Kate T. Parker: The Heart of a Boy (With Michael Ian Black)
Wednesday May 1: 7:00PM – 8:00PM
Doors open 30 minutes before the start of the event.
In her international bestseller Strong Is the New Pretty (with 329,000 copies in print), the photographer Kate T. Parker changed the way we see girls by showing us their truest selves—fearless, messy, wild, stubborn, proud. Now it’s time to talk about our boys. Prompted by #metoo, school shootings, bullying, and other toxic behavior, there’s a national conversation going on about what defines masculinity and how to raise sons to become good people. And Kate Parker is joining in by turning her lens to boys. The result is possibly even more moving, more eloquent, more surprising than Strong.
The Heart of a Boy is a deeply felt celebration of boyhood as it’s etched in the faces and bodies of dozens of boys, ages 5 to 18. There’s the pensive look of a skateboarder caught in a moment between rides. The years of dedication in a ballet dancer’s poise. The love of a younger brother hugging his older brother. The unself-conscious joy of a goofy grin with a missing tooth. The casual intimacy of two friends at a lemonade stand. The shyness of a lone boy and his model boat. The intensity in a football huddle. The proud, challenging gaze of a boy bald from alopecia—and the same kind of gaze, but wreathed in tenderness, of a boy a few years younger with flowing, almost waist-length hair. There are guitarists, fencers, wrestlers, star-gazers, a pilot—it’s the world of our sons, in all their amazing variety and difference.
The photographs feel spontaneous, direct, and with so much eye contact between the viewed and the viewer that it’s impossible to turn away. And throughout, words from the boys themselves enrich every photo. What a gift for boys and anyone who is raising them.
Join us in the Rare Book Room as Kate shares her new book! Kate will be joined by comedian, actor, director and fellow author Michael Ian Black, and the conversation will be moderated by podcast host, musician and author boice-Terrel Allen.
Kate T. Parker is a mother, wife, Ironman, and professional photographer who shoots both personal projects and commercial work for her clients. Her Strong is the New Pretty photo series led to collaborations with brands such as Disney, Athleta, Kellogg’s, and NBC. It has also inspired Kate to partner with organizations such as Girls on the Run, Girl Up, The Arthur Blank Family Foundation, Disney, Glam4Good, and The Bully Project by investing in childrens’ health and education. Strong is the New Pretty was also adapted for a book with Workman Publishing and became a national bestseller as well as selling overseas. Strong is the New Pretty: The Guided Journal was published in October 18 and The Heart of a Boy will be in April 19. In 2017, her work was featured in Huffington Post, O Magazine, A Mighty Girl, Vogue, Redbook, NY Magazine, People, Good Morning America, Shape Magazine, Buzzfeed, Self Magazine, DailyWorth, CNN, Vanity Fair Italy, Today Show, PDN, Atlanta Journal Constitution, and ESPN W.
Michael Ian Black is a multi-media talent who’s starred in numerous films and TV series, written and/or directed two films, is a prolific author and commentator, and regularly tours the country performing his ribald brand of jokes and observations. He most recently starred in TVLand's The Jim Gaffigan Show and Comedy Central’s Another Period. He also reprised one of his iconic film roles in Netflix’s Wet Hot American Summer: Ten Years Later, and previously in Wet Hot American Summer: First Day of Camp. His third standup comedy special, Noted Expert, was released on Epix. The author of 11 books, his upcoming title A Better Man will be launching through Algonquin in Fall of 2019.
boice-Terrel Allen is the author of the doublebook Screwball Comedy/Stories Going Steady, a novel-in-stories and short story collection under one cover. He is also the author of two novels, Janet Hurst and The Daughters of a Mother and the editor of Coloring Book: An Eclectic Anthology of Fiction & Poetry by Multicultural Writers, which was praised by Gregory Maguire, author of Wicked. He holds degrees from both the University of Pittsburgh and New York University's Graduate School of Journalism. Allen has been the recipient of grants and scholarships from the Multicultural Arts Initiative, the Pittsburgh Foundation and the Archie D. and Bertha H. Walker Foundation. In 2005, Allen exhibited his first art installation, based on Screwball Comedy/Stories Going Steady, at the Mattress Factory museum in Pittsburgh. You can find more on his musical ventures, including his 2 albums, and his podcast at http://www.talkmusictalk.com/.