins and Joss Dey! Their weekly show discusses toxic female friendships, how to deal and ditch your crappy friend, how to avoid making the same mistakes twice and how to create the kind of friendships that make life fun.

For the first time, they are taking the podcast LIVE—with some special guests—and celebrate the release of Life and Other Inconveniences, Kristan’s latest novel, with an in-person discussion about those all too familiar feelings of discontent with friends and family. Special guests will include Kwana Jackson, Xe Sands and Colleen Oakley!

Kristan Higgins is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of nearly twenty novels, which have been translated into more than two dozen languages and have sold millions of copies worldwide. Her books have received many awards and accolades, and she is a six-time nominee for The Kirkus Prize for best work of fiction. Higgins lives in Connecticut with her family. Connect with Kristan online at,, and




A devoted fan of fantasy literature since age eight, Joss Dey dreamed of being able to create her own magic and did so for sixteen years as a graphic designer. However, the desire to follow in the footsteps of her childhood hero, Susan Cooper, never left her and, in her greatest act of rebellion, she pursued and received an MFA in Creative Writing from American University. Though she stopped "screwing around" and eventually "got a real job", she never stopped writing, intuitively comprehending that she would never be happy if writing didn't play a major role in her life. Luckily, she joined RWA in 2004, a move that happily confirmed that being a writer is an affliction from which there is no cure, at least there isn't Joss's case. Today, from her basement office in the ghetto in New Haven, Connecticut, she writes emotionally-driven urban fantasies that explore questions about love, family and self amidst bizarre creatures, odd goings on and the end of the world.


Featuring special guests Colleen Oakley, Xe Sands, and Kwana Jackson:

Colleen Oakley is the author of two previous novels, Close Enough to Touch and Before I Go, which were named best books by People, Us Weekly, Library Journal and Real Simple, and both were long-listed for the Pat Conroy Southern Book Prize. Oakley is also the former senior editor of Marie Claire and editor in chief of Women's Health & Fitness. Her articles, essays and interviews have been featured in the New York Times, Ladies' Home Journal, Marie Claire, Women's Health, Redbook, Parade and Martha Stewart Weddings. She lives in Georgia with her husband, four kids and the world's biggest lapdog. Her new novel, YOU WERE THERE TOO, is out from Berkley in January 2020. Follow her on Twitter @OakleyColleen.





Xe Sands is an award-winning narrator known for her authentic, engaging and intimate delivery of over 300 audiobooks, specializing in first person, literary and epistolary fiction, memoirs, and captivating performance of romance. She has been recognized for her work by Salon, Publishers Weekly, Library Journal, Booklist, AudioFile Magazine and Audible Editors for titles such as Now That You Mention It, Murmur of Bees, Euphoria, The Wife, Lillian Boxfish Takes a Walk, and Blood Water Paint. (Photo credit: Chris Tarnawski)




A native New Yorker, Kwana Jackson had two dreams: 1. to be a fashion designer, and 2. to be a writer. After studying fashion design and graduating from FIT, she then spent ten years designing for various fashion houses. But after having twins and juggling that and fashion, Kwana took the leap of faith and decided to pursue her other dream of being a writer. Since then she’s won RWA NYC’s Golden Apple Author of the Year Award and is a daily advocate for #WeNeedDiverseRomance. She currently lives in a suburb of New York with her husband, twins, and a precocious terrier named Jack that keeps her on her toes. Follow her on Twitter @kwanawrites.