Conversations with Authors - Darin Strauss (Virtual Event)

Wednesday, August 19, 2020 - 4:00pm


Wednesday, August 19th • 7:00pm ET/4:00pm PT

Darin Strauss

in conversation with Kelly Corrigan

Conversations with Authors is our free virtual event series! Join us every Saturday and Sunday at 7:00pm ET/4:00pm PT for a new chat with a different author.


Darin Strauss’ new novel, The Queen of Tuesday: A Lucille Ball Story, mixes fact and fiction, memoir and novel, to explore the conceit that the author’s grandfather may have had an affair with Hollywood’s Lucille Ball.

Darin is the acclaimed author of the memoir Half a Life, winner of the National Book Critics Circle Award for autobiography, a New York Times Book Review Editor’s Choice, an Entertainment Weekly “Must List” selection, a Chicago Tribune Editor’s Pick, and one of the Best Books of the Year by the San Francisco Chronicle. He is also the renowned author of the novels Chang and Eng, The Real McCoy, and the international bestseller More Than It Hurts You. He is a compelling speaker whose experience includes universities, libraries, book festivals, and corporations. The recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship in fiction writing, Darin is a clinical associate professor at NYU’s creative writing program.

Kelly Corrigan‘s Tell Me More: Stories About the 12 Hardest Things I’m Learning to Say is a wonderfully personal, honest, and hilarious examination of the essential phrases that make love and connection possible. She has been called “the voice of her generation” by O: The Oprah Magazine and “the poet laureate of the ordinary” by HuffPost. She is the author of the New York Times bestsellers The Middle Place, Lift, and Glitter and Glue. Kelly is the host of Tell Me More with Kelly Corrigan premiering on PBS October 5 and the host of a new podcast coming from PRX, also in October.


Below, please find links to purchase their books.



The Queen of Tuesday: A Lucille Ball Story Cover Image
ISBN: 9780812992762
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Published: Random House - August 18th, 2020

“A gorgeous, Technicolor take on America in the middle of the twentieth century.”—Colson Whitehead, Pulitzer Prize–winning author of The Nickel Boys

Half a Life: A Memoir Cover Image
ISBN: 9780812982534
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Published: Random House Trade Paperbacks - May 31st, 2011

In this powerful, unforgettable memoir, acclaimed novelist Darin Strauss examines the far-reaching consequences of the tragic moment that has shadowed his whole life. In his last month of high school, he was behind the wheel of his dad's Oldsmobile, driving with friends, heading off to play mini-golf. Then: a classmate swerved in front of his car. The collision resulted in her death.

Chang and Eng Cover Image
ISBN: 9780452281097
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Published: Plume - May 1st, 2001

This stunning novel combines fiction with astonishing fact to tell the story of history’s most famous conjoined twins.

The Real McCoy Cover Image
ISBN: 9780452284418
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Published: Plume - May 27th, 2003

From Darin Strauss, the bestselling author of Chang and Eng (A Los Angeles Times Best Book of the Year), comes the unforgettable story of "Kid" McCoy: boxer, jewel thief, scam artist, and the most married man in America.

More Than It Hurts You: A Novel Cover Image
ISBN: 9780452295520
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Published: Plume - June 30th, 2009

Read Darin Strauss's posts on the Penguin Blog

Tell Me More: Stories About the 12 Hardest Things I'm Learning to Say Cover Image
ISBN: 9780399588396
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Published: Random House Trade Paperbacks - April 30th, 2019

NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • A story-driven collection of essays on the twelve powerful phrases we use to sustain our relationships, from the bestselling author of Glitter and Glue and The Middle Place

“Kelly Corrigan takes on all the big, difficult questions here, with great warmth and courage.”—Glennon Doyle

The Middle Place Cover Image
ISBN: 9781401340933
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Published: Hachette Books - January 1st, 2009

"The Middle Place is about calling home. Instinctively. Even when all the paperwork -- a marriage license, a notarized deed, two birth certificates, and seven years of tax returns -- clearly indicates you're an adult, but all the same, there you are, clutching the phone and thanking God that you're still somebody's daughter."

For Kelly Corrigan, family is everything.

Lift Cover Image
ISBN: 9781401341244
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Published: Hachette Books - March 2nd, 2010

No matter when and why this comes to your hands, I want to put down on paper how things started with us.

Written as a letter to her children, Kelly Corrigan's Lift is a tender, intimate, and robust portrait of risk and love; a touchstone for anyone who wants to live more fully.

Glitter and Glue: A Memoir Cover Image
ISBN: 9780345532855
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Published: Ballantine Books - February 17th, 2015

NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • A memoir from the author of The Middle Place about mothers and daughters—a bond that can be nourishing, exasperating, and occasionally divine.