Shelby Lorman: awards for good boys
Friday July 12: 7:00PM – 8:00PM
Buy a copy of Awards for Good Boys or a $15 gift card in-store to attend. The event will take place in the Rare Book Room on the 3rd floor of the Strand, accessible next door at 826 Broadway.
Doors open 30 minutes before the start of the event.
Surely you’re familiar with good boys. They’re the ones who put “feminist” in their Tinder bio but talk over you the entire date. They ghost you, but they feel momentarily guilty. They once read a book by a woman author. (It was required, but they thought it was “okay.”) And of course, they bravely condemn sexual harassment (except when the perpetrator is their buddy Chad).
This book explores why so-called and self-proclaimed good boys are actually not so great, breaking down our obsession with celebrating male mediocrity and rewarding those who clear the very low bar of not being outwardly awful. Through clever illustrations and written vignettes, Awards for Good Boys makes literal the tendency to applaud men for doing the absolute least and offers hilarious and cathartic cultural commentary through which we may begin to unravel our own assumptions about gender roles and how we treat each other, both on and offline.
Shelby Lorman is a writer, illustrator, and comedian from Los Angeles, and the creator of the Instagram sensation @awardsforgoodboys. Her writing has appeared on The Cut, The Daily Beast, CNN, and Business Insider. Her illustrations have been featured by Comedy Central, Vice, The Independent, and Huffington Post. She lives in New York.
Liana Finck is the author of Passing for Human and the forthcoming Excuse Me, and a regular contributor to The New Yorker. She is a recipient of a Fulbright Fellowship, a New York Foundation for the Arts Fellowship, and a Six Points Fellowship for Emerging Jewish Artists. She has had artist residencies with MacDowell, Yaddo, the Lower Manhattan Cultural Center, Headlands Center for the Arts, and Willapa Bay AiR.