Lucas Mann: Captive Audience: On Love and Reality TV

Wednesday May 9: 7:00PM 8:00PM

This event is free to attend. Copies of Captive Audience will be available for purchase at the event. This event will take place in the Rare Book Room on the Strand's 3rd floor and accessible via the main store elevators or via the stairs and elevator next door at 826 Broadway.

At the crossroads of pop culture and memoir comes Lucas Mann’s love letter to reality TV. Part cultural observations of television consumption, part memoir about his wife, Lucas tells of his viewing habits and wonders what drives people like him and his wife to watch other people emotionally expose themselves in search of fame. What does it mean to take pleasure in watching these people laugh, cry, and fight as millions tune in? What does it mean to live an authentic life? And what does it mean to love someone?

Join us in the Rare Book Room as Lucas answers these questions and shares his latest work with author/editor Kristen Radtke.

LUCAS MANN is the author of Lord Fear: A Memoir, which was named one of the best books of 2015 by The Miami Herald, Kirkus Reviews, Paper Magazine, Largehearted Boy, and Oprah, and Class A: Baseball in the Middle of Everywhere, which was named one of the best books of 2013 by The San Francisco Chronicle. His essays have appeared in Guernica, BuzzFeed, Slate, and The Kenyon Review, among others. He recently received a 2018 NEA Fellowship for Literature. He teaches creative writing at the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth.

KRISTEN RADTKE is the author of the graphic nonfiction book Imagine Wanting Only This and the art director and NY editor of The Believer magazine.

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